Goldendoodle




DESCRIPTION

A Goldendoodle is a cross-breed dog obtained by breeding a Golden Retriever with a Poodle. The name, which was coined in 1992, gets the first part, "golden", from Golden Retriever and the second part, “doodle”, from "Labradoodle", another Poodle hybrid. Established breed associations such as the AKC, the UKC, and the CKC, do not recognize this hybrid, or any other designer cross, as a breed. However, some major kennel clubs do accept registration of crossbreed and mixed-breed dogs for performance events such as agility and obedience.

Also known as the Groodle, the Goldendoodle ranges in size from small to large, depending on the variant of Poodle that the Golden Retriever is crossed with. Originally bred as a larger alternative to the already popular designer breed known as the Cockapoo, the Goldendoodle has proven to be an excellent family dog.

There are different generations of Goldendoodles and terms used to describe these. It is possible to get a Goldendoodle that falls into any one of the following categories:

F1 golden doodle- golden retriever crossed with a poodle (50:50)
F1b golden doodle- golden doodle bred back to a poodle (25:75)
F2 golden doodle- golden doodle bred to a golden doodle
F3 golden doodle - F2 golden doodle bred to a F2 golden doodle
In order to make the goldendoodle into a purebred dog you would have to breed goldendoodles together for 7 generations so an (F7) goldendoodle.

The fact that the Goldendoodle is still a fairly young cross means that most pups are the result of first-generation breeding. That is, most are Golden Retriever and Poodle mixes; as of yet, breeding rarely occurs between pairs of Goldendoodles.

Goldendoodles come in a variety of colors: brown, cream, tan, red, and almost every shade in-between.

If you have allergies then it’s best to get a goldendoodle with a wavy to curly coat. The curlier the coat the less you goldendoodle will shed. The straighter the coat the more your goldendoodle will shed.

HISTORY

The Goldendoodle is considered to be one of the newest of the "Doodle," or Poodle mix, breeds. Breeding began in the 1990s in North American and Australia, after both the Cockapoo and the Labradoodle gained footholds. The theory behind the Goldendoodle's development was to create a larger Doodle that maintained the desired low-dander, low-shedding coat and that possessed the intelligent and friendly nature of the Golden Retriever. The original purpose of the cross was to attempt to develop guide dogs suitable for visually impaired individuals with allergies.

TEMPERAMENT

Goldendoodles are fun, goofy, family dogs that are great with kids and love to participate in family activities. Goldendoodles are very intelligent family dogs. Retrievers and poodles are ranked in the top 5 smartest dogs in the world. Being a wonderful family companion, the Goldendoodle generally gets along well with children and does well with other dogs and family pets. He endears himself to everyone he meets with his friendly, intelligent, accepting nature. Usually highly affectionate, he's gentle and patient and makes a wonderful family companion, especially since he actively enjoys human company. He does have a playful side and can be mischievous if the mood hits. Temperament is affected by a number of factors, including heredity, training, and socialization.

Characteristics can include: loyal, intelligent, gentle, affectionate, great desire to please, sunny disposition. "Gentle" is the most commonly used single word to describe them.

The Goldendoodle is not a watch dog, and he's generally not known to be noisy. He may not bark even if someone knocks on the door.

Goldendoodles have achieved success as guide dogs, service dogs, therapy dogs, and sniffer dogs (one study tested their success at sniffing out peanuts in foods for owners with nut allergies). Goldendoodles have also done well in agility.

Males tend to be bigger, more affectionate, goofy, but a little more stubborn. Females tend to be smaller, more independent but easier to train and not as stubborn. These are very slight differences and both males and females make amazing pets.

HEIGHT AND WEIGHT

Goldendoodles vary in size. This is because, at this stage, they're rarely the result of multigenerational breedings (in which one Goldendoodle is crossed with another), and there are no breed standards that Goldendoodle breeders are aiming for.

