Goldendoodle is a designer dog breed made by crossing Golden Retrievers with Poodles. There are many types (F1/F1b/F2/F2b/F3) and sizes (miniature/standard) of Goldendoodles. The best way to forecast the personality of your puppy 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.
They are intelligent, friendly, and affectionate. Hybrids of all generations are friendly with everyone including strangers and kids, which makes 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 that have a high desire to please.
Height: 13 to 24 inches at the shoulder depending on Poodle parent (miniature/standard). Weight: miniature, 15 to 30 pounds; medium, 30 to 45 pounds; standard, 45 to more than 100 pounds.
What is a mini doodle? How big is a mini Goldendoodle?
The Miniature Goldendoodle (mini doodle) is the result of a Miniature or Toy Poodle crossed with a Golden Retriever. These dogs tend to range in size from 13 to 20 inches in height and 15 to 35 pounds in weight. The average height for Small Standard Goldendoodles is 17 to 20 inches; the weight is 40 to 50 pounds.
Are Goldendoodles Hypoallergenic? Do they shed?
Although not all Goldendoodles exhibit the non-shedding hypoallergenic coat type of the standard poodle, most specimens do 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. An F1b hybrid puppy from one purebred Poodle and an F1 Goldendoodle as parents has 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?
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.
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.
Common coat colors include white, cream, apricot, gold, red, and sometimes gray and black (also called Phantom Goldendoodle). They may also be black or a light sandy brown.
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.
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.
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.
Coat: Hypoallergenic, non-shedding, water repellent with 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 back of forelegs and heavier feathering on front of neck, back of thighs and underside of tail.
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.
Neck: Medium long, sloping well back into shoulders, giving sturdy muscular appearance with untrimmed natural ruff.
Forequarters: Forequarters muscular well co-ordinated with hindquarters and capable of free movement.
Body: Well balanced, short coupled, deep through the heart.
Hindquarters: Legs straight when viewed from the rear. Feet medium size, round and compact with thick pads.
Tail: Well set on, neither too high nor too low, following a natural line of croup.
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.
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