- Activity Level: high
- Grooming Level: moderate
- Trainability: high
- Adaptability: high
- Kid/Pet Friendly: often
- Average Size: Medium
- Average Lifespan: 10-15 years
- Prey Drive: low
- Watchdog: chill
- Registered?: other
Goldendoodle Breed Profile
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The Goldendoodle is a cross between the purebred Golden Retriever and the Standard Poodle. The breed is currently recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club and the International Canine Association as a Designer Dog Breed. The Goldendoodle originated in 1990’s in North America and Australia, although it was first bred in 1969. The idea was to create a breed with the great temperament of the family-friendly Golden Retriever along with the intelligence of the Poodle. The presence of the Poodle makes a highly trainable canine, and the Golden Retriever always aims to please.
Just be cautious with stern discipline tactics, as the Goldendoodle may have a hard time letting training failure roll off its back. Always train with a positive energy using lots of reinforcement with any breed. It was also thought that by crossing these breeds you would potentially create an effective solution for a guide/service dog for people with disabilities who also had allergies. While the Goldendoodle is somewhat hypo-allergenic, every allergic person should meet the puppy before adopting to ensure that they show no symptoms.
The Goldendoodle is bred to be a family dog. The combination of the gentle Golden Retriever and the highly intelligent Poodle make a wonderful companion. It will want a nice yard to frolic about, and will be your child’s best friend. The breed is generally tolerant, playful, and full of personality from day one.
The Goldendoodle is pretty easy to keep happy. Their coats are good protection in the winter months, while they are fairly tolerant to warmer seasons. Just be aware that no pet should be exposed to temperature extremes, either hot or cold. If you have a small apartment, the Goldendoodle may not be the dog breed for you. It is recommended that this breed has room to move and unwind, as they are very energetic.
The Goldendoodle is a generally healthy Designer Dog Breed. One thing to look for is the hip health of the Golden Retriever and Poodle parents. Both breeds are susceptible to hip dysplasia, so knowing the hip history of the parents is important.
Because of the trainability of the Goldendoodle, it is not uncommon to see a first time Doggy Parent choose this breed.
The Goldendoodle is considered a “brush & run” breed of dog. That means that grooming the Goldendoodle is not a difficult or time-consuming task. Give the coat a brush each day, clip the nails once a month, and brush his/her teeth once a week. Bathe the Goldendoodle when needed, but be careful not to over bathe this breed. The Goldendoodle will require lots of blow drying after a bath, and too many baths will rob them of essential oils that help the dog have a healthy coat and skin.
Energetic and jovial is the best way to describe the Goldendoodle. Plenty of playtime and exercise is needed to have a well balanced Canine Companion. A fenced in yard to romp around or regular trips to the dog park are highly recommended.
A full-grown Goldendoodle should be between 20-26 inches in height at the shoulder, and weigh between 40 and 90 pounds. Size is greatly determined by the size of the parents.