Goldendoodle designer dog breed


Goldendoodle is a hypoallergenic designer dog breed made by crossing Golden Retrievers with Poodles. There are many types and sizes of Goldendoodles. You can find (F1/F1b/F2/F2b/F3) Goldendoodles, Miniature Goldendoodles, and Standard Goldendoodles! 

Goldendoodle puppies
The staff of Midland Animal Clinic with a huge litter of Goldendoodle puppies.

Goldendoodle Temperament

Goldendoodles are intelligent, friendly, and affectionate. Hybrids of all generations are friendly with everyone, including strangers and kids, making them an ideal choice as a family dog. Due to their affable, outgoing personalities, these designer dogs also make excellent companions for people with disabilities. They are cheerful, trustworthy, gentle, affectionate, smart, and highly trainable animals with a high desire to please.

Golden doodles at play

Goldendoodles love to play ball.Goldendoodle runningGoldendoodle dog running

Goldendoodle FAQ Frequently Asked Questions and Answers: 

Let us seek some answers related to this designer breed. Are they hypoallergenic, or do they shed a lot? Do they bark a lot? Are they good guard dogs? Are they good family dogs? Good with children? And many more questions that a potential dog owner may be concerned about.

Are Goldendoodles good with children? Is it a good family dog?

This is an essential question, and one should not be happy with a hasty ‘yes’ or ‘no’ as an answer. The fact is, it depends. Golden Retrievers are good with children, but poodles (smaller poodles) are not fond of children. To judge if a Goldendoodle will be good with children, look at its parents. Standard sized Goldendoodles have a higher probability of being gentle around kids. Also, all dogs raised with children are generally good with them. The Goldendoodle can be a great family dog – the gentleness of golden retrievers combined with the smartness and low shedding coat.Goldendoodle pup Cooper

How big is the Goldendoodle?

Size: Height: 13 to 24 inches at the shoulder depending on the Poodle parent (Miniature Poodle or Standard Poodle).

Weight: Mini Goldendoodle: 15 to 30 pounds; Medium Goldendoodle: 30 to 45 pounds and Standard Goldendoodle: 45 to more than 100 pounds.

What is a mini doodle? How big is a Mini Goldendoodle?

The Miniature Goldendoodle (mini doodle) results from a Miniature or Toy Poodle crossed with a Golden Retriever. These dogs range in size from 13 to 20 inches in height and 15 to 35 pounds in weight.

Some Goldendoodle breeders are developing teacup Goldendoodles, and they are expected to weigh between 6-10 pounds fully grown! Depending on their coloring and size, these Teacup Goldendoodles are also called Teddy Bear Goldendoodles.

Miniature Goldendoodle mini doodle
Mini Goldendoodle

Are Goldendoodles Hypoallergenic? Do they shed?

Although not all Goldendoodles exhibit the non-shedding hypoallergenic coat type of the standard poodle, most specimens have a low to non-shedding coat. The Goldendoodle may shed less than a golden retriever, but the degree of shedding will vary from dog to dog. In designer dogs, no two dogs are alike.

Note: F1b hybrid puppies from one purebred Poodle and an F1 Goldendoodle as parents have the maximum probability of being hypoallergenic.

What is an F1 Goldendoodle? Do they shed?

F1 Goldendoodle is the first generation of hybrids bred from purebred Golden Retriever and purebred Poodle as parents. F1 Goldendoodle generation has a higher risk of shedding, but some do not shed. When they do shed, most shed lightly, and some shed moderately. They do not shed as bad as the Golden Retriever.

What is an F1b Goldendoodle? Do they shed? Are they hypoallergenic?

The F1B hybrid is 75% Poodle (one purebred Poodle and an F1 Goldendoodle as parents). F1B hybrids have beautiful loose wavy to curly plush coats and have the maximum chance of being non-shedding like a Poodle. They have the maximum chance of being hypoallergenic.

What is an F2/F2b Goldendoodle? Do they shed?

