Intelligent, Obedient, Cheerful
The cheerful and child-loving Goldendoodle is the ideal companion for the family. But seniors and singles also have fun with the cross between a poodle and a golden retriever. The bright mongrel is both obedient and affectionate. He also loves making new friends.
- Size: medium
- Weight: 10-45kg
- Life expectancy: 11-15 years
- Coat type: long hair
- Colors: creamy white, golden blonde, black
The Goldendoodle is created by crossing a Golden Retriever with a purebred Poodle. He combines the characteristics of both breeds in himself. Depending on whether a miniature poodle, a miniature poodle or a king poodle was crossed, the Goldendoodle is available in mini, medium and standard sizes. An adult Golden Doodle can weigh between 10 and 45 kg. Mini and midi goldendoodles reach a shoulder height of between 30 and 50 cm, while the standard representatives can grow up to 70 cm.
The wavy to curly fur has all colors from creamy white to classic golden blonde to black. The word “Golden” in the name only refers to the descent from the Golden Retriever. So you don’t have to limit yourself because of the coat color. Big plus compared to the classic Goldie: Like its ancestor, the Poodle, the Goldendoodle loses very little hair. His fur also has no distinctive smell of its own.
This makes it particularly suitable for allergy sufferers and people with a sensitive nose.
In terms of character, the Goldendoodle is the ideal family dog. He combines the willingness to learn of the poodle with the serenity of the retriever. These dogs are happy and affectionate companions. They are easy to train and treat children in a loving and good-natured manner.
They are never aggressive. The Goldendoodle is always friendly and open-minded towards other dogs.
Many Goldendoodles love to fetch and like to jump into the cool water to do so.
While the Golden Doodle loves to romp around, it doesn’t necessarily need a huge yard or daily forced marches. It simply adapts to the current circumstances.
Goldendoodles can live in the country just as easily as in a city apartment. The main thing is that his favorite person is there.
Since these mixed breeds are quite intelligent, you should also mentally challenge your Goldendoodle. Agility or search games are suitable for this. If that doesn’t happen, boredom sets in quickly.
The Goldendoodle will then seek employment on its own. So don’t leave your Golden Doodle alone for too long. He likes to come with me to the office.
The cheerful character and the “will to please” inherited from the Golden Retriever also make the Goldendoodle ideal for newcomers. Even those who have never had a dog before will get along very well with the Golden Doodle.
He just wants to please his family so much.
Praise and recognition spur him on even more. The Golden Doodle is also valued as a school and therapy dog. Thanks to his good-natured nature, he can adapt well to people and situations.
The Goldendoodle has similar dietary requirements to most other dog breeds. You should adapt the daily amount of food to the size of your Golden Doodle and the level of activity. Growing puppies need three to four smaller meals a day. An adult Golden Doodle gets by with two feedings a day.
A balanced feed with a high meat content ensures that your Golden Doodle feels good and stays healthy and fit for a long time.
Pay attention to unnecessary additions such as grain and especially sugar in the list of ingredients. They do not contribute to your Doodle’s healthy diet. Rather, they damage his health and especially his teeth.
Goldendoodles occasionally inherit a penchant for gluttony from their Golden Retriever parents. The mini and midi variants in particular can then quickly become unhealthy overweight.
Luckily, the Goldendoodle is not lazy and likes to exercise. Make sure nothing edible is lying around. Otherwise the Goldendoodle will surely find it and snort it away immediately. When you go for a walk, you should watch out if the dog puts something in its snout.
It is therefore also important to be economical with treats.
Luckily, these dogs really appreciate praise in the form of cuddles or games. Even simple praise rewards them. Therefore, it does not always need the extra feeding to bribe the Goldendoodle. If a treat is allowed, healthy dental care snacks or dried meat are suitable. This also ensures that the dog automatically removes plaque when chewing.
Who doesn’t immediately think of a dressed-up fashion dog when they hear the word “poodle”? Thankfully, the Goldendoodle is less demanding. The fine, woolly coat should only be brushed once a week to keep it from matting.
Like the Poodle, the Goldendoodle does not go through a proper moult. So he hardly loses any hair. Therefore, the coat should be trimmed and clipped back regularly.
This way no knots and ugly felt mats form. You can do this yourself with special fur scissors or go to the dog groomer.
On the face, the curly fur gives the Goldendoodle its funny teddy bear appearance. You should act if the fur hangs in your field of vision or even irritates your eyes. Then the hair has to be cut or a hair tie can help.
Funny hairstyle included.
Also, keep an eye on your Goldendoodle’s ears and check regularly to make sure everything is okay. As with all dogs with hanging or flat ears, the Goldendoodle can also develop ear infections. The warm, humid climate under the ear encourages infections or the growth of mites. So clean your ears regularly and watch for signs of illness.
These include redness, swelling, discharge, blackish plaque or frequent scratching of the ear.
Goldendoodles have been bred in the United States and Canada since the late 1990s. They belong to the so-called “designer dogs”. So they are hybrids of two established breeds. These crossings have always had the goal of combining the best qualities of both breeds in one dog.
The idea of crossing poodles with other dog breeds originally came from Australia.
An Australian Guide Dog Association worker was contacted by a Hawaiian couple in 1988. The couple was looking for a guide dog that should also be suitable for people with animal hair allergies. First, a poodle was crossed with a labrador. Why? Even then, the poodle was known as a breed that hardly sheds any hair. In addition, its fur rarely triggers animal hair allergies.
The willing to learn and friendly Labrador Retriever, on the other hand, is particularly suitable as a guide dog for the blind. And so the Labradoodle was born.
Other crossings with poodles were quickly tried. The Labrador was followed by Cocker Spaniels and even Dachshunds. Breeding has also been done with Maltese and Collies.
The Goldendoodle has established itself as the most popular mixed breed here.
No wonder, one might say. Hardly any other poodle mix is so suitable for a wide variety of dog owners. And with his teddy face and happy disposition, the Goldendoodle wraps everyone around his paw.
Both Poodles and Golden Retrievers were originally bred for hunting. They were supposed to track down the dead game in the undergrowth and carry it back to their masters, the hunters. The Goldendoodle has this heritage in its blood. He loves chasing after a thrown toy, finding it in the bushes and bringing it back.
Because the Goldendoodle is one of the smarter dogs, it’s also up for some intelligence toys.
This should challenge all his senses. Toys like a snuffle mat or a shell game train the Goldendoodle’s memory, sense of smell and fine motor skills. In this way, they ensure that you have an all-round balanced dog.
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