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The Red Goldendoodle: 8 Things You May Not Know About ‘Em

Full-grown red Goldendoodle  sitting in chair

Get to know the red Goldendoodle

Are you curious about the red Goldendoodle? Or maybe you’ve recently added a little firecracker red Doodle dog to your family. Either way, if you’d like the tea on the red Goldendoodle, you’ve come to the right place. So let’s get started.

The red wrapping is just the beginning…

First, I admit it. While I love all dogs, I’m over the moon for red Goldendoodles—especially one slightly derpy, lovable, gingersnap red Doodle dog named Chloe. Her cinnamon-red curly locks are the furry wrapping around her comical personality and her heart of gold. And our little red Muppet dog fits right in with our pack. (Some of our human family members are gingers too.)

Yes, I’m a self-professed, Goldendoodle-obsessed dog mom who’s dedicated the last 10 years to learning everything I can about Goldendoodles.

Additionally, I’m an avid researcher and have gained my fair share of knowledge about the Goldendoodle dog and what it means to live the Goldendoodle lifestyle. (I call it a lifestyle because with Doodle romps, meet-ups, doggolingo, and Goldendoodle gear for both dogs and pawrents, the Doodle life is non-stop.)

Inspired by two red Goldendoodles, Chloe and Ruby (Chloe’s dog cousin), here are eight things you’ll want to know about red Goldendoodles.

Red Goldendoodle dog with big grin and title Meet the Red Goldendoodle

1. Red Goldendoodles are not purebred dogs.

First, to understand where that gorgeous red coat color comes from, we need to look at the Goldendoodle’s origin story.

What is a Goldendoodle? Where do Goldendoodles get their adorable good looks? It may surprise you that Goldendoodles are not actually a true dog “breed” at all.

These comical, fluffy Muppet dogs called Goldendoodles are not purebred dogs.

Rather, they are an intentional cross between two other breeds: the Golden Retriever and the Poodle. Some call Goldendoodles “hybrids” or “crossbreeds,” but most Goldendoodle parents call them “family members.”

A Goldendoodle puppy may be the offspring of a purebred Golden Retriever and a purebred Poodle. Or they may be the offspring of some mix of these two breeds. In other words, the offspring may have a Goldendoodle as one parent and a Poodle as the other parent. Or they may even have two Goldendoodle parents.

Since Goldendoodles, including red Goldendoodles, are not purebred dogs, you won’t see them fluffing their stuff at breed conformation events like the Westminster dog show. Also, since they are not purebred dogs, there is no such thing as an AKC Goldendoodle. And if you run across the term AKC-registered or AKC-papers as you’re researching Goldendoodle puppies, this should raise a red flag. Something is fishy here, and it’s not your dog’s breath.

Now that we have an overview of Goldendoodles and their parent breeds, you’re probably starting to see how the parent breeds bring a lot of coat color variation to the party.

2. Red is one of many colors of Goldendoodles.

If you look at the characteristics of the Goldendoodle parent breeds, both Golden Retrievers and Poodles bring some variation of red coat color to the mix.

The Poodle sports both apricot and red (and 11 total official Poodle colors, according to the AKC) coat colors. The Golden Retriever sports variations of golden—from creamy golden to a deeper red golden. Since cream, apricot, and reddish coat colors are found in both the purebred Golden Retriever and the purebred Poodle breeds, the Goldendoodle can sport a range of red coat colors, too.

Additionally, red is just one of many colors of Goldendoodles. Why? You can thank the Poodle (well, actually the Poodle gene pool) for that. The Poodle brings colors like black, chocolate, silver, white, and even parti colors to the mix.

Here are some common Goldendoodle coat colors:

I like to say that no matter the shade of a Doodle’s coat, a Goldendoodle will add color to your life!

3. A red Goldendoodle’s coat color may change as they grow.

As you can see in the photos below, both the red Goldendoodles in our pack (Chloe and Ruby) had red puppy coats. Also, you can see in the photos that the coat color lightened over time. For our Goldendoodles, the coat color change was very gradual and happened into adulthood.

