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Which goldendoodle sheds the least?

Title: Shedding Goldendoodles: Understanding F1, F1B, and F1BB Generations

Are you considering adding a Goldendoodle to your family but worried about shedding? One of the main things to consider when choosing a Goldendoodle is the generation, as it can significantly impact shedding outcomes. I can help you make an informed decision about which one might be the best fit for your lifestyle. I have been breeding Mini Goldendoodles for 15 years.

Understanding Generations:

Before we dive into shedding tendencies, let's clarify what each generation means:

  • F1 (First Generation): An F1 Goldendoodle is a first-generation crossbreed between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. Some breeders don’t DNA test coats. So their F1 goldendoodles can shed like golden retrievers. But we do. 90% of our F1s shed none and 10% shed 10%. 

  • F1B (First Generation Backcross): An F1B Goldendoodle is a cross between an F1 Goldendoodle and a Poodle. This generation is usually 100% non-shedding but have lanky bodies, neurotic personalities, and coats that mat easily. After they reach adulthood, they need to be groomed short or will develop bad matting. 

  • F1BB (First Generation Backcross to Backcross): An F1BB Goldendoodle is the result of breeding an F1B Goldendoodle with a Poodle. This generation is almost 90% poodle. So why not just buy a poodle? 

Why Do F1B and F1BB Shed Less?

The difference in shedding tendencies between F1, F1B, and F1BB Goldendoodles can be attributed to the influence of Poodle genetics. Poodles have a single-layered, curly coat that sheds minimally, if at all. When crossed with a Golden Retriever, which has a dense, double-layered coat that sheds seasonally, the resulting offspring may inherit a variety of coat types.

However, the curly, non-shedding coat of the Poodle tends to dominate in subsequent generations, particularly in F1B and F1BB Goldendoodles. This means that these dogs are more likely to inherit the low-shedding, hypoallergenic coat of the Poodle parent.

Choosing the Right Goldendoodle for You:

When selecting a mini Goldendoodle, it's important to consider what is causing your allergies. Dogs can cause allergies through skin, saliva, and dander. So even if they will not shed at all does not mean that you will be free from dog allergies. We are convinced that F1 Mini Goldendoodles are superior in so many ways that if they shed up to 10%, it is worth the risk to have the many ways they are superior. See our Why F1 page HERE.

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