Introduction to the Goldendoodle
Goldendoodles are a hybrid breed of dog resulting from the crossing of a golden retriever with a poodle. There are several different generations of Goldendoodles including F1, F1B and Multigenerational Goldendoodles- these generations are predictors of the percentage of Golden Retriever to Poodle and determined by parentage. Goldendoodles are often referred to as a designer breed, as they combine the best of both breeds into one unique hybrid. Goldendoodles are known for their intelligence and affectionate nature, making them great family pets.
They are also known for their low-shedding, generally hypoallergenic coat, which is a result of the poodle’s contribution. Goldendoodles come in a variety of sizes and colors, making them a great choice for a variety of households. They are often used as service dogs and therapy dogs, as well as search and rescue dogs. Many people with allergies to dogs will find the Goldendoodle does not produce the symptoms they experience when around other shedding dogs.
History of the Goldendoodle
The Goldendoodle is a relatively new breed, created in the late 1990s in North America. The breed was created by crossing a golden retriever with a poodle, in order to create a low-shedding, hypoallergenic breed of dog. The breed was a hit, and has since become one of the most popular breeds in the world.
The Goldendoodle was originally bred as a service dog, but has since become a popular pet for families of all sizes. They are often used as therapy dogs, search and rescue dogs, and for a variety of other tasks.
Characteristics of a Goldendoodle
Goldendoodles are known for their intelligence, affectionate nature, and low-shedding coat. We breed small/medium to standard size Goldendoodles, ranging from 15-25 inches in height and 30-80 pounds in weight. Goldendoodles come in a variety of colors, including cream, red, apricot, black, white, chocolate, phantom or “tri colored”, sable, blue merle, chocolate merle and brindle.
Their coats can be curly, wavy, or straight. Goldendoodles are generally low-shedding, and can be hypoallergenic if bred properly.
Goldendoodles are known for their intelligence and affectionate natures. They are friendly and outgoing, and they love to be around people. Goldendoodles are usually eager to please, and they are often described as being “velcro dogs” due to their desire to be near their owners.
Goldendoodles are usually very social and outgoing, and they do well with other pets and children. They are usually easy to train, and they are often used as service and therapy dogs. Goldendoodles are usually very loyal and devoted to their owners, and they make great companions.
Size and Lifespan of a Goldendoodle
Goldendoodles come in a variety of sizes, ranging from toy to giant. The most common sizes are mini, medium, and standard. Mini Goldendoodles are usually around 10-15 inches in height and 10-25 pounds in weight. We do not breed minis at this time.
Medium Goldendoodles are usually 15-20 inches in height and 25-45 pounds in weight. Standard Goldendoodles are usually 20-30 inches in height and 40-80 pounds in weight. The lifespan of a Goldendoodle is usually 10-15 years.
Health Issues in Goldendoodles
Goldendoodles are generally healthy dogs, but like all breeds, they can be prone to certain health issues. The most common health issues for Goldendoodles include hip and elbow dysplasia, eye problems, and heart disease but because we health test our parents and evaluate their structure using OFA’s/PennHip- we only breed dogs that will produce healthy offspring. The Goldendoodle is a healthy well adjusted family dog that will thrive in the right environment.
Grooming a Goldendoodle
Goldendoodles require regular grooming in order to keep their coats looking their best. Their coats should be brushed at least twice a week and trimmed every few months. Goldendoodles should also be bathed regularly, and their nails should be trimmed on a regular basis.
Brushing the Goldendoodles coat is very important to prevent matting and also to keep their shedding to a minimum. Goldendoodles should also have their teeth brushed regularly and their ears checked for signs of infection.
Training a Goldendoodle
Goldendoodles are generally easy to train, due to their intelligence and eagerness to please. They respond well to positive reinforcement and consistent training methods, and they can learn a variety of commands and tricks.
Goldendoodles should be socialized from a young age, and they should be exposed to a variety of people and situations. Socialization is essential for Goldendoodles, as it helps them learn how to interact with others and stay calm in unfamiliar situations.
Are Goldendoodles Good Dogs?
Yes, Goldendoodles are excellent dogs! They are intelligent, affectionate, and loyal, making them great family pets. Goldendoodles are usually good with children and other pets, and they make wonderful companions.
Goldendoodles require regular grooming and exercise, and they need plenty of mental stimulation in order to stay healthy and happy. Goldendoodles are usually low-shedding and hypoallergenic, making them a great choice for those with allergies.
Finding a Goldendoodle – Breeders & Adoption
If you’re looking for a Goldendoodle, you have two options: buying from a breeder or adopting a Goldendoodle. Buying from a breeder is the more likely option as it will ensure that you get a healthy and well-bred Goldendoodle and Goldendoodles are rarely found in shelters. Southern Skies Doodles has a strict rehoming policy that states that any family unable to keep their Goldendoodle, the puppy be returned to us.
No matter which option you choose, make sure to do your research and find a reputable breeder or rescue.
Is a Goldendoodle right for your Family?
Goldendoodles are an increasingly popular breed of designer dog, created by crossing a golden retriever with a poodle. They are a hybrid of two of the most beloved and recognizable breeds, and as such, they have become one of the most popular breeds in the world.
Goldendoodles are known for their intelligence and affectionate nature, making them great family pets. They are usually a medium to standard size, ranging from 15-30 inches in height and 25-80 pounds in weight. Goldendoodles come in a variety of colors, and their coats can be curly, wavy, or straight.
Goldendoodles are usually low-shedding, and can be hypoallergenic if bred properly. They are friendly and outgoing, and they love to be around people. Goldendoodles are usually eager to please, and they are often used as service and therapy dogs.
Whether you purchase your Goldendoodle from a reputable breeder or you find a rescue dog available for adoption, your family will be pleased with your choice of breed. With their intelligence and affectionate dispositions, Goldendoodles make wonderful pets for families of all sizes and are sure to bring a lot of joy to their owners.