The Goldendoodle, or also sometimes called a Groodle, is a hybrid dog breed of a Poodle and a Golden Retriever. It is a crossbreed that has a growing popularity today. Let us know more about the history and characteristics of a Goldendoodle.
People have been crossing different types of dogs for millennia either to achieve a certain look, ability or temperament. But the Goldendoodle is one of the newest of the Poodle mix breeds. Breeding them started in the 1990s after the Cockapoo and the Labradoodle gained footholds. Based on a theory, the development of the Goldendoodle was to create a larger Poodle that maintained the desired low-dander, low-shedding coat, an intelligent and friendly nature of a Golden Retriever.
Since the Goldendoodle is a young cross, it means that puppies today are the result of first-generation breeding and most of them are mixes of Golden Retriever and Poodle. It still rarely occurs as of yet between pairs of Goldendoodles.
Even though the Goldendoodle breed is becoming popular especially in Australia, it still does not have a breed club or registry in existence. But there are some online communities for those who love and own Goldendoodles. Their popularity is still on the rise but a lot of people believe that there will surpass other Poodle breeds.
Characteristics of the Goldendoodle
Average size: 1 foot and 8 inches to 2 feet tall
Average weight: 50 to 90 pounds
The Goldendoodle belongs to the group of hybrid dogs. Since they are the result of multigenerational breeding, their size can vary and Goldendoodle breeders are not aiming for any breed standards. But they can come in three different sizes such as miniature, small standard, and large standard.
The miniature ones are the results of a toy poodle crossed with a Golden Retriever and they can grow from 13 to 20 inches in height and 15 to 35 pounds in weight. For the small standard ones, their average height is 17 to 20 inches and they can weigh from 40 to 50 pounds. Large standard ones, on the other hand, can grow from 20 to 24 inches in height and can weigh from 50 to 90 pounds.
Goldendoodles have wavy to curly coats which are two to three inches in length. They have longer hair on their tails, ears, body, and legs, and the hair on their heads are usually shorter. They can come in colors white, black, copper, gray, cream, golden, and apricot.
Goldendoodles are known to be friendly, intelligent, and have an accepting nature, and they endear themselves with everyone they meet. They are highly affectionate, gentle, and patient as well, making them wonderful pets for families. They are also playful, loyal, and can be very obedient when trained well.
Caring for a Goldendoodle
The Goldendoodle has an average energy level and it’s great if you can take them for a walk or a good romp every day for 20 to 30 minutes. They also love the water that’s why taking them on a swimming trip is another great exercise for them.
Since they can grow large, they need more room to move in, therefore, they are not recommended for apartments. It is better if they live in a home with some type of fenced yard, but they should be kept primarily in the house.
Goldendoodles are considered non-shedders to light shedders but they still require grooming to maintain their coats in the best shape. Brushing them once every week can help if you want to leave their coats in their natural state. They require a bath only when necessary because their coats and skins may lose important oils and moisture. It’s also important to brush their teeth at least two to three times a week and to trim their nails once a month.
For Goldendoodles, the recommended daily amount of food is 1 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into multiple meals. It will depend on their adult size, as well as their age, metabolism, and activity level.
With their wonderful disposition and intelligence, it’s no wonder that the Goldendoodle breed is becoming popular. So, if you want a crossbred dog to accompany you at home, a Goldendoodle might be a great choice because they are also known to be naturally friendly, fantastic guides, and therapy dogs.