Doodle Generations and coat types
Terminology can be hard to follow for those who are newer to the world of Doodle breeds! So many generations and coat types!
As a breeder, I have bred every generation and can honestly say that they all have their charms. But every family has different needs, and I have gotten very good at helping families determine which type of Doodle will work best for them.
All pictures on this page are Artisan dogs and puppies and we are so proud of each perfect one!
A first generation cross between two purebred parents. Example: Golden Retriever x Poodle.
an F1 coat tends to be straight or wavy, and have a "fleece" texture. Light shedding is possible, but we have worked hard on the genetics to make sure that most puppies in our program will be non-shedding.
A second generation cross between an F1 Doodle, and a purebred Poodle.
Example: F1 Goldendoodle x Poodle.
In an F1b litter, we would expect half of the puppies to have a wavy "fleece" coat, and half to have a curly "wool" coat. And yes, we can tell you which puppy will have which coat by the time choosing comes around. We've had a lot of practice! This generation very rarely sheds, and is a good choice for allergy sufferers.
A third generation cross between an F1b Doodle, and a purebred Poodle.
Example: F1b Goldendoodle x Poodle.
An F1bb coat can be wavy or curly, this is where a knowledgable breeder comes in! Any breeder worth their salt will know exactly what coat textures to expect in any given litter due to extensive genetic testing.
Depending on genetics, puppies will have either a "fleece" or "wool" texture. This generation never sheds, and is a great choice for allergy sufferers.
Doodle Coat Types
A third or later generation cross between two F1b, F1bb, or multigenerational parents.
Example: F1b Goldendoodle x F1bb Goldendoodle
This generation is the most variable and this is where we rely heavily on genetic coat testing!
Here at Artisan Doodles, we see multigenerational Doodles as the future of our program, and the perfect opportunity to put our obsession with genetic inheritance into good practice. We strive for the straight/wavy fleece coat of the F1, with the non-shedding, hypoallergenic qualities of the F1b and F1bb in this generation and will for the majority of our puppies in the future.
Coat Type Examples and Explanation
Doodles come with 3 different coat types: Hair coat, fleece coat, and wool coat. Some people have a preference before they ever meet any puppies, but I always recommend that unless there are allergies in the family(in which case some coats may be better than others), you should keep an open mind, because they are all pretty adorable!
My #1 piece of advice is to first choose a LITTER before you start thinking about an individual puppy. If you choose two great parents who both have the temperament you are looking for, and who are both beautiful and adorable, you will end up with a pretty dog no matter which coat type you choose. To be blunt: Most puppies are cute, but if someone breeds two unattractive dogs together, there is no reason to think that any of their puppies will grow up to be attractive!
F1 litters will likely have a mix of all different coat types. If I were to make an educated guess I would say that our litters will be 25% hair coat, 50% fleece coat, and 25% wool coat. F1B and Multigenerational litters will usually be a mix of fleece coats and wool coats. Below are some examples of these coat types and what you might expect your puppy's adult coat to look like.
Generally seen only in F1 Labradoodles. As a puppy, the coat will be straight and have a "flatter" quality, but as they get older, the hair will get longer and get a bit of wave to it. This coat allows the dog to stay cooler in the summer than other coats. May shed some, or not at all. This coat will require minimal care, only an occasional brushing, and clipped a few times a year.
As a puppy, the coat will be very soft, and it may be straight, or it may have a slight wave or curl to it. The coat will continue to grow for the rest of the dog's life and often becomes wavier as she grows, but almost never super curly. Usually very low or non-shedding. The coat will need to be clipped every few months and detangled or brushed every few days or when mats occur.
Almost as soon as the puppy is born, his coat will have more wave to it than the other coats. As the puppy gets older, the coat will become even more curly. Almost always non-shedding. The coat will need to be brushed frequenly and clipped every few months or as desired by the owner.