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Questions To Ask When Looking At Goldendoodle Puppies

by Leslie Gibson

So you have decided that you want a Goldendoodle puppy. The next step is to find the right Goldendoodle puppy for you! Since this is a cross-breed, there is a little more variety than with a pure breed, so it is important to look at a few different litters and really think about what you want. Here are some questions to ask yourself and breeders as you browse various Goldendoodle puppies.

What coat type do you prefer?

Poodles have tight, curly hair and golden retrievers have long, straight hair. Goldendoodles, a cross between the two, can inherit any of four coat types. These are:

  • Straight Coat: This is a coat that is not curly at all. It is, however, fluffy and puffy. Straight coat Goldendoodles have a lot of hair, but if you look at each individual strand, it is straight.
  • Flat Coat: This coat is straight and not fluffy; it looks basically like a golden retriever coat. Most Goldendoodle breeders consider a flat coat undesirable, but puppies with this coat type are still sweet and some owners do prefer the look.
  • Wavy Coat: This is what most people think of when they think of a Goldendoodle. The coat is long and wavy, but not tightly curled.
  • Curly Coat: This coat is most similar to that of the poodle. It's tightly curled and sits close to the body, even when long.

How important is it that your dog is hypoallergenic?

Goldendoodles are known for being hypoallergenic, but this is really only true of certain dogs. If it's really important that you have a dog who is hypoallergenic, then make sure you look for an F1 Goldendoodle. This is a dog produced by breeding a pure golden retriever with a pure poodle. F2 Goldendoodles, which are produced by breeding two F1 Goldendoodles, produce more dander and are more likely to cause allergies.

Do you want the teddy bear look?

There are two types of Goldendoodles commonly available in the United States. The first is the North American Goldendoodle, produced by breeding an American golden retriever and poodle. These dogs have a more slender face. The second type is the teddy bear Goldendoodle or the English Goldendoodle. These dogs are produced by breeding an English golden retriever and a poodle. The main difference is that the teddy bear type has a wider, rounder face.

Hopefully, you now have a better idea of what you are looking for in a Goldendoodle puppy. Enjoy the search!