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Goldendoodle Generations

We get a lot of inquiries as to what different generations of Goldendoodles mean and instead of sending pics and explanations to everyone I thought I’d make a page with info. Hope this helps! 

The generations are fairly easy to understand. I will add just a few examples to give you the general idea. There is no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog and many allergy sufferers can be allergic to dander, hair, saliva or urine. We always offer Tshirt testing for anyone concerned about the pup causing an issue (not a 100% guarantee) and help explain genetic traits that effect shedding.

​An F1 is a first generation dog, so purebred Golden Retriever crossed with a poodle.

F2 would be an F1 crossed with an F1


F3 is an F2 with an F2 and so on


The “b” represents a backcross. As in it’s bred back to a parent purebred breed.

Usually when you get to the F3 generations with backcrosses, breeders call it multigenerational doodle. 

But what does all of that mean for you??
Here’s a guide with some characteristics for each breed

​Breeding Doodles is as much as an art form as it is a science and good breeders usually have a vision of the dog they want to produce. Well, that requires a bit of creativity and genetics in what parent breeds percentages you put together.

F1 Golden Retriever X Poodle

The First generation is a half And half mix of the parents breeds

These will be lower shedding than the golden retriever, but can still shed. They may be OK with people with mild allergies, but I would recommend a higher generation and genetic trait testing on parents for more severe allergies.
Their coat might be wavy or loose curls.

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​F1 Goldendoodle X Poodle

F1b, averaging around 75% Poodle.
Some pups produced in this litter can be better for those with allergies. However, some may still end up with looser curls (single curled) and single furnishings as an F1 generation


F1 Goldendoodle
​F1 Goldendoodle

It becomes harder to predict shedding qualities in this generation. No furnishings and no curl can com up causing 25% of the litter to have straight coats that shed.
These puppies will look more like Golden Retrievers than poodles. We genetically test for these traits and most breeders choose not to produce this generation.


F1b Goldendoodle

Averaging around 83%-90% poodle.

Despite what other breeders might tell you, just because they have a higher percentage of poodle DOES NOT mean a higher chance of being hypoallergenic or non shedding!
Overall, shedding is based off coat types come from genetic traits of the parent dogs over what generation they are. I can help you understand all of that! Of course, there is a lot more that goes into the different generations such as personality and temperament that isn’t directly covered in this post.

There are many different color combinations when it comes to Goldendoodles. Because we know the color panels on each of our dogs, we’re able predict what color puppies they have and what color genetics their puppies carry. Genetics can sound pretty confusing but once you study it, it’s actually pretty easy! We personally have Black, Silver/Black, Chocolate, Chocolate Merle, Blue Merle, chocolate phantom, black & tan phantom, cream, apricot, red, brindle & Sable. Additional to those solid colors and patterns, our pups can be abstract, parti or Tri.

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