Do Goldendoodles Change Color?


As you bring your Goldendoodle into the family, it is important for you to be ready for everything that will come with them. 

You need to know what to feed them, how to properly take care of them, and some of the changes that will occur as they get older. 

One of the changes that you will see with your Goldendoodle as they age is that their hair color will start to change. 

Goldendoodles may change color as they grow, usually from darker to lighter. This may happen after puppyhood or as they become seniors. It may change due to loss of pigmentation, hormonal changes, and skin injuries. Seeing the fur change is completely normal for most Goldendoodles. 

Let’s take a closer look at some of the reasons why your Goldendoodle may notice a change in their fur color as they get older and some of the changes in color that you should come to expect with this dog. 

Can Goldendoodles Change Color?

It is normal for Goldendoodle owners to wonder whether their Goldendoodle will have a chance in color in the fur. 

It is estimated that about 90% of Goldendoodles will have some kind of change in their fur as they get older. 

Most of the time the coat color is going to change from dark to a slightly lighter color when they are done being puppies and enter into their adult life. 

This is a natural process and often happens slowly enough that it is hard to notice without comparing older pictures of the dog with how they are right now. 

Goldendoodles are generally going to be different colors when they are puppies compared to when they are an adult dog. 

Things like medication, sunlight, nutritional status, and different skin conditions can be big factors that will change the color of the Goldendoodle’s coat.

It could be that the puppies were grown up on different nutritional backgrounds and this gives you a different color coat. 

As long as there are no undesirable odors, redness, or irritation, then there is nothing to be worried about when you find the hair changing for your dog. 

This is a normal process for most dogs. For example, just like humans are going to get grey hair when they get older, the hair will change for the dog as well. 

Goldendoodle Fur Colors

Goldendoodles are going to come in a lot of different colors including chocolate phantom, silver phantom, silver with some golden hues, black, white, light or dark apricot, or even multiple coloring. 

All of these are normal and depend on the fur colors that we see with their parents. The color of the fur will be determined by the parents of the dog, especially the Poodle, though the Golden Retriever is able to get in there as well. 

For example, when litters are bred from a black poodle it is more likely that the puppies are going to be black. 

Puppies that are from a white poodle are more likely to be cream puppies. Of course, there are exceptions to this rule and it depends on the unique dog what color their fur will become. 

Do Goldendoodles Shed Their Puppy Fur?

Another thing that you should prepare for is whether a Goldendoodle puppy is going to shed their own fur

The fur coat of a puppy is going to be uniform soft fur, but as it grows older, the coat will start to shed, and then the adult coat is able to become thicker and stiffer. 

This will usually happen between the age of six and a half months to 10 months. When the puppy fur is shed, mature hair will grow.

This can be the time when the fur is going to change color as well. As the new coat comes in, you will notice that the fur will get lighter and they may keep this new color for the rest of their adult life. 

Why Is My Goldendoodle Changing Color?

There are a lot of different reasons why your Goldendoodle is changing color. This is pretty normal, but there are different reasons that you may see that the dog has different color fur over time. Some of these include:

Loss of Pigmentation

Sometimes these changes in color are going to be from a loss of pigmentation. This can occur because it requires a lot of energy to produce the pigmentation and the body may need to concentrate on other important needs instead. 

Stains

Sometimes the color changes will only happen near the face of the dog. This can be seen more in dogs that have a white coat or a very light one. This may indicate that the color changes are more stains than anything else. 

Hormonal changes

Changes that happen to the texture and color of the fur can be a sign of hormonal problems. Hypothyroidism is a medical condition where the dog’s thyroid levels are low and is enough to cause different changes to the coat along the way. 

Skin injury

It is possible that the skin was injured for the Goldendoodle. This may cause that area to grow a new coat that could be darker in color. This is going to be known as hyperpigmentation and occurs because cells that contain melanin will rush to the injured area to help heal it. This results in the dog having hair that is darker. 

Vitiligo

If you start to notice any white patches on the face of the Goldendoodle or all over the body, it could be a condition known as vitiligo. 

This happens when the melanocytes, which are the cells that contain melanin, die. They die due to many reasons such as immune system problems and different genetic factors. 

Due to all of these reasons, it is possible for the dog to have changes in the color of their fur. It is not uncommon for this to happen and many Goldendoodle owners should come to expect this with their dog. 

Do Goldendoodles Change Color As They Age?

Your Goldendoodle is able to change colors as they age. This is pretty common and you will see that they will be different colors the more that they age. 

The way that the dog changes colors will depend on their parents and each individual dog, but often they will get a bit lighter in coloring. 

This means that if your dog has a black coat, it will start to turn a little bit grey or silver instead. If you have a dog that is a tan or brown color, they are going to fade more into a cream color instead. 

The change in the hair color is going to be subtle. You will not see it happening overnight. But when you compare pictures of the dog from when you first get them to a few years later, you will notice that the hair color is changing. 

Do Goldendoodles Get Darker with Age?

It is possible for the Goldendoodle to get darker when they get older. They are a mixture of their two parents, which makes it likely that they will take after one of them. 

Since the Golden Retriever is a dog who will get darker in color as they age, it is possible that the Goldendoodle will start to get darker as they get older as well. 

However, it is more likely that the Goldendoodle is going to get a little bit lighter as they age. 

This dog is more likely to take after the Poodle in the first generation, meaning that the black puppy is more likely to turn blue or silver in color and those that are golden could turn more of a cream color.

If the Goldendoodle is bred properly, then they will not get darker since the Golden Retriever genes are recessive in the fur. 

This can change as you get further into the breeding for this dog. The more you go into the generational mixes of this dog, the more likely it is that the dog is going to get darker.

It depends on the parents of each dog and exactly how they are mixed together. For the most part, though, the Goldendoodle is going to tend to get lighter, rather than darker, as they get older. 

Seeing the Changes in Your Dog

Just like humans, your Goldendoodle is going to change over time. 

Their hair color may change, you may see them slow down a little bit, and they may find that they have different tastes as time goes on as well. 

This is all a normal part of having a Goldendoodle and you should expect this along the way as well. Whether they get lighter or darker will depend on their parents, but this is a really great dog you are going to love quickly. 

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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