It seems that in recent years, the world has gone crazy for Doodles! And one of the most popular Doodles is probably the Goldendoodle. We all know about them and like them. After all, what is there not to like? These dogs have the best personality, and they look like teddy bears! They are a mix between two very loved breeds, the AKC Golden Retriever and the AKC Poodle. But that’s nothing new. Goldendoodles are nothing new. They’ve been around for quite some time. In fact, they have been around for such a long time that breeders managed to develop 13 beautiful Goldendoodle colors including chocolate/brown, apricot, red, cream, champagne, black, black and white, gray, blue, silver, silver beige, tan, and white.
But even though all of these different color variations, there is one particular Goldendoodle color we want to focus on right now! In this article, we’ll talk about the red Goldendoodle!
Fun fact: The first interesting fact about red Goldendoodles is that they are magicians. No, we’re kidding. But these dogs do go through a color change, which is kind of magic, isn’t it?
Why are we separating Goldendoodles by their color? Is that the only difference between them, or is there something else that sets them apart? Well, many people believe that each of the colors has a separate personality, or at least some unique personality traits. Especially the red Goldendoodle! Now, as you might have guessed, this Goldendoodle color is very rare, which is why it’s so interesting to us!
Before we dive into the article, we want to stress one more time that a real red Goldendoodle color is very, very rare. Of course, there are Goldendoodles that have a coat color similar to red. But a true red Goldendoodle is hard to find. And there is a very good reason for that. This is because to get this color, breeders need to breed two true red Goldendoodles. Otherwise, it’s very likely that the puppies won’t be completely red.
True Red Goldendoodle – What to know
First, let’s get to know the Goldendoodle a bit better. The Goldendoodle does not belong to any recognized breed. This means they are not accepted by the American Kennel Club. So if you’re looking for a dog to register at the American Kennel Club, then the Goldendoodle is not for you. Despite the fact that these dogs have been around since 1969, this is still a designer dog. As mentioned, is a mix of a Golden retriever and a Poodle. And, as it is widely known, the AKC and many other kennel clubs don’t recognize them, not even such popular crosses as the Goldendoodle. Only purebred dogs can get recognized in certain kennel clubs in the United States, as the AKC.
The Goldendoodle is one of the oldest designer dogs and is loved in numerous countries, especially in the U.S. and Germany. This is because they have the best traits of both parent breeds. They are reliable family dogs with happy and balanced characters.
Like it is with all mixed breed dogs, it’s not possible to fully predict their nature because there is no breed standard. Some breeders will tell you that their puppies are a certain way, but don’t rely too much on that. A good breeder can make a good initial assessment of his puppy’s characters, but they can’t know for sure. The reality is that they are a mixture of both the Poodle and the Golden retriever. Since both breeds make good family dogs and personal pets. Some people even say that Goldendoodles make the best service pets and are suitable for first-time dog owners too.
What do red Goldendoodles look like?
Let´s talk a bit about the appearance of Goldendoodles, specifically the red Goldendoodle. The first thing we need to make clear is that this mix comes in three sizes. This is because their Poodle parent comes in three sizes as well. Because the Poodle comes in three sizes, standard, mini, and toy, the Goldendoodle comes in three sizes too.
As mentioned, their size actually depends on the type of Poodle that the Golden Retriever was crossed with. The three possible sizes of Goldendoodles are Miniature, Small Standard, and Large Standard.
- Miniature Goldendoodles are between 13 and 20 inches tall and 15 to 35 heavy.
- Small Standard Goldendoodles are between 17 and 20 inches tall, and 40 to 50 pounds heavy.
- The largest Goldendoodle variation is the Large Standard Goldendoodle. They are between 20 and 24 inches in height and weigh 50 to 90.
The fur type is determined by which genes the Goldendoodle puppy has inherited. Their fur might be straight, wavy, or curly. Grooming a Goldendoodle is impossible with such a coat. Only when Goldendoodles have smooth, easy-to-maintain coat types does groom become easier. All the others necessitate brushing, bathing, and even drying on a daily basis. Red Goldendoodles are similar to other Goldendoodles in appearance. Their coat is the same as either the black or cream Goldendoodles. To give you a clearer picture of what these dogs look like, just imagine them looking like a giant teddy bear!
