Are you looking for a Goldendoodle puppy? You may want a Goldendoodle with a specific type of hair coat. There are many different coat types that they can be – curly, wavy, or straight. When your dog is a puppy, it may be hard to tell what type of hair cat your puppy may have.
This article will explain how to tell the coat type of Goldendoodle puppies and other things that you can do to make sure you are getting the hair type you want.
How to Tell If a Goldendoodle Puppy Will Be Curly?
The best way to figure out what type of hair your puppy will have is to look at the hair around the mouth.
- Curly hair: puppy will have tight curls around the mouth
- Wavy Hair: Puppies will have wavy hair around the mouth.
- Straight Hair: Puppies will have short straight hair around their mouth
While this is not always a guaranteed way to tell what hair type your Goldendoodle will hold true most of the time. Just like with anything, there is always an exception.
Mother Nature always has the final say
Nature work can work in mysterious ways, and there are really no guarantees when it comes to predicting what coat types your dog will have. There are some subtle hints that you can follow to help guess the coat type of your new Goldendoodle.
A Goldendoodle’s coat can change as they get older, just like people’s hair will drastically change as they age. So, you cannot always go by what you see when your Goldendoodle is a puppy, as this may change as your dog ages.
How to Tell What type of coat my Goldendoodle will have?
There are 3 different steps you can do to help you determine what coat type your Goldendoodle will have.
- Look at the fur around its mouth.
When trying to determine the different hair coats that your Goldendoodle puppy may have, first start by looking at the hair around the muzzle and face.
This will help tell you what kind of hair your dog may have. Curly coated dogs will often have lots of curls on their mustache and beard. Shaggy and wavy hair coats will have straight hair on the muzzle and have what you would think of as a beard on a dog.
Goldendoodles who have straight hair will have short hair on their muzzle and no beard.
When your puppy is firstborn, and as they are growing, it can be very hard to tell what coat type your puppy may have.
At first, they may all be very similar. Usually, the facial hair can clue you into what type of coat your puppy will have. Just like us, Goldendoodle’s hair can even change from one type to another.
- Consider How your dog was Bred.
Genetics plays a big factor in the hair type and hair color of all dogs. When trying to get a certain coat type for your Goldendoodle, look at their parents, and even grandparents coat types.
How are Goldendoodle’s Coat Types Developed
Goldendoodles are made by breeding a purebred poodle and a purebred golden retriever. Their offspring are Goldendoodles. These Goldendoodles can then be bred to make more Goldendoodles.
Also, a Goldendoodle can be mixed with another poodle or Golden Retriever. Depending on what mix you use will cause varying differences in their hair coats.
No matter what mix you can usually make three different coat types. Your Goldendoodle’s hair may be shaggy, wavy, curly, or straight.
How to Breed a Goldendoodle to Get the Hair coat you want
When looking for a specific coat type, you can look at how your Goldendoodle was bred.
When trying to understand the breeding of a Goldendoodle, you may think that you will need to take a little lesson in genetics to help you. This is very easily explained below.
By understanding these different ways of breeding, this can help you understand what will cause your Goldendoodles to have a certain hair type. These are the common crosses used to make a Goldendoodles.
First Generation Crosses F1
A First generation cross Goldendoodle was made by crossing a full-blooded Poodle with a full-blooded Golden Retriever. This makes an F1.
These dogs tend to have wavy or curly hair. After you complete this first cross, there are many different options for producing more Goldendoodles. This may be the most popular type of Goldendoodle.
These dogs are 50% Poodle and 50% Golden Retriever. This means that your dog will have a split between the traits of these two dogs.
Ways to make Different Goldendoodles by Breeding F1 Goldendoodles
After you have two F1 Goldendoodles, you can then cross these Goldendoodles 3 different ways.
Each of these different ways will cause the Goldendoodle’s coat to look totally different. These different crosses are known as F2 or second-generation crosses.
Breeding Two Goldendoodles together
When you cross two F1 Goldendoodles, you will produce more Goldendoodles.
These are considered second-generation Goldendoodles or F2. Even though these dogs are still considered 50% Poodle and 50% Golden Retrievers, these dogs tend to look more like a Golden Retriever with shorter straight hair.
These tend to shed more but nowhere near as much as Golden Retriever’s shed.
Breeding a Goldendoodle with a Poodle
Another way to make a Goldendoodles is to breed an F1 Goldendoodle with a full-blooded Poodle. These are called F1B. This is done to bring out more of the poodle traits in the Goldendoodle.
These dogs will usually have more tight curly fur since they are 75% poodle and 25% Golden Retriever. If you want a Goldendoodle with a coat very similar to a poodle, this is a great breeding that you will want to look for.
These dogs are also very low to non-shedding and usually allergy-free.
Breeding a Goldendoodle with a Golden Retriever
When a Goldendoodle is bread with a Golden Retriever, you will also get an F1B Goldendoodle.
This dog will be more like a Golden Retriever with straight hair. These dogs will be 75% Golden Retriever and 25% Poodle. Since this dog will have more of the traits of a Golden Retriever, they will also shed more.
This cross is not ideal if you have pet-related allergies. This is not a very popular cross as the reasons most people buy a Goldendoodle is for the non-shedding and low allergen dog.
- Get An Older Goldendoodle
While most people want to get their Goldendoodle when they are younger, there are many older Goldendoodles that also need a great loving home. This is the easiest way to get the coat type that you want. As they have already fully developed and will not change coat types.
How Old Will My Goldendoodle be before I know the True Coat Type?
Your Goldendoodle can be up to 8 months old before their true coat type is shown. Most Goldendoodles, you can get a good guess at around 4 months, but these puppies are growing and changing that even their hair type can change.
Most of these dogs will have their adult hair coat between 6 to 8 months, and then you can for sure be able to tell what coat type your dog will be. Most people get their dogs around 8 to 12 weeks of age, sometimes before then.
While the coat type that they have then will be very close to what their hair will look like as an adult, it can always change as they grow.