Goldendoodle Characteristics

The Goldendoodle has proven to be a highly intelligent, easy to train dog with “gentle” being the most commonly used single word to describe them. Goldendoodles have a beautiful long coat that comes in three types – straight, wavy, or curly. Goldendoodles require regular brushing a few times a week to avoid matting and typically require professional grooming about every six weeks. New DNA technology is constantly evolving and we now can test for the number of curl genes as well as shedding genes a dog carries. This information is used in the selection of breeding pairs to assist us in creating the most hypo-allergenic dogs possible. Most multigen Goldendoodles do not shed regardless of the type of coat they possess.

Goldendoodle Sizes and Generations

The F1 standard size Goldendoodle was the first to be bred. It is the product of a standard Poodle crossed with a Golden Retriever. The typical mature weight is 50-75 lbs.

The F1 mini/medium Goldendoodle is the product of a miniature Poodle crossed with a Golden Retriever. They mature to 25-45 lbs and have a 50% chance of being low shedding.

The F1B Goldendoodle is produced by crossing an F1 Goldendoodle with a Poodle. The mature adult weight is determined by the size of the parents. These dogs will have a higher success rate for non-shedding over the F1 generation.

The multigen Goldendoodle is the product of two Goldendoodle parents. The multigen with two furnishing genes and a long coat is the most hypo-allergenic with a 98% non-shedding success rate. We specialize in this type of breeding.

Size Categories

Petite range: Height: below 14 inches at withers, typically 25 lbs. or less

Miniature range: Height: over 14 but under 17 inches at withers, typically 26-35 lb.

Medium range: Height: over 17 but under 21 inches at withers, typically 36-50 lb.

Standard range: Height: over 21 inches at withers, typically 51 or more lb.

Final size category of a dog will be determined at adulthood and is measured at the withers. Please be aware that the estimated size of a puppy by a breeder is an educated guess. Therefore, a puppy’s final size may vary somewhat from a breeder’s initial calculation.

GANA (Goldendoodle Association of North America) Grading Scheme

F1 = Golden Retriever x Poodle

F1B = F1 Goldendoodle x Poodle or F1 Goldendoodle x Golden Retriever

F2 = F1 Goldendoodle x F1 Goldendoodle

Multigen = Two Goldendoodle parents – One parent has to be an F1B or multigen. A Poodle or a Golden Retriever bred to a multigen Goldendoodle also constitutes a multigen.