About Goldendoodles

Overview:   The Goldendoodle gets its name from its mixed heritage - golden retriever and poodle.  The Goldendoodle's ancestry along "both" parents lines are water dogs and hunters, so the Goldendoodle naturally loves the water and retrieving.  Goldendoodles are a hybrid dog, a first generation cross, and as such they exhibit "hybrid vigour".  This is a phenomenon in animal breeding referring to the fact that the first cross between two unrelated purebred lines is healthier and grows better than either parent line.  The puppies take on the best traits of both breeds.  Their light shedding coats and ability to live with families with allergies has made them very popular companions.
 
Temperament:   Goldendoodles are very intelligent.  They are obedient and devoted to their family.  Goldendoodles are friendly towards children, other dogs and pets, and easy with strangers.  They are social dogs, happiest when people are around.  Goldendoodles are likely to get into mischief and develop behavior problems if they spend most of their lives secluded.  Their intelligence, eagerness to please, and love of learning make them very easy to train.  They also love the water and fetching like their poodle/retriever parents.
 
Goldendoodle Group: Service dogs, field dogs  
 
Weight:   males 55-90; females 45-70 lbs
 

Height:   males 21-24; females 20-22½ inches
 

 

Color(s):  

Chalk (or White)

Cream

Gold

Red

Apricot (ranging from light to tan)

Black

Blue (which is a black and then lightens with browns or tans as the pup grows)

Brown or Chocolate

Cafe au Lait (a Chocolate that will lighten or develop silver in its coat)  

Silver (which is a black that will develop silver in its coat)

Parti (Mostly white with black or tan, red or brown blotches all over)

Phantom (black with tan on legs, face, and underneath the tail)

Sable Phantoms (black with red highlights throughout there coats)

*Goldendoodles hair usually lightens as it gets older.

 

Character:   Goldendoodles are terrific family dogs, friendly, intelligent, affectionate and easy to train.

 

Care:   Like many poodle crosses, most Goldendoodles are light shedding, and most live easily with families with MILD allergies.
 
Moderate exercise is sufficient for a Goldendoodle...a daily game of fetch and a long walk.  Because of their social nature and desire for companionship, they can be mischievous if left by themselves for long periods of time.  Grooming is a rare task.  A longer-haired Goldendoodle will need a good brushing once or twice a week, but a shorter haired or clipped Goldendoodle will only need brushing twice a month.
 
Activity:   Goldendoodles require regular exercise and attention.    Fetching, swimming, walks, rides in the car are activities our doodle enjoys.   The more action/activity, the happier and better behaved doodle you'll have.
 
Life Expectancy: About 10-15 years

Health Concerns: The only genetic diseases they can be prone to would be those shared by both the Golden Retriever and the Standard Poodle. No Major Concerns.  Minor Concerns - CHD, PRA, VonWillibrands, Elbow and patella disorders.  Suggested tests - hip and eye.

 

Generations

The first generation (F1) standard size Goldendoodle was the first to be bred. It is the product of a standard Poodle crossed with a Golden Retriever. Most first generation Goldendoodles shed lightly.  Some can have moderate to severe shedding.  F1 Goldendoodles are compatible for most families with MILD allergies. 

The backcross (F1B) Goldendoodle is produced by crossing a F1 Goldendoodle with a Poodle. F1B Goldendoodles will have a higher success rate for light shedding, and are recommended for families with moderate allergies.

The second generation Goldendoodle (F2 or F2B) is produced by crossing the F1 Goldendoodle with a F1B Goldendoodle.  They also have a higher success rate for light shedding and are recommended for families with moderate to severe allergies.

The third generation Goldendoodle (F3) is produced by crossing the F1B or F2 with another F1B or F2 Goldendoodle.   They're like the F1B's and will have a higher success rate for non-shedding, and are recommended for families with moderate to severe allergies.

F1 Goldendoodle = Golden Retriever X Poodle

F1B Goldendoodle = F1 Goldendoodle X Poodle

F2 Goldendoodle = F1 Goldendoodle X F1 Goldendoodle

F2B Goldendoodle  = F1 Goldendoodle X F1B Goldendoodle

F3 Goldendoodle = F1B Goldendoodle X F1B Goldendoodle
 
 
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