Dog Breeds

GoldenDoodle – Breed 101

Written by Melissa Keen

Is there anything sweeter than the face of a Goldendoodle? These friendly dogs are continuing to grow in popularity due to their handsome features, intelligence, and friendly natures.

A What?

A Goldendoodle, aka a Groodle, is a crossbreed mixture between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. They were originally bred fairly recently as a larger alternative to the well-known cockapoo, but have gained a fan base all of their own.

Because they are such a new breed, most litters are still first-generation meaning they are born from the breeding of Golden Retriever and Poodles rather than the breeding of two Goldendoodles.

Physical Appearance

Goldendoodles are well known for their beautiful curly golden coats. The hair on his tail, legs and body tends to be longer while the fur on his head is shorter. They don’t shed much so are ideal for people with allergies or those who don’t want to constantly hoover after a malting pup. While golden is the common colour, they can also range from black and cream to grey and red.

The Goldendoodle can range in size depending on the type of poodle and golden retriever it is mixed with. Being generally quite big, they do require a decent-sized home and backyard to play in.

Temperament

Goldendoodles are very well tempered, making them ideal family dogs. They’re popular for their gentle and affectionate natures. Because of this, an ideal home for a Goldendoodle is with their family inside rather than outside or in a kennel.

Goldendoodles do well with children and other animals and are excellent for first-time dog owners. They possess many of the attractive qualities, such as intelligence and friendliness, of the Golden Retriever. Goldendoodles love humans, so they are perfect companions!

You should ensure a Goldendoodle is well socialised from an early age so they do not become shy or fearful. It’s not a good idea to leave a Goldendoodle on their own for too long as they can suffer from separation anxiety.

They’re not particularly loud dogs so if you prefer quiet dogs who don’t back much they’re an ideal breed.

Exercise & Training

Goldendoodles are incredibly smart and easy to train – they make very good working dogs and have been known to be guide dogs, therapy dogs, service dogs and even sniffer dogs.

You should walk a Goldendoodle at least once a day for 20 to 30 minutes. While not overly energetic dogs, they still need exercise every day.

Goldendoodles love to swim, so taking him to a nearby dog-friendly lake is a great way to burn off some energy and get in some daily exercise. 

Train your pooch with positive reinforcement rather than shouting – Goldendoodles are sensitive animals and you can easily damage their confidence.

Care & Grooming

Goldendoodles require regular grooming and clipping. If you prefer a shorter coat, it needs to be trimmed every 6 – 8 weeks and brushed regularly. Brush it weekly if you prefer to keep their coat long and untrimmed.

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Melissa Keen

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