What is a Red Goldendoodle?

What is a Red Goldendoodle? Exploring the Facts:

As a veterinarian, I get asked all the time about different hybrid dog breeds, a mix between two different purebred dog breeds, and if these hybrid dog breeds are good choices for all types of households and families. Today , I’m focusing on describing the ever-growing popular Red Goldendoodle. I will discuss what it is, what you should know about the breed before bringing one into your home, and some things to keep in mind once Fido is a part of your family.

Red Goldendoodle Basics

Breed Origins

A Red Goldendoodle is a popular crossbreed dog that results from breeding a Golden Retriever with a Poodle. This unique and beautiful coat color can be traced back to a single pup born in the 1970s, and today there are many different red Goldendoodle lines. As a breed, they inherit the best traits of both the Golden Retriever and the Poodle, resulting in a friendly, intelligent, and charismatic dog.

adult red Goldendoodle laying on red couch looking at camera lens


There are two main variations of Red Goldendoodles broken down for you below:

  1. F1 Red Goldendoodle: The F1 Red Goldendoodle is a first-generation crossbreed, meaning one parent is a Golden Retriever and the other is a Poodle. This generation typically inherits the friendly and easy-going nature of the Golden Retriever, as well as the intelligence and lower-shedding coat of the Poodle.
  2. F1B Red Goldendoodle: In contrast, the F1B Red Goldendoodle has one F1 Goldendoodle parent mated with a Poodle. This results in the breed having more Poodle traits like a curlier, low-shedding coat – perfect for people who may suffer from allergies or simply prefer less shedding.

When choosing your Red Goldendoodle, keep in mind the somewhat significant trait variations between F1 and F1B generations to ensure the right match for your needs and preferences. Ultimately, owning a Red Goldendoodle offers the benefits of both the Poodle and Golden Retriever breeds, including their affectionate nature, intelligence, and stunning red coat.

Physical Appearance

Coat Types

Red Goldendoodles come in various coat types, which can be influenced by their Poodle or Golden Retriever parentage. The three primary coat types are:

  • Curly: Similar to the Poodle coat, this type is dense, curly, and hypoallergenic, generally meaning that the shed their fur much less than a normal dog would. This also means that these hypoallergenic dogs must be groomed and clipped regularly as their hair doesn’t fall out normally with shedding.
  • Straight: Much like the Golden Retriever, this coat type is less dense and straight, making it less likely to be hypoallergenic.
  • Wavy: A mix of both breeds, the wavy coat is a combination that is often moderately hypoallergenic, but not as hypoallergenic as the curly coat type of Red Goldendoodle.


Depending on the size of the Poodle parent, Red Goldendoodles can vary in size:

  • Standard: Typically large dogs, resulting from a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Standard Poodle.
  • Miniature: Smaller in size due to the cross involving a Miniature or Toy Poodle with a Golden Retriever.

Coat Colors and Patterns

While the most distinct trait of a Red Goldendoodle is its vibrant red coat color, there can still be variations in shades, markings, and patterns. In some cases, you might find Red Goldendoodles with gorgeous cream, white, chocolate, black, brown, silver, blue, sable, or brindle markings.

Generally speaking, as a Red Goldendoodle owner, you can expect a dog with a unique and eye-catching appearance, thanks to the combination of coat types, sizes, and colors.

Goldendoodle Colors

When it comes to Goldendoodles, there’s a wide variety of coat colors to choose from. They can range from lighter shades like apricot to distinct colors like red. There are also quite a few patterns and unique color variations that you might not know about. In this section, we’ll explore some of the rare, parti, and merle colors you might find in Goldendoodles below. Let’s dive right in!

Rare and Unique Colors

Apart from the common colors, like the red and apricot Goldendoodles, you might also come across some less common colors. These unique colors include tan, golden, phantom, and even darker shades that are influenced by both the Poodle and Golden Retriever parent breeds.

  • Tan Goldendoodle – Tan is a light brown color that resembles the color of coffee with milk. This color variation can also appear on phantom Goldendoodles.
  • Golden Goldendoodle – A golden Goldendoodle resembles a traditional Golden Retriever, with a coat that ranges from light yellow to a deeper gold color.
  • Phantom Goldendoodle – Phantom Goldendoodles have a base color, usually black or dark brown, with distinct lighter markings above their eyes, around their muzzle, and on their chest and legs.

