An F1B Mini Goldendoodle is the offspring of an F1 Mini Goldendoodle and a purebred Small Poodle.
All Mini Goldendoodles are cute, but not all share the same appearance, qualities, and characteristics. These factors depend on what generation the Goldendoodle is and how it is bred. Because of these differences, all Mini Goldendoodles are categorized slightly differently. This helps adopters know exactly what kind of dog they are taking home.
A professional breeder will be able to tell you what classification of Mini Goldendoodle they have on offer. The main types of Mini Goldendoodles you’ll encounter include F1B, F1, and F2. But what’s the difference? What characteristics does an F1 have that an F1B doesn’t have? Let’s take a closer look!
Table of Contents
- 1 What is an F1 Mini Goldendoodle?
- 2 What’s the Difference Between An F1 and an F1B Mini Goldendoodle?
- 3 What Does the ‘B’ Stand for in ‘F1B Mini Goldendoodle’?
- 4 F1B Mini Goldendoodle Appearance
- 5 Are F1B Mini Goldendoodles Classed As Hypoallergenic?
- 6 F1B Mini Goldendoodles and Grooming
- 7 Are F1B Mini Goldendoodles a Rare Breed?
- 8 FAQs
- 9 Final Thoughts
What is an F1 Mini Goldendoodle?
To understand what an F1B Goldendoodle is, it’s important to first establish what makes an F1 Mini Goldendoodle. You can’t make an F1B without an F1 parent!
The parents of an F1 Mini Goldendoodle are two purebred dogs: a Golden Retriever and a Toy Poodle (sometimes referred to as a Mini Poodle). This means that F1 Mini Goldendoodles have balanced genetics of 50% Mini Poodle and 50% Golden Retriever.
What does the ‘F1’ in ‘F1 Goldendoodle’ mean?
The ‘F’ in this Goldendoodle classification stands for ‘filial’. This word is used when describing crossbreed offspring. The number that follows the ‘F’ describes what generation the dog in question is. So, ‘F1’ means 1st generation offspring.
What’s the Difference Between An F1 and an F1B Mini Goldendoodle?
The difference between an F1 and an F1B Mini Goldendoodle is that the latter is not the offspring of two purebred dogs. When a Mini Goldendoodle is listed as being an ‘F1B’, it means its parent dogs are a purebred Mini Poodle and an F1 Mini Goldendoodle. As we’ve already stated, you need an F1 Mini Goldendoodle in order to make an F1B.
The genetic makeup of an F1B Mini Goldendoodle puppy is therefore completely different from that of an F1 puppy. You can break down an F1B’s genes into four sections: three-fourths of which is Poodle and one-fourth is Golden Retriever. In other words, an F1B is 75% Poodle and 25% Retriever.
Due to this genetic difference, an F1B Mini Goldendoodle will look more like a Poodle than it will resemble a purebred Retriever.
What Does the ‘B’ Stand for in ‘F1B Mini Goldendoodle’?
As we’ve already established, the ‘F1’ part of the title reflects the fact that the Mini Goldendoodle is first generation, but what about the ‘B’ part?
The B simply stands for ‘backcross’, which is used when a crossbreed is bred with one of its parent breeds. In this case, an F1 Mini Doodle (crossbreed) breeds with a purebred miniature poodle (the parent breed).
F1B Mini Goldendoodle Appearance
Being predominantly Poodle in terms of genetics, the appearance of F1B Mini Goldendoodle is closer to a purebred Poodle than it is a Golden Retriever. This can mostly be seen in the style and texture of the F1B’s coat.
An F1B’s coat is typically described as curly, wavy, or shaggy. This gives this Miniature Goldendoodle the appearance of a teddy bear!
Due to this thickness, the breed’s coat is often titled as a ‘fleece coat’. Their coats get so thick because they inherit the non-shedding genetics from their Poodle parents. Although Mini Poodles still shed, they retain much more hair than they lose. This causes the breed’s hair to grow long and shaggy.
Although all dogs shed to some degree, Poodles shed minimally in comparison to other breeds. Golden Retrievers, for example, shed in larger quantities than Poodles, which gives them a slightly lighter coat. The F1B hybrid dog takes the most from its Poodle parent, so is less of a shedder than a purebred Golden Retriever.
What colors do F1B Mini Goldendoodles come in?
Mini Goldendoodles can come in a variety of colors across the board, and the F1B category is no exception. Most commonly, you’ll find F1B Goldendoodles with a light golden coat (they’re called Goldendoodles after all!) featuring red hues.
Besides golden F1B Mini Goldendoodles, the breed can also be found in black, brown, silver, blue, white, cream, apricot, merle, and sable. They sometimes feature a solid-colored coat, while other times they have markings.
A reputable breeder will be able to inform you of the coat color of the parent dogs, to give you an idea of what color their coat will grow as they mature.
What weight do F1B Mini Goldendoodles grow to?
