The Ultimate Guide to the Goldendoodle

Many families today are looking for a dog for their home that is friendly, good with children, intelligent, and easy to train.  

These characteristics fit the goldendoodle perfectly.

As a crossbreed between a poodle and a golden retriever, the goldendoodle brings out some of the best traits in both of these breeds.

From the poodle it brings intelligence, low shedding, and sharp obedience.  And from the golden retriever it brings devotion, desire for human companionship, and gentleness.

Ready to learn why the goldendoodle is a perfect choice for your family?  

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History

Goldendoodles were first bred in the 1960’s, but they didn’t become popular until the 1990’s.  

The original purpose, mostly in North America and Australia, was to design a crossbreed that would create an ideal guide dog without as much shedding and the allergies that accompany shedding.

The result was a designer dog called the goldendoodle.  

Designer dogs simply take a purebred poodle and cross it with another purebred breed.  Most designer dogs are bred to link the poodle’s non-shedding coat with the positive characteristics of another breed.  

So what is the result of mixing two different pure breeds?  

The intentional mixing of two pure breeds creates a crossbreed, such as the goldendoodle.

A pure breed means that there has been deliberate breeding over several generations, and this breeding has taken place among animals of common ancestors.

A crossbreed, on the other hand, is the offspring of mixing two pure breeds of the same species  together.

Very few multigenerational goldendoodles exist where two goldendoodles were bred together.  Instead, the most popular method continues to be the goldendoodle as a crossbreed directly from a purebred poodle and purebred golden retriever.

Goldendoodle Variations

There are two main variations of goldendoodles.  Your available space, needs, and goals will play a large role in determining which variation you choose.

Most goldendoodles will have a lifespan of 10-15 years.

Miniature:  Miniature goldendoodles range from 13 to 20 inches in height and 15 to 40 pounds in weight.

Standard:  Standard goldendoodles range from 20 to 24 inches in height and 40 to 100 pounds in weight.

Goldendoodle personality traits

Personality Strong Points

Goldendoodles were bred to bring the best of the poodle and golden retriever together.  

Both of these pure breeds have many positive characteristics, but bringing them together in the goldendoodle crossbreed results in a few outstanding characteristics.

Here are the top five characteristics of the goldendoodle:

Affectionate

Goldendoodles love humans!  They become quickly attached to their owners and people who are regularly in their life.  

Spending quality time with a goldendoodle, especially when they are a puppy, creates a long-lasting bond.  The result is a loyal bond with your goldendoodle that will last a lifetime.

In fact, goldendoodles can suffer from separation anxiety if they are neglected for long periods of time.   

Intelligent

Goldendoodles are excellent dogs to train in specialized situations because of their intelligence.  They have been used as guide dogs, as well as companions for people with special needs or health concerns.  

Groomability

Goldendoodles will often have poodle characteristics in their hair.  The result is that they don’t usually shed as much and can be groomed and trimmed easier than long-haired dogs.

It is important to note that because the goldendoodle is a crossbreed, there is not a guarantee that your dog will not have some of the hair characteristics of the golden retriever.  However, in general the goldendoodle will have fewer grooming issues than long-haired breeds.

Trainable

Goldendoodles are not only smart, they also are also easier to train.  This is particularly true if the training is done when they are puppies, and if the training is done in a consistent and non-threatening method.

Whether it is basic house-training or more advanced training involving tricks and other unique commands, the goldendoodle is well prepared to be trained and taught.

Friendly

The golden retriever breed really shines through in the friendliness of goldendoodles.  They make excellent family dogs because they display high levels of friendliness and kindness.

Goldendoodles will show friendliness to strangers, children, and other dogs.  Many will also show friendliness to other kinds of animals, cats included!

Other Characteristics

Like any other animal, the exact characteristics of the goldendoodle will vary based on the puppy that you choose, the environment where it is raised, and the regular attention and care that it receives.

There are a few characteristics of the goldendoodle that some people may not find ideal for their particular situation or wants.

These are not necessarily negative characteristics, but they should be considered if you are wanting a breed that has these specific personality traits.

A Goldendoodle should get 20-30 minutes of daily exercise

Regular exercise needed

The goldendoodle is a fairly active dog and needs regular exercise.  As a general recommendation goldendoodles should get a good 20 to 30 minutes of daily exercise.  

What constitutes daily exercise?

This can include playing in the backyard or local park, going on a walk or run, or swimming.

Keep in mind that puppies should not be involved in vigorous exercise activities such as jogging until they are six or eight months of age. Over-exercising at an early age can cause joint problems. Begin with taking your puppy on short walks with frequent breaks.

If you are looking for a very low-energy dog that will not require regular aerobic activity, then the goldendoodle may not be the best breed for you.

Not the best watchdog

Because they are so friendly to strangers and people, the goldendoodle does not make the best watchdog.  

This doesn’t mean it will never bark when a strange person or vehicle approaches the house, but it will not be as quick to protect a child or defenseless person as some other breeds.

Space Considerations

Space is a concern with any pet, and goldendoodles are no different.  Because of their need for daily exercise and the potential size of the larger standard variation, you will want to make sure you have enough space in your house or back yard for your goldendoodle.

Many people do not recommend standard goldendoodles for small apartments or spaces because of their active nature and size.  Choosing a miniature goldendoodle may be wise if you have limited space for your dog.

How to Groom you Goldendoodle

Grooming

Even with the poodle breed as part of their DNA and their easier groomability, that does not mean the goldendoodle’s coat can be ignored!

One of the keys to success in properly grooming your goldendoodle is to start when they are a puppy.  If grooming and care is done regularly and gently from the start, the goldendoodle will become used to it and grooming can be done quickly.

So what are some of the best grooming practices?

