Goldendoodle types-Guide to the Doodle’s colors and coats

In recent years designer dogs like the Goldendoodles, Labradoodles, and others have increasingly become popular among dog lovers. There are several Goldendoodle types based on their generation, coat type, and colors.

For those who prefer to have various choices, Goldendoodles come in various types and you are more likely to get the dog that you love in a Golden Doodle.

So, what types of Goldendoodles are there?


Goldendoodle types

Goldendoodle is a mix between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle both being popular and great dogs.

When these 2 dogs are crossed there is a wide range of possibilities that could occur because of the different genetic makeup.

The varieties are based on;

  • Size
  • Color of the coat
  • Coat types
  • Generations

Anyone can easily fall in love with these dogs. This is because these canines are super adorable but getting this dog is a huge commitment.

You should get the Golden doodle type that best fits you by making sure that you understand and are ready to take care of his needs.

Visit this link to learn more about this Poodle and Golden Retriever mix or as people love to call him the Goldendoodle.

Types of Golden Doodles based on their size

The Poodles and Golden Retriever mix can come in three different sizes that are summarized below;

Standard Goldendoodle Mini Goldendoodle Toy Goldendoodle
Standard Goldendoodle Mini-Goldendoodle (2) Toy Goldendoodle
Weight:50-90 pounds Weight:40-50 pounds Weight:15-35 pounds
Height:20-24 inches Height:17 -20 inches Height:13-18 inches
Cost:$1,500-$2,500 Cost:$1,600-$2,600 Cost:$900-$2400
Lifespan:10-15 years Lifespan:10-15 years Lifespan:10-15 years

You should get the Goldendoodle size that you can manage and that is suitable for your lifestyle.
These dogs make great family pets and you will enjoy the loyalty and love that they have to offer no matter the size.

These dogs make great family pets and you will enjoy the loyalty and love that they have to offer no matter the size.

The different types of Goldendoodles

The Golden Retriever Poodle mix generations

As you may already know the Goldendoodle is not a purebred pooch and his looks and qualities will mainly be affected by the generation.

These generations have different amounts of genes from each breed.

The generation of the mixed dog that you get will also affect the price that you have to pay for that four-legged friend.

The F1(filial 1) Goldendoodle generation

This is the first generation of Goldendoodles that result from the direct crossing of a Poodle and a Golden Retriever.

It is also the generation that forms the foundation for the creation of the F1b Goldendoodle or the first generation backcross.

A first-generation backcross is created when an F1 Golden Poodle is crossed with either a Poodle or a Golden Retriever.

This is done so that certain qualities from either of the parents can be emphasized.

For example, if you want a Poodle Retriever mix with a more hypoallergenic and one that sheds less, an F1 Golden Doodle is crossed with a Poodle.

When this is done the result is a mixed dog that is 3/4 Poodles and 1/4 Golden Retriever.

The F2 and F2b Goldendoodle generation

F2 Goldendoodles are the second generation of these doodles.

These doggos result from the crossing of two F1 Poodle Retrievers. Their qualities and those of the F1 generation Doodles are pretty similar.

The F2b Goldendoodle or the second generation backcross is an offspring of the F1b and the F1 Goldendoodles.

This second-generation backcross is less common but is a great generation.

Summary comparing the Doodle generations

Goldendoodle generations Summary Table
Generation coat characteristics shedding level Grooming needs
F1 Goldendoodle They have wavier than more curly coats that are 3 to 5 inches in length

Might or might not have an undercoat

May shed lightly High
F2 Goldendoodle The coat appearance can vary greatly from curly to wavy or even anywhere between

Might or might not have an undercoat

Little to no shedding Moderate to high
F1B Goldendoodle These coats are more likely to be curly than wavy with a length of between 3 to 5 inches

Might or might not have an undercoat

Little to no shedding Very high

Goldendoodle puppy

Goldendoodle colors

Goldendoodle colors are determined by genetics.

The recessive and dominant genes are responsible for the color that is going to be expressed on the offspring.

Genetics is a broad topic is beyond the scope of this guide but I will try to make you understand the basics.

