In this article, we will tell you everything you need to know about black Goldendoodles. If you’re considering adopting or buying one of these designer breeds, read on to discover more.
If you’ve ever wondered how rare black Goldendoodles are or how expensive, then read on. We’ll also look at how to keep these cute pups fit and healthy, inform you of potential health issues that might occur with black Goldendoodles, offer tips on how to groom them, so they have a beautiful coat, and finally, we’ll answer your most commonly asked questions.
Dive right in to find out more….
What is a Black Goldendoodle?
Black Goldendoodles are Goldendoodles with black fur, and these guys are super rare! If you’re unfamiliar with Goldendoodles, then let’s just give you a little introduction to what they are and why they are one of the most sought-after pups.
Goldendoodles are dogs that have been crossbred with a golden retriever and a poodle. These dogs come in a range of colors, with apricot and tan being the most common and black Goldendoodle coats being uncommon because they are so hard to come by.
Are They Friendly?
These dogs are naturally very friendly and playful and have a cute teddy bear appearance owing to their tight curls. We will discuss later, they’re also a top choice for families with allergies.
Are Black Goldendoodles Rare?
Yes! And to understand why black Goldendoodles are so rare, we need to dip into the science a little and talk about genes.
Normally when you cross-breed a Poodle parent with a Golden Retriever, the Goldendoodle will be born brown, cream, or red with common shades of apricot, tan, and chocolate. A black Goldendoodle puppy is created when both the Poodle parent and Golden Retriever parent carry the black gene, and this is a rare occurrence – white Goldendoodles are also very rare too.
Black Goldendoodle Appearance…
Most black Goldendoodle dogs are pure black with no white markings, and their black coat can vary from tight curls to a loose curly coat or even a straight coat – again, depending on genes. If the Goldendoodle has a higher percentage of poodle genes, then the dog is more likely to have tighter curls as Poodles carry the curly gene and golden retrievers do not.
There are no guarantees whether two parent breeds will be able to produce black Goldendoodles, but obviously, you have a higher chance of producing a black Goldendoodle puppy if both parent breeds are black.
Common Goldendoodle Health Issues
Unfortunately, as with many purebred and crossbred dogs, Goldendoodles are susceptible to a few health problems, which are not limited to black Goldendoodles, but doodles of all colors.
These are the most common health issues with doodles…
- Hip dysplasia – is very common in dogs of all breeds, this genetic condition causes the hip joint to wear down and deteriorate, and this is due to an abnormal hip socket that hasn’t been formed correctly
- Addison’s Disease – also referred to as Hypoadrenocorticism, is a disease that affects the hormones and is caused by insufficient production of aldosterone and cortisol
- Cataracts – this eye problem can cause blindness and is common in golden retrievers
- Hypothyroidism – when the thyroid gland does not function properly, this can cause obesity among other issues
- Skin Disorders – itchy skin and allergies are relatively common
Which Type of Black Goldendoodle is Healthier?
There are several black Goldendoodle types – depending on the percentage of genes they obtain from their parent dogs.
An F1 Goldendoodle has been bred with a purebred Poodle parent and purebred Golden Retriever parent, with the resulting genes usually 50% Poodle and 50% Golden Retriever.
An F1b black Goldendoodle has been bred back with a purebred parent dog and usually contains 75% Poodle and 25% Golden Retriever.
F1 black Goldendoodles carry a hybrid vigor trait, which means it has been bred with two different purebred parent breeds to minimize inbred health issues and genetic diseases.
A black F1b Goldendoodle has a smaller percentage of the hybrid vigor trait, so are slightly less healthy than their F1 cousins.
How to Keep your Goldendoodle Fit and Healthy
Your black Goldendoodle will be an active boy or girl – it’s in their genes! So, if you are looking to adopt or buy this type of dog, you must be prepared to give them adequate exercise. Regular exercise is essential for keeping your black Goldendoodle at a healthy weight and preventing unwanted and negative behaviors that can occur when dogs are bored and/or stressed. Make sure you take your black Goldendoodle for a walk at least once or twice a day, and give them plenty of play time to prevent boredom.
If your doodle has more of the Poodle gene than a Golden Retriever, they are likely to be smarter and more inquisitive.
What to Feed Your Black Goldendoodle…
Make sure your black Goldendoodle has a healthy balanced diet. Make sure that you buy high-quality food. Feeding them highly nutritious food made with the highest quality ingredients will ensure that they maintain a healthy weight. It will also promote a healthy coat, good digestion, excellent muscle and bone health, and a healthy heart.
Avoid giving your black Goldendoodle your scraps, not only can human food be harmful to dogs, but it can also can obesity.
How to Groom Your Black Goldendoodle
Grooming is also a very important aspect of caring for your black Goldendoodle. Black Goldendoodles usually have a curly coat from their Poodle side. A doodle coat grows pretty long and can get very tangled, forming mats and sometimes even dreadlocks.
Frequent brushing is essential, preventing such mats from forming and keeping their black coat shiny and free of tangles. Weekly brushing is advised for black Goldendoodles with curly coats who have more poodle genes, although we believe that dogs should be brushed daily, despite their coat type, to keep the black Goldendoodle coat in tip-top condition.
Keep your dog’s hair trimmed! This is especially important if you live in a hot climate. It’s also a good idea to keep their fur nice and short if you spend quite a lot of time outdoors with your pup and don’t have time to brush them daily.
This can be done with special dog clippers, or you can take them to a special dog groomer, which is a much easier option!
If you prefer your black Goldendoodle to have a shaggy coat then there’s no need to keep their hair short. You will need to brush them daily and bathe them at least once a month.
Don’t ever allow your dog’s hair to tangle and mat, as this can cause painful sores for your pup.
If you have your heart set on a black Goldendoodle, you should be prepared to spend significantly more on this coat color and be ready to do your research – it takes time to find a reputable breeder. Once you have found a breeder, you might have to be added to a waiting list, as black Goldendoodles are not guaranteed. Even if a black Poodle is bred with a black Golden Retriever, the puppies could turn out dark brown or even another color.
Pups with the black coat color are rare!
These low-shedding cuties make excellent pets, they’re family-friendly, hypoallergenic, smart, and fun.
Frequently Asked Questions
The black Goldendoodle price can vary from breeder to breeder, but you can expect to pay more for black doodle dogs because of their rarity.
Doodle mix dogs usually sell for $1,000-$1,500 - these are just the common coat colors!
Breeders cannot guarantee a black coat color nor estimate how many (if any) black Goldendoodle puppies will be born, and the color genetics are very difficult to reproduce. Therefore, black Goldendoodle puppies are expensive.
As with rare dogs, like the black mini golden doodle, you can expect to pay around $2,000-$5,000 for black Goldendoodle puppies.
It's important to note that even if a dog is labeled hypoallergenic, no dog is 100% hypoallergenic, and black Goldendoodles shed, just not a lot.
Some dogs, like doodles, are just less allergenic. One of the main reasons why black Goldendoodles are popular is because these dogs are low shedders. It is a natural process for dogs to shed fur, but because their coat type is usually curly, you can expect less shedding. A Goldendoodle coat is curlier if they have more genes from the poodle side. As a rule of thumb, the curlier coat types are generally more hypoallergenic.
All dog lovers know to avoid puppy mills at all costs. If you're seriously looking for a Goldendoodle with black coat color, do your research and find a reputable breeder who can tell you the dog's history and bloodline.
Of course, the other option is to get a rescue dog, but the chances of finding black Goldendoodles at a rescue center are very slim as black coats are so rare and doodles are expensive.