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Goldendoodles are not an actual breed, they are a hybrid dog. This means they are a mixture of two or more purebred dogs. However, to the scientists amongst us we shouldn’t really refer to the Goldendoodle as a hybrid because all dogs are a sub-species of the wolf so, strictly speaking, you can’t have a hybrid dog as they are two of the same species.
The rather lovely Goldendoodle is the result of crossbreeding a Golden Retriever with a Standard Poodle.You get the plus of non-shedding, low allergen qualities of the coat and a friendly, energetic, inquisitive, easily trainable, family dog. However, do remember that not all Goldendoodles are an equal mix of purebred Golden Retriever and purebred Poodle, sometimes the ratio gets watered down across the breeding. So, if you really do want a 100% Goldendoodle with all the characteristics of 50% Golden Retriever and 50% Standard Poodle you must look carefully at the breeding line.
There a few different ways of producing Goldendoodles, which results in slightly different breed characteristics. So, without getting too technical, see our simplified table below:
|F1 (first generation)||100% Golden Retriever||100% Poodle||50:50 split of attributes, healthier pups, fur can vary being a mixture of the two breeds. Some pups in the litter will shed fur others won’t – check with your breeder.|
|F1-B||F1 Goldendoodle||100% Poodle||25:75 split of attributes|
|F2||F1 Goldendoodle||F1 Goldendoodle||50:50 split of attributes|
|F3||F2 Goldendoodle||F2 Goldendoodle||50:50 split of attributes|
|Multi-generation||F3 + Goldendoodle||F3+ Goldendoodle||Etc. etc.|
The Goldendoodle comes in a variety of solid colours and can be white, cream, apricot, chocolate and black.
The fur can vary from long, wavy coats to the coats that feel fleecy and woolly to the touch. However, it is the fleecy and woolly coats that are very low allergen and practically don’t shed at all.If your preference is for a very low allergen coat then you should go to your breeder early and book your puppy as not all puppies from the same litter will have the fleece or wool coats. You will find fleece and wool coats in litters were the percentage of poodle is greater than 65%. Look out for the puppies in the litter with the curliest coats – have more than 75% poodle genes – these will become the low allergen adults.