The Goldendoodle origin is one of design, not evolution. The Goldendoodle breed is a super-pet, an intentional crossbreed of two of the most intelligent dog breeds, the Golden Retriever and Poodle. Basically, the Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking offspring equivalent of the dog world. That may be an exaggeration, but one we are willing to make in order to get our point across. Goldendoodles are smart!
Goldendoodles are not recognized by the AKC as an official dog breed, but if their popularity continues to rise we wouldn’t be surprised to them get a nod, or at least consideration, in the near future. In addition to their general intelligence, the Goldendoodle is becoming well known for their hypoallergenic coats. Though not all examples of the Goldendoodle breed exhibit this characteristic. More on that later.
So now that we know a few facts about Goldendoodles, let’s take a deeper dive into what makes a Goldendoodle a great family dog and companion.
One reason the Goldendoodle is not an officially recognized breed may stem from the disparity in Goldendoodle size. The male Goldendoodle can range in height from 20-30 inches and male Goldendoodle weight can begin around 50 pounds and top out over 100. With such inconsistency in the breed, it will take some time before a pool of Goldendoodles can become the precursor to the breed standard. It’s safe to say, we will get to watch the Goldendoodle origin story unfold in our lifetimes.
The Goldendoodle temperament is a pleasant blend of the agreeable Golden Retrievers nature and the Poodles dignified manner. True Goldendoodle characteristics are more evident as the breed matures. The ideal Goldendoodle temperament is one that should fit into almost any home. However, with the Golden Retrievers nature of being “mouthy,” Goldendoodle puppies will require stern corrections to break this habit young. Don’t let this common puppy problem be a turn off though. Mouthing is a phase that can be corrected and is not representative of a Goldendoodle characteristic beyond puppyhood.
Goldendoodles should be as amusing and they are affectionate. A true family companion, the breed wants to spend their time with the pack. They are eager to please and will often look to owners for direction. The athleticism and intelligence of both breeds that comprise the Goldendoodle lead to a breed which has a high level of energy and capability. Since the Goldendoodles temperament is a direct reflection of the parents and consideration should be made to that end. Some Goldendoodles may exhibit more of the athleticism common to Poodles, or more of the Retriever hunting dog instincts of the Golden.
Do Goldendoodles shed?
Goldendoodle grooming is another upside to the breed. Though it depends on the coat, they are not typically in need of much grooming or brushing. If the Goldendoodle has curlier, more poodle-like, fur it will require more frequent brushing to avoid matting. However, this commitment should only require a brushing once or twice a week. The natural oils present in Goldendoodles coats mean that bathing aa less-than-common occurrence. Unless overwhelmingly soiled, a simple brushing will cleanse the dogs fur of most muck.
When it comes to Goldendoodle shedding, the breed displays less hair loss than most dogs. However, this is also dependent on coat. While retrievers are moderate shedders, Poodles tend to be a low shedding breed. It’s safe to assume the Goldendoodle will shed less than many other breeds. However, the expectation should not be for a shed-free puppy.
Are Goldendoodles hypoallergenic?
There is a common misconception that all Goldendoodles are hypoallergenic. Though this is the case with some examples, it is not the rule. Poodles, by rule, are hypoallergenic. Allergies to dogs are defined by the dander and not the coat, and Poodles rarely trigger allergic reactions. As with Goldendoodle shedding, it’s safe to assume a lower level of allergic reactions will occur with a Goldendoodle in the home, but owners should not expect 100% relief from their allergies.
Every dog breed requires training. Simply because a dog is considered smart, does not mean training is any less important. In fact, highly intelligent breeds tend to more destructive, or develop bad habits, when left to their own devices. However, training and exercise will minimize, or eliminate, these problems. An intelligent dog, like the Goldendoodle, has an active mind and will find things to do if not shown what to do. That being said, Goldendoodle training can be a pleasure, as the dog learn quickly and is eager to please.
All breed should begin training as early as possible. Once shots are sufficient for puppy classes, we highly recommend them for training with distractions, and early puppy socialization. Sit, stay, and come are great in the home; but if a dog doesn’t listen in public those commands are not much use. Furthermore, Goldendoodles get rather large. What’s adorable in an eight week old puppy can be a real turn-off in a 75 pound dog. Train early, and train often.
When it comes to Goldendoodle facts, there are more exceptions than rules. What we know for sure is that the Goldendoodle is rising in popularity for a host of reasons. First and foremost is the breeds intelligent nature. Goldendoodles make a wonderful addition to any home, even for inexperienced dog owners. At Broadway Puppies we select our Goldendoodles from the best breeders in the country. We are so confident in the health, and happiness of our puppies, we offer a 12 year puppy guarantee. Contact us to find out what Goldendoodle puppies for sale in San Diego are available at this time.