(Last update: February 10, 2023)
The F1 Goldendoodle is, in my opinion, one of the best family dog breeds you can have, especially if you have young children. We had some golden flourishes. While each had their own personality and differences, they shared many traits. I think these designer dogs are one of the best hybrid breeds out there.
So what does F1 Goldendoodle mean? In this article I will discuss what a Goldendoodle is, what F1, F1b and F2, F2B and F3 mean, and our experiences with our puppies.
🐶 Types of golden doodles
The topic I want to discuss is the types of Goldendoodles. Before the breed gained popularity for its awesomeness, people thought of it as just another stray. But these Goldendoodle puppies are no ordinary strays! The goal of crossing two purebred breeds is to inherit the best physical attributes, health conditions, hypoallergenic characteristics, and physical traits of each breed. The Goldendoodle definitely wins with its genetic makeup. Half Golden Retriever and half Poodle, they inherit only the best traits of each breed. They are extremely friendly little dogs, intelligent, playful, affectionate, loyal, social, hypoallergenic, athletic and absolutely the best choice if you are looking for all of these traits in a dog.
Make sure you find a responsible breeder as many will try to sell mixed breed dogs with the exception of purebred Golden Retrievers and Poodles. These puppies might make good family pets, but they won't exactly be golden frills; Because Goldendoodles mix just between two purebred dogs, the purebred Poodle and the purebred Golden Retriever. Before spending big bucks on a real Goldendoodle, you should make sure you are dealing with a reputable breeder.
Generations of Golden Doodles
There are differences between Goldendoodles that you should be aware of. If you search for a Goldendoodle and see F1 or F2, the "F" stands for Branch, which is another word for generation. It is an indication that the Goldendoodle is a mixed breed and not a purebred dog. F1 stands for first generation Goldendoodles when a Golden Retriever and a Poodle have a puppy. F2 means 2 Goldendoodles have puppies. It may also have another F1B designation, the "B" stands for backcross. An F1B is when a Goldendoodle and a Poodle have a puppy. There is currently no designation for a Goldendoodle and a Golden Retriever with a puppy as F1B only specifies for Poodle backcrosses. I explain why below. The type of Goldendoodle breed can be very important to you. Let's dive into the different generations.
What is an F1 Golddoodle?
F1 Goldendoodles are a cross between two purebred dogs: 50% Golden Retriever and 50% Poodle. These puppies are all love; However, it is basically a bid for certain features. Depending on which trait is present, you may end up with a dog with a wavy coat like a Golden Retriever or curly hair like a Poodle. With the coat, you can have a dog that sheds less than a Golden Retriever but much more than a Poodle. You may have a dog that is prone to the problems of both breeds, such as hip dysplasia, heart disease, severe allergies, and cancer. As for size, they typically weigh between 50 and 90 pounds and stand between 20 and 26 inches tall. Our F1 Golddoodle was about 65 pounds and 24 inches tall.
What is an F1B Golddoodle?
F1B Goldendoodles are 25% Golden Retrievers and 75% Poodles. These Goldendoodles tend to have the hypoallergenic coat but look a lot more like the Poodle. They will comb and comb the curly coat more often to avoid tangles. These puppies also share more traits associated with the poodle. This hypoallergenic dog breed is ideal for allergy sufferers. They are made by crossing an F1 Golddoodle with a Standard Poodle. They end up the same size as F1 golddoodles.
What is an F1BB Golddoodle?
Cross between an F1B Golddoodle and a purebred Poodle. They are 87.5% Poodles and 12.5% Golden Retrievers. This generation of Goldendoodles is often chosen for their hypoallergenic characteristics. Since both parents don't lose, there's a good chance F1BB won't either.
What is an F2 Golddoodle?
You still get 50% Golden and 50% Poodle, there is only a history of the highlighted traits. F2 stands for second generation Goldendoodles. F2 Golddoodles are obtained by crossing an F1 Golddoodle with another F1 Golddoodle. There is less uncertainty about what you will get than what coat types and diseases parents say the puppies will get. These dogs are often desirable to people who want more of the Golden Retriever look combined with a hypoallergenic coat.
What is a Goldendoodle F2B?
F2B Golddoodles are crossed with an F2 Golddoodle and a purebred Poodle. They are 62.5% Poodles and 37.5% Golden Retrievers. This generation has many poodle genes, so they have less shedding and wavy or curly coats.
What is an F3 Golddoodle?
