The Goldendoodle is a “hybrid breed”, or crossbreed between two recognised breeds – a Golden Retriever and a Poodle (usually a Standard or Miniature) Goldendoodles have been successfully trained as therapy dogs, guide dogs and other forms of assistance dogs.
Generally combining the best traits of both breeds, these dogs are intelligent, friendly and affectionate and are wonderful family companions that get along well with children, other dogs and other family pets. In saying that, your Goldendoodle is extremely social and needs to be included in family activities as part of the family. Your Goldendoodle will always be happiest when someone is at home with them and wants nothing more than to spend every minute in your company, but in today’s world, that isn’t always possible. With proper preparation and training, your older Goldendoodle will be fine alone at home. If your Goldendoodle is still a puppy, an hour or two is the maximum amount they should be left alone, which is no different to any puppy.
Goldendoodles are, for the most part, quiet and calm and aren’t generally prone to hysterical barking, which makes them a good choice for Estate or Complex living if you have a decent size garden – but – bear in mind – this can also vary from dog to dog! One Goldendoodle may enjoy a good bark while another may be quiet and prefer snoozing in the sun!
As it matures, your Goldendoodle’s fur is likely to have the curly appearance of a Poodle but a finer texture like that of the Golden Retriever. Some Goldendoodles are hypoallergenic and most shed very little, making them an excellent companion for people with allergies, or those who want to avoid constantly vacuuming up dog hair!
With regards to grooming, your Goldendoodle is high-maintenance, and to keep its coat in optimum condition, it’s recommended that he should be groomed by a professional groomer every 8 to 12 weeks.
Being a crossbreed of two breeds, the Goldendoodle can suffer from hereditary issues inherited from either the Poodle and/or the Golden Retriever lineage including Addison’s Disease and hip dysplasia, both being issues that your Vet will check for.
As if they weren’t amazing enough – Goldendoodles are relatively easy to potty train too. It will take persistence and consistency on your part to teach your puppy to understand that he needs to wait until you take him outside, but the message will get through, and there will be few accidents inside!
Although the Goldendoodle is not recognised as an official breed by any major kennel club or KUSA, it really doesn’t matter – you will have a loyal, fun and easy-going companion who will be an integral part of your family for at least 10 – 15 years