How to tell what a Goldendoodle will look like

Posted: April 3, 2023   |   Author: Connor Peters, Poodle 2 Doodles' Website Developer

As goldendoodle enthusiasts and breeders, we at Poodles 2 Doodles know that it can be fascinating to try and predict what your adorable goldendoodle puppy will look like as an adult. While it’s not an exact science, there are some key factors and tips to consider when trying to determine your goldendoodle’s future appearance. We’ll be exploring the various goldendoodle coat types, discussing how genetics play a role, and sharing some insights into coat stages and the unique characteristics of the breed. Let’s dive in!

How to Predict A Goldendoodle’s Coat

There are two main ways to try and predict a goldendoodle’s future coat: look at the puppy’s lineage and check the area around its mouth.


Goldendoodles are a crossbreed between a golden retriever and a poodle, which means their coat can take on various characteristics from either parent. When trying to predict your goldendoodle’s future coat, consider the coats of their parents. While it’s not an exact science, puppies often inherit traits from both parents, and examining their lineage can provide some clues about their future appearance.

Check the Snout

Another way to get an idea of what your goldendoodle’s coat might look like is to examine their snout. This is because the hair around the snout, also known as “furnishings,” can be a good indicator of the type of coat they will have. If your goldendoodle puppy has furnishings, they are likely to have a wavy or curly coat. If not, their coat may be straight or have a more golden retriever-like appearance.

What are Furnishings and an Improper Goldendoodle Coat

As we mentioned before, furnishings refer to the longer hair that grows around a goldendoodle’s face, giving them that iconic, shaggy appearance. These furnishings are inherited from the poodle side of their lineage and are a desirable trait in goldendoodles. An “improper” goldendoodle coat refers to a coat that lacks furnishings, giving the dog a more golden retriever-like appearance.

Goldendoodle Coat Types

Goldendoodles can have a variety of coat types, ranging from straight to curly. Here’s a brief overview of the different coat types you might encounter:

Straight Goldendoodle Coat

Straight goldendoodle coats are the least common and are often seen in dogs with an improper coat. These coats are low-shedding and require less grooming compared to wavy or curly coats. While they may not have the typical goldendoodle look, these dogs are still absolutely adorable and make wonderful companions.

Wavy Goldendoodle Coat

Wavy goldendoodle coats are a perfect blend of the golden retriever’s and poodle’s coats. This coat type is the most common among goldendoodles and is often low-shedding. Wavy coats require regular brushing and grooming to prevent matting and to maintain their gorgeous appearance.

Curly Goldendoodle Coat

Curly goldendoodle coats resemble the poodle’s coat and are the most hypoallergenic of all coat types. These coats are low-shedding but require regular grooming to keep them looking their best. Curly goldendoodles are a great choice for individuals with allergies, as their coats produce less dander.

Mixed Goldendoodle Coat

Mixed goldendoodle coats can display a combination of straight, wavy, and curly hair. This coat type can vary greatly, even within the same litter, and requires regular grooming to maintain its appearance.

Goldendoodle Coat Stages

Goldendoodle coats go through various stages as they grow from puppyhood to adulthood. Their coat may change in texture, color, and thickness throughout their development. It’s essential to understand these changes and adjust your grooming routine accordingly.

During their puppy stage, goldendoodles typically have a soft, fluffy coat. As they mature, their adult coat will start to grow in, which may be wavier or curlier than their puppy coat. This transition usually occurs between 5 and 12 months of age, although it can vary depending on the individual dog. The adult coat is often denser and may require more frequent grooming to prevent matting and tangles.

Additionally, some goldendoodles may experience a change in coat color as they grow. For instance, a goldendoodle with a light-colored puppy coat may develop darker hair as they age, while others may have a coat that lightens over time. These changes are entirely normal and add to the unique charm of each goldendoodle.

Get a Goldendoodle Today!

Now that you have a better understanding of goldendoodle coat types and what to expect as they grow, you might be considering bringing one of these lovable, intelligent, and beautiful dogs into your life. At Poodles 2 Doodles, we pride ourselves on breeding healthy, happy goldendoodles that make the perfect addition to any family.

Take a look at our available goldendoodle puppies and find the perfect companion for you. We’re confident that you’ll fall in love with these incredible dogs, just as we have. Don’t wait – bring home your goldendoodle today and embark on a lifetime of love, companionship, and adventure!