What colors do Goldendoodles come in, and why does it vary in litters?

Would you believe that there is almost 20 different colors in the Goldendoodle Family? I mean come on its gotta be a variation of cream to red right? That pup has Golden Retriever in it, the color is in the name GOLDEN....DOODLE. Well the second part right there is what gets ya, the doodle or better yet the Poodle part of the Goldendoodle. With the Goldendoodle breed you are getting the best of both of these breeds, a loving and loyal golden retriever, matched with the intelligence and low to no shedding of the poodle. Mash those two together and you get something that will be an amazing family pet, support animal, service dog, or even hunting dog (did you know poodles are hunting dogs too?).


So you get this beautiful pup we call a goldendoodle, they can have a variance of coat types from straight (usually a F1), to wavy (Usually f2, or f1b), to Curly (usually f1b and beyond). And then you get this abundance of color options, anything from white to black, with some reds tossed in between 😂. The crazy part, is there is some super common colors, and then even some rare genetic colors that you will have to see to believe. On top of coat style and color, we also have a range of sizes too, from Toy, Mini, and Standard. We here at Doodle Me This Goldendoodles breed, Standard Multi Gen Goldendoodles. So what exactly does that mean? Our parent dogs are all F1B, when you breed those together you get what is considered MultiGen. Our pups are all expected to range from 45-65 lbs full grown, and all of our pups will be virtually non shedding. We are able to know all this from doing genetic testing our our parent dogs. We use Embark (click this link to save your self $50 on your own Embark Test) to test our dogs, and after getting our results back not only are we able to see some amazing things about their health, but also able to pinpoint colors and even if they will be shedders or not. Some really cool things are available from the genetic tests available now, all that for another post though. Lets get back to these colors....


Goldendoodle Colors 19 variations of fluffy love you need in your life


1. Apricot Goldendoodle






Apricot color is actually a color available in both Golden Retrievers and Poodles, and the AKC considers apricot Poodles extremely popular. That’s why it is a regular choice for breeding Goldendoodles. An apricot Goldendoodle looks a lot like a quintessential teddy bear.


2. Red Goldendoodle





AKC does not recognize red as a color for either the Golden Retrievers or the Poodle, but genetics outweigh their opinion. I mean have you ever seen a red Goldendoodle? Its a true piece of art, with a orange and red-shaded coat that makes it hugely popular among pet lovers who want to adopt Goldendoodles.

However, remember that the dark coat fades a little as the puppy grows. It still retains its coat’s brightness. It has a dominant Poodle gene. This is called a red pigment intensity in genetic testing.



3. White Goldendoodle





Poodle genetics are the only way to get a White Goldendoodle as a Golden Retriever does not come in white. This dog does not really have the same color coat throughout the body and has cream parts in some areas of the coat.

But a white Goldendoodle is predominantly white in color. This appearance is quite similar to that of a white Poodle. If you look at one, you’ll notice that it is partially cream-colored.


4. Cream Goldendoodle





Where are my English Golden Retriever's at? This is the dominant gene for this color Goldendoodle. This makes the cream Goldendoodle perfect for those who want a Goldendoodle with the vibrant features of a Golden Retriever. The cream Goldendoodle is often confused with its golden or white cousins. It’s interesting that this color has the broadest range of variations in terms of tones and physical features.



5. Black Goldendoodle





I'm gonna need my Poodles to line up for the genetics on this one. You may not know this, but Golden Retrievers aren't usually black. Gasp I know crazy right?

A black Goldendoodle is quite rare and is often confused as a full breed Standard Poodle—particularly if the Goldendoodle has a curly coat. A black Goldendoodle inherits a Poodle’s color and gene pool. Interestingly, you will not see the color of a black dog fading unless it has the recessive gene of Goldendoodle of similar but lighter shades. Which leads us to.....



6. Gray Goldendoodle






Hold the phone, I've never seen a gray goldendoodle before...A gray Goldendoodle pup usually has black fur that starts to show its gray feature after six weeks. Usually by the time their puppy coat is gone, so is the black. When the pup is born, they almost look like a black Goldendoodle—but by the time they reach the age of two years, it’s hard to tell that they were once black. Around the age of one, they will start to have a rustic silver look. This is considered a fading gene and unfortunately this gene has not been found to be testable quite yet. However its easy to spot once you know what you are looking for. Here at Doodle Me This Goldendoodles our adults actually carry this gene, and we have had some amazing colors come from our parents.