Different color coat – Do red Goldendoodles change color?
Lastly, let’s touch upon how breeders breed red Goldendoodles if they are so rare. Well, one way would be to mate two true red Goldendoodles. But, even then, a breeder can’t guarantee that you will get a true red Goldendoodle. The reason for this is that you might get a red Goldendoodle puppy, but this mix is known for color changes in their coat, it will get lighter and lighter gradually as they age. We can’t tell you an exact number of weeks of age when this starts or when they will stop changing their coat color. But, when it starts, you’ll first notice white hair. These white hairs will become more and more prominent as your puppy ages.
What some red Goldendoodle breeders will do to ensure you get a red Goldendoodle is using red Poodles. So basically, they will breed red Poodles and red Golden retrievers in order to get red Goldendoodles.
But, obviously, this isn’t as simple as it sounds because Golden retrievers and Poodles come in so many shades: parti colors, phantom poodle, beige, apricot, cream, and so on.
Fun fact: The red Irish Goldendoodles have dark coats, probably the darkest out of all red Goldendoodle dogs.
There is more to know! It’s worth mentioning again that red Goldendoodles change color. Which is something to know if you have your heart set on a particular Goldendoodle color. As their age, their coat color will change quite dramatically.
If a Goldendoodle keeps its puppy coloration from a few months of age right through into adulthood, the phenomenon is commonly referred to as “holding.” But, if the puppy hair fades or becomes duller and less vibrant, that’s known as “clearing.”
Now, as your Goldendoodle is getting older, and their adult coat develops, you’ll see that certain areas of their coat have a more intense color than others. Some areas where their coat color might be weaker are around the dog’s muzzle and ears. Your dog tends to retain its puppy coloration in these areas.
Hypoallergenic is Golden
One of the main selling points for red Goldendoodles is that their red coats are hypoallergenic. Now, many people think that this means these dogs don’t shed at all.
But in reality, the term “hypoallergenic” refers to a substance that produces a very low reaction to an allergen. And, pet allergies are caused by pet dander, not by the animal’s hair.
When people tell you their dogs have low shedding coats, it means they drop less dander, especially if you brush them every day. It doesn’t mean they don’t lose any fur, they are just light shedders.
Goldendoodles can be hypoallergenic. That is because of their Poodle parent. Poodles are single-coated dogs that barely shed at all. So, multigenerational Goldendoodles with lots of Poodle parent DNA generally have curly coats that shed very little.
Of course, this is all if their coat is in good condition and the dog is healthy. For its coat to be in good condition a dog has to eat high-quality food.
Goldendoodles need the following balance of nutrients in their diet:
Red Goldendoodle puppy information
We’ve covered already so much about Goldendoodles, for example, we answered the question of do red Goldendoodles change color. But now, let’s focus on red Goldendoodle puppy information. What do we mean by that, well, let’s see what the needs of red Goldendoodle puppies are, like dietary needs, exercise needs, and so on? Before we get into the needs of these dogs, we want to stress something. If you’re a Goldendoodle fancier, please don’t support shady puppy mills.
Know that it’s very important to get your puppy from reputable red Goldendoodle breeders. Sure thing, if you’re buying from a puppy mill or shady breeder, you might pay less money, but you’re not getting a health guarantee for your dog. You’re basically supporting the breeding of sick puppies. If you don’t know where to find a reputable red Goldendoodle breeder, you can always ask your vet for advice. Or if any of your friends or neighbors have a red Goldendoodle, you can ask them from which breeder they got the puppies. You can also check online websites to find red Goldendoodle breeder information.
Now on to our red Goldendoodle puppy information. Like any puppy and adult dog, red Goldendoodles need a lot of care and exercise. They require their own guardian family that will take care of them. Besides their beautiful red dark coats and good looks, the red Goldendoodle is very smart too. Some people even say that they make the best service pets.
