The Low Down on Doodles
What’s the difference between an F1 Doodle and an F1b Doodle? What about an F2 Doodle? It can be a little confusing. Here is some information to help you understand Doodle generations.
An F1 Doodle is also known as a first generation Doodle.
F1 Goldendoodle puppies have one Purebred parent (retriever, sheepdog, bernese mountain dog_) and a Poodle parent.
This means an F1 puppy will be 50% (retriever, sheepdog, bernese mountain dog) and 50% Poodle.
An F1b Doodle is a first generation backcross Doodle.
F1b Doodle puppies have one Doodle parent and one Poodle parent.
This means an F1b will be approximately 75% Poodle and 25% (retriever, sheepdog, bernese mountain dog).
An F2 Doodle puppy is a second generation Doodle.
F2 Doodle puppies have two F1 Ddoodle parents.
An F2b Doodle puppy is technically a second generation Doodle as both of its parents are first generation.
F2b Doodle puppies have one first generation Doodle (F1) parent and one first generation backcross Doodle (F1b) parent.
Multi Generational Doodles
Mutli generational Doodles, or Multi-gen Ddoodles, have two second generation Doodle parents or later. In this type of doodle we can get a variety of coat, colors, patterns, etc. Multigen will be great for all people interested in a beautiful puppy with a great appearance.
We breed F1, F1b, F1bb Doodle puppies, and plan to expand in the future with Multi-Gen Doodles. Multigens will allow my program to ensure that we can offer shed free dogs for your family. The coats can be flashier, consistent, and non-shed.
Examples of these Generations
Coat, Colors, Furnishings
This is a medium F1 Goldendoodle from our program, This girl is from Summer/Wrigley. She has a very wavy coat with a fully furnished beard and body.
This guy is also from our program. He is a mini F1 Goldendoodle from Bailey (retired)/Wrigley. he features a nice fully furnished wavy coat.
This is a standard F1 Englishdoodle. and at 8 weeks of age, in this photo, she appears to have an open face, flat coat, no furnishings. She don't show a beard at this age, but she will get one. This is referred to as weak furnishings. She will be bred to a poodle with FF to ensure the offspring have the desired look.
This is an example of an F1 coat that becomes very curly with weak furnishings. The photo is Zola, as a puppy. I will update with a newer photo to show those differences.
Coat, Colors, Furnishings
An F1b with no furnishings, IC coat, or Flat Coat. This guy got all the color and waves but his face did not get the beard. Some may say he has weak furnishings, I have seen more of a beard showing up as I follow his Instagram. But he is not FF. On the right is a recent photo, you can see the beard slowly showing itself.
These guys has a loose wavy coat with FF. Soft coat, not curly and the full beard.
These three are typical doodle coats for the F1b.
Inside Scoop of All the Doodles
Goldendoodles of whatever generation are usually friends of everyone and strangers to no one, which makes them an ideal choice as a family dog. Due to their affable, outgoing personalities, Goldendoodles also make excellent companions for people with disabilities. They are cheerful, trustworthy, gentle, affectionate, smart and highly trainable animals that have a keen desire to please. When properly socialized, Goldendoodles get along famously with kids, strangers and other companion animals. They don’t have a particularly strong prey drive and can be quite compatible with cats and smaller dogs, when introduced in a good way. These are social dogs that thrive in the presence of people and crumble if they are not given enough time, attention and affection. Like any dog, Goldendoodles can get into mischief and develop behavioral problems if they are left alone for long periods of time. Goldendoodles require a moderate amount of exercise and can live happily in urban or rural environments. This is a “breed-in-progress,” whose temperament and other traits should become more consistent and predictable as time goes on.
The Goldendoodle is an active, highly energetic dog suitable for all types of athletic activities, such as flyball, agility, hide-and-seek, fetch-and-retrieve and other outdoor canine sports. Even though its original ancestors, the Golden Retriever and Standard Poodle, were bred as hunting dogs, the Goldendoodle has not been bred or widely used for that purpose. These dogs need a big, safely enclosed area in which to romp and run around. They also benefit from daily walks. Many Goldendoodles are instinctively attracted to water and love to swim. Running, swimming, playing, walking or otherwise romping for several hours a day will keep a Goldendoodle mentally and physically fit.
Most Goldendoodles are smart and easy to train. They are eager, willing learners that respond best to positive reinforcement and gentleness. Harsh, loud corrections or training by punishment are not helpful when working with these (or most other) dogs. Socialization and training should start while the dog is still a puppy and continue throughout its life. A well-socialized, well-trained Goldendoodle is a happy Goldendoodle and a wonderful companion.
Because it is such a young “breed,” the behavioral traits of the Goldendoodle are not yet well-characterized. Certainly, if left unattended in a crate or elsewhere for long periods of time, a Goldendoodle will become bored and lonely, and may become depressed and destructive. Dogs bought from puppy mills or backyard breeders who have no regard for the health, disposition and overall consistency of the “breed” may have serious temperament and behavioral problems, such as aggression, fear-biting, timidity, separation anxiety, digging, destroying furniture and excessive barking, among others. People who are considering acquiring a Goldendoodle need to be sure that their lifestyle and schedule will permit them to spend lots of time with their new companion, so that behavioral problems can be prevented or at least nipped in the bud. They also should be sure to get their Goldendoodle from a reputable breeder. With these few thoughts in mind, the Goldendoodle is an excellent choice for someone who wants a mid-sized, fluffy, cheerful canine companion that is not too high-maintenance but still is energetic enough to share an active lifestyle.
The average Goldendoodle lives between 10 and 13 years.
Goldendoodles require a fair amount of exercise each day. They need to be walked at least three times daily. Each walk should last for around half an hour. Time to stretch their legs and run is essential for the Goldendoodle. Living in the city is fine, provided they will have access to a dog park weekly. Those who have a fenced in yard will find that the Goldendoodle will get all the exercise he needs by playing ball with the kids in the backyard. Never let this dog exercise without being in a securely, fenced area or on a leash.