Can You Breed Two Goldendoodles Together?

by Kern Campbell
Can You Breed Two Goldendoodles Together?

Have you ever thought about breeding two Goldendoodles together?  I have often been curious what the outcome would be to breed two together and how it would differ from the original dog. 

I thought you may find this topic interesting as well, so I did some additional research and this is what I learned. 

Can you breed two Goldendoodles together?

Yes, you can breed two Goldendoodles together.  Goldendoodles were initially bred from two different purebred dog breeds.  These new hybrid puppies that were originally developed many years ago were the first litters of puppies. 

When referencing them they would be considered what is known as F1 Goldendoodles.  What does that all mean?  The F means Filial or Generation, and the 1 means One or First. 

Simply put, this would be a first generation of Goldendoodle puppies created from two pure bred dogs.  If carrying the breeding further and breeding two F1 dogs it would produce an F2, or second generation of puppies.  Following that would be the breeding of two F2 dogs, which would produce F3, or third generation of puppies. 

Beyond that, if a set of F3 dogs were to be bred together, their offspring or litter of puppies would be considered multi-generational.  Breeding of two Goldendoodles is possible, but specific characteristics can be lost, changed, or unpredictable with each new generation.  Many aspects will remain the same from one generation to another, but variances are possible. 

The type of fur coat they have, whether they shed or not, size, color, and other factors relating to physical, emotional, or mental state can vary.  What is common amongst each generation is their friendliness and playful personality. 

Each generation will retain their vital intelligence, loyalty, and energy level.  The higher the number of the generation or once we reach the multi-generational Goldendoodle, the differences are more prominent from the original F1 generation.

The Goldendoodle is a hybrid dog breed from two different purebred dogs.  While there can be many generations of this dog breed, each is slightly different from the Goldendoodle’s F1 original generation.

When we look at multiple generations of Goldendoodles, breeders and clients alike will refer to them with a letter and number, and sometimes another letter at the end—F1, F2, F3, F4, and so forth.  For generations beyond the F3, they refer to those litters of puppies as multi-generational puppies.

The F stands for filial, which is another way of saying generation.  The number refers to which generation the puppies are from.

For instance, an F1 Goldendoodle would be a first generation Goldendoodle, or the original generation of Goldendoodle.

The F2 Goldendoodle would be a second generation Goldendoodle.  The F3 would be a third generation Goldendoodle, and the F4 would be considered multi-generational.

Since there are various generations of Goldendoodles, do they all exhibit the same traits?

Yes and no.  Some of the traits of a Goldendoodle will be present in all generations.  Some traits will be lessened, absent, or unpredictable in the higher generations.  One dog might have some traits in a litter of puppies from a multi-generational Goldendoodle, while another dog from that same litter may not.

Similarities amongst all generations include their playful, energetic, and friendly nature, their intelligence and ability to respond well to training.  They are all loyal by nature and make excellent companion animals, regardless of their generation.

What characteristics are different in the F1, F2, and F3 generation Goldendoodles?

Unlike the F1 generation of Goldendoodle, the F2 and F3 can be less predictable when it comes to shedding.  Some Goldendoodle puppies from the F2 or F3 generation are low shedding like the F2 generation. Still, they can also have the potential to shed a lot like one of the original purebred parents.

They can also look more like one or the other purebred parent, and their fur coat can be hard to determine until they are older.  Their fur coat can vary from shaggy to straight or curly.

These unreliable characteristics can be a blessing in some cases.  Some second and third generation Goldendoodles can gain more of the overly friendly personality from one parent, making for a delightful love bug.  Not to say that Goldendoodles of the first generation are not loveable.

In second and third generation Goldendoodles, they have the potential to gain more from one parent, making them better in some areas or not in others when it also comes to skills, strengths, and temperament.

Depending on how important it is for the Goldendoodle, to be a Goldendoodle or more like one parent or the other will determine what each family or individual selects.

Some breeders choose not to breed beyond the first generation due to the randomness of these qualities.  They prefer to provide a Goldendoodle that matches the breed without random changes, which can make the dogs less reliable in the Goldendoodles qualities.

By breeding two Goldendoodles do higher generations suffer more health problems?

Yes and no.  Breeding two Goldendoodles and creating a higher generation of Goldendoodles can bring good and bad due to unpredictability.  The good news is that the Goldendoodle dog breed as a whole is relatively healthy.

They carry the genetics of their purebred parents, which is good health and thankfully long life.  Since they are a crossbreed, the likelihood that they will suffer from their parents’ health conditions may be slightly reduced but not eliminated.

With each higher generation produced by breeding two Goldendoodles, there can be a chance of increasing or decreasing certain traits.  Sadly it can be hard to determine.  Perhaps one dog in a litter will suffer hereditary health issues, and two others will not suffer at all.

Are there any other ways to breed two Goldendoodles?

No.  There are, however, other ways to breed one Goldendoodle.  This involves the practice of back breeding a Goldendoodle of the first generation to a Poodle.  This changes the Goldendoodle to be a 75% Poodle and 25% Golden Retriever unlike the standard 50/50 with the F1 Goldendoodle.

This brings out more of the Poodle traits in the Goldendoodle and dampens the Golden Retriever traits, making for a great dog that would be well-loved by those who need a hypoallergenic dog.

This dog would be considered an F1B, or first generation back bred dog and are considered the most hypoallergenic of all the Goldendoodles.

Can You Breed Two Goldendoodles Together?

This generation variation causes them to look slightly less like the “teddy bear” the Goldendoodle is known for.  They tend to look more like their Poodle background with more curliness.  There still can be the occasional Goldendoodle breeding of this sort that turns the fur into the cute shaggy dog look.

Concerning their temperament and personality, families are more likely to see Goldendoodle breeding of this sort bring out a bit more nervousness from the Poodle background.  Breeding a Goldendoodle with this method also removes more of the hunting personality trait seen in the standard F1 generation Goldendoodle.

To breed an F2 Goldendoodle with a Poodle, the result would be an F2B Goldendoodle.  This again is F2 generation Goldendoodle back bred with a Poodle.

There would be more random traits amongst the puppies due to the F2 generation Goldendoodle in this breeding of a Goldendoodle. There would also be more Poodle traits since 75% Poodle and 25% F2 generation Goldendoodle.

This breed of Goldendoodle has minimal shedding like the F1B making them another great choice for those who need a hypoallergenic dog.

They can also have a very diverse coat of fur.  Their fur can change in patches from shaggy to straight and curly, depending on the dog.  They can also have unusual color patterns that change from one dog to the next.

Their nature is also more nervous due to the increase in Poodle genes like the F1B Goldendoodles.

While these generation variations when breeding Goldendoodles can dramatically change who they are, they are still the loveable, friendly, playful dog as the first generation Goldendoodle.

What about breeding two Goldendoodle of higher generations like F3 and F4?

To breed two Goldendoodles from higher generations, including F3 and F4, and their variations, they would be known as multi-generational.  These dogs take on more variations and potential for unpredictable patterns emotionally, physically, and mentally.

They still make lovely dogs, but it can be challenging for the breeder to determine what they will get with breeding.  Each dog will be unique when breeding the multi-generational Goldendoodle, with some huge differences from one dog to the next in one litter.

Final Thoughts

It is possible to breed two Goldendoodles of the same generation, they produce a new generation of Goldendoodle.

With these new generations, some changes can occur physically, emotionally, and mentally.  These changes can be positive or negative, depending on who is viewing them.

When breeding two Goldendoodles, regardless of the outcome, one thing is for sure; no one can ignore how adorable, friendly, and loveable they all are!

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