The Goldendoodle is a relatively new dog breed produced by crossing Golden Retrievers and Poodles. This dog carries the coat of the golden retriever and the temperament of both of these wonderful breeds, hence the name Goldendoodle. It’s without a doubt the best dog in the world, according to their owners.
What does that mean?
It means if you are looking for a friendly, intelligent dog who loves everyone, wants to please his family but can also be playful; then the Goldendoodle might be just what you have been waiting for. On top of all that, he’s less shedding than most other dogs because of his poodle parent. Poodles are even considered hypoallergenic, even though there are no 100% allergy-safe dogs (because all dogs shed at least a little).
Before we get too excited about how wonderful this hybrid looks, let us look at some of the daily needs of these dogs so you will know what to expect.
What is it like owning a Goldendoodle?
The Goldendoodle’s size will depend on how much poodle blood was used in breeding, and he will be between 24 and 30 inches tall at maturity. His coat can range from long curls to shorter wavy hair, but no matter what length you choose, all Goldendoodles shed moderately, so he might not be the best fit for those with severe allergies.
The health concerns for this breed are typical of any larger dog breed, but some additional ones are specific to both ends of this mix. They generally have high energy levels and need plenty of attention which means they do not make good left-alone dogs if you’re a single who works or goes out for hours at a time.
They are also sensitive to the heat and need plenty of exercise and mental stimulation, so they are not an excellent fit for those living in apartments or condos without the space to run around outside. They can be protective of their family but will usually only bark when something suspicious is going on. Overall, this is an active, intelligent dog that needs a lot of attention from his family, but he will be very loyal and affectionate to them when he gets it.
Are they good with children?
Goldendoodles love children and are great with them, so that he will be a wonderful companion for your kids. He will want to interact with the kids and doesn’t do well when left alone.
If you have toddlers, they may unintentionally hurt him because they don’t know how big or strong this dog is, so supervision is recommended. However, you probably won’t have any problems if you have older children unless the kids are incredibly rough with him.
Are they good with cats?
Goldendoodles have a low prey drive and can be wonderful with cats. Unfortunately, it’s often more the cat who bullies the dog, so if your cat is friendly towards dogs, then you should have no problems at all.
What sort of exercise will Goldendoodle need?
These dogs are pretty active and need plenty of exercises. They have a high energy level, so going on daily walks will keep them happy. Playtime is always essential for dogs, but it’s even more so for these because they can become bored, which leads to destructive behaviors. In addition, they are very intelligent and will need mental stimulation, which can be achieved by teaching them tricks.
What sort of home do Goldendoodles need?
Goldendoodles are loyal companion dogs who love being with their family and with lots of toys, attention, and lots of exercise; living in apartments or condos shouldn’t be a problem at all. Otherwise, he’s very good with children and strangers and very energetic.
The Goldendoodle is an intelligent, playful, affectionate dog who loves to be with his family. They’re delightful and friendly and need plenty of exercise, so they do not make good pets for those who lead busy lives. They shed moderately, but you may want to keep him groomed because he can develop mats that tend to happen in his coat’s undercoat. If you have kids, you probably won’t have any problems unless your children are extremely rough with him – supervision is recommended if your toddlers will be near him.