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Goldendoodle Generations and What do they Mean?

Goldendoodle Generations puppies are renowned designer dogs bred in the 90s. They are a cross between a Poodle and a Golden Retriever.

Goldendoodle Generations and What do they Mean?
Goldendoodle Generations

We are all familiar with the Goldendoodles, but what do F1 and F2 mean in Goldendoodle? Are F3 Goldendoodle good? What does the B in F1B Goldendoodle mean? These particular issues are as clear as mud.

Thus, we decided to dig deep into the mud and get some answers for you. This article will break out these code words. So, keep reading to learn what an F1B breed entails!

Goldendoodle Generations

Let’s begin this article by decoding the terminology first;

What is F1B?  F is an acronym for “filial” Poodle and Golden Retriever are the two pure breeds that this dog is a hybrid of.

The 1 of F1B indicates the generation number. Here 1 represents the 1st generation while 2 or 3 would represent the 2nd and 3rd generations.

F1 Goldendoodle Generations
F1 Goldendoodle Generations

Finally, the letter B; implies that the Goldendoodle is a backcross, bred back to a pure breed. In this case, a Goldendoodle crosses with a pure breed Poodle to improve specific traits.

Now you know what this code stands for. Below is a brief explanation of what this combination of numbers and letters conveys:

  • F1 indicates 50% Poodle and 50% Golden Retriever
  • F1B indicates 75% Poodle and 25% Golden Retriever
  • F1BB means 87.5% Poodle and 12.5% Golden Retriever
  • F2 denotes 50% Poodle and 50% Golden Retriever

    Goldendoodle Generations
    F1,F2 Goldendoodle Generations
  • F2B represents 62.5% Poodle and 37.5% Golden Retriever
  • F2BB means 81.25% Poodle and 18.75% Golden Retriever
  • F3 are also known as multi-generational Several generations of Goldendoodles are backcrossed to a Poodle.

Now that you’re familiar with the terminologies (which are extremely necessary,) let’s begin with their meaning. Understanding this term can help you comprehend what kind of Goldendoodle suits you nicely.


F1 Goldendoodle Generations is a cross between a pure breed Golden Retriever and a Poodle, resulting in a first generation of 50% Golden Retriever and 50% Poodle dogs.

This is the most common kind and is comparatively low in price. While the size and color of the coat depend on the genes that the dog takes over the most, there are a few benefits and drawbacks of this generation.

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Benefit: This generation is called ”Hybrid Vigor,” meaning it will inherit lesser genetic problems and only those mutual to both breeds.

Defect:Defect: Its coat can be straight, wavy, or curly, like a Poodle or a Golden Retriever.


F2 Goldendoodle with a purebred Poodle (or a Golden Retriever) = F1B. More than average, people tend to cross a Goldendoodle with a Poodle to get the hypoallergenic and low shedding qualities of a Poodle.

F1B generation is ideal for moderately allergic people. This generation also acquires some of the qualities of Hybrid Vigor (but not all since it is a succeeding generation of the Hybrid breed).

The B here indicates that this generation was backcrossed to one of the parent’s purebreds. Another thing to consider is; F1B Goldendoodles have curly coats requiring more grooming to avoid matting.


You might be catching on by now; F1BB means a cross between an F1B generation and a 100% pure Golden Retriever/ Poodle.

Since the F1BB Goldendoodle Generations crossbreed is backcrossed twice with a Poodle, hence another addition of the letter B to the term. This generation is close to a purebred Poodle in DNA.

Goldendoodle :F1BB

It offers the Poodle characteristic of the low shed and super curly coats, with frequent brushing and grooming for a shiny dog.

This adorable F1BB mini Goldendoodle has the physique of a Poodle and the temperament of a Fun-loving Golden Retriever. What else do you want in a four-legged addition to your family?


A cross between Two F1 Goldendoodle Generations. This crossing is generally not the first choice. Due to its unpredictable hypoallergenic trait, you can end up with a high-shedding Goldendoodle.

The same goes for the coat; unpredictable. Although not as much as the F1 generation, F2 does exhibit certain Hybrid Vigor characteristics.

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More Poodle-y and less Golden Retriever-y, as stated at the beginning of this article. This generation is from an F1B with an F1 Goldendoodle or two F1B Goldendoodles resulting in the F2B litter.

The puppy can be non-shedding or high shedding, depending on the genes of the F1B parent. The presence of excessive Poodle genes will likely give a curly coat.


A cross between an F2B dog with a pure Poodle or Golden Retriever breed will result in an F1BB puppy.

This generation of Goldendoodles is the ideal choice if you have serious allergies. It has around 81% of Poodle genes and is the most hypoallergenic litter.

Now it gets hard to explain, so we’ll keep it simple.

  • An F2 cross is made up of two first-generation breeds (F1).
  • F2B is a cross between One pure and another F1B puppy (see F1B above)
  • Finally, F2BB is a cross between a purebred with an F2B

In this manner, F2BB is the 4th generation of Goldendoodle and is often referred to as multi-generational.

And as expected, they are highly hypoallergenic and the curliest breed. It also shows some Hybrid Vigor qualities but lesser than F2 and F2B puppies.


Any generation above the second generation is called multi-generational, such as; F1BB, F2B, and F2BB.

With careful breeding: you can get a 100% non-shedding dog, perfect for allergic pet parents.

Types of Doodle f3

The large quantity of Poodle genes turns their coat curly. However, they do not show any hybrid Vigor trait due to being a very later generation.


Many people think a Goldendoodle is 50% Poodle with a 50% Retriever, although that’s not true. The Goldendoodle that works best for you depends primarily on your allergies. A hypoallergic first-generation F1BB or an F2BB is good.

But if you’re looking for a teddy pup with straight hair, F1 could be your new best pal. Hoping this article clears up any confusion about the different generations of Goldendoodle and you get the right dog for your family.

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