What breed can be cuter than a Golden Retriever? How about a Goldendoodle!
Goldendoodles, also known as groodles, are a popular family dog for those who want the look of a Golden Retriever with the fur of a Poodle. These designer dogs are especially popular with people looking for hypoallergenic dogs. Besides, who can resist that wavy fur! Other than their fur type, they make wonderful family pets, therapy dogs, and guide dogs.
Goldendoodle Dog Breed History
According to the Goldendoodle Association of North America, the crossbreed was created by taking Golden Retriever and Poodle parent breeds around the late 1990s -- However, no one knows the exact date. Most believe that the Goldendoodle was created partly due to the incredible popularity of the Labradoodle, a mix of a Labrador Retriever and a Standard Poodle.
The first generation of Goldendoodles is responsible for all of the doodles we see now. The mixed-breed dogs started with just one type, but now there are four different types, categorized by size; there are petite, mini, medium, and standard Goldendoodles. A miniature Goldendoodle, for example, is a mix of a Golden Retriever and a toy poodle or miniature poodle.
The coloring of the dog breed generally comes from the Golden Retriever parent with colors in apricot, cream, and red, though the hybrid dog's most popular color is the teddy bear shade of golden. Thanks to their Poodle parent, the Poodle mix can also have colors like black, chocolate, gray, and silver. In addition, they can have the signature curly coat or have more of a ragamuffin look. Other types of fur can be wavy or straight. However, many dog owners love the pups no matter their coat type because of the low shedding and reduced pet dander.
Health Problems & Lifespan
The Goldendoodle dog can be prone to a few genetic health problems though many Goldendoodle breeders will try to eliminate some of the issues through mating healthy dogs. They also love being around people, which means they are prone to suffering from separation anxiety.
The Goldendoodle dog breed lives for about 10-15 years. However, they do have some health issues to look out for. They are genetically predisposed to hip dysplasia, ear infections, and progressive retinal atrophy. They also can be subject to canine cancers.
Diet & Activity Level
Goldendoodles make for great companion dogs due to their outgoing and sociable nature. The friendly dog also makes for great service dogs because they are easy to train and do not mind being a social dog, so meeting new people is not a problem for them. Their parent breeds also are frequently listed in the top four of the smartest dog breeds. Goldendoodle puppies can start training as soon as they come home. They do well with lots of positive reinforcement, and puppy treats do not hurt either. Goldendoodles have a high energy level and need daily exercise and plenty of playtime.
Dog food you purchase for your pup should be high-quality with plenty of nutrients. The higher the nutrient level, the better your pup will digest it. In addition, it will slowly fuel your pup throughout the day instead of giving them high bursts of energy with sharp drop-offs.
Grooming Needs of Goldendoodle Dogs
Goldenpoos--as they are affectionately called--need to be brushed daily to keep their fur free from matting, and can teach puppies that grooming is a part of their routine. Their nails also need to be trimmed weekly to make sure they are the proper length as a puppy, but once they start to get bigger, you can move to monthly nail trimmings.
The dogs can be bathed as needed and will not cause any skin issues. However, if you want to spoil your pup or you do not feel comfortable trimming your pup's nails, you can take them to the groomer. Some socialization with a groomer from a young age will make it a fun experience for your pup. Their coats also can be trimmed from about 4-6 months of age on up. Professional grooming will run anywhere from $75 to $150, depending on where you live and the type of grooming service you are requesting.
How To Get a Goldendoodle of Your Own
There are many different Goldendoodle dog breeders. You can reference the Goldendoodle Association of North America's list of reputable breeders to make sure you find the best dog for you and your family and avoid any puppy mills. Make sure you ask to meet the dog parents if possible so you can get a feel for what your pup will look like as they grow.
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