When it comes to Goldendoodles, the appearance of these wonderful dogs can vary from puppy to puppy. This is particularly true given the color variables that come into play through the poodle genes. The coat types for this crossbreed, on the other hand, are more limited. Typically there are three Goldendoodle coats: Shaggy, Curly and Straight. The parental lineage provides some indication of coat type — for example, more poodle genes can equal a curlier, less-shedding Goldendoodle coat — but even this isn’t always the case. Sometimes, it really is just a genetic lottery.

Mother Nature has the final say

Nature works in mysterious ways and there are no guarantees when it comes to predicting coat types. Also, you can’t always even go by what you see at the earliest stages. A doodle’s coat type can change as they mature, similar to how human hair types can drastically change.

F1, or first generation Goldendoodle

An F1 pup is the resulting offspring from a purebred poodle and a purebred golden retriever. This union typically creates three coat types, categorized as shaggy/wavy, curly, or straight. Continue reading for details on each variety.

Shaggy or wavy: This coat is partly curly Poodle mixed with straight Golden Retriever in order to produce soft waves or a shaggy appearance. This is the “teddy bear” coat, and the most common type. It requires regular brushing to keep it tangle free. Doodles with a shaggy coat are often low- to non-shedding.

Curly: These tighter curls closely resemble a Poodle’s coat. The length and tightness of the curls vary depending on the parents. Curls can range from those kinky locks akin to a Poodle or be loose barrel ringlets. Curly Goldendoodles require regular grooming in order to prevent matted hair from taking over. Some owners prefer to keep their dogs trimmed close for a maintenance free style. This is the second most common coat type and is often seen on F1B Goldendoodles.

Allergy sufferers often prefer curly doodles as this coat type is the most non-shedding and commonly the least reactive. Many families who have never been able to experience the joy of having a dog in their lives discover that it is possible with a curly coated Goldendoodle.

Straight: This flat and smooth coat closest resembles that of a Golden Retriever. This coat type is common in F2B and F2 Goldendoodles; however, it is rare in F1B and F1 generations. This is the easiest coat to maintain and ideal for those who do not have time or energy to facilitate daily brushing. Straight types shed moderately. This Goldendoodle coat type is unable to achieve the famous “teddy bear” look for which these dogs are often sought after. As well, straight coats will not develop a “beard” around their muzzle area.

Differentiating between coat types

The best way to determine a Goldendoodle’s coat type is to take the fur around the muzzle and the face into consideration. Curly coats for example, often display an exuberant curly mustache. Shaggy or wavy coats will have straight hair on their muzzle which looks similar to a smooth and sweeping beard. Straight coats on the other hand will showcase short muzzle hair that is simple and tidy; sans beard or mustache.

During the puppy phase, it can be extremely tricky to tell which coat types are developing as they may all initially be similar. Breeders often say that the muzzle and facial hair can give clues as to what is in store. Of course, just like us, Goldendoodles mature and may change in the process. In most cases, your best bet is to let personality be your guide instead of appearance and choose the puppy you develop a mutual connection with. You’ll end up with a great dog and that’s the most important thing.

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