A Goldendoodle is the cross between a Poodle and a Golden Retriever. The Goldendoodle comes in many sizes and colors. Goldendoodle owners have reported a significant decrease in shedding and allergic reactions. Everyone agrees that the Goldendoodle is highly intelligent, loving and absolutely adorable!! It's also reported that they are much healthier than either of the contributing breeds.
2. I saw a breeder who promised me a non-shedding F1
Mini Goldendoodle puppy. Can I get a non-shedding puppy from you?
It is impossible to promise a non-shedding puppy of any breed. Goldendoodles are known to be low to non-shedding. However, any breeder who guarantees a non-shedding puppy is either misinformed or isn't trustworthy. F1 Goldendoodles are around 40% less shedding while F1b Goldendoodles are about 98% non-shedding.
3. What are the differences between the F1 and the F1b Goldendoodles?
While the F1 is a cross between a purebred Golden Retriever and a Poodle, an F1b is a cross between a F1 Goldendoodle and a Poodle. The F1 litter will be more consistent in coat type but will be more likely to shed. Their coat is referred to as fleece and will look shaggy in most cases. Sometimes, you can get a doodle that looks more like a retriever and it will have what is called a flat coat. Retriever lovers who wish to get the closest thing to a Golden Retriever but like the idea of reduced shedding and smaller size, may be looking for a puppy like this. You can expect the F1 to shed about 40% less than a Golden Retriever. The F1b is the best choice for those families who have allergy sufferers or just don't want the hair in the house. Their coat types vary in appearance and can be a fleece, shaggy coat or a curly coat. They still look like a doodle. Many people worry that the F1b will be too poodle-like. While they usually don't get as big or weigh as much, we haven't noticed that to be the case. It is the coat that gives the doodle its famous appearance and the F1b is a great doodle! I have no complaints about their personalities. So far, we have had about 25% - 30% of our F1b puppies turn out with fleece coats. You can expect the F1b puppies to be about 98% shed free. Please visit our Testimonials Page to see examples of both the F1 and the F1b Goldendoodles.
4. Now I know what the F1 and F1b Goldendoodles are but what is a
Well, a breeding program and development of a breed must go
somewhere, plain and simple. If a breeder only breeds F1 and F1b
Goldendoodles, there would quickly be a dead end to the
program. The natural next step is a Multigen. Anything after the
F2 is called Multigen. As a side note, it is not recommended to
breed an F1 to an F1 which produces an F2. The result of such a breeding is not as consistent as with the F1 and can produce offspring that have flat, shedding coats and faces with no long fur, more like a small Golden Retriever with a narrow bone frame and skinny muzzle.
The Multigen, as stated by the Goldendoodle Association, is two
Goldendoodles bred together. One parent must be an F1b or
Multigen. A poodle bred to a Multigen still produces a Multigen. If you are a family with dog allergies, a Multigen can be a great option for you. Multigens are simply two Goldendoodles bred together which produces more Goldendoodles that are F2b, F3, F4 or further down the line. There is no reason why you shouldn't consider a Multigen a wonderful choice for your next puppy. We need to take a moment to discuss genetics. This is especially important for allergy sufferers. You can't look at the percentage of each breed, on paper, and expect to get exactly that in every puppy in any specific litter. If a Multigen litter is 75% poodle on paper, you will see a variety of puppies with different types of gene expression within that litter. One puppy may look exactly like an F1 because of how the genes were expressed. Another puppy, in the same litter, may appear to be very poodle-like and there can be anything in between within that same litter. I recommend those with dog allergies in the home consider a curlier Multigen puppy. It stands to reason, if more poodle genes are expressed, that would indicate higher hypoallergenic qualities. We also do
genetic coat testing which is an important step in making sure we
don't produce doodles that shed. An experienced breeder will be
able to guide you through the selection process. Goldendoodles
are not like breeding purebreds and if you don't go to a breeder
who is knowledgeable and reputable, you may end up with any
variety of traits and/or issues.
If allergies are not a concern, any generation is a possibility for you. :)
5. Isn't the Goldendoodle just a mutt?
Our Goldendoodles are different than the average mixed breed dog. Both parent breeds are registered, purebred dogs that have traceable lineage. Parent dogs at Winding Creek Ranch are all health tested for various genetic disorders common to their breed. All breedings are carefully planned. I don't see how this can be compared to a couple of random dogs having puppies. Calling our puppies mutts is highly offensive. We consider them superior because of what goes into producing them. With that said, not all breeders of Goldendoodles follow this strict protocol so keep that in mind as you travel across the many websites you are visiting in your search for one of your very own. There are many good breeders that do what we do but there are a thousand times more that don't. If we don't have what you are looking for, click on the banner, on the bottom of our home page, for the
Premium Breeders List. As far as cleanliness, honesty,
quality of parent dogs (temperament, conformation, etc.) , it
is up to you to ask questions and decide which breeder is best
for your family. 6. Should I get a male or a female?
