The Ultimate Guide to the Goldendoodle

Many families today are looking for a dog that is friendly, good with kids, and easy to train.

We just described the goldendoodle!

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

From the poodle it brings intelligence, low shedding tendencies, and 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?

Let’s go!

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History

Breeders first created goldendoodles in the 1960’s, but the dogs didn’t start becoming popular until the 1990’s.

The original purpose for the goldendoodle breed was to design a crossbreed that would be an ideal guide dog without as much shedding and the allergies that accompany shedding.

The result was a designer dog called the goldendoodle.

To create a designer dog, 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, aussiedoodle, or bernedoodle.

A pure breed has been deliberately bred over several generations from animals of common ancestors.

A crossbreed, on the other hand, is the result of mixing two pure breeds with different genetics.

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 types of goldendoodles. Your available space, needs, and goals dictate which type is best for you.

Most goldendoodles 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.

Which type is best for you depends on how large a dog you would like to keep in your available space.

Goldendoodle personality traits

Personality Strong Points

Breeders created the goldendoodle to bring together the best of the poodle and golden retriever.

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

Like their golden retriever parents, goldendoodles love humans! They quickly become attached to their owners and people they come in contact with regularly.

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

The downside to this is that goldendoodles can suffer from separation anxiety if you neglect them for long periods of time.

Intelligent

Because of their intelligence, goldendoodles do well in specialized situations. They can make great guide dogs, as well as companions for people with special needs or health concerns.

Groomability

Goldendoodles' hair often reflects their poodle parents' 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 easy to train.  This is particularly true if you train them as new puppies with consistent and non-threatening methods.

Whether it is basic house-training or more advanced training involving tricks and other unique commands, the goldendoodle is well prepared to learn everything you teach him.

Friendly

The friendliness of goldendoodles exemplifies the golden retriever in their lineage. Their high levels of emotional intelligence and kindness make them excellent family dogs.

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

Other Characteristics

Like any other animal, the exact characteristics of the goldendoodle vary based on the puppy you choose, the environment where it is raised, and the regular attention and care 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 you should consider them before you choose a puppy.

A Goldendoodle should get 20-30 minutes of daily exercise

Regular exercise needed

The goldendoodle is an 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?

Daily exercise could 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 such as hip and elbow dysplasia. Begin with taking your puppy on short walks with frequent breaks.

If you are looking for a very low-energy dog that will be content to sit on the couch with you and 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 everybody, goldendoodles do not make the best watchdogs.

This doesn’t mean your goldendoodle 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 their poodle DNA and easy groomability, the goldendoodle’s coat cannot be ignored!

One of the keys to success in properly grooming your goldendoodle is to start when they are a puppy.  If you do grooming and care regularly and gently from the start, the goldendoodle will become used to it and you can get the grooming 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 curly 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 you groom and trim your goldendoodle properly you will not need to bathe it on a regular basis.  Of course the exception is if it's dirty and needs to be cleaned. A goldendoodle’s skin has its own oils and moisture, and regular bathing can strip these natural oils.

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

Health

Health 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 and bringing home your 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 Goldendoodle and Mini Goldendoodle puppies. All puppies listed with Infinity Pups are not from puppy mills and come with a 1-year health guarantee.

If you want to see a few more options before you pick out your puppy, check out our other breeds.

Good luck finding your puppy!

14 Comments

Maggie

We are seniors looking for a mini golden doodle puppy. What gender would you recommend?

Elaine Kirkeby

We would love to have a mini goldendoodle puppy.
Where are you located? Do you ship?
What is the average cost?

beverly McDonald

I am interested in adopting a mini Goldendoodle.

Mary E Cornman

Would like to Adopt a MiniGoldendoodle in the price range of $850.00. Lost my Husband and my Beautiful Great Dane within 3 months of each other and need a Fur Baby to Love and Spoil.

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