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The Goldendoodle is a crossbreed that has been around since the 1960s. It was originally bred as a guide dog for blind people with allergies. Since it is not a full-fledge breed, there are no breed standards and it is not officially categorised in any of the 7 dog breed groups. Although it sheds minimally, it needs to be groomed regularly and would benefit from clipping to maintain a neat coat. Like its parent breeds, this pooch is intelligent and gentle, making it an ideal companion. This active breed won’t be content in an apartment setting with no access to a fenced yard.
Do you think a Goldendoodle will fit your personality and lifestyle? Here is a brief background of this active and endearing crossbreed also referred as the Groodle.
The Goldendoodle is said to have been bred in 1969 by Monica Dickens. In the 1990s, breeders crossed Golden Retrievers with standard Poodles in Australia and North America. The main purpose was to develop guide dogs for the blind with allergies. Since the Golden has been used as a guide and the Poodle is considered hypoallergenic, combining the two sounded promising. Since 2005, the crossbreed has become popular not just as pets but as a guide, therapy, search, and rescue dog.
The Goldendoodle remains a designer crossbreed and is still not truly a breed of its own. Like most cross breeds, you must understand that appearance, size and temperament can be unpredictable. Unlike multi-generation crossing of purebreds where standards are set, there’s no guarantee which characteristics from the parent breeds show up.
As previously mentioned, Goldendoodles have no standard sizes, colours, coat, and overall appearance. Amid the differences, one thing is for sure: these dogs are adorable, cute and cuddly. Responsible breeders and enthusiasts are aiming to come up with healthy dogs with consistent appearance and disposition. The height can range from 56 to 66 centimetres at the withers, and its weight from 15 to 45 pounds. The range of size is divided into miniature, medium and standard, depending on which Poodle it is crossed with.
Most Groodles have a low to non-shedding coats that are also hypoallergenic. The hair is longer on the ears, body, tail, and legs, and shorter on the head and muzzle. The most common colours are white, gold, cream, chocolate, coffee, apricot, red, black, sandy brown, and grey. In terms of their coat, some come in tight and curly, while others have silky straight and flat. Puppies from the same litter can differ widely in colour and coat.
Even though they shed minimally, Goldendoodles need to be groomed regularly to ensure their coats remain beautiful and clean. For owners opting to keep it in a natural state, brushing is needed at least once or twice a week. For easier maintenance, have it professionally clipped a few times a year. However, brushing and trimming on their feet are still required every two weeks. Bathing can be done as needed as to retain natural oils and necessary moisture.
A dog’s coat is not the only aspect that needs attention. Ensure that its nails are trimmed, ears cleaned and skin free from ticks and fleas. To build strong teeth, as well as avoid bad breath and gum issues, brush its teeth regularly and provide appropriate chew toys.
The Goldendoodle has parent breeds with positive personality traits, which is why this cross is a popular family companion. It is known to be gentle, affectionate, intelligent, and loyal. It loves being surrounded by its family and being part of their activities. Because of its warm and playful personality, it is not an ideal guard dog. It is friendly and patient towards children and gets along with other dogs and small animals. However, always make sure interactions don’t get too rowdy to prevent anybody from getting accidentally hurt.
This crossbreed is highly intelligent and eager to please so training is quite easy. Early socialisation is important so they become outgoing and confident in the presence of other people and animals. As a smart dog that also learns bad behaviours, ground rules need to be established with firm yet gentle methods. It is sensitive and would not respond well to harshness so go for positive reinforcements instead. They will appreciate rewards through a lot of praises and treats. As an active breed, it is not advisable for apartment living with no access to a fenced yard.
Breeds do have a particular pre-disposition when it comes to personality and intelligence. Nonetheless, these aspects are also influenced by environmental factors. Also remember that every dog is unique.
A typical serving for an adult Goldenpoodle is 1 to 4 cups, depending on size, of excellent quality dry dog food per day. However, remember that each dog breed is unique. The amount of food and frequency of feeding depend on its age, size, build, activity level and metabolism. Breed may play a factor but you need to learn the nutritional needs of your pet.
Goldendoodles vary widely in size. Here is the typical calorie needs per day of a standard adult weighing 40 and 50 pounds:
Since this crossbreed tends to be on the smaller size, it can develop bones and joints issues. Owners need to provide them with food and supplements containing vitamins and minerals that support these body parts. Whether commercial or homemade dog food, it should contain red meat, poultry, fruits, and vegetables. It should also be easily digestible to avoid bloat that it can inherit from its Golden parent.
Golden Doodles, especially those from responsible breeders, are generally healthy but pre-disposed to a few health issues. It can develop Hyperthyroidisms, Von Willebrand’s Disease, Patellar Luxation, Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, and Gastric Dilation-Volvulus. It is also prone to ear infections and allergies.
Groodles are high energy dogs so they need regular exercise that are both physically and mentally stimulating. Imagine how hyperactive they can be when they are unable to release their energy. They need at least 40 to 60 minutes of exercise, which can be divided into two. They can be in the form of walks, runs, as well as free time and games in a fenced yard. Make sure that your fence is secure or they will take advantage and escape. Since they love the water, swimming is also a great form of exercise.
Predicting the general costs of owning mixed breeds is tough because its size, weight and coat quality widely differ. Bigger dogs usually mean higher costs because they would require more food and everything else need to be bigger in size. Keeping a Goldendoodle would usually cost about £850 to £1,200 a year. Whether purebred or cross, all pet dogs should be given high quality food, which will cost around £40 to £50 per month. Treats, toys and accessories are also added expenses.
Pet insurance and regular vet visits are another story. Don’t be tempted to skip these things as insurance and preventive care will save you thousands of pounds. Basic lifetime insurance coverage would cost around £40 a month, depending on your location, your pet’s age, and others. Routine check-ups as well as annual immunisations and worm/flea treatments can cost £130 or more a year. Need free veterinary advice? >
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