Young Goldendoodle in Red HandkerchiefGoldendoodles (also called groodles) are one of the most recent crossbreed dogs, and they’re gaining popularity due to their adorable looks and personality, which has been shown off by proud owners across social media. Not only do their purebred parent breeds make them excellent candidates as guide dogs, service dogs and therapy dogs, but their coat type and energy level make them the perfect choice of family pet for active and health-conscious households.

History of the Goldendoodle Dog Breed

The Goldendoodle is the most recent designer dog that combines poodle genetics with another purebred — the golden retriever — joining the Labradoodle and cockapoo. The popularity of these poodle mix breeds led to advent of the standard goldendoodle in the 1990s.

This hybrid dog was created with the non-shedding coat and intelligence of the standard poodle and the size and temperament of the golden retriever parent in mind. Breeding is still in the earliest stages, so most dogs come from first-generation crossing of the two parent breeds. In spite of the fact this dog is incredibly popular in places like the United States, Australia and the UK, there aren’t yet any breed clubs fighting to get them purebred status.

There’s significant variation between goldendoodles because there aren’t any breed standards, but most have wavy or curly coats, shed minimally and have exceptionally friendly and loyal personalities.

What Type of Weather Do They Prefer?

Some goldendoodles have trouble regulating their body temperature when they reach old age, and they generally prefer mild weather to extreme heat or cold. Lots of Doodles enjoy a swim when the weather gets hot — although you must never force your dog to swim if they don’t want to. As long as there are shady spots in the yard and they have places to snuggle up to when they’re cold, they’ll be content.

Appearance

Goldendoodles have an extraordinary amount of variation, but each and every one of them is as adorable and cuddly as a teddy bear. Mixed-breed dogs with poodle parentage are often prized for their hypoallergenic coats, but it’s important to note that most allergy sufferers react to dander rather than fur. Some goldendoodles have curly fur, while others have a coat that’s shaggy, loose or wavy.

The dogs at Pride and Prejudoodles have been tested to ensure they have the most suitable coats for allergy sufferers.

To make choosing your pet even harder, when it comes to these Doodles, there’s more to choose from than just the standard goldendoodle. It’s possible to cross golden retrievers with toy poodles, resulting in the heart-melting miniature goldendoodle. Plus, standards come in two sizes, medium and large, because poodles also come in three sizes.

Despite their name, these dogs actually come in a variety of colors as broad as that of their poodle parents. While golden is the most common, popular coat colors include:

  • Golden
  • Apricot
  • Black
  • Copper
  • White
  • Cream
  • Red
  • Chocolate
  • Gray

Goldendoodles can weigh anywhere between 50 and 90 pounds.

Personality

The place where the goldendoodle really excels is its personality, which is simultaneously intelligent and adoring. They’re some of the most loving pooches you’ll ever meet, and their gentle natures and high levels of patience make them wonderful family dogs. Provided they’re trained properly with positive reinforcement and given ample attention, they’ll grow up to be affectionate, cuddly and very obedient.

Doodles’ sociable personality makes them perfect animals for households with children and other pets, even cats. While their gentle predisposition makes them ideal companions, they’re not necessarily the best watchdogs. They’re just too trusting and friendly!

Just like any dog breed, they require correct socialization to ensure they get used to different sights, sounds and smells during puppyhood. This means taking them to plenty of doggy-friendly parks so they can meet canine friends and introducing them to different people, pets and friend’s pooches.

We offer fully trained Doodles, so you can focus on the fun bits, like bonding and exercise. If you opt for an untrained pup and you’re a first-time dog owner, we’d recommend taking it to training sessions or kindergarten. It’s essential the early years are just right to ensure your cute pal grows up to be well-rounded and confident.

Goldendoodles aren’t the type of dog you should keep in a kennel because they thrive on human contact and are prone to separation anxiety. They’re also not suited to apartment living, unless you have a particularly small miniature goldendoodle. These dogs prefer to live in a house with a gated backyard where they can get regular exercise breaks.

Doodles are playful, happy pooches that love to make friends with everyone — and they often instigate friendships using their love of play. Their endless patience makes them great for homes with children, and they’ve got the strength and stamina to keep up with even the most active family.

Training

These clever dogs are perfect for first-time dog owners because they love to please and take great pride in learning new skills. That said, this doesn’t happen spontaneously — every dog requires a significant amount of time and attention to be spent on the initial training process.

Both of its parent breeds are known for their intelligence and trainability, and Goldendoodles have inherited this trait. They’re some of the smartest and gentlest dogs out there, but the downside of this is that they can learn negative behavior just as easily as constructive behavior. This means the person training them needs to be strong-willed, firm and consistent — but never harsh or aggressive.

Doodles are sensitive dogs, and positive reinforcement is a must to bring out the best in them. Heavy-handed corrective practices are likely to make the dog less obedient and more likely to be conditioned by fear, as opposed to clearly understanding what’s expected of them.

