Having two loveable and popular parent breeds in their mix leaves them with plenty of good physical as well as psychological traits.
If you are looking to introduce a new puppy to your life, you might have had these dogs in your mind, and you might have been discouraged by the letters and numbers in their names.
These dogs come in a number of generations, which are represented by letters and numbers. If you ever come across stuff like F1, F1b, F1bb, F2, F3, don’t be alarmed, they just represent different generations of doodle mixes.
The good thing is that all of the breeds mixed with a poodle share the same generation letters and numbers.
For instance, we will mention the F1 Goldendoodle in this article, but there is also an F1 Bernedoodle. Likewise, there can be an F2 Goldendoodle, but also an F2 Labradoodle.
The doodles share the generation indicators, so when you learn what they mean for one mix, you can apply the same knowledge to all others!
While we will graze over the other generations, like first and second, this article’s main focus will be on the F1BB Goldendoodle and all you need to know about them.
But, we have to go one step at a time, and first introduce you to the Goldendoodle generations so you can better understand what the F1BB Goldendoodle is all about.
These dogs are active, fun-loving, playful, and can be quite energetic athletes. They love to play, run around like crazy, play fetch, and swim.
With a little effort from their owner, these smart pooches can learn to jump through a hoop or catch a frisbee.
Goldendoodles are highly trainable, which makes them perfect for first-time dog owners.
Also, this crossbreed loves all humans, especially kids; thus, they can be a great choice for families with children.
Their high energy levels will keep your kids entertained for hours, and not even your guests will be spared from an occasional game of chase.
Even though Goldendoodles will warn their owners if someone approaches, they will also welcome them as if they were best buddies.
In short, they aren’t very good guard dogs.
After a long day of goofing around, the Goldendoodle will happily relax on your sofa and chill with the family.
The origin of the Goldendoodle is somewhat controversial. The breeders in England state that the Goldendoodle originated in the UK.
But, on the other side of the pond, the American breeders swear that the first Goldendoodle was bred on their soil.
Whatever the case may be, we are glad that the Goldendoodle was developed and that the world got a little bit brighter with this hypoallergenic and active family pet in it.
This is where things can get a little bit tricky for some people, if not most. The main point of confusion when it comes to Goldendoodles is the generation number.
This number is used to describe a new litter of puppies, with the most common being F1, F1b, and F1bb.
Although you might think it is trivial at first, the generation tag can have an impact on several Goldendoodle characteristics, especially shedding.
So, it is important to understand the differences between doodle generations, especially if you or any of your family members suffer from allergies.
The first generation Goldendoodle is recognized by the letters F1 in front of the breed name.
These dogs are the result of mixing a purebred Golden Retriever with a purebred Poodle. The offspring of this mix is 50% Golden Retriever and 50% Standard Poodle.
The F1 Goldendoodles have all the traits that make these dogs desirable across the world – intelligence, hypoallergenic qualities, and a loving demeanor.
However, the important thing to note is that F1 Goldendoodles shed lightly or moderately depending on their genetic makeup.
Since they are a 50/50 split of their parent breeds, it is impossible to predict how much they will shed.
This is why they are recommended for households with only slight allergies.
This generation of doodles tends to have a shaggy or wavy coat, but on some occasions, one of these doggies may have a very curly coat.
The ‘B’ after the F1 stands for backcross, and it means that F1B Goldendoodles are the result of breeding an F1 Doodle with a Standard Poodle again.
This mix has an offspring that is 75% Poodle and 25% Golden Retriever.
This generation is generally more popular than the F1 Goldendoodle because the F1b Doodles are non-shedders in most cases.
Because of their non-shedding coat, they are an excellent choice for homes with moderate allergies.
Despite technically being 75% Poodle, the F1B Goldendoodle still benefits from the hybrid vigor phenomenon, and exhibits the same praising personality traits and behaviors as the F1 Goldendoodle.
The F1b Goldendoodle has a variety of coat types that can range from long and wavy to short and curly.
The color of their coats also varies in a larger range than that of their F1 cousins, and can come in apricot, champagne, red, and parti colors.
When you cross an F1B Goldendoodle with a Poodle, the resulting offspring is labeled as an F1BB.
We mentioned earlier that the ‘B’ stands for backcross, so the two B’s in the F1BB description mean that a doodle has been backcross bred twice with the Standard Poodle.
The resulting Goldendoodle puppies have a genetic makeup that is 87% Poodle and 12.5% Golden Retriever.
This generation is the most likely to have totally non-shedding dogs, and this is one of the reasons why they are becoming more and more popular.
This is also the reason why this generation is recommended for families with moderate to severe allergies.
The F1BB Goldendoodles belong to the so-called multigenerational Goldendoodles.
Multi-gen is a term used to describe all doodles that come after the second generation Goldendoodles.
Their coats are typically curlier than those found on the F1 and F1b Goldendoodles.
Common health problems
Since they are a mixed breed with Golden Retriever and Poodle parents, they can be predisposed to all of the health problems these breeds face.
