Can a Goldendoodle Be Black and White? What Breeders Won’t Tell You

Traditionally, Goldendoodles come in cream, shades of brown, and red. These are the three most common colors. 

However, if the Golden Retriever and the Poodle carry the black coat gene, a beautiful black Goldendoodle can be created. 

Some Goldendoodles are all black, and some have white markings. 

But these are rare. 

Black and white Goldendoodles are the results of a Golden Retriever bred with a part poodle. 

So, can a Goldendoodle be black and white? Yes, Goldendoodles can be black and white. But, if you want the ratio to be 50/50, then you must hope for the best, as the black and white symmetry is hard to come by. Black and white Goldendoodles can also be referred to as “Parti, Phantom, Merle, and Brindle.” 

Read on if you want to know how to get a black and white Goldendoodle, whether breeders try to get black and white Goldendoodles, how different they are, how much they cost, and so much more. 

Can a Goldendoodle be black and white?

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Yes, black and white Goldendoodles can be achieved. 

When Golden Retrievers and Poodles are bred together, the result is the intelligent, friendly, and family-friendly Goldendoodles.

One of the main reasons people seek Goldendoodles is that they like their appearance. 

Can’t blame them; they look adorable. 

Goldendoodles have perfect coats, especially if the Poodle genes are more potent than that of the Golden Retriever. 

Goldendoodles can either have curly, wavy, or straight coats. 

Their curly coats are the most demanded in the market because of their hypoallergenic nature. 

So, how can one achieve a black and white Goldendoodle?

You may have heard that it’s a science and that it can be done with exact calculations. While this is partly true, the truth is that It’s really more of a game of doing and wishing for the best. 

In this case, breeders breed a Golden Retriever with a parti Poodle and hope that the genes pass through to the child. 

If the genes do pass through, the result is a rare and gorgeous-looking black and white Goldendoodle. 

How do you get black and white Goldendoodles? 

So, now that we have agreed on the fact that there is such thing as a “black and white” Goldendoodle, let’s take a close look at how they are achieved:

So, we don’t go too far to achieve black and white Goldendoodles. 

Of course, the breeding process must be calculated correctly. 

Normally, one has to breed a Golden Retriever with a regular Poodle to achieve a Goldendoodle. But, the color specifications need other calculations. 

For instance, breeders have resorted to breeding Golden Retrievers with parti Poodles. 

A parti poodle is at least 50% white with patches of other colors.  These colors can be any other color, sometimes black too. 

So, the parti poodle has at least 50% of the white gene in their body, which should be passed down to the child. 

This is how this rare coat pattern is achieved. 

Parti Goldendoodles have been increasing in popularity and the demand for them is steadily growing in the United States. 

Pigmented patches are most typically found on the ears, around the eyes, back, and tail. Patches that contrast with the white coat are usually solid dark colors, like black in this case. 

By the way, I explain more about how these calculations work in my guide to the F1 Labradoodles here, so do check it out if you want to understand better how this whole thing works. It has graphs and visuals and everything…

 Do Breeders try to get black and white Goldendoodles? 

Yes, breeders immediately read the market and try to supply the demand. 

So, when Goldendoodles were first introduced to the world of hybrid dogs, people instantly fell in love. 

Rightfully so. 

Goldendoodles are loved for many reasons but right now I want to discuss one aspect; the variety in their appearance. 

The black and white coat pattern is among the most unique and rare Goldendoodle appearances. Breeders seek to breed white and black Goldendoodles to make sure they maximize their profit. 

Most breeders’ utmost goal is to breed healthy dogs, regardless of color. 

That being said, reputable breeders get excited when they can breed a healthy black and white Goldendoodle. 

Of course, the health of the Goldendoodle is achieved when certain standards are met. 

If you doubt that the breeder you’re buying from is not set on health as a first priority, you might want to avoid purchasing from them. 

After all, your puppy’s health is more important than their appearance, and a little variance in colors never hurt anyone. 

 A quick overview of the common Goldendoodle Colors 

Don’t let the name “Golden” fool you; Goldendoodles come in a variety of colors, as you have probably concluded by now. 

So, the name “Goldendoodle” does not point back to color, but rather parent breeds. 

“Golden” is for the Golden Retriever, and “doodle” stands for the Poodle parent. 

So, what are the most common Goldendoodle colors?  These are cream, apricot, red, and brown.

Please note that these colors are not ranked by most common. 


Cram Goldendoodle almost have white coats because of how light their coats are. 

The cream color is officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC).

Cream Goldendoodles are usually used for breeding multi-colored Goldendoodles like merle Goldendoodles or parti. 

They usually have light features. For example, a lighter shade of brown when it comes to their nose, lighter toenails, and lighter shades of eyes. I have a full guide on English cream Goldendoodles here that you should definitely check out to learn more about them.


People love teddy bears; it is a fact that has been existent since the beginning of teddy bears.

Apricot Goldendoodles look like teddy bears, and that’s why they are so loved.

Since the American Kennel Club (AKC) has recognized the “Apricot” Poodle as an official dog breed, it is a popular color for Goldendoodles to breed.

Their nose, eye area, and toenails contain some of the Poodle’s physical characteristics. 

Their gorgeous coat can also get lighter with time.


The red Goldendoodle, like the apricot Goldendoodle, is one of the most popular coat colors for Goldendoodles. 

Red Goldendoodles resemble teddy bears too. They are adorable. 

