Goldendoodle

The Goldendoodle is a popular hybrid dog, produced by crossing a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. Like most hybrid dogs, the Goldendoodle can display a range of temperaments and even size. Because the Goldendoodle is a Poodle cross, it can be a smaller dog when bred with the Miniature and Toy Poodles. As far as temperament, a Goldendoodle can have a personality the represents either breed, though the easygoing and popular Golden Retriever offers an excellent balance to the more intense Poodle.

Goldendoodle
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When choosing a Goldendoodle, it is important to work with a reputable breeder who understands your desires and requirements as a protective owner. They should be able to guide you in the process of finding a dog that fits perfectly in your household. Many Goldendoodles exhibit a range of desirable characteristics. They are known for being intelligent and easy to train, excellent companions for children and other pets, and are generally a welcome addition to most families. They are friendly and affectionate and will want to be around their families as much as possible and are perfect companions for outings and adventures. As an added bonus, they are low to non-shedders. In addition to being excellent pets and family dogs, Goldendoodles excel in many types of athletic dog sports and are willing service animals.

Key Breed Stats

Alternative names: The Goldendoodle breed is also commonly known by the names Curly Golden.

Popularity: Very popular

Life expectancy: 10 - 15 years

Breed group: Designer Breed

Size: Large

Male Female
Height 24 - 26 in 22 - 23 in
Weight 31 - 44 lbs 31 - 44 lbs

Coat:

Colors: Black, Gray, Red, Brown, White, Yellow

Key Breed Facts

Shedding: Not a heavy shedder

Grooming requirements: Low

Good with children: Definitely

Good with other pets: Definitely

Intelligence / Trainability: Very high

Exercise needs: Very high

Tolerates being alone: Average

Hunting drive: Very low

Suited as Guard dog: Average

Sensitivity: Very sensitive

Good for novice owners: Yes

Hypoallergenic breed: Yes

Drooling: Very low

Barking: Average

General health: Average

Cost to keep: Average

History

Without a doubt, a hypoallergenic service dog is highly desirable. There are many people who could benefit from the advantages of a service or guide dog but have allergies. In an attempt to bring these types of dogs to people who need them, breeders in North America and Australia sought to cross the hypoallergenic Poodle with dogs that have traditionally been used as guide dogs, like the Golden Retriever and the Labrador Retriever. They started these breeding programs in the 1990s, so Goldendoodles are a very new breed. Breeders have been somewhat successful - some dogs have gone on to fulfill service dog roles like guide dogs, therapy dogs, diabetic alert dogs, and search and rescue dogs. But, they have gained a larger following as so-called "designer dogs" and pets.

Goldendoodles are classified into types according to the breed of its parents.

  • An F1 Goldendoodle is the offspring of a Poodle mated with a golden retriever.
  • An F1B Goldendoodle is the offspring of a Poodle with an F1 Goldendoodle.
  • An F2 Goldendoodle is the offspring of an F1 and another F1 Goldendoodle
  • an F2B Goldendoodle is the offspring of an F1 and an F1B Goldendoodle
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Goldendoodles are not a registered breed and are not recognized by the AKC.

Appearance

Goldendoodles are a hybrid dog can have a variety of both Golden Retriever and Poodle traits. However, there are a few guidelines for size and coat:


  • They come in three size variations:
    A standard Goldendoodle will often weigh 60 to 100 pounds, a medium Goldendoodle will weigh between 30 and 45 pounds, and a miniature Goldendoodle will weigh approximately 15 to 30 pounds. .

  • There are three coat varieties:
    The straight coat, which is flat and resembles more of a Golden Retriever coat. The wavy coat type is a mixture of a Poodle's curly coat, and a Golden Retriever's straighter coat. The last coat type is curly, which tends to look more like the Poodle coat..

  • A wide variety of colors: white, cream, apricot, gold, red, light brown, and sometimes gray and black (also called phantom).

Temperament

Intelligence/Trainability

Goldendoodles are well-known for their intelligence and trainability. They are playful, love to be around people, and are eager to please. Because they are so easy to train, they are excellent dogs for first-time owners. With the correct amount of training, they will excel in obedience classes and in canine sporting activities like agility, flyball, tracking,

As with all intelligent breeds, Goldendoodles require an outlet for their energy and intelligence. In short, they do best with a job, even if that job is simply chasing a ball or accompanying you on walks. They are incredibly fast learners and will learn bad habits just as quickly as good ones.

Activity

Goldendoodles fall in the middleof the energy spectrum. 30 minutes of vigorous exercise per day is enough to keep your Goldendoodle healthy and happy. They enjoy all sorts of activities, like walking, playing fetch, agility, and more.

Exercising your Goldendoodle puppy requires a few special considerations. Goldendoodles have an increased risk of hip dysplasia. Avoid exercising on slippery surfaces and climbing stairs under the age of 3 months. Exercise is needed, however, as strong muscles will increase the stability of the hip joint. Outdoor exercise on soft, uneven grounds seems to have a lower risk. Try to avoid exercise that involves running, jumping and playing on hard surfaces until the age of 2.

