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The Goldendoodle is also called the Groodle, Goldenpoo, Curly Retriever and the Goldenoodle. She is a mix of the Poodle and the Golden Retriever. She has a life span of 10 to 15 years and has been successful not just as a family dog but also as a work dog, service dogs, sniffer dogs, guide dogs and therapy dogs for example. She is also good at agility. The Goldendoodle has become very popular amongst designer dogs, and can be found in several sizes depending on the type of Poodle used in the breeding. She can range from small to medium to large in size.
|Here is the Goldendoodle at a Glance|
|Average height||13 to 20 inches, 17 to 20 inches, 20 to 24 inches|
|Average weight||15 to 35 pounds, 40 to 50 pounds, 50 to 90 pounds|
|Coat type||Medium, wavy to curly|
|Hypoallergenic?||Can be yes|
|Shedding||Low to moderate|
|Brushing||Twice a week or more|
|Tolerant to Solitude?||Moderate – cannot be left too long|
|Tolerance to Heat||Excellent|
|Tolerance to Cold||Very good|
|Good Family Pet?||Excellent|
|Good with Children?||Very good|
|Good with other Dogs?||Very good to excellent|
|Good with other Pets?||Very good to excellent|
|A roamer or Wanderer?||Moderate|
|A Good Apartment Dweller?||Low to moderate|
|Good Pet for new Owner?||Very good|
|Trainability||Easy to train|
|Exercise Needs||Fairly high|
|Tendency to get Fat||Moderate|
|Major Health Concerns||PRA, Von Willebrand’s Disease, bloat,|
|Other Health Concerns||Patellar luxation, Ear Infections, joint dysplasia, allergies, Hypothyroidism|
|Life Span||10 to 15 years|
|Average new Puppy Price||$1000 – $2200|
|Average Annual Medical Expense||$460 – $600|
|Average Annual Non-Medical Expense||$420 – $550|
Where does the Goldendoodle come from?
First bred in the 1990s the Goldendoodle has since grown in popularity though compared to some other designer breeds she is a young cross. Also known as hybrids these dogs are the result of two purebreds being bred together. Most Goldendoodles are still first generation breeding. After the popularity of the Cockapoo and the Labradoodle breeders thought this mix would be successful mixing the low shedding and low dander of the Poodle with the friendly, gentle and intelligent Golden Retriever. Their popularity is reflected in their price and both are still on the rise with some breeders believing the popularity of the Goldendoodle will overtake all other doodles.
The Poodle is a very old breed, at least a couple of thousand of years old. He comes from Germany and was used as a waterfowl retriever for hunters. When he came to France he was bred further into something more distinct and closer to what we know today. There were and still are three sizes of Poodle, a standard, the miniature and the toy. The French continued to use the standard for hunting waterfowl, they used the miniature to sniff for truffles in the woods, and the toy became a favorite companions French nobility carried around with them. The unusual cuts and decoration for their fur was copied by the French when the Poodle was taken in to the circus as a performer and they gave him some unique trims.
Today the Poodle is a clever and popular dog with an appearance of aloofness that really hides a goofy clown when you get to know him. He is very loyal and playful and loves people. He is eager to please, easy to train and has a calm nature. He tends to be protective and has a very good memory.
The Golden Retriever
The Golden Retriever was bred when a Lord Tweedmouth in Scotland wanted a dog who was more even tempered, loyal and attentive but still an excellent retriever of waterfowl. He was bred in the late 19th century but was not officially named until 1920. He was recognized in America in 1932 and became one of the most favorite purebreds.
Now this dog is a great family dog, eager to please, intelligent and loves to be with people. He has a great disposition and is a devoted pet, great with children and pets. They can be boisterous in a bumbling kind of way and love to eat so watch them gaining weight!
The Goldendoodle is a kind and gentle dog, affectionate and very much wanting to be with people. For that reason she is not one you can leave her outside to live, she needs close contact with her family. She is not good at being left along for long periods, she may suffer from separation anxiety. This can lead to destructive behavior like barking, digging and chewing. She is positive and endearing, friendly and smart.
