Best Sheepadoodle Generations: F1, F1B, F1BB, F2, F2B, F3

By Julie •  Updated: 11/14/21 •  6 min read
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Sheepadoodles are known to have different generations of unique characteristics. Sheepadoodles are beautiful crossbreed dogs with one of the fluffiest coats. And this comes as no surprise since both of their parents- the old English sheepdog and poodles both have long hairs.

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Sheepadoodles are lovely dogs that every dog lover will love to cuddle in a heartbeat. Let’s look at some lovely facts about Sheepadoodles:

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Now that we’ve seen how lovely the Sheepadoodles are, let’s look at the uniqueness of each of their generations.

Note: As we examine their generations, some terms will be used. Let’s define some of them.

The letter “F” as found in F1 or F2 means Filial. Filial indicates that a dog is hybrid and not a purebred.

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The figure as in “1” in F1 or “2” in F2 denotes the generation of the Sheepadoodles. “1” means the first generation of Sheepadoodles coming from the old English sheepdog and a poodle. Then “2” means the second generation.

Another letter which can be present is the letter ”B”, which stands for backcrossed. A backcross happens when a purebred is bred with a hybrid. For example, a Sheepadoodle backcrossed to 100% poodle.

Since the letters and figures are now familiar, the consideration of each generation follows.

F1 Sheepadoodle

F1 Sheepadoodle generation is a 50:50 ratio of the poodle and old English sheepdog genes. A 100% poodle and a 100% old English dog bring about the F1 generation (50% poodle and 50% old English dog).

Due to the equal gene level in the F1 generation, many dog lovers avoid this generation because of many uncertainties regarding the fur type (straight, curly, and wavy), and the hypoallergenic nature. Mostly, Sheepadoodles of the F1 generation may shed, and pet lovers with dog allergy try to avoid them. Apart from people with dog allergies, individuals who love to keep their dogs in the home also avoid dogs that shed to prevent fur mess around the house.

They, however, have an advantage which is the “hybrid vigor”. Being the first generation, the hybrid vigor means they are the healthiest of all the Sheepadoodles and even healthier than their parents.

F1B Sheepadoodle

F1B Sheepadoodle generation is a 25% old English sheepdog and 75% poodle. This generation is a crossbreed between an F1 generation with a 50:50 gene ratio and a 100% poodle. While it’s possible to also backcross a pure old English sheepdog with an F1, many people do not want a dog with too much of the old English sheepdog gene. So most of all the F1B Sheepadoodles have more of the poodle gene.

The F1B generation is the most popular because of the fur type. The fur type can be wavy or curly, and the good news is that the fur is a not shed type and also hypoallergenic. People with dog allergies who love long-haired dogs can enjoy the company of this generation without concerns.

Since the Sheepadoodles in the F1B generation have more poodle genes, they are quite energetic and love to play. The hybrid vigor in this generation is quite strong but not as that of the F1.

F1BB Sheepadoodle

F1BB is 87.5% poodle and 12.5% old English sheepdog. The generation comes as a result of breeding the F1B Sheepadoodle with a pure breed poodle. When this happens, a generation of Sheepadoodles with a strong poodle gene is the result.

F1BB generation is highly hypoallergenic and very much non-shed with a signature curly fur. Sheepadoodles of the F1BB generation need regular grooming to curb the development of mattes and tangles because their furs keep growing without shedding.

The hybrid vigor is low for the F1BB generation in comparison to the first two generations. However, in terms of agility and playfulness, this generation is arguably the best.

F2 Sheepadoodle

F2 Sheepadoodle generation is similar to the F1 in all regards. First, the makeup is 50% poodle and 50% old English sheepdog, making Sheepadoodles in this generation uncertain in the type of fur they will have and their hypoallergenic nature. Some will have the straight fur, curly fur, or the wavy fur. The generation comes from breeding an F1 with another F1 Sheepadoodle.

The F2 generation is not common because of many disadvantages. Asides the uncertainty of fur and the hypoallergenic nature, the level of shedding is always difficult to tell. Also, the ‘hybrid vigor” is not as high as the F1 generation.

F2B Sheepadoodle

F2B Sheepadoodle generation is 62.5% poodle and 37.5% old English sheepdog. The generation results from breeding an F1 Sheepadoodle with an F1B. The generation has curly or wavy hair which means the Sheepadoodles here will be non-shedding and considerably hypoallergenic.

As regards the level of “hybrid vigor”, this generation has a considerable amount. Overall, F2B Sheepadoodles are suitable pets. And coupled with their high level of poodle gene, they are lively and fun to have around.

F3 Sheepadoodle

F3 Sheepadoodle generation is referred to as multigenerational Sheepadoodle due to the numerous generations that it. F3 generation comes about in a couple of ways. One is by breeding an F1B Sheepadoodle with another F1B, or an F2 with another F2.

For this generation, the major advantage is that the Sheepadoodles here usually have curly or wavy fur, which makes them low to non-shedding, and quite hypoallergenic to highly hypoallergenic. The F3 generation is far from the F1, and as such the “hybrid vigor”, is very low.

We’ve considered the major generations of Sheepadoodles. As you try to own a Sheepadoodle of your own, look at each generation carefully and speak to a breeder about the type you want.

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Julie

Julie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she studied Animal science. Though contrary to the opinion of her parents she was meant to study pharmacy, but she was in love with animals especially cats. Julie currently works in an animal research institute (NGO) in California and loves spending quality time with her little cat. She has the passion for making research about animals, how they survive, their way of life among others and publishes it. Julie is also happily married with two kids.
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