Goldendoodles are one of the most popular designer dog breeds out there, and there is a good reason why. These dogs are good-natured, have unique personalities, and are adorable dogs. However, many people don’t know that the Goldendoodle can come in more colors than just gold, and many don’t even know that special Goldendoodles like the phantom Goldendoodle exist.
Due to how uncommon they are, phantom Goldendoodles are highly sought after within the poodle mix community. This is because phantom Goldendoodles have a unique two-color coat pattern, which is unlike the solid coat Goldendoodles that are most commonly seen.
In this article, we will explain what exactly a phantom Goldendoodle is, and we will also go into all of the phantom Goldendoodle types in more detail. We will be going over some other commonly asked questions about phantom Goldendoodles as well! Let’s get into it!
What Are Phantom Goldendoodles?
Phantom Goldendoodles are Goldendoodles that have a unique color pattern. This color pattern includes one base coat color and special markings in the second coat color. These markings can only be on the Goldendoodle’s chest, eyebrows, muzzle, legs, tails, and ears for the dog to be a phantom Goldendoodle. Phantom Goldendoodles can come in several different color varieties, including black, red, and chocolate, to name a few.
Because of their resemblance to the traditional coat patterns of Dobermans, Manchester Terriers, and Yorkies, phantom markings are also known as “Dobie markings.” They are very similar to Tuxedo Goldendoodle markings, but with more stringent criteria.
Are Phantom Goldendoodles Rare? Why?
Yes, phantom Goldendoodles are on the rarer side. There are specific coat pattern requirements for a Goldendoodle to be considered a phantom. Specific coat genes are needed to produce a Goldendoodle with the phantom coat pattern. Goldendoodles have a lot of genetics for coat patterns and colors, so it is sometimes the luck of the draw when a phantom Goldendoodle is born.
Are Phantom Goldendoodles More Expensive?
Yes, phantom Goldendoodles tend to be more expensive than other types of Goldendoodles. You can expect to pay about twice as much for a phantom Goldendoodle than a standard Goldendoodle. This is typically anywhere between $3,000 and $5,000 for the price of a phantom Goldendoodle. This is because PGs are rarer than solid Goldendoodles.
Some PGs are more expensive than others as well. Certain types of PGs are more challenging to produce than others. For example, a black phantom is likely to be less expensive than a blue merle phantom. This is because a black Phantom Goldendoodle is much more common than the more complex blue merle phantom.
Phantom Goldendoodles Sizes
Phantom Goldendoodles come in all of the sizes that regular Goldendoodles do. This includes the standard, medium, miniature, and toy sizes.
Standard PGs are the mix between either a standard poodle and a golden retriever or two standard Goldendoodles.
This is the largest of the four Goldendoodle sizes, and they can weigh anywhere between 50 and 90 pounds. Standard PGs tend to be 20 to 26 inches tall at the shoulder.
Medium PGs are the size in between standard and miniature Goldendoodles. Medium Goldendoodles weigh 35 to 50 pounds, and they tend to be 17 to 20 inches tall at the shoulder.
This makes the medium Goldendoodle the perfect size for those who do not want a small dog but don’t want a dog that will get too big either.
In addition to standard and medium sizes, PGs can also come in miniature and toy sizes. Miniature Goldendoodles are a bit larger than toy Goldendoodles, and they can weigh between 25 and 35 pounds. Miniature PGs are also 15 to 17 inches tall at the shoulder.
On the other hand, toy PGs typically weigh between 10 and 25 pounds, and they cannot be taller than 15 inches tall at the shoulder.
Are Phantom Goldendoodles Hypoallergenic?
Like many other Poodle mixes, Goldendoodles are often labeled as being hypoallergenic.
However, this is only true if you are allergic to a dog’s dander, and only certain types of Goldendoodles will have a hypoallergenic coat.
Many people are allergic to the proteins found in a dog’s saliva and urine, and if this is the case for you, then no dog will genuinely be hypoallergenic.
Types of Phantom Goldendoodles
There are multiple types of phantom Goldendoodles out there, and the dog’s base coat color classifies them. The base coat is the color that takes up the majority of a dog’s coat, and the color of the markings on a dog is considered a secondary color. There are many different kinds of PGs, from the more common black phantom to the rarer merle phantom.
Here we will go into more detail on the different types of phantom Goldendoodles out there.
Black phantom Goldendoodles are the most common type of PGs out there.
They have a black base coat and phantom markings in another color. There are many different types of black PGs, including black and tan, black and white, black and red, and more.
Any base coat color that a Goldendoodle can have can be the color of the phantom markings in a black phantom Goldendoodle.
The White Phantom Goldendoodle has white markings on its face, legs, body, and tail. These PGs are usually medium-sized with long hair or short coats depending upon their origin.
These are a relatively common form of PGs. Silver Phantom Goldendoodles will have a silver base coat and a different secondary color for their phantom markings. Cream and white are the most common secondary coat colors for silver phantoms.
However, different secondary colors are technically possible as well
Red phantoms are rarer than black and silver PGs.
Red phantoms will have a red base coat, and their phantom markings will usually be in white, cream, or apricot.
