Can You Breed A Goldendoodle With A Retriever?


Can You Breed A Goldendoodle With A Retriever

Goldendoodles are an exceptional cross-bred dog.  With the Retriever as one of the Goldendoodles parents, I wonder if a Goldendoodle can be back bred with a Retriever.  Do you ever think about that?

After some in-depth research, I discovered some information on this topic I hope you will enjoy.

Can you breed a Goldendoodle with a Retriever?

You can breed a Goldendoodle with a Retriever; however, the process is complicated and not common practice.  This breed of a Goldendoodle with a Retriever would create a Goldendoodle that would technically be 75% Golden Retriever and 25% Poodle. 

When a Goldendoodle is backcrossed, it is to the purebred Poodle and not the Golden Retriever.  They call this backcrossing what a breeder does to create another generation variation of Goldendoodle.  These dogs end up having more characteristics of one purebred parent, the Poodle. 

When you breed a Goldendoodle with a Retriever, they end up having more characteristics of the Golden Retriever and less of the Poodle through the Goldendoodle.  This breeding combination is possible, but it is less common and requires more work on the breeders part. It is also less popular since more people seek out other Goldendoodles with more Poodle traits

Using a reputable breeder who handles this type of back cross is necessary to gain the healthiest dog possible.  Breeding a Goldendoodle with a Retriever is not commonplace, and many people wonder why it is even done, so finding qualified breeders may be limited.  Most Goldendoodles are backcrossed with the purebred Poodle to gain more Poodle characteristics like hypoallergenic and low shedding.

In reverse, the necessity is unclear.  Still, some potential pet parents seek out these cross-bred dogs and others because they like a particular breed of dog and are interested in a cross between them and the adorable cute and teddy bear-like Goldendoodle.  Breeding this way, requires that breeders know what to look for in each dog parent. This knowledge is used to reduce the chance that genetic defects, health issues, as well as negative physical, emotional or mental qualities don’t follow through to the next generation of dogs.

The Goldendoodle is a hybrid dog with Poodle and Golden Retriever parents.  This creates a dog that has 50% of each purebred parent.  Beyond this first generation, there are numerous other generations and possibilities by breeding Goldendoodles together or back to the Poodle line.  It is also possible that you can breed a Goldendoodle with a Retriever.

To breed a Goldendoodle with a Retriever, breeders are not standard practice because it is complicated and doesn’t potentially serve any real purpose.  Goldendoodles were created as a designer dog breed that became popular due to their teddy bear appearance and low shedding and hypoallergenic coat of hair.

If a Goldendoodle is bred with a Retriever, they will gain more of the Golden Retriever and less of the Poodle, which could mean more shedding of non-hypoallergenic hair.  These dogs would also have more of their Retriever parents’ appearance, temperament, and character.

It is possible to breed a Goldendoodle with a Retriever but not a common occurrence because the popularity is not there.  Many people chose a Goldendoodle because they want a dog that looks and acts more like a Retriever.

Another reason breeding a Goldendoodle with a Retriever is less common because more is required of the breeder, and they are harder to locate.  Finding a reputable breeder that is skilled and knowledgeable is very important whatever type of back cross is desired with a Goldendoodle.

What traits will a litter of puppies have when you breed a Goldendoodle with a Retriever?

The traits that a litter of puppies will have when you breed a Goldendoodle with a Retriever will be more along the lines of the Golden Retriever breed’s characteristics.  There will still be some Poodle in the mix with this breeding, but it will be less than in the original Goldendoodle.

The physical, emotional, and mental characteristics will lean more towards the Golden Retriever since more Golden Retriever in these puppies.  They may be bigger physically, have a shaggier coat of hair, and may not be hypoallergenic or low shedding.

Can You Breed A Goldendoodle With A Retriever

Facial features can be more streamlined and appear to be more like the Golden Retriever line, with, of course, the possibility for variances from one dog to another in the same litter.