But, with those amazing traits also comes a lot of responsibility, meaning a healthy diet and a lot of exercise including long walks and water sports.
Red Goldendoodle Puppy information – How much do they cost?
The red Goldendoodle is much rarer than other Goldendoodle colors. This is because it’s not easy to get this color, they are in high demand. To get a red Goldendoodle puppy, you have to look for a breeder that who specializes in producing dogs with coat color.
Because they are on the rarer side, they tend to be a bit more expensive too, but not dramatically. This also depends on the area you live in and what the demand for red Goldendoodle puppies is.
The average price of a Goldendoodle differs depending on the breeder and the quality of the Goldendoodle you are looking for. But in general, even though they aren’t purebred dogs, they are still in high demand and because of that their price can range from $1,000 to $2,500. If the puppies come from health-tested parents and receive the best of everything, their price can even be between $2,500 and $5,000.
If you want a particular color, you will maybe have to pay $500 to $1000 extra. But again, this depends on the breeder, the puppy’s parents, and the area you live in. Goldendoodle prices can vary dramatically, depending on a variety of factors, including:
- Where you live
- Quality of the parent dogs
- The breeder’s reputation
- Size of the dog
- The puppy’s generation
- Coat type
- Coat color
Generations of Goldendoodles
Goldendoodles might seem like just your regular designer dog, but they are not. Their history is very complex with many, many generations and color variations. One of the important things or questions we need to focus on in this article is the many generations of this mix and what terms like original Goldendoodle, F1 red Goldendoodle, F1B Goldendoodles, or even F2B Goldendoodle mean. And what on earth are F1 Standard Goldendoodles? We want to warn you, this topic isn’t easy to cover and understand, but we’ll give our best.
Fun fact: There is another Goldendoodle variety, it’s the Abstract Goldendoodle, which is a Goldendoodle that has touches of white in its coat!
Genetics is a difficult topic, and it’s a very unpredictable science. Breeders have come to this realization as well, that’s why they came up with a unique system of differentiating Goldendoodle generations. Because there is no breed standard to this mix, differentiating between generations makes it easier to determine the traits the Goldendoodles will inherit from their parent breeds.
F1 Red Goldendoodle – First Generation of Goldendoodle
The natural outcome of pairing a golden retriever and a poodle is an F1 red Goldendoodle. Due to the fact that they are first-generation hybrids, they have the health benefits that come with “hybrid vigor.” Heterosis is a scientific term that refers to the better function of biological functions as a result of genetic variation. Because of the combination of genes, the health concerns associated with purebred specimens tend to be reduced. The same rule applies to F1 Standard Goldendoodles.
F1B Goldendoodles – Backcross
Backcrossing is the process of breeding a hybrid back to one of the breeds from which it came. This indicates that they are still first-generation. The characteristics of either the Golden retriever or the Poodle can be enhanced. Breeders frequently cross a Doodle back with a Poodle to boost the likelihood of a litter with less shedding. Or for example, to pair a red Goldendoodle with a red Poodle in order to get a true red Goldendoodle. The same rule applies to F1B Goldendoodles of all color variations.
F2 Goldendoodle or Second Generation Goldendoodle
These two Goldendoodles are the product of a crossbreeding of two F1 Goldendoodles. Reputable breeders normally do not advocate this combination since there is a 75 percent likelihood of shedding puppies. Because both parents have Poodle and Retriever genes, there’s a 25% possibility that the shedding Retriever genes will combine in puppies, causing them to shed as much as a purebred Retriever (even more than both parents) When crossing two doodles, you can get either full poodles or full golden retrievers due to the way genetics work.
F2B Goldendoodle – Second Generation Backcross
When you cross an F1 doodle with an F1b, you get an F2b. The F1 parent carries a predictable mix of coat features (both shedding and non-shedding genes) as a first-generation doodle, but the F1b is a mystery. Unless the F1b parent is genetically tested, the litter could end up looking like an F1b litter or an F2 litter. When two parents of the same breed ancestry are mixed, genetic screening for health issues becomes much more crucial.
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