Goldendoodle

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Goldendoodle

Goldendoodle is a mix of two most adorable dog breeds ever that is the poodle and the golden retriever.

This makes them the cutest pet with curly fur, agility, and intelligence like that of poodle and the charm and lovable nature of a retriever.

The Goldendoodle is a fairly new breed to come into the light and does well in a family household.

A. Quick Facts:

Quick Facts

Avg. Weight: 30 – 45 pounds (adults)

Avg. Height: 24 – 26.5 inches (male); 21 – 23 inches (female)

Life Expectancy: 10 – 15 years

Dog Group: Hybrid Dog

Colors: Cream, Apricot, Chocolate, Black and Red

B. At a Glance:

At a Glance
  • Size (4/5)

The Goldendoodle size is that of a medium-sized dog.

These dogs can grow up to 27 inches tall and 45 pounds in weight.

Their growth depends on the individual’s genes, gender, exercise, and food intake.

  • Affection Level (5/5)

Goldendoodle’s affectionate behavior comes from the golden retriever.

And so you should not expect any less from this breed.

Goldendoodle temperament is really cool and happy like.

They are really loving towards family, kids and other animals.

They have a very outgoing and social behavior which makes the household give out happy vibes.

  • Apartment Friendly (1/5)
Apartment Friendly

Though these dogs are moderately energetic, an apartment like environment doesn’t suit them well.

They do better in a home with a yard and open space.

The yard should be rightly fenced as dogs are always curious about the outside world.

  • Cold Weather Tolerability (3/5)

Do not be deceived by Goldendoodle’s long and curly fur coat and assume that it is to keep the dog out of the cold.

Yes, the coat helps to keep the pooch’s body temperature maintained but that doesn’t make your canine any less vulnerable to the winter weather.

Make your dog wear a warm coat when going out to keep it away from cold.

Keep it inside the warmth of the house instead of outdoors as it can affect the dog’s health.

  • Hot Weather Tolerability (3/5)

Goldendoodle can take the heat comparatively better than the cold.

Its fur coat acts as an insulator to heat.

It is still no advised to take your dog out under the strong sun and for long.

Keep the pooch rightly hydrated to keep it healthy in summers.

  • Barking Tendencies (3/5) 

Goldendoodles are not known to be a very yappy but moderate amount of barking can be expected from it.

It mostly barks to indicate something and with some purpose.

  • Cat-Friendly (4/5) 

This pupper is really good at getting along, especially when given a proper social environment while growing up.

You would always find it playing with your cat or lying with it calmly when left unattended for some time.

  • Dog-Friendly (5/5)  

Goldendoodle’s outgoing nature wants a companion and nobody can fill that space like another dog.

They are overwhelmingly playful with other dogs and it is rare to none to find a Goldendoodle not getting along with another dog.

  • Exercise Needs (5/5) 
Exercise Needs

It is a very energetic breed and this part is something inherited from poodles in Goldendoodles.

They need to get a good play outside in the yard or a park and at least a half-hour walk every day.

This can help in keeping them content and calm indoors.

  • Grooming Needs (3/5)

It all depends on how you want to keep your Goldendoodle.

If you want its furlong, then you would have to take it to a professional groomer every 6 to 7 weeks.

If you keep it clipped short, then it needs a full grooming every 8 to 9 weeks.

Many might think “do Goldendoodles shed”, the answer is no and this is very much relieving as a dog with such fur can be really hard to handle if shedding a lot is one of its traits.

  • Playfulness (5/5) 

This breed is a very happy one and can help you forget about your bad day.

It is very playful and it’s never draining energy makes it ever ready for a game out in the yard or a park.

  • Trainability (3/5)

These dogs are fairly trainable and need patience to be trained.

Use positive reinforcement on these pooches as they might develop a fear of the trainer if treated harshly.

Also, train them after they are more than 3 months old.

  • Intelligence (5/5)

A mix of 2 witty breeds should be expected to be intelligent as well.

Goldendoodles are very smart dogs and connect well with their family and owner.

They easily understand the intent of their companion owner and are also pretty trainable.

  • Mouthiness (1/5) 

Chewing, nipping and painless biting on fingers or homely objects is a normal trait shown by all dogs, it just varies in degree in each individual.

Goldendoodles are fairly less mouthy in nature and do not tend to bite on the curtains or furniture.

It rare to see a Goldendoodle indulging in such habits but if it does then a chew toy can help.

  • Price Group (3/5)

Goldendoodle puppies for adoption cost around $1500 – $2500 depending on the breeder or the quality of the breed.

