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Goldendoodle

The Goldendoodle is a cross between a Golden Retriever (show type or working) and the Standard Poodle (sometimes Miniature will be used to produce a smaller dog). Developed due to the success of the Labradoodle, this breed is growing in popularity all across the world.

The Goldendoodle can be a first cross (with one Retriever and one Poodle parent), can be bred back to one of the original breeds or be two Goldendoodles bred together, so there are varieties in size, shape, coat types and temperaments.

 

Lifespan
10 – 15 years
Weight
22 – 41kg
Height
50 – 61cm
Colours
The Goldendoodle can come in any colour variant common to the Golden Retriever or the Poodle including: black; copper; white; cream; grey; golden; apricot or red. However, golden is the most common colouring
Size
Medium to Large (depending on whether a Miniature is used)
The need-to-know
  • Dogs suitable for experienced owners
  • Extra training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Enjoys more than two hours of walking a day
  • Large dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming daily
  • Quiet dog
  • Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
  • Generally friendly with other dogs
  • Gets along with other pets with training
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a large garden
  • Can live in semi-rural areas
  • Can be left occasionally with training
Generally healthy breed

There is often a degree of variation in the health conditions and issues that crossbreeds are predisposed to. This is because some individuals retain more of the characteristics of one breed over the other. 
For more information on the health problems that may affect this crossbreed, visit the Golden Retriever and Standard or Miniature Poodle breed pages.

Personality

Like most crossbreeds, the personality of a Goldendoodle depends on the parents and how they have been bred and reared.

It’s clear from looking at the two breeds that make up the Goldendoodle that this is an extremely active dog who needs a lot of exercise and input (often more than many new owners expect) and being highly social, needs to be a part of the family.

The personality of a Goldendoodle seems to be more consistent when they are first crosses (F1). As a line is successively bred, they can be either bred back to one of the original breeds (and so strengthen either the Retriever or the Poodle personalities) or else be bred to another Goldendoodle, in which case there is less predictability in temperament (and in-breeding becomes more of a potential issue). Some breeders will cross Goldendoodles and Labradoodles which adds to the unpredictability of the offspring.

Did You Know?

  • Despite the Goldendoodle’s popularity it’s not currently recognised by the UK Kennel Club as it’s a mixed breed.
  • The Goldendoodle is sometimes known as the ‘Groodle’.
  • Goldendoodle’s make excellent assistance dogs and have been used as guide dogs, service dogs, therapy dogs and sniffer dogs.
  • They’re not very good guard dogs as they’re too friendly, preferring to lick strangers rather than bark at them!
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