Goldendoodle Coat Types

Shedding and Allergies Explained: 

Hypoallergenic means relatively unlikely to trigger allergies or cause an allergic reaction. With the advancement of the genetic testing like we do here at Beyond Bliss Doodles, we can produce puppies that are the most non -shedding, hypoallergenic, most allergy friendly generations possible. Thus we concentrate on F1b and multigen puppies from genetically tested parents. 

 In the past it was believed that you had to get a curly coated puppy in order for a dog to be hypoallergenic or non-shedding. This is no longer the case. We now know that curl has nothing to do with shedding. Think about other straight-haired breeds, like the Shih Tzus, Lhasa Apso, Terriers, Bichon or Maltese. They are non-shedding but yet they have NO curl to their coats. BUT, in order for a Goldendoodle breeder to produce minimal to non-shedding hypoallergenic Goldendoodle puppies, (note that even humans shed a minimal amount of hair) the breeder MUST genetically DNA test their parent dogs (which we do on all of our parents through Paw Print Genetics and VetGen Laboratories) for the furnishings, improper coat IC genes as well as the shed gene. Even if a parent dog doesn't shed, they can carry the IC gene. If  two IC carriers are bred together, they can produce a litter full of puppies  that shed heavily with no facial furnishings. With the advancement of available DNA genetic testing (which we do on all of our parents) through Paw Print Genetics and VetGen Laboratories, we are able to know if the parents carry for IC (improper coat furnishings genes) as well as their shedding propensity scores. Then, carefully chosen breeding pairs allows us to produce wavy or curlier minimal to non-shedding, hypoallergenic teddy bear coats, while maintaining good body structure. A dog with poor structure is at much greater risk for injury. If your concerned about allergies or don't want to deal with the shedding, I would recommend our multigens or our F1b's. They are relatively unlikely to trigger allergies or cause an allergic reaction.

**Please note that even if a dog is non-sheding, some folks are allergic to the protien in their saliva or dander. So if in doubt, always check with your allergist first before purchasing a puppy. 


Goldendoodle Coat Types:

Wavy/Shaggy Coats:

The wavy or shaggy coat is the most common Goldendoodle coat type.  It occurs in all types of Goldendoodle generations, F1's, F1b's and mulitgens, and is fairly easy to maintain.  It requires brushing at least once a week, with more frequent brushing in high friction areas (like under the collar or around the ears). The wavy/shaggy Goldendoodle coat type CAN be minimal to non-shedding (as in the case of  ourF1b's and multigens) IF the breeder is doing the proper coat testing on their parent dogs (which we do on all of our parent dogs through Paw Print Genetics or VetGen Labratories). Note, that even humans shed a minimal amount of hair! Shedding is common though among the F1 generation Goldendoodles. So be sure that you choose a breeder that does the proper coat testing and knows the parents propensity shed scores.Image curtesy of

Curly Coats:

The second most common Goldendoodle coat type is the curly coat, which is more common among F1b or mulitgen goldendoodles because of their poodle lineage.  The coat can be anything from a relaxed loose curl to a more curly coat. Most do not get as curly as a poodle.

This Goldendoodle coat type requires more frequent brushing, although it can be shaved down to create a maintenance free coat if the owner prefers. The curly Goldendoodle coat type is minimal to non-shedding and hypoallergnic, when the Goldendoodle is an F1B or in a mulitgen BUT the breeder must genetically DNA test their parent dogs for furnishings, IC improper coat and shed genes (and yes we do that!).Image curtesy of

Straight Coats:

The least common Goldendoodle coat type is the straight coat, (this is also known as having an improper coat), it is fairly common in F2 Goldendoodles.  Often referred to as the Golden Retriever coat, it's very easy to maintain and requires minimal brushing. However, this Goldendoodle coat type does not produce the "teddy bear" look that Goldendoodles are renowned for displaying, nor will it produce a "beard" around the muzzle. This Goldendoodle coat type can produce moderate to high shedding coats and are not reccomended for those with allergies.Image curtesy of

How To Tell The Difference:

It is especially difficult to distinguish Goldendoodle coat types at the puppy stage, when all coat types look fairly similar. An experienced breeder will be able to tell you the each puppies coat type as well as their propensity to shed. However, the face and muzzle area can provide some indication of what the puppy's coat will look like as an adult.  Generally, the more crimps or waves a puppy has in it's face and muzzle hair, the curlier his or her coat will likely be.  A puppy with a smooth face and muzzle fur wtihout any waves or crimps will probably have a straight coat. Always work with and ask your breeder for clarification on puppy coat types to asure you get what your wanting.