When you breed two dogs the offspring will inherit color genes from both of the parents. What this means is that the puppy could come in either of the colors but what determines the final color is how the genes interact.

Dominant genes always beat the recessive genes when it comes to the expression of colors in Goldendoodles with a few exceptions.

For a puppy to have a certain color he needs to get a recessive gene of the said color from both of the parents. However, if there is a dominant gene for a particular color that color will be expressed instead.

However, there are cases where a double(2) recessive gene can cause the dilution of the color by the dominant gene.

The common Golden Retriever Poodle mix colors and color combinations are;

Brown Cream Red
Black Parti Tan
Sable Merle Grey
Phantom Blue Silver

1. Brown Goldendoodle types

This is one of the most popular Goldendoodle colors and is described as a dark walnut color to rich and deep mahogany.

You will easily see brown Poodle Retrievers around the park and in people’s homes.

This color comes from a dominant gene in the Poodle but in some cases, brown dogs may have silver or black recessive genes.

What this means is that when two brown doodles are mated, there is a possibility of getting either a silver or a black colored Goldendoodle masking the brown coloring.

Goldendoodle-brown color

2. Cream Goldendoodle color

This color is prevalent in Doodles that have multi-colored coats that can either be phantom, merle, or even parti, which we are going to talk about later in this article.

The cream shades in these canines can vary widely and you may often see cream Goldendoodles with lighter toenails, light brown noses, and even lighter eye shades.

However, some could also have a pinkish skin underneath that adorable cream coat.

The chances of spotting cream Goldendoodles with the same looks and shades are low.


3. Red Goldendoodles

The Red Goldendoodle types are the most sought after color in these Doodles.

One of the reasons for this is the resemblance of this coat to that of a teddy bear and also because it is the brightest Goldendoodle color.

These dogs are developed by the crossing of a standard-colored Golden Retriever with a darker Poodle producing an offspring with a red mahogany coat.

The red Goldendoodle is a true Teddy bear
The red Goldendoodle is a true Teddy bear

4. Apricot Goldendoodle types

This variety of Doodles is also highly sought after color. And just like in the case of a red Poodle Golden Retriever mix, the main reason is because of the teddy bear resemblance.

You will often see this color in Goldendoodles but in most cases, they have other black parts in their bodies such as the eye rims, toenails, noses, and even eyes.

However, as time goes the apricot tends to become lighter which makes the Doodle look more like a Cream Goldendoodle.

Mini-Goldendoodle-Apricot color

5. Black Goldendoodles colors

The Black Goldendoodle is a very unique pooch and is just as playful and adorable as any other Doodle.

This coat color is got by crossing two dogs carrying the black recessive gene. What this means is that both the Poodle and the Golden Retriever have to be carriers of the black recessive gene.

Compared to other colors, this coloring is quite rare.

In most cases, this canine friend should be almost fully black on the whole body.

Get to learn more about the Black Goldendoodle in this guide that we made just for you.


6. Tan Goldendoodles

This coat color in Doodles is often a combination of the cream and Apricot Goldendoodle.

You can at times see some lighter apricot or white shades on their coats.


7. The Grey Goldendoodle variation

These canines are often born with a dark black coat color which begins to turn at the age of 2 years.

They look very similar to the rare Silver Goldendoodle which we are going to talk about later in this guide. It is around the 2 years that the coat begins to get a rustic silver color and the black coat clears away.

However, by the time they are about 6 weeks old, you should be able to tell if your puppy is going to turn to a grey coat.

goldendoodle-dog-grey color variation

8. Blue and silver Goldendoodle types are rare

We have already seen that Goldendoodles can come in an insane amount of colors. However, what most dog lovers do not know is that they can also come in rare silver and blue coat coloring.

It is not always that you get to see Goldendoodles with these coat colors because they are the rarest colors.

These pooches are often created by breeding multiple Goldendoodle generations where the dominant silver and blue genes mask the recessive genes from being expressed.

You also need to keep in mind that these dogs can come in a higher price tag as compared to the other colors.

