The first time someone asked me “what generation of a Goldendoodle are you looking for?” I thought it was a trick question.


You should have heard my sophisticated intellectual response – “huh?

At the time I had no idea there were choices. But there are.

And for families with moderate or severe allergies, these are important choices.

Although it might seem trivial, the generation tag of a Goldendoodle can have an impact on several of it’s characteristics, especially shedding.

Therefore, it is important that you understand the differences between generations…


The most common are F1, F1B, F2 or F2b

F1First generation Goldendoodles are products of a pure retriever and pure poodle making the results 50% of both. This is probably the most desirable generation because of it’s marked intelligence, loving demeanor, and hypoallergenic qualities. However – most F1’s shed lightly and tend to have a shaggy/wavy coat but can have a very curly coat.

Jaxson and Harley are F1 generation Goldendoodles. Harley has more of a curly coat, because I choose to blow dry and brush, therefore curls are not that prevalent unless we air dry.

F1BFirst Generation Backcross: When you cross breed an F1 with a poodle the term F1B is used to describe the offspring. Now you’ve got a 25% retriever and 75% poodle. This popular generation is 99% likely to be non-shedders thus making them the most hypoallergenic of all the doodle generational breeds. Thus making them the best options for families with moderate to severe allergies. Even though there is the 25/75 split, they still benefit from the hybrid vigor* and are known to exhibit the same favorable traits and behaviors as the F1 #lessshedding

Noticeable differences with the F1B are the many color variations like – apricot, champagne and red.

F2 –  These are second generations – the offspring of two F1 doodle parents. They are equal parts poodle and retriever. With similar qualities as the F1 and more likely to lightly shed than the F1B.

F2B or multigenerational – This is a second generation backcross. Meaning an F1 was bred with an F1B. Less common that the other generations. Although three generations in the making, F2B’s are technically second generation dogs

  • 1st generation pup – Golden Retriever x Poodle  – F1
  • 1st generation pup – Goldendoodle x Poodle  – F1b
  • 2nd generation pup – Goldendoodle backcross x Goldendoodle – F2B

The F1 Goldendoodle is considered the healthiest generation because it displays what is known as “hybrid vigor*.”

The more you inbreed, the more genes Goldendoodles will have in common and the more health issues to which they may be prone. When both parents have traits in common, puppies are more likely to display a disease.  If only one parent carries the trait, the gene is recessive in the puppy.

Poodles and retrievers do have some diseases in common.  That is why it is crucial to find a breeder who is doing all the right health testing.

*I am not a breeder nor a veterinarian. I am a Doodle Mom searching and sharing a better understanding about everything Goldendoodle.

References – 

Doods and Generations

Everything Doodle

*Come back tomorrow for the letter “H” as we talk “Health & Hybrid Vigor

This year over 500 bloggers from across the world will participate in the A-Z blogging challenge.

We will attempt to blog everyday during the month of April (minus Sundays) completing the entire alphabet in one month.

Our Theme? – “Everything Goldendoodle”  ❤️


  • Emma
    April 8, 2016

    There is a reason we will never breed any type of dogs. Way to complicated to find the right mix!

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 8, 2016

      Ain’t that the Doodle truth Emma! I take a bow to those who do it and do it right, hard work.

  • Liz Brownlee
    April 8, 2016

    We have an Aussie labradoodle – perfect for her job as my assistance dog. They are reliably shed free and you can predict what size they will be, and she is a bit calmer than normal doodles, requisite for her job! ButI love all doodles, such characters! ~Liz

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 8, 2016

      Having grown up w/o dogs I really didn’t know much about many breeds especially doodles. I am so pleased with them, for me – it’s the perfect match so I can relate to every thing you wrote. And yes, I agree – such characters!

  • Jan K
    April 9, 2016

    I had no idea! I have a hard time wrapping my head around science sometimes, but you explained it so well that even I could understand it. 🙂

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 10, 2016

      Thanks Jan, I tried to do just that – trust me, I need stuff in plain language all the time. LOL

  • Kimberly Gauthier
    April 9, 2016

    I’m going to get a Goldendoodle. I love learning all of this information about the breed. It won’t happen this year (or next), but I am planning this for three years from now.

    Don’t let me forget!

    Thanks for explaining, because I don’t know a lot about breeding.

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 10, 2016

      Well welcome to the Doodleville admiration society! I promise I will not let you forget 🙂

  • Jill
    December 24, 2016

    Cathy I have a question. If an F1 goldendoodle carries the IC gene and is bred with a poodle that does NOT carry the IC gene, will any of the puppies have the furnishing/coats issues or will they just be carriers?

    • Cathy Bennett
      January 9, 2017

      Hi Jill – this was an EXCELLENT question. So sorry it took me almost forever to respond, but I did in a blog post this week. Here’s the link which explains it (hopefully) somewhat – Thanks so much for stopping by, please come back again soon.

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