Given that they only really started to be bred in the 1990s, these Goldendoodle facts will introduce you to this super cute dog and help you decide if this might be the canine companion for you!
Often lovingly referred to as a Groodle because they come from Golden Retriever and Poodle parents, the Goldendoodle not only has drop-dead gorgeous looks but a playful heart and an intelligent mind that makes them the perfect package.
So what more is there that you need to know about this popular dog? Read on to find out!
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1. Designer…who me?!
Goldendoodles are categorized as being a “designer breed” as their parents (the Golden Retriever and the Poodle) are classed as purebred.
A relatively new breed, Goldendoodles only began appearing in the US in the 1990s, with their lovable name emerging in 1992. Despite being on the scene for more than three decades, Goldendoodles are yet to be officially recognized as a registered breed.
2. Curly coat or smooth and straight?
As with any “doodle” breed, a Goldendoodle’s coat can develop in a variety of ways. Depending on the genes they’ve inherited, individuals can have straight, wavy or curly coats - all of which are (of course) completely adorable!
This however does make Goldendoodles quite tricky to groom. Some pooches have easy-to-maintain, smooth coats, whereas others may need to be brushed, bathed and dried on a daily basis in order to keep their coats in good condition.
3. Allergies be gone
Even though no dog is completely hypoallergenic, Goldendoodles come pretty close! That’s because some Goldendoodles don’t shed their fur at all, which can be great for owners who suffer from allergies or simply want to avoid the need to get the vacuum cleaner out every five minutes.
The important thing to remember, however, is that Goldendoodles are a mixed breed and, with any mixed breed, there’s no guarantee of the ratio of each parent - so you could have a dog that sheds a lot or one that doesn’t shed at all.
Regardless of the shedding, dogs can still trigger allergic reactions through their dead skin cells (otherwise known as dander), their saliva, and their urine.
4. Is it a puppy or a guppy?
Although they might not be the first breed to spring to mind when you think of a water dog, most Goldendoodles absolutely love the water.
It doesn’t matter whether that’s a lake, private swimming pool, or the sea, Goldendoodles love to go for a swim. Just make sure that you’re nowhere near them when they get out and shake all of that water off… it’ll make people think that you’ve gone for a swim, too!
5. It’s playtime!
We already know that they love to swim and can’t resist jumping in for a splash. So, it should come as no surprise that Goldendoodles are very athletic breeds that love to exercise and are incredibly energetic and playful.
Despite their love of snuggling up with you on the sofa, Goldendoodles enjoy going on long walks, hikes and runs with their owners, so they’re definitely a breed that would be best suited with active families.
6. Not just “man’s best friend”
Many - but not all - Goldendoodles often become the best of friends with children, other breeds of dogs, and cats very quickly as a result of their sociable, calming, and loveable nature.
When paired with the canine’s desire to be close to their owners (regardless of the age and gender of the human), this makes for an ideal companion that will most likely become a faithful, life-long friend.
7. Quiet as a…dog?
Yes, you read that right. Goldendoodles will often refrain from barking every time there is a knock on the door or any other noise that may have startled them.
Of course, this means that they aren’t ideal breeds for anyone looking to introduce a guard dog to the household, but it’s believed that these calming tendencies are the very thing that makes Goldendoodles so friendly towards other living things.
8. Not just golden
Despite their name, Goldendoodles can grow to be a range of different coat colors. Unsurprisingly, they can be golden (or orange as some say), dark brown, cream, or black in color.
And it’s not just the color that can differ either as Goldendoodles are bred in a number of sizes too, including miniature Goldendoodles.
9. You’ve got to love a nickname!
These beautiful dogs don’t just have the one name of Goldendoodle. Over time, they have been lovingly nicknamed Groodles and the Goldenpoo. We weren’t sure it was possible to love this breed any more than we already do, but the thought of having a little Groodle running around sealed the deal for us!
Chloe is a freelance writer, editor, and proofreader, who has more than ten years’ experience in creating animal-focussed content. From National Geographic to Animal Planet, Chloe’s passion for creating fact-filled features all about wildlife and the environment is evident. But it’s not just wild animals that Chloe’s fascinated by. Having written more than 75 articles for PetsRadar - and having her very own four-legged friend by her side - it’s no wonder that her love of dogs (and, of course, cats) has grown exponentially.
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