9. Parti Goldendoodle color combination

A parti Goldendoodle has two different coat colors which include white that should be at least 50% of the coat. The second color can be any color but most of them are either tan or apricot.

Recessive genes are responsible for the parti-color combination which overrides the solid coat color.

Most Parti Goldendoodles are multigeneration doodles with more Poodle genes.

If you want to predict this parti combination earlier on you need to get a DNA test as predicting it by yourself is quite difficult.


10. Sable Goldendoodles

This is one of the most unique Goldendoodle colors but what most people may not know is that they are born with a dark brown or black coat.

As the puppy ages and the coat grows out, these colors fade which eventually mature to a tan or cream-colored coat.

Tips of the white and black Goldendoodle do not fade.

11.Merle Goldendoodle types

These Merle Goldendoodles commonly occur when Goldendoodles are crossed with other dogs such as the Border Collie or the Australian Shepherd.

This means that merle Goldendoodles are not technically fully Goldendoodles.

The genes that cause the merle color combination are dominant as opposed to the recessive parti genes.

This means that at least one of the two parents needs to have the merle gene which overrides the solid coat color.

Two Merle Goldendoodles should never mated because they often bare puppies that are deaf, blind, or with other deformities.

Merle Goldendoodle

12. Phantom Goldendoodle colors

These Goldendoodles are considered to be rare.

In this case, the doodle needs to have 2 colors that are in specific parts of the pooch and there should be a primary color that covers most parts of their bodies.

This second color may appear on the muzzle, lower parts of the legs, or the eyes.

Most Phantom Goldendoodles are commonly tan and black but it may vary at times.

These puppies are born with these markings and it easy to tell if your Doodle is going to be phantom. The color combination does not develop over time.

phantom goldendoodle

Why is my Goldendoodle’s coat color changing?

As a Goldendoodle puppy owner, you may notice his coat changing color over time but this is not something that should alarm you as it is a common occurrence.

Some Goldendoodles are born with a solid coat color that changes of fades out to a lighter color as they age. This is known as “clearing” but when he retains one color to adulthood it is known as “holding.”

The muzzles and ear of a Goldendoodle tend to hold more of the original colors even as the other parts change.

Goldendoodle coat types variations

There are 3 Goldendoodle coat types;

  • Curly coats
  • Wavy or fleece coats
  • Straight or hairy coats

Curly Goldendoodle coats

Curly Golden-doodle

These are some of the curliest Doodle coats and are almost like those of a purebred Poodle.

You may not be able to gauge the length of these curly coats as they are very dense but if left they eventually stop growing.

When brushed this coat type gives that “afro” haircut vibe and is very allergy-friendly as it is as close to a Poodle as you can get. However, you should note that no dog is 100% hypoallergenic.

Wavy Goldendoodle coats

Wavy Goldendoodle coat

This is the most common Goldendoodle coat type and is also referred to as fleece coats.

These coats grow to around 4 to 7 inches long if they are not trimmed but the hair on the face is typically shorter.

They are also less dense but are low shedding but not as allergy-friendly as the curly coat.

Hairy or straight coat Goldendoodle types

This coat type is also referred to as a loose coat as they have similar characteristics to a Golden Retriever’s coat.

These coats are extremely low maintenance but shed more than the other two Goldendoodle coat types.

This is not the most suitable Goldendoodle for you if you are an allergy sufferer.


What type of coat will my Goldendoodle have?

The genes that the dogs inherit from both the Poodle and Golden Retriever parents will affect the coat type of your Goldendoodle.

However, it can be more challenging to tell what type of coat your doodle is going to have.

A Goldendoodle’s coat may also change as he matures and you will only be sure of his coat type once he is grown to a big boy.

Goldendoodle types and colors summary

We have seen that there are several possibilities of how your Goldendoodle may turn out once you get him from a breeder.

However, I need to insist that you always get your puppy from a good and reputable breeder to reduce the risks of any health complications arising in the future.

We have come to the end of our Doodle variations guide and we hope you found it helpful.

You can share your thoughts with us in the comment section and leave us any questions if you have any.

There you go, WOOF!

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