From my research and years of connecting with other Doodle moms, this seems typical of many red Goldendoodles. Coat colors may fade or lighten even through adulthood. Even a deep, dark red Goldendoodle puppy’s coat may lighten or fade.

Interestingly, if you look closely at the photo on the right below, you can see that the full grown adult Goldendoodle’s (Chloe’s) ears and tail stayed the deepest red (almost true to her puppy coloring) while her body lightened over time.

Comparison of a red Goldendoodle as a puppy running in the grass and the same red Goldendoodle as an adult running in the grass
Left: Chloe, a red F1B Goldendoodle as a puppy. Right: Chloe as a full-grown adult.

I like comparing a Goldendoodle to opening a box of Cracker Jacks. While you don’t quite know what the surprise inside will be (from coloring to coat type to personality), you know there’s fun and happiness in store.

Side by side comparison of a red Goldendoodle as a puppy and the same red Goldendoodle as an adult. The coat color of the adult is a lighter red and also wavier
Left: Ruby, a red F1 Goldendoodle as a puppy. Right: Ruby as a full-grown adult.

4. Color changes are gradual.

When Chloe was a puppy, I noticed that around five months of age, some white hairs started popping up in her red coat. Over time, her coat lightened from a radiant red to a color I describe as cinnamon red. (Now as a mature adult and into her senior Goldendoodle years, I’ve noticed more tiny white hairs popping up around her eyes.)

Close-up of an adult red Goldendoodle dog's face with some graying around the eyes
Around the age of five, fine white hairs started popping up around this red Goldendoodle’s eyes. Some call this graying. I like to call it cinnamon and sugar.

Also, it’s worth mentioning that the red Goldendoodles in our pack both have black toenails. Learning how to cut your dog’s black nails can be more challenging than trimming light nails because it’s harder to see the quick (the blood and nerve supply) on dark-colored nails.

A red Goldendoodle puppy with large paws going for a walk
Ruby, an F1 Goldendoodle puppy.

Before we move on, I can’t help but say, while a red Goldendoodle dog’s coat color may change as they grow, their loveable and energetic personalities just keep pulling tighter on the heartstrings.

5. Red Goldendoodles are so much more than their teddy bear good looks.

No matter the coat color, type (wavy, curly, or fleece) or size (mini Goldendoodle or 80-pound lap sitter), Goldendoodle dogs are so much more than their teddy bear good looks.

Because they tend to be smart, social, and easily trained, many Goldendoodles become working dogs including therapy dogs or service dogs.

If you’re interested in learning more about therapy dog certification, the McSquare Doodles blog provides a comprehensive overview of how to certify your doodle dog as a therapy dog.

Or, take a peek into a day in the life of Harley and Jaxson, two Goldendoodle therapy dogs who comfort patients at a hospital.

6. Many Goldendoodles love exercising, energy burns, adventures, and brain games.

Red Goldendoodles, like most Goldendoodles are smart. They require daily exercise and plenty of brain games or mental stimulation. Introducing canine enrichment—giving your dog the opportunity to sniff, chew, play, explore, etc.—will go a long way in reducing boredom and increasing your Goldendoodle’s emotional well-being.

Typically, Goldendoodles are active dogs and love to play. Whether it’s walking through a neighborhood, hiking on nature trails, or jogging through a park, you and your furry sidekick can explore the world and lead an active lifestyle together.

7. A Goldendoodle can spark joy in your life.

Bringing a Goldendoodle into your home is exciting as well as filled with new responsibilities.

The most important things you can do? Give your new family member lots of tender loving care, socialization, time with the family, age-appropriate exercise, positive training, ongoing veterinary care, and your time and attention.

As with any puppy, the more joy you put into making his or her life the very best it can be, the more joy you’ll receive.

