What is a Goldendoodle?
The Goldendoodle is a “designer dog,” a hybrid dog breed resulting from mixing the Poodle with the Golden Retriever. Affectionate, intelligent, silly, and low-shedding, these dogs inherited some of the best traits from their parent breeds, along with good health. Goldendoodles make great service dogs, therapy dogs or companions. Good for novice dog parents and experienced canine families alike, you’d have a hard time finding a more loving companion. There are multiple types of Goldendoodles but we prefer to breed the f1B/f1BB. "Why you may ask?" Well we favor the f1B/BB due to the extremely low/no shedding tendencies, paired with their more laid back temperament and high intelligence all of which are due to the slightly more poodle genes our pups inherit. These pups intelligence level and ease of training makes the F1B/FBB Goldendoodle a perfect candidate for a service dog or therapy dog.
F1 = Golden Retriever X Poodle
100% Golden Retriever X 100% Poodle
Puppy is a 50/50 mix
Traits of either the retriever or the poodle can be intensified.
The amount of shedding will depend on whether the Goldendoodle “leans” more to the Poodle (low shedding) side of the family or the Golden Retriever (high shedding) side of the family.
F1B = F1 Goldendoodle X Poodle
The “b” in this description stands for “back cross.” In other words, the original hybrid cross has been bred back to a purebred parent (typically the poodle). The result is a puppy that is 75% poodle and 25% Golden Retriever. These puppies typically have wavy to curly coats and reduced shedding. The F1b generation is a good choice for allergy sufferers or those who simply want less fur to clean up around the house.
F1BB = F1B X Poodle
When an F1B Doodle is bred with a Poodle, the term “F1BB” is used to describe resulting offspring. An F1BB Goldendoodle is 12.5% Golden Retriever and 87.5% Poodle. This generation has become popular largely because F1BB Goldendoodles is the most likely to be totally non-shedding. Because of this, F1BBs are great for families with moderate to severe pet allergies. The coats on F1BB Goldendoodles are normally curlier than a F1 or F1B Goldendoodle.
There are lots of parent combinations that can result in an F2 Goldendoodle. These second generation Goldendoodles can be bred using an F1 with an F1, an F1 with an F1B, an F1 with an F2, etc. The most common pairing are two first generation Goldendoodles being bred together to produce second generation Goldendoodles.
An F2B is a second generation backcross Goldendoodle. This means that an F2 is bred with a Poodle. This takes many of the more random and unpredictable traits of the F2 and adds back in more Poodle characteristics. This means better odds of being hypoallergenic and non-shedding. It also means that your Goldendoodle will likely be on the curlier side with a high-maintenance coat. Much like the F1B, we’d recommend this generation of Goldendoodle to mild allergy sufferers.Keep in mind that some breeders may refer to F2B Goldendoodles as Multigen Goldendoodles. This “multigen” label can apply to any generation of Goldendoodle that is beyond an F2.
This generation is produced by backcrossing an F2 Goldendoodle generation back to the Poodle twice. It is the result of breeding an F1B and a Poodle. It can also be referred to by many breeders as a Multigen Goldendoodle. Due to how close in DNA it is to the Poodle, this is a great choice for severe allergy sufferers. While nothing is guaranteed, the F2BB Goldendoodle generation is one of the safest bets for being non-shedding and hypoallergenic.
Multigenerational = various combinations beyond the F2 generation
Simply put, the multigen Goldendoodle is a dog resulting from breeding two Goldendoodles with several breeding lines of Goldendoodles. These dogs will come from parents who are Goldendoodles and have Goldendoodle grandparents. If any of their bloodline in the past two generations consists of a purebred Poodle or Golden Retriever, they cannot be under the multigenerational category.
Golden Retrievers come in three colors: gold, reddish gold, and cream. Standard Poodles come in a very wide range of colors with lots of different markings available, like tuxedo and particolor. Goldendoodles can come in a wide variety of colors due to the poodles color patterns.