We have a 7 year old standard poodle and recently got a goldendoodle (F1B)! He is now almost six months old and we wouldn't trade him for anything. Yes, he is a typical puppy, but he is also the most intelligent dog (even smarter than our poodle). I did months of research before purchasing. Got him from a very reputable breeder in middle Florida and he had undergone two weeks of "boot camp" before we picked him up. He is a chocolate color and probably will be about 50 pounds when grown. I think the most important thing is to buy from a reputable, experienced breeder. She told us he would be slightly shedding but so far we have had no shedding; we saw his Mom and Dad (Dad was a pedigree standard poodle (parti - brown and white) and Mom was a first generation chocolate goldendoodle. Other readers have lots of misconceptions about these dogs and they are right in several things - there is no standard and they can have three different types of coats. Most are non-shedding or low shedding. Our goldendoodle (breeders call them designer dogs and charge for the rarity) plays great with the grandchildren, gets along well with other dogs, and minds well. He is house trained and rings a bell attached to the dog when he wants to go outside. Our vet told us before we purchased the puppy that we could go to the pound and get a puppy much cheaper, but we knew what we wanted. We think he has hybrid vigor and the breeder had him checked (or his parents) for the most common poodle and retriever weaknesses. He also has a two year guarantee if he develops any of these diseases, and no, we don't have to return him to the breeder if he does - just provide proof from the vet!
We would purchase one again in a heartbeat! He is unusual looking and people stop us all the time to find out what he is and about his laidback personality. If that is what your wife wants, I say to for it.!