In the 1990's, breeders in both North America and Australia began crossing Golden Retrievers with Standard Poodles. The original purpose of the cross was to attempt to develop guide dogs suitable for visually impaired individuals with allergies.
The Goldendoodle is usually bred to be a family companion dog. Some are bred to be guide dogs, service dogs, therapy dogs, or other types of assistance dogs. Some are even sniffer dogs (one study tested their success at sniffing out peanuts in foods, for owners with nut allergies). Goldendoodles have also done well in agility.
A Goldendoodle is not a purebred, and therefore is not a registered breed. In general, mixed breed dogs are known to be healthier, and more genetically sound than purebreds. Golden Retrievers and Poodles are ranked in the top five smartest dogs in the world.
The Goldendoodle has not become popular for lack of good reason. His positive personality traits are numerous-he endears himself to everyone he meets, with his friendly, intelligent, accepting nature.
Goldendoodles are usually highly social and get along well with everyone. They are a terrific family dog, friendly, easy to train, great with kids, as well as other pets. Goldendoodles are a good match for first-time or timid owners. They're not known to have any aggressive traits.
While Goldendoodles are considered to be a typically low shedding hybrid it does shed to some degree. The Goldendoodle characteristics can include: loyal, gentle, intelligent, easy to train, lovable, probable low shedding and allergy reduction.
Like any other cross-breed, the appearance of Goldendoodles vary from individual to individual. Different dogs will display different sizes, coat type, and color. There are three main coat types. There is the straight coat, which is flat and resembles more of a Golden Retriever coat. The wavy coat type is a mixture of a Poodle's curls, and a Golden Retriever's straighter coat. The last coat type is curly, which tends to look more like the Poodle coat.
A Goldendoodle's size is generally somewhere between that of its Poodle parent and Golden Retriever parent. The ranges of size include standard, medium, and miniature.
The Standard Goldendoodle is a Golden Retriever bred with a Standard Poodle. The Standard Goldendoodle puppies average around 60-80 pounds as adults.
The Medium Goldendoodle is a Golden Retriever bred with a Moyen Poodle. The Medium Goldendoodle puppies average around 35-45 pounds as adults.
The Mini- Goldendoodle is a Golden Retriever bred with a Toy or Mini Poodle. This is called an F1 Mini-Goldendoodle. Our Mini-Goldendoodles average 25-40 pounds give or take a few pounds, once full grown.
The Tiny Goldendoodle is when you breed an F1 MiniGoldendoodle with a Toy or Mini Poodle. This makes them 75% Poodle and 25% Golden Retriever, also referred to as an F1b. These dogs also tend to be better for families with members who have allergies, as they tend to have very low to virtually non-shedding coats. Our Mini-Goldendoodle F1b puppies average in size from 15-25 pounds.
We are now also breeding the English Cream Teddy Bear GoldenDoodles. The English Cream Goldendoodle gets it's heritage from the European Golden Retriever lines instead of American Golden Retriever lines. They are more stalky in build with a more square head, a broader nose, and shorter legs. They carry a bit more weight and are not as "lanky" as the Americans. The name "Teady Bear" Goldendoodle comes from the adorable teddy bear look that is produced from breeding the European lines. They produce pups that are a very loving family pet, who have a calm temperament, and a thicker more dense coat.
Although Goldendoodles are a young designer breed, that hasn't stopped people from understanding their worth. They have become popular quickly, and their star is still rising. They make excellent family dogs, who tend to be especially good with children, and provide gentle, intelligent, companionship throughout their lifetimes.
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