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Everyone loves Goldendoodles, also called Groodles, because of their playful and affectionate nature. Plus, with a Golden Retriever and a Poodle as its parents, this new breed of dogs is expected to have lower shedding issues, thanks to its hypoallergenic genes.
But that’s not all! One of the biggest reasons pet lovers go crazy about this dog breed is the variety of Goldendoodle colors and their beautiful coats.
The pup you adopt may have curly, wavy, or straight fur. Either way, they can have gorgeous fur colors that can grab attention. Some of these colors may be common, while other coat shades are not commonly seen.
But what are the different Goldendoodle colors? Let’s find out about the beautiful colors and color patterns of a Groodle’s coat—and learn a little about a Goldendoodle’s coat and genes!
Different Goldendoodle Colors: Gorgeous Coats of Groodles
Goldendoodles, including the Standard Goldendoodle, Mini Goldendoodle, and Teacup Goldendoodle, are one of the most highly demanded designer dogs. Most dog parents who are new to adopting fur babies make the mistake of assuming that Groodles are always golden in color.
That’s because of the name, of course. However, you’ll be surprised to learn that Goldendoodle puppies come in various colors. How? We will dig into that a little later. For now, let’s check out the different colors.
1. Apricot Goldendoodles
Apricot Goldendoodles inherit their coat color from both parents, But the American Kennel Club considers apricot Poodles extremely popular. That’s why it is a regular choice for breeding Groodles.
Many people give their apricot Goldendoodles a teddybear haircut as they end up looking just like a toy bear.
2. Red Goldendoodles
The color red is not recognized by the American Kennel Club for either the Golden Retriever or the Poodle. However, a red Groodle is a piece of art, with a mahogany-shaded coat that makes it hugely popular among pet lovers who want to adopt Goldendoodles.
However, remember that the dark coat fades a little as the puppy grows. It still retains its coat’s brightness. It has a dominant Poodle gene.
3. Cream Goldendoodles
A cream Goldendoodle has the dominant gene of an English Golden Retriever that has a cream coat. This makes the cream Goldendoodle perfect for those who want a Groodle with the vibrant features of a Golden Retriever. Due to the cute look and unique color of the coat, cream Goldendoodles are in high demand right now.
The cream Goldendoodle is often confused with its golden or white cousins. It’s interesting that this color has the broadest range of variations in terms of tones and physical features.
4. Black Goldendoodles
You may not know this, but Goldendoodle puppies come in black, too! A black Goldendoodle is quite rare and is often confused as a full breed Standard Poodle—particularly if the Groodle has a curly coat.
A black Goldendoodle inherits a Poodle’s color and gene pool. Interestingly, you will not see the color of a black dog fading unless it has the recessive gene of Groodles of similar but lighter shades.
5. Gray Goldendoodles
A gray Goldendoodle pup has dark fur that starts to show its gray feature after six weeks. So, in the beginning, they almost look like a black Goldendoodle—but by the time they reach the age of two years, it’s hard to tell that they are once black.
At this age, they have a rustic silver look. Often, to get the gray color, a Golden Retriever is bred with an Australian Shepherd, though it’s not a Goldendoodle.
6. Blue Goldendoodles
A blue Goldendoodle doesn’t have a vibrant blue color—but a natural icy color with a combo of black and gray with a bluish tinge. This gives them a unique look—and that’s what makes blue Goldendoodles a rare breed!
The dog looks blue everywhere except in the stomach area. It’s easy to confuse them with a gray Groodle, but the blue ones are born from many generations of breeding with blue Poodles.
7. Silver Goldendoodles
You may mistake a silver Goldendoodle with a gray or blue one, but it is much lighter than both its cousins. The shiny fur’s color resembles that of an old man’s hair. Their first signs of silver appear when they are about 6-10 weeks old.
The color results from multiple generational breeding, which means that it is rare. By the time these dogs reach two years, the dark coat lightens and turns silver.
8. Silver Beige Goldendoodles
The unique color of silver beige Goldendoodles is the result of certain genes leading to the fading away of the dark brown color of a pup and becoming silver. Thus, silver beige Goldendoodles are not exactly common.
Their hairs have blacking tips that give them an appearance similar to sable Goldendoodles. The combination of silver-gray hair and the beige coloration give these dogs their spectacular coat!
9. Champagne Goldendoodles
Champagne Goldendoodles, with a light golden coat, are rare because their unique color is the result of a recessive red gene. It is a diluted version of red to create a tone that’s close to pale yellow or cream.
Champagne Goldendoodles have a teddy-bear like appearance, and even though these dogs do not have a huge demand, Goldendoodle breeders get requests for this dog breed because of their cute looks.
10. Chocolate Goldendoodles
Chocolate Goldendoodles, also known as brown Goldendoodles, usually get their coat color from their Poodle side of the family. The American Kennel Club considers brown Poodles as one of the most popular varieties.
