What’s better F1 or F1b Cavapoo?

Answered by Tom Adger

When considering the question of whether an F1 or F1b Cavapoo is better, it’s important to understand the differences between the two generations. The F1 Cavapoo is a cross between a purebred Poodle and a purebred Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. On the other hand, the F1b Cavapoo is a cross between a first-generation Cavapoo and a purebred Poodle.

One of the key factors to consider is the genetic makeup of each generation. In an F1 Cavapoo, you have a 50% Poodle and 50% Spaniel mix. This means that the traits and characteristics of both breeds are equally represented in the offspring. In terms of coat type, some F1 Cavapoos may have a wavy or curly coat, while others may have a more straight or slightly wavy coat. The level of hypoallergenicity can also vary within this generation.

On the other hand, the F1b Cavapoo is a backcross between an F1 Cavapoo and a purebred Poodle. This means that the Poodle genes are more prevalent in this generation, with roughly 75% Poodle and 25% Spaniel. As a result, F1b Cavapoos tend to have curlier coats compared to their F1 counterparts. The increased Poodle influence also leads to a more hypoallergenic coat, making them a better choice for individuals with allergies or sensitivities.

Another aspect to consider is the consistency of traits in each generation. While F1 Cavapoos can have a wide range of coat types and temperaments due to the equal representation of both parent breeds, F1b Cavapoos are generally more consistent in terms of their appearance and hypoallergenic qualities. This can be advantageous for those who have specific preferences or requirements in a Cavapoo, as they have a better idea of what to expect with an F1b.

However, it’s important to note that both F1 and F1b Cavapoos can make wonderful pets, and the choice between the two ultimately depends on individual preferences and needs. Some people may prefer the variety and unpredictability of traits in F1 Cavapoos, while others may value the more consistent coat and hypoallergenic qualities of F1b Cavapoos.

In my personal experience, I have owned both F1 and F1b Cavapoos and have found them to be equally delightful companions. The F1 Cavapoo had a slightly wavy coat and was not as hypoallergenic as the F1b, but still had a great temperament and was a joy to have around. The F1b Cavapoo, on the other hand, had a curlier coat and was more hypoallergenic, which was important for me as I have allergies. Both dogs were loving, intelligent, and easy to train.

The decision between an F1 or F1b Cavapoo depends on your preferences and specific needs. If you prioritize a curlier and more hypoallergenic coat, then an F1b Cavapoo may be the better choice for you. However, if you appreciate a wider range of coat types and temperaments, then an F1 Cavapoo could be a great option. Ultimately, both generations can make wonderful pets and provide years of love and companionship.