While Goldendoodles, a cross between a poodle and a golden retriever, have been around since the early 1990s, the breed has recently seen a spike in popularity in the United States. These dogs are known for being charming, fun, and silly. They love a family environment, are energetic and social, and aren’t prone to shedding an excessive amount. If you are considering adopting a Goldendoodle, here are some facts to keep in mind.
- They come in different sizes. Goldendoodles can come from standard poodles or mini poodles. The standard size weighs between 30-45 pounds. Some breeders cross golden retrievers with toy poodles, which results in a mini Goldendoodle that grows to be 15-25 pounds.
- Their coats are beautiful. While Goldendoodles get their size from poodles, their looks come from the golden retriever. Coats can range in color from black to light gold. The type of coat can be tight poodle curls, flat retriever “feathers” or a wavy combination of the two. Goldendoodle coats are low shedding but will require grooming and clipping on a frequent basis, especially if their ears are hairy (this minimizes ear infections).
- They are versatile. These dogs have the intelligence, athleticism, and temperament of the poodle and the retriever, meaning they are great at being a companion and a guide, as well as assisting with therapy. Great at agility and sports, these dogs will need at least 20-30 minutes of exercise a day.
- They are a breeze to train. Goldendoodles are quick to learn, especially when it comes to multiple commands. It is recommended to train and socialize at an early age.
- They are a healthy breed. Goldendoodles tend to have fewer health issues than that of a poodle and a retriever. Retrievers are prone to dysplasias (hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia); however, the risk is lowered when crossed with a poodle.