Frequently asked questions

What is a goldendoodle?

A goldendoodle is a hybrid of a golden retriever and a poodle. This cross provides the best benefits of both breeds. Doodles provide a drastic difference in shedding, and sometimes almost no shedding. So families with allergy issues often can often tolerate doodles. Not to mention that Doodles can have very wavy to just slightly wavy hair that can be of the texture of a golden or of the soft silky hair of the poodle or anything in between! Their intelligence is above and beyond average as well. This is probably because of the high intelligence of the Golden Retriever and even higher more complex intelligence of the poodle combined with the faster maturing traits of the poodle. Another benefit of hybrid vigor in that genetic defects that are common to specific breeds can not be replicated in a cross of two breeds. This provides a healthier puppy that will be free of some of the inherited defects that can come with specific single breeds. Its been known that they can be healthier and live longer than either of the breeds individually because of this benefit. Personality wise, you get the "child like" personality of the sweet golden retrievers with some added maturity and manners from the poodle. A one year old poodle is going to have excellent house manners by the time they are 1 year old.

What are the differnt types of doodles?

F1 Golden Doodle (50%/50%)
The "classic" type and original type of Golden Doodle is a 50%/50% cross from a breeding of a Golden Retriever x Standard Poodle. This is the "First Generation Golden Doodle." There can be some variation in the outcome of their puppies such as in coat type, shedding, and framing, but personality wise, they are pretty consistent. This puppy is the doodle that maximizes the benefits of both the friendly golden retrievers and intelligent poodle.
F1b Godlen Doodle (75%/25%)
The backcross type of Golden Doodle is a 75%/25% cross from a breeding of a goldendoodle with a poodle. This produces a puppy that has much more predictable qualities and leans more towards the poodle traits. The F1b x poodle is the ideal puppy for people who have allergies. This is the most hypoallergenic doodle. The coat is typically wavy to curly and is low to non-shedding. F2b Golden Doodle (35%/65%) This is a backcross of an F1b to and F1. The purpose is to make a doodle with a balance in between the F1 and F1b. The result is a puppy who retains much of the 50/50 vigor but leans slightly more towards the poodle aspects. This is a great puppy for people who have mild to moderate allergies. We have not had this kind of litter yet but hope to in the near future! F1 Teddy Bear Golden Doodle (50%/50%)
The Teddy Bear Golden Doodle comes from a breeding of an English Cream Golden Retriever xPoodle. English Cream Golden Retrievers are known for their great bloodlines of friendly but mellow personalities. Their smaller/boxy frames and faces make for adorable puppies that are usually cream to apricot in coloring and have great demeanors. This doodle is called the "Teddy Bear" doodle because they actually look like teddy bears! F1b Teddy Bear Golden Doodle (75%/25%)
The Teddy Bear Golden Doodle comes from a breeding of an English Cream Goldendoodle x Poodle. Similarly to the f1's, these sweethearts are known for their smaller size and boxy stature. They are more hypoallergetic than the f1's and have varying coats from wavy to curly.

What is the difference in coats?

Original Golden Doodle
Creates: F1 Golden Doodles
Cross %: 50% Poodle/50% Golden Retriever
Coat Type: Varies, generally moderately even or loose type wave
Shedding: Varies, will shed some, but far less than golden retrievers do. Approx. up to 10% of what Golden Retrievers shed
Allergies: Varies depending on coat, will have some dander but will be much less than Golden Retrievers. Good for families with mild to moderate allergies to dander.
Framing: Varies, however many lines of Golden Retrievers tend to be more dominant. More likely to have Golden Retriever frame.
Grooming: Varies, depends on coat type. Probably not much grooming, maybe every 3 months. May need to trim facial areas or afew wispy areas.
Perfect For: Families with mild allergies or those looking for the most Golden Retriever looks in with the benefit of decreased shedding of a Golden Doodle. Even easier to train than Golden Retrievers!
Golden Doodle x Standard Poodle
F1b-More Poodle
Creates: F1b Golden Doodles
Cross %: 75% Poodle/25% Golden Retriever
Coat Type: Varies, but leans towards more wave, more hair (less fur) type coat.
Shedding: Very little to almost none. Least Shedding of all GoldenDoodles. Very possible to hardly shed at all.
Allergies: Varies depending on coat, may have very minimal dander to no dander. Best for those with dander allergies to dogs. Good for families with moderate or strong allergies to dander.
Framing: Varies. Will be the average size of a golden retriever and under the coat possibly slightly more slender.
Grooming: Varies, depends on coat type. Probably need to be groomed 2 or 3 times a year depending on preferences.
Perfect For: Families with dander allergies of moderate/strong or those looking for the most non-shedding Golden Doodle, or for the most wavy type of coat. Even easier to train than Golden Retrievers!

How much are your puppies?

Our puppies range from $1900-$2800 plus tax. Standard F1- $2300 + tax Standard F1b-$1900 + tax Medium F1-$2500 + tax Medium F1b-$2500 + tax Standard F1 English/Teddy Bear-$2500 + tax Medium F1 English/Teddy Bear-$2800 + tax

How do I reserve a puppy?

To reserve a puppy, please go to our Puppies/Application page and download the application. Fill it out and mail it in along with a $300 deposit (to be deducted from the final amount due on puppy pickup day). Please read all the information on that page as it will explain the application process and what it means.

What are your recommendations for training?

We really want to provide support before, during, and after getting a puppy. As a resource, I have written up our methods and more on our blog, The Grace Between, for anyone to use as needed. Here are some links to the most common concerns people ask me about training: Potty Training Crate Training Puppy Proofing Your House 10 Tips For First Time Puppy Parents 5 Things to Buy To Help Your Puppy Transition Home How to Get Your Dog To Respond The First Time Indoor Activities Top 5 Dog Training Books In addition, we sometimes provide a one week Puppy Kindergarten program for our clients and other local reputable breeders. Finding a local certified obedience trainer in your area is also great once your puppy has been home with you for a few weeks. Obedience trainers can teach you how to best communicate with your dog as well as how to listen to your dog trying to communicate with you!

Can I see more picutres of your dogs?

Yes! I LOVE taking pictures of our sweet puppies and you can find more pictures of what goes on around J + A Family Doodles on our Instagram page! I've posted some below but you can find us @jafamilydoodles. You can also follow the #jafamilydoodles to see some of the pictures our past families have shared.