Goldendoodles which are considered to be one of the sweetest natured and enthusiastic breed among all the dog breeds. They have a strong bond with their owners and requires a lot of attention.
The Goldendoodle as a family dog, requires attention from its owner and family, if not given sufficient attention, the Dog may suffer from separation anxiety.
As compared to other breeds Goldendoodles are considered to be more intelligent and very easy to train.
Being a pet owner i haven’t seen a much obedient, loyal and loving breed than this one and can easily be kept inside the room but they would like to be outside.
The dog has an average energy level. It’s not an apartment dog and needs a home with a fenced yard
The most important thing I love is that they can be the best companion when it comes to long walks and won’t disturb you on the way.
If you take good care of them from the young age they can easily be trained and get along well with small children and other pets.
They can easily perform any task if their trainer takes time to train them well and give them proper time.
Till now you may have got a little bit of idea about this breed lets deep dive into the article and know more about it.
- 1 History
- 2 Weight and Size
- 3 Appearance Of Goldendoodle
- 4 Health Of Goldendoodle
- 5 The activity level of Goldendoodles
- 6 Training
- 7 Grooming
- 8 Feeding your Goldendoodle
- 9 Wrap-up
The “Goldendoodle” is considered to be one of the newest of the “Doodle” or we can say “Poodle mix” breeds.
Breeding of the Goldendoodle began in the 20th century, right after the cockapoo and Labradoodle got their footholds.
Secret behind the creation of Goldendoodle was to create such a breed which was large and the had the desired low-dander, low-shedding coat and that possessed the intelligence and also the friendly nature of the Golden Retriever.
This breed was first bred by Monica Dickens in 1969 while popularity for this breed began to take place and increase in the 1990s.
One of the reasons for crossing the Poodles and Golden retrievers is that poodles are hypoallergenic, which in turn means, low dander.
Dender is a protein that sheds from the skin and causes allergies in humans, so in order to prevent such conditions, Poodle was a good choice for crossing.
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Weight and Size
The Goldendoodles vary in size, the reason is at this stage they are rarely the result of the multi-generational breedings, and there are are no breed standards that the Goldendoodle breeders are aiming for.
Therefore the Goldendoodle comes in a variety of sizes, which are referred as Miniature Goldendoodle or Teacup Goldendoodle, Small Goldendoodle puppies or Mini Goldendoodle puppies and large standard Goldendoodle.
They are discussed below.
Appearance Of Goldendoodle
Here is how the Goldendogenerallyreally appear, when looked at:
Although not all the Goldendoodles exhibit the hypoallergenic coat type of the standard poodle, but most of the Goldendoodles do have a low to low-shedding coat.
As the degree of shedding varies from dog to dog, overall, the Goldendoodles exhibit less shedding than the other dogs.
In order to talk about the coat of the Goldendoodle, we come to know about three coat types:
There is a straight coat; which is flat and resembles more with that of a golden retriever coat.
The wavy coat; which is a mixture of a poodle’s curls, and a golden retriever’s straight coat.
The curly coat; which looks more like the poodle coat.
The common coat colors include cream, white, apricot, gold, red and sometimes gray and black, the dog of this color is also called phantom.
Health Of Goldendoodle
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When it comes to health, all Goldendoodles are generally healthy, but like any animal or dog, they are prone to some diseases.
Not all the Goldendoodles will get any or all of the listed diseases but its important to be aware of them if you are up to buy a Goldendoodle.
If you are buying a puppy, Find a good Breeder who will show you health clearances for both of your’s puppy parents.
The health clearance proves that a dog has been tested and cleared for a particular condition.
Here is the list of various diseases that may likely cause in your Goldendoodle:
Also known as slipped stifles, this is a common problem in small dogs. The patella is the kneecap.
Luxation means dislocation of the anatomical part. Patellar luxation is when the knee joint slides in and out of its place, which causes pain.
This can be crippling, but many of the dogs lead a normal life with that.
This an inherited disease in which the thigh bone doesn’t fit snugly into the hip joint.
Some dogs in this condition show lameness on one or both rear legs, nut other doesn’t show outward signs of discomfort.
Dogs with such condition should not be bred. So if you are going to buy a puppy, ask the breeder to show proofs that the parents have been tested for the disease.
This can be a problem for the Goldendoodles because of their floppy ears, which trap the moisture.
In order to prevent Ear Infections, The ears of the dog should be cleaned on regular bases.
This is also a degenerative disease which is similar to hip dysplasia. The disease is said to be caused by abnormal growth and development, which results in a malformed and weakened joint.
The severity of the diseases varies at certain levels. The dog can become lame or maybe, will develop arthritis.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy
This is a collective name of the diseases that involves the gradual deterioration of retina.
Most of the dogs adapt well to their limited or lost vision, as long as their surroundings don’t change.
