About Our Doodles &
What Is The Goldendoodle?
The Golden Doodle is a hybrid cross between the Golden Retriever and Poodle. They are considered to be an intelligent, people, and dog-friendly hybrid that is easy to train as well as being low to non-shedding. Many are also hypoallergenic to people with allergies. They also come in many sizes from large or standard to mini and petites, with different coat types and all colours.
The result of the crossing of these two purebred parent breeds is the goldendoodle – 50% golden retriever and 50% poodle, also seen as an F1 or first generation. First generations can be bred together, and all generations can be bred back to either parent breed (golden retriever or poodle).
Explaining Doodle Generations!
Ok, the first time I was introduced to the different doodle generations I was confused! So here is the scoop on understanding the nomenclature to describe the generations in hybrid dogs which is actually scientifically based.
The P generation is used to describe each 100% purebred dog, with our goldendoodles the two Purebreds are the Golden Retriever and the Poodle. Knowing the different generations helps breeders predict certain characteristics in their puppies.
The F1 is the easiest to understand. It is the breeding of two different purebred dogs. With our Golden Doodles the P Generations are the Golden Retriever and the Poodle.
F1 = Golden Retriever x Poodle This results in 50% Golden Retriever and 50% Poodle.
Some puppies can have curlier coats like their poodle parent and are generally low shedding and others can have coats more like their golden parent and will shed more but usually not as much as their golden retriever parent.
F2 is a breeding between an F1 x F1 = F2 Still 50% Golden and 50% Poodle.
Some puppies will be non-shedding and others may be low shedding.
F1B is a breeding between an F1 x Poodle = F1B 25% Golden and 75% Poodle.
The B indicates a backcross to one of the P parents, usually the Purebred Poodle. The reason for this is to pick up more on the non-shedding characteristics of the poodle parent. Back crosses to poodle parents can also be used to bring the size of the puppies down (using moyen, miniature or toy size). This is how we get the medium and petite size doodles. As far as coats go they can produce very curly poodle type coats and more open straighter coats as well.
These are second generation backcrossed dogs. F2B is a breeding between an F1 x F1B = 75% poodle and 25% golden retriever.
This combination will produce more non-shedding coats than the F1 or F2 generations when back crossed with a poodle parent.
F3 or multigens are breedings between F2b x F2 or any combination of higher generations.
It can get very confusing to keep track of at this point, therefore the multigens. Generally they have good non-shedding coats, some may be very curly and some may have more open longer coats that are also non-shedding.
In summary there can be variation in coat type with all generations, but in our experience the FB’s and multigens are most consistent in producing non-shedding coats. Usually breeders have a good idea how a coat may turn out when puppies are born and at 4-5 weeks old. This helps us place puppies in homes where families may suffer with allergies.
Doodles and Allergies
People often think that doodles are hypoallergenic. Unfortunately, this is not always true, and in the world of dogs, there really are no totally hypoallergenic dog breeds out there.
With allergies, often people are affected by more than the coat or hair type of the dog. Some people may react to dander, saliva or even urine in the dog’s coat. So it can be hard to ensure that a non-shedding coat will equal to no allergies. We have found that many people with dog allergies do fairly well with our doodles, but every person is different as is every dog. It is recommended that before buying a puppy you spend some time with several dogs to see how you will react. Generally, we find the more curly poodle type coats are less likely to cause allergic reactions.
The curly coats are more like the coat of the poodle parent. They can vary from being tightly curled and thick to a thinner coat with looser curls. These coats are the most non-shedding and hypoallergenic, similar to the poodle. Usually, when puppies are born and there are waves in the coat on the head and neck, this is a good indication that the puppy will have a curly coat when he grows up. This coat requires the most time and effort if you want to keep it longer. Brushing every few days with a good steel comb and a slicker will keep it from matting. The areas that are most likely to become matted are behind the ears, under the elbows, tail, stomach and where the collar sits. If you don’t want to deal with the maintenance of this coat it can be clipped down short. With regular grooming, you can keep the coat trimmed and still have a great look on your dog.
Wavy coats are quite a bit different from the curly coat types. When they grow out the hair looks longer and can have a longer, loose wave to it. It can also vary in thickness. Some can be thinner and easier to maintain and brush while others can be so thick you will have a hard time getting your fingers through it. This is a totally different looking coat than the curly poodle coats. The wavy coats are non-shedding. Sometimes as a puppy grows older and his coat is clipped, it may get curlier as time goes on. A true wavy coat usually does not get curlier, but can get thicker as the dog blows his puppy coat. This coat type can be easier to keep long, but it also requires diligent grooming to keep it from matting. As with the curlier coats you may choose to clip this coat as well.
Some of our goldendoodles can have a straight coat but have furnishing on muzzle, head and legs. These coats are also lower shedding than their golden retriever parents. We can describe the straight coat as being medium to longer in length, thick but not wavy.