The general Goldendoodle price is a bit heavy on the pocket but the breed is worth the price for anyone looking for a perfect companion.

FACT-ILICIOUS: “ ‘Goldendoodle’ is the common name for this Golden Retriever-Poodle cross, they can also go by “Golden Poos”, “Goldie Poos”, or ‘Groodles’.”    

C. About the Breed:

About the Breed

It is a cross of 2 really adorable breeds to give out a more adorable one called the Goldendoodle or in some places, the groodle.

It is a perfect family dog and it comes in 2 different sizes, namely, the medium Goldendoodle and the Goldendoodle mini.

These dogs are playful energetic and agile and have proved to have done well as guide dogs and therapy dogs.

These dogs are very affectionate and loving and in fact, this nature of theirs makes them a poor watchdog or guard dog.

Their outgoing nature should be fed every day by making them meet a lot of people and other pets as they thrive better in such an environment.

These dogs are also known to be hypoallergenic dogs.

Goldendoodles are really well suited for a family household.

D. Where Did Goldendoodles Come From:

Where Did Goldendoodles Come From

This breed came into light in the late 20th century in North America and Australia.

Although it was 1st bred in the late 1960s, it only got popular after 1990s and began to be seen as a commoner in many households.

This dog came out as a result of various experimentations of cross-breeding the poodle with many other pure breeds to come out with a dog with non-shedding poodles like a fur coat and its hypoallergenic characteristic.

The Goldendoodle was the result of the final match between the poodle and the retriever.

The one who found this match to breed the Goldendoodle was Monica Dickens.

She bred the 1st Goldendoodle in 1969.

E. Size:

goldendoodle size

Goldendoodle is a medium-sized dog which also comes in another size which is pretty much smaller called the Goldendoodle mini.

The size of these dogs depends mostly on their genes and gender but it can also be affected by the amount of food fed.

To maintain its size in the right proportions, you need to feed it with the right protein-based diet and make it exercise to the required amount to prevent undue weight gain that can lead to obesity.

F. Trainability:

Trainability

Goldendoodles are pretty agile and energetic dogs that need some good amount of exercising every day.

These dogs pay heed to their owner’s wishes and their witty characteristics make it easier for the owner to train this pooch.

Goldendoodle puppies should be given the basic homely training like potty training and basic commands like sit and stay.

Any training that is a little complex or needs patience should be given to a dog after it is beyond 3 months of age.

Use of positive reinforcement like treating it whenever it adheres to a command will serve the pooch better.

Negative reinforcements can make the dog anxious or fearful of the trainer.

Have patience if your pooch takes time in learning something, don’t give up and be repetitive.

To know better about what training to give to a newly brought pooch which has crossed the age of 1 month, go check out 10 basic dog training commands your dog should know.

G. Grooming:

goldendoodle grooming

The best thing about this breed is that it doesn’t shed or shed very less.

This helps in keeping the house out of a hairy mess.

These dogs should be brushed every 3 to 4 days to remove all the dead hairs as this helps in spreading the natural oil all over the fur.

This makes the breed’s coat tidy and healthy.

Bathing is needed every 6 to 8 weeks.

It’s grooming also depends on how you want to keep its coat that is long or short.

It costs around $50 – $80 to groom a Goldendoodle per 8 weeks.

If you keep its coat long then it should look after and groomed by a professional groomer every 6 to 7 weeks.

Proper grooming keeps the dog out of the way of bacterial or fungal infections of the skin and keeps the coat healthy and shiny.

H. Feeding:

goldendoodle eating

A Goldendoodle puppy should be given 3 to 4 small meals every day as puppies frequently feel hungry and tend to drain energy due to being a lot energetic.

Once the dog is 6 months old, you can reduce the frequency to 2 full meals.

What should be fed to your dog should be discussed with a vet always from time to time.

Refrain from overfeeding your dog as it can lead to obesity which is now something many dogs are going through.

Go for a breed-specific commercial dog food of premium quality and feed some natural food as well.

Keep the protein intake high and the carb intake low.

Don’t forget to get your pooch a meaty big bone or 2 per week and also give it some treats.

I. Common Diseases:

Common Diseases

Targeting The Bones

  • Hip and Elbow Dysplasia

It is an inherited disease which causes improper development of the hip and shoulder joints which in turn causes arthritis.

This condition should be analyzed early and be looked after to minimize the damage or pain.

In severe conditions, it is better to go for surgery to cure arthritis.

The condition can be determined by taking the x-ray of the bones and joints of the hip and shoulders.

