A Goldendoodle is a cross breed between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. The Goldendoodle takes the best qualities of both of their parts, the gentle Golden Retriever and the loyal Poodle. The Standard Goldendoodles weighs 45-100lbs. Breeding smaller poodles can produce Mini Goldendoodles who range from 30-45lbs.
Goldendoodle puppies are known for being great companions who are loving and hilarious jokers. They are often very accepting of other dogs, pets, children and the elderly. However, it is important that young children learn to be respectful and gentle with this breed to avoid any issue. Depending on the breeding process he/she may be hypoallergenic due to poodle’s heritage. It is important if you have allergies to talk to your breeder to confirm if your pup will be hypoallergenic. Goldendoodles are generally quite healthy, but can be susceptible to hip dysplasia, cancer and certain genetic disorders. These disorders increase in probability with improper breeding done at puppy mills or by inexperienced breeders. Proper nutrition and exercise is important to keep them healthy and strong enough to live into old age. Average lifespan of a properly bred Goldendoodle is 10-15 years.
Goldendoodles, like many poodle hybrids need regular grooming. Because of multi layered fur, they are prone to matting especially around the ears and groin. Brush your pup several times a week and ideally daily for a healthy coat free of mats. Poodle hybrids with these types of coats can mat quickly and it can go straight to the skin. An experienced groomer can help you maintain your Goldendoodle’s coat and nails.
Goldendoodles generally have silky and wavy coats that come in a variety of different colors. Generation makes a big difference in the type of coat your goldendoodle will have. A F1 Goldendoodle is a mix of a pure bred poodle and a Golden Retriever. These generations can still cause some allergy issues for their owners as there is only 50% poodle in them.
A F1b Goldendoodle is a cross of a F1 Goldendoodle and a purebred Poodle. The F1b generations are the best for people with allergies as they are 75% poodle. F1b Goldendoodles are backcross breeds. Some breeders are starting to breed F2 Goldendoodles or Double Doodles, which are a cross between two F1 Goldendoodles. Coats come in a variety of textures and colors depending on their generation. They can range from curly to wavy.
Goldendoodles are very intelligent and athletic. They train quite quickly and excel at mind games and agility training. Goldendoodles are incredibly smart and quick to catch on. Start with small and easy tricks and work your way up as your pup gets better with commands. With intelligence comes boredom, so keep your Goldendoodle busy. Crate training can also help to potty train your Goldendoodle quickly and without much fuss. They thrive in home with some space and a yard for playing. A large fenced backyard for is best and at least a walk once a day.
Overall, a Goldendoodle is a great addition to any household.
They love being part of a family “pack” and are always eager to please. Do your very best to find a proper breeder with a good reputation when picking your Goldendoodle. Poodle Hybrids are very popular and have stimulated puppy mills to overbreed them. The last thing you want is a sick Goldendoodle prone to cancer and other genetic disorders due to improper breeding. There are many great breeders out there, so get a good one before you get your own Goldendoodle life partner!
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