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The Goldendoodle is a Golden Retriever and Poodle cross still considered in most countries as a “designer breed” but is fast on the way to being a pedigree due to its rapid rise in popularity as a family dog. Originally developed in Australia and U.S. as an assistance dog suitable for allergy sufferers, the Goldendoodle has become a mainstay in the dog world. First generation crosses still vary quite a bit in appearance and temperament but the further generations tend to be much more predictable and it would not be a surprise to see a written standard soon for the breed.
The Goldendoodle's coat can vary considerably ranging from smooth, like that of a Golden Retriever; wavy or wiry, which is a mixture of the two breeds; or curly, like that of a Poodle. The color of the breed is always solid but can vary from a light crème, tan or yellow, golden, apricot, or black. The ears of the Goldendoodle usually drop straight down and accentuated by wavy or curly hair. The eyes are large, dark and rounded similar to that of the Golden Retriever which gives it that friendly inviting expression.
Goldendoodles are typically heavier and more muscular than that of a Poodle although the F1-B breed will favor a poodle much more than the Golden Retriever. Goldendoodles range in size depending on the size of the parent Poodle. Breeders have successfully bred Golden Retrievers with standard, mini, or toy poodles creating a diversity in size. The Standard Goldendoodle weighs approximately 50-65 pounds and grows to be 21-24 inches high at the shoulder; the medium-sized weighs approximately 30-45 pounds and grows to be 17-20 inches; and the Mini Goldendoodle or petite as they are sometimes called weighs approximately 15-25 pounds and grows to 14-16 inches.
The temperament of the Goldendoodle is what you might expect from breeding two of the most intelligent and friendly dog breeds together. They are easy-going, affectionate, playful and love to please! They make outstanding family pets as well as great guide dogs or any number of other service related uses.
Understanding the breeders
Breeders typically classify their litter according to what particular parent dogs used in the breeding. The classifications and descriptions are as follows:
F1 : This is a first generation cross of a purebred Golden Retriever and a purebred Poodle. First generation crossbreeds do not struggle with some of the genetic problems that with which some of the pedigree breeds have struggled. F-1 generational breeding may or may not be hypoallergenic and they may or may not shed. Size, appearance, and temperament vary the most with this type of breeding.
F1-B: This is a cross between an F1 Goldendoodle and a Poodle. This type will favor the Poodle more with its wavy or curly coat and will most likely be non-shedding and allergy friendly.
F2: This type is a cross between an F1 Goldendoodle and another F1 Goldendoodle. This type will resemble most closely the F1 type with variations depending on the individual parents and their tendencies regarding appearance and temperament.
F3: This is a crossbreed between an F2 Goldendoodle and another F2 Goldendoodle. Litters will be more consistent in this type.
Multi-generation: This type is at least a F3 Goldendoodle bred with another F3 Goldendoodle.