What’s The Difference Between an F1 and F1B Goldendoodle?

In this article, we will discuss the differences between and F1 and F1B Goldendoodle.

A Goldendoodle is a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Standard Poodle. There is also a Mini Goldendoodle which is a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Miniature Poodle.

Whether you are considering a full-sized Goldendoodle or a Mini Goldendoodle, their breed types will be similar except for the size of the poodle.

What Is an F1 Goldendoodle?

The F1 Goldendoodle is a first-generation cross that is 1/2 Golden Retriever and 1/2 Poodle.

Mini Goldendoodle F2

F1 translates as a first time cross between breeds. Being equal parts Poodle and Golden Retriever, you typically expect to have strong genetics and health in your puppy because you are pulling genes from both breeds for the very first time.

F1 Goldendoodles typically don’t shed or if they do shed, shedding is usually light. As a whole, Goldendoodles are compatible with most families with mild allergies.

The F1 Goldendoodle is often associated with a shaggy or wavy fur coat with less defined curls. This is due to the long straight hair of the Golden Retriever which is 50% of your F1 Goldendoodles genetics.

What Is An F1B Goldendoodle?

What is an F1B Goldendoodle? The F1B Goldendoodle is a created through breading an F1 Goldendoodle with a Poodle witch makes it 3/4 Poodle and 1/4 Golden Retriever.

The “B” in F1B Goldendoodle stands for what is knows as a “back cross”. A Back Cross is where you breed an F1 Goldendoodle and then breed it back to a Poodle. This back cross breeding method results in the F1B Goldendoodle being 3/4 Poodle and 1/4 Golden Retriever when looking at genetics.

As I mentioned above, because the F1B Goldendoodle is 3/4 Poodle, they are typically better for families with moderate to severe allergies.

While no dog is 100% Hypoallergenic, the F1B Goldendoodle would be a good place to start your research and evaluation if you want to add a dog to a family that suffers from allergies.

The Fur Coat of an F1B is associated with a lot more curls. They are often tighter curls that resemble the fur coat of a Poodle.

** If you want to learn more about the fur coat of a Goldendoodle here is a good article.

This would make logical sense because the F1B Doodle is 3/4 Poodle.

Bonus: F2 Goldendoodle Breed Type

F2 Mini Goldendoodle Puppy Photo

We have discussed the F1 Goldendoodle which is a 50/50 cross between the Golden Retriever and Poodle. We covered the F1B Goldendoodle which is a back cross resulting is 3/4 Poodle and 1/4 Golden Retriever, but this raises the question…

What Is An F2 Goldendoodle?

Any guesses on what an F2 Goldendoodle would be? The F2 Goldendoodle is a cross between two F1 Goldendoodles! The 2 in F2 stands for “second generation”.

Now I will really challenge your brainpower…

If an F2 Goldendoodle is a cross between two F1 Goldendoodles, what percentage of an F2 Goldendoodle is associated with the genetics of the Poodle vs. the genetics of a Golden Retriever?

An F2 Goldendoodle is still 1/2 Golden Retriever and 1/2 Poodle because both parents are 50/50 crosses between the two breeds.

Is that what you guessed?

Closing Thoughts

I hope you found this article about the differences between an F1 Goldendoodle and F1B Goldendoodle helpful. You would apply the same percentage of genetics to an F1 or F1B Mini Goldendoodle. The only difference would be the percentage associated with the standard poodle would be switched for the miniature poodle.

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  1. I purchased a mini goldendoodle he weighs maybe a couple of pounds at three months. They said he would not get bigger than 10 pounds. Is that possible with a mini Goldendoodle?