What is a Goldendoodle?
A Goldendoodle is a mix between a Poodle and a Golden Retriever. These dogs have low to non-shedding coats. Goldendoodles are an intelligent and obedient family companion. They are everybody's friend and devoted to their family. They are friendly towards children, other dogs and pets, and easy with strangers. They are social dogs, happiest when with people. Their intelligence, eagerness to please, and love of learning make them very easy to train.
Micro Goldendoodle: 3-6 pounds full grown
Teacup or Toy Goldendoodle: 7-14 pounds full grown
Mini Goldendoodle: 15-30 pounds full grown
Medium Goldendoodle: 30-45 pounds full grown
Standard Goldendoodle: 45-90 pounds full grown
F1 = Golden Retriever X Poodle (50% Golden Retriever X 50% Poodle)
F1b= Goldendoodle X Poodle (25% Golden Retriever X 75% Poodle)
F1bb = F1b Goldendoodle X Poodle (12.5% Golden Retriever X 87.5% Poodle)
F2 = Any combination where one of the parents is a First Generation (F1, F1B, or F1BB) and the other parent is a First Generation or Higher.
F2b = F2 X Poodle (75% Poodle - 25% Golden Retriever)
F3 = Any combination where one of the parents is a Second Generation (F2 or F2B) and the other parent is a Second Generation or Higher.
F3B = F3 x Poodle
Multi-Gen = Any combination where both parents are Third Generation or higher.
The F1 Goldendoodle is a first generation hybrid. They have added health benefits associated to hybrid vigour. This is a phenomenon known in animal breeding. This refers to the fact that the first cross between two unrelated purebred lines makes the litter healthier and better then either parent line.
The F1b Goldendoodle, is a first generation dog bred back to a poodle to ensure non-shedding allergy-friendliness. For families with severe allergies. Although there is less vigour in this crossing then in the original hybrid, the first generation backcross still is close enough in the breeding tree to benefit from hybrid vigour. With each successive generation vigour is lost.
This is the second generation. This means the parents are both F1 Doodles. You get equal amounts of Poodle and Doodle. The second generation Doodles also have pretty similar qualities to the F1 Doodles. You will most likely get light shedding with the F2 generation Doodle. So they are best for homes with only light allergies.
The F2B means there is a mix of generations. It would be a F1 Doodle and an F1B Doodle. You see the non shedding quality come back in this generation so good for homes with moderate allergies. You still get the good traits of personality and good health also.
Coat & Maintenance:
Grooming will be a big requirement with Goldendoodles. Some more than others depending on the coat type. You should groom them about every 6 to 8 weeks and they should be brushed regularly. The hair will be wavy to curly not so much straight but we do see it. You will have very little shedding if any at all. Most are very allergy friendly with the F1B & F2B being the most allergy friendly dog.
Goldendoodles with their Golden Retriever and Poodle parents will be very sweet and affectionate dogs. They are highly intelligent and love to play but are gentle still. They make great family dogs. They are great companion dogs. They love their people and need to live in the house, not outdoors.
Some goldendoodles have been trained as guide dogs, a job for which their temperament and intelligence is ideally suited. They are great with challenge and make good agility dogs as well. They need exercise and do best in homes with active family members where they can get plenty of outdoor-activity. They need daily exercise. A lack of exercise can result in some unwanted behavior like excessive digging, chewing, barking or other activities.