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All Goldendoodle Colors and Patterns Explained (With Pictures)

Goldendoodle with apricot coat color pattern hiking with its owner

Goldendoodles are simply one of the most in-demand designer dogs to date, which can be attributed to their easy temperament and almost hypoallergenic coat. What’s more, they come in a variety of shades thanks to their Poodle origins.

Currently, breeders have developed 13 Goldendoodle colors, including chocolate/brown, apricot, red, cream, champagne, black, black and white, gray, blue, silver, silver beige, tan, and white.

These colors come in different patterns such as sable, abstract, parti, tuxedo, phantom, merle, and brindle. All of these are equally stunning and worth considering if you are eyeing this cross.

My main goal in writing this guide is to describe all of the colors and patterns I have mentioned above and present some pictures so you can visualize each variety. This way, you won’t get confused with identifying which is which when you are choosing a puppy to take home.

Do Kennel Clubs Recognize Goldendoodles and All Their Colors?

Similar to other designer dogs, the cross between Golden Retrievers and Poodles aren’t recognized by major kennel clubs as a pedigree breed. Therefore, there aren’t any published standards for Goldendoodles that state their acceptable coat colors.

Kennel club recognition is quite an arduous process and is often only available to purebreds. However, in recent years, reports circulated that The Kennel Club is considering the recognition of crossbreed dogs.

They cited that they are alarmed by the number of breeders who do not get their breeding stock tested for diseases and congenital anomalies. That’s why they plan to closely monitor them through having the crossbreed recognized.

If this will push through, we may finally see detailed breed standards for Goldendoodles and other mixed-breeds. We will also be guided as to what colors are expected from these pooches.

As for now, let’s just look at the recognized colors for Goldendoodle parents, which are genetically influential to the 13 shades I’ll discuss in a bit.

Goldendoodle’s Parent BreedAmerican Kennel Club (AKC) Acceptable Colors
Golden RetrieverDark golden, golden, and light golden.
PoodleStandard colors are apricot, black, blue, brown, cream, gray, red, silver, silver beige, and white.

Meanwhile, non-standard colors are black & apricot, black & brown, black & cream, black & gray, black & red, black & silver, black & tan, black & white, blue & white, brown & apricot, brown & white, cafe au lait, cream & white, gray & white, red & apricot, red & white, white & apricot, and white & silver.

As you probably noticed, Golden Retrievers only come in three colors. What is greatly influential to Goldendoodles’ coat colors is their Poodle parent, who has 10 standard shades and 18 non-standard colors.

Let’s check out all the existing Goldendoodle colors in the next section.

What Colors Do Goldendoodles Come In?

You probably skipped my intros and went directly here. Don’t worry, I won’t scold you for doing such an unforgivable thing!

Kidding aside, I hope you enjoy reading this section as much as I enjoyed describing all the 13 Goldendoodle colors here. I included some of their charming pictures, too, so yeah, things are about to get fun!

Chocolate Goldendoodle

Chocolate or brown Goldendoodles are very common. You probably come across one in your neighborhood as you take your morning walk. They got their rich brown color from their dominant Poodle genes, but some of them experience silvering as they mature.

If this is the first time you heard the world “silvering,” it’s pretty much what you think it is. Black and chocolate dogs may exhibit this phenomenon where their coat clears or lightens. For chocolate or brown dogs, they may become silver beige depending on their genes. Pretty cool, right?

But wait! If you expect that breeding two chocolate Goldendoodles together will give you an exclusively brown litter, you’ll get disappointed. This color is primarily recessive, so it is not uncommon for other colors to emerge when they are used for breeding.

Apricot Goldendoodle

The cheery-looking Goldendoodle above is sporting an apricot coat. This is a variation of the red coloration and often fades to a lighter shade through time; that’s why they get confused with cream or tan pups.

Among all the colors listed here, apricot is probably the most sought after because they resemble teddy bears. This is a trait they got from their Poodle parent, who also comes in the same tone.