F3 Golddoodles are crossed with two F2 Golddoodle parents and are the third generation of Goldendoodles. These Goldendoodle breeders can get you the coat color and size you want. Two F2 Golddoodles ensure that the puppies retain certain traits. They are 50% Poodle and 50% Golden Retriever, but have more of a Golden Retriever personality.
What is a Multigene Golddoodle?
A multigene Golddoodle is a dog that results from crossing one of the F3 or higher hybrid parents (F4+). In other words, the parents and grandparents of multi-generational Golddoodles are also Goldendoodles.
What is a mini gold doodle?
A mini golddoodle is almost like a standard golddoodle, except the golden retriever is crossed with a miniature (or toy) poodle instead of the standard poodle. They are considerably smaller than the standard golddoodle, only reaching 17 to 24 inches in height and weighing 15 to 35 pounds. Mini golddoodles can be of any generation that the goldendoodle stand has.
🥇 Which Goldendoodle is right for me?
We had an F1 and an F1B golddoodle. Because of my pet dander allergy, we wanted a dog that didn't shed too much. I don't have any severe allergic reactions to pets, I just get headaches when around dogs and cats that shed a lot. Both of our dogs lost a lot of hair, but the F1B was significantly less. The wet dog smell triggered my allergies. Other than that, my allergies didn't bother me. To find the best doodle for you, I suggest you check it outcachorros.comand search for goldendoodles near you.
The main differences of the F1 Goldendoodle and other generations
Kona, our F1 Doodle, was more of a golden retriever when it came to recovery. He was also more territorial and would bark at the doorbell when the doorbell rang or when other dogs walked by. Kona also showed more separation anxiety. Kona was a great therapy dog and wanted to learn every trick to please me. She was a good dog and we missed her so much when she passed away in 2018. We always joked that she's partly human because she went everywhere with us, sat where we sat, danced with us, and knew pretty much everything we said.
We gifted our F1B to Koko 2 years after the death of Kona following the Covid-19 outbreak in March 2020. When retrieving, she took the item but never returned it unless she had a gift. She was calmer with other dogs and people walking past our house. Koko still loves being with her family but feels less stressed when she is alone. Koko sheds less fur, but tangles (knots in the fur) more. We ended up brushing her more often to keep her coat shorter and avoid tangles. Brushing would also prevent tangling. As his coat lengthened I also noticed that he pulled more on the outside so there is a tradeoff for the frizzier and more hypoallergenic F1B coat. Koko learned the tricks, but only for fun!
The main similarities of the F1 Goldendoodle and other generations
There are many similarities between the F1 Golddoodle and all other generations. The main similarities I see between our doodles are how smart they are, how much squirrels love to bark, and how much they love their family. Our two Doodles were/are great family dogs. Kona (F1) let our kids crawl on her, drool on her and pull her ears until we could teach them to pet her properly. Our youngest daughter even has a stuffed animal called Kona that she sleeps with in bed. Koko (F1B) thinks she is one of our daughters, she runs and plays with the pack. Both had the energy and mentality of a puppy growing into adulthood. They both had a regular poodle parent and both insisted on being lap dogs!
📏 How big is a goldendoodle?
We had two female Goldendoodles and they were both about 24 inches tall and weighed 65 pounds. However, male Goldendoodles can grow slightly larger than female Goldendoodles. Size also varies depending on whether the breed is mini or not.
- Mini-Gold-DoodlesIt can weigh anywhere from 25 to 35 pounds and stand between 15 and 17 inches tall.
- Standard golden doodlesIt can weigh 50 to 90 pounds and stand 20 to 26 inches tall.
❓ F1 Goldendoodle-FAQ
How much does an F1 Goldendoodle cost?
The average price for a standard F1 Golddoodle is usually between $1,000 and $2,500. Mini doodles can cost as much as $5,000. These prices vary based on quality, color combination, breeder reputation, and geographic location. Both times we bought our squiggles from a novice breeder so the price was below average but overall we were very happy with our puppies. If you go this route, ask about any health issues the parents have. Although we bought from a first-time breeder, we made sure our puppies' parents were healthy. First-time breeders can be trusted as long as they offer genetic testing for inherited diseases, a reasonable price, veterinary records, and proper pup socialization.
Are the F1 Goldendoodles taking off?
In my experience, Goldendoodles don't smell or stink like dogs, or aren't hypoallergenic. I mean if they go outside and stay there for a while they still come in with a bit of a muddy smell in their fur, but I don't think it's as bad as other dogs. Other breeds like Great Danes, Black Labs and Miniature Pinschers smell worse than our Goldendoodles.
