Types of Goldendoodle Colors

Reviewed By Kyoko •  Updated: 01/07/21 •  6 min read
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Do you love dogs? If those little creatures interest you so much, it makes sense that you rear the best puppy that will be both a companion and a source of assistance too.

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That is what makes Goldendoodle one of the best types of dog breeds. The fascinating thing is that there are lots of colors that you can select when you want to invest in one.

In this article, we explain the different types of Goldendoodle colors, as well as the reasons why they have one of the most versatile colors among other dog breeds.

Why Goldendoodle Has Multiple Colors

Unlike other types of dog breeds that have one parent, Goldendoodle has multiple. Ideally, this type of dog breed is bred as a cross between the poodle and retriever dog breeds. That way, the characteristics of both crosses (including the colors) are borne in Goldendoodle dog breeds.

The AKC Connection

We must mention that we base our color identification of Goldendoodle based on the standards of the American Kennel Club (AKC), which serves as a standard of sorts for pet colors.

Already, the AKC identifies Light Golden, Dark Golden, and Golden as the major colors for Golden Retrievers. Also, the AKC recognizes Café-au-lait, Apricot, Silver, Cream, and Blue as official colors for Poodle puppies.

And since Goldendoodle puppies are a cross between a Poodle puppy and a Golden Retriever puppy, it means that the colors of the two will be united.

The Different Types of Goldendoodle Dog Colors

Let us now look at some of the available colors that Goldendoodle puppies can come in. Have in mind that they combine the trio of color, pattern, and personality to make an excellent choice for companionship, family pet, or therapy dog.

That said, here are some of the available colors for Goldendoodle puppies:

Apricot Goldendoodle

The Apricot color is derived from both the Golden Retriever and Poodle. As one of the most sought-after Goldendoodle colors, it is not surprising that many dog lovers want to own an Apricot Goldendoodle.

Black Goldendoodle

The next on the list is Black Goldendoodle, which is one of the rare colors we have in the line of Goldendoodle puppies.

While they may be rare, it doesn’t mean that this color cannot be found in the puppies. Instead, it takes the role of a diversity factor of a recessive gene found in either of the Poodle or Golden Retriever puppies.

Worthy of mention is that black is a dominant gene. As such, the dog needs a copy of the black (dominant) gene to have black furs.

More so, the Poodle and Goldendoodle ancestry that aids the breeding need to carry the black recessive gene to create a black Goldendoodle puppy.

Tan Goldendoodle

Tan is another color that most Goldendoodle puppies have. This time, more of the color patterns are gotten from the Golden Retriever ancestry.

The attribute of this type of Goldendoodle color is that both the cream and Goldendoodle colors are combined. Also, lighter apricot shades are noticeable in the fur while shades of white also complement the apricot shades.

Red Goldendoodle

Red furs are also common in Goldendoodle puppies. This type of color is mostly derived from the Golden Retriever and Poodle ancestry.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Red Goldendoodle color is one of the most resplendent of all the other colors of Goldendoodle puppies.

The red mahogany color of the fur and the brightness makes Red Goldendoodle puppies resemble teddy bears.

Brown Goldendoodle

We are saving the best for the last. Brown is another Goldendoodle color you want to see on the pet you want to buy.

With deep and rich mahogany that takes a dark walnut color, Brown is one of the most popular coat colors of Goldendoodle puppies.

While Brown Goldendoodles are offshoots of the dominant genes of Poodle puppies, they also have recessive gene colors of silver and black.

In that case, you want to breed the puppy with puppies of other ancestries so you can likely get the same color of Goldendoodle.

Tuxedo Goldendoodle

If you like to have the best of both worlds as far as dog colors are concerned; you will want to rear a Tuxedo Goldendoodle. This type of Goldendoodle color features black and white furs.

Ideally, the colors are evenly distributed across the dog’s body with the black color dominating the black and the white color mostly in the front.

Besides, streaks of white and black are common on the top of the pet’s head, the chest, hind legs, nose, belly, and bib.

Phantom Goldendoodle

Phantom Goldendoodles are not only rare. They also have one of the most fascinating colors ever seen on dogs.

The concept is that one of the colors will be dominant while the other will be accentuating. For example, you may want to rear a Phantom Goldendoodle that has black as the primary color and tan as the secondary. In such a case, the black color will cover a majority of the puppy’s body while the tan will appear on the lower part of the legs and the muzzle of the nose.

That doesn’t mean that tan and black are the major color combinations tenable in Phantom Goldendoodle puppies. Instead, several other variants are ranging from red and silver.

How to Tell What a Goldendoodle Will Look Like

It seems an impossible effort to determine the color that your Goldendoodle puppy will take. That is not surprising considering the multiple color variations that the dog tends to have.

However, there are 2 simple methods you can rely on at all times to find out the color of Goldendoodle puppies.

The first is to run a DNA test. The outcome of the test specifies whether the dog possesses recessive or dominant genes. That is usually after decoding the Alleles that make the job easier. If the Alleles come in the form of Pair B, it means that the Goldendoodle possesses the dominant black allele. If the Alleles come in the form of Pair b, it means that the Goldendoodle has the recessive black allele.

On the other hand, you can tell what a Goldendoodle will look like if you take some time to check the dog’s genetics, including the phenotype and genotype.


No matter the type of color your Goldendoodle puppy has, it doesn’t change the fact that the dog can serve you in many capacities, ranging from show dog, family pet, and therapy dog.

So, which of the Goldendoodle colors do you like the most, and why?

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Kyoko is from a family of 3 and moved to New York with her parents and siblings when she was 13. Kyoko is fond of spending a great amount of time with pets, specifically her beagle Luna and cat Missy. Her boyfriend often complains that she spends too much time giving attention to their animals. Kyoko has written dozens of articles concerning pets and is aiming at owning a pet shop one day!

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