We have a 5 mo. old female from another reputable breeder here in FL. I can say that the shedding is virtually non-existent! I do use a grooming brush on Tally once a week (she tolerates the grooming laying on my lap, one side then the other, because I give her one piece of kibble every 2 minutes for the 10 minutes the grooming lasts). After all that, there is only one very, very thin mat of fur on the brush at the end of the grooming. And I do not see any trace of hair or fur at all on clothes or carpet. I would say that our F1B definitely does not shed. The fur close to her skin is very curly, but then it straightens out to almost 2" long, very straight, no wave. When I brush her, she is fluffy and gorgeous. After a day, though, her coat looks shaggy - cute, but shaggy. The 75% poodle in her is surely evident in her face. She has a narrower head and snout, not the blocky head I would think an F1 would have. She is a mini goldendoodle and is 12 pounds at 20 weeks (looks bigger bc of all that hair). If you really need assurance re the no shed factor, I strongly suggest the F1B over the F1.
I have an f1 boy. So far, at 14 weeks, he is not shedding. His coat is a very loose wavy (which is exacting what I wanted). I hope he stays this way. Alot of the flb's I've seen have more curly coats ... more
Wanted to add that, as far as retriever qualities being lost in the 75% poodle - f1b - some might be lost. I see evidence of the spunky, energetic poodle in Tally, but mostly her alert intelligence... more