Hypothyroidism is the disease of the thyroid gland. It is thought to be responsible for conditions such as epilepsy, hair loss, lethargy, obesity, hyper-pigmentation, and other skin diseases.
It can be cured with proper medication and a healthy diet.
As we know that allergies are common in every dog, and with no exception, the doodles are also pron to it.
The allergies have many types, e.g food allergy, which can be prevented by eliminating such foods from the dog’s diet which cause it in them.
Contact allergies, which are caused by a reaction to a topical substance such as bedding, flea powders, shampoos etc.
The treatment for allergies varies according to the cause which may include dietary restrictions, medications, and some environmental changes.
Bloat occurs when the stomach is distended with gas or air and then twists.
In such condition the dog is unable to vomit to get rid of the excess air in the stomach, thus the normal return of the blood to the heart is impeded.
The blood pressure drops and the dog goes into a shock. this condition may lead it to death on the spot. The dog with such condition may have the following signs:
- Lethargic and weak
- Rapid heart rate
Temperament Of Goldendoodle
When it comes to temperament of goldendoodle you can notice some strange things as compared to other dogs breeds.
Goldendoodles are friends of everyone and strangers to almost no one. It’s a great family dog which seeks pleasure and fun in every moment.
Due to their affable, outgoing personalities, they make an excellent companion for the people with disabilities.
Goldendoodles are trustworthy, cheerful, gentle and affectionate. They are also very smart and highly trainable.
When properly socialized, they get along famously with kids, strangers, and other companion animals or pets.
They don’t have particularly strong pray drives and can be compatible with smaller dogs, and also with the cats if only they are introduced in a good way.
They require a moderate amount of exercise and can live happily in urban or rural areas.
The activity level of Goldendoodles
The Goldendoodle is an active and highly energetic dog and is suitable for all types of athletic activities, which include flyball, agility, hide and seek and fetch and retrieve.
They can also play outdoor games. Although its original ancestors were used for hunting purposes as much as we know, the Goldendoodles are not widely used for such activity.
The dog needs a big and safely enclosed area where it can run and play.
When it comes to the training of Goldendoodle, it’s better than many dog breeds in training.
They are eager willing learners that respond best to positive reinforcement and gentleness.
Harsh, loud corrections or training by punishment is not suitable for these dogs as well as the others.
The socialization and training should be started when the dog is a puppy and continue it throughout its life.
A socialized, well-trained Goldendoodle can turn out to be the best companion.
Goldendoodles are fairly easy to keep and do not require regular grooming.
Because they don’t shed profusely, they do not need to be brushed daily to remove dead and dying hair and prevent matting.
A bath in every few months will can help their skin and coat to remain healthy, especially when they are groomed regularly between baths.
It will be good to trim the hairs that grow over their eyes. Toenails should be trimmed just like any other breed.
Professional groomers are available for the works that the owners don’t feel comfortable to do or don’t want to do.
Feeding your Goldendoodle
If you own a Goldendoodle, there are some things you need to know about before you start feeding them.
First of all your puppy should not be carried away from his mother before they are at least 7 weeks old.
Weaning takes place around this time, and your pup also starts to have their first human experiences now so that they come to have a good relationship with people.
Once your pup is about 8 weeks old and almost 6 pounds in weight, They will need about 280 calories per day to stay healthy.
Generally, growing puppies need twice the calories of what they will need when an adult.
Their bodies just do a lot of work at that time and you need to keep them fully fueled to carry out those functions.
Some people prefer to feed the puppies puppy food but you can also feed them with adult food.
Although, if you wanna feed them puppy food, then feed them with it until they are 12 months old before transitioning to adult food.
Here is the list of 4 best Dog foods:
- Nature’s Variety Instinct Grain-Free
- Acana Ranchlands Dry Dog Food
- Wellness CORE Natural Grain-Free Recipe
- Wysong Optimal Performance Dry Food
From the all the information we have collected from sources, we can say that the Goldendoodle is a complete family dog and anyone can keep it.
It doesn’t require special care and is easy to keep. In addition, you don’t have to brush it every day at least:).
The Goldendoodle is an extremely energetic and active as well as a dog of calm and friendly temperament.
But you should also keep in mind that if proper attention is not given to it, it can become a dog of destructive temperament and may fall in depression, which is, of course, a matter to worry for owners.
The Goldendoodle is an extremely intelligent dog and an easy learner, so it;’s easy to train it.
Because of its friendly temperament, it goes well with children and other pets at home. it is also calm with the strangers, and another advantage of it is, you don’t have to hear barking sounds all the day.
You will be also glad to know that it can easily live even with a cat if socialized well at early ages :).
If you are looking for a friendly, athletic, active and companion dog, then you should definitely go for the Goldendoodle.