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December 19, 2019 PetGuide
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Goldendoodle

 
  • Height: 20-29 inches
  • Weight: 50-90 lb
  • Lifespan: 10-13 years
  • Group: Not Applicable
  • Best Suited For: Families with children, singles and seniors, houses with yards
  • Temperament: Intelligent, lovable, energetic, friendly
  • Comparable Breeds: Golden Retriever, Poodle

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This dog doesn’t just have an incredibly fun name to say, his joyful personality also lives up to the title. Fun-loving and playful, the Goldendoodle is an active and energetic doggy athlete. He loves to run around, play fetch and swim. He’s always moving. With a little work, this intelligent guy will learn to catch a Frisbee or jump through a hoop. He can do just about anything. Highly trainable, Goldendoodles are a perfect choice for first-time pet owners. This crossbreed loves everybody, young and old. But especially kids. He’ll keep the kids busy and active for hours and even try to get guests involved in a game of chase. Everyone is a  potential play partner in this pup’s eyes. Goldendoodles will warn their families when someone approaches and then quickly welcome them as if they were long lost friends. They do not make good guard dogs. They are better as doggy door greeters.

Yet, despite all of that boundless energy these doggos will eventually calm down. After a hard day of play, the Goldendoodle will happily relax on the sofa and chill with the family. They love to love and be loved, just like any good boy. However, beware dinner time. This guy will do everything that he possibly can to get at your plate. On the plus side, he is at least cordial and will be happy to swap his dish for yours! To learn more about the Goldendoodle, please read on. This pup just might fit into your family perfectly. Keep you eyes glued to this page to find out.

Fun-loving and playful, the Goldendoodle is an active and energetic athlete.

The Goldendoodle is a popular designer dog breed. Yet, there are conflicting stories about the time and place of this hybrid’s origin (quite common with designer dogs, but this one’s origin is particularly mysterious). Some believe that the breed had its start in 1969 and credit Monica Dickens as the original breeder of the Golden Retriever and Poodle mix. Other connect these hypoallergenic dogs with the sudden rise in popularity of Doodle mixes that happened in the United States during the 1990s. It’s hard to say which origin is accurate and the argument has raged on for years. Regardless, while the nitty-gritty of the origin might not be crystal clear, there is no mystery surrounding why this breed was created. The idea was to produce an athletic and friendly dog that would do well in service as well as a family pet (and boast a low-shedding coat at the same time). To say that whoever was behind the Goldendoodle succeeded in these goals would be an understatement. 

The Goldendoodle came into existence by breeding a Golden Retriever to a Poodle.

This designer dog is the product of crossing a Golden Retriever to a Poodle. The goal breeders had when they first started developing the Goldendoodle was to create a friendly and playful pooch who combines a personality similar to a Golden Retriever with the low-shedding and hypoallergenic coat of a Poodle. Furthermore, introducing Toy and Miniature Poodle varieties into the gene pool allowed breeders to create a Retriever-like breed in a smaller package. This was for prospective owners who craved the personality of a Golden Retriever, but lived in small condos or apartments unsuited to that roommate sized pup.

The ‘true cross’ or the first generation mix Goldendoodle is the first litter of the two purebreds, and has 50-50 percent of genes from both of the mom and dad. Naturally, these first generation mixes are quite unpredictable, as they don’t have a uniform appearance or personality. It will all depend on which parent’s genes are more dominant and that is always different with every dog! Getting a first generation Goldendoodle is kind of like a box of chocolates: you never know what you’re going to get. However, multigenerational crosses are common for the Goldendoodle breed. By further crossing F1 Goldendoodles with unrelated Poodles, Golden Retrievers, or other Goldendoodles, breeders can perfect the standard of the breed. So, if you have particular wants and needs for you Goldendoodle, the right breeder might be able to accommodate them. It all depends on your Goldendoodle source. A little research will go a long way to ensure that you find the right breeder and the right Goldendoodle. 

It is crucial to make sure that your dog eats a healthy and well-balanced diet. Nutrition is the foundation of your pet’s wellbeing, and failing to provide a diet that’s based on high-grade ingredients in the right ratios could have a serious impact on the quality of your dog’s life. Goldendoodle does best on premium dry food for dogs, as it meets all of their nutritional needs, but only when chosen correctly. You will have to pick out kibble that is rich in meat-based protein, contains healthy fats, and offers a modest percent of complex carbs. Cheaper brands that are full of fillers and artificial ingredients are never a good for your pup’s health. Additionally, you should make sure that the kibble is appropriate for your pet’s age (puppy, adult, or senior), and their size and activity levels. Goldendoodles come in different sizes, so not all will thrive on the same kibble formula.

Another important aspect of Goldendoodle nutrition is making sure they are eating the right amount of food. Stick to the feeding guide recommendations for the specific kibble you’re pouring into your pet’s bowl. The serving sizes will vary. The the smallest types of Goldendoodles might not need more than a cup and a half of food, whereas the standard Goldendoodle could require double the amount.

If you’re unsure what’s a healthy dose of kibble for your own pet, don’t hesitate to contact a vet for an opinion. Sure, pet food manufacturers provide guidelines that are helpful and useful. However, every dog is different and there’s no way to guarantee that any particular food is right for your dog simply by reading the package. It’s always wise to take your vet’s advice about your doggy’s diet. Only they can make an honest assessment about which specific food will suit your specific dog’s needs. Getting advice about things like your dog’s diet is one of the most important reasons to have a vet! 

