by Elizabeth Prater
According to Life Magazine, the Goldendoodle is arguably the perfect pet. This designer dog, part Poodle, part Golden Retriever, is great for people with allergies since it has little to no shedding. It is also great for families because its temperament is friendly, sweet, and fun. This dog is great for kids of all ages as it is highly-tolerant and very patient with children.
Goldendoodles come in all different sizes, but they are typically medium-large sized dogs. Their weight ranges from 50-90 pounds and their height can range from 20-24 inches. They are a perfect size. However, if the Poodle lineage comes from a Toy Poodle the dog will be more miniature. Their life expectancy is 10-15 years.
The Golden Retriever in Goldendoodles lets them run, play, fetch, and overall just have fun! They need about 20-30 minutes of exercise every day. Something that people don’t typically know about Goldendoodles is that they are also great workout buddies. A doodle will typically want to outpace you slightly, so when you run they will tug you along! Although they are very sweet, their loyalty can turn into jealousy when their owners interact with other dogs.
Goldendoodles have been known to be picky about food, and they are commonly allergic to chicken. Chicken allergy symptoms can range from issues with hearing, eyesight, and/or balance. They are mostly healthy dogs, but they do have a high rate of hip dysplasia. It is an inherited condition, but malnutrition can be a catalyst as well. The only way to diagnose this issue is through an X-Ray. Hip dysplasia occurs when the thighbone doesn’t fit properly into the hip joint of a dog, thereby leading to arthritis. For that reason, too much force applied on their hips at a later age can be a trigger for this terrible condition. As such, owners should pay extra attention to their Goldendoodle in order to avoid this severe and, often, life-shortening condition.
Other health issues that Goldendoodles can develop are elbow dysplasia in the elbow joint, Patellar Luxation, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Von Willebrand’s Disease, Gastric Dilatation Volvulue, and Hypothyroidism. These are all avoidable by investing in a responsible breeder and researching beforehand about the Goldendoodle you want to adopt.
The floppy ears of a Goldendoodle can lead to an ear infection if not cleaned regularly, so investing in some ear wipes or a special cleaner in order to prevent this issue and the inevitable vet bills is a good idea. Any dogs with floppy ears are subject to this kind of issue, so owners must work to take care of this beautiful feature of the dog.
Goldendoodles make great guide, service, therapy, and sniffer dogs. (They sniff out foods for people with allergies, including peanut allergies). However, they don’t make the best watchdogs. They aren’t very threatening and don’t bark as much as other dogs.
These dogs have started to grow tremendously in popularity over the last five years. It began in the 1990’s, after the Labradoodle and Cockapoo started to become popular. When we first got our doodle nine years ago, most people had never even heard of a Goldendoodle. But now it is a very common breed, especially in Australia, due to their extreme intelligence and overall well-roundedness.
According to Forbes, Poodles and Golden Retrievers are the top five smartest dog breeds. Put them together and you get a very smart Goldendoodle who is very well-balanced! They are also affectionately known as Golden Poos, Groodles, Doods, and other fun nicknames.
Goldendoodles come in a variety of colors. They can be black, white, cream, golden, and everything in between, depending on how much retriever or poodle is in them. In my dog’s case, she has a cream-colored body, with one single black spot on her side. She also has golden ears. A lot of Goldendoodles look alike, despite the color range. However, another way to spot the difference is to look at how curly their fur is. Some doodles have extremely curly hair, taking on the poodle side, whereas others have almost perfectly straight hair, being more retriever-like.
Since these are pretty furry pets, they need lots of brushing to avoid matting and frequent grooming sessions. We take our doodle to the groomers about every three to four months, depending on the season and how furry she is. We usually decide it is time for a groom when we can’t see her eyes anymore! Weekly brushings help avoid the hassle of detangling fur, especially around the ears. What we learned the first time we got Genevieve groomed is that, if you don’t brush out your pets before they get their haircut, the groomer won’t spend much time doing it for you and will basically shave most of the fur off, giving your dog a not-so-great appearance. You can avoid this problem by putting in the time and effort early on!
Don’t adopt a Goldendoodle if you aren’t going to give them any time or love. These dogs are known to suffer from separation anxiety if left alone for too long and can make a mess around the house to gain attention. However, they will follow you into the next room and will curl up and put their head on your lap as you watch TV. They are incredibly sweet, and deserve an equally sweet owner. My doodle is very cute in that, after she wakes up in the morning, she won’t leave the upstairs until everyone else in the family is awake and goes downstairs. This is common with Goldendoodles. Their companionship is very strong.
Overall, Goldendoodles are a newer cross-breed, but their well-roundedness makes up for that. They work well in families and are decently sized. This makes them easier to manage. They are able to make a good companion for anyone due to their loyalty and they are both sweet and fun. Although Goldendoodles don’t have a long lineage, it’s important to understand the possible health issues that can develop due to improper breeding. Owning a Goldendoodle will provide many years of smiles and laughter.