Groodle, which is commonly known as a Goldendoodle, is a Golden Retriever/Poodle mix and is among one of the most popular hybrid dog breeds.
It was crossbred by Monica Dickens for the first time who needed an intelligent, affectionate, and friendly dog which sheds very less. Currently, Groodles or Goldendoodles are equally popular around the world especially in Australia, the US, the UK, and Canada.
While getting a Groodle from a Breeder, you may be given several options or generations of Groodles to choose from. You may be wondering what the Groodle generations are? So, in this post, we are going to discuss several generations and types of Groodles, and which one should you choose.
Let’s find out about Groodle generations first.
First Generation Groodles (F1):
A cross between purebred Poodle and a purebred Golden Retriever is an F1 Groodle. F1 Groodles are said to be the healthiest ones among all the generations because first-generation crosses are usually healthier than their parent breeds. They shed very less and can become an ideal pet dog for a family with mild allergies.
First Generation Backcross Groodles (F1b):
A Groodle crossed with a purebred Poodle or Golden Retriever is known as an F1b Groodle. As compared to an F1 Groodle, it sheds very less and it can become the right choice for families with severe allergies. While breeding an F1b Groodle, the breeders usually cross an F1 Groodle with a Poodle that means, it is 75% Poodle and 25% Golden Retriever.
Second Generation Groodle (F2):
A second generation Groodle is a product of two F1 Groodles. F2 is the most unpredictable generation of Groodle so breeders usually prefer a backcross instead. There is no guarantee of F2 Groodle traits such as, it may have several types of coats which may not suit the people with allergies.
Second Generation Backcross Groodle (F2b):
A cross between F1 Groodle and F1b Groodle is a second-generation cross. Also, they are among the low-shedders and are recommended for families with severe allergies.
Which generation of Groodle is Best for me?
If we talk about their traits, all the generations share several traits such as intelligence, playfulness, loyalty, trainability, and high-energy. And, if we talk about their coat, an F1b is the best with the lowest shedding coat while other generations may shed a bit more. If I had to choose between Groodle generations, I’d go for either F1 or F1b.
Whatever generation of Groodle or any other breed of dog you get, try to raise it like your kid. Train him, socialize him, exercise him, and try to keep it up to date on vaccinations. Also, if possible, try to find a puppy or a dog in a shelter first because there are thousands of dogs waiting to be adopted. If you have specifications, then you may get one from a breeder.