The red-colored Goldendoodle is the “brightest” of all the Goldendoodle coat colors, with a red mahogany color.

Goldendoodles are usually created by crossing a dark-colored poodle with a light-colored Golden Retriever.

When most people hear the term “Goldendoodle,” they immediately picture a red Goldendoodle


Brown is also a fairly common color when it comes to Goldendoodles.

Because the “Brown” Poodle is an official dog breed recognized by the AKC, you’ll see a lot of brown Goldendoodles around.

“Cafe-au-lait” is also an approved Poodle color that resembles brown, which means you will see a lot of brown-isch Goldendoodles too. 

Here’s a pro tip: If you see a brown Goldendoodle, know that the dominant gene is the Poodle’s. 

Brown Goldendoodles can result in multi-colored Goldendoodles when bred. 

That is because they contain the black recessive gene, which means they can be used to breed black and white Goldendoodles. 

Are Black and white Goldendoodles different from other doodles?

Yes, black and white Goldendoodles are different when it comes to breeding and appearance. 

Goldendoodles are all unique in their own way. 

They can either have curly, wavy, or straight coats, which makes them all look different to some extent. 

So, as discussed, when a breeder is not trying to breed a specific size or color, they will breed a Golden Retriever with any Poodle. 

With Golden Retrievers, breeders also know what to expect because most Golden Retrievers look almost the same. Golden Retrievers can indeed have different colors, but all their colors are basically different shades of gold, and the look remains the same. 

However, with Poodles, one can get creative. Hence, they will look different since the black and white Goldendoodle is bred from a parti Goldendoodle. 

From a temperament point of view, all Goldendoodles are more or less the same. 

They are loving, friendly, gentle, affectionate, and laid-back. They are known for their good temperament and that is why they have been increasing in popularity. 

Goldendoodles are mostly healthy dogs. However, the genes behind some of the colorings of Goldendoodles can potentially be the reason behind some health issues. 

For example, some merle Goldendoodles are prone to deafness and blindness. 

How much is a black and white Goldendoodle? 

Goldendoodles are designer dogs. They are considered to be elite, and that’s why people pay big sums of money. 

With every unique feature comes a price too. For instance, if you want mini Goldendoodles or black and white Goldendoodles, you should prepare yourself to pay more. 

Variances in pricing based on color is because of the great difficulty of reproducing and the lack of guarantee for the number of puppies to be born. 

Since black and white Goldendoodles are in high demand and are considered to be very rare, their prices can vary from 2000-5000USD.

The rarer the Goldendoodle is, the higher the price will be.

Please Note that we still advise you to adopt and not shop whenever possible. We believe all dogs are good dogs and that there really is no reason to pay thousands of dollars for a designer dog when you can get a perfectly good dog from your nearest shelter that will probably love you even more. Consider visiting your nearest shelter soon.

What kind of doodle is black and white? 

Doodles are usually crossbreeds bred from two purebred dog breeds. 

Many doodles come in the black and white mix. 

Examples of doodles that have the black and white color variations are Doxiepioo Doodles, Labradoodles, Goldendoodles, Saint Berdoodles, and lastly, Sheepadoodles.  

All these doodles are extremely good-looking. 

Their temperament is also very good; they are great family dogs and are just elite. 

You have learned a bit about Goldendoodles, and you can get more informed about the other doodles too. 

If the coloring black and white is what you want, you can compare between the different doodles and choose the best doodle for you. 

Most doodles have curly and wavy coats, which is why they are so loved. 

They all look beautiful, and most of them are hypoallergenic. Thus, they are perfect for families with allergies. 

If being hypoallergenic matters to you, then you should definitely check out this guide to the hypoallergenic Goldendoodles here, where I compare how hypoallergenic each Goldendoodle generation is. 

 Are Black and white Goldendoodles rare? 

Yes, black and white Goldendoodles are extremely rare. That is because the pattern is not achieved easily. 

To achieve this beautiful parti pattern, a parti Poodle needs to be bred with a Golden Retriever. 

The result is often a multi-colored Goldendoodle with a white base and another dominant color (in this case, we hope it’s black). 

If you want your Goldendoodle to have symmetrical black and white on their coat, your chance is even lower. 

It is not guaranteed that your Goldendoodle will have the exact amount of black and white in their coat. The 50/50 ratio can’t be guaranteed by breeders no matter how much they try. 

The reason that they are so rare is that the parti gene will not necessarily pass through. 

Only one of the two dogs needs to have the parti gene. Normally this is the Poodle. Consequently, breeders start breeding their parti poodle with the Golden Retriever and just hope for the best. 

Due to the fact that they are extremely rare, they are often more expensive and are demanded very highly. 

Related Questions 

Why is my Goldendoodle black? 

If your Goldendoodle is black, they might be from the second or third generation. Black Goldendoodles have been sought after lately because of their beautiful coats and appearance. Some people get confused between Black Labradoodles and Black Goldendoodles. Here’s the difference, black Goldendoodles are always bred with black Goldendoodles and black poodles. 

Can Goldendoodles be black? 

Yes, black Goldendoodles exist. They are rare, but the demand for them is very high. Actually, with black Goldendoodles, the demand/supply dilemma is real. The black Goldendoodle is not born enough for their demand. 

Black Goldendoodles have strikingly beautiful piercing eyes, a perfectly soft and black coat, and a joyful/playful personality, and they are amazing with kids. Goldendoodles with curly or wavy coats are also non-shedding. 

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