If you’re looking for a friendly, enthusiastic dog that’s easy to train, then goldendoodles fit the bill. Originally bred to be guide dogs, these canines quickly grew in popularity thanks to their easygoing temperaments and affectionate natures. Today, they serve as therapy dogs, hunting companions and, of course, family pets.
Goldendoodles are a cross between two popular purebreds: poodles and golden retrievers. Many of them inherit the low-shedding, hypoallergenic coats of their poodle parent and the distinguishable golden color of their golden retriever parent. As a medium-large dog breed, goldendoodles generally range from 15 to 20 inches in height and 30 to 50 pounds in weight. They benefit from at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, which makes them suitable for more active households.
Like all dogs, goldendoodles require a high-quality diet that consists of plenty of proteins and fats. They’re also susceptible to hip dysplasia and eye problems, which means it’s important to keep up with regular vet appointments. When taken care of, the average goldendoodle can enjoy a happy, healthy life of up to 20 years.
In 1989, a breeder wondered what would happen if they combined the genetic material of a poodle and a Labrador retriever. The result was a loyal companion dog that retained the intelligence of poodles and the affectionate nature of Labrador retrievers. Their playful, trusting personalities, coupled with their eagerness to please their owners, make labradoodles popular family pets.
Labradoodles are medium-large dogs and range anywhere from 20 to 25 inches in height and 50 to 65 pounds in weight. However, some labradoodles are bred with mini poodles instead — these dogs, dubbed mini labradoodles, are usually just 15 inches tall and weigh between 15 and 25 pounds. Whether you have a mini labradoodle or a large one, you can bet they’ll have tons of energy during the day. Most labradoodles will need to work off this energy with at least 30 to 60 minutes of exercise. They also enjoy spending time with people and get along with just about anyone, from young children to fellow dogs.
Labradoodles are more susceptible to the health issues commonly found in their parents, such as hip and elbow dysplasia, so it’s important they see the vet regularly. Provided their needs are met, these cuddly canines can live up to 14 years.
When it comes to sociable, smart and loving dogs, you can’t go wrong with a cockapoo. Bred to serve as companion dogs, these sweet canines have the intelligence of poodles and the friendliness of cocker spaniels. Thanks to their playful personalities, endless curiosity and eagerness to please, you can trust a cockapoo to provide you with endless entertainment.
There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to cockapoos. You can find this unique dog in a wide variety of sizes and colors — one cockapoo might sport a light brown coat and measure at under 10 inches, while another may have dotted black-and-white fur and stand over 16 inches tall. No matter what they look like, most cockapoos have low-shedding, hypoallergenic coats (thanks to their poodle parentage). Generally, cockapoos are small-medium dogs and benefit from a minimum of 15 minutes of daily exercise. When trained, they’re usually well-behaved and can be left home alone for up to eight hours at a time.
It’s important to cater to your cockapoo’s health needs, as this breed is more vulnerable to ear, eye, hip and knee issues. Most cockapoos have an average lifespan of about 15 years, which they love to spend with their favorite humans.