Type: Cross Breed

Height: 20 - 24 in.

Weight: 45 - 75 lb.

Life Span: 12 - 15 years

Litter Size: 6 - 8 puppies

Country of Origin: Canada and America

Activity: Moderate, indoor and outdoors.

Watch-dog: Moderate, they tend to be easy-going toward strangers.

Guard-dog: Very low

Description: A Goldendoodle is a Poodle hybrid that is a cross-breed of a Poodle and a Golden Retriever and may demonstrate any combination of traits from those two breeds. Poodle hybrids have become very popular in the past few years. They play a big role in the current designer dog trend. The cross with the Poodle is usually because of the Poodle's non-shedding coat. The experimentation of these hybrid or designer dogs has not yet been recognized by the American Kennel Club or Canadian Kennel Club. The key to cross breeding to purebred dogs is what is called hybrid vigor, the breeding resulting in a healthier dog with superior genetic constitution can come from dogs purebred for so long that they have common genetic disorders. This cross breed is closely associated with the Labradoodle. Most Goldendoodles don’t shed, or shed lightly and can be hypoallergenic. These dogs are very devoted to their family; they are social dogs - happiest when with people.

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Other Names: Groodle

Colors: Cream, gold, apricot, chocolate and black.

Coat: Goldendoodles can look like anything from a shaggy-looking retriever to a curl-relaxed poodle, but they usually end up looking like something in between.

Temperament: Intelligent and obedient.

With Children: Good, very friendly towards children.

With Pets: Good with other dogs and pets.

Special Skills: Can be used as an assistant for persons with disabilities.

Care and Training: Moderate amount of daily exercise with moderate grooming for their coats. Their eagerness to please and love of learning makes them easy to train.

Learning Rate: Very high in obedience and problem solving.

Living Environment: Suburban home or apartment, as long as it can play in an open space and go for walks.

Health Issues: Minor concerns are CHD, cataracts. Owners should give their dogs hip and eye tests regularly. The Goldendoodles are usually very healthy.

History: The Goldendoodle is a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle.

First Registered by the AKC: Not registered by the AKC.

Class: Hunting Dogs, Flushing dogs