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Goldendoodle

(Groodle, Doodle, Golden Poos)
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Goldendoodle

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What is a Goldendoodle? FAQ’s

 

QUESTION: What is a mixed-breed dog?

ANSWER: A mixed-breed dog is a result of a mix between two or more different dog breeds. There are many types of mixed-breed dogs. Some dog breeds are mixed because of an increase in popularity, while other crossbreeds occur in the hopes of carrying forward the best of a breed’s traits.

A breeding program that conceives a mixed-breed is not without controversy. While these hybrid crossbreeds may see a decrease in popularity, more of them may also start ending up in animal shelters.

 

QUESTION: What is a Goldendoodle?

ANSWER: A Goldendoodle is the result of a mix of a Golden Retriever and a Poodle.

 

QUESTION: How is the personality of a Goldendoodle?

ANSWER: Also known as a Groodle, this mixed-breed dog has the amiable disposition of a Golden Retriever. Also, they may be suitable for pet parents with allergies as a result of their ‘hypoallergenic non-shedding’ coat inherited from their Poodle parent.

 

QUESTION: Is the Goldendoodle ‘hypoallergenic?’

ANSWER: The Goldendoodle may be suitable for pet parents with allergies as a result of their ‘hypoallergenic non-shedding’ coat inherited from their Poodle parent.

If a pet parent with allergies is looking to adopt a Goldendoodle, they should spend time with the animal first, and see how their allergies are affected, and whether they’re a good fit.

 

QUESTION: How does a Goldendoodle look?

ANSWER: A Goldendoodle inherited the intelligence of the Poodle along with the ease of training of a Golden Retriever. The look of a Goldendoodle ultimately varies from a shaggy-looking Retriever to a curl-relaxed Poodle. However, their appearance falls in between the two breeds of their parents.

 

QUESTION: How do I adopt a Goldendoodle?

ANSWER: If you’re interested in adopting a Goldendoodle, consider the following.

  1. Consider what traits of a breed or breed blend are essential to you, such as energy level or personality type.
  2. Check out the Golden retriever and the Poodle rescue groups in your area.
  3. Contact the local animal shelter and let them help set you up with a great match.
  4. Browse the Petfinder database and search shelters for your pet match. You may not find a Goldendoodle, but many beautiful adoptable dogs are looking for a home.

 

How Big Does a Goldendoodle Get?

 

  • Goldendoodle Average Size: Their size is somewhere in between their Poodle parent and their Golden Retriever parent. A rule of thumb is to add both the parent’s weights together and divide the total by two for the average adult weight of a Goldendoodle puppy.
  • Typical Goldendoodle Sizes: The Goldendoodle can range from miniature to standard to medium-sized.

 

Goldendoodle Height Weight
Miniature (Female/Male) 13-20 inches 15-30 lbs.
Medium (Female/Male) 24- 26 inches 30-45 lbs.
Standard (Female/Male) 1.8 – 2.2 feet 60-100 lbs.

 

 

Goldendoodle Characteristics

 

  • Lovely and Devoted: This mixed-breed dog thrives with affection and devotion.
  • Ideal Combo: A Goldendoodle is the perfect combination of a Retriever’s vitality along with a Poodle’s work ethic.
  • Strong Trainability: With professional training, pet parents can quickly teach their hybrid mixed-breed dog proper etiquette.
  • Great for First-Time Pet Parents: An excellent pet for first-time owners, the Goldendoodle was bred as a low-allergen service dog.
  • Takes After Their Parents: The energy and boisterousness of a Goldendoodle are generally good with children, other pets, and strangers. However, some Goldendoodles are more like Poodles; in other words, they’re docile, complacent, and intelligent. Yet, a Goldendoodle can also be like a Labrador retriever; and for this reason, they can be vocal, slow to mature, and may be prone to shed.
  • ‘Low-Shedding’: With a ‘hypoallergenic coat,’ Goldendoodles may be suitable for pet parents with allergies. However, pet parents with allergies should spend time with a Goldendoodle to see how they affect their allergies.
  • Loves Water: A Goldendoodle displays an affinity for water, and they’re strong swimmers.
  • Most Intelligent: A Goldendoodle’s parent breeds are both among the world’s most intelligent dog breeds.
  • Coat Colors: The Golden retriever can come in shades of cream, apricot, and red. Notably, the tone of the Goldendoodle’s color is measurable by the intensity of their inherited genes. Also, the Poodle brings shades of black, chocolate, silver, and gray.
  • 12-14 year Lifespan: The Goldendoodle may live between 12 to 14 years.
  • First Bred: Monica Dickens first bred the Goldendoodle in 1969.
  • Popular in the ’90s: The Goldendoodle popularity grew in the 1990s.
  • Bred to Guide: A Goldendoodle was produced as a guide dog for visually impaired  with allergies.
  • Hybrid Vigor: When a Goldendoodle is a first-generation cross, they exhibit ‘hybrid vigor.’ Moreover, the first-generation cross is healthier and grows better than either parent line. For this reason, the hybrid cross is terrific as a family dog, because they’re intelligent, friendly, easy-to-train, and affectionate.

