The Goldendoodle is a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. It is the ultimate combination of intelligent wit, good looks, and playfulness. Goldendoodles often demonstrate Poodles’ brilliant persona and allergy-friendly coat while benefiting from Golden Retrievers’ intuitive and people-oriented nature.
Goldendoodles have a fascinating origin. They were first widely bred in the 1990s, during the Doodle era. The successful breeding of Labradoodles and Cockapoos inspired their development. Goldendoodles are bred in three different sizes that correspond to the size variety of the Poodle used as a parent.
The initial aim of the breeding was to produce an alternative breed to the popular Labradoodle. Read on to learn more incredible facts about these high-spirited dogs that will melt your heart!
1. Goldendoodles are a designer breed
Goldendoodles are hybrids (designer breeds) because they came into existence due to controlled breeding between two purebred dog breeds. The designer breed is a phenomenon in animal breeding that refers to the first cross between two different purebred lines that is healthier and grows better than either parent line.
Goldendoodles were initially bred from standard-sized Poodles, but later, the designer breeders advanced to using a smaller variety of Poodles to create more petite Goldendoodles. As a result, the American or British Kennel Clubs do not recognize Goldendoodles since they are crossbreeds, not pedigree, but still, they are considered a “designer” breed.
2. Goldendoodles are hypoallergenic
Got allergies? Get a Goldendoodle! Goldendoodles are hypoallergenic and non-shedding. They shed their hair in lesser quantities than other dogs, making them great for handlers with allergies. Hypoallergenicity can not be an official dog breed characteristic, but we can only conclude that based on the fact that Poodles have tightly curled hair and don’t shed as much as Golden Retrievers with straight hair. Therefore, breeding the two can reduce the Goldendoodle’s ability to shed more fur.
3. Goldendoodles make the best playmates
The Goldendoodle is your ideal choice if you imagine playing hide and seek or fetch and frisbee games with your furry friend. They are playful clowns who require consistent socialization to thrive. They crave constant attention from their owners and can be camera hams too. This is why pet owners have filled the internet with videos of their Goldendoodles competing at agility events, performing weird tricks, and being their silly selves.
Goldendoodles can become bored quickly. For this reason, you must keep them busy with toys and tasks to help them avoid trouble. Another downside of their being so playful is that they can easily suffer from separation anxiety. If you have to leave a Goldendoodle alone, give him mental stimulation in the form of plenty of exercises and puzzle toys to reduce the possibility that he will feel separation anxiety.
4. Goldendoodles love the water
Whether in your backyard swimming pool, a lake, or at the beach, Goldendoodles have an instinctive love for swimming since they are bred from two different breeds of water-loving dogs. They never run out of their swimming abilities and enthusiasm.
This can be excellent for the summer when the whole family is enjoying the outdoors, but that doesn’t mean you should immediately throw your companion inside the pool if you have never seen him swim. Take it one step at a time and let your furry friend get used to it. There is no reason to traumatize your dog.
5. Goldendoodles vary in sizes
Goldendoodles come in three sizes:
Miniature Goldendoodle–15-35 lbs
Small Goldendoodle– 40-50 lbs
Large Goldendoodle– 50-90 lbs
Once Goldendoodles became popular, breeders got requests for miniature, more versatile versions of the crossbreed. So, to avoid diluting the desired characteristics and personalities of the Goldendoodles, breeders bred Golden Retrievers with poodles of different sizes. Pet parents now have the freedom to choose miniature Goldendoodles if they are not ready for the responsibility of a big dog.
6. Goldendoodles have numerous nicknames
Goldendoodles are the only dogs with more than fifty nicknames, all of which are cute or silly. They are known as Groodle in Australia, and Doodie, Doodles, Toodle Lou, and Doody, among many other names in different countries. There is a mega list of funny Goldendoodle monikers for you if you are looking for a name for your Goldendoodle puppy or ideas for your Goldendoodle Facebook page and Instagram account.
7. Grooming a Goldendoodle is relatively easy
All dogs need grooming, and Goldendoodles are no exception. However, Goldendoodles require less grooming due to their low-shedding coat. You only need to brush them every few days using a slicker to remove any matted or loose hairs and bathe them if necessary. You also need to take care of his nails, ears, teeth, and overall health regularly. Remember that the best grooming for your pup will depend on his coat type.
8. Goldendoodles’ coats can vary considerably
Your Goldendoodle can have straight, wavy, or curly hair, depending on which genes it picked up more. This means that grooming also varies across the crossbreeds. While some Goldendoodles may have smooth, easy-to-maintain coats, others may require daily brushing and bathing.
Goldendoodles have straight coats that usually lie flat on their bodies and resemble the fur found in their Golden Retriever parents. Curly coated Goldendoodles bear a resemblance to the coat of a Poodle. Wavy-coated Goldendoodles combine the Golden Retriever’s coat and the Poodle’s curly coat.
9. Goldendoodles are ideal service pets
Are you in need of a therapy dog or a guide dog? Look no further. The Goldendoodle’s demeanor will bring an instant smile if you need a little cheering up. These dogs love to befriend people and aim to please, so they are great candidates for service dogs.
The Golden Retriever’s obedience and the Poodle’s intelligence make Goldendoodles wonderful service animals. They are also very trainable and make exceptional companions for people in nursing homes or hospital patients.
10. Goldendoodles are natural athletes
Agility is where they shine. Goldendoodles love to spend most of their time outdoors and go on adventures that require physical energy. Typically, they love to exercise, regardless of what type and wherever the activity is taking place. Despite their small size, Goldendoodles have a tremendous ability to expel.
Goldendoodles can be excellent companions for those who love being athletic. They have no problem exploring strenuous hiking or other physical activity with their owners. These dogs derive this trait from their breed background. This could be hard to believe, considering that some of them are very small and look like dogs that would enjoy sitting on the couch rather than spending time outdoors.
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