The Multigenerational Goldendoodle is a wonderful breed, and everyone wonders what they should expect when bringing one home. A Goldendoodle’s generation can affect everything from its appearance to personality. So it is important to consider these things when deciding on a puppy.
This guide from Barks in the Park will tell you everything you need to know about the multigenerational Goldendoodle to find out which generation is the perfect match for you!
Table of Contents
- 1 What Is A Multigen Goldendoodle?
- 2 Understanding Goldendoodle Generations
- 3 Characteristics Of Multigenerational Goldendoodles
- 4 Coat Types
- 5 Temperament
- 6 Multigenerational Goldendoodles’ Food And Nutritional Needs
- 7 Multigen Goldendoodles’ Exercise Needs
- 8 Grooming Multigen Goldendoodles
- 9 Training Multigen Goldendoodles
- 10 Lifespan of Multigen Goldendoodles
- 11 Who Are Multigen Goldendoodles Good For?
- 12 Are Multigenerational Goldendoodles The Best Doodles?
- 13 FAQs
What Is A Multigen Goldendoodle?
A multigen Goldendoodle is the result of two Goldendoodles being bred together that are second generation (F2) or beyond. This means that the pup’s parents and grandparents are both Goldendoodles. Multigenerational Goldendoodles are not the offspring of purebred Golden Retrievers and purebred Poodles like F1 Goldendoodles are.
Most Goldendoodle breeders consider F3 and above as multigenerational. However, it does depend on the breeder, as some have different opinions. Breeders use different breeding combinations to increase the chances of the puppy having some of the most desired traits, like allergen levels, coat type, and low shedding.
A multigenerational Goldendoodle does still have Golden Retriever and Poodle genes, as they were bred from these somewhere down the line. Still, they will inherit these genes from their Goldendoodle parents and grandparents.
Understanding Goldendoodle Generations
To produce a Doodle in the first place, a Poodle and a Golden Retriever are bred together. This results in an adorable litter of first-generation Goldendoodle puppies. They are referred to as F1.
F1 pups are known to look like teddy bears, and we can’t for certain say what their shedding tendencies are as they either take after their purebred Golden Retriever parent or the purebred Poodle parent.
Then there is an F1b. The b means back-cross, and it is when an F1 Goldendoodle has been bred with a Poodle. This means that they have some more Poodle genes than F1 Doodles. F1b Doodles do not shed much and are known for their curlier coats. They are a great choice for people who suffer from allergies.
Some Goldendoodle breeders produce F1bb Goldendoodles. This is the result of breeding an F1b back to a Poodle. These dogs have more Poodle genes, so they are lower shedding than other Goldendoodle generations.
Then there is F2. This second-generation puppy is produced by breeding two F1 Goldendoodles together. Like F1s, this generation is also half Poodle and half Golden Retriever. Each pup in the litter tends to have different shedding qualities.
After that, we have F2b. This generation is produced in a number of ways depending on the breeder. An F1b and an F1 can be bred together, or an F1b or F2 can be back-crossed to a Poodle. This generation also has a lot of Poodle genes, making them great for allergy sufferers as they are low shedding.
Lastly, we have the F3 third-generation Goldendoodle. These dogs are most often the result of breeding between two F2 Goldendoodles.
Some breeders refer to any Goldendoodle generation after F1 as multigenerational, while others believe that F3 and above is multigenerational. People love the multigenerational Goldendoodle due to its genetic diversity. They have a good mix of Golden Retriever genes and Poodle genes.
It is best to check in with your breeder first to see what they consider a multigenerational pup so you can be sure that you are getting what you want.
Characteristics Of Multigenerational Goldendoodles
Multigen Goldendoodles tend to be more hypoallergenic than F1 Goldendoodles – here’s what else you can expect from this generation.
Weight and size
Multigenerational Goldendoodles come in various weights and sizes, just like first generation dogs. In general, they weigh around 22 to 51 pounds and stand 14 to 21 inches tall. They come in various sizes, like miniature, small, standard, and medium. Of course, the weight and height differ quite a lot, as a mini is much smaller than a standard Doodle.
There are various coat types, but most multigenerational Goldendoodles have shaggy, wavy coats or a curly coat like their Poodle ancestors. Both types are low-shedding coats – this teddy bear coat looks simply adorable too!
Multigenerational Goldendoodles can also have curly coats characterized by tight or loose curls. Straight coats are uncommon since this generation has fewer Golden Retriever genes than the F1 Goldendoodle.
Multigenerational Goldendoodles tend to have fuller coats, and they are double-coated. This means that they do have different grooming needs, as their coats are prone to knots and mats.
They can come in a variety of colors. The following are the most common:
F3 Goldendoodles are hybrids, but they tend to have less hybrid vigor than F1 Goldendoodles. They have various coat types, and each coat type will work best for different dog owners as they all have unique qualities. The type of coat multigen Goldendoodles have depends on the way they were bred and on their parents – some bloodlines give more Poodle genes which can increase the likelihood of curly coats.
The following are their common coat types:
This coat comes from the purebred Poodle genes, and it is either characterized by tight or loose curls.
