Life Expectancy: 10 - 15 years
Dog Breed Group: Hybrid
Weight: 50 - 90 lbs.
Height: 17 – 24 inches
See where this beloved breed ranks in comparison to other breeds in seven key categories.
Doodles inherit large brains from both sides of their family tree making them incredibly trainable. According to the Goldendoodle Association of North America, both poodles and golden retrievers rank top five of the 150 smartest breeds! 1
Although the Golden Doodle typically may not shed alot, some can inherit poodle hair while others may inherit a retriever coat. More likely than not though, with a doodle, you can have a combination of the two. The curlier the coat, the more often the dog requires brushing to keep the coat healthy and prevent matting.2
A professional groom every 6-8 weeks can be good for most doodles. More frequent baths could dry out the skin. Daily brushing though can be necessary, unless your pup has a straight coat or short cut. In this scenario, weekly brushing sessions can suffice.
This breed may be prone to health conditions like ruptured cranial cruciate ligaments, patella luxation, hip dysplasia, atopic dermatitis, seizures, progressive retinal atrophy and von Willebrand disease, a blood clotting disorder. These dogs love water and may also develop ear infections with their floppy ears keeping in moisture. The retriever genes also make doodles prone to various types of cancers, so a health clearance and regular veterinary checkups are important. Speak with your veterinarian about warning signs to watch for.
The exercise needs of the Golden Doodle must be met for a healthy, well-adjusted dog. Provide a minimum 30 minutes daily of physical exercise hiking, walking briskly or playing fetch in a securely fenced yard. Doodles love the water, but they will also be couch potatoes if you let them.3
Golden Doodles get their gentle nature from their retriever genes making them a wonderful companion for young children. They are naturally inclined to be careful around smaller humans and animals4, but as with any breed, always supervise kids and dogs and teach both to properly interact with each other.
Extremely affectionate, the Golden Doodle rarely meets a critter or person they do not like! A crossbreed between the Golden retriever and the poodle, these dogs come in the larger standard size as well as smaller versions. They are easy to train, have a low prey drive and are considered good for first-time pet owners. Social and loyal, doodles love the water and make great hiking companions but are happiest with their people.5
Doodles are intelligent and take well to training as they are eager to please their pet parent. They are active dogs requiring a moderate 30+ minutes of physical activity daily.
The Golden Doodle is considered hypoallergenic but may shed some due to the retriever. Depending on the length and curliness of the coat, daily brushings may be required to prevent matting, but a bath every 6-8 weeks should suffice unless your dog takes a roll in the mud. Coat colors come in various patterns and colors from white and cream, to yellow gold, grey, red, brown, and black. 6
- Hip Dysplasia: Improperly fitting hip socket that can eventually cause crippling lameness and painful arthritis of the joints.
- Hypoadrenocorticism: Hormonal disease that results from the insufficient production of cortisol and aldosterone.
- Patellar Luxation: Kneecap that moves out if its normal position.
- Epilepsy: Neurological disease that causes seizures and includes confusion, difficulty breathing, snapping at the air, convulsions, and sudden unconsciousness.
- Bloating and Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (GDV): Potentially life-threatening disease where the stomach fills with food, fluid and/or gas and starts to twist and traps air inside.
- Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease (LCP Disease or LCPD): Disorder of hip joints that causes pain and muscle shrinkage; more common in smaller sized Poodles.
- Patellar Luxation: Kneecap that moves out if its normal position
- Hip Dysplasia: Improperly fitting hip socket that can eventually cause crippling lameness and painful arthritis of the joints Cancer: The cancer rates of Golden Retrievers are well documented.
- Cataracts: Clouding of the eye lens causing poor vision and leading to blindness if not addressed.
- Cancer: In particular, goldens are prone to lymphoma, hemangiosarcoma, osteosarcoma and mast cell tumors
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