Independence

Goldendoodles are excellent family dogs and do best when they can spend as much time with their families as possible. They do not do well when left alone for long periods of time and will want to be near their families.

Protective

Goldendoodles are not at all known for having a protective nature and will not suit in that capacity. They may not even bark at a knock at the door and will cheerlfully greet an intruder.

Living Conditions

Goldendoodles are quite versatile and adapt easily to many environments. However, they need some time off-leash and may not adapt to apartment living. They are pretty big dogs and can take up quite a bit of space in your home. Ideally, they have a safe, fenced yard to run and play and are allowed to spend as much time with their family as possible.

Children and Other Pets

Goldendoodles are excellent family dogs and do especially well with children. While the noise and commotion of kids may upset some dogs, Goldendoodles are happy to be a part of a busy, noisy household. They are large, playful dogs, so caution should be taken around small children (under the age of 6) as they could easily knock over a child while playing.


  • Young children may unintentionally invade the personal space of your dog and are unable to interpret the warning signals of your dog.

  • Dogs consider the family as a pack, and may consider the younger children as subordinates and may try to correct them.

  • Young children are very time-consuming. They may take away from the time you have to spend with your dog and he may become bored or frustrated.

Keep in mind that all children should be taught how to interact correctly with ANY dog and should never be left unsupervised.

Goldendoodles are generally happy in the company of other dogs and do well with other pets. They have a low prey drive, so with proper socialization and introduction, they are good candidates for living with other small, furry animals.

Health

The average life expectancy of a Goldendoodle is between 10 - 15 years. Like all breeds, the Goldendoodle is prone to certain hereditary health conditions. A responsible breeder will only breed with dogs that have been cleared for these conditions. A Goldendoodle is prone to these diseases:
  • Hypothyroidism (hereditary)
  • Von Willebrand's Disease (VWD) (hereditary)
  • Elbow Dysplasia (hereditary)
  • Ear Infections (hereditary)
  • Patellar Luxation (hereditary) : Patellar luxation is a very common orthopedic disorder in dogs. A patellar luxation occurs when a dog’s kneecap (patella) is dislocated or slips out of its normal position. More info»
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) (hereditary) : Progressive retinal atrophy refers to a group of inherited degenerative eye disorders, which lead to loss of vision. PRA affects both eyes simultaneously and is not painful More info»

Grooming

The Goldendoodle's coat is fairly easy to groom, even more so if you choose to clip it short. Clipping should be repeated every 6-8 weeks. Your Goldendoodle will need regular brushing, every one to two weeks, even though it's a very light shedder.

Goldendoodles should only be bathed when needed using a pH balance shampoo designed specifically for dogs. Labradoodles can be prone to ear infections. Ears should be checked regularly for dirt, redness or a bad smell that could indicate an infection. Clean your dog's ears when needed with an ear cleaner made specifically for dogs.

Teeth brushing two or three times per week (daily is best) helps prevent tartar build up and teeth problems. Nail trimming is an important part of grooming if your dog doesn't wear them down naturally. Once or twice a month should suffice. Trimming a dog's nails too close can cause bleeding and pain, so it is important to trim carefully or seek the help of a vet or groomer.

All puppies and dogs should be groomed regularly and have their paws, ears, and mouth handled and examined frequently so that they become comfortable with the process. This way, you will quickly become aware of any problems that arise and your dog will be easy to handle for the vet, groomer, and any treatments that are required throughout its lifetime.

Feeding

Recommended daily amount: 1 to 4 cups of high-quality dry kibble, divided into two meals. How much your dog needs depend on his size, age and activity level – a very active dog will need more than a lazy one. It also depends on the quality of the food - higher quality food will be digested more easily so you will need to use less.

Special attention is needed when feeding puppies: use food specifically designed for large breed puppies. Adult dog food contains too much calcium, which will increase the risk for hip and elbow dysplasia. Don’t overfeed your puppy, as overweight puppies also have an increased risk for dysplasia. Puppies need to be fed 3 to 4 times a day. This might seem like a hassle, but it will help when it comes to housebreaking. A puppy’s digestive system works very fast. Five to 30 minutes after his meal, he will need to go out to do his business.

Just like any other breed, they need to have free access to fresh, clean water at all times.

Older dogs, like puppies, might need a diet adapted to their needs. In some cases, it is advisable to feed them smaller portions 3 to 4 times a day.

When changing your dog’s diet, it’s recommended to do it gradually over a period of a few days to avoid stomach problems.

Avoid exercise 1 hour before and after the meal, to reduce the risk of gastric torsion (bloat).

Make sure that your dog is not becoming overweight. Obese dogs suffer can suffer from all kinds of health conditions. If you can’t feel the ribs when you move your hands over his sides, he needs to be put on a diet.

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