Dew Claws: I talked to my veterinarian and was going to have the puppy’s dew claws removed. The puppies are supposed to have them removed by day three, at the latest by day six. I was to bring momma too. I was really worried having the mom walking in and sitting on the floor where other dogs have been. She could potentially pickup germs from sick animals. I thought it was too big of a risk for my girl and nursing puppies.

I have thought about doing it myself and I am sure that I could, but I watched my doodles and realized how much they actually use their front feet like hands.  Doodles are funny and do unusual things. They can lay flat on their backs and hold toys and tug ropes straight up into the air.

I did some research and asked other people what they preferred. It was about half that thought the dew claws should be removed and the other half said keep them on.

Someone suggested the following website:

 http://www.ashgi.org/home-page/genetics-info/bones-joints/dewclaws

 I posted part of the article below. These are not my words, so please no bashing. I think it is a very interesting read. I may change my mind at a later date, but I have personally had no problems with dew claws.

 (People remove front dewclaws for easier grooming or to make the front leg look smoother; some feel it presents an unnecessary risk of injury to dogs working in rough terrain.  The breed standards allow it but there is compelling reason not to remove them.  The front dewclaws are equivalent to our thumbs.  Even though these toes don’t reach the ground when a dog is standing or trotting, they are functional, stabilizing the carpal (wrist) joint, especially when moving at speed or making sharp turns.  They are used for self-grooming and to help steady objects a dog may hold between its forepaws when lying down.  All but one wild dog species (the African Wild Dog or Painted Wolf) have front dewclaws, including all those most closely related to domestic dogs. 

Removing front dewclaws can impact health:  Physically active dogs which have had the front dewclaws removed are prone to developing arthritis at the carpal joint, sometimes sufficiently severe and early to end a performance event or working career.)

 I decided to keep the dew claws.

Generations of Goldendoodles:

A Goldendoodle is cross between the Golden Retriever and the Poodle. The ideal Goldendoodle is intelligent, friendly and active. Because traits of crossbreeds are not fixed, there's no guarantee that your Goldendoodle will be hypoallergenic or even a particular size, but it’s likely to be a loving family dog.

I am not claiming to know the exact percentage in each generation of Goldendoodles or to be skilled in the study of genetics. My own doodles are DNA tested and their results are shown on the website.

Goldendoodles may have some level of mild shedding or none. The increased success of non-shedding coats in the F1bs and multi-gens is a reason for the growing popularity of the deeper generations of Goldendoodles.

The generations listed below are explanation of terms used to describe variations, the backcrosses and characteristics of doodles.

 (F1) Is a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Standard Poodle. The typical mature weight is 50-75 lbs.

(F1b) When an F1 Goldendoodle is bred back to a Standard Poodle, their puppies are known as F1b dogs. F1b dogs are likely to have a fuller, curlier coat with about a 90% chance of being non-shedding.

(F2) If an F1 Goldendoodle is bred to another F1, the puppies would be classified as F2s.

(F2b) Is when an F1 Goldendoodle is bred to an F1b


F1 = Golden Retriever x Poodle

F1b = Goldendoodle x Poodle

F2 = F1 Goldendoodle x F1 Goldendoodle

F2b = F1 Goldendoodle x F1b Goldendoodle

Multi-gen Doodles:

F3 = F1b x F1b or F1b x F2b or F2 x F2 or F2b x F2b


CKC Registration:

Continental Kennel Club) registration is for non-purebred puppies and dogs too.  I think it is important. With Goldendoodles being Hybrid/Designer dogs, you still need to know something about their background.

Good breeders want to know the background and do health tests before pairing the dam and sire of their puppies.

New puppy owners will be supplied with CKC
pre-printed puppy registration papers.