 

Goldendoodle Detailed Description

 

The Goldendoodle is one of the first mixed-breed dogs to cater to allergic pet parents. This Poodle crossbreed blend is obedient and loyal, and they’re a beautiful family pet. Said to be the perfect dog breed, this canine has a winning combination of looks, wits, and charm. Coined in 1992, the Goldendoodle became a dog preferred by many, especially for their ‘low-shedding’ coats and overall pleasant demeanor.

This crossbreed dog is ‘low-shedding,’ and many pet parents with allergies have them as pets. Importantly though, all dogs have dander, and where allergies exist, there’s no guarantee a breed won’t incite allergies. Pet parents with allergies considering adopting a Goldendoodle should spend ample time with one to see if they affect your allergies.

This dog is a natural athlete and, a Goldendoodle is a perfect work-out companion. This hybrid breed enjoys long walks, running, and hiking, and they’re always ready and willing to accompany their pet parents outdoors. Thanks to their amicable personality and their thirst for adventure, this mixed-breed makes for a superb pet.

 

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Breed Traits

Energy Level

5 out of 5

Exercise Requirements

5 out of 5

Playfulness

5 out of 5

Affection Level

5 out of 5

Friendliness To Dogs

5 out of 5

Friendliness To Other Pets

5 out of 5

Friendliness To Strangers

5 out of 5

Watchfulness

4 out of 5

Ease of Training

4 out of 5

Grooming Requirements

4 out of 5

Heat Sensitivity

4 out of 5

Vocality

2 out of 5

Breed Attributes

Type

Mixed Breed

Weight

Average: 50-65 lbs, Male 45-100 lbs., Female 45-100 lbs.

Height

21-24 inches, Male 24-26 inches, Female 22-23 inches.

Family

Golden Retriever, Poodle

Area of Origin

North America, Australia

Date of Origin

1969

Other Names

Groodle, Doodle, Golden Poos

History

What is the History of a Goldendoodle?

 

  • Parent Breed’s Origins: The Golden retriever is from Scotland, while the Poodle is debatably from either France or Germany.
  • Goldendoodle Origins: The first Goldendoodle was developed in 1989 by Wally Conron at the Royal Guide Dogs Association of Australia.
  • From Down under to America: The Goldendoodle originated from Australia, and in the early-mid-1990s, they came to America.

Temperament

What is the Temperament of a Goldendoodle?

 

  • Characteristics: This mixed-breed dog is known to be energetic, intelligent, playful, friendly, affectionate, outgoing, and confident. Since a Goldendoodle take their more exceptional traits from Golden retrievers, they’re considered a smart, obedient, family dog. They’re everybody’s friend and devoted to family.
  • Family-Dog: A Goldendoodle is super for families with children, singles, and seniors, and they thrive in houses that have yards.
  • Versatile in Nature: A Goldendoodle is not just a pet. They’re known to work as agility dogs, guide dogs, therapy dogs, diabetic dogs, and search and rescue dogs.

Upkeep

How Do I Care for a Goldendoodle?