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

Link to other non-shedding breeds: Hypoallergenic dog breeds

Goldendoodle colors

Goldendoodle Colors

Common coat colors include white, cream, apricot, gold, red, and sometimes gray and black (Phantom Goldendoodle). They may also be black or light sandy brown.

Let us look at some more Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

Is the Goldendoodle yappy? Do they bark a lot?

Goldendoodles are a blend of two different parent breeds. The Poodle can be a yappy problem barker while the Golden Retriever does not bark unnecessarily. Therefore if the Goldendoodle is 50% of both breeds and the parents weren’t barkers, that particular trait may not be dominant in your Goldendoodle puppy.

Do Goldendoodles like to swim?

Swimming GoldendoodleYes. Goldendoodles love the water. But you have to look out for your Goldendoodle puppy around water since even the strongest; most enthusiastic swimmers can get into trouble while learning to swim.

Phantom Goldendoodle

Phantom Goldendoodle

How long do Goldendoodles live?

These designer dogs have a life expectancy of 10 to 15 years. Their lifespan is about average for medium dog breeds.

What health problems do Goldendoodles have?

Goldendoodles are a healthy designer dog breed. However, some health problems may be inherited due to irresponsible breeding – these include hip dysplasia, a skin disease called sebaceous adenitis, a heart condition called subvalvular aortic stenosis, Addison’s disease, and eye diseases such as progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts, and glaucoma. Buy your Goldendoodle puppy from a reliable Goldendoodle breeder.

What is a teddy bear, Goldendoodle?

An English Teddy Bear Goldendoodle is a hybrid between a Poodle and an English Creme Golden Retriever. An English Cream Golden Retriever is just a light-colored (almost white) Golden Retriever. Teddy bear Goldendoodles are almost white and more expensive.

English Teddy Bear Goldendoodle
Teddy Bear Goldendoodle

Photo: English Teddy Bear Goldendoodle

Are Goldendoodles good guard dogs?

No! They are too friendly to be good guard dogs. However, mini doodles who inherit more characteristics from the miniature poodle parent can become good watchdogs and bark at strangers.

Are Goldendoodles smart? Are they trainable?

Yes. Goldendoodles are smart and a joy to train. Both the poodle and golden retriever dog breeds are known for being highly social and trainable. The Goldendoodle, therefore, is typically a quick student and can learn multiple commands with proficiency, which also makes them great pets for first-time dog owners.

How much exercise do Goldendoodles need?

Goldendoodles require at least an hour of exercise daily. They need to be walked at least three times every day. Each walk should last for around half an hour. Time to stretch their legs and run is essential.

F1b Goldendoodle puppies

So, A Doodle it is.

Ok, so you love the Doodle! So do we! and have decided to find yourself a Goldendoodle puppy as your next family member. How will you choose the best doodle puppy to bring home? Let us look at some standard characteristics of the Goldendoodle designer breed, which will help you select the right puppy; keep reading.

Choosing a good Goldendoodle puppy

The best way to forecast a Goldendoodle puppy’s personality is to look at the parents, their breed characteristics, and know you can get any combination of any of the characteristics found in either parent’s breed type.

The definition of the best Goldendoodle puppy depends on your requirements. Your expectations from an adult Goldendoodle can be broadly categorized as follows: Confirmation for breeding Goldendoodles; hypoallergenic pet; obedience; smart, cool dog; therapy dog; service dog; homely pet.

Although it is tempting to look for all these qualities in the one Goldendoodle puppy you are planning to buy, it is seldom possible to find all qualities in a single pup.

If you want your Goldendoodle puppy to grow up to be a typical specimen, you should look for confirmation of Goldendoodle characteristics listed on this page. Being hypoallergenic is a priority over good temperament for many potential owners. Look for the following characteristics while choosing an ideal Goldendoodle puppy.

Picking a good Goldendoodle puppy

Searching for physical confirmations will help you in picking up a good Goldendoodle puppy. However, remember that this is a designer dog, and a unique mix of characteristics can be observed in each designer breed. No two designer dogs are alike! Look for the following physical characteristics.

Goldendoodle’s General Appearance

The Goldendoodle is a symmetrical, powerful, active dog, sound and well put together, not clumsy or long in the leg, displaying a kindly expression and possessing a personality that is eager, alert, and self-confident.


