What makes a Goldendoodle?

Goldendoodles are a type of hybrid dog known as a "designer breed". It is called this because the breed was created in order to meet some very specific qualities. People wanted a dog with characteristics such as family friendliness, intelligence, and low to no shedding. They achieved this mixture of these traits by combining a Golden Retriever and a Standard Poodle. The Goldendoodle has become a wonderful addition to many families worldwide because of it's amazing temperament that results from parent breeds that adore people. Goldendoodles are also known to be playful, sporting, and water loving dogs. 

Why Teddy bear Goldendoodles? 

Teddy Bear Goldendoodles are a subset of the Goldendoodle bred by using an English Creme Golden Retriever instead of a standard American Golden Retriever. The English bloodline of the Retrievers used for the Teddy Bear Goldendoodles offers a variety of advantages such as:

  • Longer average life expectancy

  • Decreased risk of cancer

  • In general, a calmer demeanor

  • A more robust build

Do Goldendoodles Shed? 

Goldendoodles are known as a low to no shedding dog breed and are most often considered allergy-friendly. Though no breed is completely hypoallergenic, Goldendoodles have extremely low levels of dander which are the cause of allergic reactions. The F1 and F1B series of the breed are found to be both the least shedding and lowest dander-producing of the Goldendoodle breed. 

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What does F1 and F1B mean?  

The terms F1 and F1B reflect the nature of how the Goldendoodle's genetics are determined. Different generations yield different genetic results based on what breeds the parent dogs are. Below is a brief summary of the differences between the most common breeding scenarios. 

F1 = Poodle + Golden Retriever (50% Poodle, 50% Retriever) - F1 is generally found to be low shedding and allergy-friendly. The dog's coat is usually soft and curly, right between the two parent breeds, but can range between them.
 

F1B = F1 Goldendoodle + Poodle (75% Poodle, 25% Retriever) - F1B is also generally found to provide a low shedding and allergy-friendly dog. The coat is more wiry and curly compred to the F1 generation. 
 

F2  = F1 Goldendoodle + F1 Goldendoodle (50% Poodle, 50% Retriever) - This version of the Goldendoodle's characteristics an range between both parents more than the F1, but the dog is still considered low shedding. However, this generation is generally less allergy-friendly. The dog's coat can be either soft or wiry. 

F2B = F1 Goldendoodle + F1B Goldendoodle (62.5% Poodle / 37.5% Golden Retriever) - This combination provides characteristics that are similar to the F1 and F1B generation. In general, the more curly the coat, the less the dog will shed.