Goldendoodle is a Golden Retriever and Poodle cross. Goldendoodles, also called Golden Poos, Goldie Poos, or Groodles, have been bred in North America and Australia since the early to mid-1990′s. As the smaller poodle hybrids had been such a success in filling the niche for small, allergy friendly family pets, Golden Retriever breeders decided to try a breeding with a standard poodle for a larger family pet. The quick rise of the popularity of Goldendoodles is due to the dogs themselves. They are a most marvelous hybrid. The term ‘Goldendoodle’ appeared soon after the introduction of the Labradoodle by Wally Conron. The earliest known use of the name ‘Goldendoodle’ comes from the Neelands family in the U.S.A in 1992.
The size of the Goldendoodle depends on its parentage. A general rule of thumb is to add both the parents weights together and divide by 2 to get an average adult weight on the goldendoodle puppies. Within any litter there may be goldendoodle puppies that fall above or below the projected adult weights.
A Standard Goldendoodle is predicted to be 45 lbs or more at adulthood. A Medium Goldendoodle is predicted to be 30-45 lbs at adulthood. A Miniature Goldendoodle is predicted to be 15-30 lbs at adulthood. Some standard Goldendoodles have grown to more than 100 pounds. Goldendoodles with a miniature Poodle or toy Poodle as a parent, are about 25-45 pounds and are called Miniature Goldendoodles.
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 inbetween. The length when left unclipped grows to about 4-8 inches. The color of the coat can be cream, gold, apricot, chocolate, gray, black, parti or phantom. Most Goldendoodles have a Standard Poodle as a parent, and are standard sized. Like many poodle crosses, most Goldendoodles are light to non-shedding, and most live easily with families with MILD allergies.
Goldendoodles require a moderate amount of exercise and their coats are generally low maintenance. They can live in the city or on a farm. Goldendoodles are social dogs and they are happiest when they are with people.
Goldendoodles are intelligent and obedient family companions. They are everybody’s friend and devoted to their family. They are friendly towards children, other dogs and pets, and easy with strangers. 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.
As a hybrid cross, the goldendoodle dog breed grows healthier and lives longer than either parent line. Life expectancy is about 15 years.