Have you heard of this new (since the late 1990’s anyway) dog breed hitting the canine community by storm, this little ball of energy and fluff called the Goldendoodle? If not, you’re certainly missing out on the opportunity of a lifetime!
What is a Goldendoodle?
A Goldendoodle is considered a ‘designer breed’, a hybrid breed resulting from the breeding of a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. Growing in Popularity, the Goldendoodle is considered a ‘crossbreed’, as oppose to a breed of its own.
Though the exact date of conception is still unknown, a handful of breeders began marketing this new breed in the late 1990’s. Most enthusiasts believe the idea came about from the enormously successful Labradoodle of the time, a cross between a Labrador and Poodle.
To truly understand what it means to be a Goldendoodle, you’ll have to understand the characteristics of the two separate breeds that combine to create this fantastic new breed! The Goldendoodle’s coat also sheds very little, great for those looking to adopt a hypoallergenic dog.
- There are currently 4 size categories: Petite, Mini, Medium and Standard.
- Superb swimmer
- Highly intelligent
- Excels at retrieving
Are you sick of cleaning up after all that dog fur? Is a member of your family allergic? Because they shed so little, the Goldendoodle is a massive hit!
An extremely social, outgoing and non-aggressive breed, Goldendoodles absolutely thrive on human interaction! Each dog bred (both Poodles and Retrievers) score in the top 4 of the 150 smartest dog breeds, according to the Goldendoodle Association of North America. Their high level of intelligence, trainability, and sociable natures make them absolutely perfect for both service work and family pets.
Their breeding offers them increased health benefits, giving them a vitality that outreaches both parent breeds. It’s recommended that both parent breeds receive genetic testing in order to pinpoint any possible health defects before breeding can continue. Thanks to today’s advancements in genetic testing, these tests are available to absolutely any pet owner who wants them!
Golden Retriever: Personality, Characteristics, Traits
Believed to be direct descendants of Russian circus dogs purchased by Sir Dudley Marjoribanks, later the first Lord Tweedmouth, these first dogs were taken to the Scottish estate where they were used to hunt deer. Pleased with their superb working abilities, these first dogs were soon bred to produce future generations by fanciers of the time.
Today, the Golden Retriever is a fantastic retrieval dog, popular among hunters and an absolutely fantastic swimmer! Though not considered quite as intelligent (not in the top 3) as the Standard Poodle, Golden Retrievers are extremely intelligent dogs.
Height: 23-24 inches (male), 21.5-22.5 inches (female)
Weight: 65-75 pounds (male), 55-65 pounds (female)
Life Expectancy: 10-12 years
Sporting Group: As a retriever bred originally to retrieve game for hunters, the Golden Retriever falls into the sporting group of dogs. They absolutely love retrieval and water related activities, like fetch and swimming!
- Highly social
- Excels at retrieving
- Loves water activities
Poodle: Personality, Characteristics, Traits
Poodles come in three separate size varieties, the standard being more than 15 inches tall at the shoulder, the miniatures 15 inches or under, and toys are no more than 10 inches. Coming from a line of working and sporting dogs, their names come from the German Pudelhund or Pudel, meaning ‘to splash about’.
The Poodle’s true origins are a mystery, but early ancestors consisted of Asian herding dogs before transitioning to German hunting dogs. Poodles were originally used as retrieval or gun dogs, retrieving game for hunters. Like the Golden Retriever, Poodles are fantastic swimmers!
The Poodle holds one characteristic above hundreds of other breeds throughout the globe, however; these guys are arguably the second most intelligent dog breed on earth. Second to the Border Collie, a herding breed, and just ahead of the German Shepherd Dog.
- The Goldendoodle is a cross between the standard version of the Poodle and Golden Retriever.
Height: 10-15 inches (miniature), over 15 inches (standard)
Weight: 10-15 pounds (miniature)
60-70 pounds (male standard), 40-50 pounds (female standard)
Life Expectancy: 10-18 years
- Highly intelligent
- Excels at retrieval tasks
The Personality of a Dog
Two main factors lead to the formation of your dog’s personality, his persona, around everyday life and his environment. In other words, these are what is going to influence your dog’s behavior the most.
One: Breeding Heredity and Genetics
All working dogs, and many designer breeds bred from combinations of those original breeds, were intended to serve a purpose at one time. This purpose was in some way meant to make man’s life easier, whether it be working, hunting, entertainment, etc. Their personality traits will reflect that original selective breeding.
For example, the Golden Retriever is often fantastic with people, very social, intelligent, loves to swim, and cherishes a good game of fetch. When you consider that these dogs were originally bred to perform water retrieving tasks for people, these behaviors make a lot of sense!
Have you ever heard of ‘nature vs. nurture’? Just like humans, a dog will grow and develop his personality largely based on outside environmental influences. If you are kind, loving and social with your Goldendoodle, he will grow up loving people and cherishing social interaction. On the flip side, a dog raised in a harsh and unforgiving environment, offered little social interaction, will likely grow to be mal-adjusted with poor social skills.
For these reasons, it’s extremely important you raise your pet in a loving and fulfilling environment! Offer plenty of happy social interaction at a young age throughout the life of your Goldendoodle, and always reward positive interactions with plenty of praise!