Benefits of owning a Goldendoodle

Goldendoodle Appearance

When you hear the word “goldendoodle,” you may be picturing an exact hybrid between a golden retriever and a standard poodle. In fact, goldendoodles can vary quite a lot in appearance.
The size of a goldendoodle depends on the poodle part of their heritage. Poodles come in miniature, medium, and standard sizes, and goldendoodles do, too! That’s why you’ll meet goldendoodles ranging from small (15-30 pounds) to XL (up to 100 pounds). As for their coloring, goldendoodles don’t always have golden fur! In fact, they come in as many different colors as poodles, ranging from light tan to apricot to chocolate to black.

Goldendoodles have shaggy, curly coats that are often described as being allergy-friendly or even hypoallergenic. However, the truth is, most allergies are caused by dander (dead skin cells shed alongside fur) more than the dog’s coat. Some people with more mild allergies may react less severely to goldendoodles because they shed less, but there’s no guarantee that a goldendoodle will be hypoallergenic.

Goldendoodle Personality

One word describes the typical goldendoodle personality: friendly! Goldendoodles are known for being happy, outgoing, and people-pleasing. Of course, dogs’ personalities vary a lot depending on genes and how much socialization they get. But in general, Goldendoodles get along with everybody.

In fact, the goldendoodle’s everyone-is-my-friend personality gives them a great reputation as a family dog. They’re happy, playful, and have the patience and stamina to run around with kids. As with any dog, proper socialization and positive reinforcement training will help goldendoodles and kids maintain friendly, safe interactions.

Goldendoodle Dog Breed Facts & Information

Part golden retriever, part poodle, and all adorable…it’s the Goldendoodle! Goldendoodles are a hybrid breed beloved for their outgoing nature, friendly personality, and intelligence. They’re relatively new, gaining popularity since the 1990’s alongside other cross-breeds like cockapoos and labradoodles. Back in the day, goldendoodles were thought to be hypoallergenic. These days, we know that they may or may not be better for allergies depending on the dog and the person; but most goldendoodles do have soft, wavy fur that sheds less than other dogs.
Learn more about goldendoodles, from their surprisingly recent origins to their family and guide dog potential, in this in-depth breed profile. We’ll help you decide whether a goldendoodle is the right kind of dog for you.

Breed Characteristics

Key

  • Low
  • Medium
  • High
  • Origin: United States
  • Size:
  • Weight: 50-100 pounds
  • Lifespan: 10 – 15 years
  • Breed group: Mixed
  • Activity level:
  • Barking/howling level:
  • Good with dogs: yes
  • Good with kids: yes
  • Good with cats:
  • Shedding:
  • Easy to groom:
  • Easy to train:
  • Protective:

Goldendoodle Appearance

When you hear the word “goldendoodle,” you may be picturing an exact hybrid between a golden retriever and a standard poodle. In fact, goldendoodles can vary quite a lot in appearance.

The size of a goldendoodle depends on the poodle part of their heritage. Poodles come in miniature, medium, and standard sizes, and goldendoodles do, too! That’s why you’ll meet goldendoodles ranging from small (15-30 pounds) to XL (up to 100 pounds). As for their coloring, goldendoodles don’t always have golden fur! In fact, they come in as many different colors as poodles, ranging from light tan to apricot to chocolate to black.

Goldendoodles have shaggy, curly coats that are often described as being allergy-friendly or even hypoallergenic. However, the truth is, most allergies are caused by dander (dead skin cells shed alongside fur) more than the dog’s coat. Some people with more mild allergies may react less severely to goldendoodles because they shed less, but there’s no guarantee that a goldendoodle will be hypoallergenic.

Goldendoodle Personality

One word describes the typical goldendoodle personality: friendly! Goldendoodles are known for being happy, outgoing, and people-pleasing. Of course, dogs’ personalities vary a lot depending on genes and how much socialization they get. But in general, Goldendoodles get along with everybody.

In fact, the goldendoodle’s everyone-is-my-friend personality gives them a great reputation as a family dog. They’re happy, playful, and have the patience and stamina to run around with kids. As with any dog, proper socialization and positive reinforcement training will help goldendoodles and kids maintain friendly, safe interactions.

Ideal Environment for a Goldendoodle

Goldendoodles have moderate energy levels and live to be around their humans. That means that whether you live in an apartment or a house with a large yard, your goldendoodle will thrive with daily exercise alongside the people they love. In other words, they’ll need some long walks!

Their retriever genes mean some goldendoodles love a game of fetch, so a fenced yard can be a huge help! But goldendoodles can also live in apartments as long as they have access to outdoor activities like walks, runs, hikes, and swims (though not all goldendoodles love water).

As a social breed, goldendoodles do best alongside their family and friends indoors. They need outdoor play time, but shouldn’t stay outside all day. Give them a soft place to rest at home, and access to plenty of water throughout the day.

Ideal Human for a Goldendoodle

Here’s a not-so-well-kept secret about goldendoodles: they love attention! So, the ideal goldendoodle owner will have lots to give, alongside a healthy dose of patience. It helps to have an active lifestyle, or to at least have the ability to help your goldendoodle get the exercise they need whether or not you can run alongside them (fetch and tug are great games to play with your goldendoodle)! Goldendoodles are known for being pretty easy-going, but their attachment to humans can sometimes result in separation anxiety. The ideal goldendoodle owner will be prepared to help their dogs get used to a routine, and offer them plenty of outlets for their happy energy.

Goldendoodle Training

Because of their intelligence and people-pleasing manner, well-bred goldendoodles excel in training. They love being around their people and will work hard alongside you, especially with lots of positive reinforcement. You’ll be amazed what your goldendoodle will do for a treat! If you get a goldendoodle puppy, sign up for a puppy class with socialization ASAP–the whole family will learn alongside the puppy, and they’ll get the socialization they need to grow into amazing dogs.

Of course, adult doodles like training, too! Due to their intelligence and athleticism, goldendoodles are a lot of fun in dog sports, too. Once you have the basics of obedience down, you can explore agility, dock diving, and more with your doodle dog. Of course, adult doodles like training, too! Due to their intelligence and athleticism, goldendoodles are a lot of fun in dog sports, too. Once you have the basics of obedience down, you can explore agility, dock diving, and more with your doodle dog.

Goldendoodles are often trained as guide dogs alongside their poodle and golden retriever relatives. Their brains, gentleness, and affectionate nature make them perfect for assistant dog roles. Learn more about guide dog training here.
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