Goldendoodle Facts

  
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Short History of the Breed


Cross between a golden retriever and a poodle. The Goldendoodle dog was created in Australia for those who had allergies and was in need of an assistance dog.
Physical Description and Size/Temperament:
The Goldendoodle, when a first generation, will usually have a similar disposition as that of the purebred Golden Retriever. Goldendoodles come in a variety of sizes. Those who remain under 25 pounds as an adult can sometimes pick up the traits and personality of the Toy Poodle while those who are a bit larger will pick up the personality of the Golden Retriever. The Goldendoodle sports a full facial beard as an adult and its coat is generally shaggy and wavey. Some Goldendoodles can have loose curls through out the coat and a fuzzy face. Goldendoodles have almond shaped eyes and their eye color ranges from brown, blue, green, amber or multi-color.


The Goldendoodle comes in a variety of colors and markings. Because the Goldendoodle is a hybrid, the size of the Goldendoodle does not depend upon the size of its parents, rather its entire lineage plays a role in the genetic size it becomes as an adult. The Goldendoodle can be as small as 9 pounds and as large as 150 pounds in genetic body weight. Because the Goldendoodle is a hybrid dog and not a purebred dog, it does not fall into size categories like that of the pubred dog. Goldendoodles can be a variety of sizes within any given litter regardless of the size of its parents. Individual puppies in any given litter can have a wide range of body weights and heights. This is why it is difficult for a Kennel Club to write a "standard" for the Goldendoodle dog. The Goldendoodle is a hybrid and can not be registered with the American Kennel Club, however, there are many reputable Kennel Clubs that do recognize hybrid dogs and do allow the hybrid to become registered with their Kennel Club. Environmental factors can play a role in actual body weight for adult Goldendoodles. The Goldendoodle dog is considered fully grown at the age of one year. The Goldendoodle is a friendly, outgoing, family oriented canine that works out very well for those with mild allergies. The Goldendoodle coat is not hypo-allergenic or non-shedding, rather the Goldendoodle coat does go through many coat changes its first year of life as the puppy coat changes for the adult coat. At the age one one year, the Goldendoodle coat is a very low shedding, single coat. The Goldendoodle's tail rides high up over the back and the Goldendoodle always appears to be smiling. A generally happy dog, the Goldendoodle performs well with positive reinforcement and is a quick learner. Harsh training methods does not work well for the Goldendoodle due to their sensitive, low key disposition. Not generally a hyper dog, the Goldendoodle enjoys interacting with its family members and is other pet friendly.

Purpose

The Goldendoodle was originated as a service dog for those with allergies. Highly intelligent, the Goldendoodle not only makes a terrific service dog, but a companion and friend to its master. Eager to learn, but being sensitive to harsh training methods, the Goldendoodle will excel in obedience with positive reinforcement.

Dog Care

The Goldendoodle is the happiest when interacting with its family members. Because the coat does require maintenence, the coat should be brushed several times a week to prevent matting. The Goldendoodle's adult coat can be trimmed short for easy mainenance. Puppy Goldendoodles generally do not require alot of coat care since their coat is still growing. Unless the Goldendoodle in need of a bath, general bathing should only occur once a month to help prevent dry skin. Feeding the Goldendoodle soft food mixed with its dry food, at least once a week will also help reduce dry skin issues. Some Goldendoodles may develop an allergy to certain foods. In this case, feeding Eukanuba Low Residue will help alleviate this issue. The Goldendoodle can sport either short or long ears. Short eared Goldendoodles do not have ear issues like that of the long eared Goldendoodle. Ear infections can occur when the long hair over the ear traps moisture. Swimming can also cause ear issues with the Goldendoodle. To prevent moisture build up, the Goldendoodle's ears should be checked frequently and kept clean. The Goldendoodle's coat usually only needs to be groomed (trimmed) once every 6 months once it becomes an adult dog.

Size

The Goldendoodle can range in size regardless of gender, from 9 pounds to 150 pounds. Being a hybrid, the Goldendoodle dog does not fall into size categories like that of the purebred canine.
Heights can also vary regardless of gender from 15" to 26" or more at the withers.

Coat Type

The Goldendoodle has two coat types. Shaggy/wavy and Shaggy/wavy with loose curls. The Goldendoodle can sport either coat type as a first generation dog. Of course the more Poodle that is added to the Goldendoodle, the more it is possible for the Goldendoodle to have added curl in the coat. Goldendoodles typically have a full facial beard as an adult. The Goldendoodle tail rides high up over the back with a full plume. All Goldendoodles have almond shaped eyes that can be brown, amber, blue, green or multi-colored. The Goldendoodle can sport long or short ears with the hair being longer than the actual ear. Goldendoodles with low, long hanging ears can have more ear issues than those with short ears.

Color and markings

The Goldendoodle comes in a variety of colors and markings. The Goldendoodle can be white, light apricot, dark apricot, red, chocolate, black, silver, silver frost, cream, any color with phantom markings, parti or tri color as well as any solid color with white markings or white with markings of any other color. Because the Poodle has a wide range of colors in its history, there are no "rare" colors or markings for the Goldendoodle dog.

Health Issues and Life Expectancy

There are no known MAJOR health issues with the Goldendoodle. Minor issues such as ear infections or food allergies can occur. Goldendoodles are over-all a general healthy dog providing it has not been inbred or backbred.

Temperament

THe Goldendoodle is a family oriented dog who is eager to please. A sensitive dog, harsh training methods should be avoided. The Goldendoodle enjoys the company of its human family and is considered to be a "group" dog. Because the Goldendoodle is a social dog, it should not be left alone for consider lengths of time. The Goldendoodle can become lonely without social interaction which can cause destructive behaviour. Highly intelligent, the Goldendoodle enjoys mental stimulation and should have daily interaction with its human family.



Additional Resources:


Goldendoodle World- the Official Goldendoodle site where educational, extensive and informative Goldendoodle information can be located. Many photos are available for viewing.

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