The Goldendoodles ancestry along both parent lines is as hunters and water dogs. The physical appearance of the Goldendoodle runs anywhere from a shaggy-looking retriever to a relaxed-curl poodle, but usually it falls somewhere in between. The length when left unclipped grows to about 4-8 inches. The color of the coat can be cream, red, white, gold, apricot, chocolate, black, parti or merle. This color variation is because of the genetics in the Poodle and the Golden Retriever.
A Goldendoodle gets it’s name from it’s parents – Golden Retriever and Poodle. Number 4 and number 8 respectively on the AKC most popular breeds in America list.
First bred deliberately in North America in the mid 1990’s. Known for their non to light shedding “allergy friendly” coats, allowing them to become companions to the ever increasing population that suffers from these allergies.
Goldendoodles are a wonderful combination of the best of two well-loved breeds, and are a very popular breed in homes across the country and the world.
Life expectancy is 13-15 years and they will require a moderate amount of exercise. As a ‘hybrid’ breed, Goldendoodles are generally healthier and live longer than either parent. This is because they are only prone to diseases shared by BOTH parents. Goldendoodles are very loving dogs. They enjoy spending time with their families and being involved in family activities and outings.
To learn more about Goldendoodles, visit Goldendoodle Association of North America.
F1 and F1B Designation
All Goldens descend from the same foundations originating in Scotland in 1868.
Early descendants were crossed with a Tweed Water Spaniel which is now extinct, giving us the Golden Retriever we know today. Typical Retrievers are calm, and intelligent. They posses an exceptional eagerness to please. They have been popular as pets worldwide for decades.
Over time, different countries have adapted their own idea of what a Golden should look like, their own “Breed Standard” to suit their own needs and taste.
English Goldens are often cream to light golden in color, coat is thick and feathered. Blocky square head with a stocky build. Wider and shorter muzzle, shorter legs and tail.
Dark brown to black round eyes, noses and pigment.
English Golden’s are known to have great disposition, and are calm at an early age.
American Goldens have darker variances on coat color Golden through red.
Flatter coat on a longer, leaner build. Brown triangle shaped eyes and brown noses.
Active and kindly disposition but not known for calm until grown fully.
A little about Golden Retrievers
F1 – First generation cross of Golden Retriever and Poodle (50/50)
F1b – Backcross. This is an F1 pup being bred back to one of the original parent breeds. (25/75)
F2 – Second generation. Result of an F1 Crossed with an F1. This produces a genetically varied result, and hybrid vigor is decreased. (50/50)
You can expect a variation of coats from puppy to puppy. The coat will be ‘fluffy’ during puppyhood until the adult coat develops at around a year of age. Texture of coats can also vary, commonly flat waves to soft curls. The curlier the coat, generally the less shedding.