This condition also develops in dogs that are overweight or obese and so always try to maintain your dog’s weight.

  • Patellar Luxation

It occurs with the shift in the knee cap from its place and sizing up.

It can only be corrected by surgery which is painful for the dog and fairly expensive for the owner.

It is caused due to over-exercising.

Targeting The Skin

  • Atopy

It is a skin allergy that makes the dog itchy and to an extent that the dog might damage its skin by constant itching.

It is caused by pollen dust, human dandruff, feathers, and such elements.

Targeting The Eyes

  • Entropion

In this condition, the eyelids roll inward and cause the eyelashes to come in contact with the cornea.

As the dog blinks, with time this contact between the cornea and the eyelashes causes depletion of the first layer of the cornea causing irritation and pain.

It can be operated and corrected if looked after early.

Targeting The Body

  • Gastric torsion

Feeling bloated after a heavy meal might be discomforting to humans but it can be fatal to dogs, over that it is common among the Goldendoodles to go through the bloat or gastric torsion.

In fact, it is so deceiving that at the minute you might find your dog completely fine and some hours later it might turn out to be dead.

  • Food Allergies

There are certain food items that even though edible to dogs can get your dog into harm’s way.

These are foods that your dog might be allergic to.

Signs of the allergies can erupt in on the skin or can upset the dog’s stomach.

Look for such signs whenever feeding your pooch a new food item and consult a vet if you find any signs of allergy.

J. Vaccination And Care:

Vaccination And Care

Always monitor your Goldendoodle’s behavior because a sudden change in its temperament or attitude can be due to some uneasiness being caused inside its body.

Take it to the vet every 2nd month for a complete health checkup and ask the vet to recommend a diet or any change in the routine.

Meet all of its grooming requirements for every day as it is not a hectic task to do so.

Keep it physically active and play with it to keep it from growing obese.

Make it mingle with the kids, neighbors and dogs and other pets as it is highly needed by this breed.

Vaccines against distemper, parvovirus, hepatitis, parainfluenza, leptospirosis, and rabies are an absolute necessity and should not be skipped.

FACT-ILICIOUS: “Goldendoodles Love Learning New Stuff. Even as they age, these dogs love learning new tricks and commands. Not only are they excellent companions, but they can also help you stay on your toes too.”    

K. Monthly Expense Estimation:

The 1st year of bringing a pet home can be expensive which is estimated up to $1300 but after that, each year’s cost is estimated to $500 including health checks, food, and grooming that is $60 to $90 per month.

It’s grooming per month can cost around $25 to $40

The cost of getting this breed in itself is a little heavy on the pockets, costing around $1500 to $2500.

L. Behavior With:

  • Kids
Behavior With Kids

Don’t be concerned about the safety of your kid and the kids of the neighborhood as this breed is a very friendly and outgoing one.

It loves to be in the company of kids and is also quick in getting along with the unfamiliar ones.

  • Dogs
Behavior With Dogs

Goldendoodles love having a company of another dog.

These dogs can be very playful with other dogs and a dog park can help in keeping them busy and satisfied.

Let these dogs play with other dogs for good enough time every day.

Grumpy behavior towards other dogs is rarely seen in this breed.

This behavior can mean that it wasn’t given a social environment it required growing up.

  • Cats
Goldendoodle With Cats

Goldendoodles are family dogs and have a friendly nature that makes them get along with mostly all.

This includes cats and you would find your Goldendoodle playing, caring and lying around your house cat.

There is no need to feel that you are putting your cat in danger by leaving it alone with this breed.

Just give your dog good social growth and it will be good with all.

M. Overview:

Goldendoodle

Goldendoodles are a hybrid breed that is a mix of golden retriever and poodle.

This breed was first bred in 1969 by a lady named Monica dickens.

Their cute looks and really outgoing and loving behavior made them popular by the end of the 1990s.

These dogs get along well with all that is kids, dogs, cats, neighbors and even the unfamiliar people.

These dogs don’t do well in an apartment styled living, they need a spacious house with a yard to grow better.

They come in 2 sizes namely medium and mini Goldendoodle.

It can cost from around $1500 to $2500 and its grooming needs can cost you around $25 to $40 per month.

These dogs do not shed or shed very less, and their grooming needs depend on how you want to keep its coat that is long or short.

It is commonly seen as a therapy dog, companion dog and also as a sniffer dog.

Overall it is a very happy dog that gives your home a pretty lively vibe.

What do you feel a Goldendoodle is more like a retriever or a poodle?

Comment in the section below and let us know your thoughts.

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