Goldendoodle’s Coat

Goldendoodles were bred to be non-shedding hypoallergenic dogs. The coat should ideally be hypoallergenic, non-shedding, water repellent with a good undercoat. Texture not as hard as that of a short-haired dog nor very silky. Lies flat against the body and may be straight or wavy. Moderate feathering on the back of forelegs and heavier feathering on front of the neck, back of thighs, and underside of tail.

Goldendoodle’s Head

Broad in the skull, slightly arched laterally and longitudinally without prominence of frontal or occiput bones. Good stop. Foreface deep and wide, nearly as long as the skull. Muzzle, when viewed in profile, slightly deeper at stop than at tip; when viewed from above, slightly wider at stop than at the tip. No heaviness in flews.

Goldendoodle’s Neck

Medium long, sloping well back into shoulders, giving sturdy, muscular appearance with an untrimmed natural ruff.

Goldendoodle’s Forequarters

Forequarters muscular well co-ordinated with hindquarters and capable of free movement.

Goldendoodle’s Body

Well-balanced, short coupled, deep through the heart.

Goldendoodle’s Hindquarters

Legs straight when viewed from the rear. Feet medium size, round and compact with thick pads.

Goldendoodle’s Tail

Well set on, neither too high nor too low, following a natural line of the croup.

Goldendoodle puppy

Goldendoodle’s Gait

When trotting, gait is free, smooth, powerful, and well-coordinated. Viewed from front or rear, legs turn neither in nor out. Feet should not cross or interfere with each other.

Goldendoodle Videos

Goldendoodle training video

Difference between A F1, F1B & F2 Goldendoodle

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20 thoughts on “Goldendoodle”

  1. Goldendoodle is not recognized as a standardized breed by any major kennel club. But they are excellent family dogs. Goldendoodles are quite expensive as a lot goes into producing a well-bred designer dog. From a reputable Goldendoodle breeder, you can expect to pay between 2,000 to 3000 USD.

    1. Adopting can also be a viable option. Also, when you adopt a grown-up dog, you can have a better idea of how much he sheds.

  2. Goldendoodles do have less dander.. however, I have doubts about how hypoallergenic they are… no breed is 100% hypoallergenic IMO. Get the full facts if you’re really seriously concerned about allergies.

    Dog lovers who are allergic can also take steps to reduce allergies by bathing their dog regularly, vacuuming often, washing dog bedding, and creating dog-free zones to reduce pet dander.

    If you are hoping to get a Goldendoodle dog with a non-shedding or low-shedding coat, then buy from a Goldendoodle breeder who’s in tune with how to manage these traits across generations.

  3. How much food should I give to my Goldendoodle puppy? I have a male little less than 4 months and he is always running around.

  4. Hello Sunny,

    There are three main sizes of Goldendoodles:

    Miniature (15 to 30 pounds)
    Medium (30 to 45 pounds)
    Standard (45 up to 100 pounds)

    The size of each designer dog is directly related to the size of his parents.

    You should decide the food quantity based on your puppy’s parents sizes. Break up the recommended quantity into small portions you can feed 4/3/2 times a day as he grows..

    A full grown standard Goldendoodle will use around 1,200 calories each day.

    However, the age and activity levels of your pet will also influence how many calories he needs.

    Growing puppies use more calories than you might think, even though they are smaller than adult dogs!

    That’s because they need energy for playing, while also feeding the growth of muscles, bones, and organs.

    Remember to take this into account when deciding on the best puppy food for Goldendoodles.

    Once your Goldendoodle puppy is weaned, he can begin eating puppy food.

    After a few months, you can introduce a life stage food to your pet.

    You should feed your Goldendoodle puppy three to four small meals each day.

    When your Goldendoodle pup is six months old, you can change to feeding him twice daily.

    It’s always helpful to speak to your Goldendoodle puppy’s breeder for advice on feeding.

    That will enable you to base your pet’s diet on that of his parents.

    Cheers Sunny, hope this helps.

