Red Goldendoodle: Information, Characteristics And More

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Is the Red Goldendoodle a separate breed from the regular Goldendoodle? Can you get a Red Teddy Bear Goldendoodle? Are Red Goldendoodles more expensive than other types of this ever-popular crossbreed dog?

Keep reading to discover everything you need to know about the Red Goldendoodle.

What Is A Red Goldendoodle?

Basically, a Red Goldendoodle is simply a regular Goldendoodle with a red coat!

Most Goldendoodles are apricot or various shades of gold in color. So, a puppy with a deep red coat is quite unusual. Also, those cute, cuddly little bundles of fluff look even more like gorgeous Teddy Bears when they’re that dark red color.

Red Goldendoodles generally have dark-colored nails and a black nose.

How Are Red Goldendoodles Created

As you know, Goldendoodles are hybrid dogs that are created by crossing a purebred Golden retriever with a purebred Poodle.

There are three Golden retriever colors that are recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC); dark golden, light golden, and golden. However, there are lots of different Poodle colors, including:

  • Black
  • Apricot
  • Blue
  • Brown
  • Cream
  • White hair
  • Lavender
  • Cafe-au-lait

So, mixing the Poodle and Golden retriever can produce a range of different Goldendoodle coat colors, including red. Also, there are a number of “parti” or bi-colored Poodles that some Goldendoodle puppies inherit, when the puppy coats have some white hair in combination with another solid color. Generally, a Red Goldendoodle is produced by crossing a dark Golden retriever with a dark-colored Poodle.

But Wait! Don’t Goldendoodles Change Color?

One thing that you must understand if you have your heart set on a particular Goldendoodle color is that they can change shades quite dramatically as they age.

If a Goldendoodle keeps its puppy coloration from a few months of age right through into adulthood, the phenomenon is commonly referred to as “holding.” However, if the puppy hair fades or becomes duller and less vibrant, that’s known as “clearing.” 

As a Red Goldendoodle puppy’s adult coat develops, you’ll notice that certain areas of the coat hold more color than others. In particular, the areas around the dog’s muzzle and ears tend to retain their puppy coloration. To be as sure as you can be that your puppy will retain as much of that beautiful, glowing red coloration as possible as he matures into a full-grown Goldendoodle, I recommend that you choose a puppy with a coat color that’s slightly darker than you anticipate.

Are Red Goldendoodles Rare?

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Red Goldendoodles are less commonly seen than other Doodle colors, but they aren’t really rare. In fact, there are some Goldendoodle breeders who specialize in producing dogs with gorgeous red coat color.

The happy-go-lucky Goldendoodle can be black, white, and mixed colors or parti. Probably the most unusual or rare coloration or Goldendoodle is merle. Again, there are some Doodle breeders who specialize in producing merle-coated dogs.

Are Red Goldendoodles Expensive?

Goldendoodle prices can vary dramatically, depending on a variety of factors, including:

  • Where you live
  • The quality of the parent dogs
  • The breeder’s reputation
  • The dog’s size
  • The puppy’s generation
  • The dog’s coat type
  • The dog’s coat color

Never buy a Goldendoodle purely because you want a particular color. Goldendoodles are renowned for changing color as they get older. That means that a litter of beautiful deep mahogany-red Goldendoodle puppies with dark coats might fade to a much lighter shade of apricot as he ages.

Always have the quality of the puppy’s breeding as your priority when you’re choosing a Red Goldendoodle. A reputable breeder, such as those who are registered with the Goldendoodle Association of North America (GANA), are required to have their breeding dogs health-screened for common hereditary health conditions that could be passed onto their offspring.

Hypoallergenic Considerations

One of the main attractions of Goldendoodles is that they are reputedly hypoallergenic. 

The term “hypoallergenic” refers to a substance that produces a very low reaction to an allergen. Pet allergies are caused by pet dander, not by the animal’s hair. 

A woman having Pet Allergies

Dander is made up of tiny particles of dead skin cells, but it’s a protein that’s contained in the animal’s saliva that triggers allergies in sufferers. The animal licks itself, transferring saliva to the hair. Once the saliva dries, it falls off the animal attached to dead skin cells and loose fur. When someone walks across the floor, an invisible cloud of dander floats up into the air to be inhaled by the allergy sufferer, triggering an allergic reaction.


Low-shedding dogs, therefore, tend to drop less dander, especially if they are brushed every day to remove loose hair and the dander that’s attached to it. So, you can see why Doodles that shed less are the most popular. 

Poodles are single-coated dogs that barely shed at all. So, multigenerational Goldendoodles with lots of Poodle parent DNA generally have curly coats that shed very little. That so-called hypoallergenic quality pushes up the price of these Doodles.

So, if you have an F1BB, curly-coated Red Goldendoodle puppy, it will be more expensive to buy than a straight-coated apricot type, partly because of the puppy’s unusual color and for the desirability of its low-shedding coat. 

Mini Red Goldendoodles

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Mini Red Goldendoodles are typically more expensive than larger varieties. 

How so?

Well, standard Goldendoodles are pretty large dogs, weighing up to 90 pounds. That’s just too big for apartment dwellers and those dog lovers with a small home. So, smaller Doodles tend to be more popular.

Essentially, the price of Goldendoodles is governed by the old rule of supply and demand. The more demand there is for a particular size or color of dog, the more expensive the animal will be. So, if you want a Red Mini Goldendoodle, you can expect to pay a higher price.

How Big Do Red Goldendoodles Get?

