Our Goldendoodle puppies are F1b, meaning their mother was a first generation Goldendoodle (Standard Poodle + Golden Retriever) and their father is a Standard Poodle. Frequently there is confusion and misinformation on what "generation" of Goldendoodle to bring into your family and why it is pertinent . Here we've taken the opportunity to explain the differences so that the family can make the best choice based on their individual family's needs & wants.
F1: An F1 is a first generation Goldendoodle, meaning the product of a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. As first generation hybrids, these dogs have the added health benefits associated to hybrid vigor. This is a phenomenon in animal breeding referring to the fact that the first cross between two unrelated purebred lines is healthier and grows better than either parent line. Coat Maintenance: moderate to high care Coat Description: Coat grows to a natural body length of 3-5 inches which requires daily brushing and occasional grooming. Many choose to have the fur cut back once every few months to keep the fur shorter and easier to maintain. We personally clip Lucy twice a year and bathe her regularly in addition to frequent brushing. Coats are usually wavy or curly and oftentimes have an undercoat. Shedding: light Allergy Friendliness: usually successful in families with mild allergies. When a family has moderate to severe allergies, an F1b Goldendoodle is recommended.
F1b: An F1b Goldendoodle is the result of an F1 bred back to one of its breeds of origin. As breeders are breeding towards nonshedding and allergy friendliness, an F1b Goldendoodle is generally the product of a Goldendoodle bred to a Standard Poodle. The resulting dog is 1/4 Golden Retriever and 3/4 Poodle. For their non shedding & increased hypoallergenic qualities this is what Treasure Valley Goldendoodles breeds. With an F1b bred back to a Golden Retriever the chances are higher that the dog will shed and is not allergy friendly. Coat Maintenance: moderate to high care Coat Description: Coat continues to grow in length although similar in appearance to a first generation Goldendoodle. Coats are wavy or curly. Shedding: extremely light to non shedding Allergy Friendliness: recommended for families with moderate to severe allergies.
F2: An F2 is an F1 Goldendoodle bred to another F1 Goldendoodle. The results are extremely varied and unpredictable, basically there is no telling what you are going to get with coat, body type, and allergy friendliness. For this reason we do not breed F2s and choose rather to breed F1b Goldendoodle back to a Standard Poodle in order to provide the most consistent, high quality puppies.
Goldendoodles are classified as a "Designer Dog" and thus not recognized as an official breed by the AKC. Because of this Goldendoodles cannot be registered/ papered.
In our opinion you will not find a better companion than a Goldendoodle. They are highly intelligent as both Standard Poodles and Golden Retrievers are both ranked in the top 5 of the most intelligent dog breeds. Goldendoodles are chosen for their intelligence & good temperament to be therapy dogs, guide dogs, and working dogs. Aside from their high trainability you will be hard pressed to find a more loving and goofy dog to bring in your family. Our Lucy keeps us laughing constantly and is also under the false idea that she is a lap dog. She is great with children, other dogs, and even our family cats. Opening your doors and heart to a Goldendoodle is a decision you will not regret.
When thinking about adopting a Goldendoodle the following are things to consider: Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Goldendoodle breed, including all stages of their life. Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life? Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis? Fundamental requirements for a being a good Goldendoodle owner: properly feed your new dog, house them comfortably, train them in basic obedience, groom them regularly, and spend quality time with them daily. Goldendoodles thrive on human attention and should not be put in the backyard to be ignored.
Before making a decision on a puppy talk to the breeder, ask them questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Goldendoodle and they will have many questions for you about your home and lifestyle and if this breed is suited for you and your family. Questions you may want to ask an Goldendoodle Breeder:
When were your Goldendoodles born? When will they be ready to leave?
Have your puppies received their first shots? been dewormed? had a puppy check up with their veterinarian?
What type of socialization have the puppies received? with children? with other pets? in the home?
Have you seen genetic problems with the parents? What are your health guarantees?
What is the temperament of the mother? the father?
If you become unable to care for your new Goldendoodle, will the breeder help you find a new home?