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Goldendoodle

Breed overview

  • Height – 17 to 24 inches
  • Weight – 50 to 90 pounds
  • Coat length & texture – Medium-length and straight, wavy, or curly texture
  • Coat color – Gold and yellow; black and tan; as well as black, gray, red, blue, cream, white, fawn, brown, chocolate, and liver. Coat patterns can include bicolor, brindle, or merle.
  • Exercise needs – Above average
  • Intelligence – High intelligence
  • Barking – When necessary
  • Life span – 10 to 15 years
  • Temperament – Affectionate, playful, easy to train
  • Hypoallergenic – Yes
  • Origin – United States

Goldendoodle fun facts 

  • This crossbreed tends to be healthier than its purebred parents, a golden retriever and standard poodle.
  • The curlier the goldendoodle’s coat, the less they’ll shed.
  • They make excellent service animals thanks to the poodle’s intelligence and the golden retriever’s well-mannered disposition.
Goldendoodle on a walk

Goldendoodle temperament and characteristics 

The goldendoodle has quickly grown in popularity thanks to its affectionate and easy-to-train personality. They love to play and exercise with their owners and thrive with daily walks, hiking, swimming, or sports like agility. Goldendoodles are also gentle and good with kids, making them ideal for families and first-time owners.

Common goldendoodle health problems 

Goldendoodles are generally healthy but they can still be susceptible to health issues. These include:

  • Skin conditions. Atopic dermatitis or eczema is an allergic reaction that causes dogs to rub, lick, bite, or scratch their skin.
  • Knee injuries. What’s known as an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture in human knees is known as a CCL injury in dogs or ruptured cranial cruciate ligaments.
  • Seizures. There may be several explanations for seizures in dogs, including epilepsy.
  • Joint issues. Hip dysplasia is the loosening of the hip joint.
  • Patella luxation. A luxating or dislocated kneecap is known as patella luxation.
  • Blood clotting disorder. Known as von Willebrand Disease , this inherited bleeding disorder has been known to affect goldendoodles.
  • Progressive retinal atrophy. This slow loss of sight eventually leads to blindness in some breeds, including golden retrievers.

Cost of caring for goldendoodles

Since goldendoodles are typically healthy, the cost of caring for one usually involves regular vet visits, vaccinations, and other preventative care. However, if your pup develops a health condition, that cost can rise quickly. Get your dog insured to reduce out-of-pocket expenses — owners who sign their pets up early reap the greatest benefits — or set up a savings account to help in emergencies.

Goldendoodle puppies

History of the goldendoodle

It’s unknown exactly when the first goldendoodles were born, but it wasn’t until the 1990s that the crossbreed took off in popularity. The golden retriever’s obedience and affection mixed with the poodle’s intelligence and trainability made the goldendoodle a sought-after companion. And while they’re called goldendoodles in the United States, they’re known as “groodles” in Australia.

Caring for your goldendoodle

Caring for any new puppy can be overwhelming. You’ll need to make your first trip to the vet and schedule your dog’s vaccinations. We can even help you puppy-proof your home and prepare for teething. Here are some other basics specific to goldendoodles.

Exercise

Golden retrievers and poodles are medium- to high-energy breeds, and the goldendoodle is no different. They require daily activity, whether it be long walks, swimming, hiking, obedience or trick training, agility, and other exercises.

Goldendoodle with a ball

Grooming

Because of the variation in coat patterns, grooming your goldendoodle might not look the same across the board. The curlier the coat, the more grooming the pup will need, but they’ll shed less than those with straighter coats. Find a reputable groomer familiar with doodle coats to maintain your dog’s coat or show you the ropes for at-home grooming.

👉 Goldendoodles sometimes have excessive hair inside their ears. To keep infections at bay, stay on top of their grooming.

Diet and nutrition

Goldendoodles are prone to allergies, so feeding your dog high-quality dog food is vital. Avoid feeding them table scraps and look into hypoallergenic dog foods if your goldendoodle is particularly sensitive. Check with your veterinarian if you aren’t sure what food is best for your pup.

Training your goldendoodle

Goldendoodles are known for being easy to train thanks to the intelligence and obedience of their poodle and golden retriever lineage. But, while training comes naturally to them, start that training early if you want a well-behaved dog — that energy level can lead to bad habits without the right guidance! Goldendoodles may be more sensitive than their labradoodle alternatives, so it’s better to use gentle reward-based training versus “tough love.” When in doubt, find a local certified dog trainer who works with goldendoodles to help you and your pup with the right techniques.

Goldendoodle swimming in a pool

Breeds similar to the goldendoodle

Not quite sure that a goldendoodle is right for you? Even if you are, it’s worth taking the time to research and consider other similar dogs. Here are a few to get you started:

  1. Labradoodle. Another “doodle,” this mix of a Labrador retriever and standard poodle tends to be tougher and more work-oriented than goldendoodles.
  2. Cockapoo. A mix of a cocker spaniel and a poodle, this is a smaller crossbreed that tends to be less active than goldendoodles.
  3. Puggle. A mix of a pug and a beagle, this pup isn’t hypoallergenic but is an excellent dog for first-time owners.

Frequently asked questions

Are goldendoodles good house dogs?

Goldendoodles love people (both their own and newcomers), get along great with other pets, and are gentle with kids, making them a great choice for families.

How big will a goldendoodle get?

Goldendoodles vary greatly in size, depending on if their parents include a golden retriever and poodle, are both goldendoodles, or a combination of the two. On average, though, most goldendoodles weigh around 40 to 70 pounds.

Do goldendoodles bark a lot?

Goldendoodles aren’t known to bark more often than most other dogs. If yours barks a lot, it may be an indication that they’re bored or overprotective of your family. Adding more exercise and stimulation to their lives can help decrease excessive barking.

What is the downside of having a goldendoodle?

While goldendoodles make great family dogs, the upkeep in grooming can be tedious. Without proper regular grooming (which can cost upwards of $100 each time), your pup can develop painful skin issues. On top of that, these popular dogs tend to be more expensive ($1,500-$2,000) and need ample exercise to keep their minds and bodies busy throughout the day.