Goldendoodles are adorable little dogs that are perfect for all sorts of families, but it can be a lot harder to decide on your dog’s breed if you don’t already have a bit of understanding when it comes to dog breeding jargon.
F1B mini Goldendoodles are a cross between a Poodle and a Golden Retriever that is 75% Poodle and 25% Golden Retriever. Like poodles, they are hypoallergenic, which means that they are unlikely to cause an allergic reaction in people who have allergies. Their average size is 15 to 30 pounds.
But is an F1B Goldendoodle the right dog for you? And what kinds of needs might they have that other dogs might not? Keep reading to find out more information about F1B Goldendoodles.
What Is an F1B Goldendoodle?
Before we talk about what exactly an F1B Goldendoodle is, it’s important to lay the framework of why the breed is called that. To an outsider, the lingo can be completely incomprehensible at first.
The F in F1B stands for Filial. In dog breed naming, this F usually represents the number of generations that have passed since the original purebred parents. This is useful to dog breeders, as it allows them to easily track what traits are most likely to be inherited by the dog’s offspring.
So the F1 means that it’s the first generation from the source, but if that’s the case then how do you end up with a dog that’s 75% poodle? The answer lies in the B, which stands for backcross. This means that the dog in question is the offspring of an F1 Goldendoodle and either a poodle or a golden retriever.
In practice, breeders almost always breed F1 Goldendoodles with poodles in order to increase the offspring’s hypoallergenic and non-shedding properties. However, 75% golden retriever mixes are not unheard of.
F1B Goldendoodles are small dogs that range from 15lbs to 30lbs in weight. They tend to have a long, curly coat like a poodle’s but a body shape that is closer to a golden retriever’s.
They come in a color range from golden blond to dark red depending mostly on the color of the parents. Like most Goldendoodles, they make great family pets thanks to their playful temperament and hypoallergenic coat. They require significant maintenance because of their thick non-shedding coats and abundance of energy.
They also tend to be slightly less healthy than F1 Goldendoodles because of their genetic closeness to a purebred poodle, although the presence of some golden retriever in their pedigree does still make them significantly more healthy than a purebred poodle would be.
F1B Goldendoodle Special Needs
The biggest need that an F1B Goldendoodle will have that other dogs might not is going to be grooming. Because they have the long curly hair of a poodle, if they aren’t groomed frequently enough, their hair will quickly get matted and gross. Frequent washing and brushing is the only feasible solution to this problem.
The other biggest need they have is energy-related. Poodles and golden retrievers are both bred to be working dogs, which means that they need to have an outlet for all of the natural energy they have. The best way to help with that is to set aside exercise time to spend with your dog and make sure they have plenty of opportunities to play.
You can also give them access to different kinds of toys to help them entertain themselves when you can’t be directly playing with them. However, you should always be careful to ensure that your dog is never left alone with toys that he could potentially bite pieces off of to swallow, as this could cause serious health problems for your dog.
Goldendoodles are also particularly vulnerable to ear infections. You can help them avoid these by keeping their ears dry and clean, especially after they’ve just gone swimming.
Because Goldendoodles are companion dogs, it’s important to make sure that they have plenty of access to people. They also have to live inside, and not outside, so that they feel enough connection to you and your family. The more included they feel, the happier they’ll be!
Common health problems in F1B Goldendoodles include pretty much any health problem common to either a golden retriever or a poodle, In particular, they often end up with hip dysplasia, sebaceous a densities (which is a skin disease,) subvalvular aortic stenosis (a heart disease,) and various eye problems such as glaucoma, cataracts, and progressive retinal atrophy.
This may seem like a lot of things to worry about, but it really isn’t any more than you would get with any other dog breed, and Goldendoodles (like all other dogs) are entirely worth the effort it takes to keep them.
How to Find an F1B Goldendoodle
The best way to find an F1B Goldendoodle is to locate a reputable breeder. A good breeder will be able to provide certificates to prove that your puppy’s parents weren’t suffering from any inheritable health issues that they could have passed on. They will also tell you of potential health issues that the dog may face.
While the safest way to find an F1B Goldendoodle is definitely to get one from a breeder, you can also sometimes find one from a shelter or a rescue group. Because they are a fairly common breed, they can sometimes be found in these kinds of places as can many other dogs.
However, not only are you not guaranteed to find an F1B Goldendoodle at any given shelter (you might have to check several shelters around before you find one) but you will also have to deal with any health issues that the dog happens to have. Of course, this is true of all shelter dogs, so you probably already know what you’re getting into if this is your plan.
It’s generally considered to be a bad idea to get a puppy from a pet store, as pet stores often purchase their dogs from puppy mills that tend to be sick. Not only this, but they also tend to be poorly socialized and difficult to housetrain.