Goldendoodle: The Ultimate Dog Breed Guide

Goldendoodle

The Goldendoodle, as you can probably guess from his name, is a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle.

Up there with the Labradoodle, and the Maltipoo, the Goldendoodle is one of the most popular crossbreeds in the world.

As they are a crossbreed, it becomes near impossible to predict their appearance and temperament, meaning every one is different; this is what makes them so adorable.

A combination of the 3rd and 7th most popular dogs in America, this handsome teddy bear is a hit with all who meet him!

Read on to find out everything you need to know about this dog breed…

What Is A Goldendoodle?

Goldendoodle Feature
This year (2019) the breed is 50 years old!

The Goldendoodle is one of the most popular crossbreeds in America.

They are the result of mating a Golden Retriever with a standard sized Poodle.

Known for being great family dogs, they are also super intelligent with both of their parent breeds being ranked in the top four smartest dog breeds.

The Goldendoodle has had many roles in the past 15 years, including:

  • Search and Rescue Dogs
  • Guide Dogs
  • Medical Assistance Dogs
  • Therapy Dogs
  • Loyal Family Pets

Since the standard sized Goldendoodle, a Miniature has also been bred, using a male Miniature Poodle and a female Golden Retriever.

It is important to note that the Miniature is different from the Mini Goldendoodle, which is a Goldendoodle mated with a Spaniel.

Breed Origin

The Goldendoodle was first seen in 1969.

Bred originally by Monica Dinkins, she hoped to create a dog with the Poodles non-shedding coat (though this is not a guarantee) that could be used as a service dog for people with allergies.

They were not instantly popular, but their popularity picked up, alongside the Labradoodle, in the 1990s.

Kennel Club Recognition and Pedigree

As this breed is a crossbreed, they are not recognized by the American Kennel Club.

However, they are recognized by other kennel clubs, such as:

  • Continental Kennel Club (as long as both purebred parents are registered with them)
  • The Goldendoodle Association of North America
Goldendoodle Dog Breed Facts
Size 24-26″ (male) and 22-23″ (female)
Weight 45-100 pounds
Lifespan 10-15 years
Breed Type Mixes and more
Purpose Companion or Service Animal
Suitable For Active Families, Singles, Couples
Color Variations Black, White, Brown, Cream, Golden, Red, Silver, Sable
Temperament Friendly, Loyal, Intelligent, Patient, Goofy
Other Names Goldenoodle, Groodle, Goldenpoo

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Goldendoodle Puppies

Toy Goldendoodle
These puppies are often called “tiny teddies” due to their small size and curly fur.

A Goldendoodle rescue is usually somewhere around $300 USD.

If you would prefer to purchase a puppy, Goldendoodle puppies, from a reliable breeder, will cost anywhere between $1,500 and $3,000 USD!

There are usually between three and eight puppies in a litter.

It is important to note that there are different genetic mixes of Goldendoodle and some understanding of the terminology can be useful when looking to purchase a dog.

This is better illustrated in the table below:

Generation Parent A Parent B
F1 Golden Retriever Poodle
F1B Goldendoodle F1 Goldendoodle Poodle
F1B Goldendoodle F1 Goldendoodle Golden Retriever
F2 Goldendoodle F1 Goldendoodle F1 Goldendoodle

The reason for this is that early generations are very unpredictable when it comes to appearance and personality, as it can be something of a lottery.

To paraphrase a popular movie, “Owning a Goldendoodle is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get”!

Goldendoodle Temperament

Characteristic Rating
Friendliness
Confidence
Protectiveness
Prey Drive
Social Tendencies

If you are thinking of using a Goldendoodle as a guard dog, you will fail miserably!

These dogs are super friendly and love all people. If there was to be an intruder, they would most likely receive a series of kisses and multiple requests to throw a ball over any sort of barking or aggression!

For a Goldendoodle, everyone is a friend.

They are never aggressive and any sort of aggressive behavior should be a cause for concern; this is not in their temperament.

At most, your dog may appear uncomfortable in situations, but they should never bite or snap.

When socialized correctly, these dogs will rarely bark or howl.

