Myths About Goldendoodles

Does A Curly Coat Mean Non-Shedding?

This was thought to be true in the early days of the breed. Since then, DNA has shown that shedding is actually related to the Furnishing gene, which is responsible for the beard on the face. Dogs such as German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, and Collies do not have a beard on their face and usually shed profusely. Dogs such as Poodles, Shih Tzus, and Yorkies, have a beard on the muzzle that continuously grows. These are examples of breeds that require regular grooming and tend to be more allergy friendly.

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Are All Goldendoodles Hypoallergenic? 

Not exactly. Goldendoodles can have 0, 1 or 2 copies of furnishings.  Since the Golden Retriever has 0 copies of furnishings and a Poodle typically has 2 copies of furnishings, all F1 Goldendoodles carry just 1 copy of furnishings. It typically takes two copies of the furnishing gene to eliminate shedding completely making a dog more hypo-allergenic for most allergy sufferers. 

The best combination for families who need an allergy friendly Goldendoodle would be a multigenerational Goldendoodle with 2 copies of the furnishing gene. The only way to know how many copies an individual puppy has is to work with a breeder who tests for furnishings.  If both parents carry 2 copies of the furnishing gene, all the offspring will carry 2 copies.  If one of the parents carries just one furnishing gene while the other carries 2 copies, the offspring would have to be individually DNA tested to determine which puppies inherited 2 copies and which inherited just one copy.  Those with one copy will likely have some mild shedding and be considered less hypo-allergenic. 

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Are Goldendoodles Considered to be Purebred or AKC Registrable?

No! A Goldendoodle is the perfect mix of a Poodle and Golden Retriever. They are purposely bred as companion or service/therapy dogs. The Golden Retriever and Poodle both fall under the top 4 smartest breeds, so a Goldendoodle with proper training can excel at any job it is given.  The Goldendoodle Association of North America is a breed club that was created to document the lineage of the Goldendoodle as it is developed into multigenerational status.  It is a place for reputable breeders to register their Goldendoodle breeding stock and litters and GANA tracks the health certifications completed on all breeding stock.  GANA is a non-profit organization that uses its funds to educate Goldendoodle breeders on cutting edge technology including DNA testing for coat traits and health as well as providing education on the best breeding practices.  GANA has developed a breed standard to serve as a road map so that the Goldendoodle can become more consistent as the breed grows. 

Does Generation Matter?

Each generation offers traits from both the parent breeds (Golden Retrievers and Poodles).  The main difference is the amount of shedding propensity that can be decreased or eliminated in generations beyond the F1.  When looking for a Goldendoodle puppy, do not focus on the generation as much. Instead, focus on what health testing is done on the parent dogs, what enrichment programs the breeder uses on their pups, and the temperament of the parent dogs, and whether or not you need the most hypo-allergenic dog possible.

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