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Country of Origin, History of Goldendoodles
There is no known date or person who started the Goldendoodle breed, but it is believed it may have existed naturally over the years. However, it was only in 1969 that designer dog breeders in United States mixed Golden Retrievers and Poodles to develop Goldendoodles to have a good-looking, smart, witty and playful dog.
Around the same time, Goldendoodles were developed in Australia too. As designer dog breeds became more and more popular, Goldendoodles gained in popularity.
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A General Appearance of the Dog
The Goldendoodle is a crossbreeding of a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. Many are then re-bred to a Poodle so they are ¾ Poodle and ¼ Golden and thus, are more likely to be hypoallergenic. When the Poodle(s) used in the breeding are Standard, the resulting Goldendoodle is large, but if the Poodle(s) are Miniature, the Goldendoodle is a smaller dog called a Mini-Goldendoodle. In some instances, a Cocker Spaniel is also being introduced to the mix to create an even smaller Petite Goldendoodle. One must study the breed characteristics of all breeds to best understand the Goldendoodle.
Goldendoodles are happy in many types of households if they have ample opportunities for walks, runs, hikes, and playtimes. They are very energetic.
Goldendoodles can have the body type of a Poodle or that of a Golden Retriever. They usually appear athletic with long legs and a long, slightly curled tail. Their ears hang down. Their coats can be a rather messy-looking dense mass of curls or can take on a slightly smoother appearance. Coat colors include all of the Poodle colors (chocolate, black, apricot, cream, blue, silver, white) and the various shadings of Goldens (gold, red, yellow). The chest can be thinner like a Poodle or deeper like a Golden, giving them a wider stance. Most have brown eyes and a brown or black nose, but they can have blue or green eyes. While most people think all Goldendoodles are hypoallergenic, that is not true because many produce allergic reactions in those allergic to dog hair, so be sure to visit the dog for a couple of hours before agreeing to take it home if you have dog hair or dander allergies.
Their coats can be a rather messy-looking dense mass of curls or can take on a slightly smoother appearance. Coat colors include all of the Poodle colors (chocolate, black, apricot, cream, blue, silver, white) and the various shadings of Goldens (gold, red, yellow). Their dense, double coat is prone to matting or trapping dirt, so they should be brushed almost daily.
Chorkies are fairly hypoallergenic and don’t shed too much.
60 – 90 pounds (Standard)
25 – 29 inches (Standard)
Miniature or Mini-Goldendoodle will be smaller.
Temperament of the Dog
Goldendoodles often take on the Golden temperament and are friendly and easy to train, but two siblings can have very different coats and personalities. Some can be stand-off-ish or easily frightened and appear stubborn even though they are smart. You will have to work hard to socialize and instill confidence in these Goldendoodles.
Most Goldendoodles are loving and do well with other pets and children, especially if socialized with them at a young age. They love playing with older children and other dogs and enjoy games of fetch and flyball or learning agility. They are very energetic and need some very active times every day.
They are great for an active lifestyle where the person or family wants to include the dog in all the activities. They will not be happy being left at home for long periods and may act out or devise things to do that are destructive in your mind.
Better suited to an indoor or outdoor lifestyle?
Goldendoodles want to live indoors because they want to be with their families, but they love having a fenced yard for running and exploring. They also love all types of outdoor activities with their families. Many will enjoy swimming in your pool or the ocean if they start as puppies. Always rinse them with fresh water after a swim.
Are they suited to homes with kids?
The Goldendoodle is a great family dog who will bond with all family members and want to go with everyone. He will lie with younger children while they play or go outdoors and play fetch with older children.
Goldendoodles are very energetic and very smart so they need physical activity and mental activity every day. Obedience training and practice will make them happy if you use positive reinforcement (treats, praise, play). Then they will want to do other activities like playing with other dogs at the dog park, playing fetch, learning agility or fly ball, going hiking with you, etc.
How active is the breed?
Goldendoodles need a good bit of exercise every day. Walks, games of fetch, play at the dog park, and other activities are necessary. They also need their quick minds challenged with games, obedience, and perhaps agility.
Most Goldendoodles do not shed very much and their fur continues to grow, so they must have a professional grooming every 6 – 8 weeks. They will need frequent brushing, especially if they run around outside. For those who are on a leash whenever out, brushing a couple of times a week will be sufficient, but those who can run a yard or property will probably need daily brushing. It is imperative to trim fur on foot pads and around eyes (and maybe their rear end) regularly. Clean their teeth 2 – 3 times a week. Have the groomer clip toenails and then plan to clip toenails at least once between grooming appointments. Check ears frequently since they can be prone to ear infections.
Goldendoodles are prone to the same diseases and health problems as Poodles and Golden Retrievers such as knee issues, elbow and hip dysplasia, von Willebrand’s disease, diabetes, cancer, and progressive retinal atrophy. They also get skin allergies. They are prone to obesity if they do not get enough exercise and if their food is not limited.
Life Span: 10 – 15 years
National Breed Clubs:
GANA = Goldendoodle Association of North America
TGR = Goldendoodle Registry
ACHC = American Canine Hybrid Club
DBR = Designer Breed Registry
DDKC = Designer Dogs Kennel Club
DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.
GANA = Goldendoodle Association of North America
TGR = Goldendoodle Registry
IDCR = International Designer Canine Registry®
Group: Mixed Breed Dog.
AKC Popularity Ranking: Not recognized by AKC
Also Known As: Groodle, Curly Golden, Curly Retriever, Goldenoodle, Goldenpoo
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