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Goldendoodles, Double Doodles and
Australian Goldendoodles

What are they?

A Goldendoodle is the dog born of a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle.

A Double Doodle is the cross between a Goldendoodle and a Labradoodle (Labradoodles are a cross between a Labrador and a Poodle). They are also known as "North American Retrievers".

An Australian Double Doodle or an Australian Goldendoodle is the cross between a Goldendoodle and an Australian Labradoodle ( an Australian Labradoodle is the cross between a Labrador, Poodle, and in some cases English and American Cocker Spaniels, Irish Water Spaniels, and Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers).

Why are they?

These breeds have been growing in popularity since the mid-1990's. They have what is known as "hybrid vigor". When two healthy dogs of different breeds are bred together the resulting puppies tend to be healthier (more vigorous) than either parent. This is because even with good breeding practices, purebred dogs are more likely to carry the same recessive genes which can lead to genetic disorders such as hip dysplasia.

Also, in Goldendoodles, the combination of the calm, sweet golden retriever and the non-shedding, intelligent poodle creates what some have called the perfect dog. Combining a well bred Goldendoodle with a well bred Labradoodle also produces a wonderful, healthy dog.

 

History

First there were the Australian Labradoodles which were developed in Australia in the late 1980's as a service dog especially for people with allergies who couldn't have a Labrador due to their shedding. Golden Retriever lovers began developing the Goldendoodle in the mid-1990's, producing a soft and shaggy coated dog that has won people's hearts the world over. These dogs have joined the Labradoodle as being intelligent, competent, low to non-shedding working service dogs, and field dogs as well as family companions. At Aspen Hill Doodles, we began breeding Goldendoodles in 2005. We are one of the first reputable breeders of Goldendoodles in Colorado. We have developed several strong lines over the years. Grandparents and Great-grandparents etc. of current litters can be seen on our PARENT DOGS or RETIRED DOGS pages.

What do they look like?

Goldendoodles, Double Doodles and Australian Goldendoodles typically have a shaggy-dog look and can vary in color, size and coat quality.

Types of Goldendoodles

F1 Goldendoodles
Golden Retrievers and Poodles are the parent breeds of Goldendoodles. When a Golden Retriever is crossed with a Poodle, it is called an F1 cross (first generation hybrid), or an F1 Goldendoodle. These dogs are 50% Golden Retriever and 50% Poodle. The coat will vary between looking like a wavy coated retriever to a relaxed-curl poodle. This cross has a typical "shaggy-dog" look. Most first generation Goldendoodles either don't shed or shed lightly. Some people with mild allergies are OK with F1 Goldendoodles.

Here are two of Penny's F1 Goldendoodle pups, showing examples of size, color and coat.

On the left is "Gucci", she's a
35 pound, apricot colored, wavy coated Medium. Her coat is unclipped.

On the right is "Bogie", he's a
60 pound, cream colored, wavy coated Standard. His coat has been clipped.

Gucci & Bogie

F1B Goldendoodles
When a Goldendoodle is crossed back with a Poodle, the breeding is called a Backcross, or an F1B cross. The B is for Backcross because the Goldendoodle has been bred back to one of it's parent breeds. It's considered first generation (F1B) because one parent is one of the parent breeds. Because one parent is a Poodle, the pups will be at least 50% Poodle, probably more.

F1B Goldendoodles will have a generally curlier coat than F1 Goldendoodles and are usually non-shedding. They are recommended for families with mild allergies to dogs. People who have moderate to severe allergies to dogs, would probably be safest getting a pure poodle.

 

Rocket   Finley
Rocket is an example of a white colored, wavy coated medium F1B Goldendoodle. Bindi and Cloudy are his parents. He weighs about 30 pounds.   Finley is an example of a cream colored, curly coated mini F1B Goldendoodle. Bindi and Ximo are her parents. She weighs about 20 pounds

F1 Goldendoodle Retrievers
Technically a Goldendoodle crossed back to a Golden Retriever is also a Backcross (Goldendoodle hybrid dog bred back to one of the parent breeds), but in the Goldendoodle world the name of F1B is reserved for Goldendoodles bred back to Poodles only (not bred back to Golden Retrievers).

At Aspen Hill Doodles we do sometimes breed our F1B Goldendoodles back to Golden Retrievers. We call the pups F1 Goldendoodle Retrievers. They are considered first generation (F1) because one parent is one of the parent breeds. They are not called F1B because the name F1B is reserved for dogs where one parent is a Poodle. Because one parent is a Golden Retriever, the pups will be at least 50% Golden Retriever, probably more.

When we select the F1B parent for an F1 Goldendoodle Retriever litter, we select a dog with a very curly coat, similar to a poodle. We select a dog whose body build and temperament are similar to a Golden Retriever. Our F1 Goldendoodle Retrievers come in two types. The first type look very similar to Golden Retrievers, but they enjoy the hybrid vigor of Goldendoodles. The second type look very similar to wavy coated F1 Goldendoodles. The F1 Goldendoodle Retrievers that resemble Golden Retrievers usually shed some, regular brushing can help. The F1 Goldendoodle Retrievers that resemble F1 Goldendoodles are usually low to non-shedding.

Stella Moose Lucy
Stella Moose Lucy
Stella, Moose and Lucy are littermates. They are medium F1 Goldendoodle Retrievers. April and Botza are their parents. They all weigh between 30 and 45 pounds. Stella and Lucy are the Golden Retriever type of Goldendoodle Retriever. Moose is a Goldendoodle type of Goldendoodle Retriever. Stella is red colored, Moose is apricot colored and Lucy is light gold colored.