7. Blue Goldendoodle





A blue Goldendoodle doesn’t have a vibrant blue color—but a natural icy color with a combo of black and gray with a bluish tinge. This gives them a unique look—and that’s what makes blue Goldendoodles a rare breed! The dog looks blue everywhere except in the stomach area. It’s easy to confuse them with a gray Goldendoodle, but the blue ones are born from many generations of breeding with blue Poodles.


8. Silver Goldendoodle





You may mistake a silver Goldendoodle with a gray or blue one, but it is much lighter than both its cousins. The shiny fur’s color resembles that of an old man’s hair. Their first signs of silver appear when they are about 6-10 weeks old. The color results from multiple generational breeding, which means that it is rare. By the time these dogs reach two years, the dark coat lightens and turns silver.




9. Champagne Goldendoodle





Champagne Goldendoodles, with a light golden coat, are rare because their unique color is the result of a recessive red gene. It is a diluted version of red to create a tone that’s close to pale yellow or cream there is the gene again. Champagne Goldendoodles have a teddy-bear like appearance, and even though these dogs do not have a huge demand, Goldendoodle breeders get requests for this dog breed because of their cute looks.



10. Silver Beige Goldendoodle





The unique color of silver beige Goldendoodles is the result of certain genes leading to the fading away of the dark brown color of a pup and becoming silver. So take a chocolate goldendoodle slap a little bit of the graying gene on there and boom you have a silver beige. Thus, silver beige Goldendoodles are not exactly common. Their hairs have blacking tips that give them an appearance similar to sable Goldendoodles. The combination of silver-gray hair and the beige coloration give these dogs their spectacular coat!



11. Chocolate Goldendoodle





Chocolate Goldendoodles, also known as brown Goldendoodles, usually get their coat color from their Poodle side of the family. The AKC considers brown Poodles as one of the most popular varieties. A brown Goldendoodle has the shade of dark walnut. The color of a brown Goldendoodle pup results from a recessive gene, though it might eventually turn into silver beige. A chocolate goldendoodle will usually also have brown nose, and paw pads but not always.



12. Tan Goldendoodle





A tan Goldendoodle has a coat that displays a combination of cream and apricot but is less popular than both. The markings on the coat of a tan Groodle display a little bit of both colors. If you’re specifically looking for this color, talk to the breeder so that they think of you when a new litter is born. The color is due to pheomelanin’s dilution. Because of the Golden Retriever gene, you’ll notice white undertones.



13. Parti Goldendoodle





A parti Goldendoodle has a coat with a combination of white and some other color, usually apricot or black. The white section of the coat covers at least 50% of the Goldendoodle’s coat. This color combination is the result of recessive genes, as one color overrides the solid shade of the fur. Thus, a parti-color Goldendoodle is extremely rare, and it is difficult to predict the color or pattern of a pup. The parti gene is obviously a poodle gene as you don't tend to see too many Golden Retrievers with spots all over their bodies. Our mama Binny here at Doodle Me This Goldendoodle is a parti, therefore all of her pups will be carriers of this gene.



14. Phantom Goldendoodle





Phantom Goldendoodles have a unique coat, with a combination of two colors in a specific pattern. The base color is the darker shade, while the lighter color appears in patches on the coat, specifically around the muzzle, eyes, and feet. Black phantom Goldendoodle dogs with tan markings are the most common. But there are other phantom Goldendoodle variants with red and silver marks on the coat.




15. Tuxedo Goldendoodle





Tuxedo Goldendoodles derive their name from the pattern of their coat, which gives them the funny appearance that they are wearing a tuxedo. This is a pattern of these Goldendoodle coats where the white is concentrated in the belly, chest, and hindleg areas, while the colored part is usually in the front leg and back areas, creating this look. To get a Tuxedo Goldendoodle at least one of the parents either is parti or carries the gene.



16. Merele Goldendoodle





Merle Goldendoodles have mottled color patches on their coat and can come in two primary colors, red and black (blue). Technically, a merle Goldendoodle is not really a Goldendoodle, as the dog comes from breeding a Poodle with a Border Collie or an Australian Shephard to get the pattern. One rare variant of the merle Goldendoodle is the watercolor merle, born with a lighter shade of the base shade. This would be considered a double doodle (taking two different doodle breeds and breeding them together).