Parti and Merle Colors

Goldendoodles also come in parti and merle colors, which are characterized by specific patterns and color markings. These include tuxedo, merle, and parti-colored coats.

  • Tuxedo Goldendoodle – A tuxedo Goldendoodle has a coat that is mostly white, with patches of another color, typically black or dark brown. The white extends from the dog’s neck to their belly, giving the appearance of a tuxedo.
  • Merle Goldendoodle – With a marbled or splotchy coat pattern, merle Goldendoodles come in colors like red merle, chocolate merle, or blue merle. These colors are a result of a specific gene influencing the color distribution.
  • Parti Goldendoodle – A parti-colored Goldendoodle is at least 50% white, with solid patches of any other color. Similar to tuxedo Goldendoodles, they often have a white belly and chest. Simply a strikingly beautiful looking dog!

As you can see, Goldendoodles come in a wide range of colors, patterns, and variations. From the popular red and apricot Goldendoodles to the rare and unique phantom or merle coats, there’s a Goldendoodle color to suit every preference.

Choosing a Red Goldendoodle Puppy

Reputable Breeders

When you’re looking for a red Goldendoodle puppy, it’s essential to find a reputable breeder. A good breeder will provide you with the necessary information about the puppy’s lineage, health history, and genetic testing results and they will also be willing to work with your veterinarian on the health of your puppy.

They should also be transparent about their breeding practices and prioritize the health and wellbeing of their animals. You can expect to pay around $2,000 or more for a well-bred red Goldendoodle puppy from a reputable breeder. This might sound expensive, but it’s important to remember that you’re investing in a healthy, well-socialized, and well-cared-for puppy.

When trying to find a breeder:

  • Check for reviews and testimonials from previous customers. Check social media, Yelp, etc.
  • Ask for references from breeders and then actually follow up with these references.
  • Visit the breeder’s facility to meet the puppies and their parents.
  • Verify that the puppies have had proper health checks and vaccinations.

Determining Adult Coat Color

Once you’ve found a reputable breeder, it’s time to choose your red Goldendoodle puppy. The coat of a red Goldendoodle can vary from light peach to deep reddish-orange, so it’s essential to know the difference between the shades. As the puppy grows, their coat color might change, getting lighter or darker.

To help determine what the adult coat color of your puppy will be, consider these factors:

  • Look at the puppy’s parents’ coats, as they can give you a good indication of what your puppy might look like as an adult.
  • Observe the puppy’s coat color over time, as some puppies might start with a lighter coat that becomes darker as they mature.

When choosing a red Goldendoodle, you’ll also need to consider their size. There are several size variations, such as toy, mini, and standard red Goldendoodles as stated earlier in this article. Toy and mini red Goldendoodles are typically smaller than standard Goldendoodles, so think about what size best suits your lifestyle and living situation.

In summary, finding a reputable breeder and determining adult coat color are crucial aspects to consider when choosing a red Goldendoodle puppy. Considering the different sizes available, you can find the perfect furry companion to suit your preferences and lifestyle.

cartoon drawing of the different coat colors of Goldendoodle including the red Goldendoodle

Goldendoodle Coats and Shedding

Goldendoodles are known for their diverse coat types and low shedding, making them a popular choice for those seeking a hypoallergenic dog. In this section, you will discover the differences between the most common coat types – Curly Coat, Wavy Coat, and Straight Coat.

Curly Coat

A Goldendoodle with a curly coat most closely resembles the coat of a Poodle. The curls can vary from loose to tight, and this coat type is the least likely to shed. This makes the curly coat an excellent choice for those looking for a hypoallergenic dog. To maintain a curly coat, regular grooming is essential, especially to prevent matting and tangles.

Wavy Coat

The wavy coat, also known as the “fleece” coat, is a great balance between the curly and straight coats. This coat type boasts a wavy texture, is soft to the touch, and still maintains a low to moderate amount of shedding. Due to its hypoallergenic nature, the wavy coat is a popular choice among Goldendoodle owners.

