The Goldendoodle and Labradoodle get their name from their mixed heritage – Golden Retriever/Labrador and Poodle. Doodles are a hybrid dog, and as such they exhibit “hybrid vigor”. This is a phenomenon in animal breeding referring to the fact that the 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.
In the late 1980’s an Australian breeder was asked to create an allergy-friendly guide dog for a blind woman living in Hawaii. The woman’s husband was allergic to dogs, thus ruling out the standard Lab or German Shepherd as an option. What this woman needed was a hybrid of a trainable, easy-tempered dog and a dog that was shed-free.
Doodles were first deliberately bred in North America as a larger version of the popular Cockapoo around the mid 1990s. Their non/light shedding coats and ability to live with families with allergies has made them very popular companions.
Keeping the generations straight can be confusing! We have bred F1’s, F1B’s and F2B’s in our program, and can help you sort out the differences. Keep in mind that in any given litter in any generation, any one or all of the typical coat types – straight, wavy, curly or very curly – can pop up. Hair genetics is very unpredictable, but because we are an experienced breeder, we can help you identify what coat each puppy will have.
F1 English Goldendoodles
The First Generation (F1) Goldendoodle is the result of a Poodle crossed with a Golden Retriever which produces a puppy that is 1/2 Golden Retriever & 1/2 Poodle – (or in the case of a 2nd Gen Goldendoodle bred with a Golden Retriever, a puppy that is 5/8 Golden Retriever and 3/8 Poodle (1/8 more Golden and 1/8 less Poodle than the Poodle/Retriever breeding)). Most First Generation Goldendoodles are low to non-shedding. Many F1 Goldendoodles are compatible for most families with MILD allergies. F1 goldendoodles’ coats can vary from wavy straight, to curly to very curly, and because we have been doing this so long, we can identify the type of coat from birth. We breed this generation.
F1B English Goldendoodle
The F1B Goldendoodle is produced by crossing a F1 Goldendoodle with a Poodle which produces 3/4 Poodle & 1/4 Golden Retriever. F1B Goldendoodles are non-shedding and are recommended for families with moderate to severe allergies. F1B goldendoodles’ coats can vary from very wavy, to extremely curly, and we can identify the type of coat from birth. We have bred this generation in the past.
F2 English Goldendoodles
The Second Generation (F2) Goldendoodle is produced by crossing an F1 Goldendoodle with an F1 Goldendoodle. This combination produces a puppy that is 50% English Golden Retriever & 50% Poodle. Originally, Goldendoodle breeders believed that the F2 breeding would produce the most consistent “Teddy Bear” look, but that has not been the case. The Family Doodle has never bred this generation, as we expected that there would be a variety of coats produced, some of which would not be non shedding – and it looks as if that is correct. This generation can produce coats that vary from straight to very curly, and anything in between. We do not breed this generation.
The Second Generation backcross Goldendoodle (F2B) is produced by crossing an F1 Goldendoodle with an F1B Goldendoodle, which produces a 5/8 Poodle, 3/8 Golden Retriever – which is 1/8 less Poodle and 1/8 more Golden Retriever than an F1B. This generation produces mostly non-shedding pups, and is recommended for families with moderate to severe allergies. Many families desire this breeding because it has a little more Golden Retriever and a little less poodle than the F1B, while still keeping the curly coat. They can have a variety of coat types including wavy, curly and very curly. As an experienced breeder, we can identify the type of coat from birth. We breed this generation.
We only breed using Standard Poodles (though some are very small Standards), this is because most of the time the other sizes have to be artificially bred (insemination) and we believe it is better for the dogs and puppies to be naturally bred, and we like the temperament of the Standard Poodles better than Mini Poodles. We do not breed using Mini Poodles, though some of our puppy litters are in the medium category, and some individual puppies in our litters are minis! This allows us to keep temperament as the focus of our program.
- Height 22–26″
- Female 45–65lbs.
- Male 50-70lbs.
- Height 19 –22″
- Female 35–45lbs.
- Male 40-50lbs.
- Height 14 –18″
- Female 25–35lbs.
- Male 30-40lbs.
The AKC has ranked dogs according to popularity in North America, and the Golden Retriever, Labrador and Poodle all ranked in the top 5 out of 148 breeds.
The hybrid cross between these parent breeds are terrific family dogs, friendly, intelligent, affectionate and easy to train.
Doodle Fur Types:
The Doodle will inherit fur which looks retriever-like, or poodle-like, but usually something in-between.