Just a fun fact, apricot is the last registered Poodle color. This means that apricot Goldendoodles are also a new addition to the crossbreed’s many varieties.

Red Goldendoodle

Red Goldendoodles look very classy with their mahogany tone. They are considered the brightest type because their coat simply stands out.

Similar to the apricot Goldendoodles, reds also have a dominant Poodle gene; that’s why they inherited this stunning coat color. This may fade into a lighter shade when they mature.

Cream Goldendoodle

A cream Goldendoodle is another variant of apricot and red. They are often thought to be white Goldendoodles or Labradoodles because they are very light in color.

I cannot give you a very specific description of their physical attributes because no two are similar (unless they are cloned, of course).

Creams have the largest variation when it comes to coat tones and points, so it is possible to see one with dark eyes, nose, and toenails and another with lighter features. Some are even pinkish under their coat.

Champagne Goldendoodle

Campagne Goldendoodles exist, albeit rare. They possess a recessive red gene, which is also diluted to create a pale yellow to cream tone.

They aren’t making too much noise among canine circles, but they are still one to consider if you want a teddy-looking dog.

Watch this video to see one up close:

Beautiful Champagne F1 Teddybear Goldendoodles

Black Goldendoodle

If you aren’t swayed by the beauty of the black Goldendoodle above, maybe you need a pair of glasses. Jet black Goldendoodles are simply a sight to behold with their velvety coat.

Most of these black pups eventually turn into silver or blue due to the “silvering” process I have mentioned earlier. But generally, their eyes, nose, and paw pads remain pure black.

Black and White Goldendoodle

Black and white Goldendoodles combine two colors on their coat. There are instances where white is more dominant, just like the sample above, but those who are primarily black also exist.

Contrary to what most people believe, not all black and white Goldendoodles should be called Tuxedo because it pertains to a specific coat pattern. I’ll discuss this in more detail later as we go into different color patterns.

Gray Goldendoodle

Gray Goldendoodles are born with a dark color and only exhibit some noticeable gray coloration after six weeks.

When they reach two years old, their gray coloration even lightens to rustic silver, and there will be no more signs that they were once almost black.

Blue Goldendoodle

At first glance, blue Goldendoodles look similar to the gray ones, but trust me, they’re not. These dogs are very rare and are only achieved through multiple generations of breeding Goldendoodles.

Just like the gray ones, their coat may “clear” as they mature, but there are a few who will remain blue.

Silver Goldendoodle

Basically, silver Goldendoodles are lighter versions of gray and blue, even though they are also born with a dark color. Their hairs resemble that of an aged man, so you can easily identify them among others.

Most silver Goldendoodles show signs that they are indeed silver as they reach 6 to 10 weeks. The tone of their coat has varying degrees, but they often look like the one in the picture above.

Silver Beige Goldendoodle

Silver beige Goldendoodles underwent silvering before achieving their coat. They are originally born chocolate, but because of some certain genes, their color cleared and they become silver beige.

They almost appear as sables, but they don’t actually have black-tipped hairs. What creates the effect that they are sables is the combination of silver to gray hairs and the beige coloration.

Tan Goldendoodle

Tan Goldendoodles got their coat color from a dilution in their pheomelanin, a pigment that is red in default. They aren’t that common compared to reds and apricots, but some breeders prefer to develop them because of their subtle tone.

White Goldendoodle

As shown in the photo above, most white Goldendoodles are not entirely white. Some parts of their body appear cream-colored and this is expected from this variety.

It is believed that this color is primarily inherited from their Poodle parents since Golden Retrievers don’t come in white coats. If you get the chance to see a white Poodle in person, you’ll realize that they also have some cream tint on their coat.

What Are the Different Goldendoodle Color Patterns?

Aside from their impressive set of colors, Goldendoodles are even more unique because of their coat patterns. Let’s take a look at all of their seven varieties.

Sable Goldendoodle

Sable Goldendoodles possess dark-tipped hairs which lighten closer to the skin. Usually, novice pet owners confuse this with certain coat diseases, but this is typical for this hybrid. The base coat may be one of the 13 colors I discussed earlier.