Due to the red phantom’s rarity, you may find yourself paying more for a red phantom than you would for a more common type of Phantom Goldendoodle such as the black phantom or silver phantom Goldendoodle.
Chocolate or brown phantoms are other types of PGs that are relatively rare.
These dogs will have a chocolate or darker brown base coat and a lighter secondary color. Usually, chocolate phantom Goldendoodles will have cream, apricot, or white phantom markings.
Like the red phantom, you may find that chocolate PGs are more expensive than black or silver phantoms.
This is simply because the chocolate Phantom Goldendoodle is on the rarer side.
A sable coat pattern involves hair that is darker at the roots and lighter at the tips. In Goldendoodles, a sable coat coloration can come in a brown base with red, apricot, blonde tips or a black base with silver tips.
Usually, the phantom markings will match the light tips if they are present. Like the other rare Phantom Goldendoodle types, sable phantoms tend to be more expensive and a bit more difficult to find than some of the other more common types of PGs.
A brindle coat is a striping of dark and light fur. Sometimes this pattern can appear similar to that of tiger stripes. In Goldendoodles, brindle coats can come in black, chocolate, silver, and red. When the phantom pattern occurs on top of a brindle coat, the phantom markings will usually match the lighter color present in the brindle pattern.
Like the sable phantom Goldendoodle, brindle phantoms are considerably rare. As a result, Goldendoodles with a brindle phantom coat tend to be more expensive than black and silver PGs.
Merles are one of the most popular and sought-after coat patterns for Goldendoodles. This is because their unique marbled coats are genuinely stunning, and these can come in blue, sable, and chocolate merle varieties. When you combine a merle color pattern with the phantom pattern, you get a truly unique dog. Usually, these dogs will have a blue, chocolate, or brindle merle base coat with light tan or apricot markings. Due to how rare and sought-after merle and phantom Goldendoodles both are, you can expect to pay more for a merle PG than for a more common type of phantom.
It is important to note that merle Goldendoodles can also come in Parti and tri-colored coat patterns, and these can sometimes be mistaken for the phantom pattern in Goldendoodles. Phantoms will always only have the phantom coat pattern, and they will not have more than two coat colors.
Goldendoodle Coat Patterns That Are Commonly Mistaken For Phantoms
Goldendoodles can come in a wide variety of coat colors and patterns. As a result, some Goldendoodle coat patterns are out there that could be mistaken for the phantom pattern. This is especially true for those that are new to this designer breed. Some Goldendoodle coat patterns commonly mistaken for the phantom pattern primarily include the Parti and Tri-colored coat patterns. Here we will get into these Goldendoodle coat patterns in more detail.
Parti colored Goldendoodles will have a coat with two colors, and one of these colors must be white. Thirty Percent of a Goldendoodle’s coat must be white for them to be considered a parti Goldendoodle. Partis are often confused with phantoms because color often goes around the dog’s eyes and muzzle, which can appear similar to the phantom.
Tri-colored Goldendoodles can appear pretty similar to the phantom in their markings. However, Tri-colored Goldendoodles are not classified as phantoms because their coats contain three colors and not two. Tri-colored Goldendoodles often come in white, black, and a light tan. This is similar to the coats common in Bernedoodles.
Where to Buy Phantom Goldendoodles?
Most people choose to get their Goldendoodles from a Goldendoodle breeder, especially when searching for a rarer type of Goldendoodle like the phantom. Although there is nothing wrong with getting a dog from a breeder, you should always ensure that the breeder you are purchasing a puppy from is reputable.
A reputable Goldendoodle breeder will always health test their adult breeding dogs. These health tests include those that are recommended for purebred Poodles and Golden Retrievers.
In addition to health testing, reputable Goldendoodle breeders will always keep both their puppies and adult dogs up to date with things like vaccinations and wellness visits with a vet.
When picking up a puppy from a Goldendoodle breeder, you should always be able to meet both of your dog’s parents. In addition to this, you should also see where the puppies and adult breeding dogs are spending most of their time.
Ethical and reputable breeders will be more than happy to show you these things, so it is a red flag if they refuse to do so. A reputable Goldendoodle breeder should know at least a bit of their dogs’ lineage as well. They should at least know the parents of their breeding dogs, and the farther back in their breeding dogs’ family that they can go, the better.
In addition to Goldendoodle breeders, some people get PGs from Goldendoodle and Poodle mix rescues. Although you may have a more difficult time finding a phantom Goldendoodle from a Goldendoodle rescue, it can be a good option for those who feel uncomfortable purchasing a PG puppy from a Goldendoodle breeder.
However, it is unlikely that you will find any rare types of PGs such as the merle or sable phantom from these kinds of places.
Final Thoughts – Who is the Phantom Goldendoodle Good For?
The phantom Goldendoodle is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a unique dog with a good-natured personality. However, it is essential to know that most Goldendoodles are high energy, so it is recommended that you have the time to get your dog’s energy out. As a result, the Goldendoodle can be great for active lifestyles. These dogs also tend to behave well around children and other dogs, making them an excellent choice for a family pet.
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