A Goldendoodle is a Golden Retriever and Poodle cross. Goldendoodles,
also called Golden Poos, Goldie Poos, or Groodles, have been
bred in North America and Australia since the mid-1990's. As
the smaller poodle hybrids had been such a success in filling
the niche for small, allergy friendly family pets, Golden Retriever
breeders decided to try a breeding with a standard poodle for
a larger family pet. The quick rise of the popularity of Goldendoodles
is due to the dogs themselves. They are a most marvelous hybrid.
The Goldendoodle's ancestry along both parent lines is as hunters
and water dogs. The physical appearance of the Goldendoodle runs
anywhere from a shaggy-looking retriever to a curl-relaxed poodle,
but usually it falls somewhere in between. The length when left
unclipped grows to about 4-8 inches. The color of the coat can
be cream, gold, apricot, chocolate, gray and black. Most Goldendoodles
have a Standard Poodle as a parent, and are standard sized. Those
with a miniature Poodle as a parent, are about 25-45 pounds and
are called miniature Goldendoodles. Like many poodle crosses,
most Goldendoodles are light to non-shedding, and most live easily
with families with MILD allergies. Families with moderate to
severe allergies often find that Goldendoodle backcrosses can
Goldendoodles are an intelligent and obedient family companion.
They are everybody's friend and devoted to their family. They
are friendly towards children, other dogs and pets, and easy
with strangers. They are social dogs, happiest when with people.
Goldendoodles are likely to get into mischief and develop behavior
problems if they spend most of their lives alone. Their intelligence,
eagerness to please, and love of learning make them very easy
to train. They are medium-to large sized family dogs with easy
Living Conditions & Exercise
Goldendoodles require a moderate amount of exercise and their
coats are generally low maintenance. They can live in the city
or on a farm. They are social dogs and they are happiest when
they are with people. The life expectancy is about 15 years.
As a hybrid cross, Goldendoodles will inherit fur that looks
retriever-like, or poodle-like, but usually something in-between.
Unclipped Goldendoodles will have hair about 4-7 inches long,
shorter on the face and longer on the body, tail and legs. They
require combing every few weeks. Depending on how often the dog
is groomed, clipped Goldendoodles are groomed several times a
The Goldendoodle is ideally suited for retrieving in water and the field as well. The Golden retriever and the poodle have strong instincts and the goldendoodle is just as amazing in field work as the parent breeds are.
*Information courtesy of goldendoodles.com