Some key benefits of the wavy coat include:

  • Low to moderate shedding
  • Typically hypoallergenic
  • Easier to groom compared to a curly coat

Straight Coat

Resembling the coat of a Golden Retriever, the straight coat is the least common coat type for a Goldendoodle. Although often less hypoallergenic compared to wavy or curly coats, Goldendoodles with straight coats usually exhibit a low shedding level, especially in F1BB generations. This generation, often characterized by 87.5% Poodle and 12.5% Golden Retriever genes, contributes to lower shedding and a higher likelihood of being hypoallergenic.

To sum it up, Goldendoodles come in various coat types — curly, wavy, and straight. Each coat type offers varying levels of shedding and hypoallergenic properties, allowing you to choose the best fit for your household and lifestyle. Regular grooming and coat maintenance play a crucial role in ensuring a happy, healthy, and dapper-looking Goldendoodle.

Temperament and Personality

A Red Goldendoodle is a lovable and friendly companion with a temperament that is perfect for families. They are cheerful, trustworthy, loving, gentle, smart, and highly trainable. When you bring a Red Goldendoodle into your home, you can expect them to be social and bond well with your family members, including children and other pets.

Their personality shines with their intelligence, as they are a mix of two highly intelligent breeds, the Golden Retriever, and the Poodle. Your Red Goldendoodle will quickly learn new commands and tricks, making them an excellent choice for first-time dog owners or those looking for an easy-to-train pet. Be prepared to provide mental stimulation through training and puzzle toys to keep their mind sharp and engaged.

The activity level of your Red Goldendoodle is moderate to high, requiring daily exercise such as walks, fetch sessions, or trips to the dog park. Providing regular physical activity keeps them healthy, well-behaved, and prevents boredom. Remember to keep their activity level in mind when planning your daily routines.

You may notice that your Red Goldendoodle has a relatively quiet bark, which is typical for this breed. They may alert you to strangers approaching your home, but they are not known for excessive barking. Their friendly nature may even calm any initial fears of an intruder.

One of the most endearing qualities of a Red Goldendoodle is their love for cuddling. They thrive on human companionship and enjoy snuggling up with you on the couch or in bed. This affectionate nature makes them a great choice for those who want a loving, emotionally supportive pet.

Training and Exercise Needs

Red Goldendoodles are intelligent and energetic dogs that require regular exercise and mental stimulation. As a cross between the Golden Retriever and the Poodle, they inherit the intelligence and athleticism of both breeds. To ensure your Red Goldendoodle is happy and healthy, it’s crucial to understand their training and exercise needs.

Training your Red Goldendoodle begins with obedience training. This helps to build a strong bond between you and your dog, while also instilling good manners and discipline. Incorporate basic commands such as sit, stay, and come into your training routine. Socialization is also important, exposing your Red Goldendoodle to various environments, people, and other animals to build their confidence and prevent any behavioral issues.

As your Red Goldendoodle grows, their physical exercise needs will change. During the early stages of life, puppies need only short bursts of activity to meet their energy requirements. With each passing month, increase the duration of exercise—following the rule of 5 minutes for every month of age, up to two times per day. For example, a 4-month-old puppy would need 20 minutes of exercise twice daily.

By 18 months, your Red Goldendoodle should be receiving 30-60 minutes of exercise 1-2 times per day. As they reach adulthood, they will need 60-120 minutes of activity daily to ensure they remain fit, healthy, and well-behaved. Exercise options include walks, hikes, swimming, and playing fetch. Keep in mind, the personality and individual needs of your dog will impact the amount of exercise that is best for them.

Providing mental stimulation is just as important as physical exercise for your Red Goldendoodle. Puzzle toys, hide-and-seek games, and interactive toys keep their minds sharp and engaged. Such activities help to prevent boredom and curb any potential destructive behavior, like chewing on furniture or digging in the garden.

While the Red Goldendoodle is generally considered a healthy breed, conducting a DNA test is still recommended. This test can provide valuable information about your dog’s ancestry, genetic traits, and potential health issues. By understanding your Red Goldendoodle’s genetic makeup, you can tailor their training, exercise, and overall care to meet their specific needs.

red goldendoodle puppy with paw up on window peering through window outside

Health and Life Expectancy


Goldendoodles are a popular breed known for their friendly temperament, intelligence, and low-shedding coats. When it comes to the health and life expectancy of red Goldendoodles, you can expect them to live a lifespan of 10 to 15 years on average. Factors that may affect their life expectancy include their size, generation, and overall health as discussed below.

