Beyond Golden: The Allure of White Goldendoodles
Close your eyes and picture a Goldendoodle. You’re probably imagining…gold—right? Well, get ready to expand your mind and discover a variation of the Goldendoodle you may never have expected: the white Goldendoodle. Snowy, fluffy, and oh-so-adorable, these pups look almost like polar bears!
Let’s dive into what you need to know about this popular Goldendoodle variety, why they make great family dogs, and whether this designer mixed breed might be the dog for you!
Meet 6 White Goldendoodles from Instagram
When you imagine a Goldendoodle dog, you probably think of standard apricot Goldendoodles and beige Goldendoodles. After all, their color is right there in the name: GOLDENdoodle! So, why would you ever imagine there could be other color variations of the aptly named Goldendoodle?
Well, not all Golden Retrievers are gold, and even those that are come in varying shades, some very light. Sometimes, Goldendoodle litters include a white Doodle puppy or two, even if the Golden Retriever parent is dark in color. Let’s take a look at six white Goldendoodles to get a good idea of what these pups look like.
In case you were wondering just how white white-Goldendoodles are, take a look at Izumo’s coat compared to the Colorado snow! Izumo is a three-year-old F1 Goldendoodle white enough to blend in with drifts on snowy winter days. Because Izumo is F1, that means one parent was a purebred Poodle and the other was a purebred Golden Retriever.
No, that’s not a standard Poodle, that’s a very curly, tightly-groomed white Goldendoodle! One year old, Finn is an adventurous and social boy living in Leiden, Netherlands who loves to spend time on the water whether that means hiking along cliffs or spending the day on a boat.
Rudy (front right) is a beautiful three-year-old white Goldendoodle whose first true love is the beach! Rudy absolutely loves the water, and even knows how to dive off the diving board into his home pool. Rudy loves a lot of other things, too, including his little sister Rose (rear left) a Parti Goldendoodle! Parti Goldendoodles are a mix of Golden Retriever and Parti Poodle, which gives them their two-toned coloring.
Miller is a two-year-old white Goldendoodle with very specific parentage! While most white Golden doodles are a mix of Poodle and the amber-colored Golden Retriever most common in American households, Miller’s Golden Retriever parent is a little different. English Cream Golden Retrievers are a Scottish variety of this beloved dog breed, and have creamy white coats! When crossed with a white Poodle, the resulting puppies are almost 100% guaranteed to be white Goldendoodle puppies.
This gorgeous four-year-old white Golden Doodle is Mocha from Texas where she lives on a ranch! Ranch life is fun: Mocha gets to help with the ducks and has tons of space to play as much as her heart desires. Mocha is an F1 Goldendoodle—remember, to produce an F1 white Golden Doodle puppy, one parent must be a purebred Poodle and the other must be a purebred Golden Retriever, regardless of color.
This absolute style icon is Venus, a six-year-old white Goldendoodle from Puerto Rico whose mom has a real talent for giving her the best-looking hair on the block! Did you know there are pet-safe dyes so you—or, better yet your groomer—can give your pup a funky hairstyle? Furstyle? Besides being super fashionable, Venus is the best girl ever and is always happy to participate no matter what is happening and who is involved.
White Goldendoodle Basic Info
There’s a lot to know about a dog breed before you decide to make one a member of your family. Let’s discuss temperament and personality, size and health, and where to find a white Goldendoodle puppy of your very own.
White Goldendoodle Temperament
Goldendoodles are friendly, bubbly, outgoing dogs known for their love of humans and goofy personalities. Sometimes a little spacy or easily distracted, Goldendoodles are just happy to be alive and might prefer lazing on a couch all day over doing obedience and training. Nevertheless, most Goldendoodles are intelligent and pick up commands quickly, as long as you can hold their attention!
Known to be excellent family dogs, most Goldendoodles do well with children—as long as they are supervised—and are easy-going enough to accept strangers and new dogs into the home regularly.
White Goldendoodle Size
Here, we’re discussing standard-sized Goldendoodles, which are a mix of standard Poodle and Golden Retriever. A full-grown white Goldendoodle stands around 17–21 inches tall and weighs around 50–90 pounds.
White Goldendoodle Health
Goldendoodles are often quite healthy dogs whose lifespan is typically between 10–15 years. However, there are some health issues to be aware of if you own a Goldendoodle. Here’s what to look out for:
- Skin and ear infections
- Hot spots and skin irritation
- Hip and elbow dysplasia
- Patellar luxation
- Addison’s disease
Where to Find White Golden Doodle Puppies
We do not recommend buying a Goldendoodle puppy from a breeder. It is exceptionally hard to find truly reputable breeders of mixed breed dogs, and some would argue there are none. Instead, we recommend adopting or rescuing a Goldendoodle in need.
