If you are new to the world of Goldendoodles, trying to trace their lineage may be tricky at first. The character traits and how they manifest throughout the corresponding bloodlines can seem like an overwhelming amount of information.

Let’s start at the beginning. An F1 Goldendoodle is the result when a purebred Poodle and a purebred Golden Retriever are mated. The poodle parent can either be toy sized, miniature or standard. The end result of this union is a puppy that is fifty percent Golden Retriever and fifty percent Poodle. This half-and-half pup is an F1. These canines can be born with numerous different coat types, ranging from curly to straight. Note that these first generation puppies present a higher shedding risk, although many still shed little or not at all. Even when shedding occurs, they typically will not shed as effusively as a purebred Golden Retriever.

What is an F1b Goldendoodle? F1B Goldendoodles are derived from an F1 Goldendoodle that is crossed with a Poodle. Again, the Poodle portion can come from a Standard Poodle, a Miniature Poodle or a Toy Sized Poodle. This genetic combination will provide you with a puppy that is 25% Golden Retriever and 75% Poodle.

F1b Goldendoodles are generally the most highly sought after type of doodle because they are more likely to have a non-shedding coat. F1b Doodles have coats that range from straight hair to soft curls. Regardless of hair type, the fact that these dogs are non-shedding or low-shedding makes them a good potential pet choice if anyone in the family suffers from dog hair allergies. As well, many individuals who have asthma or other respiratory illnesses do not tolerate shedding breeds very well.

F1b Goldendoodle characteristics. Since F1B Goldendoodles are a combination of a standard Poodle backcrossed with a Goldendoodle, they are genetically comprised of more Poodle characteristics. This makes them highly intelligent, gentle and exceptionally loving dogs. Owners and breeders alike describe their coats as being silky to the touch. Certain puppies will exhibit extremely curly coats almost resembling dense fleece, while others will showcase a more wavy coat. The possibilities are diverse and each litter brings a myriad of possible combinations.

How do F1 and F1B Goldendoodles compare? Typically, we see the same personality traits when comparing the F1 Goldendoodles to the F1B Goldendoodles. From a coat perspective, however, the F1B doodles generally have curlier hair. This makes the F1b the best choice for individuals who suffer with severe allergies.

Many F1b doodles showcase the gorgeous boxy head that is similar to a Golden Retriever. Of course, some would say it is always best to let the puppy pick you out of the crowd. Choosing your newest family members based on aesthetics and coat alone is not normally recommended unless you are being specific for future breeding. When you have your pick of the litter, sitting on the floor and seeing who gravitates towards you first is definitely entertaining. It is understandable to work beyond the personality parameters if you are specifically taking things like shedding and allergies into your selection criteria.