Welcome to Goldendoodle Houston!
Goldendoodle Houston is dedicated to furthering the goldendoodle breed in an eithical and humane manner. As such, we are now shipping to Houston and the surrounding area. We are a small family-oriented operation based in north Texas and we would love to help you find the goldendoodle you are looking for.
The Evolution Of The Goldendoodle Breed
A goldendoodle is a hybrid offspring obtained from the cross between a golden retriever and a poodle. The crossing was driven by the desire of some dog fanciers who wanted to see what would come out of the combination of the cheerfulness and gentle nature of the golden retriever and the intelligence and coat of the poodle. The evolution of the goldendoodle breed has been achieved through successive mating that has shown great progress with non-shedding coats.
People on earth have been living with dogs for more than 14,000 years, but reasons for keeping them have changed tremendously over the ages. The earliest dogs were domesticated for security reasons as well as for hunting, but nowadays they have evolved to a point whereby they can assist individuals with disabilities or even perform certain activities at the direction of their owners.
While it true to say that numerous dog breeds continue to perform the functions they were intended to, some have been lost to time, and others have had their functions outlived or enhanced by crossing with other breeds. For instance, goldendoodles have been bred in North America since the early to mid-1990s, and their popularity continues to grow each year. One factor in this trend can be attributed to the fact that this breed’s light shedding coat enhances their ability to live with families with allergies.
F1 – First Generation
The first generation of the goldendoodles mainly consists of the hybrid offspring of a golden retriever mated with a standard poodle (both pure breeds). Actually, F1 generation was the first to be bred. Goldendoodles in this generation are somewhat allergy friendly, although they can shed a little. Also, it is important to note that a goldendoodle in this generation can either be more like golden retriever or standard poodle in terms of shedding propensities, temperament, size, hypo-allergenicity and coat.
Several breeders prefer to confine breeding to this generation as a good way to maximize genetic richness and get rid of the inherited health difficulties that have plagued various dog breeds. Basically, the first generation of the goldendoodles has hybrid vigor, and hence they tend to be healthier than either of their parents. Nevertheless, this generation is not a good choice with allergies because they shed.
F1B – Backcrossed Generation
This generation was created by crossing an offspring of the F1 generation with another standard poodle. This led to addition of more genes, and thus increased the offspring’s non-shedding possibilities. F1B generation was seen as a promise towards a guaranteed non-shedding coat. Common traits with this generation are mainly poodle-like traits like low-to-no-shedding coats.
F2S – Second Generation
Some breeders are now crossing two first generation goldendoodles in their quest for a more hypo-allergenic the goldendoodle. Actually, this has led to evolution of the least popular generation of goldendoodles known as the second-generation or F2s.
The size of goldendoodle is entirely based on its parentage, and can range from standard to miniature. Generally, the first generation is healthier and grows better than either parent line, but vigor is lost with each successive generation, such F1B and f2s.