Building A Better Breed – Oodles of Groodles

cute Goldendoodle puppyThe mixing and blending of dog breeds has created quite a few different variations of our favorite furry companions. While this happens more often than not by accident, sometimes breeds are intentionally brought together with the intent of creating something different, as is the case of the goldendoodle. Goldendoodles, goldipoos, and groodles are the result of a poodle bred with a golden retriever.

This hybrid breed, while not technically a breed at all, made its first appearance in the mid 1990’s and has been gaining in popularity ever since.

Why a Poodle and a Golden Retriever?

Both breeds have been widely accepted as a phenomenal family dog. Poodles are a very intelligent and golden retrievers have a loving and playful disposition, which are both desirable traits when looking for a family dog. However, the idea behind the goldendoodle was for something completely different. Breeders were looking to make a dog that was both playful and energetic, yet had minimal impact on allergy sufferers, and the result the goldendoodle was the result.

Why a Goldendoodle might be the right choice for you.

Goldendoodles tend to shed less than other dogs, which is a plus even if you don’t have allergies. Cute and loveable, these pups are friends with just about everyone, making them a wonderful fit for any family that has small children. Goldendoodles are smart and easy to train which also makes them a good choice for timid or first time dog owners. If you’re considering this breed, here are a few things to keep in mind.

  • Goldendoodles tend to vary- Depending on their parentage, these dogs can vary a great deal in size. Some of the bigger breeds of goldendoodle have reached upwards of 100 lbs, but the standard range is typically 45. There are also some versions that are smaller. These miniature goldendoodles can range from 25 to 45 lbs and are a good choice for smaller homes. This also applies to their coats, which can lean more towards the curly nature of a poodle, the longer hair of a golden retriever or somewhere in between.
  • Separation Anxiety- While this is prevalent in a lot of dog breeds, goldendoodles are especially prone to suffering from separation anxiety when left alone for long periods of time. Crate training and lots of toys can help cut down on destructive behaviors and leaving the radio on when you have to leave is a good way to keep you dog happy.
  • Truly Man’s Best Friend- Goldendoodles are one of the most sociable dogs when it comes to humans, and get along with everyone, which makes them great for families. When it comes to other dogs, it’s important to make sure your goldendoodle is properly socialized so they aren’t shy or fearful.

Like all dogs, goldendoodles need the proper training as well as love and attention. Because they’re higher energy and require at least a moderate amount of exercise, it’s important to make sure you have the space for them, in both location and time. Getting your goldendoodle from a proper breeder is important. Not only is your new dog going to be in better health, but you can get a better feel for the parentage and what to expect as your dog grows to maturity.

+Neil Kilgore is the Jack (Russell) of all trades at Greenfield Puppies in Lancaster Pa. He regularly blogs about dogs, breeders and puppies on the Greenfield Puppies website.