Happy Doods – Goldendoodle Puppies Raised in Ohio

About Goldendoodles

There is so much to learn about this wonderful breed!  Goldendoodles are a hybrid breed that aims to combine the low shed coat and smarts of the Poodle with the family oriented, good-natured personality of a Golden Retriever.  Goldendoodles are friendly, intelligent, and eager to please making them a wonderful companion and they are also often selected for emotional support, therapy, facility, and service dog work.

Goldendoodles have become very popular in the past 20 years and thanks to developing breed clubs such as the Goldendoodle Association of North America (GANA) they are well on their way to becoming a kennel club recognized breed!

GENERATIONS

Goldendoodles, and other hybrids, use common terminology regarding the generations in relation to the parent breeds.  The most common generations that you will see are F1, F1b, F2, and Multi-Generational (Multi-Gen).

F1 Doodles are the result of a direct cross between the two parent breeds.  So, for Goldendoodles it would be a Golden Retriever crossed with a Poodle.  This puppy would contain approximately 50% Golden Retriever genes and 50% Poodle genes.

F1b Doodles are when the offspring of an F1 is bred back (that is what the b refers to) to either parent breed.  Typically, the b refers to having been bred back to a Poodle.  Many breeders consider breeding back to the Golden Retriever an F1b Reverse.  An F1b puppy would contain approximately 75% poodle genes and 25% Golden Retriever genes.  When purchasing an F1b, always confirm the parent breeds to ensure your puppy has the genetics you are looking for!

F2 Doodles are the result of breeding an F1 Doodle with another F1 Doodle.  This cross produces the least predictable results because each puppy could receive a wide variety of genetics from each parent which could result in a litter that has a spectrum of puppies that look like a Poodle or a Doodle or a Golden Retriever!

Multi-Generational (Multi-Gen) Doodles are the result of breeding an advanced generation doodle to another advanced generation of doodle.  The goal of this pairing is to be able to have consistent results with temperament, coat, and size.  Ultimately, the ability to make consistent and repeatable puppies is what will gain this amazing breed acceptance into national kennel clubs.

You may also hear the term Double Doodle from time to time.  This does not refer to generations but a pairing of a Goldendoodle with a Labradoodle.  Other crosses may be used so ensure you are confirming with your breeder the lineage of these puppies.

SIZING

Goldendoodles come in a variety of sizes!  The Golden Doodle Association of North America defines each size category based on adult height (and secondarily, weight).  When measuring the height of a dog you measure from the withers (tallest point above the shoulder) to the ground.  Per the Goldendoodle Association of North America height will always be the determining factor for size because weights can fluctuate.

Petite Mini Doodles- Height below 14 inches, typically under 25 pounds

Mini Doodles- Height over 14 inches but under 17 inches, typically 26-35 pounds

Medium Doodles- Height over 17 inches but under 21 inches, typically 36-50 pounds

Standard Doodles- Height over 21 inches, typically 51 pounds or more

COATS

Goldendoodles come in a variety of colors and coat types.  This is one reason why genetic testing and careful pairing is crucial when selecting breeding stock.  If the coat genetics of each parent are not carefully selected to be complimentary to one another, a Doodle’s coat can be quite difficult to manage and prone to excessive matting.  Later we will discuss Goldendoodle grooming.

Goldendoodles come in a rainbow of colors.  The Golden Retriever brings creams, apricots, and reds to the breed.  The Poodle side can bring black, chocolate (dark brown), silver, and gray coloring as well as many patterns!

Patterns in a Goldendoodle coat include Parti (at least 50% white), Abstract (solid with white/chrome/mis marks), Merle (varied coat colors made by a specific gene that randomly suppresses color), and Phantom (specific markings to the face, chest, and legs generally lighter than the rest of the coat).

COAT TEXTURES

Goldendoodles can have curly, wavy, or straight coats.  This is determined by the amount of curl gene received from each parent (depending on generation).  Curly coat types will have 2 curl genes (seen as +/+ in many genetic tests).  Wavy coats will have one curl gene and one straight gene (+/-).  Straight coats will have no curl genes (-/-).  Curlier coats tend to shed less than straight coats.

Furnishing genes are also important in giving the characteristic Goldendoodle look.  Furnishing genes create the eyebrows and beard of the Doodle.  The furnishing genes come from the Poodle side of this hybrid breed.  The gene for furnishing is dominant and is abbreviated with an F.  The abbreviation for an improper coat (no furnishing gene, Golden Retriever like coat) is IC.  So, breeders can genetically test parent dogs to determine whether the offspring will or will not have furnishing.  Doodles with no furnishing genes are considered Flat Coats (not to be confused with a Straight Coat which refers to the curl gene and still may be furnished).  The possibility to produce Flat Coats is especially prominent when producing the F2 generation (F1 x F1) because each parent will have one copy of the IC gene to potentially pass to their offspring.

GROOMING

Goldendoodles require frequent grooming.  Each doodle coat will have its own grooming needs based on the amount of curl present.  The curliest coats require more frequent and intense grooming in order to avoid matting.  Mats are tangles in the hair coat that become cinched tighter towards the skin over time.  Severe matting can be very painful and even cause bruising and other damage to the skin, not to mention the only way to get rid of severe matting is to shave the dog.

Goldendoodles should be brushed or combed daily.  Depending on the length of coat you will also need to have your doodle professionally groomed every 4-6 weeks to keep your dog looking and feeling their best.  You can use detangling spray to help work through any problem areas.  Talk with us or your groomer about how to best care for your doodle’s coat in between grooming sessions.

All doodle owners should (at minimum) have these grooming supplies on hand:

  • High-quality shampoo
  • Slicker brush
  • Pin comb
  • Detangling spray
  • Ear Cleaner with a drying agent

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