- Activity Level: moderate
- Grooming Level: high
- Trainability: high
- Adaptability: high
- Kid/Pet Friendly: often
- Average Size: Large
- Average Lifespan: 13 years
- Prey Drive: moderate
- Watchdog: aware
Golden Mountain Doodle Breed Profile
The Golden Mountain Doodle is a cross between the Golden Retriever, Bernese Mountain Dog, and Standard Poodle. This could be a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Bernedoodle, a Bernedoodle and a Goldendoodle, or a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Goldendoodle. Golden Mountain Doodles tend to be loyal, loving, playful, energetic, and affectionate dogs.
Golden Mountain Doodles bond closely with their families and thrive on attention and affection from them. They tend to have a gentle and patient disposition and get along well with children, other dogs, and other pets. Their cheerful, friendly personality also tends to make them open to strangers as long as they have been properly socialized.
A Golden Mountain Doodle is a highly adaptable dog breed. Their high energy and large size tend to make them better suited for larger homes with yards where they can run. But, as long as they get enough daily exercise and mental stimulation, they can adapt well to apartments.
They do well in most climates, but are sensitive to heat. Their thick coats tend to help them stay warm during the winter. Depending on how well your Golden Mountain Doodle likes the snow, you may have some trouble getting them to come inside when there is snow on the ground!
Because these dogs bond so closely with their families, they thrive on attention and affection and crave it. As such, they do not like to be left alone for long periods of time.
Potential health concerns to be aware of in a Golden Mountain Doodle include hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia. Because they are large, barrel-chested dogs, Golden Mountain Doodles are also at risk for bloat like their parent breeds.
Reputable breeders will screen their dogs to ensure they are not passing preventable issues to puppies. So, make sure you ask about the genetic and health history of both of the parents. You can also ask about any health tests or clearances that have been done.
Golden Mountain Doodles tend to be eager to please and highly intelligent. Not only do they tend to pick up things easily, but they are also a good fit for owners of all experience levels.
Puppy training classes can still be a good idea as they strengthen the bond between you and your puppy and reinforce training. Some classes may even host safe puppy play sessions for more socialization opportunities.
A Golden Mountain Doodle will often have a curly or wavy low-shedding coat. Their colors can vary greatly from the typical tri-color Bernese Mountain Dog to the various colors from Poodles and any combination in between.
Although these dogs tend to be low-shedding, they still require a lot of grooming. Daily brushing is necessary to remove tangles and prevent mats. Brushing and clipping at home or at a professional groomer are necessary every 4-6 weeks.
In addition to coat care, you will also need to take care of your Golden Mountain Doodle’s nails, ears, and teeth. Cutting nails once or twice a month is usually enough to keep them from growing too long.
Weekly ear checks with careful cleaning as needed can help prevent ear infections. Daily brushing or daily use of an enzyme toothpaste is an ideal start for good dental care for dogs and helps prevent painful dental diseases later in life.
Golden Mountain Doodles tend to sit in a more moderate energy range. They may have bursts of higher energy while they are running or playing, but they are not typically a high-energy dog breed. Daily walks plus some playtime and other activities are usually enough for this dog.
A fully-grown Golden Mountain Doodle usually stands 23-29 inches tall and weighs an average of 70-90 pounds.
Golden Mountain Doodles generally live for 13 years.