The Goldendoodle is a cross between a Golden Retriever and Miniature or Standard Poodle. As the smaller poodle hybrids grew in popularity and success, Golden Retriever breeders decided to breed them with the standard poodle for a larger family pet. They are extremely smart, so they learn quickly, and they love children and other pets. If you’re considering purchasing a Goldendoodle be sure your lifestyle and schedule will permit you to spend lots of time with the puppy/dog because they are extremely social and gregarious.
The Goldendoodle’s ancestry along both parent lines is as hunters and water dogs. Most Goldendoodles are a first generation cross, as such they exhibit hybrid vigour — a phenomenon in animal breeding referring to the fact that the first cross between two unrelated purebred lines is healthier and grows better than either parent line. Vigour lessens with each successive generation. The most common colors for Goldendoodles are black, brown, gray, red, white and yellow and most are light to non-shedding.
Note: Poodles have a reputation for being hypoallergenic, meaning they can supposedly be tolerated by people who have dog allergies and since Goldendoodles have Poodle in their heritage, they’re sometimes promoted as hypoallergenic. That being said, allergies are not caused by dogs themselves but by dander, the dead skin cells shed by all dogs (and people). So, there’s really no scientific evidence that any crossbreed is more or less hypoallergenic than any other dog but Goldendoodles tend to have less dander though than other breeds. Most Goldendoodles do have a low to non-shedding coat making them more tolerable for people with allergies, especially a Goldendoodle with a completely non-shedding coat. The Goldendoodle may shed less than a golden retriever, but the degree of shedding will vary from dog to dog.
Grooming requirements are as varied as coat types, but most doodles require regular brushing to avoid matting. A dog with a coat that sheds less will require more grooming than one that sheds more often so grooming should be performed often to keep the dog’s coat in good shape.
Our Goldendoodles come from responsible and reputable breeders only as do all of our dog breeds and this is important, so you know you are getting the best hybrid puppy from healthy and happy parents. Your Goldendoodle will be a mid-sized, fluffy, cheerful canine companion who is not too high maintenance but still is energetic enough to share an active lifestyle.
The Goldendoodle is great for owners who do not want to deal with hair in their cars and homes. They are easy to train though they are not going to do really well in an apartment because they are large and full of energy, so a backyard with a doggy door is best and they’ll need daily exercise to maintain optimal health. Committed and active owners can enjoy many, many activities with this breed and they’re able to handle most types of hot and cold weather
The Goldendoodle is known to listen to commands and obey its owner(s) very well and quite quickly. Expect fewer repetitions when training this breed. They have a wonderful, cheerful and playful temperament and they will do just fine with kids and other pets. This dog will bark and alert its owners when an intruder is present, so they make great family pets and watchdogs. The breed is also good for new dog owners and/or those who have little experience with dog ownership because they are so smart and easy to get along with and handle.
- Goldendoodles make marvelous family dogs: they’re loyal, playful, responsive, very social and they love their owners/people so they should always live in the house and not be left outdoors. If left unattended in a crate or elsewhere for long periods of time, a Goldendoodle will become bored and lonely, and may become depressed and destructive.
- Goldendoodles often have an uncanny ability to communicate with their people. Some have even been trained as guide dogs.
- Goldendoodles are active and need regular exercise.
- This is a great breed for kids and is known to be playful and affectionate around them.
Clubs, Registries & Associations
- American Canine Hybrid Club
- Designer Dogs Kennel Club
- Dog Registry of America, Inc.
- International Designer Canine Registry
- Designer Breed Registry
Average Weight: 15-100 lbs.
Personality Traits: Intelligent, social, affectionate
Country of Origin: North America and Australia
Coat: Can look shaggy (retriever-like) or curly (Poodle)