There can be real differences between Multi-Generation Labradoodles and first cross Labradoodles (Poodle to Labrador Retriever). Multi-Generation Labradoodle puppies quite often cost more than other Labradoodle puppies. Predictability as a result of breeding for color, coats that are non-shedding, and allergy friendliness is usually more dependable in Multi-Generation Labradoodles. Selective breeding programs have certainly enhanced the genetic positives of the Labradoodle. We have found that most positive temperament and behavioral characteristics found in Labradoodles has come from the practice of selective breeding stock.

The Labradoodle is known for its outstanding intelligence and trainability, low allergy coat, low to non-shedding coat, and lack of odor. The breed craves the company of people and excels as a companion for those with disabilities, visual impairments, young children and the elderly. Labradoodles also make outstanding physical therapy dogs.

About Labradoodles

Factual Differences Between Generations

First-Cross Labradoodle puppies technically should exhibit more hybrid vigor (healthiness) as two completely unrelated breeds have been crossed. Coats can vary from short and shaggy, to long and shaggy, wiry, very curly, or flat. First Cross puppies lack the predictability of Multi-Generation Labradoodles.

Second-Generation Labradoodle or backcross puppies result from a First Cross Labradoodle bred back to a Poodle. This is done when the desired coat has not been achieved. These coats may not be suitable for those with allergies and is not non- shedding. In crossing back to a Poodle, the resulting coats will be more predictable relating to non-shedding characteristics. The choice of Second Generation Labradoodles or backcross puppies works well for those whose criteria is based on non-shedding and allergy friendly as the principle characteristics desired in a Labradoodle.

Multi-Generation Labradoodle puppies were first bred in Australia in 1989. Many years of selective breeding have gone into the development of their coats. These coats maybe the best choice for allergy suffers. Multi-Generation Labradoodles consistently produce wavy to curly coats which is great for those wanting a non-shedding companion.

Barksdale Labradoodle Sizes

The image above illustrates the size variation of the Australian Labradoodle breed from ‘miniature’ to ‘medium’ to ‘standard’.

Barksdale Authentic Australian Labradoodle Sizes

Behavioral Characteristics

  • Great personalities and easy to train. Good all-around companion.
  • Very intelligent and happy.
  • Low to non-shedding coat and lack of doggy odor.
  • Allergy friendly coats.
  • Get along well with other dogs.
  • Excellent companions. Many of the dogs excel as companions for those with disabilities.
  • Energetic and bubbly, but gentle.
  • People oriented, devoted, and eager to please.
  • Love to play
  • Very few genetic diseases.
  • Non-aggressive.
  • Trainable! Many are being trained or are already certified as therapy dogs.
  • Most are wonderful with children.


The Labradoodle is great with children and easy to train. They get along well with other dogs and are clever, sociable and joyful. They are quick to learn unusual or special tasks and a little comical at times. If undisciplined they can attempt to outsmart their owners at times. Overall, Labradoodles are non-aggressive, friendly and obviously loyal to their family.

Hair Coat

Coats can be anything from flat and straight to wavy and curly, minimizing profuse shedding that is more likely to be allergy and asthma friendly. The Labrador fleece coat is the ultimate coat and is easily maintained, non shedding, allergy and asthma friendly and somewhat like that of an Angora Goat.


The wavy coat Labradoodle needs very little grooming, curly coat labradoodles require regular grooming and should be clipped two to three times a year. Neither requires frequent bathing as their coats repel moisture and dirt.

About Our Male Doodles!

There is a lot of conversation about: Do I want a male vs. do I want a female Doodle? Our experience along with other Australian Labradoodle breeders experience, shows there is no difference in their behavior! We find our males (they all live in the house with us and one is even our bedmate) to be so loving, gentle, and easy going.