What is a Goldendoodle?

The Goldendoodle dog


Country of Origin: Australia

Height: Height can range from 12"-32" from the withers.

Weight: Weight can range from 9 lbs-150 lbs.

Color: Cream; Light/Dark Apricot; Apricot; Red; Chocolate; Chocolate phantom; Silver; Silver Frost; Silver phantom; Silver with gold hues; Black or White. Goldendoodles can also be of parti or Tri-Color and have white markings any where about the coat with any combination of the coloring listed above. All Goldendoodles who are chocolate in coat color sport green eyes, chocolate nose as well as chocolate paw/eye trimming. Apricot Goldendoodles with a chocolate nose and green eyes are not as common, but is not considered rare. There are no rare colors or markings for the Goldendoodle.

Eye Color: The most common eye color for the Goldendoodle is brown, however, the Goldendoodle dog can also sport eyes that are blue, green or muti-colored. Some breeders create "Aussie Doodles" that sport blue or multi colored eyed but they are not Goldendoodle dogs. An "Aussie doodle" is an Australian Shepherd/Poodle mix.

The Smooth coat GOldendoodle

Coat: Goldendoodles come in three distinct coat types. Shaggy. Curly. Smooth. The shaggy coat is always the result of a 50/50 mix...ie...A Golden Retriever bred to a Poodle. The smooth coat is always the result of either two shaggy coat Goldendoodles being bred together or a curly coat Goldendoodle sire bred to a purebred Golden Retriever dam. The smooth coat can also come from a female shaggy coat Goldendoodle bred to a Golden Retriever sire. The curly coat usually occurs 9 times out of ten when a Goldendoodle is bred to a Poodle but on occasion, a curly coat Goldendoodle can occur even with a 50/50 mixture (Poodle/Golden Retriever), although only 1 or 2 pups will present the curly coat with the remainder being a shaggy coat. All smooth coat Goldendoodles are completely void of a facial beard and the coat will appear very similar as that of a purebred Golden Retriever but will be low shedding UNLIKE the purebred Golden Retriever. A smooth coat Goldendoodle will typically have a narrow face and longer legs similar to the Poodle with some "fluff" about the head, neck and ears. Their tail can resemble that of the purebred Golden Retriever. All shaggy coat Goldendoodles begin to sport the facial beard at the age of four weeks. The facial beard will be complete when they turn 1 year of age. All shaggy coat Goldendoodles sport the same facial/coat characteristics if they come from a 50/50 mixture, regardless of chosen breeder. All shaggy coat Goldendoodles are low shedding. All shaggy coat Goldendoodles will sport a plume tail that rides high up over the back. While the curly coat Goldendoodle does sport a facial beard, it is not as evident as the shaggy coat doodle, due to the amount of curls throughout the coat, from nose to tail. The curly coat Goldendoodle will have a tail full of curls and it may not have a plume tail that is common with the shaggy coat. It is a myth that the curly coat Goldendoodle sheds less than the shaggy coat or the smooth coat. All coat types are low shedding if the Poodle is involved in the offsprings' genetic make up.

Character: The Goldendoodle can be a very low shedding dog that works out very well for those with mild allergies. Anyone with severe allergies must have their allergist conduct personal testing to ensure they are not allergic to dogs in general. Breeders can not guarantee any dog to be "hypo-allergenic", nor does the Goldendoodle...or any dog....have the ability to be a "hypo-allergenic" dog. The Goldendoodle is usually a family oriented dog and is usually very sociable towards other pets or people. The Goldendoodle with a shaggy coat or curly coat has a distinct upside down "V" shape facial beard. A Goldendoodle with a curly coat type has facial beard but their beard will sport curls while the shaggy coat Goldendoodle has straighter hairs sprouting from each side of its snout. The smooth coat Goldendoodle is completely void of any facial beard. A Goldendoodle can have ear issues if the dog has frequent water contact and has long, heavy hanging ears with thick over hanging hair. The curly coat Goldendoodle can have hairs growing inside of their ear canal which can cause ear issues for the dog. Goldendoodles who have shorter ears that flip over at the top have fewer ear issues than those with the long, heavy, hanging ears. The Goldendoodle has beautiful almond shaped eyes that can be brown, green, blue, amber or sport multi colored eyes. Their intelligence shines through their very bright, twinkling eyes.