Abstract Goldendoodle

Abstract Goldendoodles have touches of white on their coat. Usually, these are found on their face, chest, and paws.

Phantom Goldendoodle

Phantom Goldendoodles are hard to find. Often, two colors make up their coat: one is the base, and the second is a lighter shade. The location of the lighter points is on their eyes, muzzle, and legs.

Parti Goldendoodle

Parti Goldendoodles combine two coat colors which are equally distributed. 50% of their coat is white, while the other half is any color acceptable for the breed.

Most Goldendoodles with this coat pattern are developed through multi-generational breeding. This is why there aren’t two parti pups who look similar.

Tuxedo Goldendoodle

Tuxedo Goldendoodles are named as such because the white markings on their body are concentrated on their chest and legs. This creates the impression that they are wearing a tuxedo.

Merle Goldendoodle

Merle Goldendoodle puppy
Photo from @scaryannrn (IG)

Merle Goldendoodles can either be classic or watercolor. Classic merle pups usually have some blue or chocolate patchworks or tickings on their body like the Doodle above.

Meanwhile, watercolor merles which are harder to come across, also have some tickings on their coat. They are distinct from the former because their coat lightens as they age.

Brindle Goldendoodle

Brindle Goldendoodles have dark patterns on their skin which resemble tiger stripes. As seen in the picture, most of them have light base hairs, which makes their stripes stand out.

What Is the Most Popular Goldendoodle Color?

I mentioned a few sections back that the last color to be recognized for Poodles is apricot. The fame it gained as the latest color for the breed has also influenced the cross between the Golden Retrievers and Poodles.

The most popular Goldendoodle color is apricot, followed by cream and red. Sables are also in demand even though they are not of the same level as the three shades mentioned above.

Since these colors are desired by many, expect that they are a bit more expensive than their other cousins.

What Is the Most Common Goldendoodle Color?

Although apricots, reds, and creams are pretty popular, they aren’t that common as compared to black Goldendoodles. I know this sounds a bit confusing to you because the question “Do black Goldendoodles exist?” is often asked around by many pet owners, but this is a fact.

Despite being common, these black pups are not highly sought after. They might just be the least favorite of Goldendoodle enthusiasts because they don’t look like teddy bears which is the main selling point of this crossbreed.

What Is the Rarest Goldendoodle Color?

The rarest Goldendoodle colors are those that can only be achieved through multi-generational breeding. This means that in order to produce these dogs, you have to breed together puppies beyond F2 or second generations. These are:

  • Gray
  • Blue
  • Silver

Apart from these colors, two patterns are found to be rare. They are the phantom and parti Goldendoodle. Similar to the gray, blue, and silver dogs, they can only be achieved through multi-generational breeding.

Goldendoodle Coat Genetics: Why Do Goldendoodles Have Many Different Colors?

Happy white color Goldendoodle outside in autumn season

The color of every dog is a product of its two main pigments: eumelanin and pheomelanin.

Eumelanin is black in default, but it also produces certain diluted colors due to the genes inherited by the dog. This pigment is also the one responsible for the pup’s eyes and nose colors.

The second pigment which is pheomelanin is primarily red, but it can become apricot, cream, tan, and other similar shades when altered by dilution genes.

What does this mean exactly?

For a breeder to produce a certain Goldendoodle color, he should have the parents undergo DNA testing to determine whether they can produce the color he desires.

Most of the time, these dogs carry the dilution gene; that’s why they tend to lighten as they age. Some others carry a recessive gene which makes them exhibit a very different color from their parents.

The Effect of Coat Color on Goldendoodle’s Health and Behavior

As of today, there are no studies or investigations that can prove the relationship of a Goldendoodle’s color to its behavior. All we have are myths which only aim to taint the reputation of some varieties.

For instance, the assumption that black Goldendoodles are aggressive simply because they are black-colored.

As long as you haven’t read any pertinent data proving this, don’t let others’ prejudices influence your opinion of the color and of the breed.