F1b Goldendoodles are most likely to have a curly coat than any other Goldendoodle generation since they are 75% Poodle. This coat does not shed much and is considered more hypoallergenic.
Wavy-haired dogs are also perfect for people who suffer from pet allergies, as this coat type does not shed much at all. This coat also feels soft and looks luxurious. When it comes to multi-generational Goldendoodles, this coat type is the most common.
It is what gives them their well-known teddy bear look. Although this coat does not shed much, it still needs to be brushed on a daily basis to maintain its good looks and to keep your dog healthy.
The straight coat is very similar to that of a Golden Retriever. A straight-haired dog is not the best for people who suffer from allergies as it sheds quite a lot. However, it does not require as much grooming as the other coats do.
Straight-coated Doodles are not very common, mainly because people want Doodles for their curly and wavy coats. Many breeders try to avoid this coat through genetics, and multigen Goldendoodles most often have curly or wavy hair thanks to their genetic makeup.
Much like the F1 Goldendoodle, a multigenerational Goldendoodle is intelligent, friendly, affectionate, and loyal. They behave incredibly well, and this breed is adored for its temperament. It is why most people go for them, as they have perfect personalities.
Families love them, everybody loves them! They take after their Golden Retriever parent the most when it comes to temperament. They are also very social and laid-back, making them perfect for almost any home and family. They make the ultimate companion!
Much like their Golden Retriever parent, they are very energetic and playful. They love spending quality time with their humans and other dogs or animals. You will get loads of love, affection, and cuddles with one of them around!
Multigenerational Goldendoodles’ Food And Nutritional Needs
Multigenerational Goldendoodles require a nutritious and high-quality diet. You need to feed your dog the right amount of food every day.
A multigeneration Goldendoodle will be happy with 1 to 4 cups (check with the manufacturer) of top-quality dog food each day. You can split this into 2 or 3 meals. Make sure that you feed your pup the same amount of food at the same time each day. Consistency is key.
Do not free-feed your dog or overfeed them. This can lead to weight gain, bloating, and obesity. It is best to have a feeding schedule so that you give your dog food stability and they always know what to expect when it comes to meal times.
Their eating habits will be different at all stages of their life. When they are puppies, they should eat 3 to 4 times each day as they are still developing. Slowly cut back on how much they eat as they grow up.
When it comes to feeding your dog, you also need to consider their age, exercise, weight, and digestion. The more active your pup is, the more it will need to eat as it burns off more energy and calories per day. And, of course, the bigger your dog is, the more it will need to eat.
You can go to the vet if you are unsure how much to feed your dog. They can give you a good indication specific to your pup’s needs. Make sure that your multigenerational Goldendoodle also has fresh water all the time. This is crucial for coat health and hydration.
Good nutrition is essential for your pup’s health, so feed them good-quality food that will keep them healthy and strong. It also helps to give them multivitamins to get the essential nutrients and minerals they may not get from their food.
Multigen Goldendoodles’ Exercise Needs
Goldendoodles need a lot of daily exercise – multigens are no different. It keeps them mentally and physically healthy and helps keep them happy. Your multigenerational Goldendoodle should have at least an hour of solid exercise each day. Luckily their energy levels are not incredibly high, but if they do not get in enough exercise, they will turn to undesirable and destructive behaviors.
They also love playtime. It could be playing fetch, tug of war, or any fun games that mentally and physically stimulate them. These dogs also love to swim, so they will likely jump in immediately if you have a swimming pool!
It is important that you take your dog to the park, out on runs and walks, or let them play around in the garden.
You may be wondering, how fast can a Goldendoodle run? And the truth is these little guys can be speedy. They will love going on daily jogs or runs with you! They are energetic and active, so let them burn some of that energy off while spending quality time with you!
Grooming Multigen Goldendoodles
Multigenerational Goldendoodles are known to be low-shedding and low-maintenance dogs, which is also why they are a favorite for many people who suffer from allergies (unless they have a straight coat).
Multigenerational Goldendoodles require regular grooming to keep their coats healthy so that they can always look in tip-top shape. Why wouldn’t you want to keep that coat looking beautiful as ever?
You will need to invest in some handy grooming tools. We suggest a stainless de-matting comb, slicker brush, dog shampoo and conditioner, and a regular stainless comb. A decent brush is essential as it removes the dander and loose hair from their coat. It also distributes all the oil on their coat which helps keep it healthy and shiny.
Remember, multigen Goldendoodles are prone to mats and knots, especially when they have wavy or curly hair, so daily brushing is essential. This is where the stainless de-matting comb comes in handy.
You should also give your multigenerational Goldendoodle a good bath every month or when needed. These dogs love to play and run outside, so they can get quite dirty. However, do not over-bathe them as it will strip their coat of their natural oils.
You can also take your pup to the professional groomer every few months so that they can get in a full grooming session. You may also want to trim their coat to make it easier to manage. You will need to groom your dog’s ears, paws, and teeth.
Training Multigen Goldendoodles
Multigenerational Goldendoodles are very easy to train, thanks to their intelligence and the fact that they are very eager to please. They will love showing off their new skills and tricks and impressing you.