A brown Goldendoodle has the shade of dark walnut. The color of a brown Goldendoodle pup results from a recessive gene, though it might eventually turn into silver beige.
11. Tan Goldendoodles
A tan Goldendoodle has a coat that displays a combination of cream and apricot but is less popular than both. The markings on the coat of a tan Groodle display a little bit of both colors.
If you’re specifically looking for this color, talk to the breeder so that they think of you when a new litter is born. The color is due to pheomelanin’s dilution. Because of the Golden Retriever gene, you’ll notice white undertones.
12. White Goldendoodles
White Goldendoodles inherit their color from the Poodle parents as a Golden Retriever does not come in white. This dog does not really have the same color coat throughout the body and has cream parts in some areas of the coat.
But a white Goldendoodle is predominantly white in color. This appearance is quite similar to that of a white Poodle. If you look at one, you’ll notice that it is partially cream-colored.
Now you know of different Goldendoodle colors. But you should also know that Goldendoodle coats are not always the same color. You will find different combinations of colors and patterns on the coat of a single dog.
Some of them are common, like a black and white Goldendoodle, while others are unique and special. So let’s find out about various multi-colored Goldendoodles that you can adopt!
1. Tuxedo Goldendoodles
Tuxedo Goldendoodles derive their name from the pattern of their coat, which gives them the funny appearance that they are wearing a tuxedo.
This is a pattern of these Goldendoodle coats where the white is concentrated in the belly, chest, and hindleg areas, while the colored part is usually in the front leg and back areas, creating this look.
2. Merle Goldendoodles
Merle Goldendoodles have mottled color patches on their coat and can come in two primary colors, red and black (blue).
Technically, a merle Goldendoodle is not really a Goldendoodle, as the dog comes from breeding a Poodle with a Border Collie or an Australian Shephard to get the pattern. One rare variant of the merle Goldendoodle is the watercolor merle, born with a lighter shade of the base shade.
3. Parti Goldendoodles
A parti Goldendoodle has a coat with a combination of white and some other color, usually tan or apricot. The white section of the coat covers at least 50% of the Goldendoodle’s coat.
This color combination is the result of recessive genes, as one color overrides the solid shade of the fur. Thus, a parti-color Goldendoodle is extremely rare, and it is difficult to predict the color or pattern of a pup.
4. Abstract Goldendoodles
An abstract Goldendoodle is often referred to as the opposite of the parti Goldendoodle. That’s because the dog has a color pattern, with white appearing in less than 50% of the coat. This pattern is also referred to as mismark or chrome, and the dominant color can be any shade.
The white markings usually appear on the chest, face, and legs, in a random way, without following any specific pattern of colors.
5. Phantom Goldendoodles
Phantom Goldendoodles have a unique coat, with a combination of two colors in a specific pattern. The base color is the darker shade, while the lighter color appears in patches on the coat, specifically around the muzzle, eyes, and feet.
Black phantom Goldendoodle dogs with tan markings are the most common. But there are other phantom Goldendoodle variants with red and silver marks on the coat.
6. Brindle Goldendoodles
Brindle Goldendoodles usually come with a combination of black and red/brown, and the coat patterns are such that the black sections create stripes on the base color. This gives the dog’s coat an appearance similar to that of a striped tiger!
The stripes stand out against the lighter base, but not in all dogs. Sometimes, the stripes may hardly be noticeable! The patterns will vary in length and width.
7. Seal Goldendoodles
A seal Goldendoodle’s fur does something really interesting. These are black Goldendoodles that, due to some unknown reason, appear brownish or liver. However, unlike regular brown dogs, their nose remains black.
There’s no explanation as to why this phenomenon occurs in Goldendoodles. In fact, it is a genetic mystery, and scientists are yet to link this coat pattern to a specific gene in any dog.
8. Sable Goldendoodles
A sable Goldendoodle undergoes a miraculous change throughout its life. It is usually born as a black or chocolate Goldendoodle puppy, but the color fades, especially in the parts of the hair close to the skin.
Only the tips remain black or brown, and the base can be any of the other solid shades. But most commonly, you will notice tan or cream as the base color of this dog’s coat, with black/brown tips.
Reason Behind So Many Goldendoodle Colors
Now you know that there is a wide range of Goldendoodle c colors. Besides solid color Goldendoodle varieties, you will find many Goldendoodle color patterns. But be it a solid apricot Goldendoodle, a merle-colored Goldendoodle, or a dog with a varied coat pattern—everything has a genetic reason. So, the big question is, how do Goldendoodles have so many colors and patterns?
The answer to the question depends on the parents of the Goldendoodle. This means that the dog will inherit the coat color from one of its parents or its ancestors. The American Kennel Club recognizes three colors for the Golden Retriever dog breed: golden, dark golden, and light golden. But Poodles come in seven recognized shades: café-au-lait, brown, cream, apricot, gray, silver, and blue.