17. Abstract Goldendoodle





An abstract Goldendoodle is often referred to as the opposite of the parti Goldendoodle. That’s because the dog has a color pattern, with white appearing in less than 50% of the coat. This pattern is also referred to as mismark or chrome, and the dominant color can be any shade. The white markings usually appear on the chest, face, and legs, in a random way, without following any specific pattern of colors. Again to be able to get this kind of Goldendoodle you will need to have a one of the parents be either a parti or a parti carrier. We achieve these types of pups here at Doodle Me This Goldendoodles.


18. Brindle Goldendoodle





Brindle Goldendoodles usually come with a combination of black and red/brown, and the coat patterns are such that the black sections create stripes on the base color. This gives the dog’s coat an appearance similar to that of a striped tiger! The stripes stand out against the lighter base, but not in all dogs. Sometimes, the stripes may hardly be noticeable! The patterns will vary in length and width.



19. Seal Goldendoodle


A seal Goldendoodle’s fur does something really interesting. These are black Goldendoodles that, due to some unknown reason, appear brownish or liver. However, unlike regular brown dogs, their nose remains black. There’s no explanation as to why this phenomenon occurs in Goldendoodles. In fact, it is a genetic mystery, and scientists are yet to link this coat pattern to a specific gene in any dog. A few of our puppies have appeared to have the seal gene, however since it is untestable there is no way to know for sure.




Now you know that there is a wide range of Goldendoodle c colors. Besides solid color Goldendoodle varieties, you will find many Goldendoodle color patterns. But be it a solid apricot Goldendoodle, a merle-colored Goldendoodle, or a dog with a varied coat pattern—everything has a genetic reason. So, the big question is, how do Goldendoodles have so many colors and patterns?


The answer to the question depends on the parents of the Goldendoodle. This means that the dog will inherit the coat color from one of its parents or its ancestors. The American Kennel Club recognizes three colors for the Golden Retriever dog breed: golden, dark golden, and light golden. But Poodles come in seven recognized shades: café-au-lait, brown, cream, apricot, gray, silver, and blue.


The rarest Goldendoodle colors are blue, gray, and silver, and they result from multi-generational breeding. That means Goldendoodles that are beyond the second generation, i.e., F2, have to be bred for this. Apart from these solid colors of the Goldendoodle puppy coat, two of the rarest patterns are parti and phantom. In addition, the coat of a seal Goldendoodle is shrouded in mystery for everyone.


An unpredictable characteristic of Goldendoodle dogs is that they change the color of their fur over the years. This is not exactly a rare phenomenon, as many other purebred dogs and crosses also show similar changes in fur colors as they grow older. Goldendoodles inherit the quality from the Poodle ancestry. Usually, you may notice clearing or silvering of some colors. Others develop or lose spots.


Colors like red and its varieties may lighten after the dog reaches the age of two years. On the other hand, black or darker brown Goldendoodles may undergo silvering—and they develop blue silver beige or silver shades. The final color of the coat will depend on the genes. So, remember that there is no reason to get nervous if you see changes in your dog’s coat color, especially if you bring home a pup.

If you’re wondering what color your Goldendoodle puppy might grow up to be, your breeder may be able to help. But quite often, the color remains unpredictable. It’s not necessary that your Goldendoodle will change color, though. It may hold its puppy color. The final color usually develops by 4-6 months, and you can expect this color to stay. But the time of color change may vary, too!


Goldendoodles are generally playful and warm, and their color has nothing to do with that. As for health issues—Goldendoodles, in general, face certain problems like hip dysplasia, Addison’s disease, subvalvular aortic stenosis, cataract, etc. These conditions are not linked to their coat color. However, certain health conditions are linked to the color of Goldendoodles because of the gene pool.


For instance, chocolate dogs of this breed are found to have tendencies of developing ear infections or skin diseases, according to a study by the University of Sydney. Apart from that, Merle Goldendoodles are prone to skin cancer, skin sensitivity, blindness, and deafness, especially in the hands of wrong breeders. The importance of researching your breeder is super important for the health of your future pet.


If you’re planning to adopt a Goldendoodle, you may have developed some fascination for certain colors. We get it a lot as breeders, I want this It’s likely that you want to adopt an apricot Goldendoodle or one with rare patterns. But red pup I saw a picture of. However, more than color, you should be paying attention to the health and temperament of the dog and the reliability of the breeder. Since colors don’t affect their behavior, it will be wrong to choose your puppy solely based on its coat. This is why we doing behavioraly training and testing on all our pups here at Doodle Me This Golden Doodles. We want your future pet to fit your family and lifestyle as best as possible, color will not dictate that but their temperament absolutely will.













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