About the smooth coat Goldendoodle


What is a smooth coat Goldendoodle?

A smooth coat Goldendoodle is of course, a Goldendoodle......but, a Goldendoodle with a very easy coat to maintain and a Goldendoodle that has a very similar appearance to the purebred Golden Retriever. There are, however, differences.
The smooth coat Goldendoodle may seem to have a similar appearance as that of a purebred Golden Retriever, but you will notice their legs may be long like the Poodle.....their muzzle may be slender like the Poodle........they may have some fluff about the ears and neck and of course, their bone structure may be more petite, similar to the Poodle.

Since creating Goldendoodles in 1999, we know now that there are three coat types for the Goldendoodle dog:

A. Shaggy
B. Curly
C. Smooth

We obtained our very first smooth coat in 2007 when we decided to breed one of our blue eyed, curly coat Goldendoodles to one of our purebred Golden Retrievers. "Meeryn" (as seen up above in the photo) was our very first smooth coat Goldendoodle. Our intention of the pairing for her parents was to attempt to have at least one blue eyed doodle pup or one with multi eye color. It did not happen with this pairing. We found it interesting as well that there was just 1 smooth coat doodle born in a litter of six. The rest were males who had a shaggy coat. We were pleased to find out that the Golden
Retriever temperament was set in the offspring.

Goldendoodle Puppy

Some breeders have asked us how can you tell if their Goldendoodle puppy is going to be a smooth coat, curly coat or shaggy coat and our answer has always been, you'll have to wait until the puppy is closer to six weeks of age. There are particular signs to look for that go with the three coat types. An experienced breeder will know over time that if they have Goldendoodles paired up in a particular way, they will have one or more of each coat type. The inexperienced breeder has to wait for the puppy to become closer to six or eight weeks of age.
With the smooth coat, their body coat will appear to turning fluffy but there will be no evidence upon the face of the usual signs that a facial beard is forming. All Goldendoodle puppies, except for the smooth coat, will have what we call an "upside down V shape" with the facial coat hairs, between the eyes down to the nose. If you are looking at the puppy directly, start looking between the eyes and you should notice what looks like an upside down "V" shape that starts between the eyes and spreads outwards away from the muzzle. As a young puppy, the hairs will still be short, but there will evidence of the facial beard forming from little hairs sticking out and away from the face. As the puppy matures, the hairs will continue to grow outward until it forms a facial beard. The smooth coat doodle is completely void of this usual facial beard. The curly coat Goldendoodle has a facial beard as well, but their coat is curly from the nose to their tail and the beard, while there, is not as pronounced as that of the shaggy coat.

The inexperienced breeder has difficulty at times, understanding the coat changes all Goldendoodles go through. A Goldendoodle will go through as many as ten to fifteen different coat changes from the time they are born up until the day they turn one year of age. The smooth coat Goldendoodle will go through fewer coat changes than the shaggy coat doodle and the curly coat Goldendoodle will seem to be curly up until around ten to twelve weeks of age and then their coat will seem to have "flat" patches...but this is merely a coat change. As the curly coat Goldendoodle continues to mature, their curls will reappear once again. The Goldendoodle's coat will stop maturing at the age of one year. The coat the doodle has at the age of one year, is what it is. Some inexperienced breeders tell their customers that their doodle who is void of a facial beard, will grow it by the time they are a year old. This is not accurate. A smooth coat Goldendoodle will never have a facial beard at anytime during its life. A Goldendoodle that does not have any evidence of a facial beard by the time it is eight weeks of age, will never have one. We have come to know that the facial beard, even if the hairs are short, will be evident at a very young age.

A beautiful doodle!

The shaggy coat Goldendoodle's facial hairs sprout out and away from the face even at the age of eight weeks. The smooth coat Goldendoodle will appear to have a fluffy coat at the age of eight weeks, but they will have no evidence of a facial beard. The body coat will eventually slough off through its multiple coat changes and will become very similar to the purebred Golden Retriever. However, there will be evidence of feathering around the legs, underbody and the tail that is very similar to the purebed Golden Retriever.

