Goldendoodle Dog Breed Information and Facts
The Goldendoodle is a “designer dog,” a hybrid dog breed resulting from mixing the Poodle with the Golden Retriever. These low-to non-shedding “hypoallergenic” doodle dogs are a safer bet for people with mild allergies. Goldendoodle dogs make affectionate and gentle companion dogs. The breed is currently recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club. Often lively and strong thanks to ‘hybrid vigor’ due to being a hybrid of two purebred dogs. They don’t shed much, which is why they fit best with owners who suffer from allergies. They were first bred by Monica Dickens in 1969. Their popularity grew in the 1990s when breeders in North America and Australia began crossing golden retrievers with standard poodles.
History of the Goldendoodle
The breed has been known as a Poodle-Golden Retriever, Golden Retriever-Poodle, and Golden Poodle for the past 40 years or so. It was originally bred as a show breed in the late 1960s in an effort to keep down costs and to make the dogs breedable. Since then it has become popular as a family dog. It’s a very social breed, and enjoys interacting with people. The ‘hypoallergenic’ characteristics in its appearance and temperament come from the heavy coat. The heavy coat also helps it absorb allergens and excrete them away from the skin. Poodle-Golden Retriever & Golden Retriever-Poodle Goldendoodles are a cross between a Poodle (a small female dog) and a Golden Retriever (a male dog). They are sometimes called a Golden Poodle.
Description of the Goldendoodle
Short and silky coat Medium to long, woolly, with a slightly rough texture, fine wool Long pointed ears Conical shaped muzzle Gold nose and pointed topline Non-shedding Low shedding No strong desire to chew on rubber toys Average size (a little bit larger than standard poodles) Small tail Broad chest The Goldendoodle takes after the poodle, and they have a similar body and face shape, though the most notable trait is the short rounded tail. The haircoat is a healthy soft coat which is extremely soft, not prone to matting, and hardy. Goldendoodles often have white markings in their coats, but may be completely black or, more rarely, part white and part brown. They are a very friendly breed that is eager to please.
Personality of the Goldendoodle
Goldendoodles are good for people who have allergies. They are very lively and playful. They are fun loving and loyal. They are smart and sensitive. Their small size allows them to fit nicely into homes. They make wonderful watchdogs. The breed is energetic, docile, social, playful, and affectionate. The large head of a golden retriever makes for an easy life for Goldendoodles, as their heads turn when they are spoken to and they will ‘run’ when you call them. They are especially good around kids as they make good lapdogs. They prefer an owner who can walk them regularly and doggie daycare if needed. Goldendoodle Benefits With its silky coat, golden retriever and poodle like appearance, and wide smile, it is not surprising that the goldendoodle is incredibly popular.
Temperament of the Goldendoodle
Goldendoodles are intelligent and fun loving. They have high energy levels and like to run and play. The breed is typically friendly and non-aggressive toward other animals. They do not require any special training but can benefit from basic obedience training. Goldendoodles do not live in packs and are not the dominant breed. Instead, they make a good companion for senior and disabled people. Their gentle, easy going nature makes them perfect for small children as well. History of the Goldendoodle The Goldendoodle was first bred by Monica Dickens in 1969. Dickens used a miniature golden retriever to breed a smaller standard poodle, the resulting goldendoodle is the closest living relative of the poodle today.
Health Issues of the Goldendoodle
Vet speak: Goldendoodle is the kind of dog that enjoys playing with children. They are easy-going, love to be physically active and do well with other dogs. Goldendoodle are extremely loving. They learn quickly and are very loyal and sociable. A bit pushy to play, but gentle with people. Good with kids: Not good with cats or small animals. Goldendoodle dogs are highly intelligent and can be very sensitive to their owners. They should have regular contact with children. You must be aware of the limits of your own children with this dog. Dangers of Goldendoodle Dogs Rarely, goldendoodle dogs can be prone to epilepsy, a neurological disorder. Epilepsy in dogs can be hereditary or caused by a neurodegenerative disease. The cause of epilepsy in Goldendoodle dogs is unknown.
Grooming Needs of the Goldendoodle
Grooming is a must for the Goldendoodle because their short hair naturally gets tangled, making their brushings very important. They also need regular baths. The common, easy to maintain grooming regimen for the Goldendoodle includes brushing with a dog brush and keeping the dog clean. Some Goldendoodles may require short haircut if they aren’t groomed regularly. This is a rare condition known as coat shedding. If this is a problem for you, have your Goldendoodle groomed once every 1-3 months. Some Goldendoodles don’t have grooming needs at all. They can still stay clean even if they don’t get brushed or bathed. But if your Goldendoodle does need grooming, they should get a professional grooming at least twice a year.
Training Needs of the Goldendoodle
Adopting a Goldendoodle dog is a big commitment and an opportunity to be a true dog owner. Take the time to research the breed and learn how to properly train your new Goldendoodle. The American Kennel Club website provides a thorough list of doggie skills needed for them to be socialized and learn. Plus you can search for available certified professional trainer classes, including classes in puppy training, obedience, and tracking. Signs of the Dog According to the ASPCA website, Goldendoodle dogs have a mild face, straight, slightly crooked teeth, and oval shaped eyes. Their jaws are a little bit flat and are not upturned as they are with German Shepherds and other larger breeds. Their curly hair stands up as they’re excited.
Exercise Needs of the Goldendoodle
The Goldendoodle is a smart, highly active breed. For both outdoor and indoor exercise, the breed’s distinct personality will make a perfect match. Some breeds such as the Parson Russell Terrier and the Schnauzer have a reputation of being stubborn and stubborn breeds are often eager to perform. Goldendoodles need exercise and they are no different from the rest of their breed. They need to play to be kept fit. Dogs from the Golden Retriever breed tend to be “stubborn.” Physical and Social Characteristics The physical characteristics of the Goldendoodle are similar to other types of Golden Retrievers: short fur with no undercoat and expressive markings on their body. Their short front legs and rounded body make it easier for the breed to negotiate urban spaces.