The Goldendoodle has no "rare" markings or colors because of the wide range of colors within their Poodle heritage. Goldendoodles have a very wide range in size and weight because they are a hybrid dog. Goldendoodle puppies in any given litter can be of various sizes regardless of the size of their parents. On occasion, the Goldendoodle can have allergy issues that are similar to the Golden Retriever or Poodle; They can also, on occasion, have dry skin and can also become suddenly sensitive to canine vaccines or the food that they eat. With regards to puppy vaccines, it has been our experience that the Goldendoodle dog is more fully protected from Parvo and distemper when the vaccine NEO-PAR is used as its first two puppy vaccines, rather than any other product type. Neo-Par can be given to the Goldendoodle puppy at the age of three weeks while it is still nursing and this will help boost its immune system allowing the dog to be more fully protected. A second vaccine is recommended by age six weeks and then a third by age eight weeks. Some vets are not familiar with Neo-par, but this vaccine is the "cadillac" of all Parvo vaccines and seems to provide the Goldendoodle puppy with a higher protection rate over all other name brands. It is recommended that a differant type of vaccine is used AFTER the puppy has had a series of three NEO-PAR injections, further boosting its immune system. Goldendoodles can become suddenly allergic to the rabies vaccination without warning and caution is urged. It is recommended that the owner remain near their vet clinic for at least 20-30 minutes AFTER any vaccine is given to ensure there is no sudden allergic reaction. Such an allergic reaction can cause death if assistance is not immediately sought. It is also recommended that the owner of a Goldendoodle NOT use topical flea preventatives. On rare occasions, topical flea preventatives can build up a toxic level in the liver or blood stream causing liver issues or seizure issues. The Goldendoodle is an over-all, healthy and hardy dog that can live up to 15 years in an ideal situation.

Temperament:The Goldendoodle dog has two distinct temperaments. One being similar to the Golden Retriever and one being similar to the Poodle. Goldendoodles who come from a 50/50 mix generally carry the Golden Retriever temperament providing the breeders' Golden Retrievers have the most dominant genes in the offspring. Goldendoodles that come from a Goldendoodle/Golden Retriever mixture generally pick up the Golden Retriever personality/temperament. Goldendoodles that come from a Poodle/Goldendoodle mixture generally carry the Poodle personality/traits and temperament. Goldendoodles who carry more Poodle genetics will usually sport more physical traits similar to the purebred Poodle as well as generally carry a similar personality. Goldendoodles who carry more Golden Retriever genetics usually have a very similar personality/temperament as the purebred Golden Retriever. It has been our experience that families with young children have a higher success rate with Goldendoodles who sport a personality similar as that of a Golden Retriever. Goldendoodles who have more Golden Retriever temperaments are usually more acceptable to strangers and are more accepting of other pets. They also do not tend to be barkers and are generally more laid back. Goldendoodles who have a temperament similar to the Poodle can sometimes be less excepting of strangers or new surroundings and may not always work out for those with young children. They can tend to be yappy, high strung or more quirky in their behaviour. We do not recommend Goldendoodles with a Poodle personality if the buyer is not familiar with the purebred Poodle dog or has never owned a Poodle before. It has been our personal experience that those who are not familiar with the purebred Poodle or who have never owned a Poodle before and who purchase a doodle with more Poodle traits, have the least success in ownership. Temperament is not based upon gender of the Goldendoodle dog. Males and females alike share similar temperaments/characteristics/personalities which is dependent upon their lineage/ancestry/genetics.

Care: As a young puppy, The Goldendoodle will go through many coat changes. This applies to all three coat types. Of all three coat types, the smooth coated Goldendoodle is the easiest to care for. The shaggy coat Goldendoodle, of all three coat types, will go through the most coat changes during its first year of life. Occasional brushing and a bath are all that is needed for the smooth coat Goldendoodle, including cleaning of the inside of their ears. The shaggy coat and the curly coat Goldendoodle will require regular brushing and does require daily coat maintenence to prevent knots and matting. Most matting areas are under the armpits, the anal area as well as behind the ears and hind quarters. When trimming the curly or shaggy coat, it is recommended that at least 1 to 1 1/2" inches of the coat is left intact to help protect the skin during the summer from sun burning and insect bites. Goldendoodles who are light colored can easily sun burn if their coat is completely shaved down. The Goldendoodle that has more Poodle traits can sometimes have the normal Poodle coat discoloration around the eyes, if it is a light colored dog. This is termed "Rusting" about the eyes that is a common trait for the Poodle dog. Generally this only occurs for Goldendoodles that have more Poodle genetics or traits. Ear care is more important for the shaggy and curly coat Goldendoodle since the hair that over hangs their ears will usually trap the moisture inside of the ear which can cause ear infections or yeast infections. The smooth coat Goldendoodle and the Goldendoodle with shorter ears have fewer ear issues. If your Goldendoodle swims quite a bit, attention to the ears is very important. It is recommended to use "swimmers ear" solution to help dry excess water in the ears after the doodle has been swimming.