It’s normal that a Goldendoodle, a cross between a Poodle and a Golden Retriever, will inherit its coat color from either the Poodle side of the family or the Golden Retriever ancestry. What about the interesting shades and the rare multi-color Goldendoodles? A unique Goldendoodle color or pattern is the result of recessive genes. Predicting the look is hard at the time of breeding Goldendoodles.
Remember that Poodles also come in a wide range of non-standard colors, with various interesting combinations of black, brown, cream, apricot, gray, red, silver, tan, white, and café-au-lait. These patterns may be inherited by the Goldendoodle. But the anticipated dog coat color may not match the actual coat, as the puppy may be a parti Goldendoodle, a phantom Goldendoodle, or any other variety.
The Rarest and the Most Common Goldendoodle Color
The rarest Goldendoodle colors are blue, gray, and silver, and they result from multi-generational breeding. That means Goldendoodles that are beyond the second generation, i.e., F2, have to be bred for this. Apart from these solid colors of the Goldendoodle puppy coat, two of the rarest patterns are parti and phantom. In addition, the coat of a seal Goldendoodle is shrouded in mystery for everyone.
You’ll be surprised to know that the most common Goldendoodle color is black! The reason this is surprising is that dog parents do not always seek to adopt Groodles of this color as they do not have the same teddy-bear appearance that apricot, cream, or red Goldendoodles have, though these colors are the most popular. Sable Goldendoodles also have high demand, followed by dogs with rare patterns.
Do Goldendoodle Pups Change Color?
An unpredictable characteristic of Goldendoodle dogs is that they change the color of their fur over the years. This is not exactly a rare phenomenon, as many other purebred dogs and crosses also show similar changes in fur colors as they grow older. Goldendoodles inherit the quality from the Poodle ancestry. Usually, you may notice clearing or silvering of some colors. Others develop or lose spots.
Colors like red and its varieties may lighten after the dog reaches the age of two years. On the other hand, black or darker brown Goldendoodles may undergo silvering—and they develop blue silver beige or silver shades. The final color of the coat will depend on the genes. So, remember that there is no reason to get nervous if you see changes in your dog’s coat color, especially if you bring home a pup.
If you’re wondering what color your Goldendoodle puppy might grow up to be, your breeder may be able to help. But quite often, the color remains unpredictable. It’s not necessary that your Goldendoodle will change color, though. It may hold its puppy color. The final color usually develops by 4-6 months, and you can expect this color to stay. But the time of color change may vary, too!
Are Goldendoodles and Their Colors Recognized by Kennel Clubs?
Major kennel clubs usually do not recognize designer dogs or crosses. So, Goldendoodles, a cross between Poodles and Golden Retrievers, also do not have the recognition as a pedigree breed. Hence, there is no specification or standard set by the clubs to define the acceptable fur color of Goldendoodles. However, Kennel clubs may soon start the process of recognition for crosses.
An alarming number of breeders cross dogs without getting the breeding stock tested. Diseases or congenital anomalies may often go unidentified. So, kennel clubs want to monitor the new breeds and start the process of crossbreed recognition to ensure their safe future in the hands of reliable breeders. At the moment, though, only the parents of Goldendoodle dogs have recognized colors.
Effects of Coat Color on the Health and Behavior of Goldendoodles
There are myths and misconceptions regarding how the color of a Goldendoodle—or any dog as such—may affect its behavior. For instance, many people think that black Groodles are aggressive—simply because they are black, while a white Goldendoodle is generally considered to be of a quiet nature just because it is white! However, there is no study to prove this kind of link.
Goldendoodles are generally playful and warm, and their color has nothing to do with that. As for health issues—Goldendoodles, in general, face certain problems like hip dysplasia, Addison’s disease, subvalvular aortic stenosis, cataract, etc. These conditions are not linked to their coat color. However, certain health conditions are linked to the color of Goldendoodles because of the gene pool.
For instance, chocolate dogs of this breed are found to have tendencies of developing ear infections or skin diseases, according to a study by the University of Sydney. Apart from that, Merle Goldendoodles are prone to skin cancer, skin sensitivity, blindness, and deafness, especially in the hands of wrong breeders. Dogs born from multi-generational breeding to get unique coats can be unpredictable.
If you’re planning to adopt a Goldendoodle, you may have developed some fascination for certain colors. It’s likely that you want to adopt an apricot Goldendoodle or one with rare patterns. But more than color, you should be paying attention to the health of the dog and the reliability of the breeder. Since colors don’t affect their behavior, it will be wrong to choose your puppy solely based on its coat.
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About the Author:
Dana owns a Sheepadoodle and a rescue merle Labradoodle. She has years of experience fostering dogs and has helped find homes for a variety of different breeds, both large and small! After seeing so many dogs end up unwanted and in shelters, she began blogging about different dog breeds (specifically Doodle dogs, since that’s what she knows best) to help people make informed choices when adding a new member to their family.
When Dana’s not brushing her Doodles’ hair (it takes a lot of time for two!) you can find her playing nose work games and fetch with her two amazing pups.