What is the Most Desirable Goldendoodle?

When you have planned to adopt the little bundle of joy and made a promise to take care of it throughout its life, it’s obviously your responsibility to know about all its details so that you are well aware of all its traits, illness, needs, characteristics, and above all its pros and cons.

And there is no denying the fact that you would want the best breed for your home so that everything is easy to manage and life with the little one goes on smoothly!

Goldendoodles are hard to resist because of their cute looks and playful nature!

But not all goldendoodles are the same, in the sense that every dog differs from the other and also they differ in characteristics due to their breeding patterns.

Most Desirable Goldendoodle


Well, this is 100% true!

When it comes to the most desirable goldendoodle, it all depends on the generation into which your goldendoodle falls, the other deciding factors including its color, characteristics, diseases, behavioral patterns, etc. and I am here to discuss all of them in detail.

To begin with…

The F1 or the F1B generation of goldendoodles with the apricot colour are considered to be the most desirable ones because of the facts that they are the purest breeds with hypoallergenic traits and are less likely to get affected by diseases which becomes a blessings in their upbringing!

You must be too confused right?

Well, I will sought it out for you by explaining every point in the simplest possible ways…

Table of characteristics of goldendoodles based on their generations

Coat typeHypoallergenicSheddingHybrid vigor
F1Any (straight,wavy, curly)LessLeastOf highest quality
F1BMostly curly, can be wavy as wellYesLess, but more than F1Yes, but less than F1
F1BBCurlyThe mostThe most non-sheddingLess than F1 & F1B
F2AnyMay or May not beMay or May not beLess than the F1 generation
F2BWavy or curlyYesYes, but not guaranteedYes, but less than the F1 generation
F2BBCurlyThe most hypoallergenic in the F2 generationThe most non-shedding in the F2 generationLess than the other 2 F2 generations
F3Mostly curlyYesYesLeast amongst all

Generations of Goldendoodles

First of all let’s learn about what the abbreviation F1B stands for:

F: Filial Hybrid

Filial Hybrid is a purebred dog that comes from two purebred parents. For example, a pure poodle and a pure golden retriever.

1: Stands for the number of generations that the dog falls into.

B: Backcross

Backcross refers to inbreeding or pure breeding.

In total, there are 7 generations of goldendoodles namely the F1, F1B, F1BB, F2, F2B, F2BB and F3.

Generations of goldendoodles

Now let us learn about each generation in details:

The F1 generation:

This is the very first generation where a 50% golden retriever is bred with a 50% poodle.

The F1B generation:

This is the 2nd generation of goldendoodle where a 25% golden retriever is bred with a 75% poodle.

The F1BB generation:

This is the 3rd generation of goldendoodle where a 12.5% golden retriever is bred with a 87.5% poodle.

The F2 generation:

This is the 4th generation of goldendoodle where 50% of both the golden retriever and the poodle are bred.

The F2B generation:

This is the 5th generation of goldendoodle where a 37.5% golden retriever is bred with 62.5% poodle.

The F2BB generation:

This is the 6th generation of goldendoodle where a 18.75% golden retriever is bred with a 81.25% poodle.

The F3 generation:

This is the last generation of goldendoodles where several generations of goldendoodles are bred with standard poodles.

Can you breed a goldendoodle with a golden retriever?

Yes, you can definitely breed a goldendoodle with a golden retriever,

But, but, but…

They are not at all common breeding breeds!

There are very few breeders and even fewer would be pet-parents who would want an offspring of the two mentioned breeds.

If you ask if it is possible to breed a goldendoodle with a golden retriever, the answer is yes! But the offspring will have 75% of golden retriever traits and only 25% of goldendoodles traits which means nearly all of the features in the litters of these two breeds will exhibit golden retriever traits from the fur type, temperament, appearance and habits!

To simplify, when you breed a golden retriever with a goldendoodle, you will get the following outcomes:

♦ They will have long straight fur like their retriever parent

♦ Their fur will not be that curly or not curly at all

♦ Their appearance will be more like the retriever parent in size and height

♦ They will be less hypoallergenic or not hypoallergenic at all like their retriever parent

♦ They will tend to shed more fur

♦ Their temperament will be more like their retriever parent

♦ Behaviour however might be adopted from any of the retriever or the doodle parent

So, all in all, you can definitely breed a goldendoodle with a golden retriever but they will not have any of the qualities of a poodle which is the most desirable.

See also: Are Girl or Boy Goldendoodles Better?

Characteristics of the most desirable goldendoodle

When it comes to the most desirable goldendoodle, you must be wanting the best of traits present in a poodle and a golden retriever!

Now, let’s see what actually are those desirable traits:

1. A golden retriever tends to shed more than a poodle

When it comes to shedding, there is one rule of thumb; the straighter the fur of the dog, the more will be the shedding.

So, the goldendoodle that has fur more like a poodle that is curly fur, will tend to shed less than the one with straight fur like it’s golden retriever parent.

2. A medium coat with curly fur of a poodle is the most desirable

That says it all, a goldendoodle looks the best with its cute curly fur with a medium coat that is easy to maintain and sheds less too.

3. The apricot color is the most sought after in goldendoodles

Similar to that of a poodle, the apricot color looks the best in goldendoodles. It gives the dog a look of a teddy bear and you can resist cuddling it all day long.

4. The goldendoodle must be hypoallergenic

For first time owners and for people with pet allergies, a goldendoodle that is hypoallergenic is the best choice.

5. The goldendoodle must be playful, friendly and active

Now you can get these traits in any generation of goldendoodles. But a goldendoodle that has more of a golden retriever trait will tend to exhibit more of friendliness towards all than a goldendoodle with poodle traits that tends to be less friendly with strangers.

Again, a goldendoodle with more poodle traits will tend to learn tricks faster and be more active.

6. You will definitely want a goldendoodle with a better health

When it comes to health, the pure needs are the best choice as they are of the best hybrid vigor and so undoubtedly the F1 generation of goldendoodle is the best choice in this case.

See also: Are Goldendoodles Chewers: The Complete Guide!

After learning about the most desirable traits in a goldendoodle, the question that arises is:

Which is better: F1 or F1B goldendoodle?

Both the generations of goldendoodles have its own pros and cons and it is up to you, what you desire the most in your pet:

F1 goldendoodles F1B goldendoodles
They will have straighter hair They will have curly hair
They will tend toto shed more They will tend to shed less
They will be less hypoallergenic They will be more hypoallergenic
They will have better health as they are more of a hybrid vigor They will be healthy too but can be prone to diseases
They will be more friendly They will be friendly only to their owners

What did we conclude?

Every generation of goldendoodles has some advantages and disadvantages over the others.

But, if you want looks and less shedding, the F1B generation should be your preference and if health is your concern, I would suggest going with the F1 generation!

Nonetheless, the F2 and F3 generations too exhibit some wonderful traits and are worth considering if you are an experienced pet-parent!

Susan R Elliston

I have over 11 years of experience as a vet working with a wonderful variety of species of innocent and lovely animals. Whilst I still work two days a week for a local practice, I realized that I could help more people by sharing my knowledge and experience with my readers.

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