If you are like me when first looking for a goldendoodle, you may have come across the term "2nd generation goldendoodle" and wondered what in the world that meant.
What the hell does F2, F2B mean? Why is it named like R2D2 from Star Wars?
Well, the answer is actually very simple and in this article, I'm going to explain everything you need to know about 2nd generation goldendoodles.
A second-generation Goldendoodle is the result of breeding a first-generation goldendoodle (F1) with another first-generation goldendoodle.
Technically, they are still 50% golden retriever and 50% poodle but sired by two-hybrid goldendoodles instead of one golden retriever and one poodle.
The 2nd Generation Goldendoodle is not recommended for people with allergies, as the chance of shedding puppies is close to 75%.
In some cases, you can end up with a full poodle or full golden retriever when breeding F1 Goldendoodles together.
Temperament and Personality
Out of all of the Goldendoodle generations, the second generation has the best temperament.
They are a bit of a wildcard, as you never know what personality traits they will take after, but they are typically very intelligent and eager to please. They are also benevolent, loving, and make great family pets.
Grooming: Fur and Shedding
The F2 Goldendoodle will have a coat that is more like the golden retriever's than the poodle's.
This means they will need to be brushed often and will shed more than the first-generation and F1Bs.
Their fur can be wavy, curly , or straight, but is usually a little less dense than the F1.
There isn't really a rule of how much more grooming an F2 Goldendoodle will need as it completely depends on the genes they inherit.
As there is a higher chance for the F2 Goldendoodle to shed, I don't recommend it for anyone who is looking for a hypoallergenic dog, unless you get it from a breeder who has done coat testing.
The exercise level of the 2nd Generation Goldendoodle completely depends on what genes they inherit from their parents.
If they take more after the poodle, they will need more exercise, but if they are more like the golden retriever, then they will need a bit less.
Unfortunately, there is no clear answer, as every dog is different. The best way to find out is to ask the breeder what the parents' exercise levels are like and go from there.
F2 Goldendoodles are very intelligent dogs and are typically very easy to train. They inherit the best traits from both the golden retriever and the poodle, which means they are typically very eager to please and quick learners.
They respond well to positive reinforcement methods such as treats and praise and usually catch on quickly.
Like all dogs, they will need early socialisation and exposure to different people, places, and experiences in order to grow up to be confident and well-rounded adults.
F2 Goldendoodle Price: How Much Are Does a 2nd Generation Goldendoodle Cost?
F2 Goldendoodles typically cost between $800 and $2500, depending on the breeder, coat type, colour and location.
If you are looking for a specific colour or coat type, be prepared to pay a bit more.
F2 Goldendoodle Size: What is the average size of a 2nd generation Goldendoodle?
Just like F1 Goldendoodles, F2 Goldendoodles come in three different sizes: Standard, Medium, and Mini.
Their Size is the Following:
- miniature (13-20 inches in height)
- small standard (17-20 inches in height)
- large standard (20-24 inches in height)
Based on their height, they will typically weigh between 15 and 85 pounds.
Are they right for you and your family – pros and cons to consider
There are a few things you should take into consideration before getting an F2 Goldendoodle, such as coat type, size, and exercise needs.
If you are looking for a hypoallergenic dog, an F2 Goldendoodle is not for you as there is a higher chance of them shedding.
Their coat will require more grooming than an F1 Goldendoodle and they will shed more.
They come in a variety of sizes, so you can choose one that fits your lifestyle.
They are very intelligent and typically easy to train.
They make great family pets and are usually good with children.
Differences between 1st Generation and 2nd Generation Goldendoodles
First Generation Goldendoodles are a result of breeding a Golden Retriever with a Poodle. 50% of their genetic makeup is from the Golden Retriever and the other 50% is from the Poodle.
A Second Generation Goldendoodle (or an F2), on the other hand, is a result of breeding two First Generation Goldendoodles together.
First Generation Goldendoodles will typically have a coat that is more similar to the Golden Retriever parent, with a moderate amount of shedding.
A Second Generation Goldendoodle is very hard to predict in terms of coat type, as it can range from having a coat that is closer to the Golden Retriever parent to one that is more similar to the Poodle parent thanks to the different genetic traits that are passed down.
First Generation Goldendoodles are more expensive than Second Generation Goldendoodles.
First Generation Goldendoodles are typically healthier than Second Generation Goldendoodles thanks to hybrid vigor, which is the improved function of biological functions due to genetic diversity.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are F2 Goldendoodles (2nd Gen) healthier than F1 (1st Gen) Goldendoodles?
No, F2 goldendoodles are not considered to be healthier than F1 goldendoodles. F1 Goldendoodles enjoy the benefits of hybrid vigor, which is the improved function of biological functions due to genetic diversity.
What is the difference between an F1 and an F2 Goldendoodle?
An F1 goldendoodle is a result of breeding a golden retriever with a poodle. An F2 goldendoodle is a result of breeding two F1 goldendoodles together.
Whether you choose an F1 or an F2 Goldendoodle, you are sure to have a loyal and loving companion by your side. Both types of Goldendoodles make great family pets and are typically very intelligent, making them easy to train.
Your decision might come down to coat type (if you are looking for a hypoallergenic dog, an F1 is a better choice) or price (F1s are typically more expensive than F2s).
Whichever you choose, you are sure to have a furry friend for life.