Thinking about getting a dog that has the sought-after Goldendoodle temperament? Excellent choice.
Goldendoodles are a type of poodle mix that pairs a Golden Retriever with a Poodle and they range in size from miniature at 15-30 pounds, medium at 30-45 pounds and standard which weighs in at anywhere from 45 to over 100 pounds. There’s a variety of sizes to choose from and you’ll easily find the one that fits your family best.
The breeding between the Golden Retriever and the Poodle began back in the mid-90s when breeders decided they wanted to be able to offer a larger poodle mix.
Let’s take a look at some of the Goldendoodle particulars.
Nothing But Smarts
This hybrid dog carries the smarts genes from both parents and they are very quick learners. In fact, it can be said that they love to learn. Early training with treats and praise will give you a well-trained and reliable adult dog.
Because the Goldendoodle temperament is so well suited to training, they make excellent guide dogs and are also good for things like being paired with someone who has PTSD.
What to Look for in a Puppy
Known for being friendly and loving dogs, Goldendoodles generally carry the best traits of both the Golden Retriever and the Poodle. These traits will vary from dog to dog and depends largely on who the parents are.
Breeding goes a long way in these crossbred dogs.
Typically, Goldendoodles are devoted members of the family and are very friendly. If your visit to the breeder shows any aggression or shyness from the parents, this isn’t what you want in your pup.
Because they combine the best of the worlds of Golden retriever and Poodle, the Goldendoodle temperament is known for something called hybrid vigor. This means that with a first generation mix, they are generally healthier than either one of the parents’ lines.
Their ancestry makes them great hunters and water dogs especially with the Golden Retriever line.
Make sure you get health certificates from the breeder and if a breeder puts you off in any way about that, walk away and find another breeder who will give you those certificates.
Goldendoodles, like any of the poodle mixes, can inherit the health issues of either parent but can also be more immune to the health problems that plague either the Golden Retriever or Poodle.
To get the healthiest puppy, make sure the crossbreeding is first generation. That means you have one Golden Retriever parent and one Poodle parent and that will ensure the Goldendoodle temperament you’re looking for. The life expectancy of the average Goldendoodle is about 15 years.
While some hybrid dogs are low maintenance when it comes to grooming, Goldendoodles are not. Their fur ranges anywhere from shaggy to loose curls and even somewhere in between.
Use a slicker brush and brush them at least every other day to avoid matting and have them professionally groomed every 2-3 months.
The thing you can count on, though, is that they are a good choice as a hypoallergenic dog because of their Poodle qualities.
Ear infections can be an issue because flaps cover their inner ears where moisture and bacteria can breed. Keep their ears clean and dry and be especially vigilant after a bath or swimming.
If you choose a smaller Goldendoodle, make sure to brush her teeth on a regular basis because she’s more prone to gum disease than the bigger versions.
A Goldendoodle By Any Other Name
Goldendoodles are known by other names like Golden Poos, Goldie Poos and Groodles.
A Great Family Pet
The Goldendoodle temperament lends itself well to being the perfect family companion. They love to play and get along well with children of all ages. They are easy going when it comes to strangers and are the embodiment of a truly social dog being happiest when they’re around all sorts of people.
They love to romp around the yard and require a moderate amount of exercise each day. Because of their love of activity, Goldendoodles are perfect for sports like flyball and agility.
Ready for Your New Friend?
A Goldendoodle, whether small or large, will fill you up with their wonderful Goldendoodle temperament that comes out in their own natural abandon.