Unveiling Mini Goldendoodle Generations: Finding Your Ultimate Companion

You’ve made the decision to get a Mini Goldendoodle puppy. As you start your research, you will likely come across the topic of “Goldendoodle Generations“. You might be thinking, “what the heck do these terms even mean?”. What is an F1 or F2 Goldendoodle? Does the generation really matter when picking a Mini Goldendoodle puppy? No worries – we are here to help! In this article, we will be discussing the different Mini Goldendoodle Generations, how they compare, and which generation we personally recommend. You can check out our FAQ’s page for more information about Gilson Doodles.

Goldendoodle x Poodle = F1

Put simply, a Golden Retriever bred with a Poodle, results in F1 Goldendoodle puppies. The term “F1” means, “first generation”. First generation Goldendoodle puppies are the result of half of each parent. Which means they will be around 50% Golden Retriever and 50% Poodle.

There are several sizes of Goldendoodles. Typically, an F1 puppy will be standard size, meaning the biggest of the breed. Standard Goldendoodles can range anywhere from 40-100+ lbs full grown, depending on the parents, and even the grandparents weights. If you want an F1 Mini Goldendoodle, you’d need a Golden Retriever bred with a Miniature Poodle or a Teacup (toy) Poodle.

1. An F1 will have the highest percentage of Golden Retriever, around 50%.

2. You may or may not get a fluffy teddy-bear coat that hardly sheds. Coat types can vary quite a bit depending on which parent they inherit most of their traits from.

3. These pups will typically be the biggest of the breed. Even if you’re getting a puppy whose parent’s are a Golden Retriever and a miniature or teacup Poodle, the size can still vary because of the large difference in size of parents.

4. It’s impossible for a breeder to guarantee adult weight, and if they say they can, you may want to RUN the other direction! Experienced and reputable breeders will be able to make a good estimate on full grown size, based on parent’s size and past litters. The majority of the pups will likely fall within this range, but you could very likley end up with a pup that is much bigger or smaller than expected.

4. Coat types also vary quite a bit among F1 Goldendoodles. The pups can inherit more of the Poodle traits vs Golden Retriever or vice versa. You could get a flatter coat that sheds moderately or you could get a fluffy teddy bear look that sheds very little.

Ella is an F1 Goldendoodle and weighs around 27 lbs
Mini Goldendoodle F1

F1 Mini Goldendoodle x Poodle = F1b

An F1b Goldendoodle is a cross between a purebred Poodle and an F1 Goldendoodle. The “b” in F1b means “backcross” and these puppies will be around 75% poodle and 25% Golden Retriever. An F1b Goldendoodle will have much more predictable coat types than F1s, but depending on the parents, can still end up with undesirable traits. Most of these pups will have a curly coat and more of the Poodle personality traits and looks.

You can also get an F1b Goldendoodle from a Golden Retriever bred to an F1 Goldendoodle, but this isn’t common. When you breed “back” to a Golden Retreiver rather than a Poodle, you’ll get a high percentage of puppies with improper coats that shed. Most people who are shopping for a Goldendoodle puppy are trying to avoid this type of coat.

We can start to acheive even smaller Goldendoodle puppies with this generation. Breeding an F1 Mini Goldendoodle to a miniature or teacup Poodle, you’ll get an even smaller size puppy. The dog on the right is my F1b Micro Mini (or petite) Goldendoodle, Penny. She is 18 lbs full grown and has a wavy coat. Her mom is a very small F1 Goldendoodle weighing around 25 lbs and her dad is a teacup Poodle weighing about 10 lbs.

  1. Puppies will be around 75% Poodle.
  2. There will be a higher chance of getting a low-shedding/hypoallergenic coat type.
  3. An F1b Mini Goldendoodle will most likley be closer to a true “Mini” size than an F1 Goldendoodle, due to the smaller sized parents.
  4. F1b Goldendoodles can have curly or wavy coats.
Penny is an F1b micro mini goldendoodle mama. She weighs 17 lbs full grown.
Micro Mini Goldendoodle F1b

F1b Mini Goldendoodle x Poodle = F1bb

An F1bb Goldendoodle is a cross between an F1b Goldendoodle and a Poodle. These puppies will have a very high percentage of Poodle and display most of the Poodle traits. Typically you will get a very curly coat, the body structure of a Poodle, and high energy.

Curly f1bb teacup goldendoodle from Penny & Chewy. She is a cross between an F1 and F1b mini goldendoodle.
Teacup Goldendoodle F1bb

F1 Goldendoodle X F1 Goldendoodle = F2

F2 Goldendoodles are achieved by breeding two F1 Goldendoodles together. This generation is really something to avoid since it results in unfurnished or improper coats. An unfurnished Goldendoodle will look similar to a Golden Retriever like the puppy in the photo. Some people think unfurnished Goldendoodle puppies will shed less than a Golden Retriever. This is a MYTH and an unfurnished Goldendoodle will shed just as much as a Golden Retriever.

Unfurnished or improper coat goldendoodle puppy. She displays the attributes of an F1 goldendoodle with no furnishings.
Goldendoodle puppy with an unfurnished or improper coat

Goldendoodle X Goldendoodle = Multigenerational

Multigenerational Goldendoodles are a cross between an F1b or later generation Goldendoodle and another Goldendoodle. Technically you could go as far as F2, F2b, F3, etc. However, it’s much simpler to refer to them as multigens.

Here at Gilson Doodles, we breed multigen mini Goldendoodles, micro mini Goldendoodles, and teacup (toy) Goldendoodles. In our opinion, we feel the BEST choice for a mini Goldendoodle is a multigen. When breeding two Goldendoodles together that have very similar traits, you will get more predictable results. This can provide significant benefits such as consistent low-shedding/hypoallergenic coat types, adult size, and temperaments. Earlier generations, such as F1 or F1b, can be unpredictable in nature due to the wide range of genetics inherited from each parent.

The two dogs photographed are teacup multigenerational Goldendoodles with straight coats. The only way to achieve this type of coat is to breed Goldendoodle to Goldendoodle. One of the benefits of a straight or wavy coat over a curly coat is that they are easier to maintain. These coats don’t get matted as easily and they require less brushing.

DeeOhGi and Giovanni are teacup multigenerational Goldendoodles weighing 10 lb and 9 lb full grown.
Multigenerational Teacup Goldendoodle with Straight Coat

What Generation of Mini Goldendoodle is Best for You?

Savannah's litter of micro mini multigen goldendoodles
Multigen Micro Goldendoodle Puppies

Check out this YouTube video by my amazing breeder friend, Bailey from Rose and Reid Doodles. She does a great job at explaining the generations of Goldendoodles.

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