Responsible breeders seek to improve their breeds with every litter. To reach this goal they must devote hours to continually learning as much as they can about their breeds, including health and genetic concerns, temperament, appearance and type. They also need to know about general dog behavior, training and health care. In short, they become canine experts.
Virtually every dog is the best in the world in the eyes of its owner. Responsible breeders have the ability to separate their love for their dog from an honest evaluation of its good and bad points. Why is a detached point of view necessary? Breeding is hard work. Every breeding is a carefully planned endeavor to produce a better dog. A good breeder recognizes a dog’s flaws and finds a mate with characteristics that will help reduce or eliminate those flaws.
So how can you honestly evaluate your dog as potential breeding stock?
One way is by studying the breed standard. The breed standard is the official guide by with dogs are judged at dog shows. The standard may specify everything from the curvature of a dog’s tail to the color of its eyes. However, the breed standard are set only for pure bred dogs.
So in the case of a Goldendoodle, a designer dog or hybrid dog breed, which is a crossbreed, no real standard is set. One of the reasons for this is because there is such a variance in what is called a Goldendoodle. And there are different varieties within the name Goldendoodle. For example:
- F1 means First Generation. First Generation is a Golden Retriever to a Poodle.
- F1b means First Generation Backcross. A backcross puppy is the result of a hybrid bred back to one of its breeds of origin.Example: a Goldendoodle (F1) bred to a Poodle. (It could be breed back to a Golden Retriever, however, since low shedding or no shedding out of coat is desirable most F1b puppies come from Goldendoodle (F1) X Poodle.
- F2 means Second Generation. Second Generation is a Goldendoodle (F1) bred to a Goldendoodle (F1). We do NOT do this for many reasons.
- F2b means Second Generation Backcross. The result of an F1 Goldendoodle bred to a Goldendoodle backcross (F1b).