What does F1 Goldendoodle mean?
The F stands for "branch" and is intended to denote a generation. It is a way of relating the relationship between children and parents. So F1 stands for the first generation Goldendoodle dog.
🥁 Conclusion on the F1 Goldendoodle and other generations
I hope this article helps you understand F1, F1B, F2 and all of the other Goldendoodle generations that we have discussed. I hope it helps you to better choose the type of Goldendoodle you want. You really can't go wrong; All types of Goldendoodles make good dogs! In my opinion there are not many significant differences between all Goldendoodles. Most of the differences relate to whether the dog has a curly coat, a straight coat, or whether the dog is shedding hair.
Feel free to leave a comment and let us know which Goldendoodle generation you have and what your best qualities are!
Husband and father of two daughters, Kylie and Kaycie. Ken is an elementary school teacher with two master's degrees and extensive experience working with children. When he's not teaching in the classroom, he also coaches kids in sports, exercise, and plays with his Goldendoodle dog.
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The primary difference is in their ancestry, as F1 vs F1B vs F2 goldendoodles all have different dog breed parents. F1 goldendoodles have golden retriever and poodle parents, F1B goldendoodles have poodle and F1 goldendoodle parents, and F2 goldendoodles have F1 goldendoodle parents entirely.What does 2nd generation Goldendoodle mean? ›
The second generation of Goldendoodles, F2, like their F1 parents are half Poodle and half Golden Retriever but are sired by hybrids instead of purebreds. Though traits are different in each litter, F2 Goldendoodles have a high success for low to non-shedding.What is a 3rd generation Goldendoodle? ›
A 3rd Generation Goldendoodle
A Muti-Gen Goldendoodle is a third-generation Goldendoodle produced by crossing the F1B or F2 with another F1B or F2 Goldendoodle. F3 Goldendoodle = F1B Goldendoodle X F1B Goldendoodle - Approximately 75% Poodle - 25% Golden Retriever.
The benefit of the F2 Goldendoodles extra genetics means they are generally more hypoallergenic. While they have various coat types and are more varied than F1, they have the option for wooly or fleecy coats that give that teddy bear appearance.Which generation of Goldendoodle is best? ›
The best generation that are hypoallergenic and non-shedding are F1B, F2B, and F1BB. If shedding and allergies are not a factor to you, you can never go wrong with F1 or you can choose the generation depending on the coat you want for your Goldendoodle.Is F1 or F2 dog better? ›
Is F1 or F2 Better? The F1 generation dogs are generally smaller in size, with some being more energetic than others. The F2 generation dogs on the other hand, tend to be larger in size and calmer by nature.What does F1 F2 F3 mean in dogs? ›
In the world of designer dog breeding, especially in those doodle breeds where it's all about the low-shedding coat, you will often see the F1, F2, or F3. In dog breeding, these “F” designations refer to the specific generation of cross-bred offspring that an individual dog or litter belongs to.Which is better F1B or F2B Goldendoodle? ›
For the best chance of owning a goldendoodle with everything you are looking for — that classic goldendoodle look; an allergy-friendly, very low- or non-shedding coat; and the character traits and intelligence so desired in a goldendoodle — an F2b/multi-generation pup is your best option, your safest bet.Can you breed two F1 Goldendoodles? ›
When an (F1) Goldendoodle + (F1) Goldendoodle are bred you get an F2 Goldendoodle which simply means that two existing 50/50 hybrids were bred. When two F2 Goldendoodles are bred, you get an F3 Goldendoodle which simply means that the F3's parents and grandparents were both Goldendoodles.Is an F1b or F2B Goldendoodle better? ›
For the best chance of owning a goldendoodle with everything you are looking for — that classic goldendoodle look; an allergy-friendly, very low- or non-shedding coat; and the character traits and intelligence so desired in a goldendoodle — an F2b/multi-generation pup is your best option, your safest bet.
F1 means first cross. Parents are Spaniel/Poodle. F1b means one parent is a Cockapoo and the other parent is either a poodle or a spaniel. F2 means both parents are Cockapoos.Does F2 Goldendoodle shed? ›
One of the best traits of the Goldendoodle is their hypoallergenic coat. However, the Goldendoodle F2 has the non-shedding coat of all the Goldendoodle generations. This trait makes them perfect for owners with allergies to dogs.