Tanner is a f1b and he has a more poodle coat, expecially around his neck as you can see in his picture.
I had a problem with mats last year and finding the right grooming schedule.
I have a very good groomer and she bathes and brushes Tanner everyother week. He has a complete groom every 6-8 weeks. I brush him every other day. When he gets wet in the snow, I have to be careful to just blot and not rub, wait until he is dry then comb him out. That said, we keep him about 2 inches long with tail, ears, and beard longer.
When we retire to South Carolina and he is in the sand and sea, we will keep him very short all over.
Questions to ask self....How much time and money do I want to spend on grooming? Can I groom myself?
F1s and straighter coats generally don't take as much effort.
Finally, Tanner does not shed at all. The only hair he loses is when he is brushed.
Sorry for the long reply..I think you are great for getting all this information ahead of time.