 

  1. Healthy Dog: The Goldendoodle tends to be healthy and by providing proper exercise and nutrition as well as early socialization, behavior training and positive reinforcements, this breed can become well-mannered.
  2. Moderate Exercise: This dog breed requires a reasonable amount of exercise.
  3. Regular Grooming: Brush this mixed-breed dog once or twice a week. Additionally, proper grooming, including ear cleaning, and nail clipping is necessary every 6 to 8 weeks.
  4. Bathe Appropriately: Provide a bathe for this breed when necessary, which isn’t very often.
  5. Regular Teeth Cleaning: Brush their teeth two or three times a week.
  6. Requires Stimulation: A Goldendoodle needs physical and mental stimulation, and if they don’t receive it, they can become destructive and hard to handle; for this reason, they’re not ideal for apartments.
  7. Daily 30-min Walk: A Goldendoodle requires about 30 to 60 minutes of exercise a day.
  8. Easy-To-Train: Eager to please and intelligent, a Goldendoodle should be socialized from puppyhood, since with consistent and positive reinforcement, training is more natural.
  9. Recommended Daily Diet: Measure and feed 1 – 2.5 cups of high-quality dry dog food a day to your pet and divide it into two meals rather than leaving the food out.
  10. Regular Check-ups: Check for sores, rashes, signs of infection, which may arise in symptoms such as redness, inflammation on the skin, or in the nose, mouth, and eyes, and on the feet. The eyes should be bright without redness or discharge.
  11. Socializing: With training and socializing, a dog can achieve a friendly disposition.

 

Does a Goldendoodle shed?

 

  • ‘Low to Non-Shedding’ Coat: Most Goldendoodles have a small to ‘no-shedding’ coat. To be noted, not all Goldendoodles have the Poodle’s ‘hypoallergenic’ coat. However, they often have a coat that sheds considerably less dander than other dog breeds.
  • Shedding Varies: Overall, the degree of shedding varies from dog to dog. As a result of having less dander, potential allergic responses may decrease.
  • A Great Pet for Pet Parents with Allergies: Most Goldendoodles are light to ‘non-shedding’ and live comfortably with families with mild allergies. Families with moderate to severe allergies may find that Goldendoodle backcrosses work well with their allergies. If a pet parent with allergies is looking to adopt, they should spend time with the animal first, and see how their allergies are affected, and whether they’re a good fit.
  • Types of Coats: A Goldendoodle is a low shedder, particularly the fleece and wool coat. The Goldendoodle hair length, when left unclipped, grows only to about 4-8 inches.- The Hair Coat: Like fur in shedding breeds, this coat type is the least popular as the coat always drops and has an odor.- The Wool Coat: Like Lamb’s wool, this coat hangs in loose curls, which isn’t dense. Plus, this coat is ‘non-shedding,’ and it doesn’t yield an odor.- The Fleece Coat: A silky texture that ranges from straight to wavy, this coat has an Angora goat texture.

Health

What are the Health Concerns of a Goldendoodle?

 

Major Concerns: 

  • Hip and Elbow Dysplasia: Poodles and Golden Retrievers are both prone to hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia.

 

Minor Concerns:

  • Prone to Ear Infections: A Goldendoodle inherited the Golden Retriever’s ears. Since their ears hang, which doesn’t let water drain, they are likely to ear infections.
  • CHD: Ask your veterinarian to test for Congenital Heart Disease.
  • PRA: A Goldendoodle is susceptible to Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), inherited disease-causing blindness.
  • Addison’s disease: There is some evidence of Addison’s disease in Australian Goldendoodles.
  • Epilepsy: It’s essential to take your dog to the veterinarian for a diagnosis and treatment.
  • Allergies: A dog can experience food allergies, contact allergies, and inhalant allergies. Treatment varies and depends on dietary restrictions, medications, and environmental changes.
  • Diabetes: Symptoms of diabetes are excessive urination and thirst, increased appetite, and weight loss – control diabetes with the administration of insulin and diet.

Suggested Tests:

  • Regular Veterinarian Visits:Ensure that a dog visits the veterinarian regularly for check-ups. 
  • DNA Test to Screen for Von Willebrand’s Disease: (vWD) is a bleeding disorder, which is often found in the Poodle and is discoverable by a DNA test.
  • Radiography to Screen for Hip Dysplasia: Since Hip Dysplasia is a risk, and OFA, a PennHIP exam, or specialist radiography is strongly encouraged to check for this problem before breeding.
  • CERF to Screen for Eye Disorders: As a result of both breeds being susceptible to inheritable eye disorders, it’s vital to take a Golden Retriever to a CERF or, the Canine Eye Registration Foundation. DNA test Australian Goldendoodles for ORA before being bred.

Disclaimer

Note: While the characteristics mentioned here may frequently represent this breed, dogs are individuals whose personalities and appearances will vary. Please consult the adoption organization for details on a specific pet.

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