Some of the most common health issues are:
• Elbow dysplasia
• Hip dysplasia
• Von Willebrand’s Disease
• Progressive retinal atrophy
F1BB Goldendoodle traits
Since this generation of Goldendoodles has a large portion of Poodle in its genetic makeup, you can expect these doodles to inherit many wonderful characteristics of a Poodle.
This means that if you opt for this generation, you will find an intelligent, loyal, and fun-loving dog.
The Standard Poodle has a long lifespan and lives twelve to fifteen years on average. A poodle will have a long and happy life if you provide it with proper care.
Poodles need a moderate amount of exercise per day, and require a diet that corresponds to their weight, age, and lifestyle.
The F1BB Goldendoodle can also be a good hunter, just like its Poodle parent. Not many people are aware of this, but Poodles have a reputation for being successful hunting companions.
They were originally bred in Germany to retrieve fallen birds for hunters.
Like their Poodle parents, F1BB Goldendoodles may have progressive retinal atrophy, epilepsy, hip dysplasia, bloat, or thyroid issues.
Although many of these and other health issues can be prevented through a healthy lifestyle, there are some that are hereditary.
This is why you should always aim to get your doggo from a reliable breeder.
Try to avoid puppy mills since they do not screen dogs for genetic problems, and you will also not be able to see their paperwork.
Before you choose a Goldendoodle puppy, make sure to ask about its parentage, and other information, such as pedigree and DNA.
If you are given the chance, spend some time with the pup’s parents so that you can get a look at what type of personality your pup may have.
Make sure you do all of this and not just rely on breeders that can provide an AKC certification. This certification is in no way an assurance of a pup’s overall state.
Does an F1BB Goldendoodle shed?
As we mentioned earlier in this article, this generation of doodles is the least shedding of all.
The F1BB doodle is perfect for people who suffer from dog-related allergies, but cannot resist owning one.
The coat of this doodle generation resembles the one typically found on Poodles. Their corded or loose curs start appearing at the age of nine months.
Though, as pups, Poodles display a wavy and soft coat texture that changes as they get older.
Standard Poodles change their coats at nine to sixteen months of age.
During this time, you can help your pup by brushing its coat regularly to prevent tangles and matting.
Like Poodles, F1BB Goldendoodles are minimal shedders and are considered to be hypoallergenic dogs.
Now, you have to understand that there is no such thing as a completely hypoallergenic pet, but there are some dogs that do not cause as many allergic reactions in humans as some other breeds.
This is the case with F1BB Goldendoodles as many owners who suffer from allergies have stated that they do not have any problems with this generation of doodle.
The reason why Poodles and F1BB Goldendoodles do not shed is that the dead hair gets stuck inside their curls.
But, this, in turn, means that these curls are very difficult to groom. Both Poodles and F1BB Goldendoodles require high levels of maintenance, and you should be prepared for regular grooming.
Excessive shedding can sometimes occur in both of these dogs, and it can be caused by things like:
• Red mange
If you notice that your F1BB Goldendoodle sheds more than usual, be on the lookout for skin problems, like itching or inflammation.
If any of these problems occur, it is best to consult your vet and wait for his or her instruction.
Poodles can also inherit an inflammatory skin problem called Sebaceous Adenitis.
This health condition is commonly found in young and middle-aged Poodles, and it results in thinning of the hair, which, in turn, leads to hair loss.
F1BB Goldendoodle Grooming
These pooches inherit the curls from their Poodle parent; thus, they require intensive grooming in order to maintain a healthy and beautiful coat.
If they are not taken care of in the appropriate way, then F1BB Goldendoodles can develop skin problems like itching and dryness.
Poodles have a dense, single coat, which means you should invest in a durable brush.
For medium-sized Goldendoodles, a big slicker brush is ideal, and make sure to look for brushes that have neither too hard nor too soft bristles.
If your doggie has managed to develop mats, use a dematting brush to comb and untangle its coat.
By doing this, you also instantly clean your pet’s coat, but be careful and try to avoid hurting your canine friend.
Clipping their coat is a normal part of a Goldendoodle’s grooming needs.
The purpose of clipping is not only to make your dog look beautiful, but also to prevent any tangles and mats that can damage its coat.
However, this should be left to professional groomers, and you should take your Goldendoodle to one every three to six weeks.
Another part of the grooming process is bathing your Goldendoodle pup. This gives their skin a ‘reset’, but it shouldn’t be done more often than once a month.
To properly bathe your pooch, place it in a tub and allow its coat to soak up the lukewarm water.
Since they have a dense coat, this might take longer compared to some other breeds.
It is recommended that you use a mild shampoo and/or conditioner formulated for dogs. Aim to find products that consist of natural ingredients like aloe vera and lavender.
Goldendoodles can come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. They can vary in the amount of hair they shed and the type of their personality.
The F1BB Goldendoodle gets more genes from its Poodle parent and looks and behaves more like a Poodle.
This means that it is highly hypoallergenic and non-shedding.
The F1BB generation of Goldendoodles is perfect for families or singles who suffer from mild to severe allergies.
Even if you don’t have a problem with allergies, you can always opt for this dog as it will fill your life with love and joy like no other!