The size and weight of an F1B Mini Goldendoodle can vary depending on several factors. Predominantly, it depends on the size and weight of the dog’s Poodle parent. It also depends on what and how often they are fed!
Obviously, Golden Retrievers are bigger and more muscular dogs than Poodles. Therefore, F1 Goldendoodles that are bred with purebred Poodles will be smaller than those that are bred with Golden Retrievers.
On average, F1B Mini Goldendoodles will reach a total weight of around 15-25lbs.
What height do F1B Mini Goldendoodles grow to?
In terms of height, F1B Goldendoodles tend to reach a height between 13 and 17 inches. Because this breed is 75% miniature Poodles, F1B Goldendoodles tend to be smaller than F1 Mini Goldendoodles, which gain some extra height from their purebred Golden Retriever parent.
Like most miniature dog breeds, their height makes them suitable for smaller living situations, such as bungalows and flats. Plus, they require less exercise than full-sized Goldendoodles, which makes them a good option for those who can only commit to one walk per day.
If you’d like your Doodle to remain as small as possible, request a girl pup. As with all breeds, girl F1B Goldendoodles are guaranteed to be at least a couple of inches smaller than their male counterparts.
It’s a good idea to ask the breeder for the height and weight of the parents, especially if you’re adopting your Mini Goldendoodle while it’s still a young puppy. This should give you a clear indication of what size your own Mini Goldendoodle will grow to.
Are F1B Mini Goldendoodles Classed As Hypoallergenic?
F1B Goldendoodles are a good option for allergy sufferers as they shed minimally.
No dog can be 100% hypoallergenic, however, some dog breeds shed less than others. Low-shedding dogs are recommended to those who suffer from allergies, as they’re less likely to trigger an allergic reaction – at least a lot less likely to trigger a reaction than a high-shedder.
This is partially why F1Bs are amongst the most sought-after Mini Goldendoodle types. F1 Mini Goldendoodles are not recommended for allergy sufferers, as they tend to shed much more frequently and in larger amounts than F1Bs.
If you don’t suffer from allergies, F1B Mini Goldendoodles are also a good option if you’d simply like to keep your house clean and free of loose dog hair!
F1B Mini Goldendoodles and Grooming
The downside of F1B’s being low shedders is that you may have to groom them more. Like Poodles, an F1B Goldendoodle’s hair grows at the same speed as humans and needs professionally groomed once every 6-8 weeks.
If left alone, an F1B’s coat would continue to grow, which could cause problems for their sight and mobility. Therefore, the dog’s coat must be trimmed into shape periodically.
For this reason, F1B Goldendoodles are classed as a high-maintenance dog breed and are best suited for families that can comfortably keep on top of the dog’s grooming needs.
How often should you brush an F1B Mini Goldendoodle’s coat?
This depends on how thick and curly your F1B Mini Goldendoodle’s hair is!
Generally, we at Barks in the Park recommend that Mini Goldendoodle will need its hair brushed at least three times a week. This should keep its coat tangle and mat free. However, if your F1B Mini Goldendoodle’s coat is extra thick and curly, you may need to comb it even more!
Again, this is why F1B’s are best for those who can dedicate sufficient time to the breed’s grooming requirements. However, combing a Miniature Goldendoodle’s hair shouldn’t take you long, given that they’re miniature! Plus, brush time should be seen as bonding time between you and your pup. Some people even find it relaxing!
Are F1B Mini Goldendoodles a Rare Breed?
Mini Goldendoodles have become massively popular around the globe, and throughout the U.S. in particular. This designer dog has grown in popularity due to their good temperament, low shedding, and small size. They also make good therapy dogs.
You should be able to find an F1B Mini Goldendoodle easily. If you’re looking to adopt a rescue dog, you’ll be able to find a range of poodle mixes at your local shelter, including F1B Mini pups.
If you’re looking to buy an F1B Mini Goldendoodle from a breeder, you can expect to pay around $1,500 for one. Remember you can’t register a Goldendoodle in the same way as purebred dogs, so ensure you’re getting what you pay for!
Are F1B Mini Goldendoodles more popular than F1 Goldendoodles?
F1B Goldendoodles are generally more popular (with owners and breeders) than F1 Goldendoodles. This is purely down to their lower shed load. Given that they’re more hypoallergenic, they tend to be adopted more than F1 Goldendoodles.
Do F1B Mini Goldendoodles bark more than F1 Goldendoodles?
An F1B Mini doesn’t necessarily bark more than an F1 Mini and vice versa. Goldendoodles aren’t known as noisy dogs at all, as a matter of fact. Like any dog, they may bark randomly throughout the day, like when someone approaches the front door. Apart from that, they’re unlikely to bark for no reason.
The F1B Mini Goldendoodle breed takes all the best qualities of its Poodle purebred dog parent, including its low shed rate, its stature, and good temperament. Unlike an F1 Goldendoodle, an F1B Mini Goldendoodle does not have a Golden Retriever parent. Instead, its parents are an F1 Goldendoodle and a purebred Poodle. The results are a totally unique dog!