So you’ve narrowed it down, and you’re 100% sure you want a goldendoodle. Congrats! You are in for years of fun, laughter, and…grooming 😉 The final question now is what’s the difference between an F1 vs F1B goldendoodle, and which is best?
Are you really 100% sure? 🙂
Luckily, we have had over 135 doodle parents (and counting) respond to our doodle temperament and characteristics survey. The survey asked for observations of 27 characteristics across 5 categories. But for all intents and purposes, we’re only talking about F1 vs F1B goldendoodle coats in this article. Because after analyzing the data, there doesn’t seem to be a huge difference in temperament between the two. However, there are some points worth noting when it comes to shedding, hypoallergenic levels, and ease of grooming.
About the Graphs
Each graph below is interactive so you can hover over the sections (on a computer) or tap on the sections (on a mobile device) for more info. On mobile devices, the graphs might look cut off, but you can use your finger to tap and drag to scroll and see the full graph.
The graphs are also updated in real-time as people submit their responses to the survey.
All ratings are based on a scale from Poor to Excellent. Keep in mind that these survey results are anecdotal (based on people’s personal ratings).
In addition to the F1 vs F1B goldendoodle stats, we are including F2 and “other” generations of goldendoodles in these charts. “Other” includes parents who were “Unsure” of their doodle’s generation, as well as “Multigen” doodles.
You will notice that the blue F1 bars typically rise taller than the others. This is because most of our respondents were parents of F1 goldendoodles.
F1 vs F1B Goldendoodle: Amount of Shedding
Looking at the blue bars, most parents rated their F1 goldendoodles as Excellent (no shedding) and Very Good in terms of amount of shedding. However, there are still a few that were rated Satisfactory, Fair, and Poor.
Looking at the red bars, most parents rated their F1B goldendoodles as Excellent (no shedding), with only a few rated as Very Good and Satisfactory. None were rated as Fair or Poor.
What it means: F1B doodles are typically backcrossed with Poodles, which are non-shedding dogs. So, these results make sense because F1B’s are – in theory – 75% Poodle and 25% Golden Retriever. In other words: more Poodle DNA = less shedding.
Looking at the blue bars, most parents rated their F1 goldendoodles as Excellent (doesn’t trigger allergies) and Very Good in terms of hypoallergenic level. However, there are still a few that were rated Satisfactory and Fair.
Looking at the red bars, most parents rated their F1B goldendoodles as Excellent (doesn’t trigger allergies). Only a few were rated as Very Good and Satisfactory. None were rated as Fair or Poor.
What it means: These results are very similar to the above chart for Amount of Shedding. This makes sense because allergic reactions are typically synonymous with the amount of hair a dog sheds regularly.
Ease of Grooming
Looking at the blue bars, most parents rated their F1 goldendoodles as Satisfactory in terms of ease of grooming. The rest of them are rated pretty much evenly between Excellent, Very Good, Fair, and Poor.
Looking at the red bars, most parents rated their F1B goldendoodles as Satisfactory. But following close behind are basically ties between Excellent, Very Good, and Fair. None were rated Poor.
F1’s and F1B’s alike, the even spread of ratings can really only mean one thing: grooming is a necessity. We hope all you soon-to-be doodle parents are prepared, because the grooming aspect is no joke with these little jokesters!
So…in a Battle Between an F1 vs F1B Goldendoodle, Who Wins?
If you’re seriously considering bringing a goldendoodle into the family because you heard that they “never shed”, or maybe you want a dog but allergies run in the family, then an F1B doodle will probably be your best bet.
However, F1B’s tend to cost a little more than F1 doodles. They also generally have more curly hair than F1’s. So it all depends on your hair-type preference and budget.