    1. Goldendoodles are friendlier than Labradoodles. In general, a Goldendoodle is quicker to approach a complete stranger, whereas a Labradoodle will typically stay closer to its owner. It is difficult and unfair to say one is better than the other! Such generalized statements are often incorrect.

  5. We have Teacup Goldendoodle, Toy Goldendoodle, & Mini Golden doodle Puppies for sale.

    We love golden doodle puppies so much we wanted to share their cuteness with everyone. So we decided to breed Mini Goldendoodle Puppies as well as Toy Goldendoodle pups. Golden doodle puppies come in all sizes, colors, and temperaments. We strive to provide well behaved beautiful puppies that families and individuals can love and cherish for years to come! Below are our teacup goldendoodle puppies and our mini goldendoodle puppies for sale.

    A Goldendoodle is a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Standard Poodle. The two breeds were chosen carefully to compliment one another. The Poodle was chosen for its curly, hypoallergenic coat and the Golden Retriever for its pleasant disposition and strong sense of loyalty. Both are highly intelligent breeds, ranking in the top 5 of the most intelligent dogs making Golden doodles among the most intelligent dogs. Therefore you’ll be getting much more than just a dog, but a companion for life.


    Golden doodles take on the best traits of both breeds. The cross between these two parent breeds make terrific family dogs, friendly, intelligent, affectionate and easy to train. They are devoted to their family and friendly towards children, other dogs and pets, and easy with strangers. Golden doodle dogs are social dogs, happiest when with people. Golden doodle puppies are likely to get into mischief and develop behavioral problems if they spend most of their lives alone. Their intelligence, eagerness to please, and love of learning make them very easy to train.

    The Goldendoodle inherits the fur qualities of the Standard Poodle in that most do not shed or shed very lightly and may not produce any allergic reaction. The fur texture is that of a Standard Poodle as well. The curls are not as stiff though, and tend to form a wavy and silky coat. From the golden retriever it receives the pleasant temperament and strong loyalty that are associated with this breed.

    Because golden doodles are a hybrid breed, the resulting hybrid vigor makes them less susceptible to genetic diseases associated with purebred breeds. They grow healthier and live longer than either parent line. The only genetic diseases golden doodles can be prone to would be those shared by both the Golden Retriever and the Standard Poodle. There are no major genetic health concerns, but a few minor concerns: cataract, SAS (heart disease), and CHD (Canine Hip Dysplasia), Von Willebrand’s (blood disease), elbow and patella disorders.

    Golden doodle Life Expectancy

    Standard Goldendoodle: 9-12 years, depending on size and condition.
    Mini Goldendoodle & Teacup Goldendoodle: 10-14 years, depending on size and condition. Smaller dogs generally live longer than larger dogs.


    The more percentage of Poodle the better for no shedding and allergies. A first generation goldendoodle is the result of a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. This is considered an F1 Goldendoodle. Because they are 50% Golden Retriever and 50% Poodle they will likely still have some shedding as a result of the higher percentage of Golden Retriever in them.

    When you get to the second generation goldendoodle they are typically called an F1B. An F1B is the child of an F1 Goldendoodle and a Poodle. An F1B Goldendoodle has 75% Poodle and 25% Golden Retriever. The poodle’s coat is what makes the Golden doodle hypoalergenic and non-shedding. So having an F1B Goldendoodle that has 75% poodle, you are going to have less shedding than you would typically have with an F1Goldendoodle.

    An F2B Goldendoodle is the child of an F1B Goldendoodle (first generation born to a Goldendoodle) and a Poodle. This F2B Goldendoodle will have 87.5% Poodle and 12.5% Golden Retriever. These are even less likely to shed than the F1B, but both are considered to be ideal when looking for a puppy that is hypoalergenic.

    F2B Goldendoodles are sometimes also referred to as Multigen or Multigenerational Goldendoodles. All this means is that the Goldendoodle was born to a parent that was also a Golden doodle. In Conclusion, if you’re looking for a puppy that will have little to no-shedding, be extremely smart, fairly easy to train, etc… then looking for an F1B Goldendoodle or an F2B Goldendoodle would be ideal!