They are perfectly content to sit and relax with their owners and will happily ignore their large size and curl up on their laps.

This being said, Goldendoodles are very active dogs too. They will do very well with an active family who can take them on regular hikes, walks, runs and even swims (if its safe).

They love the great outdoors and are often at their happiest outside.

Goldendoodle Personality

Goldendoodle Portrait
These happy-go-lucky dogs are known for their fun and bouncy nature.

These dogs are amazing family pets, known for their patience and loyalty.

It is these same virtues, combined with their trainability, that makes them such good service dogs.

They are super friendly and do not care if you have somewhere to be, they will be by your side smiling up at you.

The Goldendoodle is a very playful, one of those rare dogs that is happy to chase a ball or frisbee for as long as you are willing to throw it.

This makes them a great match for homes with children, as they can play together.

Compatibility with Families

This dog has no limits to how many people they can love.

They are known to get on well with people from all walks of life, both inside and outside the home, as well as with other household pets if they have been socialized to them from a young age.

However, while the Goldendoodle would never intentionally hurt anything, play with young children should be supervised.

As previously mentioned, they are goofy dogs who occasionally forget their own size and strength. This can lead to accidents if not monitored.

Goldendoodle Size, Appearance and Grooming

Goldendoodle Dog
It’s important to remember that these dogs aren’t always gold!

Goldendoodle Full Grown

This dog is a large dog.

On average, a standard sized Goldendoodle is between 22 and 26 inches tall and weighs between 45 and 100lb.

This can vary massively depending on the parents’ size and so the easiest way to estimate the height of a crossbreed dog is to add up the parents’ height and weight and divide by two to get an average.

For example

If a Golden Retriever parent weighs 65lb and the Poodle parent weighs 55lb then the full grown off-spring will weigh approximately 60lb.

Appearance

These dogs are often described as oversized teddy bears!

Although it is impossible to say for sure what a Goldendoodle will look like, usually you can spot them from their curly coat and their happy smile.

In most cases they will have long noses, round faces and brown eyes. Their bodies are lanky, but they are generally well proportioned.

They usually have a well-muscled chest and long stocky tail.

Color Types

While the Golden Retriever comes in one color, the Poodle comes in a variety of colors! This means Goldendoodle puppies can be a variety of colors:

  • Black
  • Brown
  • Cream
  • Gold
  • Red
  • Sable
  • Silver
  • White

Even within the same litter, it is likely that there will be many different colored puppies! This is especially true of earlier generations (e.g F1).

Coat

Not all Goldendoodles will have the curly Poodle coat, but most will be low-shedding.

F1B Goldendoodles (when a purebred Poodle is the parent) will be much more likely to display the fluffy Poodle coat, but even this is a genetic lottery.

In most cases, their coat is curly and dense, but it is rarely long and straight like a Retriever. Both types of coats are double coats, meaning they have a dense underlayer and a thinner overlayer.

The best way to tell if your new puppy has a hypoallergenic coat is to spend lots of time with him or her before purchasing and see if you have a reaction.

Grooming Guide

Goldendoodle haircuts

Grooming will vary massively depending on what coat your dog inherits.

Both types of coat will require regular brushing, but the thicker Poodle coat will need brushing almost daily to prevent matting.

Ears should be regularly checked for signs of infections, especially if your dog is an active swimmer.

Both of these coats grow continuously, and so haircuts will be required every eight to twelve weeks.

While at the groomers, nails should be trimmed, and teeth should be brushed.

Teeth brushing should be done once weekly at home where possible to prevent Periodontal Disease.

Start grooming your dog as early as possible, this will allow for your dog to become used to grooming routines.

Goldendoodle Care Guide

Goldendoodle Playing
These dogs have many talents in life, including agility!

This designer mix is a relatively easy to care for dog.

As a result, they do well with most people, as long as they have the time to dedicate to their Goldendoodle’s exercise routine and high cuddle quota!

Food and Dietary Requirements

Daily Food Consumption
Guide 1,200 calories
Cups of Kibble Three Bowls of Kibble Required per Day

The Goldendoodle is a big dog, and consequently they have a big appetite!

They need three cups of high quality kibble every day.

