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Goldendoodle

Goldendoodle

A Shaggy & Gentle Socialite

Athletic, active, intelligent

Goldendoodles are energetic, friendly, and trainable dogs that can be miniature, standard, or toy sized. These social hybrid dogs are a cross of the Golden Retriever and Poodle, and share characteristics with both breeds. This hypoallergenic breed is intelligent and social, which makes them great therapy dogs and companions for people with allergies. Daily exercise and mental stimulation will help them stay calm and content.

Understanding their unique needs will help keep them healthy and create a strong bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about the breed’s history, health concerns, characteristics, and care needs.

The Goldendoodle in the photo is not yet fully grown. 

Breed Details

Height:14-24 in. Weight:15-70 lb Lifespan:10-15 years

Size
4

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
4

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
3

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
5

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
5

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
5

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: Goldendoodles are a smart dog with lots of energy, so keep their mind and body active, or they'll get bored. That's when the naughty stuff starts. They love the water, and swimming is a great form of exercise for the Goldendoodle.

Grooming: Regular brushing and grooming is needed to keep their coat beautiful.

Dental: Goldendoodles generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing  them at least twice a week!

Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—we’ll show you how!

     

Goldendoodles are playful and happy companions that are sure to capture the heart of anyone they meet.

Positive Traits: 

  • Energetic, active, and athletic 

  • Good with children and other pets 

  • Loves to play games, especially fetch 

  • Above average intelligence and trainability when positive reinforcement training methods are used 

  • People-oriented and eager to please 

  • Hypoallergenic coat sheds very little 

 
Negative Traits: 

  • Is a bit “mouthy”—likes to carry and chew things 

  • Has a tendency to bark quite a bit if not trained out of this habit 

  • Can be rambunctious and rowdy, especially as a younger dog 

  • Needs a lot of exercise and mental stimulation 

  • Prone to boredom and separation anxiety, with associated chewing and howling behaviors 

  • Coat requires regular grooming


Whether you are considering adding a new Goldendoodle to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Goldendoodle will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.

By exploring the health concerns specific to the Goldendoodle you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert. 

Some health concerns a Goldendoodle could encounter:

The Goldendoodle is a designer or hybrid dog, meaning that they are a deliberate breeding between two purebred dogs. This intelligent, friendly, and obedient dog is a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. The Goldendoodle originated in the US in the mid 1990s and has become a popular family companion. Their intelligence and social nature makes them an excellent choice for work as a guide or therapy dog.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Goldendoodle shows signs of the following:

  • Leg stiffness, reluctance to rise, sit, use stairs, run, jump, or “bunny hopping” 

  • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes 

  • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting 

  • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing 

  • Dry heaving or a large, tight, painful abdomen 

  • Coughing, especially at night or upon rising after sleeping, rapid breathing at rest 

  • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors 

  • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain 

  • General listlessness, droopy facial expression, vomiting, diarrhea 



  • Care

    Routine Care: Goldendoodles are a smart dog with lots of energy, so keep their mind and body active, or they'll get bored. That's when the naughty stuff starts. They love the water, and swimming is a great form of exercise for the Goldendoodle.

    Grooming: Regular brushing and grooming is needed to keep their coat beautiful.

    Dental: Goldendoodles generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing  them at least twice a week!

    Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—we’ll show you how!

         

  • Characteristics

    Goldendoodles are playful and happy companions that are sure to capture the heart of anyone they meet.

    Positive Traits: 

    • Energetic, active, and athletic 

    • Good with children and other pets 

    • Loves to play games, especially fetch 

    • Above average intelligence and trainability when positive reinforcement training methods are used 

    • People-oriented and eager to please 

    • Hypoallergenic coat sheds very little 

     
    Negative Traits: 

    • Is a bit “mouthy”—likes to carry and chew things 

    • Has a tendency to bark quite a bit if not trained out of this habit 

    • Can be rambunctious and rowdy, especially as a younger dog 

    • Needs a lot of exercise and mental stimulation 

    • Prone to boredom and separation anxiety, with associated chewing and howling behaviors 

    • Coat requires regular grooming


  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Goldendoodle to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Goldendoodle will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.

    By exploring the health concerns specific to the Goldendoodle you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert. 

    Some health concerns a Goldendoodle could encounter:

  • History

    The Goldendoodle is a designer or hybrid dog, meaning that they are a deliberate breeding between two purebred dogs. This intelligent, friendly, and obedient dog is a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. The Goldendoodle originated in the US in the mid 1990s and has become a popular family companion. Their intelligence and social nature makes them an excellent choice for work as a guide or therapy dog.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Goldendoodle shows signs of the following:

    • Leg stiffness, reluctance to rise, sit, use stairs, run, jump, or “bunny hopping” 

    • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes 

    • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting 

    • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing 

    • Dry heaving or a large, tight, painful abdomen 

    • Coughing, especially at night or upon rising after sleeping, rapid breathing at rest 

    • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors 

    • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain 

    • General listlessness, droopy facial expression, vomiting, diarrhea 



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To view the sources for the information listed on this page, see our Dog Breed Guide Reference page.

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