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F1 vs F1B Goldendoodle: Which is Best? (Comparing Shedding, Hypoallergenic Levels, and Ease of Grooming)

But First, Pin It!

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?

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.

View goldendoodle characteristics survey results in detail.

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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.

F1 vs F1B Goldendoodle: Amount of Shedding

F1

Looking at the pink 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.

F1B

Looking at the yellow bars, most parents rated their F1B Goldendoodles as Excellent (no shedding), with only a few rated as Very Good and Satisfactory, and Fair. None were rated as Poor.

What It Means

F1B doodles are typically backcrossed with Poodles, which are low-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.

Hypoallergenic Level

F1

Looking at the pink 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.

F1B

Looking at the yellow bars, most parents rated their F1B Goldendoodles as Excellent (doesn’t trigger allergies). Only a few were rated anything below Excellent.

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.

Are Goldendoodles Hypoallergenic

Ease of Grooming

F1

Looking at the pink 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.

F1B

Looking at the yellow bars, most parents rated their F1B Goldendoodles as Satisfactory…but following close behind is a Fair rating.

What It Means

These results make sense because of the difference in coat type we usually see between F1 and F1B Goldendoodles. See the table below to learn more about these coat types.

 F1F1bF2
Coat DescriptionCoats are usually more wavy than curly, which grows to a typical length of 3-5 inches. May or may not have an undercoat.Coats are more likely to be curly than wavy, and grows to a typical length of 3-5 inches. May or may not have an undercoat.Coats can vary greatly – curly, wavy, and anywhere in between – with varying lengths. May or may not have an undercoat.
Grooming/Coat Maintenance*High careVery high careModerate to very high care
SheddingSome to light-sheddingVery light to non-sheddingVery light to non-shedding
Allergy FriendlinessGreat for people or families with mild allergiesRecommended for people or families with moderate to severe allergiesRecommended for people or families with moderate to severe allergies

F1 and F1B Goldendoodles alike, frequent grooming is an absolute necessity. We hope all you soon-to-be doodle parents are prepared, because the grooming aspect is no joke with these little jokesters!

As a very important side note, a doodle being picked up from the groomer sometimes leaves us a shock, especially if the doodle was completely shaven down without our consent. As doodle parents we must be extra mindful about the nature of our doodles’ coat, and that if not properly maintained, it will mat up and cause the dog a lot of discomfort. If you have a doodle and aren’t familiar with line brushing, I urge you to watch our tutorial.

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 coat/appearance preference and budget.


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