These guys adore human company, and making their pet parents happy brings them genuine satisfaction. As such, correct training produces a highly obedient and loyal adult goldendoodle. This combination of traits means they’re sought after as therapy, service and guide dogs. Older adults, people with disabilities and individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders can benefit significantly from the warmth and sweetness of these adorable pooches.

Goldendoodles’ high intelligence means they need training early and require plenty of stimulation to prevent them from getting bored. It’s also crucial that the person doing the training has knowledge and experience in the process, because these smart dogs will frustrate anyone who doesn’t understand them.

Doodles can be mischievous and cheeky, but aggression is practically unheard of. So as long as you treat them with the same gentle respect they offer, they’re one of the easiest dog breeds to train.

Goldendoodles have loads of energy and require regular exercise to maintain a healthy weight and calm temperament. They need a moderately high level of outdoor activity — usually a minimum of 30 minutes, but ideally one hour, of moderate to vigorous exercise per day will keep them at their best.

Health

Adorable Goldendoodle with Blue Flower HandkerchiefGoldendoodles are generally healthy animals, but just like any other pooch, their specific genetics mean they’re prone to particular illnesses. Not every Doodle will contract these diseases, but they’re important to be aware of when taking care of them. All good breeders provide a certificate that shows health clearances. At Pride and Prejudoodles, our tests cover 164 common health conditions. As such, you have peace of mind when purchasing your new pup from us.

How Long Do Goldendoodles Live?

The average Goldendoodle lives for between 10 and 15 years.

Shedding

Some goldendoodles might take after their retriever parents, but it’s still likely that they’ll shed less fur than the average dog. Not only can this be useful for individuals who suffer with allergies but it’s a bonus for any house-proud person who wants the joy of being a pooch parent without excessive amounts of fur on the furniture.

Feeding

When you first get your pup, you’re provided a can of wet food and a bag of dry food for the sake of consistency. Suddenly changing your puppy’s diet can lead to stomach upsets, so it’s best to either remain consistent with the food they’ve been eating or very gradually change them over. This involves mixing a small amount of the new food into the old food and gradually increasing the ratio. If you notice that they get ill as a result of the change, it’s best to switch back to the previous food.

Goldendoodles are prone to bloating, so it’s essential you stick to a consistent twice-a-day feeding schedule throughout puppyhood and adulthood. While it might be tempting to switch over an unfussy adult dog to lower-cost food, this can have serious consequences. High-quality food is more nutrient-dense, which will add years to your dog’s life. Always be careful not to overfeed your Doodle as obesity is a leading cause of premature death.

Common Goldendoodle Health Issues

Some of the illnesses these dogs are prone to include:

  • Ear infections
  • Patellar luxation
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Von Willebrand’s disease
  • Progressive retinal atrophy
  • Allergies
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Gastric dilatation volvulus

Grooming

Doodles are generally low- to no-shedding dogs, but that doesn’t mean they don’t require regular grooming. The curlier their coats, the more frequently you’ll need to brush them and take them to the groomers. Most owners opt to trim Doodles’ coats, which prevents matting and decreases the need for brushing. Nonetheless, even a clipped pooch’s fur needs attention every couple of weeks to remove debris and stimulate the follicles.

Goldendoodle or Labradoodle?

While Goldendoodles are golden retriever and poodle mixes, a Labradoodle is a Labrador retriever and poodle cross. Both dogs share a friendly, affection demeanor and adorable teddy-bear looks, but there are a couple of differences between the two. Goldendoodles are generally thought to be the soppiest, most calm and loving pooches, whereas Labradoodles tend to be better running buddies, and their coats are slightly easier to maintain.

Happy Goldendoodle Playing Happy Labradoodle Playing

The truth is that one dog breed isn’t better than another — and these friendly pooches are just so similar. Still, the differing activity levels and grooming demands might make one fit better with your particular household than the other.

Peace of Mind

When you get a puppy from the specialist goldendoodle breeders here at Pride and Prejudoodles, you have peace of mind about a variety of potential concerns that wouldn’t be guaranteed if you chose to adopt elsewhere.

Not only do you have the option of getting a fully trained puppy delivered to your door but even if you choose an untrained puppy, you have the following guarantees:

  • Testing for more than 164 common health concernsGoldendoodle Puppy in Blue Handkerchief
  • Coat testing to see how hypoallergenic a particular pup is
  • Temperament testing — we only pass pups with therapy dog potential
  • Free hand delivery in NC, VA, DC and MD
  • A one- to two-year genetic health guarantee
  • A full vet check and up-to-date vaccinations and worming
  • See our puppy training program page for the full program and pricing list

Goldendoodles Are Exceptional Companions

If you’re ready to introduce a gorgeous new addition with a gentle, loving temperament and oodles of energy to your home, check out the selection of goldendoodle puppies available at Pride and Prejudoodles.