This designer dog has become so popular in recent years that you’ve begun seeing them everywhere. Whether you were taken aback by their cuteness from the beginning or grew to love them over time, 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!

goldendoodle puppy Varieties, Sizes, Colors, and Top US Breeders

You’re not the only one with the obsession! These highly sought-after dogs have become somewhat of a commodity. Luckily, these dogs are truly one of a kind. There are so many different varieties – generations, sizes, and colors of goldendoodles. You can rest-assured knowing that yours probably won’t look exactly like any other doodle out there.

Generations of Goldendoodles

Though not always the case, goldendoodles tend to have better health genetics, less shedding (typically), more appealing physical features, and a more desirable temperament. But the amounts and levels of each, especially the amount of shedding the dog will experience, depends on its generation.

F1 (First Generation) Goldendoodles

f1 goldendoodle

Goldendoodles are not purebreds (bred from parents of the same breed). Goldendoodles – specifically F1 goldendoodles – are hybrids between Golden Retrievers and Poodles.

F1b (First Generation Backcross) Goldendoodles

f1b goldendoodle

When we are talking about backcross goldendoodles, they are the offspring of an F1 goldendoodle and one of its parent breeds (Golden Retriever or Poodle).

Due to the demand for “non-shedding” and more hypoallergenic dogs, breeders will typically backcross an F1 goldendoodle with a Poodle. The result of this is (mathematically) 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 set you back a little more, money-wise.

F2 and F2b Goldendoodles

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

F2b or second generation backcross goldendoodles are the offspring of an F1 Goldendoodle and an F1b Goldendoodle.

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

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

Comparing Generational Coat Types & Amount of Shedding

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

Coat Description

Coats 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

*All goldendoodles generally REQUIRE daily brushing and occasional maintenance/full-body grooming to prevent uncomfortable 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.

STORY TIME: 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 for most of her adult life) due to my active lifestyle, so it worked out. 🙂

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

Standard goldendoodleMedium goldendoodleMiniature goldendoodle

50-90 pounds

40-50 pounds15-35 pounds
Height20-26 inches tall at the shoulder17-20 inches tall at the shoulder13-20 inches tall at the shoulder

The Colors of Goldendoodles

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 (black parti) goldendoodle:

Here we have an apricot/red and white (red parti) goldendoodle:

Here are some caramel and white goldendoodles:

Here is a chocolate merle goldendoodle:

And a chocolate and white (chocolate parti) 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?

If you already have a goldendoodle in the family, what generation/size/color is it?

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