If the size of a Red Goldendoodle is an important consideration for you, you’ll need to know how big these dogs can grow.

Although there are a few variations between them, generally, Red Goldendoodles come in three sizes:


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Standard Red Goldendoodles are the largest size of Goldendoodles, standing between 20 to 26 inches tall at the shoulder and weighing in at 50 to 90 pounds.


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Mini Red Goldendoodles are the most popular size available. Mini Goldendoodles range from 15 to 17 inches tall, weighing in at between 25 to 35 pounds.


Toy Red Goldendoodles generally stand between 10 and 15 inches tall, weighing 10 to 25 pounds.

Red Goldendoodle Exercise Needs

All Goldendoodles are lively dogs that need lots of daily exercise to keep them physically healthy and give these intelligent pups the mental stimulation they need to be happy. That makes Goldendoodles the perfect fit for an active family.

The amount of exercise that your dog needs depends on several factors, including:

  • Age
  • Size
  • Weight
  • Health issues
  • Gender

On average, Goldendoodles need around an hour’s age-appropriate exercise every day. That exercise could take the form of walks, a trip to the dog park, or a game of tug-of-war in the backyard with the entire family.

Do Goldendoodles Get Along With Other Pets?

Goldendoodles are usually friendly, outgoing dogs that get along well with their human family, including the cat and other dogs. 

However, you must check with the breeder that the puppies have been well-socialized and are comfortable and confident around other animals, kids, and strangers.

Red Goldendoodle Dietary Requirements

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Red Goldendoodles have the same dietary requirements as other types of Goldendoodles.

Goldendoodles need the following balance of nutrients in their diet:

  • Protein
  • Fiber
  • Fat
  • Carbohydrate
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals

Although you can get wet food for Goldendoodles, I recommend feeding kibble (dry biscuits) to your dog. Kibble is generally less likely to upset a sensitive tummy and also helps to remove plaque and bacteria from the dog’s teeth, which is best for your dog’s oral and dental health.

What Not To Feed A Red Goldendoodle

Basically, it’s not advisable to feed your Goldendoodle human foods. Goldendoodles can be prone to having sensitive digestive systems, so the wrong food can cause serious problems for your pet.

Never feed your Goldendoodle grapes, raisins, or chocolate. All those foods are toxic to dogs, and ingesting too much of any of these foods could be fatal to your Goldendoodle. 

What Is Red Goldendoodle F1 Vs. F1B?

When perusing breeders’ websites, you’ll notice that they produce different types of Goldendoodles that are represented by letters and numbers. Mostly, you’ll see F1 and F1B Goldendoodles advertised for sale. 

F1 Goldendoodles are created by crossing a purebred Golden retriever with a purebred Poodle. Although that hybrid dog breed is 50% Poodle and 50% Golden retriever, there can be huge variations between the puppies in an individual litter.

For example, an F1 Goldendoodle can have a smooth, wavy, or curly coat, depending on whether the puppy takes more after the Poodle or Golden retriever parent. 

Hybrid Vigor

F1 Goldendoodles are referred to as “Hybrid Vigor” dogs. 

Extensive inbreeding between purebred dogs tends to produce genetic health defects in the puppies. The more inbreeding that takes place in an attempt to produce perfect pedigree animals, the more the risk of serious physical problems in subsequent generations.

So, F1 Red Goldendoodles being crossbreed dogs are generally healthier than either of the purebred parent breeds.

F1B Red Goldendoodles

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F1B Red Goldendoodles are created by crossing an F1 Goldendoodle with a purebred Golden retriever or a purebred Poodle. Usually, a Poodle is used as the other parent in the mix, as breeders want to produce a very light-shedding puppy to satisfy demand from potential buyers.

So, an F1B puppy has 75% Poodle and 25% Golden retriever genes and is referred to as a backcross, which is why the puppies are called F1B

F1B Goldendoodles are generally extremely light shedders, and they also have some of the Hybrid Vigor qualities of the F1 Red Goldendoodle. That said, it’s also true to say that the Hybrid Vigor qualities of every subsequent generation of hybrid dogs do weaken.

What’s The Lifespan Of A Red Goldendoodle?

On average, Red Goldendoodles live for between ten and 15 years, which is the same as other kinds of Goldendoodles.

In Conclusion

I hope you found our guide to the Red Goldendoodle interesting and informative. If you enjoyed it, please remember to share!

You can see that Red Goldendoodles are much the same as every other color of Goldendoodle in that they have the same basic friendly, outgoing temperament, have the same constant exercise requirements, and share the same dietary needs. Also, Red Doodles come in the same range of sizes as other types of Goldendoodles. However, since they are so popular and desirable, Red Goldendoodles, especially smaller sizes, can be more expensive than other colors. 

What’s your favorite Goldendoodle color? Tell us in the comments box below!

Meet our writer

Alison Page was brought up with dogs and various other pets! For a few years, Alison worked as a Practice Manager in a small animal veterinary clinic. Alison is now a full-time writer, specializing in creating articles on the care and training of dogs, cats, and fish.

1 thought on “Red Goldendoodle: Information, Characteristics And More”

  1. thank you alison i have trulky read so much, i have seen these character dogs, i would love one, i am lookimng now , this information was so helpful i would love a little chappy. red golden doogle fb1 , i would love a little one , below my knee so i am able to carry him as well if needed, as he will by my friend shopping all around as well as our parks, there are so many friendly shops. i have found, im not sure if this is the miniuture size. i will look into sizes now. i am at this time looking a buy my little friend,


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