F2 Goldendoodles
Some breeders breed two F1 Goldendoodles together. This combination is called an F2 cross and produces the most variation in coat, from a coat that looks almost completely like a Golden Retriever's, to a coat that looks almost completely like a Poodle's. F2 Goldendoodles may be 90% Poodle (or more!) or 90% Golden Retriever (or more!), but are more likely to be somewhere in between. We don't breed F2 Goldendoodles at Aspen Hill Doodles.

F2B Goldendoodles
When an F1 Goldendoodle is crossed with an F1B Goldendoodle, the pups are called F2B Goldendoodles. This cross is similar to an F1 cross, producing wavy and slightly curly coats that are low to non-shedding.
Some people with mild allergies are OK with F2B Goldendoodles.

F3 and Multigenerational Goldendoodles
Any of these crosses can be crossed with one another to create combinations such as a F3 or a F3B and after several generations may be considered "Multigenerational." The general rule for naming generations is that a pup will be considered 1 generation higher than its parent with the lowest generation. For example an F1 crossed with an F2 would be an F2 (1 generation higher than the F1 parent).

Types of Double Doodles

F1 Australian Goldendoodles or F1 Australian Double Doodles
At Aspen Hill Doodles we have begun to breed our Goldendoodles with healthy Australian Labradoodles. An F1 litter is the first generation cross between these two breeds. Each breeding will depend on the parents we have chosen. Generally we're aiming to breed litters with excellent genetic diversity and look for complimentary characteristics in both parents to produce beautiful, healthy pups with sound temperaments which will become outstanding companion dogs.


Goldendoodle Colors

The color will depend largely on the poodle genes, and can be almost any color including white and black and in between. Some may have other markings such as being "abstract" which is a solid colored dog with one or more small white markings, "parti-colored" (spotted), or "phantom-colored" which have markings like a Doberman . At Aspen Hill Doodles we specialize in white, cream, light gold, gold, apricot, and red pups. Our pups are solid colored or abstract. Our abstract pups' white markings, are usually on the center of the chest, sometimes on the paws and sometimes on the center of the face or head. If the white area is very small, it often almost disappears as the pup grows up.

To the left is a Magnum, he's a good example of one of our apricot abstract pups. He has a small white spot in the middle of his chest. He's an apricot abstract Medium F1 Goldendoodle . He is one of Luna and Tino's pups.

Abstract Example

Size

Goldendoodles that are below 18 inches at the shoulder and under 30 pounds are called “minis” or Miniature Goldendoodles. Those that are about 18 to 21 inches at the shoulder and about 30 to 50 pounds are “mediums” or Medium Goldendoodles. Those that are above 21 inches at the shoulder and above 50 pounds are “standards” or Standard Goldendoodles.

F1 Goldendoodle
At Aspen Hill Doodles there are two basic sizes of F1 Goldendoodles: Medium and Standard. The F1 Medium Goldendoodle is from the cross between a Golden Retriever and a Miniature Poodle. The height is usually between 18 and 21 inches and weight between 30 and 50 pounds. Aspen Hill F1 mediums usually weigh about 35 pounds. The F1 Standard Goldendoodle is the cross between a Golden Retriever and a Standard Poodle, the height is usually between 22 and 26 inches and weight between 50 and 75 pounds. Aspen Hill standards usually weigh about 60 pounds. The females tend to be smaller than the males.

F1B Goldendoodle
F1B pups will vary in size depending on the parents. Following are some of our possible combinations:

When we cross an F1 Medium Goldendoodle with a Miniature Poodle we call the pups F1B Miniature Goldendoodles, ours usually weigh about 25 pounds.

We also cross an F1 Medium Goldendoodle with a Standard Poodle and we call the pups F1B Medium Goldendoodles. Ours usually weigh about 35 pounds.

When we cross an F1 Standard Goldendoodle with a Miniature Poodle we also call them F1B Medium Goldendoodles, and they will usually weigh about 35 pounds.

When we cross an F1 Standard Goldendoodle with a Standard Poodle we call them an F1B Standard Goldendoodle. Ours usually weigh about 60 pounds.

F1 Goldendoodle Retriever
When we cross an F1B Miniature Goldendoodle with a Golden Retriever we call them F1 Medium Goldendoodle Retrievers. Ours usually weigh about 40 pounds.

F2B Goldendoodle
When we cross an F1B Miniature Goldendoodle with an F1 Medium Goldendoodle we call them F2B Mini and Medium Goldendoodles. Ours usually weigh about 25 to 35 pounds.

When we cross an F1B Miniature Goldendoodle with an F1 Standard Goldendoodle we call them F2B Medium Goldendoodles. Ours usually weigh about 35 pounds.

F1 Australian Goldendoodle
When we cross an F1B Miniature Goldendoodle with an Australian Labradoodle we call them F1 Australian Goldendoodles. Ours usually weigh about 25 to 35 pounds.

 

 

 

Coat

The coat of a Goldendoodle, Double Doodle, and Australian Goldendoodle is usually soft and curly and if left unclipped, it will usually grow from 4 to 7inches long (shorter on the face). How curly the coat is often depends on the type of cross of each particular Goldendoodle.

 

Personality

Goldendoodles, Double Doodles, and Australian Goldendoodles are happy, intelligent dogs that are friendly and loyal to their family. They get along well with children and other pets. They are happiest when they are with people. They love to learn and are easy to train.

Maintenance

Goldendoodles, Double Doodles, and Australian Goldendoodles require a moderate amount of exercise and grooming.

 
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