What does a Goldendoodle look like
As mentioned there can be a variety of sizes depending on the size of the Poodle parent. They can range from small up to large dogs as there are no breed standards set for breeders to aim for. The sizes are called miniature, small standard and large standard. They can range from 13 inches up to 24 inches and weigh 15 pounds up to 90 pounds. She has a wavy to curly coat that is medium length and then shorter hair on her head, muzzle and longer hair on the tail, legs and ears. Common colors are cream, red, golden, copper, black, gray, apricot and white.
Training and Exercise Needs
How active does the Goldendoodle need to be?
She will need at least half an hour a day of activities though that may change a little depending on her size. A yard is something she will ideally have access to and then she loves to swim, run, jog, walk, play in a dog park, and so on. She is not best suited for an apartment because she needs room to move around even indoors. However if you have a smaller miniature Goldendoodle they can live in an apartment as long as they get daily walks.
Does she train quickly?
She is easy to train as she is smart, eager to please and inclined to listen. In fact she will most likely train quicker than many dogs as she will need less repetition. Even when a dog comes from good natured parents early socialization and training are still key in getting a well rounded dog and it will be something she enjoys doing. Avoid using harsh correction methods as she is quite sensitive and has a good memory so she will not respond well to it and may refuse to train at all. Positive techniques such as rewards (she loves her food so treats are always a favorite) and praise are more effective.
Living with a Goldendoodle
How much grooming is needed?
The Goldendoodle is a low shedder and tends to be hypoallergenic making her a good dog if you or someone else in the family as allergies. She will need brushing at least twice a week and you can opt to keep the coat trimmed or clipped every couple of months at a groomers or keep it in its natural state. She will need a bath now and then just when she is especially dirty. Brush her teeth at least three times a week to keep them from building up tartar. Cut her nails once a month or so if she does not wear them down naturally to stop her scratching herself or you. Take care as dogs nails are not like ours, if you are not experienced take her to a groomers. Finally she also needs her ears checked and wiped once a week.
What is she like with children and other animals?
She is very gentle and gets on very well with pets, other dogs and children. She can be boisterous when playing and accidentally might knock over a toddler so watch the young ones if you have a large sized Goldendoodle. She is very patient but you should still make sure you teach the children how to act with her in a safe and kind way.
She is not good as a watchdog or guard dog. She does not bark a lot, in fact she may not even bark if someone knocks at the door! She will need anything from ¾ cup to 4 cups of high quality dry dog food each day depending on her size so be sure to check. Divide it into at least two meals as she is prone to bloat. She can handle almost any climate or weather.
Avoid buying from irresponsible breeders or puppy mills so that you can be better assured that you have gotten a healthy dog. They are prone to health conditions that their parents are prone to. These include PRA, Von Willebrand’s Disease, bloat, Patellar luxation, ear Infections, joint dysplasia, allergies and hypothyroidism.
Costs involved in owning a Goldendoodle
This is a very popular designer dog and the prices reflect that. A Goldendoodle puppy will cost between $1000 to $2200. High considering some other mixed dogs can be found for as low as $300. On top of that she will need a collar, a leash, a crate, a carrier if she is smaller, blood tests, a micro chip, spaying. This will cost about $450 – $550. Yearly costs that are medical in nature will fall somewhere between $460 – $600 and that includes shots, flea prevention, pet insurance and regular check ups. Non medical annual costs will fall somewhere between $420 and $550 covering things like food, training, a license, treats and toys.
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The Goldendoodle is a great dog, you can get her in a size that suits your living arrangements and she is so good natured and easy to train she is also a great first time dog. She is a very loving dog and so endearing she will be very hard to resist!
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Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts’ knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.
- Where does the Goldendoodle come from?
- What does a Goldendoodle look like
- Training and Exercise Needs
- Living with a Goldendoodle
- Health Concerns
- Costs involved in owning a Goldendoodle