Goldendoodles are beautiful animals that are considered “designer” dogs. They are a cross breed between a miniature or standard poodle and golden retrievers. The poodle and golden retriever are intelligent, friendly, and active breeds. These characteristics tend to transfer to their Goldendoodle offspring.
Goldendoodles were first bred in 1969 and grew in popularity into the 1990s. Their original purpose was to train them as guide dogs for those who were visually impaired and had allergies. Poodles are considered hypoallergenic, so the amount of dander they shed is less than other types of guide dogs. (its dander that is the cause of allergies, not hair)
When breeding Goldendoodles, there is hope that the hypoallergenic gene of the poodle will take precedent in the Goldendoodle breed. Unfortunately, the assumption that breeding two different races together will get you the best of both isn’t always the case.
However, with a good breeder, their quality care and oversite of the dogs should heighten the chance of a positive genetic outcome.
Height and Weight
Goldendoodles come in three sizes: miniature (15-30 pounds), medium (30-45 pounds), and standard (45-100 pounds). Because they are a cross breed, you can not be certain that the pup you get will actually fall into your desired category. But these numbers will at least give you a guideline.
An average adult often weighs between 60-100 pounds with males being 24-26 inches at the shoulder and females 22-23 inches. Taller Goldendoodles can weigh more, meaning they inherited this extra weight and height from the retriever side.
Appearance and Care of your Goldendoodle
Most Goldendoodles have a non-shedding coat, so they are considered hypoallergenic. This isn’t guaranteed due to cross-breeding, but it is probable.
They have three types of coats:
- Straight coat – a flat hair coat similar to the retriever’s fur.
- Wavy coat – a mix of poodle curls and a retriever’s straight coat
- Curly coat – looks more like a poodle than a retriever
Goldendoodles coat colors can vary. They can be cream, white, apricot, gold, red, gray, black or sandy brown. They need regular brushing, bathing, and trimming for healthy and clean skin and coats. Consistent grooming means you are avoiding skin irritation and sores from matted and knotted coats.
The timing of full grooming is not the same for each dog. Some can go every six weeks, and others can wait a few months. If you chose to do their hair and nail grooming yourself, you would need:
Keeping Your Goldendoodle Fit
Goldendoodles are dogs that have a lot of energy similar to their poodle cousins. They need exercise every day and enjoy their outside time to burn off excess energy. Dogs that get bored and don’t get enough exercise can become problematic indoors as they can become destructive.
Goldendoodles enjoy people and other dogs. They will enjoy hikes, walks, and interactive play. Outdoor toys are not a necessity but can help if you don’t want just to walk or run with them. There are many options of toys for you to pick that both you and your pup will enjoy.
Along with keeping fit, it is important that Goldendoodles are properly socialized and trained. There are two ways to approach this, you can do this yourself, or you can hire a professional trainer. Socialization is important so that your dog becomes comfortable in public settings, and people and other animals are comfortable around them.
Potential Health Problems for Goldendoodles
Goldendoodles need to come from a reputable breeder. Many breeders are above board, but others do not follow proper guidelines for this hybrid dog. Goldendoodles that are not bred to the highest standards can have serious health issues. If a breeder does not show you documentation that your pup’s parents were clear of health problems, then look elsewhere. This mixed breed is already predisposed to having significant health issues with their joints, skin, eyes, and immune systems so poor breeding will only exacerbate the potential for illness.
It’s important to know about potential health issues so you will not only know what to watch for but so that you can understand what will benefit your Goldendoodles long term health. This knowledge is part of health maintenance and preventing disease. It gives you the capacity to choose not only appropriate exercise but nutrition in the hopes of maintaining optimal health and fitness.
Nutrition for your Goldendoodle
Goldendoodles need quality nutrition to go hand in hand with the rest of their lifestyle. Choosing food that compliments the other healthy aspects of their life is important. Any food you are picking for your pet should have meat as the first ingredient on the nutrition label. Make sure it’s not an unnamed by-product. Named animal fat should be second on the list, and then you need to make sure there are no artificial ingredients. No matter what breed of dog you have, these are important nutritional ingredients to have. You can narrow the choice of food by then looking at your Goldendoodles size and potential health issues. This will allow you to pinpoint food that will cover most of their nutritional needs.
Don’t forget to include clean water in your pup’s nutritional intake. Less around mealtimes is better for larger Goldendoodles given their propensity for Bloat.
Miniature Goldendoodle Nutrition
This is a good organic option for a Miniature Goldendoodle. It is grain free with quality meat, vitamins, and minerals. The Omega 3&6 fatty acids will protect skin and coat while calcium and phosphorus will prevent dental issues.
Pros: Free-range poultry, small morsels, cooked in a grain free facility
Cons: Expensive, high calorie
Medium & Standard Goldendoodle Nutrition
This food has high protein levels, with76% of the protein from fish. It is a grain and gluten-free formula with no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. It supports digestive and immune systems and has Omega-3 & 6 fatty acids for a healthy coat and skin.
Pros: Vitamin E for health, good for bone and joint health
Cons: Strong smell, pricey
Goldendoodles are great options as pets, especially for people who enjoy an active lifestyle and perhaps need a hypoallergenic dog. They are generally easy to care for and will enjoy fitting in with a busy family lifestyle. Appropriate food and exercise will keep them healthy in the years they enjoy with your family.