Species group: Unrecognized and Rare Breed dogs
Other name(s): Standard Goldendoodle; Groodle; Curly Golden; Goldenoodle; Goldenpoo; Goldiedoodle
It had to happen. Breeders could not resist cross-breeding one of the world's most admired companions, the Golden Retriever, to one of the world's most intelligent dogs, the Standard Poodle. A new cross-breed first developed in the mid 1990s, this mix is not accepted as a true breed, but it does have its own breed standards established by the Goldendoodle Association of North America (GANA).
The primary purpose of the cross is to create a great family dog, but they're also turning out to be good service and therapy dogs. Because of their intelligence and athleticism, they can also succeed at dog sports like Rally and Agility.
Be aware that cross-bred dogs are individuals, and the character is never guaranteed. Many Goldendoodles are first generation products, meaning one parent is a Poodle and the other is the Golden. As a result the puppies can vary quite a bit. There's no substitute for spending a little time getting to know the dog before you decide to take it home.
Appearance / health:
The body of a Goldendoodle is slightly heavier than that of a Standard Poodle. Proportions should have a squarely built appearance. The dog should be as nearly as tall as he is long. Legs should be nicely proportioned to the body, they should not be stunted. Bone and muscle of both forelegs and hind legs are in good proportion to the size of dog. The head often has a blocky appearance, although the muzzle is slightly narrower than that of a Golden Retriever. Eyes are large, expressive, and slightly round. Teeth meet in a scissor bite. Ears are set flat against the head and are just at eye level. The nose is large, square, and fleshy. The tail is low set and saber-shaped.
Docked tails are not acceptable. Dewclaws may be removed, but it is not a requirement.
The first cross generation Goldendoodle (Golden Retriever X Standard Poodle) is relatively uncommon. A higher number of dogs produced in this generation will have sparse and/ or shedding coats.. However, the number of first cross Goldendoodles with sparse or shedding coats is less when compared to Labradoodles of the same generation. The amount of time and effort needed to care for the thinner coats is much lower than for the fuller coats, and usually consists of brushing a couple times a week. Trimming the hair length on the body is rarely needed. Trimming the facial hair is only needed a few times a year.
Wavy and curly coats will generally shed less than the coarser, sparser coats. These types of coats can be found in some lower generation Goldendoodles, but are more common in higher generation Goldendoodles. Brushing at least 3 times a week is recommended to prevent matting. Regular trimming of the coat to a manageable length is recommended. Trimming the hair around the eyes on a regular basis is also required.
Most Goldendoodles thrive on focused exercise for bursts of time. A combination of mental exercise (games) and a short brisk walk keeps them mentally and physically healthy.
Hip dysplasia is probably the most common medical problems found in the Goldendoodles. Other potential illnesses and diseases that may show in the Goldendoodle are low thyroid, progressive retinal atrophy, and elbow and patellar luxations. Most of these health issues can be reduced or eliminated by breeders doing medical screening of their breeding dogs.
Behavior / temperament:
The Goldendoodle will exhibit behavioral traits of the Golden Retriever as well as the Poodle, in a variation of proportions. Because they are a various levels of hybrid, defining behavior within a ridged criterion is not possible.
The Goldendoodle is usually sociable, friendly, and affectionate. Most are highly intelligent, obedient, and trainable and tend to be strongly attached to the owner or family. Many describe the Goldendoodle as a really silly dog with lots of desire to entertain humans, to whom there are no strangers, only friends they have not met yet.
The Goldendoodle is highly motivated to learn. They will be more than happy to socialize rather than train if the handler is not keeping things interesting. They learn very quickly and are ready to learn more. Motivations for training can include food rewards, praise rewards or play rewards. Using force and negative training methods often results in training failures with these smart dogs.
Most Goldendoodles are not repetitive barkers but will provide an alert bark. As with any type of dog, appropriate training influences behavior of this kind.
intelligent breed, great disposition, wonderful loving dog, social dogs, great family pet
matting, coat maintenance, acquisition price, daily brushing, groomer, haircut
service dogs, therapy work, high energy
Half Golden, Half Poodle, All Fun!
Yaya, our 11-year-old Golden Doodle has been a source of fun and companionship for over a decade. Rescued as a pup, Yaya was top of her class in puppy obedience school, and was a crowd favorite amongst younger children and adults alike. 11 years later and she is still a staple of our household, excitedly greeting guests with a tail wag and a lick. Although she has gotten a bit slower throughout the years, she still enjoys playing fetch and going for runs in the park. Although she causes a bit of mischief from time to time (namely stealing food from the garbage bin, or sneaking a bite from a precarious pizza slice a bit too close to the edge of the plate), our hostility is often immediately lost when she gives us bashful eyes and brings us her favorite ball. I would recommend this breed to anyone who loves larger dogs with a big heart, wagging tail, and a great personality! She does not shed, rarely barks, and is great with younger children and other dogs. Although she might intimidate people sometimes (picture a giant black poodle bounding towards you), they often see she is a sweetheart and their fear is dissolved. We love our pup, and I'm sure you will love your Golden Doodle should you choose to adopt one!.
From austyn1 Dec 15 2016 12:11AM
Discovered During Vet Exam
During an annual exam for our Goldendoodle, the vet informed us that our dog's eyes were slightly dry and irritated. He let us know that it currently was not a major issue, but it was being caused by the long hair growing around they eye. Apparently, breeders of these designer dogs love to brag about their hypoallergenic, low shed, etc. qualities, but they often fail mention that the way the fur grows can cause problems like dry eye and ear infections. We could not afford routine visits to a groomer, but we kept the area around his eye trimmed down routinely going forward. Be sure to be getting your annual exams. Vets will catch problems that have not yet developed into a condition and help you make better decisions for your pet. Our vet let us know that continued dry eye could result in permanent damage to vision. .
From GoldenBoi0412 65 days ago
Clicker train your dog to go on command!
The best uses for clicker training, when you are house training, are teaching your dog to do his business on command, and teaching him to alert you that he needs to go outside.
To teach a dog to eliminate on command, it's as simple as clicking when they begin to squat and rewarding them (calmly and quietly; dogs don't really like to be startled in the middle of doing that). When you get to where you can tell they are about to squat, you add the cue by saying "Potty" or "Bathroom" or whatever word you want to use right before they squat, then clicking and rewarding when they do it.
To teach a dog to alert you to his needs, you can hang a bell on the door. Click whenever he touches it and let him outside (in this case, the reward is opening the door).
Clicker training is great for so many things, including house training!.
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