In terms of health, the most common health issues of this cross which are hip dysplasia, subvalvular aortic stenosis, cataracts, and Addison’s disease, aren’t exactly linked to its color.

But if we are to consider the study of the University of Sydney which investigated the life expectancy of dogs according to their colors, chocolate Goldendoodles may be prone to ear infections and various skin diseases.

Merles are also observed to be predisposed to deafness, blindness, skin sensitivity, and skin cancer. These are extreme issues, so you better consider this in buying your pet.

Do Goldendoodle Puppies Change Color as They Grow?

Adorable Mini Goldendoodle puppy playing outside by the pool

As is with other crosses and purebreds, Goldendoodles also experience subtle color changes as they mature. This phenomenon is brought about by their Poodle lineage.

Mostly, red and its varieties lighten when they reach two years of age. But other colors may also undergo lightening through a process called “silvering.” This is more prevalent in black and chocolate puppies who turn out blue, silver, or silver beige depending on their genes.

If you notice some color changes in your pup, do not panic and refer back to all the types I discussed above. You’ll realize that there is no need to be concerned most of the time because Goldendoodle genetics allows this “clearing” to happen.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Are the Three Types of Goldendoodle Coat?

Goldendoodles have three coat types. These are wavy or shaggy, curly, and flat or improper. The wavy or shaggy coat is the most common because it occurs in every single Goldendoodle generation. This is easy to maintain and only requires brushing once or twice a week.

The second type is the curly coat which exists because of the Goldendoodle’s Poodle lineage. This is seen in F1b and some multi-generational Doodles.

The last variety, which is flat, is also considered improper for this cross. This looks pretty similar to the Golden Retriever coat and is therefore seen deviating from the desired teddy bear look which most breeders strive for.

Is F1 or F2 Goldendoodle Better?

Although both the F1 and F2 Goldendoodle generations have many similarities, it is a well-known fact that first-generation crosses are more genetically considered because they were directly bred from Golden Retrievers and Poodles.

However, if these things I’m blabbering about doesn’t matter to you, you can opt for an F2. The differences aren’t that significant anyway in terms of appearance.

F1 vs. F1B Goldendoodle: An In-Depth Side-by-Side Comparison

Are Goldendoodles High Maintenance?

It might surprise you to know that Goldendoodles are low maintenance hybrids. But this does not mean that you do not need to groom them at all.

You need to brush them every now and then to maintain their coat quality and remove their minimal hair shedding. The common rule of thumb is, the longer or curlier their coat, the more often they need brushing.

Are Goldendoodles Hypoallergenic?

No dog is completely hypoallergenic, but Goldendoodles are one of the many crosses that shed minimally. Therefore, it is tagged as less risky for people with allergies.

Recent data shows that Goldendoodles that are backcrossed with Poodles are the most non-shedding type. In other words, if you have allergies or you want to skip constant vacuuming, generations with “B” on the end like F1B, F1BB, F2B, and F2BB are your best choice.

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Final Thoughts: Which Goldendoodle Color Is Right for You?

If you are a current parent of this pup, I’m sure you have accurately identified by now what is the exact shade of your furry companion.

Similarly, if you are a Goldendoodle fancier and you are currently looking for the perfect variety, you can use what you learned in this guide in choosing the perfect color for you.

Again, be very vigilant when dealing with breeders and make sure that you don’t buy a Goldendoodle that is solely bred for color. The last thing I want you to be is an enabler of this questionable business.

Barbara Hobe

Monday 12th of September 2022

Very helpful information John! I have an FIB Goldendoodle with parti coloring and this article helped explain a few things that I've been wondering about. I actually have a question if that's okay. My Doodle has an extremely sensitive stomach and I have to feed her Science Diet Biome prescription dog food. I'm hoping she will grow out of the sensitivity (she's about 16 months old) but hasn't yet. Have you heard of this issue in Goldendoodles?


Thursday 2nd of June 2022

This article was extremely helpful for me to decide what is right for me. Thank you!