Common Health Issues

As with any breed, red Goldendoodles can be prone to certain health issues. However, by knowing these potential problems, you can be proactive in monitoring your dog’s health to ensure they lead a happy, healthy life. Some common health issues affecting Goldendoodles include:

  • Hip Dysplasia: An abnormal development of the hip joints common in larger dogs.
  • Elbow Dysplasia: Similar to hip dysplasia, this can cause discomfort and mobility issues.
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA): A hereditary eye disorder that can lead to blindness.
  • Patellar Luxation: A condition where the kneecap (patella) dislocates or moves out of its normal position.
  • There are other conditions that can affect your goldendoodle that are not listed here.

To help your Goldendoodle avoid these potential health issues, consider regular veterinary checkups, healthy nutrition, and maintaining a consistent exercise routine. Additionally, researching the breeder you obtain a dog from is essential, as reputable breeders will perform genetic testing and prioritizing the health of their breeding dogs, which will decrease the likelihood of these hereditary health problems.

Grooming and Maintenance

Caring for your Red Goldendoodle’s grooming needs doesn’t have to be a challenge. With a few helpful tips and regular care, you can maintain their coat and keep them looking fetch (see what I did there?) .

First, it’s important to understand the different coat types of a Red Goldendoodle. They can range from low-shedding to non-shedding, depending on the generation and coat type. First-generation Red Goldendoodles (F1) or those with straighter coats are more likely to shed 1. To maintain their coat, brush your dog a few times a week using a slicker brush or comb.

Aside from regular brushing, you’ll need to trim and groom your Red Goldendoodle’s coat to keep it healthy and manageable. This is especially important since their curly or wavy coats can easily mat if not properly cared for.

Some popular Goldendoodle grooming styles include the teddy bear cut, which involves trimming the fur on the body to a uniform length, typically anywhere from a half inch to 2 inches. You have the flexibility to choose a length that suits your preferences and your dog’s lifestyle.

In addition to coat maintenance, pay attention to your Red Goldendoodle’s ears as they require regular cleaning. Their long, floppy ears can trap dirt and moisture, which can lead to infections if left unchecked. Gently clean their ears once a week using a cotton ball dampened with a dog-friendly ear cleaning solution, and remove any dirt or grime that may have accumulated.

Your Goldendoodle’s nails should also be trimmed regularly to prevent overgrowth and discomfort during walking. Use a dog nail clipper or grinder, and ensure you avoid cutting into the quick, which can be painful for your pet.

Feeding and Nutrition

As a red Goldendoodle owner, it’s important to provide your furry friend with a well-balanced diet that meets their nutritional needs. Goldendoodles are highly active dogs that require high-quality protein sources and a well-balanced diet to stay healthy and happy.

When planning your Goldendoodle’s meals, here are some key components to include in their diet:

  • High-quality protein from sources like fish, chicken, or turkey
  • Healthy fats for energy and a shiny coat
  • Carbohydrates from vegetables and whole grains
  • Essential vitamins and minerals, such as calcium for strong bones

To ensure your red Goldendoodle gets the right amount of nutrients, consider creating a daily feeding schedule. Choose a high-quality dog food formulated for their size and life stage, or consult with a veterinarian to help tailor a diet plan.

Remember, just as with humans, moderation is key. While treat rewards can be a great way to reinforce good behavior, be sure to avoid overfeeding your Goldendoodle. Always monitor their weight and address any unusual changes in their eating habits or body condition with your veterinarian.


A Red Goldendoodle is a newer type of dog with a unique and eye-catching appearance, thanks to the combination of coat types, sizes, and colors. It can be classified as hypoallergenic, and the degree of hypo-allergenicity varies depending on what coat type the Red Goldendoodle rocks as an adult dog.

Red Goldendoodles require regular exercise and grooming, a balanced diet, and plenty of mental stimulation because they are so intelligent. Their friendly and playful personalities along with their loyal nature, make them a great option for families.

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