How Smart Are Goldendoodles? Everything We Know About Their Intelligence

Written by Amber LaRock
Updated: September 13, 2023
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Goldendoodles are one of the most sought after dog breeds in the world! They are known for being incredibly friendly and outgoing, making them a wonderful addition to any family home. Though their kind-nature and shaggy waves often steal the show, many are unaware of just how smart these pups are.

So how smart is the Goldendoodle? Let’s discuss their fierce intelligence in detail below!

Is The Goldendoodle Smart?

Goldendoodle, Puppy, Nature, Sitting, Small

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The Goldendoodle might be known for being goofy and energetic, but they are also incredibly smart! Both the Golden retriever and the Poodle are highly intelligent dog breeds that are often utilized in service positions, so the Goldendoodle’s sharp mind makes perfect sense. The Goldendoodle is highly trainable, eager to please, and wonderfully balanced!

Factors That Impact Your Goldendoodle’s Intelligence

Mini Goldendoodle Puppy


Most Goldendoodles are smart, but there are a couple factors that impact their intelligence levels. The first factor that impacts your Goldendoodle’s brainpower is genetics. Every Goldendoodle is an indivudual, but a doodle that comes from a long line of smart pups will have an increased likelihood of being smart themselves.

In addition to genetics, your Goldendoodle has a better chance at utilizing all of their brain power if they are raised in an environment that encourages them to thrive. For example, a Goldendoodle that is raised in a home that implements obedience training and socialization has a higher chance at becoming an intelligent adult dog than one that is not trained at all.

Dr. Amy Nicole Lewis, a veterinarian with Worldwide Veterinary Services told A-Z Animals that while Goldendoodles are a generally smart breed, their intelligence really shines through when they are offered consistent training and exposure to new environments. Goldendoodles typically respond to basic training and socialization from eight weeks of age, so it’s best to implement these efforts as early on as possible.

The Goldendoodle’s Learning Aptitude: How Quick and Adaptive Are They?

Goldendoodles are known for being quick learners! Not only does their innate intelligence play a role in their quick ability to pick up new tricks, but so does their eagerness to please their owners. The Goldendoodle loves nothing more than making their owners happy, so when combined with their ingrained wit, these pups have an impressive learning aptitude.

However, it’s important to remember that your training tactics will also play a role in how quickly your Goldendoodle learns. The Goldendoodle always wants to please their owners, so they will respond best to positive reinforcement style training that involves plenty of praise and encouragement. They may shut down if they sense any harshness or agitation.

The Goldendoodle is also known for being skilled in reading their owner’s emotions and non-verbal cues. This helps them better understand the environment around them, allowing them to be adaptive to their owner’s current needs. The emotional intelligence of the Goldendoodle enhances their ability to pick up new skills and solve problems.

Understanding The Goldendoodle’s Problem-Solving Skills

Goldendoodle puppy playing with ball on beach

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As we mentioned above, the Goldendoodle is quite the impressive problem-solver. Their problem-solving capabilities stem from their innate brain power, emotional intelligence, and ability to adapt to the world around them. However, this is not a skill that your dog is simply born with, but rather one that can be fostered with training and socialization.

Training helps to teach your Goldendoodle how to focus and utilize new skills, while socialization introduces them to life outside of your home. Implementing these tools the moment you adopt your Goldendoodle can allow them to tap into those impressive problem-solving capabilities early on!

Intelligence Ranking: Where Does the Goldendoodle Stand Among Other Breeds?

The Golden Retriever and the Poodle are always at the top of the list when ranking the world’s smartest dog breeds. The Border Collie is technically considered the smartest dog breed in the world, but both the Golden Retriever and Poodle are close behind!

With the Goldendoodle being a perfect combination of the two, it’s safe to say that they are genetically predisposed to intelligence. The Goldendoodle may not be the smartest dog breed in the world, but many experts believe they are high on the list!

Unlocking the Goldendoodle’s Intelligence: Training Techniques and Mental Stimulation

Now that you are aware of just how smart the Goldendoodle is, it’s time to break down some of the most effective ways to unlock their intelligence!

Positive reinforcement training: The Goldendoodle does best with a training program that is encouraging and positive. These pups are eager to please their owners, so they need to feel like they are having a positive experience with you as they learn. As long as your training routine includes praise, treats, and encouragement, your Goldendoodle will thrive!

Mental stimulation: Mental stimulation is essential for the Goldendoodle’s cognitive development. Some of the best mental stimulation tools for Goldendoodles include learning new tricks, solving canine puzzles, and playing with interactive toys. These pups love interactive balls and treat dispensers.

Socialization: Socialization can help your Goldendoodle learn how to interact with the world around them! We suggest introducing your pup to new people in and outside of your home, new dogs, new environments, and even new sounds. The more socialization and exposure your Goldendoodle has, the more confident they will feel in a variety of situations!

Daily exercise: A Goldendoodle with pent up energy may struggle to channel their intelligence in a positive way. Bored dogs are known to get themselves into trouble more often, especially when those dogs are highly intelligent! We suggest offering your Goldendoodle 30-45 minutes of exercise each day.

As you can see, the Goldendoodle is quite an impressive canine friend! By implementing the tools we discussed above, you can easily tap into their brain power moving forward!

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About the Author

Amber LaRock is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering topics surrounding pet health and behavior. Amber is a Licensed Veterinary Technician with 12 years of experience in the field, and she holds a degree in veterinary technology that she earned in 2015. A resident of Chiang Mai, Thailand, Amber enjoys volunteering with animal rescues, reading, and taking care of her two cats.

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