The Goldendoodle is an adorable mix between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle (usually a Standard or Miniature). Goldendoodles are the ultimate combination of good looks, smart wits, and playfulness. The hybrid is known as a “designer breed” because they were bred to have the lovable qualities of both of their parents. Keep in mind, though, that because they're a mix, it's hard to know how much of each parent they inherit.
Well-bred Goldendoodles make excellent companion dogs are excellent with children who are bursting with character, outgoing, social dogs and often have an uncanny ability to communicate with their people making them a good choice for a therapy/support dog and have also been proven to make excellent guide dogs. Being companion dogs they are not suited to living outside or kennel life.
At their best, they are intelligent so learn very quickly, friendly, and affectionate. Being easy to train they are a good first dog and with regular early socialisation and consistent reward based training such as praise and play will result in the most wonderful loyal lifetime companion.
In general goldendoodles are banded into 3 sizes Miniature/ Medium and Standard. Because they are a mix, their traits are not fixed, so there is not a guarantee that the Goldendoodle puppy you purchase will fall into the desired height/weight range.
Goldendoodles have a moderate activity level. Larger Goldendoodles may be more active than their smaller kin. They need a good walk or active playtime each day, loving hikes and a swim ! If you’re interested (and the dog's overall health is good enough), they are athletic enough to participate in such dog sports as agility, flyball, obedience, and rally. Their playful nature and retriever genes make them great fetch partners too !
Poodles have a reputation for being hypoallergenic, meaning that they can supposedly be tolerated by people who have allergies to dogs. Because they have the Poodle in their heritage, Goldendoodles are often promoted as being hypoallergenic. But allergies are not caused by a particular dog coat type but by dander, the dead skin cells that are shed by all dogs (and people). Therefore those with allergies who are considering a mix of these breeds, should spend some time with a Goldendoodle/Labradoodle before committing to a puppy.
There is no scientific evidence that any breed or mix breed is more or less allergenic than any other dog. Some people with mild allergies react less severely to these dogs, but no reputable breeder will guarantee that their dogs are hypoallergenic that is something only your allergies can tell you.
The colours and coat of a Goldendoodle varies. They can have flat coats, wiry coats, curly hair like their poodle ancestors, or shaggier/fleece and straight coats like golden retrievers. Most of the time, they fall somewhere in between.
Though Goldendoodles don’t shed excessively, their coat does require maintenance therefore need to be brushed regularly and have a consistent solid grooming regime which removes dead hair and prevents nasty matting.