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Doodle Generations Explained

There are so many generations and types of Goldendoodles out there, it can sometimes be overwhelming to figure out which is which! Here is a brief explanation of some of the options out there.....

F1 Generation:

Golden Retriever X Poodle

This type of doodle can shed, whether it be medium shedding or light shedding. They tend to have a wavy to slightly curly coat. (Lucy II)

F1b Generation:

F1 Doodle X Poodle

This type of doodle is low, extreme low, or non-shedding. They tend to have a curlier coat than other generations of doodles. This generation is very friendly for allergy sufferers. (Cooper, Stella, Echo, Lucy, Zara, Luna)

F2 Generation:

F1 Doodle X F1 Doodle

This generation can vary just like the F1 and F2b generation. Although there is a higher chance of Retriever coat genes/IC coming through and creating a doodle that looks like a Retriever and may/may not shed.

(This is not a generation that we breed, for coat genetics reasons.)

F2b Generation:

F1 Doodle X F1b Doodle

F2 Doodle X Poodle

This type of doodle, we can see a wide variety of coat types within a litter. We can see puppies with coats that range all the way from an F1 type to a super curly F1b type and everything in between. This is another allergy friendly generation when bred properly. (Libby)

F3 Generation:

F1b Doodle X F1b Doodle

(this would be the only way we would breed an F3)


F2 Doodle X F2 Doodle

(we would not breed our F3's in this manner)

This generation can vary from a heavy wave to very curly.

Another allergy friendly type when done correctly.

F1bb Generation:

F1b Goldendoodle x Poodle

This generation retains a high level of consistency. This is a highly allergy friendly generation where the puppies can have the highest degree of non-shedding if they ever shed at all. There can be some coat variety within a litter depending on the coat genetics of the parents. (Finley, Mowgli)

Multi-Gen Doodle:

This is used to describe any type of doodle that is beyond second generation where the exact mathematical equation might not be equatable.

F3, F1bb and F2b can be considered a multi-gen type of doodle since both are technically third generation. (Benny, Georgia)

F1 Bernedoodle:

Bernese Mountain Dog x Poodle

These are wonderful family pets who tend to have a lovely shaggy coat type. Just like their Goldendoodle counterparts above, there can be some variation on shedding levels ranging from moderate to low shed potential. (Izzy, Bernice, Hildy, Oakley)

F1b Bernedoodle:

F1 Bernedoodle x Poodle

Again like their Goldendoodle counterparts, this type of doodle is low, extreme low, or non-shedding. This generation is very friendly for allergy sufferers. We see a wide range of coat types within this generation ranging from heavy waves to medium curl or strong curl.

Golden Mountain Doodle:

Bernedoodle x Goldendoodle

Bernese Mountain Dog x Goldendoodle

Due to the different ways of breeding this generation, you could see a wide range of coat types depending on the coat genetics of the parents. Each litter could have variance depending on the genetics involved.

If you have any questions about doodle coats/generation types just ask!