If you’re feeling a little confused about why you should perhaps not try to buy a mixed breed dog from a breeder, take a look at the response to this comment reading “I am shocked and insulted by your information on the Golden Retriever Club of America website concerning Golden Doodles. We breed these dogs with every caution and 2 years of research and have had wonderful results.”
In response, the Golden Retriever Club of America eloquently explained just what the difference is between breeding purebreds and experimental designer breeding.
“You state that you have two years of research behind your breeding program. We have over 140 years of experience in our breed and can trace our entire breeding program back to the mating of two dogs in the 1860s with very careful notes and ledgers maintained on every single breeding. The history of the Golden Retriever is carefully preserved and documented,” reads the GRCA response. “You do not delineate what you mean by research. What we do in the way of research is fund many bona-fide grants designed to help identify and eliminate canine hereditary disease — diseases that are, by the way, passed on to your Golden-doodles.”
Reputable breeders are more than just people who care about their pups—there is a lot that goes into breeding. With this in mind, consider adopting a Goldendoodle! We’ve got several excellent resources for finding Goldendoodles, Poodle mixes, and Golden Retriever mixes in need of homes:
White Goldendoodle FAQ
Have more questions about white Goldendoodles? Perhaps you’re wondering if there are even more Goldendoodle colors you’ve never heard of! Keep reading for answers to those all-important questions.
What is a white Goldendoodle?
A white Goldendoodle is a specific color variation of the popular Goldendoodle breed. It is characterized by its predominantly white coat, which sets it apart from the more common cream or apricot colors.
Are Goldendoodles accepted by the American Kennel Club?
No. Goldendoodles are mixed-breed dogs and not an official purebred dog breed. The American Kennel Club only recognizes well-established purebred dog breeds and has a relatively small list of accepted breeds as compared to other international kennel clubs.
Are there Goldendoodle kennel clubs?
No, at least not official or widely recognized kennel clubs. Goldendoodle owners and breeders may find one another through groups or associations, but there are no major kennel clubs that recognize mixed-breed dogs.
The Goldendoodle Association of North America is the closest you can get to a true kennel club and is spearheading efforts to create an organized record of breeding programs for Goldendoodle breeders across the country.
What are the possible Goldendoodle coat colors?
The most common of the possible Goldendoodle colors, apricot and red, are what most people imagine when they think of a Goldendoodle. In addition to the classic solid golden Goldendoodle, there are also black Goldendoodles (who are black colored all over), chocolate Goldendoodles, cafe au lait Goldendoodles, sable Goldendoodles, and more!
These are just the solid colors—some Goldendoodles also come in multi-colored patterns like the Parti Goldendoodle and Phantom Goldendoodles!
How is the white color trait inherited in Goldendoodles?
The white color in Goldendoodles is typically inherited from their Poodle parent. If both parents carry the “white” gene, there’s a higher chance of producing a rare white Goldendoodle.
Do white Goldendoodles shed?
Yes. Goldendoodles are a mix of a moderate/heavy-shedding breed (Golden Retriever) and a low-shedding breed (Poodle.) Even Poodles, despite being considered one of the world’s most low-shedding breeds, will shed occasionally. When mixed with a Golden Retriever, there’s little guarantee as to what their offspring’s coats will look like, and how much they will shed.
Are white Goldendoodles hypoallergenic?
No. There is no dog breed that is 100% hypoallergenic, and in fact, the research shows that so-called hypoallergenic dogs produce just as much allergen as any other breed. While some low-shedding dogs are less likely to trigger allergies in people allergic to dog dander, this isn’t a guarantee.
How do you keep a white Goldendoodle clean?
You might think having a white dog is just a recipe for really having a dirty dog! What if your pup gets into the mud? Will daily grime build up on their beautiful coats? Don’t stress—regular bathing, brushing, and trips to the groomer will keep your white Goldendoodle looking crisp and clean. Similarly, regular nail trims and cleaning up of your dog’s paw pads will help them avoid tracking too much dirt into your home.
If you’re feeling worried about what your white Doodle dog will look like after being groomed, don’t worry, there are tons of options! Go for a short puppy cut in the summer to keep your Doodle cool, keep them tightly trimmed but fluffy, or get a creative groom. Did you know that good groomers can make Goldendoodles look like teddy bears?
How often should a white Goldendoodle be bathed?
Goldendoodles don’t need to be bathed every week, or even every month. Every 6—12 weeks is a good rule for how often your Goldendoodle should be bathed, but keep in mind that you will need to be doing maintenance on their curly coats between regular baths and grooms.
Are white Goldendoodles more expensive than other colors?
The price of a white Goldendoodle can vary based on factors such as location, breeder reputation, and demand. In some cases, the rarity of the white color may slightly influence the price.
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