1. Golden Retriever and Poodle Mix
The breed is the ultimate combination of good looks, smart wits, and playfulness. They were bred to have the lovable qualities of both of their parents. However, because they’re a mix, it’s hard to know how much of each parent they inherit.
2. First Appearance
Goldendoodles first appeared in America in the 1990’s and their name was coined in 1992.
3. Designer Breed
While not officially a registered breed, Goldendoodles are considered a “designer breed” because each parent is a purebred.
4. Family-friendly Temperament
The mix of Poodle and Golden Retriever makes a Goldendoodle’s temperament a great lifelong companion. Poodles do not shed, and they are also athletic and intelligent. Golden Retrievers are lovable, playful, and great family dogs.
5. Almost Hypoallergenic
Although no dog is completely hypoallergenic, most Goldendoodles make great pets to those who are sensitive to fur-bearing animals. Their hairs are usually longer, which allows pet dander, dead skin particles, to stay within the hair instead of being released into the air. Please remember that it all depends on the Goldendoodle’s generation. According to the guide at We Love Doodles, the chances of your allergies being triggered depends on the Goldendoodle’s generation. Doodles with more poodle genetics will be more hypoallergenic than a doodle with a stronger golden retriever genetic makeup.
6. Energetic, Playful and They LOVE to Exercise.
They require daily exercise to avoid destructive behaviors.
7. Goldendoodle Weight
A Goldendoodle can weigh anywhere between 25 to 100 pounds. Although there are a lot of debates surrounding mini Goldendoodles, it is possible to have a smaller sized doodle especially if a Golden Retriever is bred with a smaller Poodle or when two smaller sized Goldendoodles are bred together.
8. Outdoor Adventurers
They love outdoor adventures and swimming! So if you’re an active person, Goldendoodles are great outdoor companions.
9. Social Butterflies
The breed loves to socialize and play. Although being social is a good thing, you should still train your doodle to be mindful of social cues when approaching dogs at the park.
10. Curly Coats
A Goldendoodle’s coat is a mix of the curliness of a Poodle and the shagginess of a golden retriever. The type of coat all depends on genetic makeup. Doodles with a stronger Poodle gene will be much more curly.
11. Multiple Colors
The breed can come in multiple colors: orange, cream, dark or light brown, gray or black. Some are tri-colored as well.
12. Ideal Service Dogs
Goldendoodles make the ideal service pet. With a Poodle’s intelligence and Golden Retriever’s obedience, they have a great temperament to be a service dog.
13. Happy Pups
They have a happy demeanor, which also makes them great emotional support dogs as well!
14. Multiple Alias’
Goldendoodles are known by many names. Just to name a few: groodles, doodles and goldenpoo.
15. Healthy Dogs
Goldendoodles are genetically predisposed to have great dog health. They’re considered to have hybrid vigor when a dog inherits the best qualities of two different breeds. This, in turn, breeds a much healthier dog. They often don’t need as many vet visits! However, Goldendoodles do have some health problems such as hip disorders, elbow disorders, and VonWillebrand’s disease (a blood clotting disorder).
16. Needs a Lot of Grooming
People often think that Goldendoodles are low maintenance. This is a common misconception. Goldendoodles actually need a lot of grooming. We get asked constantly on how to keep a doodle’s hair from getting matted, simple at-home grooming tips for goldendoodle owners, and what grooming products we recommend.
“Backcross” Goldendoodles shed the least amount. These are second-generation dogs mixed with a first-generation Goldendoodle and a purebred Poodle. This genetic mix creates a Doodle that sheds even less since it has more Poodles in its bloodline.
18. Smart Pups
Goldendoodles love to learn new tricks, and they learn it quickly as well. Even in their old age, Goldendoodles love to learn new tricks and commands.
19. All Shapes and Sizes
Groodles come in all sizes. Their height ranges from 14 inches to 25 inches tall!
20. People Pleasers!
Goldendoodles are people pleasers! They’re constantly looking for their owner’s approval and love.
21. Gentle Giants
They’re very gentle, affectionate and are often intensely connected and loyal to their owners. This makes them the ideal canine companion in a household with children.
