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This is our GoldenDoodle "Doyle"

Doyle is now 4 years old, and is a wonderful fun loving family dog. Spraying his teeth with our PetzLife spray is incredibly easy and takes hardly any time at all. Doyle is a PetzLife prodigy and just got a bath before these pictures were taken with the Mango shampoo.

He bounces down the hall like a giant stuffed animal springing to life. His tail, an explosion of fluff, wags wildly, and his body, all 70 pounds of it, quivers as he fights the urge to pounce on the visitor standing in the entryway. There are no interrogating sniffs. No threatening barks. This exuberant pooch is all about spreading the love.

The Goldendoodle gets its name from it's mixed heritage - golden retriever and poodle. Goldendoodles are a hybrid dog, a first generation cross, and as such they exhibit "hybrid vigour". This is a phenomenon in animal breeding referring to the fact that the first cross between two unrelated purebred lines is healthier and grows better than either parent line. The puppies take on the best traits of both breeds. In this case they may have waterproof hair, little or no dander helping to reduce or eliminate allergic reactions in many owners, superior intelligence and trainability from the poodle as well as temperment and need for human interaction from the golden.

Description

The Goldendoodle's ancestry along both parent lines is as hunters and water dogs. The physical appearance of the Goldendoodle runs anywhere from a shaggy-looking retriever to a curl-relaxed poodle, but usually it falls somewhere in the middle. The color of the coat can be cream, gold, apricot, chocolate and black. Most Goldendoodles have a Standard Poodle as a parent, though a Miniature Poodle is possible and would produce a smaller dog. Like many poodle crosses, most Goldendoodles don't shed, or shed lightly, and could be hypo-allergenic.

Temperament

Goldendoodles are an intelligent and obedient family companion. They are everybody's friend and devoted to their family. They are friendly towards children, other dogs and pets, and easy with strangers. They are social dogs, happiest when with people. Goldendoodles are likely to get into mischief and develop behavior problems if they spend most of their lives alone. Their intelligence, eagerness to please, and love of learning make them very easy to train. They are medium-sized family dogs with easy dispositions.

Height, Weight

Standard Goldendoodles are a medium to large sized dog about the size of a Standard Poodle, perhaps more robust.

Height: Males 21-24 inches (54-62 cm.) Females 20-22½ inches 51-58 cm.)
Weight: Males 55-75 pounds (25-34 kg.)  Females 45-65 pounds (21-29 kg.)

While the average Goldendoodle seems to be in the range of the above sizes, one owner reports his 3 ½ year old Goldendoodle named Lucas weighs 95 pounds (43 kg.) and 29 inches (74 cm.) at the shoulder. While Lucas is larger than most of his brethren, his groomer says that she has a 110 pound (45 kg.) Goldendoodle.

Health Problems

As a hybrid cross they grow healthier and live longer than either parent line. The only genetic diseases they can be prone to would be those shared by both the Golden Retriever and the Standard Poodle.  No Major Concerns. Minor Concerns - CHD, cataract.  Suggested tests - hip and eye.

Living Conditions

Goldendoodles require a moderate amount of exercise and their coats are generally low maintenance.  They can live in the city or on a farm.  They are social dogs and they are happiest when they are with people.

Exercise

Goldendoodles require a moderate amount of daily exercise.  The Retriever in them allows them to enjoy games that involve retrieving.

Life Expectancy

About 15 years

Grooming

As a hybrid cross, Goldendoodles will inherit fur that looks retriever-like, or poodle-like, but usually something in-between. Like many poodle crosses, many Goldendoodles don't shed, or shed lightly, and could be hypo-allergenic. They generally require little grooming.

Origin

The Goldendoodle is a Golden Retriever and Poodle cross. The Goldendoodle gets its name from it's mixed heritage - Golden Retriever and Poodle. Goldendoodles are a hybrid dog, a first generation cross, and as such they exhibit "hybrid vigor". This is a phenomenon in animal breeding referring to the fact that the first cross between two unrelated purebred lines is healthier and grows better than either parent line. The puppies take on the best traits of both breeds. The hybrid cross between these two parent breeds are terrific family dogs, friendly, intelligent, affectionate and easy to train. As more and more people live in the city, needs have changed. Many are not looking for dogs that can hunt, but are looking for companions. The need for dogs who are playful, friendly towards people and pets, easy to train and easy to maintain has spurred breeders to cross breed two of the most intelligent and popular breeds of our time.

Group

Hunting Dogs, Flushing Dogs

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