The Goldendoodle is a mix of breeds of Golden Retrievers and Poodles. It can vary significantly both in size and color.
Goldendoodle – Breed Description
The Goldendoodle is a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. He is a medium to large sized dog that comes in a variety of colors. It is available from creamy white to golden blonde to dark brown or even black. All common color combinations are allowed, because the Goldendoodle does not depend on a uniform color appearance. The only decisive factor is that the parents (of the 1st generation) are a purebred Golden Retriever and a purebred poodle. Since poodles come in many colors, the variety in the Goldendoodle is not surprising. Compared to the Labradoodle , its fur is a little thicker.
Character and essence of the Goldendoodle
Goldendoodle combine the characteristics that Golden Retrievers and Poodles have given them: They are intelligent, fond of children , happy and affectionate. They also have the poodle’s joy in learning and the retriever’s serenity. In principle, this makes them an ideal family dog . The Goldendoodle welcomes lively attention, both from humans and other animals. Compared to the Labradoodle , it is said to be a little more sensitive and resentful.
Origin and history
The Goldendoodle comes in a wide variety of colors, from creamy white to black
Goldendoodle have been bred in the US and Canada since the late 1990s. Similar to the Labradoodle, the background for this crossbreed was to create an allergy-friendly dog . Poodles belong to the group of dogs that hardly have any hair and are therefore often the first choice for people who do not want to do without a dog even though they have an allergy to animal hair. However, due to some unusual poodle hairstyles, it has long been part of the image of the embarrassing fashion dog. Although in most “designer dogs ” – such as the Cockapoo- the poodle is crossed with, but no one thinks of the sometimes very extravagant poodles when they see them. On the contrary, they are considered to be particularly “sweet” and are enjoying increasing popularity.
With regard to an animal hair allergy, it should be said that the Goldendoodle is an allergy-friendly dog, but this only means that the risk of an allergy is lower in percentage terms, but not that this is not the case!
Goldendoodle Mini, Medium und Standard
Goldendoodle are bred in a wide variety of sizes: standard, medium and mini – and in various combinations. The “Standard Goldendoodle” is a cross between a Golden Retriever and a standard or king poodle. Smaller variants are created by combining it with a miniature poodle. These offspring are known as F1 dogs. If these are crossed again with a poodle or a golden retriever, an F1B dog is created. The offspring of two F1B dogs in turn result in F2B dogs.
Goldendoodle was actually bred for people who have an allergic reaction to dog hair, but they are now much more common as a normal family dog for everyone, especially for new dog owners . They are happy dogs, without aggression and a lot of family spirit. They can be kept in the city or in the country, love the water and regular games. Because of its ancestry from the Golden Retriever, many Goldendoodle like retrieving.
Upbringing the Goldendoodle
The upbringing of both the poodle and the golden retriever is basically not difficult, and the same applies to the upbringing of the goldendoodle. The intelligent dogs learn quite easily, but of course the upbringing does not take place on its own. As with any other dog breed, attending a dog school is recommended, unless you have already had enough experience with it. To do justice to their intelligence, they should be kept mentally engaged on a regular basis.
Diet of the Goldendoodle
Food for the Goldendoodle has a major impact on its health. In order to provide you with detailed information about special dog food and dog nutrition, we have a large number of specialist articles.
Caring for the Goldendoodle
While the coat of poodles can be relatively maintenance-intensive, occasional combing or brushing is sufficient for the Goldendoodle. But you should not do without it completely, because then there is the risk of the fur becoming matted. A short hairstyle is ideal in summer, but a little longer in winter.
Tip: For more information on the care of a dog found in our articles about dog care , grooming , paws care and moulting .
Diseases in the Goldendoodle
Mixed breeds are generally considered to be healthier than pedigree dogs. Since the Goldendoodle is, so to speak, a mixed breed (albeit from two pedigree dogs), hereditary diseases are a little less common than those of his parents. In principle, the risk of serious health problems is rather low, but of course it cannot be ruled out. It is crucial that the breeder pays close attention to which animals he is breeding with! This does not matter to “multipliers” who are after the quick money. Goldendoodle show some abnormalities with regard to hip dysplasia (HD), eye problems (cataract) and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA).
Buy Goldendoodle Puppies
Looking to buy a Goldendoodle puppy? Central Illinois Doodles is our #1 Goldendoodle breeder on our list. In contrast to a recognized pedigree dog, you do not have the opportunity to contact a breeder from a registered association that is a member of the Association for the German Canine System. As with all other dog breeds, it is all the more important here that you should definitely visit the breeder before buying a dog and get an idea on site.
Since it is not just any mixed breed, the breeder should be able to present them with breeding papers from their parents – and also a certificate about the puppy’s state of health. Expect to wait a while, as the demand is often higher than the supply of Goldendoodle puppies.