    There are Standard Goldendoodles, which are the result of a Golden Retriever bred to a Standard Poodle (50-90 lbs & most are in the 22-27″ range at the shoulder). An F1 Medium or Miniature Goldendoodle is the result of a Golden Retriever bred to either a Toy Poodle (10 inches and under), or a Miniature Poodle (over 10 inches and not over 15 inches). They are still a first generation Goldendoodle hence the F1; but because of the Toy Poodle they will likely be smaller than a standard goldendoodle. Whether the Goldendoodle is a Standard or a Mini depends on their full grown weight / size.

    The typical weight of a Standard Goldendoodle is around 50-80 lbs; while the typical weight of a Mini Goldendoodle is about 15-50 lbs. There is quite the difference between each of the varying sizes, so to estimate the size of the child take the weight or each parent and find the median. For example, if the mother (dam) was an F1 Standard Goldendoodle that weighed 50lbs and the father (sire) was a Toy Poodle that weighed 10 lbs; then the median would be 30 lbs, making the child an F1B Mini Goldendoodle. Here are some charts to show the information in an easier to understand format.

    Understanding Goldendoodle Sizes

    Here are the estimated sizes listed:

    Micro Goldendoodle: 5 to 10 pounds full grown.
    Teacup Goldendoodle: 7 to 15 pounds full grown.
    Toy Goldendoodle: 10 to 20 pounds full grown.
    Mini Goldendoodle: 15 to 50 pounds full grown.
    Standard Goldendoodle: 50-90 pounds full grown.

    Goldendoodle Generations

    Golden Retriever x Poodle = F1 (50% Golden Retriever & 50% Poodle)
    F1 x F1 = F2 (50% Golden Retriever & 50% Poodle)
    F1 x Poodle = F1B (25% Golden Retriever & 75% Poodle)
    F1B x Poodle = F1BB (12.5% Golden Retriever & 87.5% Poodle)
    F1B x F1B = F2B (25% Golden Retriever & 75% Poodle)
    F2 x F2 = F3 (50% Golden Retriever & 50% Poodle)
    Multigeneration = A puppy born from multiple generations of goldendoodle parents. Multigen Goldendoodles usually have around 65%+ Poodle & 35% Golden Retriever.

    Teacup Goldendoodles

    Our puppies are F2b Teacup Goldendoodles as well as F1B Miniature Goldendoodles that are from top quality lines. Goldendoodle puppies make great pets as they are extremely intelligent, non-shedders, and hypoallergenic. Our Mini Goldendoodles, and Teacup Goldendoodles are sensitive, loyal and affectionate.

    We get asked alot if there are more health problems with Teacup Goldendoodles, because of the father being a Mini or Toy Poodle. Mini and Teacup Goldendoodles are actually healthier! What most people don’t know is that all small and toy breeds originally were bred down in size from larger dogs. Teacup Goldendoodle Puppies actually have less health problems, and live longer. The smaller Goldendoodles such as the Mini Goldendoodle have less health problems because they share less of the same bad genetic traits. In fact that’s true about most dogs; smaller dogs generally live longer than larger dogs.


    Teacup and Toy Goldendoodles are among the smallest of the Doodles. They are estimated to be about 7-14 pounds and only 15 inches tall fully grown. All of our Teacup Goldendoodles begin litterbox training at about 3-4 weeks, as well as crate training. We do our best to bring you a puppy you’ll love even before bringing them home.

    Make a deposit and you can select your puppy in the order of the deposits taken. Puppy selections can be made in person or online. Because of the smaller size of Teacup Goldendoodles or Toy Goldendoodle Puppies some puppies may need to stay with their mother a little longer than others. We want to be absolutely certain that each puppy receives the best care possible.

  6. Goldendoodles were first bred in 1969 to be guide dogs, but the breed gained popularity among breeders during the 1990s. This “designer” mix was bred to combine the non-shedding coat of the poodle with the desirable temperament of the golden retriever.

