The Goldendoodle is a mixed-breed dog that is thought to have first appeared in Australia, although it is possible that similar crosses arose elsewhere in the world simultaneously. Goldendoodles are typically defined as the result of crossbreeding a Poodle with a Golden Retriever. However, Goldendoodles can also be crossed back with Poodles or Golden Retrievers, and their appearance will vary accordingly.
Due to their friendly nature and attractive appearance, Goldendoodles have quickly become a popular choice of pet in Australia, and breeders can be found throughout the country.
The Goldendoodle Mix
Goldendoodles aren’t necessarily a 50-50 mix of Poodle and Golden Retriever. The percentage of the breed involved depends on whether the Goldendoodle is a first generation dog, or whether it has been bred back to a Poodle, Golden Retriever, or a Goldendoodle. For example, a Goldendoodle that is bred with a Poodle will be 75% Poodle and 25% Golden Retriever.
The appearance of the Goldendoodle depends again on the percentage of Poodle or Golden Retriever in its lineage. The breed can vary in size, colour, and the appearance of its coat. The dogs can range from the size of a small poodle up to the size of a Golden Retriever, for example, with the final size usually dictated by a combination of its lineage and the sizes of its parents.
Goldendoodles can be found in a variety of colours, including apricot, gold, red, cream, and white. Occasionally black and silver varieties can be found. The most popular variety of Goldendoodle is the golden variety. These are typically the most expensive variety.
As the breed is formally a crossbreed, there is no “standard” to which the dogs are bred, and the appearance of the Goldendoodle is still in development. However, it is thought that in time a formal standard will be achieved, with all subsequent pups needing to adhere to this standard to be registered.
While crossbreeding is often performed to bring out the best traits of two particular breeds, it can also exacerbate particular health conditions. Goldendoodles, like both of the parent breeds, can suffer from hip dysplasia and eye conditions. Some of these conditions can be tested for, and it is recommended that potential owners or breeders do so.
The temperament of a Goldendoodle
Many people purchase these dogs for their temperaments. Like both Poodles and Golden Retrievers, Goldendoodles are highly intelligent, friendly, and sociable. They are generally excellent family pets and good around other dogs. They tend to be moderately active, and enjoy swimming and fetching. They are easy to train, and tend to be well-behaved. However, because they are highly social dogs, they are best suited to households where they will receive the attention and socialisation they require, and where they will not become bored.
Why buy a Goldendoodle?
Goldendoodles are most popular as companion dogs for families, although some are used as assistance dogs. Goldendoodles are often a popular choice for owners looking for a low-shedding dog, as the poodle component of their genetics makes them less likely to shed. However, the amount of shedding found will depend on the particular crossbreeding of a particular dog.
High Poodle percentage animals typically require less grooming than those with a high Golden Retriever percentage, making them popular among those who lack the time or means to maintain a regular grooming regimen. Goldendoodles may also be a relatively hypoallergenic choice for pet owners, although potential owners should spend some time with their potential pet before finalising a purchase to ensure that allergies do not arise.