Goldendoodle Breed Standards

The Goldendoodle has been around since the early 1990s. Breeders saw how popular the smaller mixed breeds were becoming, such as the Cockapoo, and wanted to bring the good qualities of those mixes into a standard size. The breed began by mixing American Golden Retrievers, who were on the verge of being overbred, with Standard Poodles.

Since then, the Goldendoodle is fast becoming one of the most popular pet breeds in the United States. Breeders have expanded their offerings and often specialize in particular colors, sizes and patterns. English Retrievers, Parti and Phantom Poodles, and Miniature Poodles have all been added to the mix.

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General Breed Information

Goldendoodles are the perfect pet for temperament and people with allergies. Perhaps one of the best reasons to get a Goldendoodle is that they are low-shedding to no-shedding, depending on the generation. If you have a more severe allergy to dogs, you may want to try an F1B or higher generation puppy to control the shedding.

Health Concerns

As a hybrid breed dog, Goldendoodles are generally healthier than either of their parents, and there is very little concern of any major medical issues. They have a life expectancy of 12-16 years.


Standard Goldendoodle Size

Female Male
Height 20-22 inches 21-24 inches
Weight 45-65 pounds 55-75 pounds

Mini Goldendoodle Size

Female Male
Height 13-21 inches 13-21 inches
Weight 20-40 pounds 30-45 pounds


F1 Goldendoodle = Golden Retriever X Poodle
(50% Poodle - 50% Golden Retriever)

F1B Goldendoodle = F1 Goldendoodle X Poodle
(75% Poodle - 25% Golden Retriever)

F2 Goldendoodle = F1 Goldendoodle X F1 Goldendoodle
(50% Poodle - 50% Golden Retriever)

F2B Goldendoodle = F1 Goldendoodle X F1B Goldendoodle
(65% Poodle - 35% Golden Retriever)

F3 Goldendoodle = F1B Goldendoodle X F1B Goldendoodle OR F2 X F2
(75% Poodle - 25% Golden Retriever OR 65% / 35% for F2 x F2)


  • Highly Intelligent
  • Endearing
  • Easily Trainable
  • Friendly
  • Energetic
  • Good Candidate for Service / Therapy Dog
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Cream: A solid white to cream color throughout - often the ears will be slightly darker. By far the most common coloring for Goldendoodles.

Red: A solid, even, rich red color.

Apricot/Gold: The color of a ripe apricot on the inside. It can come in varying shades and may fade as the dog grows older.

Blue: A dark to medium smoky Blue. Blue also belongs to the Rare Color Group. Blue dogs are born Black but will have Blue skin and undertones at a young age.

Silver: Born Black but will have more of a grey skin and will develop individual silver fibers at a young age. Silver dogs can take up to 3 years to color out and become a beautiful smoky grey through to a light iridescent platinum and varying shades in between at adulthood.

Chocolate: Dark and rich, born almost Black, they maintain a dark chocolate throughout their lifetime.


Solid: The most popular.

Solid with white markings: Color is solid with small white spots or patches typically seen on the chest, toes, or tip of the tail.

Abstract: Any solid color with the second color being white. Less than fifty percent white.

Parti: Color is fifty percent white, with spots/patches of any other solid color. No set pattern but symmetrical markings on the head are preferred.

Phantom: The body color is solid, with defined markings of a second color as follows: above each eye, on the sides of the muzzle, on the cheek, on the underside of the ears, on the throat to fore chest, or in a chin and fore chest pattern, with minimum second coloring on the feet preferably up the legs and below the tail.

Sable: Black-tipped hairs on any solid color.

Brindle: An even and equal distribution of colors, with layering of black hairs in regions of lighter colors producing a tiger-striped pattern.

Multi: Multiple colors or patterns, as in a phantom with large white abstract markings, or a parti pattern with sable ticking, etc.