Goldendoodles are one of the most popular dog breeds around. One of the most prominent reasons behind this is that a Goldendoodle sheds far less than other dogs making it less likely that they will cause an allergic reaction. But there are plenty of other reasons why so many people want Goldendoodles as pets.
Goldendoodles result from a cross between poodles and golden retrievers. This makes for a fun-loving and intelligent breed. It also produces a wide array of Goldendoodle coat colors. These coats can be a single color, two-toned, or feature numerous varying hues.
The color of a Goldendoodle’s coat depends on its specific genetic breakdown. In this article, we will explore nine of the most interesting Goldendoodle coat colors. We will also share some other important information that you should know before owning a Goldendoodle.
Brown is one of the simplest and most common coat colors for Goldendoodles. Unlike some of the other coats on this list, brown coats typically have one hue rather than a multi-toned pattern. That brown color can vary but usually hold a shade similar to coffee. Brown Goldendoodle coats often come from their poodle parent.
While brown is a very common Goldendoodle color, you can’t always expect a brown Goldendoodle to produce brown puppies. The reason for this is that many brown Goldendoodles also carry a recessive trait for black fur. Depending on the genetics of the other parent, the puppies may show no brown in their coats at all.
The coat of an apricot Goldendoodle is a lighter brown that is nearly tan. Over the lifespan of an apricot Goldendoodle, their coats can become even lighter. By contrast, they often maintain some black markings as well. These usually appear on the nose and around the eyes of an apricot Goldendoodle.
Apricot is one of the more popular Goldendoodle colors. This is because the color gives the Goldendoodle a teddy bear-like appearance. This cuddly look is one of the reasons that this breed has become so widespread.
Surprisingly, while most Goldendoodle coats become lighter with age, this is not always the case with apricot coats. While lightning is more common, an apricot Goldendoodle can also become darker with age.
The shade of a red Goldendoodle’s coat falls between brown and apricot. This is another coat that consists of a single consistent color throughout. Despite being a shade of brown, the coat of a red Goldendoodle is surprisingly vibrant. This noticeable red tint is what makes this Goldendoodle variety so sought after.
Red can occur in the coats of both poodles and golden retrievers. For this reason, it is more likely that a Goldendoodle will have a red coat instead of a color that only occurs in one of the parent breeds. As is the case with some other coat colors, red Goldendoodle coats tend to lighten as they age.
People don’t always define red Goldendoodle coats as an individual Goldendoodle variety. Instead, they sometimes treat red Goldendoodles as a variation of an apricot coat. But a trained eye can tell the difference between these two similar coat colors.
Cream Goldendoodles have an off-white color. This color is a much paler version of the color you would find on an apricot Goldendoodle’s coat. While most of the cream Goldendoodle’s coat is nearly pure white, there are some darker accents. For instance, the ears and cheeks are often a slightly darker color compared to the rest of the coat.
While the coat color is similar, you can expect other variations between cream Goldendoodles. The most notable example is the cream Goldendoodle’s eye color. Unlike the eyes of some other Goldendoodle varieties, the eyes of a cream Goldendoodle can be much lighter. The same is true for their noses.
The gene for cream Goldendoodle coats is recessive. That means that if there is a more dominant gene present, then the cream color is not likely to appear. For example, if a cream Goldendoodle breeds with a black Goldendoodle, the cream color will not likely show in the puppies’ coats.
Black Goldendoodles have some of the most deeply colored coats among all Goldendoodles. These coats are often entirely black, but there are varieties that feature white patches as well. The eyes hold the same dark color. Occasionally, black Goldendoodle coats can develop into a blue or silver color.
Black coats are some of the most common among Goldendoodles. This is somewhat surprising considering that black fur is not a color shared by both poodles and golden retrievers. Instead, it can only come from the poodle parent.
The reason that black coats remain common is that the gene for black coats is dominant. That means that the black coat gene is more likely to express itself even when recessive genes are present. When this occurs, the Goldendoodle coat not only holds an impressive black color. It has a lustrous shine in the sunlight as well.
Parti Goldendoodles stand out among other Goldendoodles for their multi-colored coats. Rather than holding a single solid color, parti Goldendoodle coats are two-toned. This coloration is rare and comes from poodle DNA rather than from a Golden retriever parent.
Of the two colors on a parti Goldendoodle, one is always white. The white usually appears on the snout, legs, and chest. The rest of the coat can be black cream or any tone in between. Generally, this second color comprises less than half of the coat.
There is another kind of Goldendoodle coat that is very similar to the parti coat. This alternative is called an abstract coat. An abstract coat is also two-toned, but the percentages are different. Rather than having a majority of white fur, abstract coats are less than 50% white. Still, this is not to be confused with the phantom Goldendoodle, which has a very specific pattern we will discuss later.
Sable Goldendoodles have coat colors that are unlike those of any other Goldendoodle. The most remarkable aspect of this color is that it changes dramatically throughout a sable Goldendoodle’s life.
