A Goldendoodle is a crossbred dog created by using a Poodle and a Golden Retriever. It is a designer dog which was created for the purpose of being a pet or a family dog. But its existence is also tied more to aesthetics than to any particular use. As this is still a hybrid dog and not a pure breed, it is not officially recognized by any kennel club. But due to their looks, the Goldendoodle is growing in popularity and people are creating a liking to this dog more and more.
Goldendoodle History & Origins
A Goldendoodle is a fairly young breed. It was first developed in 1969 by Monica Dickens. The aim was to create a dog which would help visually impaired people with allergies. This is the reason why they decided to crossbreed a Poodle and a Golden retriever. A Poodle is regarded to be a hypoallergenic dog and does not shed so much. On the other hand, a Golden Retriever is one of the friendliest and most obedient dog in the world, so you can see where they were going with this.
A Goldendoodle is still a fairly young breed and all the existing dogs are still tied to the first generation of pups. Also, it is still very hard to crossbreed the two types of dogs which also means that sometimes it simply does not work the way they planned it. Nevertheless, this dog has developed quite a fan base during the years. The height came in the 1990s and the breed has spread all over the world since then. They have a big fan base in Australia, but no kennel club so far.
Characteristics & Temperament
One of the reason why the Goldendoodle has become popular is its personality. This breed has a lot to offer and it is both playful, joyful and enjoys the company of people. It is very easy to train as long as you give it lots of attention and play with it. They like running and jumping around and have lots of energy. They can be great family dogs and will enjoy spending time with your children. Sometimes they can be mischievous, but if you train them properly it will not be a problem.
Appearance, Colors, Size
A Goldendoodle resembles both of its parent breeds in appearance. They are small in size and have similar coats, but the coat will vary in some situations. Some of the standard coat types include straight coat which is typical for a Golden Retriever, On the other hand there are ones which have Poodle curls. But the most usual one are dogs which have a combination of both in some sense.
Usually Goldendoodles are white, cream, apricot, gold, red, and sometimes gray and black in color. The gray and black ones are referred to as phantom. There are also cases with black or a light sandy brown, which are a rarity.
They are small dogs in size and can grow up to be between 24 and 26 inches for males and 22 to 23 inches for females. They can also weigh up to between 30 and 45 pounds while miniature Goldendoodles are approximately 15 to 30 pounds.
Generally speaking, a Goldendoodle is a pretty healthy dog by many standards. Its lifespan goes between 10 and 15 years. Nevertheless it has inherited some health issues that both poodles and Golden Retrievers suffer from. Depending on the breeding process some dogs will individually suffer from other sorts of conditions. You will have to watch out for such things as hip dysplasia, Patellar Luxation, Ear Infections, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Von Willebrand’s Disease, Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus and Hypothyroidism.
Grooming & Shedding
One of the advantages that Goldendoodles display is their low shedding ability. Since they were crossbred from poodles a lot of Gooldendoodle dogs have hypoallergenic fur. But not all of them have this characteristic as it will vary from dog to dog depending on their breeding. But it is true that they do not shed so often which makes them perfect dogs for households.
Grooming is still necessary. But frankly speaking a lot less than other kinds of dogs. You will have to brush it fewer times than other breeds but still it is necessary to do a few times per week. Bathing is also needed less than other dogs and you can also clear the fur if it gets really dirty. There are some people who want a special treatment and hire a groomer who will do this in a professional way,
Price and Breeders
Although this is a crossbreed, a Goldendoodle can cost you quite a pretty penny. Since their popularity has grown so has its price. Not Goldendoodles can be found all over the world and are not only native to their home country of Australia. You will see many breeders dealing out of Canada and America. The price range for a puppy will start from around 950 USD and can launch up to more than 2,500 USD. The standard ones are cheaper, but the rarer colored ones cost more.
If you decide to go for an alternative option of rescuing a Goldendoodle, there are various organizations which can help you to do just that. That is to say that a lot of breeders have managed to popularize the breed and it is available in various places. But you cannot really find and rescue one that easily. Luckily, organizations such as Doodle Rescue and Rehomes Board, Doods Needing Homes and Poo-Mix Rescue are there and will provide you with such an offer.