As the name suggests, Goldendoodle is a hybrid dog breed developed from the cross breeding of Golden Retriever and Poodle breed dogs. These intelligent dogs are easy going and reliable in temperament. They are not suspicious of strangers. In fact, they tend to greet them with great warmth and affection. They are classified as hunting or flushing dogs.
The Goldendoodle was developed to serve as an assistant dog with minimal grooming requirements. These hybrid dogs are not accepted by mainstream Kennel Clubs that lay more emphasis on purebred dogs. The breed is also known as Golden Poo, Goldenoodle, Groodle, Goldiedoodle and Curly Golden. Mini Goldendoodle dogs are developed by the cross breeding of Golden Retrievers and Miniature Poodles.
Goldendoodle breed dogs are quite similar to their parent breeds in appearance. The jovial facial expression is accompanied by a full facial beard, especially in adulthood. The plumed tail is carried high over the back.
Most of the physical characteristics are influenced by the characteristics of the parent breeds. As a result, their physical appearance tends to be variable. In terms of the hair coat too, they tend to go through a number of phases within the first twelve months.
Color: These dogs are available in a variety of colors like golden, white, brown, light brown, cream, red, silver, apricot, black, parti color etc. A variety of coat colors and textures can be exhibited in the same litter.
Height: The average height of a Standard Goldendoodle dog ranges between 22 to 27 inches. On the other hand, Miniature Goldendoodles are generally up to 21 inches in height.
Weight: Standard Goldendoodle dogs usually weigh around 50 to 75 pounds whereas the miniature variety is usually about 25 to 50 pounds in weight.
Goldendoodle dog breed is usually considered healthy as compared to its parent breeds. But, at the same time these dogs are also prone to certain health problems, especially the ones common in typical Golden Retrievers and Poodles. They are generally susceptible to health issues like hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, and arthritis.
Golden Retriever influenced Goldendoodle dogs with large ears need special attention in terms of ear cleaning as they are more likely to develop ear infections. They are also susceptible to thyroid disorders, blood disorders, heart diseases and eye problems (especially Progressive Retinal Atrophy and Cataract). Light colored Goldendoodles may be sensitive to sun exposure.
Life Expectancy: The average Goldendoodle lifespan is generally 10 to 15 years.
Litter Size: The average litter size is 6 to 8 puppies.
This breed is characterized by a single hair coat that does not shed much and hence requires minimal amount of grooming. Being a mixed breed, a typical Goldendoodle hair coat can be shaggy and wavy with or without loose curls. However, it should neither be as curly as that of a Poodle nor as straight as that of a Golden Retriever but somewhere between the two types.
Thus, brushing and combing of the long but lightly shedding hair coat should be done on a regular basis, at least once or twice a week. These adorable dogs should be bathed at least once in a month’s time. Professional grooming can also be carried out every 6 to 8 weeks.
The temperament of a Goldendoodle is quite similar to that of the Poodle. These dogs are gentle, well mannered, friendly, smart, sociable, loving, outgoing, loyal and intelligent in temperament. Moreover, they thoroughly enjoy human companionship. Therefore, it is easier to train and socialize. In fact, Goldendoodle dogs enjoy learning new tricks.
They get along well with small children and other pets. They are relatively quiet and do not bark unnecessarily. These family dogs tend to exhibit destructive behavior when left alone for long periods of time. These amiable dogs are usually not recommended for watchdog or guard dog duties. Male Goldendoodle dogs tend to be more affectionate yet stubborn as compared to their female counterparts.
Like Golden Retriever dogs, even Goldendoodle breed dogs tend to develop special affinity towards swimming and fetching objects. These active dogs are usually lively both indoors as well as outdoors. They require moderate amount of exercise and hence generally recommended for city dwellers.
Goldendoodle dogs are generally considered fully grown by the age of one. They are characterized by a good sense of smell. In case you are allergic to peanuts then you can safely rely on your Goldendoodle to sniff out these nuts from the food.