Highly intelligent, the Goldendoodle is easy to train, even for a first time pet owner.

Highly intelligent, the Goldendoodle is easy to train, even for a first time pet owner. Fun-loving and playful, the Goldendoodle is an active and energetic athlete. Positive training techniques work much better than harsh words or physical methods though. That’s closer to abuse than training and should be avoided at all costs. Those tough techniques are no longer acceptable. So settle into a reward and encouragement based training routine instead and watch your pupper soar! Training sessions should last for around 20 minutes. Rewarding the dog with delectable treats and excited praise will help make for a successful training session. Your Goldendoodle will pick up on your lesson surprisingly quickly.

Goldendoodles take well to obedience training and because they are so bright and eager to please, they also do well in agility. Agility courses are a great place for the Goldendoodle to burn up his energy as well as reinforce the bond he has with his owner. He’ll also have time to socialize with other athletic dogs running the courses. As always, socialization and training should begin as early as possible while your Goldendoodle is still an impressionable puppy. Late training could result in unfortunate behaviour issues down the road.

Goldendoodles come in a variety of sizes. The Standard Goldendoodle should weigh between 50 and 90 pounds and stand 20 to 29 inches tall at the withers. Mini Goldendoodles tip the scales between 25 and 50 pounds and are from 13 to 21 inches high at the shoulder. The Tiny Goldendoodle weighs between 10 and 30 pounds and is from 10 to 15 inches tall at the withers. There truly is a Goldendoodle for every home. You merely have to find the right one for you.

Fun-loving and playful, the Goldendoodle is an active and energetic athlete.For the most part, Goldendoodles are pleasant dogs that are welcoming and accepting of strangers. He thinks that everybody should be his friend and will take the time to play ball or go for a swim with him. Outgoing and playful, this hybrid dog is an exceptional companion for adults and children alike. Goldendoodles enjoy playing fetch, chase, tug of war, jogging, and swimming. However, they are also happy to lounge on the couch and watch TV with his family. They truly love it all.

The Goldendoodle will bark to alert his family when someone or something is around, but thankfully he is not a problem barker. If left alone for too long outside, he will dig. Digging is a favorite pastime of the Goldendoodle. He will happily create holes all over your yard! So get ready to see plenty of those in your backyard.

Goldendoodles can be predisposed to all of the health issues faced by Golden Retrievers and Poodles because they are a combination of the two breeds. Some of the most common health problems are hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, Von Willebrand’s Disease, juvenile cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy, subaortic stenosis, sebaceous adenitis, patella luxation, hypothyroidism and ear infections. Make sure to keep regular check ups with your vet (especially as your Goldendoodle reaches his later years) to catch any of these potential issues and start treatment early.

The average Goldendoodle lives between 10 and 13 years.

Goldendoodles require a fair amount of exercise each day. They need to be walked at least three times daily. Each walk should last for around half an hour. Providing the time to stretch their legs and run is essential for the Goldendoodle. Living in the city is still fine though, provided that they will have access to a dog park every week. Those who have a fenced in yard will find that the Goldendoodle will get all the exercise he needs by playing ball with the kids in the backyard. Never let this dog exercise without being in a securely, fenced area or on a leash. He’s too naturally curious and anxious to make friends and will get into trouble.

Goldendoodles are pleasant dogs that are welcoming and accepting of strangers.

The American Kennel Club doesn’t recognize the Goldendoodle as a purebred dog. This hybrid dog is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Dogs Kennel Club, Dog Registry of America, Inc., International Designer Canine Registry and Designer Breed Registry.

Because it is a crossbreed, the Goldendoodle can have a variety of coats. Mixing breeds means that the puppy can have coats that resemble either parent’s breeds. The coats can be wavy or curly and they may or may not be hypoallergenic and non-shedding. Coat colors can be apricot, red, gold, black, silver, blue, chocolate, fawn, white or parti-colored.

Goldendoodles require a fair amount of grooming. They must be brushed everyday or their coats will become matted. This crossbreed must be professionally groomed at least every other month. The groomer will trim and clip his coat as well as give him a good bath.

Goldendoodle puppies are wonderful balls of fluff, but don’t let their cuteness fool you. These young pups can chew up your furniture, demolish your favorite slippers, and leave excessive amounts of excrement everywhere! They will get into trouble and use their cuteness as defence. Goldendoodles should be watched carefully and should be placed in a crate or other safe and secure area when unattended.

Early socialization and Puppy Kindergarten classes are beneficial to the Goldendoodle. He will learn to play nicely with other pets as well as obtain the foundation for all of the training he will need throughout his life.

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Comparable Breeds

Go to Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever

  • Height: 22-24 inches
  • Weight: 55-75 lb
  • Lifespan: 10-13 years
  • Group: AKC Sporting
  • Best Suited For: Families with children, active singles and seniors, houses with yards, rural/farm areas
  • Temperament: Friendly, affectionate, obedient, good natured
  • Comparable Breeds: Irish Setter, Labrador Retriever
Go to Poodle

Poodle

  • Height: 14-15 inches
  • Weight: 45-55 lb
  • Lifespan: 12-15 years
  • Group: AKC Non-Sporting
  • Best Suited For: Families with children, singles, seniors, houses with yards
  • Temperament: Intelligent, easy to train, obedient, playful
  • Comparable Breeds: Labradoodle, Puli