However, the Goldendoodle tends to come in three different sizes: Miniature, Small Standard, and Large Standard.

The Miniature Goldendoodle is the result of a Miniature or Toy Poodle crossed with a Golden Retriever. These dogs tend to range in size from 13 to 20 inches in height and 15 to 35 pounds in weight.

The average height for a Small Standard Goldendoodle is 17 to 20 inches; the weight is 40 to 50 pounds.

The Large Standard Goldendoodle averages 20 to 24 inches in height and weighs 50 to 90 pounds.

HEALTH ISSUES

The F1 Goldendoodles are the healthiest because they display what is known as "hybrid vigor". When two unrelated breeds of dogs are mated, the first generation offspring puppies are referred to as hybrids. Hybrid puppies have stronger health and are superior to either purebreed of the parent dogs. This is referred to as "hybrid vigor." The more you inbreed and the more gene’s Goldendoodles will have in common the more health issues they will be prone to. This is why mix breed dogs are healthier and prone to less health issues than purebred dogs. Traits that both parents don’t have in common the puppies can’t get as the puppies get one gene from each parent and genetic traits are recessive so the puppies might carry the trait but will not display certain disease if they only carry one gene for that disease.

That being said, possible health issues in the Goldendoodle include hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, von Willebrand's disease (a blood disorder that affects the clotting process), ear infections, and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA).

LIFE EXPECTANCY

About 10 to 15 years

GROOMING AND CARE

Goldendoodle puppies usually have a poodle-like coat but not the wiry, stiff curls. Most Goldendoodles shed very little or not at all, and as a result, may not cause allergies. They have a beautiful long coat that is soft in texture. Coats can be straight, wavy, or have a loose curl. The shedding factor cannot be determined by this. There is no guarantee as to the amount of or lack of shedding a particular coat type renders. Through surveys, it has been determined that even the low shedding dogs have proven to be hypo-allergenic for most allergy sufferers. They do require weekly or biweekly brushing, and many owners opt to have them clipped.

LIVING CONDITIONS

Goldendoodles can thrive in both city and country settings, but they're not well suited to apartment living, since they do better with the space provided by a fenced yard. Goldendoodles should not live outside or in a kennel, however, since they thrive when they are in contact with the people they love. The Goldendoodle is a very social dog who should not live away from his family. He can suffer from separation anxiety if left alone for long periods at a time.

The Goldendoodle has an average energy level and will require daily exercise through walks or a good romp in the back yard. Generally speaking, 20 to 30 minutes of daily exercise will be enough to keep a Goldendoodle from becoming bored. He's known for his love of water, so swimming provides another opportunity for appropriate exercise.

TRAINING TIPS

The Goldendoodle has proven to be a highly intelligent, easy to train dog. He's usually eager to please and perfect for either first-time trainers or experienced trainers. Goldendoodles tend to be the star pupil in their obedience classes. These dogs learn fast, and will require a great deal of mental stimulation to keep them engaged.

Like every dog, the Goldendoodle needs early socialization--exposure to many different people, sights, sounds, and experiences--when they're young. Socialization helps ensure that your Goldendoodle puppy grows up to be a well-rounded dog. Enrolling him in a puppy kindergarten class is a great start. Inviting visitors over regularly, and taking him to busy parks, stores that allow dogs, and on leisurely strolls to meet neighbors will also help him polish his social skills.

SUMMARY


The Goldendoodle is a "designer dog," a hybrid resulting from breeding a Poodle with a Golden Retriever. This Poodle-Golden Retriever cross is a gentle, affectionate socialite. Although Goldendoodles are a young designer breed, that hasn't stopped people from understanding their worth. They have become popular quickly, and their star is still rising. They make excellent family dogs and provide gentle, intelligent companionship throughout their lifetimes.

Sources: wikipedia.org; www.doodlesrfun.tripod.com; www.dogtime.com; www.suite101.com; www.swissridgegoldendoodles.com.