A flat coat is one that looks like the golden retriever parent and is considered incorrect in our goldendoodles. It is the coat that will also shed more like its golden retriever parent.
Colours and Markings
Of the two parent breeds, the golden retriever contributes colours ranging from light cream, blonde, gold, apricot and red, while the poodle parents can produce any and every colour known to dogdom. Solids colours from whites, blondes, apricot, brown, blue, silver, black as well as patterns such as phantoms, brindles, merle, sables, parti’s and mis-marked are all produced from the poodle parent.
We have a pretty good idea of what colours we will get from any given litter depending on the parents. If you are interested in a particular colour, please let me know, and we will guide you in your choice.
What Our Clients Say
Daphne is the best little thing to come into our lives. We were a family divided on whether or a not a dog would suit our lifestyle and now we can’t imagine our world without her. She is so innately smart, has such a big personality and is the most cuddly little pup. MCDoodles raised us the perfect match for our family.”
We picked up our puppy July 2018, Karen and Logan were so accommodating. These puppies are so sweet, smart and full of energy. I have emailed Karen many times before and after picking up our puppy and Karen always replies quickly, she is a very caring breeder. I would recommend McDoodles to anyone interested in this breed of dog. We totally love our little girl.”
North Bay, ON
We have been friends with the McAlpine-Clayton family for a very long time and I have seen many years and generations of their puppies, all of which have been beautiful, healthy family dogs. Becoming a guardian home for Rory has been such a wonderful journey for my family and I. Your care for Rory, her puppies and the whole process is second to none!! We are honoured to be a part of McDoodles family and can't wait for our next litter!!!”
The Gravelle-Lefebvre family
I have two McDoodles. Miles and Audi are incredibly sweet and affectionate. They love to cuddle and relax at home, but they are also enthusiastic to go on adventures and meet new people and dogs. They are super smart and were extremely easy to train. The only thing better than having one doodle is having two doodles! I always thought that having two dogs would be more work, but have been pleasantly surprised to discover that having two is actually easier. They are great company for each other while I am at work and burn off lots of energy playing together. We feel very blessed to have Miles and Audi as part of our family.”
Darcy is a Maple and Sonic puppy who has been with us since April 2018. He is the sweetest, well-mannered guy there is. He’s been coming to work with me since he was 3months old and acts as a sort of therapy dog for my high-risk teenage students. He lets any of them hold and cuddle him when they are having a hard day and has a constant uplifting effect on them all. He knows exactly who needs him most and greets them with tail wags and kisses. He brings joy to those who know him and everyone comments on his gentle and caring nature.”
Our experience with the McDoodle team was and still is fantastic. They keep in touch with you after the purchase simply because they care. They are very knowledgable about their breed and are very easy to communicate with. We are already considering getting our puppy a teammate. Thanks for everything, Karen and Christine. We will be back!”
I am Izzie.. a Sparrow pup born March 10/2017. I came into my Mommas’ life when she needed me most. I was 4 months old when she lost her BFF. I never left her side and I am still there. We do almost everything together. I have to be one of the most huggable, snuggable, loveable and smartest pups ….plus the cutest there is (so my Momma says) and she always tells the truth. Momma says if you get a McDoodle dog you will have won the Puppy Lottery. So if you have the slightest idea about getting a puppy… please give them a call … it will be a call you will never regret. A McDoodle Momma,”
In the springtime of 2017, I found out, after many months of searching that right here in Greater Sudbury, there was a breeder of mini Goldendoodles. With much excitement, I also learned that a litter was on its way. After contacting Christine, and after sending many emails with many questions, which she was very happy to answer, I put my name on the waitlist. Dealing with the McDoodle family was nothing but pleasant and very informative. Once I picked up Winnie, my satisfaction with McDoodles was confirmed. Much to my surprise, Winnie sleeps through her first night in the crate and was never bothered by it. She is well mannered, calm, friendly, and in some moments a little sassy. She loves spending her time outside but is just as happy sleeping on my lap. I was also able to attend obedience classes with Karen from McDoodles and was very happy with everything that we learnt during these sessions. It is obvious that McDoodles are passionate about their job and their dogs. Winnie is now 11/2 years old, she is happy and healthy. I would recommend McDoodles to any family or individual looking for a wonderful dog. Thank you to Karen and Christine for everything you have done for Winnie and I.”
I am Mookie.. I was born to Lilly and Levi on October 4/2015 I think I am one of the luckiest pups around. My Mom and Dad are really good to me and my little sister, Izzie. We have the run of the house and my Dad and his brother built a really nice fence around our yard so we can run run run and play as much as we want. We don’t have to ask to go outside in the summer as Dad put a Doggy Door on the screen door… we also use Doggy Bells if the weather isn’t nice. My parents say if you want a Doodle…. call McDoodles. Karen will explain everything there is to know about Doodles. A McDoodle Dad,”