What happens when you mix the good-natured personality of a golden retriever and the luscious curls of a poodle? You get a goldendoodle! This adorable mix is a relatively new designer breed, first introduced to America in the 1990s. As a mix they are not officially registered as a breed of their own, but as the product of two pure breeds, they still get an honorable mention. Goldendoodles are both athletic and intelligent with an added bonus of being hypoallergenic (don't shed) perfect for all the people with allergies.
Goldendoodles may not be officially recognized as a pure breed but the name was coined in 1992, a combination of golden retriever and poodle. This is the most common identifyer for this designer breed but they have several other nicknames like Groodles, Doodles and sometimes Goldenpoos. Silly and adorable just like the dogs themselves!
Goldendoodles are wonderful playmates because of their congenial nature, but they also have wat it takes to fill a more serious role. A mixture of the intelligent poodle and obedient Golden Retriever, Goldendoodles make wonderful service dogs. Whether is be a guide dog or a therapy dog, they can do it all, plus this breed is ideal for hospital patients and people in nursing homes.
Goldendoodles come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. These often over-sized big bundles of joy are great for some pet owners but not everyone has what it takes to provide for a large breed. Enter the miniature Goldendoodle – a mix of a Golden Retriever and a Toy Poodle – perfect for people with an apartment. These small dogs could easily be confused with a stuffed animal!
Goldendoodles are a hypo-allergenic breed thanks to their Poodle side – which allows people with dog allergies to enjoy these furry creatures. This also means they won't shed all over your furniture and clothes, as they have hair instead of fur. They require low grooming, unlike the poodle, just a bath and a comb through every two weeks along with a routine trim at the groomers.
This breed of dog is extremely high energy which means they need plenty of exercise and play. They weight around 50 to 100 pounds on average and enjoy going out for walks, hikes, runs and even swimming adventures with their owners. If you are someone who enjoys outdoor activities or sports, a Goldendoodle may be the best choice for you.
As a hybrid dog Goldendoodles are predisposed to having fantastic health, known as hybrid vigor. The reason for this is that they inherit the best qualities from both of their different contributing breeds. They even tend to be healthier than the purebred dogs that created them. This added health benefit means less visits to the veterinarian! Some disorders that they may inherit from their parents include hip disorders, elbow disorders, or VonWillebrand’s disease (a blood clotting disorder).
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