A Goldendoodle is a hybrid dog breed, the result of breeding a poodle and a golden retriever. The breed was originally created in North America and Australia during the 1990s in an effort to produce a dog suitable for people with allergies and a larger alternative of the cockapoo. Goldendoodles have been proven to be extraordinary family dogs, as well as adaptable working dogs. At home your Goldendoodle will be affectionate, gentle, and highly social. They are easy to train, which makes them a great match for first time dog owners. As a breed, they are not known to have aggressive traits but will need the appropriate socialization to avoid nervousness or anxiety.
Goldendoodles have the intelligence of the poodle, combined with the loyalty, friendliness, and obedience of golden retrievers – making them not only incredible companions but also wonderful guide dogs, therapy dogs, service dogs, and even sniffer dogs.
Physically, Goldendoodles are strong and lean with an athletic build. They will excel in agility training and make great running partners once their joints are properly formed.
Size categories per Goldendoodle Association of North America (GANA):
Petite range: Height: below 14 inches, typically 25 lbs. or less
Miniature range: Height: over 14 but under 17 inches at wither, typically 26-35 lbs.
Medium range: Height: over 17 but under 21 inches at wither, typically 36-50 lbs.
Standard range: Height: over 21 inches at wither, typically 51 or more lbs.
Shedding & Coats
Not all Goldendoodles have the non-shedding coat type of the standard poodle, but many, if bred carefully, have a low to non-shedding coat. For those individuals with animal allergies, multigen Goldendoodles are often recommended, however the degree of shedding will vary from dog to dog. At Goldendoodles Forever®, we breed for low to non-shedding puppies.
Goldendoodle coats are categortized into three groups:
Flat Coat: Lacking furnishings (hair on nose, eyebrows, and legs), closely resembling a Golden Retriever. (Goldendoodles Forever® does not offer this coat.)
Curly Coat: This type of coat tends to resemble the Poodle, but softer.
Wavy Coat: A strong mix between the straight and curly coats.
Straight Coat: Often just a touch of wave.
Please take note even if your dog doesn't shed, you can still be allergic to their dander. Allergies have to do with two things: the specific proteins a person is allergic to and whether or not those proteins are produced by your dog. The proteins which cause allergic reactions can be found in skin cells, saliva, or urine, or a combination. We recommend you consult an allergy specialist for an accurate assessment on your potential to be allergic to Goldendoodles.