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. We call the look of this type of goldendoodle the "goldendoodle" type. In some generations, the pups look more like their Golden Retriever relatives (see our F1 Goldendoodle Retriever section), we call the look of this type of goldendoodle the "retriever" type.
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",
35 pound, apricot colored, wavy coated Medium.
Her coat is unclipped.
On the right is "Bogie",
60 pound, cream colored, wavy coated Standard.
His coat has been clipped.
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 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 many of the coat characteristics 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. We have found that the F1 Goldendoodle Retrievers that resemble Golden Retrievers (Retriever types) are just as likely to be low to non-shedding as their F1 Goldendoodle Retriever (Goldendoodle type) littermates.
|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 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. *This Stella is NOT the same Stella who is on our PARENT DOGS page.
F1B Goldendoodle Retriever is the cross between a F1 Goldendoodle Retriever and a Poodle. This cross goes back to the parent breed of Poodle, so we are able to use the "B" for backcross. The puppies from this cross will be very similar to a "regular" F1B Goldendoodle, although they may not be quite as curly and they may shed slightly more. Occasionally a litter of this generation will have both Goldendoodle type and Retriever type puppies (see F1 Goldendoodle Retrievers).
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.
The general rule for naming generations of Goldendoodles 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). If two Goldendoodles are bred together and one parent is an F1B, or a Multigen, the puppies are considered Multigenerational, or Multigens. Usually Multigenerational Goldendoodles are low to non-shedding and can have wavy or curly coats, depending on the parents. Some people with mild allergies
are OK with Multigenerational Goldendoodles.
of Australian Goldendoodles (Double Doodles)
F1 Australian Goldendoodles or F1 Australian Double Doodles
At Aspen Hill Doodles,with the aim to keep fresh, hybrid vigor in our lines, 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. The litters we have produced have been fantastic!
Casey Bear (left) and Kiedis (right) are littermates. They are Miniature F1 Australian Goldendoodles, Naiya is their mom, their father is an Australian Labradoodle. They both weigh just under 30 pounds.
F1B Australian Goldendoodles
At Aspen Hill Doodles when we breed one of our Australian Goldendoodles back to one of their following parent breeds: Goldendoodle, Australian Labradoodle or Poodle we call their litter F1B Australian Goldendoodles. As with the F1 Australian Goldendoodles, the size and color of each breeding will depend on the parent dogs. We continue to breed with good health and temperament being our primary goals.
These are pups from Gracie and Casey Bear's litter of F1B Australian Goldendoodles
F1 Australian Goldendoodle Retrievers
At Aspen Hill Doodles when we breed a Golden Retriever to an Australian Goldendoodle or to an Australian Labradoodle we call them F1 Australian Goldendoodle Retrievers. We consider them F1 because they're being bred back to a Golden Retriever. Because one parent is a Golden Retriever, the pups will be at least 50% Golden Retriever. Because they have Australian Labradoodle in them, they will also have genetic material contributed from the Australian Labradoodle parent breeds (listed at the top of this page). This generation has very similar characteristics as the F1 Goldendoodle Retriever generation (see above).
F2 Australian Goldendoodles
At Aspen Hill Doodles when we breed two of our F1 Australian Goldendoodles together, we call the pups F2 Australian Goldendoodles. Their coats will be low to non-shedding. Their size and color will depend on the parent dogs. They will have the cheerful, obedient temperament of our other generations of goldendoodles.
Multigenerational Australian Goldendoodles
At Aspen Hill Doodles if we breed Australian Goldendoodles beyond the F2 generation, or if we breed a F1B Australian Goldendoodle with a F1B Goldendoodle, we consider the litter to be Multigenerational Australian Goldendoodles. Their coats will be low to non-shedding. Their size and color will depend on the parent dogs. They will have the cheerful, trainable temperament of our other generations of goldendoodles.
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.
Goldendoodles that are 18 inches and under 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.