Many people have a preference for one reason or another. I personally think both are great choices. I would never avoid choosing a puppy based solely on gender with one exception....if I already have a dog, I would get one of the opposite gender. They tend to get along better. All of our puppies are spayed or
neutered right before they go to their new homes so
that allows us to be able to focus 100% on placement
based on temperament. It's also incredibly simply for
the puppies, when done at this age. They get right back
to playing, the same day, like it never happened! :)
7.Aren't Goldendoodles supposed to be gold in color?
An interesting thing about the Goldendoodle is the
fact that their coloring is limited only by what a poodle's color can be. That leaves it wide open!! We most commonly produce puppies in shades of cream, gold/apricot & red. However, we have been known to produce black, black/tan phantoms and tri-colored Goldendoodles. In the future, we have plans of producing parti colors and maybe even chocolate! Regardless of color, we think all Goldendoodles are beautiful!
8. There are so many breeders out there. What difference does it make where I get my puppy from?
There are many breeders out there, this is true. You have to learn to sort through them. If you really don't care about what you and your family has to go through in the future, it doesn't matter where you get your dog. Consider that many dogs used for breeding are inbred because they can keep many dogs from a litter and breed it right back to the Sire and make tons of money. They don't health test and sometimes ask premium prices for their puppies anyway. What are you getting for your money? They might offer a health warranty even though no testing has been done. Well, let's just say you get a puppy from them and it has a terrible, genetic heart condition and has to be put down at 18 months of age. Is that warranty going to save your family from heartache? Warranties are a great thing to have but the idea is NOT to have to use them. Nobody can guarantee their puppies will never have anything wrong. Wouldn't it be nice if humans and animals never had to suffer? The point is, you can look for best case scenario and that would be from a breeder who takes the time and invests the money to help ensure your family is getting the best chance at worry-free canine companionship. Believe me, all puppies are cute. It is best to do you homework and not rush into any decisions regarding your choice of breeder/puppy.
9. Why are your puppies so expensive?
Maybe you can find a dog at the shelter. Maybe it will turn out fine. Maybe that dog will be healthy enough to not cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars over the next several years. Maybe it will have a stable personality that you can trust around anyone. Maybe it won't develop some dreaded disease in a year or two, only to leave you and your family, perhaps children, in tears and full of grief. Maybe it isn't inbred and plagued with defects. Maybe it wasn't bred by a local person who thought the neighbor dog would make cute puppies with his/her dog. This may sound drastic and I never want to sound heartless toward homeless animals. It is terrible what we face today with all these homeless animals. However, until we stop supporting this, it is going to keep happening. Don't you want to know the history of your dog? Where they came from? Did the dam walk with bad hips? Did the sire have chronic ear infections? Did either parent have hair loss and rough patches of skin suggesting a thyroid condition? When a good breeder has a litter of puppies, they have thousands of dollars and thousands of hours behind it. Special care is taken at every angle. I don't have space on this page to list every single detail of what goes into it time wise and financially but if a person is doing it right, the bottom line will be much less than you would expect and the hourly wage would be laughable. Why would anyone want to raise puppies then? Well, it would be a lie to say dog breeders don't make money. It just is that it isn't without challenges and serious demands. Many people begrudge breeders for "making money" on selling puppies. You won't find a good breeder of any dog breed that isn't "making money" on their dogs. Anyway, doesn't every job done well deserve compensation? The truth is, the reason we deal with the ongoing demands of being a dog breeder is because we love it. Sure, there are other things we can do with our time and money. We choose this because there is nothing more fun than watching a new litter come into the world or talking with people you've never met about something as exciting as a new puppy for their family. Seeing children's faces and adults become like a child again, when they come to pick that puppy up and take it home, after weeks of waiting, is pricless.
Health testing is done by very few breeders. It
costs a great deal of money. If one doesn't pass,
then you have to replace that dog and you've lost all
the time and money invested, not to mention how
difficult it is to see one go after you have become
attached to it. For each breeding dog, we have
expenses in food, shots, flea and heartworm
prevention, grooming, vet visits, health testing, puppy
care which includes all the above plus microchipping.
Then we add advertising (including website), building
of facilities, equipment, training and renovations
of home and property, as needed. The list goes on
and doesn't count the hours spent, the sleepless
nights and the demanding, 24/7 schedule a dog
breeder keeps. Going on vacation rarely happens and
when it does, we aren't gone long and a lot of
preparation has to be made. A good breeder is always easy to get help from and willing to do more than just take your money. A dog is an investment into the enrichment of yours and your families' lives.A modest, week long tropical vacation will cost you $3,000-$4,000. Spending half that on something that will love you and give you joy for 10+ years is more than worth it. It's priceless. :o)
Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Psalm 27:4 One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.