Imagine a crossbreed dog from a Golden Retriever and a Poodle, how cute is that? Let us introduce you to the Goldendoodle!
The origin of Goldendoodle
As its name suggests, the Goldendoodle is the perfect cross between a Royal Poodle (in English “Doodle”) and a Golden Retriever. Originally, this bread was created in North America in 1969 but started gaining popularity since the 1990s in Canada and Australia. Monica Dickens hasn’t created this breed haphazardly, but to obtain a guide dog for people who are allergic to dog hair.
Since the Golden Retriever is an excellent guide dog and the Poodle is considered hypoallergenic, the combination only gives an ideal dog for the visually impaired suffering from allergies. Unfortunately, the Goldendoodle is not yet an officially recognized breed by any dog club.
How big is Goldendoodle?
There are three categories: mini, standard and medium.
- Mini: weighs between 5 and 15 kilograms
- Medium: weighs between 15 and 20 kilograms
- Standard: Weighs more than 20 kilograms
Grooming of Goldendoodle
The coat of the Goldendoodle is similar to that of the Poodle. It has a curly coat that barely sheds. Since the hairs do not fall out, there is no flaking, causing allergies. At birth, the Goldendoodle has a smooth and a very fine coat similar to that of the Golden Retriever. As it grows its coat evolves into a curly one. Goldendoodles can be black, white, cream or sand.
Although Goldendoodles do not shed hair, their thick curly coat needs some maintenance. Use a wide comb to brush their coat and avoid the sheep effect. Read about other non-shedding dog breeds here.
Character of Goldendoodle
The Goldendoodle is an active and playful dog. Coming from hunting dogs, they are very intelligent, docile and easy to train. They can learn many tricks and make excellent companion dogs.
It is a very social animal, which gets along with children as well as with other animals. Therefore, it is a poor guard but an excellent companion dog. Keep in mind that the Goldendoodles are very affectionate and need to be surrounded by people and not left alone.
Possible health problems
The Goldendoodle may be predisposed to hip and elbow dysplasia; you need to monitor the parents to avoid having puppies with the same condition.
The drooping ears inherited from the Golden Retriever, make the Goldendoodle prone to ear infections, as well as eye problems. Generally, all diseases affecting Poodles and Golden Retrievers can potentially affect Goldendoodles.
The cross between two breeds can lead to a weakness in the immune system and thus make it susceptible to diseases. Vaccination must be done on time to prevent any risks. If you are concerned about side effects of dog vaccinations, continue reading here.