Training: The Goldendoodle is very easy to train and should be trained with positive reinforcement. Consistancy as well as repetition in training will allow your Goldendoodle to pick up commands very quickly. Keep commands simple with alot of loving praise. The Goldendoodle dog does not train well using negative or forceful tactics. Always use positive reinforcement and be consistant in your training. Goldendoodles who are placed on a consistant schedule are quicker to learn than Goldendoodles who are not. The Goldendoodle is generally a very passive, loving, sensitive dog that does not respond well to negative training. Obedience training is highly recommended for inexperienced owners.

Activity: The Goldendoodle is not an over-active dog or a hyper-active dog if it is a smooth coat or shaggy coat dog. A Goldendoodle is happiest when with its family. A Goldendoodle can become bored easily if left for extensive hours alone and may turn to destructive behaviour. A Goldendoodle does not mind laying at your feet or running along beside you if you bicycle or jog. Many even enjoy going boating with their owners, if taught how to swim. Keep in mind the smaller Goldendoodles are not able to keep up with certain activities. Small Goldendoodles work out better for those who are not very active and larger Goldendoodles work out better for families who are always on the go or who enjoy outdoor activities. A Goldendoodle enjoys playing and is happiest when interacting with its family. It is important, however, to note that Goldendoodles under 20 pounds in genetic body weight will sport more of the quirky traits as that of the Toy Breed. Goldendoodles under 20 pounds prefer to be a lap dog; are not recommended as a pet for small children because Toy sized Goldendoodles tend to gravitate toward a single family member, may not be stranger friendly and may be difficult to socialize with "outsiders". Goldendoodles under 20 pounds are considered to be "diva" dogs and work out better for older couples without children or a family who has older children in the household who are not seeking a pet for their children.

Description: The Goldendoodle began to become popular in 1997 in Australia and began to become popular in 1999 in the United States. The Goldendoodle's original purpose was as an assistance dog, especially for those who had the need for an assistance dog, yet also had allergies to shedding canine hair. Being a very friendly dog and very sociable to other pets, The Goldendoodle makes for a great pet for those who have children of all ages if the dog is not "Toy" size. Because the Goldendoodle is a Poodle/Golden Retriever hybrid, its size can range far and wide. When a Toy Poodle is bred to a Golden Retriever, the puppies can range from 9 pounds to 18 pounds as adults or slightly more. When a Miniature Poodle or small Standard Poodle is bred to a Golden Retriever, the sizes will literally range anywhere from 20 pounds up to 55 pounds or more, depending upon the size of the Golden Retriever.
Puppies will be various sizes in any given litter and not all of the puppies in any particular litter will weigh a particular amount based on the size of the parents. Even if both parents are very large dogs, small Goldendoodles can still come out of the litter. Each individual puppy will literally be a different weight due to their entire ancestry playing an important role.

The Goldendoodle is very popular because of the coat not shedding as much as typical purebred dogs. Because many families have children, the Goldendoodle works out very well because of the doodle's friendly disposition. The disposition of the Goldendoodle dog is very dependent upon how they are created as well as their over all lineage.
Over all, the Goldendoodle is a very hardy dog who can have a long life span of up to 15 years. Health issues are usually minor as the Goldendoodle does not always possess the same health issues as that of the purebred dog. This is because neither parent is related (at least they should not be) and creates what many hybrid breeders consider to be "Hybrid vigor". The term "Hybrid Vigor" has not been scientifically proven and is thus just the personal opinion of some breeders.
Goldendoodles that are inbred, backbred or multi generation and who are too closel bred to their related ancestors generally have more genetic health issues which is similar to the purebred dog than Goldendoodles who are of first generation and do not come from two parents who share close ancestors. Many assume that a Goldendoodle is not an F1 (first generation) if the doodle is not a 50/50 mixture. That is not the case. All Goldendoodles are F1 (first generation) if neither of their parents are closely related to each other.

Goldendoodles are considered to have a two-toned effect in their coat and many sport lighter colored hairs at the roots.
Many Goldendoodles of color will have silver or gold hues inside of their coat hairs. All Goldendoodles are a single coat dog. Their coat hairs are very fine but can be very thick. Goldendoodles who are cream can appear to be white when outdoors and apricot Goldendoodles who are indoors will always appear to be darker in color than when outdoors. Goldendoodles will always lighten in color from the time they are born until the day they turn one year of age. They will never darken. Goldendoodles of color are always born darker than what they will be as an adult. Many black Goldendoodles can turn silver and some black Goldendoodles can turn into a silver phantom with lighter silver legs, face and chest. Nearly all light colored Goldendoodles, to include Goldendoodles who are red, have white hair follicles, which is why the doodle seems to have a two toned affect in their coat. This comes about from the Poodle genes. Many dark Goldendoodles sport Golden hues and this comes about from the Golden Retriever. All in all, regardless of color or size, the Goldendoodle makes the perfect pet for those seeking a friendly and very outgoing, comical dog.

Author/Breeder: Dee Gerrish of Goldendoodle World copyright protected 2003

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