You need to hold their attention during training sessions and always use positive reinforcement. Always be loving, patient, and gentle during training. They are still learning; although training is easy, it will take time.
Reward-based training is the way to go with this breed. It will show them which behaviors you like and will train them that with good behavior comes (delicious) rewards. A lot of vocal praise is needed too.
Just like with an F1 Goldendoodle, you should also socialize your multigen Doodle while they are young. The earlier you start training and socialization, the better.
Lifespan of Multigen Goldendoodles
Multigenerational Goldendoodles are pretty healthy dogs. And a Goldendoodle that is healthy and has been well cared for can live between 10 to 15 years. So if you give your doggo the happiest and healthiest life, you can have a furry best friend by your side for a good 15 years!
Hybrid vigor refers to crossbreed dogs being more healthy and less prone to genetic diseases than purebred dogs. Multigenerational Goldendoodles have less hybrid vigor because their parents are more closely related than those of F1 Goldendoodles. So, Multigenerational Goldendoodles are prone to all of the diseases that a Poodle or a Golden Retriever is prone to.
But then again, certain cancers that a Golden Retriever is prone to do not affect multigenerational Goldendoodles.
The diseases that multigenerational Goldendoodles are prone to include the following:
- Cranial Cruciate Ligament Rupture
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy
- Atopic Dermatitis
- Hip Dysplasia
- Patellar Luxation
Multigenerational Goldendoodles are most prone to Gastric Dilation-Volvulus (their stomachs fill with gas and become severely bloated) and epilepsy. Gastric Dilation-Volvulus is deadly. Their bloat progresses into their Volvulus, and their gas-filled stomach starts twisting itself, blocking the exit and entrance of their stomach.
Epilepsy is also common in this breed. It can be scary as it induces seizures. Breathing problems, perplexity, movement in spots, and unexpected collapse, are also symptoms of epilepsy. It is best to take your dog to the vet if you believe that they have epilepsy. They can help diagnose your dog and determine how severe its seizures are.
Who Are Multigen Goldendoodles Good For?
Multigenerational Goldendoodles are too friendly and social to be guard dogs. They may alert you of someone or something coming but will not necessarily guard or protect you. They are not good at detecting danger due to their people-oriented and friendly nature.
This breed is very friendly to everyone and will not pick up on “stranger danger.” They will want to play, cuddle, and play with almost anyone they meet. So, if you are looking for a four-legged protector, this is not the breed for you. But of course, they are incredibly smart, so they pick up on things when they feel off and will certainly alert you.
Golden Retrievers and Poodles make great family dogs (especially the Golden Retriever), so it is no wonder that multigenerational Goldendoodles make the most amazing family dogs. They are an affectionate, friendly, playful, smart, and gentle breed who gets along well with children, adults, and everyone.
This breed thrives on family time and will love spending every second with their human. They are gentle and play well with younger children, and their happy personalities will always put the biggest smile on your face!
Are Multigenerational Goldendoodles The Best Doodles?
Many believe that Multigenerational Goldendoodles are the best. They have a bit of everything, Poodle, Golden Retriever, and Goldendoodle. Their genetic combination makes for the perfect pet.
Breeders carefully monitor all registered dogs to ensure that they choose the best of the best. They then screen them to make sure that they are clear of any genetic illnesses. You will also find that the top breeders keep track of each dog’s parents’ documented medical histories, from the purebred Golden Retriever and purebred Poodle and beyond.
These breeders look at all of their close relatives as well. This ensures that you end up with a healthy and well-rounded puppy. It also reduces the chance of serious illness and disease.
Loads of benefits come with choosing a multigen Goldendoodle. It should be your top choice if a low-shedding coat and an amazing personality are what you are after. This breed takes the best from Golden Retrievers and Poodles.
A multigen Goldendoodle has the best personality and appearance and has a very low risk of developing common health conditions. These dogs are known for their curly or wavy coat, and they are often more hypoallergenic dogs than earlier generations. However, you must note that a multigen Goldendoodle is quite pricey.
Their adorable appearance, low maintenance, and incredible personalities make for the perfect combination. Their Golden Retriever genes make them fun, loving, and affectionate, while their Poodle genes make them incredibly intelligent.
What is a multigenerational Goldendoodle?
The term multigen Goldendoodle generally refers to a third generation and above Goldendoodle. This means both of the dog’s parents are second generation Goldendoodles.
What is the difference between a multigenerational Goldendoodle and an F1B?
An F1B Goldendoodle is a cross between an F1 Goldendoodle and a purebred Poodle. A multigen Goldendoodle is a cross between two Goldendoodle parents. An F1B Goldendoodle is 75% Poodle and 25% Golden Retriever, while multigen Goldendoodles are usually 50% Poodle and Golden Retriever.
Do Multigen Goldendoodles shed?
All Goldendoodles can shed, but multigen Goldendoodles tend to shed less than F1 Goldendoodles. This generation is more likely to have tight curls or a wavy coat – the F1 Goldendoodle can inherit a flat coat from its Golden Retriever parent.