The Goldendoodle is a hybrid, or designer dog, which is a crossbreed between two purebred parents, as such the Goldendoodle does not belong to any breed group. However, much about the Goldendoodle can be determined by examining the breed group of its parents, a Golden Retriever and a Standard Poodle.
Poodles are generally considered “Non-sporting” dogs with beautiful hypoallergenic coats. Golden Retrievers, on the other hand, are classified as “Sporting” dogs and are bred to excel as guide dogs and sniffer dogs.
Doodles were initially bred as guide dogs and a hypoallergenic alternative for the vision impaired who also suffer from dog allergies. Because the Goldendoodle is a crossbreed it is not recognized by the prominent breed associations such as the AKC, the UKC, and the CKC.
Depending on its ancestry, a Goldendoodle may exhibit features that are more like the Standard Poodle, or the Golden Retriever.
First generation Goldendoodles, known as F1 are the direct offspring of a Standard Poodle and a Golden Retriever. F1 Goldendoodles may be hypoallergenic and often exhibit what is known as “hybrid vigor,” which makes them generally healthier than either parent.
Goldendoodles referred to as F1B (first-generation backcross) are the offspring of a Goldendoodle and a Standard Poodle and generally exhibit an abundance of Standard Poodle traits like a curly, hypoallergenic coat.
Goldendoodles are a hybrid breed, which means their physical appearance can vary dramatically, even within the same litter.