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Goldendoodle Breed Information


Recognized By: DBR , IDCR
AKA: Curly Golden, Groodle
Mispellings: Godendoodle, Goldendoode, Goldendoole, Goodendoodle, Goldenoodle, Goldondoodle, Goldoodle, Golendoodle

Living with a Goldendoodle

Temperament: Goldendoodles are very loving and loyal dogs.

Family Dog: Goldendoodles make great family pets and are great with kids.

Shedding: Goldendoodles are generally low shedding dogs.

Grooming: Due to the long coat of a Goldendoodle, regular coat brushing and coat maintenance is required.

Training: Goldendoodles are intelligent dogs which make them easy to train. When training, remember to use positive reinforcement and proper training techniques.

Barking: Goldendoodles are not usually considered barkers.

Weather: Goldendoodles enjoy being indoors as well as outdoors.

Exercise: Goldendoodles require moderate exercise and should have some room to run.

Goldendoodle Appearance

Size: The size of a Goldendoodle can vary largely depending on the size of the Poodle Parent. If the parent was a Standard Poodle the Goldendoodle can be between 60 and 80 pounds. If the Golden Retriever was bred with a Miniature Poodle then the Goldendoodle will be smaller. Miniature Goldendoodles are usually around a foot tall when fully grown.

Color: Goldendoodle can come in many different colors. The color of a Goldendoodle depends on the Poodle parent. Goldendoodles can be white, blonde, tan, cafe, chocolate, red, black, silver, parti, phantom, or a mix of colors.

Coat: Goldendoodles generally have a shaggy, wavy coat.

Goldendoodle Facts

Life Expectancy: Goldendoodles can live to be between 9-15 years of age.

Characteristics: Goldendoodles are very social dogs and very good around strangers. They love to play and make great family dogs.

Goldendoodle Health

Allergies: Can have some food or skin allergies.

Health: To date, there are no known major health issues for Goldendoodles.

Goldendoodle History


The history of the Goldendoodle is somewhat intertwined with that of the Labradoodle. The Labradoodle was originally developed by Wally Conran in Australia as an assistance dog for people with allergies. Soon after, Dr Kate Schoeffel who was both a geneticist and veterinarian began breeding Labradoodles to be kept as pets using a Miniature Poodle instead of the Standard Poodle previously used. It was because of the success of the Labradoodle, and the highly sought after qualities of both the Golden Retriever and the Poodle that Goldendoodle breeding was started.

The first know purposeful breeding of the Golden Retriever and the Poodle was by Any Lane in Maryland. Any decided to call her puppies Goldendoodles because of their beautiful, fluffy, golden coats. At least two of Amy's Goldendoodles have graduated from the Guide Dogs of America program in Los Angeles and become outstanding guide dogs. Another of Amy's Goldendoodles was given to St. Francis of Assisi Service Dogs Foundation in Roanoke Virginia where he helps with prison inmates.

After success with her larger sized Goldendoodles, Amy decided to breed a Miniature poodle with the Golden Retriever to produce Miniature Goldendoodles. This was done with the help of a veterinarian and artificial insemination. Goldendoodles have since become very popular and sought after pets as well as enjoying some success in Television commercials and training videos. Goldendoodles are also continued to be used a therapy dogs.

* The most accurate way to determine characteristics of a mixed breed is by researching the parent breeds.
** Not all dogs being represented by this name consist of the exact percentages listed above.
*** It is important to do research on your dog's history before choosing a dog. We are dedicated to providing the most accurate information possible about each breed.

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