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! 

The best way to forecast the personality of your Goldendoodle 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.

Goldendoodle Temperament

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.

Goldendoodle Size

Height: 13 to 24 inches at the shoulder depending on 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) 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.

Some Goldendoodle breeders are developing teacup goldendoodles and they are expected to weigh between 6-10 pounds fully grown! Depending 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 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.

Note: 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? 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 (also called Phantom Goldendoodle). They may also be black or a light sandy brown.

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.

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?

Yes. 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.

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

Photo above: 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 watch dogs 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

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.

Goldendoodle puppy

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.

Link: Designer dog breeds list

2 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.

  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.

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