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Goldendoodle Varieties: Generations and Sizes and Colors, Oh My!

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This designer dog has become so popular in recent years that you’ve begun seeing them everywhere. Either you were taken aback by their cuteness from the beginning, or grew to love them over time. Either way, at some point you probably couldn’t handle it anymore and just had to know: “What kind of dog is that?!” Cue: your official obsession with the Goldendoodle!

You’re not the only one with the obsession. These highly sought-after dogs have become somewhat of a commodity. Luckily, there are so many different varieties of Goldendoodles that each one of them is truly one of a kind. Between the different generations, sizes, and colors of Goldendoodles, you can rest-assured knowing that yours probably won’t look or act like any other Doodle out there.

Generations of Goldendoodles

Generally speaking, Goldendoodles tend to have better health genetics, less shedding, more appealing physical features, and a more desirable temperament than most dogs. But the amounts and levels of each – namely the characteristics of the pup’s coat – depends on its generation. Let’s dive in.

F1 (First Generation) Goldendoodles

No matter the generation, Goldendoodles are not purebreds, or bred from parents of the same breed.

F1 Goldendoodles in particular are hybrids between Golden Retrievers and Poodles.

F1b (First Generation Backcross) Goldendoodles

When we are talking about backcross Goldendoodles, we mean the pups are the offspring of an F1 Goldendoodle and one of the F1’s parent breeds. In this case, an F1b would be the result of an F1 Goldendoodle crossed with a Poodle OR Golden Retriever.

Due to the demand for “non-shedding” and more hypoallergenic dogs, breeders typically backcross an F1 Goldendoodle with a Poodle. The result of this (mathematically speaking) is a dog that is 1/4 Golden Retriever and 3/4 Poodle.

This generation seems to be more desirable than any other generation of Goldendoodle, so expect F1b Goldendoodle puppies to cost a little more money.

f1 vs f1b goldendoodle

F1bb (First Generation Backcross Backcross) Goldendoodles

F1bb or first generation backcross-backcross Goldendoodles are the result of an F1b Goldendoodle and a Poodle OR Golden Retriever (though Poodles are typically more favored so the pups can be low-shedding).

F2 Goldendoodles

F2, or second generation Goldendoodles are the result of two F1 Goldendoodles.

F2b Goldendoodles

F2b, or second generation backcross Goldendoodles are the result of an F2 Goldendoodle and a Poodle OR Golden Retriever (though Poodles are typically more favored so the pups can be low-shedding).

Second generation Goldendoodles typically have a great success rate of being very low shedding.

F3 Goldendoodles

F3, or third generation Goldendoodles are the result of an F1 Goldendoodle and an F1b Goldendoodle.

Multigenerational Goldendoodles

Multigenerational, or “Multigen” Goldendoodles are the result of two F1b-or-later Goldendoodles.

Note: Though there are F2+ breeders out there, Goldendoodle puppies beyond the F1b generation are generally a rare find.

Here’s a great infographic for easy reference:

goldendoodle generations chart

Comparing Generational Coat Types & Amount of Shedding

Many people are initially drawn to their cuteness, and are later surprised to learn the hypoallergenic benefits that come with Goldendoodles.

 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

Be sure to visit this page to see survey data from hundreds of Goldendoodle owners. The data shows how F1, F1b, and F2 Goldendoodles differ regarding amount of shedding, hypoallergenic-ness, and ease of grooming.

All Goldendoodles generally REQUIRE daily brushing. Additionally, occasional maintenance grooming in between groomer visits are needed to prevent mats and tangles in the hair.

How Big Will a Goldendoodle Get?

Puppies are distractingly cute to begin with, so make sure you’re going into the adoption process well-informed. The last thing you want is to bring your new puppy home, only to discover in a year that he is much bigger (or smaller) than you expected.

This is actually what happened with me. Before bringing Chloe home as a 12-week old puppy, the breeder called her a “Mini Goldendoodle.” Blinded by my own rose-colored glasses, hearing the word “mini” had me expecting a full-grown dog topping out at around 25 pounds. Low and behold, a year later she had grown to about 36 pounds and was much taller/longer than I had initially wanted! Luckily, I know now that I’d much rather prefer a dog her size (~40 pounds) due to my active lifestyle, so it worked out. 🙂

Luckily, there are a few different sizes of Goldendoodles. This makes it easy to choose a size that best suits YOU, while also getting the desired temperament and physical traits.

 Miniature goldendoodleMedium goldendoodleStandard goldendoodle
Weight15-35 pounds35-50 pounds50-90 pounds
Height13-17 inches tall at the shoulder17-20 inches tall at the shoulder20-26 inches tall at the shoulder
When Full-Grown?11-13 Months11-13 Months12.5-16 Months
how big do Goldendoodles get

Goldendoodle Colors

Depending on the coat colors of its parents and even grandparents, Goldendoodles can turn out to be black, white, cream, golden/caramel, apricot, chocolate, or a mixture of any of those.

Golden and caramel tend to be the most common Goldendoodle coat colors:

My own Chloe is “English Cream” (ivory/white), but she does have light golden ears and a light golden spot on her back:

White goldendoodle puppy
White Goldendoodle puppy

Goldendoodles can also have more of a creamy beige/tan coat:

Cream goldendoodle puppy
Cream Goldendoodle puppy

Here’s an example of a black Goldendoodle:

And here is a chocolate Goldendoodle:

And here is a red/apricot Goldendoodle:

But Goldendoodles don’t just come in solid colors. Again, depending on how their genes are expressed, they can end up with an array of different, beautiful coat patterns.

Here’s a black and white parti Goldendoodle:

Here we have a white and apricot parti Goldendoodle:

Here is a caramel and white parti Goldendoodle:

Here is a merle Goldendoodle:


Where to Get Goldendoodle Puppies

Due to the growing demand and competition for Doodles, they are unfortunately rarely available to rescue from shelters or families (especially puppies), though it is possible.

That said, an infant puppy is easiest to buy from a breeder. There are many high-quality breeders out there who have been breeding healthy Goldendoodles for years, and they all specialize in breeding different generations, sizes, and colors of them.

Find your perfect Goldendoodle puppy from our Breeder Directory!


I hope this article helped you get a better idea of the different varieties of Goldendoodles and which might suit you and your family best.

If you have any questions, be sure to leave them in the comments section below.

If you’re thinking about getting a Goldendoodle puppy, what generation/size/color are you wanting? Let us know in the comments below!

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6 thoughts on “Goldendoodle Varieties: Generations and Sizes and Colors, Oh My!

  1. Wow, thank you for informing me that Goldendoodles can actually be a variety of colors including white, tan, or even black! About a week ago, I was talking to my sister, and she mentioned that she wants to get a puppy for her son’s birthday. She wants a really loving puppy; I wonder if she should look into getting an English Goldendoodle puppy.

  2. My goldendoodle is 3 and a half and perfectly healthy. The last couple of weeks, he has patches of fur that have started shedding. However,
    the fur is coming back as a deep reddish auburn color. Also, the fur in the small patches is growing back as if were part retriever .
    Any ideas or have you heard such a thing?
    Thank you!
    Brian

  3. I have a question so what do you get if you have an F1 miniature golden doodle breed with an F2 miniature golden doodle?

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