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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.
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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.
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, or second generation Goldendoodles are the result of two F1 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, or third generation Goldendoodles are the result of an F1 Goldendoodle and an F1b Goldendoodle.
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:
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.
|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 care||Very high care||Moderate to very high care|
|Shedding||Some to light-shedding||Very light to non-shedding||Very light to non-shedding|
|Allergy Friendliness||Great for people or families with mild allergies||Recommended for people or families with moderate to severe allergies||Recommended 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 goldendoodle||Medium goldendoodle||Standard goldendoodle|
|Weight||15-35 pounds||35-50 pounds||50-90 pounds|
|Height||13-17 inches tall at the shoulder||17-20 inches tall at the shoulder||20-26 inches tall at the shoulder|
|When Full-Grown?||11-13 Months||11-13 Months||12.5-16 Months|
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:
Goldendoodles can also have more of a creamy beige/tan coat:
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!