Breed Introduction: Goldendoodle
The Goldendoodle is a cross-breed dog, which is obtained by breeding a Golden Retriever with a Poodle. The name, which alters "poodle" to "doodle" by analogy to "Labra doodle", was coined in 1992.
The breed is also known as the Groodle, the Goldendoodle ranges in size from small to large, depending on the variant of Poodle that the Golden Retriever is crossed with. Originally bred as a larger alternative to the already popular designer breed known as the Cockapoo, the Goldendoodle has proven to be an excellent family dog.
The Goldendoodle is an affectionate and gentle dog that has gained popularity since it was first developed in 1990s. It is still a young cross compared to other designer breeds, and many of today's litters are the results of first-generation breeding between Poodles and Golden Retrievers.
The Goldendoodle is considered to be one of the newest of the "Doodle," or Poodle mix, breeds. Breeding began in the 1990s, after both the Cockapoo and the Labradoodle gained footholds. The theory behind the Golden doodle's development was to create a larger Doodle that maintained the desired low-dander, low-shedding coat and possessed the intelligent and friendly nature of the Golden Retriever.
The Goldendoodle tends to come in three different sizes: Miniature, Small Standard, and Large Standard. The average height for a Small Standard Goldendoodle is 17 to 20 inches; the weight is 40 to 50 pounds. The Large Standard Goldendoodle averages 20 to 24 inches in height and weighs 50 to 90 pounds.
The Goldendoodle has an average energy level and will require daily exercise through walks or a good romp in the back yard. Generally 20 to 30 minutes of daily exercise will be enough to keep a Goldendoodle from becoming bored.
The Goldendoodle can also suffer from separation anxiety, which can lead to destructive behavior, if he's left alone for long periods at a time.
The Goldendoodle have a wavy to curly coat of about two to three inches in length. He has longer hair on the tail, body, ears, and legs (legs may be slightly feathered); the hair on the head and muzzle tends to be shorter.
The Goldendoodle makes a wonderful family pet, especially if his nature takes after the Golden Retrieverparent. He's likely to be highly patient and gentle and to get along well with children of all ages.