Have you ever seen Goldendoodle puppies? Whether you have or you haven’t, they are about as cute as cute gets. They’re soft, smart, sweet and friendly, and they’re a dog breed that everyone just loves.
By all accounts, these dogs, which are crosses between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle, are one of the most well-rounded dog breeds out there. It makes sense, too; Goldendoodles exhibit the best qualities of both of their parent breeds. If you’re in the market for a new furry friend, you should give a lot of thought and consideration to adopting or buying a Goldendoodle.
Goldendoodles were first bred in the 1990s. A dog that is the result of mixing two breeds is known as a designer dog, and Goldendoodles were created when pet owners began to seek a larger version of the first-ever designer dog breed, the Cockapoo. Cockapoos first emerged in the 1960s and were a successful and popular merger of Cocker Spaniels and Poodles; people loved and still love Cockapoos, but some people wanted a similar but larger version.
Most Goldendoodle puppies today are the result of a cross of one parent from each of the two breeds. There have been few successful crosses – also known as multigenerational breeding – of two adult Goldendoodles thus far.
Because this breed is rather new in comparison to many others, there are not many breed clubs in existence for this unique breed other than the Goldendoodle Association of North America which was founded in recent years. The American Kennel Club does not yet officially recognize this designer breed, but many owners and online groups that exist to celebrate the Goldendoodle will be happy to tell you wonderful things about this breed.
Read on to find out a wide variety of reasons why Goldendoodle puppies are so great. By the end of this article, you’ll soon be dreaming about having your very own Goldendoodle pup.
Ten Reasons Goldendoodle Puppies Are the Best
1. They’re great with kids.
If you’re looking for a great puppy for your child or children, then a Goldendoodle puppy is a wonderful choice. They are not aggressive or territorial and get along with everyone. They love to play and cuddle and they are very social; it’s likely that your child will tire before your Goldendoodle does.
2. They don’t shed very much.
All dogs with a longer coat shed a little, but some shed more than others. Goldendoodles hardly shed at all, and this is great if you are someone who doesn’t like vacuuming every day.
Goldendoodles come in three different coat types, straight, wavy, or curly, depending on which of their parents’ genes they received. Those with straight coats have smooth fur that is more like the fur of their Golden Retriever parent, some have curly hair that is more like their Poodle parent, and some have wavy hair that is somewhere in the middle.
3. Goldendoodles come in all sizes and colors.
Because there are three different sizes of Poodles, Standard, Toy, Miniature, and Toy, there is a wide range of sizes of Goldendoodles available as well. Most Goldendoodles are a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Standard Poodle and grow up to weigh between fifty and seventy pounds. Smaller Goldendoodles weighing between fifteen and forty-five pounds are possible when crossing a Golden Retriever with one of the smaller Poodle breeds.
Also, Poodles come in a variety of colors. Although Golden Retrievers are always a blond, golden color, the introduction of the Poodle colors can result in a number of different shades in the Goldendoodle end result.
4. They are smart and learn quickly.
Goldendoodles, and especially Goldendoodle puppies, have a great desire to please humans and to learn. They want to be around people all the time and seem to enjoy training. They learn skills and tricks rapidly and retain many of the intelligence traits found in their parents.
5. Goldendoodles live a long and healthy life.
No matter what type of dog breed you choose, it’s crucial that you buy from a reputable breeder for optimum dog health. Seeking out a breeder with a health guarantee is always good practice. With that said, though, most Goldendoodles experience fewer health problems than some other dog breeds.
Some of the health problems your Goldendoodle may experience, such as ear infections and allergies, are easily treatable. Others, however, such as hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, and Von Willebrand’s Disease, may be harder to deal with, but likely won’t arise until much later in your dog’s life.
Despite these common ailments, Goldendoodles are generally healthy dogs who will experience a long and happy life with you.
6. They are friendly and easy to handle.
Goldendoodles are outgoing without being pushy and are loyal to a fault. Their main goal in life is pleasing their owner, so once you get yours, be prepared for a companion who will never want to leave your side. In exchange for their wonderful qualities, these dogs require lots of attention and may get separation anxiety when you are apart. If you are someone who works or travels a lot, a Goldendoodle may not be the right breed for you.
7. Goldendoodles are good for people who suffer from allergies.
Because Goldendoodles don’t shed much, they are a great choice for owners with allergies. They are not hypoallergenic, but people who have allergies often find that Goldendoodles set off their symptoms far less frequently than other, similar breeds.
8. This breed is energetic and sporty.
People who love sports and outdoor activities love Goldendoodles because they love to run and play all day. If you’re looking for a dog that can keep up with your active lifestyle, then a Goldendoodle may be perfect for you.
However, also keep in mind that they need lots of space and exercise on a regular basis, and they are not really suited for apartment living. Goldendoodles love to run and they need to run every day.
9. They love water.
If you live near a river, lake or ocean, and enjoy swimming and playing in the water, then a Goldendoodle will be great for you. These dogs love the water and will flop around in it and swim in it any chance they get.
10. Goldendoodles get along well with other dogs.
Goldendoodles are friendly and happy-go-lucky not just with humans, but with other dogs as well. If you bring your Goldendoodle to the dog park, chances are that he or she will make some new friends within minutes and will soon be running around with a whole crew of happy pups. If you already have a dog in your home, introducing your Goldendoodle puppy to the pack will be a breeze.
Happy Goldendoodle Shopping
Now that you know about all the wonderful qualities of this fantastic designer breed, you may want to go out and get one right away. Due to the popularity of Goldendoodles, you may have a hard time finding one.
Goldendoodle puppies are quickly adopted and this breed is rarely in rescues or shelters. Still, keep at it and keep looking and soon you will have a Goldendoodle of your very own. Good luck!