Like any other cross-breed the appearance of Goldendoodles vary from individual to individual. Different dogs will display differences in size, coat type and color. There are three main coat types:
- Straight coat which is flat and resembles more of a Golden Retriever coat
- Wavy coat, a mixture of a Poodle’s curls and a Golden Retriever’s straight coat
- Curly coat, which tends to look more like a Poodle’s coat, however, with looser curls
Common coat colors include white, cream, apricot, gold and red. Goldendoodles may also be clack or a light sandy brown.
The size of a Goldendoodle will generally fall somewhere between that of a Poodle and the Golden Retriever parents. The range include standard, medium and miniature (if the Poodle parents was miniature).
Goldendoodles are classified into types according to the breed of the Goldendoodle’s parents:
- F1 Goldendoodle is the offspring of the Poodle mated with a Golden Retriever
- F1B Goldendoodle is the offspring of a Poodle or Golden Retriever with an F1 Goldendoodle
- F2 Goldendoodle is the offspring of an F1 Goldendoodle and another F1 Goldendoodle
- F2B Goldendoodle is the offspring of an F1B Goldendoodle and another F1B Goldendoodle
PLEASE NOTE: Many Goldendoodle owners with allergies have seen better results for their allergies from the F1B Goldendoodle instead of the F1 Goldendoodle.
What is the Goldendoodle History?
In the 1990s breeders in both North America and Australia began crossing Golden Retrievers with Standard Poodles. The original purpose of the cross was to attempt to develop guide dogs suitable for visually impaired individuals with allergies.
Since that time the Goldendoodle has become a popular family companion dog. Families with allergies have now been able to have a dog, especially with the F1B Goldendoodle, which has more inherited hair characteristics of its poodle parent.
Since that time the breeding of the Goldendoodle has expanded their careers to include, but not limited to, guide dogs, therapy dogs, expecially for people with allergies, and diabetes alert dogs.
Why Select a Goldendoodle?
- They make great Therapy Dogs!
Due to their disposition and intelligence, Goldendoodle have been trained as guide dogs, therapy dogs, and diabetes alert dogs.They also alert persons with allergies to an impending episode.
In recent years, the Goldendoodle has become a popular family companion dog. Families with allergies have now been able to have a dog, especially with the F1B Goldendoodle, which has more inherited hair characteristics of its poodle parent.
- Shedding Issues?
Those who appreciate Golden Retrievers may prefer a dog that sheds less. Most Goldendoodles have a low shedding coat, especially when bred to a Standard Poodle.The Goldendoodle is usually tolerable for people with allergies, especially the F1B Goldendoodle.
Remember, no matter what the claims are, ALL dogs shed to some degree, even the Poodle. The allergies to dogs are not the hair or fur, but the dander. Because Poodles shed very little, and because they do not drop their hair (the small amount of hair will come out while brushing and/or bathing), the dander stays with the dog and is not flying all around with shedding hair. While some breeders claim that the Goldendoodle is a hypoallergenic dog, no studies have proven that any canine is completely hypoallergenic.
Note: if the breeder is using European-type Golden Retrievers, as we do here at Sunset Goldendoodles, the shedding even for the F1 will be minimal. What is the reason for this? The European (or sometimes called English) Golden Retrievers shed far less than the American. Basically the European Golden Retrievers shed twice a year, with very little shedding at other times. Given proper grooming there is hardly any shedding the rest of the year.
- Innate Intelligence
Poodles and Golden Retrievers are both very intelligent dogs, thus Goldendoodles are also very trainable. Goldendoodles are very affectionate with people and other pets. They are human-oriented dogs; thus tend to develop a strong bond with their owners and companions. Most Goldendoodles are calm and easy-going, especially if the breeder has taken great precaution in their breed pairing. Here at Sunset Goldendoodles we make breeding for the best temperament our top priority!