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Goldendoodle Ratings—What Do They Mean?

There are few things in this world that can compare in cuteness with a Goldendoodle puppy. As the offspring of a golden retriever and a poodle, Goldendoodle puppies can have a wide variety of colors and coats. If you are interested in making a Goldendoodle part of your family, you should know that there are many different types depending on how much poodle or golden retriever they have in them. You can know this information by a rating that your groomer will tell you.

Here is a breakdown of what these ratings mean, along with how they could affect your puppy.

F1 Goldendoodle

An F1 Goldendoodle is a first-generation puppy from the initial cross of a golden retriever and a poodle. These puppies are 50% of both. The fur of an F1 Goldendoodle is often straighter, similar to a golden retriever, and they may shed a fair amount. While some may think that F1 Goldendoodles are the healthiest doodles out there, the puppies actually take after their golden retriever parentage, making them susceptible to cancer. 

F1B Goldendoodle

An F1B is the result of mixing the first-generation Goldendoodle with a poodle. This makes the puppy 75% poodle and 25% golden retriever. An F1B Goldendoodle will not shed at all 99% of the time, due to their strong poodle heritage. They will still have that spunky golden retriever playful air, only with curlier fur. F1B Goldendoodles are often the healthiest compared to the other categories.

F2 Goldendoodle

An F2 Goldendoodle puppy comes as the result of breeding 2 F1 Goldendoodles. These goldens are usually very similar to a first-generation puppy, though they may shed less. Some critics of the breed think that F2 goldens have more genetic abnormalities, as the result of two crossbreeds, though this is unfounded. 

F2B Goldendoodle

An F2B golden is the mixture of an F1 with an F1B. They hardly shed at all, though they are can sometimes be hard to find, since they are a second generation doodle. First-generation doodles are much more common. 

In conclusion, Goldendoodle ratings can tell you a bit about what the characteristics of your dog may be like. Fortunately, they tell you nothing about your little pup's personality. That will be a treasure that you get to discover all by yourself. One thing is sure: no matter what Goldendoodle rating you choose, you are bound to get an adorable animal who will be a cherished addition to your family.