Goldendoodles should be brushed regularly, preferably several times a week.  The best grooming method is to use a slicker brush that will work well with the curlier hair.

Since they are partly poodle, should you do regular trimming?

Longer coats will mean more shedding, more knots in the hair, and a harder time grooming your goldendoodle.  You should have your goldendoodle clipped several times a year and aim for 2-3 inches of hair length. If you trim your goldendoodle regularly you will find that the grooming process is much faster and easier.

If they are properly groomed and trimmed, goldendoodles will not need to be bathed on a regular basis.  Of course the exception is if they are dirty and need to be cleaned. A goldendoodle’s skin has its own oils and moisture, and regular bathing can remove these from the dog.

Other care for the goldendoodle is fairly routine for dogs in general.  Be sure to keep their nails trimmed. It is also recommended that you brush their teeth several times a week with approved toothpaste.

Health

Obviously the health of your goldendoodle is a critical factor in your goldendoodle’s quality of life, as well as how long it will live.

The goldendoodle is subject to many common disorders and illnesses of all dog breeds, but there are a few that are more specific to the goldendoodle breed.

What is your first line of defense?

The best time to be on the lookout for health issues in your goldendoodle is during regular grooming.  Looking for sores, rashes, unusual skin or hair color, or other issues when you groom your goldendoodle will help you get a jumpstart on any problems.

One of the more common issues found in most dog breeds is hip and elbow dysplasia.  

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This occurs when a joint in the dog’s leg or hip becomes weakened or malformed.  This can result in arthritis or even lameness if it goes untreated.

Thankfully dogs can be tested for this since it is a genetic disorder.  Ask your breeder if they have any dysplasia testing or health records on your puppy’s parents.  If your puppy shows any negative signs, be sure to have them seen by your local veterinarian.

So what health problems are more specific to the goldendoodle?

Because of their longer ears, goldendoodles are more prone to get ear infections.  This occurs when moisture gets inside their ears but does not dry because their larger ears prevent adequate air flow.

This also occurs on other breeds with larger ears.  The best prevention against ear infection is to make sure the ears are thoroughly dried if your goldendoodle has been swimming or gets significantly wet.  

The best time to check for moisture or infections in the ear is during  regular grooming.

Allergy Characteristics of a Goldendoodle

As was already mentioned, one of the original purposes of the goldendoodle crossbreed was a dog that would be good with people without the negative allergic reactions that accompany long-haired dogs.

This raises the obvious question:  Do goldendoodles have fewer allergens than other dog breeds?

This is a difficult question to answer with a definitive “yes” or “no.”

However, it does raise a second question that needs to be answered:  What causes people to be allergic to dogs in the first place?

The simple answer is dander.  Dander is caused by the dead skin cells that are shed by dogs and other animals, including humans.  

While goldendoodles tend to have less dander due to their curlier and shorter hair, it is important to understand that maintaining low dander levels is accomplished mostly with proper and regular grooming, trimming, and brushing.

If a goldendoodle is not properly groomed, it can result in higher levels of dander and the corresponding allergens.

Choosing Your Dog

When it comes to choosing a dog, there are several options.

You can purchase from a previous owner, adopt from a shelter, or buy them as a puppy.

What  are some pros and cons of the three places you can get your dog?

Buying from a Previous Owner

The first 16 weeks of a puppy’s life are critical stages to their development. When buying a goldendoodle that is several years old, those early stages of development are past. This means that much of the training and development has already happened, whether good or bad!

A well-trained dog will save you a lot of time and energy on training, but a poorly trained dog will require work to break their bad habits.

It can also take longer to bond with an older dog that has had a previous owner.  Thankfully goldendoodles are social and can adapt quickly if given love and attention.

You should also ask for any veterinarian records on your dog.  This will allow you to keep up-to-date records on your dog’s health, as well as help you and your veterinarian know that your dog is current on all recommended vaccinations.

Adopting from a shelter

Adopting from a shelter will provide a loving home to a dog in need, and the results can be beautiful.

Animal shelters are constantly looking for good homes and families to adopt homeless pets, and this provides a way to give back to your local community and humane society.

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If you choose adoption, you do want to be aware that it might require some additional TLC, patience, and training.  Much of this depends on the condition of your dog when it arrived at the animal shelter and the environment from which it came.

Many times the animal shelter may know very little about the dog’s background, so spending some time with the goldendoodle in person will help you learn more about its personality.

Buying as a Puppy

Many people like to buy their goldendoodles as puppies, especially if they want a family pet.  

Buying a puppy provides you with a pet that will live a long, full life.  It also gives you the opportunity to provide quality training during the critical stages of development.

One of the biggest benefits of buying your goldendoodle as a puppy is that you maximize the amount of time you are able to spend with it.  

Why is this important?

If you are able to bond with your goldendoodle right away as a puppy, this will establish a strong bond between the puppy and your family.  

When you purchase a dog as a puppy you can provide it with a quality environment from day one. You can avoid issues resulting from a poor environment, negligence, or lack of training.  

You may also have the opportunity to meet one of the puppy’s parents, allowing you to see the potential size and personality of your dog.

One negative in purchasing a puppy is that you are responsible for all the training.  You can either do all of the training yourself, or enroll your puppy in a local obedience school.

Conclusion

If you are looking for a family-friendly, caring, and loyal dog; then look no further than the goldendoodle!

Purchasing a goldendoodle will ensure you and your family a companion that loves every minute they can spend with you, and we can guarantee that you will love every minute with them as well.

If you are ready to add a goldendoodle to your family, head over to Infinity Pups to view our available Standard and Mini Goldendoodle puppies. All puppies listed with Infinity Pups are not from puppy mills and come with a 1-year health guarantee.

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