Goldendoodle Education

We have found that there is so much bad information floating around the internet about dogs and Goldendoodles in particular.

Generations and filling labels

Most of our litters are multigen. F1 is a first generation cross between a poodle and a retriever. Next is f1b. Taking an f1 and back crossing to a poodle. The problem is anything beyond that is unpredictable because you do not know which coat genes the parent inherited. So we coat test all our dogs. We only pair dogs for the best out come of little to no shedding. We have found to keep as much retriever in the lines that back crossing to a poodle over and over is not ideal. So we select our parents based on coat testing not generation.

Colors

Poodles come in a variety of colors. The USA only recognizes some of the many colors. Other European countries recognize many more. So you may see colors that are not as popular in the USA but have been bred for many years in other countries. Because we are not breeding and registering to akc we are not limited on the colors we can produce to stay with the breed standard. We breed solid, Parti, and Merle.

Diseases

Lots of dogs carry diseases. This is the reason we health test is to pair dogs that will not develop a testable disease. Some diseases only need one copy to produce a dog effected, other diseases require 2 copies to produce the disease. Any puppy we sell will come from health tested parents that at the time of breeding is not likely to develop one of these testable disease. In 2017 a new disease became testable. By 2019 it started showing up on regular routine genetic screenings. Its known as IVVD/CDDY. After much research we have found its in over 70% of the breed. Its a risk allele not a causation allele. Meaning even though a dog carriers one or two copies the likelihood of developing the disease is very low. Research is showing less than 5-15% ever develop this disease. Its believed because of the structure of doodles they are just not at an increased risk even though they carry the gene. There just are not many reports of doodles having disc disease even though 70% or more carry the genes for it. After much research from GANA and individual breeders as well as discussions with Dr Grahn (UC Davis), Dr Bell (Tufts), and Dr. Casey (Pawprints)the recommended course of action is to breed it out of all doodles but very slowly. Its not recommended to eliminate all dogs that carry this gene. This will take years to accomplish because anytime you select for one gene you are breeding against another. So we are taking the position of slowly breeding this gene out. If removed to quickly we could damage the gene pool. The advice from UC Davis to keep from developing IVVD is to maintain a healthy weight, keep your dog active, and avoid high impact activities. You will find some of our breeding dogs do have one copy of CDDY. None of our dogs have 2 copies. and none of our dogs carry the CDPA gene. We believe we are in better shape than most breeders because of only having one copy of CDDY and no copies of CDPA. This making our breeding dogs at the least risk possible.