Black Goldendoodles – What You Need To Know About This Rare Breed


Wait a minute…I thought Goldendoodles were supposed to be gold? In fact, Goldendoodles come in a variety of colors including a black coat. This color is rare in a Goldendoodle, and the pigmentation usually comes from the poodle gene (poodle parent side of the mix) rather than the Golden Retriever side. Black Goldendoodles are more expensive due to the demand and rare occurrences, but they are not too difficult to find.

A Goldendoodle is a dog breed cross between a golden retriever and a poodle. They were bred for hunting and retrieving game birds, but they also make great family pets. The name “Goldendoodle” comes from the combination of the two breeds’ names.

The Goldendoodle coat type comes in a variety of shades and textures. The type of coat can be a curly coat, like that of a standard poodle, a wavy coat, and a straight coat. The colors include Chalk, Chocolate, Golden, Cream, Black, and Red. There is even a Parti-Color (having a predominant coat color broken by patches of one or more other colors). There are even white Goldendoodles, apricot Goldendoodles, and merle Goldendoodles.

Coat Colors on Labradoodles

Black doodles are more likely to occur if they are bred in the second or third generation. If a black Goldendoodle parent breeds with a black Poodle, the offspring will almost always be black. It is known as the “f1b generation” when you cross a Poodle with a Doodle. Certain desired traits will be enhanced by this type of breeding. A recessive gene is said to cause the black coat. This gene is most commonly found in Poodles. 

Do Black Goldendoodles Stay Black?

Usually, no. Black coat color Goldendoodles typically lighten as they get older, whether to a dark gray or developing white patches on the chest or feet (see the picture above of Pinot…he is one of the black dogs with white markings on the chest).

The most common color change is the presence of light-colored or grey hairs on certain parts of the coat. It can happen before the first birthday.

What Is The Rarest Color Of Goldendoodle?

A Phantom Goldendoodle is a very rare color for this designer breed. Phantom Goldendoodles must have two different colors at specific points on the body, the primary color covering a majority of the body. The second color will appear on the eyes, muzzle, and legs. 

Goldendoodles generally come in a variety of colors. The rarest Goldendoodle colors are those derived from multiple generations of Goldendoodles bred together where the recessive coat colors are still visible rather than masked. Gray, blue, and silver will be some of these colors. Don’t forget, as well, that Goldendoodles of rare colors can cost up to three times as much as regular Goldendoodles.

Are Black Goldendoodles Hypoallergenic?

While there is no dog that is completely hypoallergenic, the degree of shedding is determined by the type of coats your family pets have. The tight curly coat will have less shedding than the shaggy coat or the straight coat. This type of coat will require more attention with daily brushing as compared to a weekly brushing with a straight type of coat.

If dog dander causes an allergic reaction in your family members, you might consider the smaller mini Goldendoodles, also known as teddy bears. The smaller size of this low shedding breed will have much less loose fur and requires even less grooming.

What Does A Black Goldendoodle Cost?

Goldendoodles are more expensive than other Doodle mix breeds, with a black Goldendoodle usually costing over $1,500. Breeders cannot guarantee that a certain number of black puppies will be born, so any black puppies that are born may be extremely expensive and color genetics are difficult to reproduce.

In Conclusion

The color and appearance of any designer dog will be determined largely by a reputable breeder pairing the dominant genes of the parents to meet the current high demand. Dog lovers know that avoiding health problems through genetic testing is a priority, but once that is taken care of, the choice of colors of Goldendoodle puppies is practically limitless.

Chuck Wilson

I am a dog parent in Hot Springs Village, Ar. with over 45 years of raising and training dogs. I created this site to help fellow Doodle owners with up-to-date information and tips for raising your puppy right!

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