Wanted to add that, as far as retriever qualities being lost in the 75% poodle - f1b - some might be lost. I see evidence of the spunky, energetic poodle in Tally, but mostly her alert intelligence belies the poodle in her. But her extremely affectionate and loyal nature I attribute to the retriever. I have had labs and have been acquainted with goldens, so I appreciate their qualities and love their looks. Had to sacrifice that to get the no shed we hoped for by getting the f1b. She does have her quiet moments of just lazing around and napping, but I do think our f1b will end up being more "exuberant" than an f1 would be. Not exactly thrilled about the high energy, but she IS still a puppy and getting better at greeting new people with more control (our only problem with her). I wouldn't trade her quick intelligence for anything, though and I think that may be more of a poodle attribute than a retriever characteristic. Hope this helps you with your decision.
We have a 5 mo. old female from another reputable breeder here in FL. I can say that the shedding is virtually non-existent! I do use a grooming brush on Tally once a week (she tolerates the grooming ... more