Have you ever seen a big shaggy dog that kind of looks like a poodle but kind of doesn’t? Well you wouldn’t be the first that has gotten confused by these big dogs! The Goldendoodle as known in the United States or the Groodle as known in Australia, is a mix between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle.
These dogs attempt to take the best parts of both breeds. Imagine a dog with the temperament and playfulness of a golden retriever, that doesn’t shed hair, doesn’t smell AND is hypoallergenic. That is a goldendoodle!
Now not all get the perfect mix, you can get varying degrees of personality and looks so it is all dependant on your personal preference. Most of the goldendoodles however will get a shaggy appearance, including their face and legs with the smooth golden face and shagless legs being a rarer feature. As a result, these dogs tend to be more expensive and often get mistaken for a curly haired golden retriever.
These dogs are extremely smart and high energy, so they need a lot of attention and training. Luckily they are easy to train but this high intelligence can make them easily bored.
Here is one example of a goldendoodle that is quite large but is closer to the golden retriever side of the breed.
Here are some stats about golden doodles:
|Colour||Gold, black, cream, grey and brown – with or without markings in these colours.|
|Age Expectancy||12-15 years depending on the size.|
|Weight/Height Range||Standard: 23-45 kg and 51-66 cm|
|Ailments||Golden Retrievers and Poodles can be prone to a genetic condition called progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) – this is a recessive disease whereby both parents need to carry the gene in order for the puppies to be affected. The disease causes progressive blindness. Responsible breeders will have the parents genetically tested before breeding from them.
Common ailments: Bones (Acquired) – Tumours, Bones (Developmental) – Hip dysplasia, Bones (Developmental) – OCD, Brain (Acquired) – Seizure (fit, epileptic fit) – Degeneration, Endocrine – Diabetes mellitus (diabetes), Endocrine – Hypothyroidism, Eye – Cataract – Hereditary, Eye – Ectropion, Eye – Entropion, Eye – Progressive retinal atrophy PRA, Eye – Trichiasis, Haemolymphatic – Bleeding disorders – Von Williebrands disease, Haemolymphatic – Leukaemia