At birth, a sable Goldendoodle is either entirely black or brown. As the dog grows, the black recedes continually, giving way to a much lighter color. The end result is mostly light browns with some black hues at the tips of the fur.
Mature sable Goldendoodles usually have one of two coat patterns. The first is a grizzle pattern, which includes a fairly even distribution of black accents. The other is a more definite pattern where the black only remains on areas such as the ears and snout.
The coat color of a merle Goldendoodle is more complex than the solid and two-toned Goldendoodles coats. It features a variety of hues in a mottled pattern. This patchwork of colors often covers a broad range. This includes white and varying shades of brown, grey, and black. Some even have a bluish tint.
Merle Goldendoodles have a dominant gene that allows their coats to show so many colors. This gene essential negates the common Goldendoodle gene that produces a solid coat. But that same gene has some downsides as well.
The merle gene can cause some disabilities in Goldendoodles. This is especially prevalent when two merle Goldendoodles breed together. This cross can lead to deafness and blindness in the puppies.
Phantom Goldendoodle coats are one of the most clearly defined coat patterns. It is also one of the least likely to occur in Goldendoodles.
A phantom Goldendoodle coat has two colors. To be a true phantom Goldendoodle, these colors need to appear in specific locations. The main color is black and typically covers the majority of the coat. The secondary color covers only the snout, lower legs, and chest. This is often a rich tannish brown.
Phantom Goldendoodles often have a coloration that looks a lot like that of a Doberman. But, they also have another interesting distinction that makes them different from other Goldendoodle coat colors. Rather than changing over time, the phantom pattern is relatively consistent from birth throughout the entirety of the Goldendoodle’s life.
Now that you know some of the most common Goldendoodle coat colors, it’s time to learn a bit more about this breed. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions related to Goldendoodles. We will begin by answering some questions that are specific to Goldendoodle coats. Then we will proceed to some general Goldendoodle knowledge.
- Are There Rare Goldendoodle Colors? There are a few Goldendoodle colors that are rarer than others. These typically arise from recessive genes and multiple generations of Goldendoodle breeding. The multi-colored Goldendoodle coats are often rarer than the solid coats. Merle and phantom Goldendoodles are both examples of this. However, there are solid coat colors that are also rare. Black Goldendoodle coats are one solid variety that is not very common. The reason for this is that golden retrievers rarely have genetics that lead to black fur. That makes it less likely that a Goldendoodle will have a dark, solid coat.
- Do Goldendoodle Coats Change Colors? Goldendoodle coats can change in multiple ways as they mature. The first type of change is common among all Goldendoodles, regardless of color. When a Goldendoodle puppy is less than one year old, it will shed its first coat. This gives way to their adult coat, which has a different texture and thickness. This can create a subtle change in appearance, as well. Along with this phenomenon, there are some Goldendoodle coats that show more dramatic color changes over the years. As mentioned above, the apricot Goldendoodle and sable Goldendoodles are prime examples of this color change.
- What are the 3 Types of Goldendoodle Coats? As is the case with coat color, genetics determine the texture of a Goldendoodle coat. Since poodles and golden retrievers have such different coat textures, this can produce plenty of variety for Goldendoodle coat texture. Broadly speaking, there are three main types of Goldendoodle coats. A Goldendoodle coat will either be curly, like a poodle, straight, like a golden retriever, or wavy, a mixture of both. Depending on which type of coat your Goldendoodle has, you may need to alter your grooming routine.
- What is a Proper Grooming Routine for a Goldendoodle? Grooming is very important when it comes to keeping a Goldendoodle coat healthy. Generally, there are two approaches that owners will take. The first is to keep the coat short. The second option is to allow the coat to grow to its natural length. Each option calls for a different care routine. If you are keeping your Goldendoodle’s coat short, you should have it cut every six to eight weeks. If you keep it long, you won’t need to worry about scheduling an appointment with a professional groomer. Instead, you will need to focus on regular brushings. When keeping the coat long, you should brush your Goldendoodle once or twice every two weeks. With a short coat, you should use regular brushing as well but at a less frequent rate.
- Are Goldendoodles Hypoallergenic? There is a common misconception that Goldendoodles are hypoallergenic. This notion leads people to believe that it is not possible for a Goldendoodle to cause an allergic reaction. However, the truth is a bit more complicated. No dog is completely free of allergens. Even if they have minimal shedding, they will still have dander and saliva that can cause an allergic reaction. That means that any dog, including a Goldendoodle, is never completely hypoallergenic. Still, Goldendoodles are much less likely to cause an allergic reaction compared to other dogs. The reason for this is that Goldendoodles shed much less than other breeds. Since fur is one of the primary causes of an allergic reaction, Goldendoodles remain a good option for those with allergies.
Owning a Goldendoodle is a rewarding experience for several reasons. Not the least of these is the fact that Goldendoodles have attractive coats. Each coat offers a unique beauty and sets a Goldendoodle apart from its relatives. Use this article as a guide to Goldendoodle coat colors so that you can pick your favorite.