    The idea for the crossbreed was inspired by the successful breeding of the Labradoodle, a poodle, and Labrador retriever hybrid. As one of the most popular domestic dog breeds in the United States, the golden retriever was an obvious choice for crossbreeding with the delightfully hypoallergenic poodle.

    Goldendoodles have been used as pets, agility dogs, guide dogs, therapy dogs, diabetic dogs, and search and rescue dogs. Their lovability and patience have made them a popular choice for family dogs in recent years.

    The first three dogs to earn the American Kennel Club Obedience Champion title after its introduction in 1977 were golden retrievers, which proves their loyalty and ease of trainability Poodles were originally bred as retrievers and water dogs, and both the breeds score in the top 5 of the 150 smartest dog breeds. These genes pass on to the Goldendoodle, so owners can be assured of an athletic, intelligent, and obedient companion.

  7. F designations on Goldendoodles: F1 is the first-generation puppy: so a cross between a full golden retriever and a full poodle. F2 is a puppy from two F1 golden doodles. Or you get a backcross which is an F1 dog crossed with a full Golden or Poodle, those are designated F1b. These are 75% of one breed and 25% of the other.

    After F1 and F2 it gets a little fuzzy, but usually, after F2 they’re just multigenerational.

    Size is based on the Poodle parent. If you want a large Goldendoodle make sure the Poodle parent is Standard. If you want a small goldendoodle make sure the Poodle parent is small.

  8. Goldendoodle is an ideal breed. Affectionate, intelligent, and low-shedding, these dogs inherited some of the best traits from their parent breeds. Good for novice dog parents and experienced canine families alike, you’d have a hard time finding a more loving companion.

  9. I got a Goldendoodle puppy!! Here’s a vlog of Togi’s first week at home. He’s so precious but also a rascal too. I’m so happy you guys could share this experience with me! If you’ve seen my monthly review videos, you know that I’ve been searching for + manifesting a puppy. And now he’s really here! Togi is a multi gen mini Goldendoodle. He’s expected to be around 25 lbs full grown 🙂

  10. Hi so I have been wanting to learn more about Goldendoodles rather than just google I’d like to know what they are like from people currently with one maybe why you chose this designer dog breed how is it training them if you do any jobs or sports with them how they are doing what they are like day to day?

  11. Goldendoodles are simply awesome designer dogs. We are on our third one. In the puppy stage, like any puppy, they are exhausting. They like to chew….furniture, shoes… rocks.. Goldendoodles are very trainable dogs as they are so smart. Most probably smarter than Labs, smart like the poodle. Their best quality is that they become like people. It’s not a little fluffy baby you can stroll around. This is a 50-100 pound friend that will want to go everywhere you go. They are so loyal. Great with kids. Our Goldendoodles have only made me cry one time. And that was when they crossed the rainbow bridge into pup heaven. Such a hard thing losing a best friend.

  12. I was talking to a Goldendoodle owner in the park. Apparently, they do shed.. at least this particular dog did. There is no guarantee that a puppy will be hypoallergenic, and if the prospective owner is seriously allergic to pet hair and dander, it is best to avoid dogs! Just play with dogs in a dog park or something instead of bringing home a puppy! Just my opinion!!

  13. Breeding an F1 Goldendoodle (50% Poodle and 50% Golden Retriever) with a 100% Poodle yields an F1B Goldendoodle which is (75% Poodle and 25% Golden Retriever). However, it is very difficult to recognize F1B Goldendoodle puppies. That is why you should always buy from trustworthy breeders. That way you have a better chance of getting a hypoallergenic non-shedding dog.

  14. Is F1B Goldendoodle or F2B Goldendoodle better? F2B Goldendoodle (62.5% Poodle and 37.5% Golden Retriever) is a cross between an F1 Goldendoodle (50% Poodle, 50% Golden Retriever) and an F1B Goldendoodle (75% Poodle, 25% Golden Retriever). This means that it’s like the Goldendoodle will have less shedding and be more hypoallergenic.

  15. Recently saw a pair of miniature goldendoodles with comfort retrievers and miniature poodles as parents.. hypoallergenic and smaller than normal goldendoodles.

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