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
Important for every dog, extremly important for dogs with osteoarthritis
Best way to prevent, or at least prolong the time before your old dog becomes arthritic is to keep them lean and strong. This is also important for longevity and overall health, so it should be your main goal if you want to keep your dog alive and well for as long as possible. I can't stress the importance of keeping your dog fit and strong if it has osteoarthritis. If your dog is overweight joints have to bear more weight, and if it's muscles aren't strong joints bear even more weight then they should, which leads to increased friction and damage of the joints. If your dog is in perfect physical condition (body condition score 4-5 on 9 point scale) joints bear minimum amount of weight they have to, and if it's muscles, tendons and ligaments are strong they reduce weight bearing of the joints even more. This is important for overall health, as well as in cases of osteoarthritis and other orthopedic conditions. So keep your dog fit and strong. .
From Vuk Ignjic DVM 133 days ago
Choke collars are not the best tools to use for dogs who pull. How many times have you seen people walking their dogs on a choke collar and the dog pulling?! This is because to properly use a punishment device, which is what a choke collar is, you should only have to give 3 or 4 firm, appropriate corrections and then your dog should never repeat the behavior again. People do not have the stomach to give their dogs a stiff enough correction to work in 3 or 4 trials. Further, weaker handlers do not have the strength to give their (large) dogs a strong enough correction for them to understand. Hence, while the correction will work in the short term, all too soon, the dog is back to pulling again and that level of correction has become simply a nag. Then the correction will need to be stronger to get them to attend to it.
For a dog who outweighs or out-muscles its handler, the use of a head halter is a better choice, as it gives one greater control of the weakest part of the dog's body, their head. Just as we can use a halter to guide a horse, so can we use the same technique to guide a dog.
Laura Garber, CPDT-KA, CC, FFCP
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