Though crazy cat ladies/gentlemen may argue otherwise, dogs may well be man’s best friend. And few of them make a better friend than Goldendoodles do.
For those of you who don’t know, a Goldendoodle (sometimes called a Groodle) is a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. You can tell their pedigree from their hair: Their coat tends to fall somewhere between Golden Retriever’s straight hair and Poodle’s curly hair.
A Goldendoodle’s coat can have different colors, including:
- Dark Brown
Some Groodles can have coats of many colors too (well, two or three, anyway).
Good looks aren’t all that these pooches have going for them—they’re also smart, friendly and very loyal. Here are eight things you might not know about Goldendoodles.
1. Goldendoodles didn’t exist until recently.
If you were alive in the 1980s, odds are very high that you never saw a Goldendoodle. That’s because they didn’t even exist back then.
Groodles started showing up in Australia and North America in the 90s. Dog breeders began breeding them after realizing that pet owners might like a dog with the characteristics of both Poodles and Golden Retrievers.
What are these characteristics, you ask? Well, things like our next seven facts.
2. Goldendoodles are genetically predisposed to have great dog health.
Goldendoodles are a “designer dog” (i.e. a first-generation hybrid). They’re often lively and strong thanks because they’ve been bred from two purebred dogs. Animal breeders call this “hybrid vigor.”
In a way, dogs with hybrid vigor get the best of both worlds: They inherit the best qualities of two different breeds. Not only that, they tend to be much healthier than either of the purebreds that created them.
This leads to one big benefit of having a Goldendoodle: They don’t need as many major veterinarian visits as other breeds do. In other words, you won’t need to pay as much to keep them healthy and happy.
It’s worth noting, however, that Groodles may have health problems that their Golden Retriever and Poodle parents typically do. These include:
- Hip disorders
- Elbow disorders
- VonWillebrand’s disease (a blood clotting disorder)
3. You can predict a Goldendoodle’s adult height and weight.
It’s actually very easy to figure out how tall Groodles will be and how much they’ll weigh when they reach adulthood. All you need to know is the height and weight of a Goldendoodle’s parents. When you add the two heights/weights together and divide by two, you’ll get your Goldendoodle’s height/weight.
Adult Goldendoodles typically fall into one of three size categories:
- Standard Size: 45-100 lbs.
- Medium Size: 30-45 lbs.
- Miniature/Mini Goldendoodles: 15-30 lbs. (This usually occurs because the Groodle’s mom or dad was a toy Poodle.)
4. Goldendoodles don’t need a lot of grooming.
Goldendoodles are low-maintenance dogs. You’ll just need to comb and wash their fur every two weeks or so.
Be sure to trim the hair on their tail and around their stomach too. Without trimming, Goldendoodles’ hair grows as long as eight inches, give or take. It can become uncomfortable—and unsanitary—for your pet if you let their fur stay at that length for too long.
Also, trim the hair on your Groodle’s face if it starts covering their eyes—after all, they need those to see!
5. Even people with dog allergies might love Goldendoodles.
Goldendoodles make great pets for people who like dogs but have mild animal allergies. That’s because, like many Poodle hybrids, Goldendoodles don’t shed a lot.
Even if your allergies are pretty bad, you might still be able to own a Snickerdoodle. But instead of a first-generation Groodle, you’ll want to get a “backcross” (i.e. second-generation) dog. These dogs will have a first-generation hybrid for one parent and purebred Poodle for the other. As a result of this breeding, backcross Goldendoodles shed even less than their first-generation counterparts.
6. Goldendoodles make fantastic guide and therapy dogs.
As we mentioned earlier, Goldendoodles get the best characteristics of their purebred parents. On the one hand, they have Poodles’ brains. On the other, they have the loyalty and obedience of Golden Retrievers. Thanks to this combination, Goldendoodles can make wonderful guide or therapy dogs.
Goldendoodles can make wonderful companions for:
- Blind people
- People in nursing homes
- Elderly hospice residents
- Hospital patients
7. Goldendoodles are naturally friendly.
Here’s another trait that Goldendoodles inherit from Golden Retrievers: They’re naturally very amiable. More often than not, they’re happiest when they get to hang out with humans or other pooches.
Admittedly, this can become a problem if you can’t spend a lot of time with them. If you’re away working or travelling too much, Goldendoodles may not take it very well. They can start behaving badly when they’re left alone for too long.
However, if you have a household with kids and other pets, Goldendoodles can make a great addition to your family. They bond with people and animals easily and can give you many years of love and affection.
8. Goldendoodles love learning new stuff.
Apparently, no one ever told Goldendoodles that old dogs don’t learn new tricks. Even as they age, these dogs love learning new tricks and commands. Not only are they excellent companions, they can help you stay on your toes too.
Putting the “Best” in Man’s Best Friend
Over the past three decades, dog owners have come to adore Goldendoodles. They’re smart, they’re friendly and they’re healthy. If you’re looking to get a new dog, a Groodle can be a great choice!