a goldendoodle dog

A family had sent us the photo up above who had purchased their doodle from a different breeder and had questions about whether or not their doodle was a smooth coat or shaggy coat. Because I was not sure of the exact age of the doodle in the photo up above, it appeared this doodle was approx. four to six months of age. In our particular shaggy coat doodles, we would have already seen evidence of a facial beard and a much shaggier coat. The owners to the doodle up above told me that their doodle was a 50/50 mixture...meaning, one of his parents was a Poodle and the other parent was a Golden Retriever. If this was the case, then my answer to them would be that perhaps their doodle is a late bloomer. I have personally never seen a Goldendoodle be completely void of a facial beard by this age, coming from a 50/50 mixture but I do remember that a doodle we had sold many, many years ago...Riley....did take longer to get a shaggy coat and his facial beard because he had picked up so much Golden Retriever that he himself was a "late bloomer". We saw further evidence from photos the owner had sent to us (and those photos can be found at http://www.goldendoodleworld.com under the link "Meet Riley") that he did indeed finally get his facial beard and his shaggy coat, even though his shaggy coat was shorter than we usually see in our shaggy coat Goldendoodles. When genetics sway closer to the Golden Retriever side, it is possible for the doodle to obtain a facial beard and shaggy coat later as a puppy....but if it has not appeared by the age of one year, it will never happen. There are many people who want a Goldendoodle that has more of a Golden Retriever appearance, so this look is always acceptable. There will of course be some shedding issues with Goldendoodles who pick up more Golden Retriever genes. We have found, however, that the shedding is still by far less than the purebred Golden Retriever.....but it is more than a shaggy coat or a curly coat.


Paden, up above with his blue toy, is a green eyed smooth coat Goldendoodle from our Goldendoodle World who has a chocolate colored nose, eye trim and pawpads. He resides with his happy family in Maryland. Paden came out of a litter of three smooth coats and one shaggy coat. Surprisingly enough, we did not get a single curly coat from the litter that came from two curly coat blue eyed doodles we had paired together. Theoretically, a breeder would assume that if they paired up two curly coat blue eyed doodles, that they would obtain curly coat blue eyed offspring. This was not the case in our experience. What we did see was one brown eyed shaggy coat, two blue eyed smooth coats and one green eyed smooth coat (Paden). The brown eyed shaggy coat male was our typical Goldendoodle that we generally see coming out of our 50/50 Goldendoodles. We were very surprised to see three smooth coats coming from two curly coat Goldendoodles. We did, however, see two of the smooth coats have blue eyes and the one cream smooth coat, Paden, have green eyes. The Goldendoodle dog has always fascinated us because they seem to break every genetic rule we've read thus far. It does prove our point that we've said since 1999, that the parents of a Goldendoodle does NOT play a 100% role in the outcome of the doodle offspring, rather the entire lineage of the doodle offspring plays a very important role in their appearance, their coat type, their eye color and so on. We have literally seen offspring turn out to look very different from each other and we've seen offspring turn out to look nearly identical. A Goldendoodle breeder can never say for sure, before the offspring matures, what exact appearance their doodles will have because Goldendoodles break every rule that we purebred breeders have come to know from years of experience. It is also the same that the Goldendoodle breeder can never say that all of their doodle offspring will be the same exact size...per litter...based on the size of the parents. They will be wrong every time. Goldendoodles can vary in height and weight amongst each other in any given litter and the weight difference can be dramatic or it can be slight. This is why Goldendoodles can never be placed into size categories. Purebred dogs can be lumped into size categories because it has been the general experience of purebred dog fanciers that the offspring of purebred dogs will generally turn out to be very close to the size of one parent or the other, regardless of gender. Because it is true that males and females are not particular sizes based on gender, it has always bewildered me as to why most kennel clubs will show the males being larger than the females when in fact, we've seen some purebred females weighing more than their brothers, as an adult dog. With Goldendoodles, every individual puppy in any given litter will either weigh more or less than each other, regardless of gender. We did, however, see that doodles will be closer in size to each other if they come from two Goldendoodles being bred together or if they come from a Goldendoodle bred to a Poodle or a Golden Retriever. Why this is, we can only assume that its because the Goldendoodle already has both breeds in its genetic make up and when paired up with another purebred dog that is already in its DNA, this may be why the doodle offspring stay closer to each other in size. Only a true DNA analysis of each individual puppy would reveal the actual answer.


We do know for a fact that the smooth coat Goldendoodle can be of any color; can have any eye color and will only occur with the following pairings:

1. Two Goldendoodles bred together, regardless of coat type.
2. One curly coat Goldendoodle bred to a purebred Golden Retriever.
3. One shaggy coat Goldendoodle bred to a purebred Golden Retriever.

A smooth coat Goldendoodle will never occur from a 50/50 pairing. We do know that the temperament seems to be
set that is very similar to the purebred Golden Retriever for a Goldendoodle that comes from a Goldendoodle and a purebred Golden Retriever pairing. We, ourselves, prefer the temperament of Goldendoodles that come from a Goldendoodle/Golden Retriever pairing simply because we are Golden Retriever fans and enjoy the temperament of the Golden Retriever.

More can be read about the smooth coat Goldendoodle by visiting our website at http://www.goldendoodleworld.com

Author/breeder: Dee Gerrish of Goldendoodle World. Copyright protected 2008/
About the author: Dee Gerrish of Goldendoodle World is one of the original founders for the Goldendoodle dog for the entire southern region of the United States. She has written extensively about the Goldendoodle dog since 1999.

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