Ideally, meals should be split into at least two portions daily to split up intake.

Splitting their meals, will help include structure and routine in your dogs life, and also helps to prevent Gastric Torsion (i.e. bloat) as this is common in the Retriever parent.

Exercise Requirements

Daily Exercise Requirements
Minutes 60 minutes
Activity Level This is a high activity dog breed

The Goldendoodle is a great all-round dog breed if they have the space to run and play.

They can do well in urban areas provided they get the exercise they need.

These dogs are active dogs, and they need an owner that can keep up. On average, these dogs need around 12 miles of exercise a week.

This can be supplemented with other kinds of physical and mental stimulation, such as obedience and agility.

However, ultimately, they are active dogs who love the outdoors and need around 60 minutes of exercise daily.

It may be a good idea to encourage your dog to swim in environments where it is safe to.

This will help to channel their Retriever heritage.

Combining this with a game of fetch will make for one happy dog!

Goldendoodle Training

f1b Goldendoodle
They are active dogs who enjoy being outdoors.

They are often selected as service dogs, due to their highly trainable nature. Consequently, it is fair to assume that this breed type is the perfect dog for first time owners.

Goldendoodles love to learn and derive great joy from pleasing their owners, and what better opportunity do they get to do this than training.

Both of the parent breeds are very intelligent, but they are also incredibly good natured. This makes them very mailable to training.

Due to their good nature, you should never use physical punishment or correction with a Goldendoodle.

Using kind of domination training towards this dog will make them incredibly nervous and distrusting.

Using positive reinforcement by rewarding them when they do well will result in a happy dog who is willing to learn.

Known Health Problems

As with most larger breeds, two of the biggest health concerns for the Goldendoodle are:

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Patellar Luxation

Hip Dysplasia is very common in larger breeds of dog.

This is a developmental condition, caused by the cartilage in the hip joint forming incorrectly. It can be managed via pain medication, or in more severe cases corrective surgery can be used.

Patellar Luxation is a condition where the knee joint forms incorrectly, causing an inability to bend the knee joint.

The condition comes in varying degrees, and like Hip Dysplasia, milder cases can usually be managed on painkillers and anti-inflammatory medication, whereas more severe cases will require corrective surgery.

Eye issues are also common for this dog breed.

This breed is predisposed to conditions such as Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) and Cataracts. Regular eye checks by a vet are therefore essential.

You may wish to insure your Goldendoodle. On average, health insurance for this dog costs between $28 and $42 USD per month.

Goldendoodle Summary

Goldendoodle Face
Kind, patient, loyal, good with kids… what more could you want in a dog?

A Goldendoodle is a dog like no other.

Strong, kind, patient and gentle, these dogs truly are perfect for those who are looking for a family dog.

They are a high cuddles and exercise type-of-dog!

These adorable sweethearts are the perfect addition to any active family. Be that: a family of a one, a couple looking for their first dog, or a family with six kids!

These adaptable pooches do well in all environments.

If you love the sound of a Goldendoodle but the size and exercise requirements are making you nervous, why not consider a Mini?

Do you have a gorgeous Goldendoodle at home? Thinking about getting one? Leave us a comment below.

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John Woods is the founder of All Things Dogs, member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, graduate in Animal Behavior & Welfare and recognized author by the Dog Writers Association of America.

1 Comment

  1. We have 2 f1b petite Goldendoodles. They are both from the same litter. Their mom was 22lb and dad was only 14. Strange thing is that our male Ben is 34lb and female Betsy is around 20lb.

    They are the best dogs.

    Betsy could care less about food and ben lives for it, she is a bit more timid with unusual noises.

    Ben is a baby who cries when you are getting ready to walk him, so excited. Ben trains easily as long as there is food around. Ben gets very excited when first greeting people as does Betsy. She learned that behaviour from Ben. After a minute they settle down.

    I want to take Betsy for training as a service dog. But not sure how she will do without Ben. They are both 2 and a half.

    Anyway we recommend these dogs to everyone. Their sweet nature. Great with everyone including 7 kids at once when visiting grandkids and all the neighborhood kids wanting to hug and kiss them all day long – thanks for all your info.

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