The hybrid Goldendoodle has a life expectancy of 10 to 16 years.
The Goldendoodle is a designer breed and a cross between the Golden Retriever and the Poodle. The Goldendoodle was developed in the early-to-mid 1990s in America and Australia. Breeders saw that the Poodle had been successfully crossed with other breeds like the Labrador Retriever to create the allergy-friendly Labradoodle. They then decided to pair the Golden Retriever with the Poodle in hopes of achieving the same success.
The size of the Goldendoodle can vary greatly. The Goldendoodle can measure anywhere from 10 to 29 inches and weigh anywhere from 15 to 100 or more pounds. More specifically, the Goldendoodle can be classified as Standard, Medium or Miniature depending on their weight. The Standard Goldendoodle weighs 45 or more pounds while the Medium Goldendoodle weighs 30 to 45 pounds and the Miniature Goldendoodle weighs 15 to 30 pounds.
The Goldendoodle’s grooming needs depend on their coat type. The Goldendoodle’s coat can be shaggy like the Golden Retriever or curly like the Poodle, but normally falls somewhere in between. Their unique coat is best maintained by a professional groomer every six to eight weeks. Thanks to their Poodle ancestry, Goldendoodles shed very little, if at all, and need their hair cut regularly.
Goldendoodles should also be brushed regularly to prevent matting and bathed every few months. Like all dogs, the Goldendoodle needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.
The Goldendoodle is outgoing and social. Like the Golden Retriever, the Goldendoodle is well-mannered and obedient, and like the Poodle, the Goldendoodle is devoted and joyful.
The Goldendoodle is an ideal family dog. The Goldendoodle is playful and friendly, and gets along with everyone. They are great with children, other dogs and other pets. Goldendoodles do not make good guard dogs or watch dogs; they are too welcoming. However, Goldendoodles do make great therapy and service dogs.
Goldendoodles like to have fun and have a rather goofy personality. They are happiest when they are included in their family’s activities.
The Goldendoodle is highly trainable just like the Golden Retriever and the Poodle. The Goldendoodle enjoys learning and is eager to please their handler. Goldendoodles should be socialized early to help them overcome any tendency to be shy or timid.
The Goldendoodle is energetic and fairly active. The Goldendoodle should have a long daily walk and will also enjoy swimming and games of fetch.