Related: 10 Signs You Might Be a Doodle Dog Fanatic

8. Red Doodles are “Golden” too.

Autumn leaves. Cinnamon. Rubies. Red delicious apples. So many amazing things are red…including our dear Goldendoodle dogs. These comical crimson Doodles tend to be quick to learn, eager to fit in with the entire family, and ready to adapt to life with you. You’ll likely fall in love with the happy, slightly goofy, smart, loveable Goldendoodle.

Finally, there is one Goldendoodle universal that many parents know. No matter whether the Goldendoodle coat color is red, cream, white, or black, they are definitely “Golden” in our hearts.

Do you have a red Goldendoodle?

We’d love to hear! Please comment below.

Editor’s note: This blog post was originally published in 2019. It has been updated to include more information about red Goldendoodles.

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Friday 2nd of February 2024

Love my red goldendoodle that looks like a teddy bear and muppet mixed together. She reminded me of fall when I first met her, so I named her Autumn. Her hair is more on the straight wavy side so we don’t have to trim her much at all, just brush her often. So far, she has kept her color. She is now at 9 months and already had her first heat last month. She also is now shedding a little and has reached her medium-large growth, we suspect. As a first time dog owner here, Autumn is a perfect choice for our family!

Jenise Carl

Saturday 3rd of February 2024

P'awww, Autumn is such a beautiful name! It's so much fun to see how Goldendoodles change as they grow, isn't it? I'm always amazed by how they keep that "teddy bear" cuteness even as they mature and become adults. I've met so many Goldendoodles that are adults and senior dogs but still look like puppies! If you haven't already, you might want to check out my posts on the puppy coat transition and Goldendoodle grooming where I share my experiences on shedding and coat changes. While our Doodle doesn't shed much, we do find dust bunnies on the wood floor. (But no hair on fabrics or on the couch.) Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing about your sweet Autumn. I'm so happy to hear that your pupper is such wonderful fit for your family!


Sunday 24th of September 2023

I’m getting a mini red goldendoodle next month. Her name is Zoey and I’m already in love with her. I’m researching everything I can in advance so I can be a good puppy mom! I look forward to your blog! Your pups are adorable!!

Jenise Carl

Tuesday 26th of September 2023

That is so exciting! You may want to look at our series on Goldendoodle puppies, I have inserted the links below. Thanks for your support and wishing you many great adventures with Zoey. You will be a great puppy mom!


Saturday 16th of September 2023

We are the lucky parents of two Goldendoodles. Sadie is our red F1B doodle, 5 years old, very soulful and loving. Archie is our blond, 2 year old. He's 50/50 and a bundle of energy. 65lbs of hole digging, ball catching and rabbit chasing fun.

Jenise Carl

Wednesday 20th of September 2023

Awww...Sadie and Archie sound like they have a lot in common with our Chloe (red F1B) and Sadie (cream F1). They just finished some hole digging and squirrel chasing fun this evening! Thanks for your comment! Enjoy every moment of Doodlehood!


Tuesday 10th of December 2019

My almost one year old doodle looks like a retriever. He has always been straight coat. Color was light brownish but his hair has thinned drastically, he is kinda reddish now. Also about 10lbs more then his dad whom is very curly as mom. I'm wondering if it's common for 1 yr old doodles to not get their curls?


Sunday 15th of December 2019

Since Goldendoodles are a cross between the Golden Retriever and the Poodle, their coats vary widely. Some will have a sporty (Golden Retriever) coat, some a curly (Poodle) coat, and some have variations between the two. Enjoy discovering every stage of puppyhood! Doodle kisses and tail wags!


Wednesday 17th of July 2019

Hello Chloe - thanks so much for the mention - the Boys truly love pet therapy work, and I love having them at work with me! We have many Doodles that volunteer with us - there's even a red goldendoodle named Ragamuffin! She's a terrific therapy pup. Take care and let's keep in touch -


Wednesday 31st of July 2019

You're very welcome! It's always fun to see what you are up to on your doodle blog. And a red Goldendoodle named Ragmuffin? That's just too cute for words. Please send some happy "helloooos" to all the therapy pups and the people that they love. What a special gift you, your dogs, and all therapy dogs share with others. Thank you!

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