Emotionally Golden Retrievers can be very mellow and easy-going, which can benefit this type of breeding, but Poodles are also relatively easy going as well.  Regardless breeding a Goldendoodle with a Retriever can make an exciting mix that potential pet parents might find as an exciting change of pace and variance for this cross-bred dog.

It is also very likely that the puppies’ traits can be a mixed bag of features that are various from one puppy to another in the same litter.

These dogs will still have a gentle, loving, and friendly personality with intelligence and trainability like most of the other Goldendoodles of other generations.

If you can breed a Goldendoodle with a Retriever, will they become popular?

If you breed a Goldendoodle with a Retriever, they could become popular as the original Goldendoodles, but the chance for this happening is lowered.

The Goldendoodle cross-bred dog was created as a designer dog to cater to people that wanted a dog with specific characteristics.  High intelligence, a teddy bear coat of hair, and a gentle, loving personality as just a few parts of this equation.

One of the reasons people love the original Goldendoodles so much is because they are also low shedding and often hypoallergenic.  They offer a great advantage for families that need or want a dog that shed’s very little and doesn’t exasperate allergy issues with people who suffer.

By breeding a Goldendoodle with a Retriever, the hypoallergenic and low shedding coat could be lost, reducing the appeal for those pet parents looking for those traits in a dog.  This is because there is so little Poodle left in the mix.

While they could still become popular with those pet parents that love and adore Golden Retrievers, it is still unlikely that they would become as popular as the Goldendoodles that boast more of their Poodle parents traits.

What is the price for a puppy when you breed a Goldendoodle with a Retriever?

The price for a puppy from this litter would be comparable to other Goldendoodle pricing.  Each breeder is unique in pricing depending on location, gender, age, size, and how high the current demand is at the time.

Since these Goldendoodles are less popular than the original Goldendoodle generation and the varieties that lean towards more Poodle, there may be a slight price difference because what you get from one dog to another can be unpredictable.

Breeders who cross-bred these two dogs are harder to find, which could also cause the price to be higher.  Breeding these dogs requires medical workups to limit the risk of genetic health issues being passed to the next generation.  The amount of research, skill, knowledge, energy, time, and care increases causes the expense of a potential pet parent.

What makes a good breeder that would breed a Goldendoodle with a Retriever?

What makes a good breeder breed a Goldendoodle with a Retriever, or any dog for that matter, is knowledge, skill, planning, and research.

While every dog has redeeming qualities that make them outstanding in one way or another, a good breeder will be able to separate their love of dogs from facts about an individual dog.  A good breeder always seeks to improve on what is already existing.

They spend greats of time becoming experts on the breeds or cross-breeds they handle.  They learn about genetics, health, appearance, and temperament.  When breeding any dogs, a good quality breeder will improve with the new litter.

They will know or learn the flaws of one dog parent and pair it with another dog parent to reduce or eliminate those negative qualities or flaws.  This is for the health and future of this cross bred dog.

When breeding a Goldendoodle with a Retriever, these skills are essential because the Goldendoodle is a cross-bred dog.  Being a cross-bred dog means there is no breed standard to compare.  Pure bred dogs have a set breed standard that proves quality breeding practice and integrity of the ancestoral line, cross bred dogs have not set standard.

The only reliable step is to choose a skilled breeder and knowledge, one that has the dog’s best interests at heart.  This is true when selecting a Goldendoodle, whether it is mostly Retriever, mostly Poodle, or a fifty-fifty mix.

In Conclusion

A Goldendoodle is a Goldendoodle no matter how much they gain from their Retriever or Poodle parent.

While you can breed a Goldendoodle with a Retriever, the reasoning is unclear with this designer dog breed.

At the end of the day, as long as a dog is healthy and the pet parents are happy, one must wonder if they are bred matters anyway!

Jennifer Nelson

Jennifer loves animals! Jennifer used to work in animal rescue but she brought too many of them home so she had to stop. She loves caring for and sharing her knowledge for all kinds of pets.

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