22. Mini Goldendoodles
Be wary of people selling “mini” Goldendoodles. It’s hard to guarantee the doodle will be less than 15 lbs, which is the weight for a mini doodle. We’ve heard of many people buying mini’s from breeders and the pup ended up growing to a whopping 50 lbs!
23. Daily Grooming Needs
Goldendoodles need daily grooming. You should brush your doodles hair at least once a day to avoid matting.
24. F1 Goldendoodles
An F1 Goldendoodle is a first-generation cross that is ½ Golden Retriever and ½ Poodle. It is essentially a first time cross between breeds. F1’s often have the strongest genetics since you’re pulling genes from both breeds for the first time.
25. F1B Goldendoodles
An F1B Goldendoodle is created through breeding an F1 Goldendoodle with a Poodle. It is also known as a “back cross,” which results in the dog being ¾ Poodle and ¼ Golden Retriever. This genetic makeup creates the most hypoallergenic dog since it has more Poodles in it.
26. F2 Goldendoodles
An F2 Goldendoodle is a cross between two F1 Goldendoodles. It is a second generation of doodles. The dog is 50% poodle and 50% golden retriever.
27. F2B Goldendoodles
An F2B is a second-generation backcross that results in an F1 Goldendoodle bred with an F1B Goldendoodle. There is less vigor in this generation, but it’s still close enough to the original hybrid where the dog will still benefit from hybrid vigor.
28. F3 Goldendoodles
F3 is considered a multigenerational Goldendoodle. It is the result of generations of Goldendoodle to Goldendoodle breeding.
29. English “Teddybears”
An English “Teddybear” Goldendoodle is a cross between an English creme Golden Retriever and a Poodle.
30. Food Driven
Goldendoodles are usually very easy to train and are food motivated. Training a groodle with treats will usually yield the best results because they’ll often do anything for food.
31. Adopting a Goldendoodle
Goldendoodles are very popular so it may be hard to find one at your local shelter. However, you can find doodle rescue groups.
32. Finding Reputable Breeders
Should you choose to purchase a g\Goldendoodle from a breeder, we recommend you visit GANA – Goldendoodle Association of North America. It’s the first and only Goldendoodle breed club. It has a registry database with documented lineage. Breeders on here are vetted, have provided proof of health clearances achieved on all their breeding practices, have agreed to a code of ethics regarding their breeding practices and care of their dogs.
33. Play Time
Goldendoodles crave human interaction! So it’s good to set aside 15-30 minutes a day to play with your groodle. They’ll thank you for the one-on-one time.
34. Joint Issues
Since Goldendoodles are prone to hip and elbow issues, we recommend giving them joint treats when they approach their senior years. We recommend Zesty Paws Glucosamine for dogs.
Zesty Paws Hip & Joint Mobility Bites
- Made with advanced ingredients to provide powerful support hip and joint support to aging dogs.
- Contains a proprietary blend of OptiMSM®, a GRAS-designated form of MSM, Qmin+™ Curcumin, and BioPerine®.
Goldendoodles live 10-15 years on average.
36. Ear Infections
Goldendoodles are also prone to ear infections. You can ask your groomer to pluck the hairs out of their ears to prevent ear infections from happening. You can also use Zymox Otic Enzymatic Solution for acute and chronic ear infections.
Zymox Otic Enzymatic Solution
- Used for the treatment of acute and chronic otitis externa, an inflammation of the outer ear characterized by itching, swelling, redness and pain in the outer part of the ears.
- A proven antibiotic alternative and provides quick relief for your pet and also eliminates the bacteria and fungi that caused the infection.
37. Running Like the Wind!
Medium or large goldendoodles are not great apartment dogs. They need a backyard to roam around! Urban or rural homes are the best for this energetic breed.
38. The Worst Guard Dogs
Since Goldendoodles are so friendly, don’t expect to be great guard dogs. They’re known to greet anyone who enters their home with a smile, tail wag, and a sweet kiss!
The most common color of a goldendoodle is golden. 🙂
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