Goldendoodles are one of the most popular hybrid dog breeds, and it’s no wonder. Their adorable faces and curly fur is cuteness overload. But how much do you know about the Goldendoodle? Stay tuned for some surprising facts about this breed and why they are highly sought after for individuals and families.
Before we talk about some fun facts about the Goldendoodle, let’s talk a little about why they’re so popular. Goldendoodles have only been around since the 90s when they first appeared in America. It wasn’t until 1992 when the name was born. Since then, they have stolen the hearts of many people, and their value keeps increasing. There are various reasons why they are so popular.
First, they have an easy-going, friendly nature that has the brains of a poodle. Second, they are incredibly social, and because they are a “designer breed,” you get the best of both a Golden Retriever and Poodle. Third, they shed very little and are considered hypoallergenic for the most part. Last but not least, they are outstanding athletes that love to run and be active with their human family. Keep in mind that because Goldens are a mixed breed, you won’t know exactly which traits they will eventually inherit.
Let’s delve into the ten facts you may not know about the Goldendoodle.
- Goldendoodles love people and other dogs. Because they are so social, you will see Goldendoodles playing very well with other dogs. Whether it’s at a dog park or a playmate at home, you won’t worry too much about territorial issues with them. They may even be too friendly with other not-so-friendly dogs, so consider that when choosing one for your other pets. Goldendoodles also love people and are very social, even with strangers. However, their favorite place is with their owners.
- They bark very little. Amazing, right? If you want a relatively quiet dog, this mixed breed takes the cake. Even when there’s a knock at your door, Goldendoodles are usually very calm, which is nice. Of course, it doesn’t make them very good watchdogs, so if you want someone aggressive with strangers, you might want to rethink getting a Goldendoodle.
- Goldendoodles have three types of fur: straight, wavy, or curly. Depending on which genes the dog picks up, you could have one of the three. Unfortunately, because of these fur types, it’s challenging to groom Goldendoodles. Some may have a smooth, easy-to-maintain coat while others require daily brushing and bathing. It’s best to check with your vet who can help identify which type you have and how to groom your fur babies.
Goldendoodles are water lovers. If you love being in the water, good news! Goldendoodles absolutely LOVE the water. Whether it’s swimming in the lake, at the beach, or even in your backyard pool, these dogs love to be there. Just watch them, particularly around little kids who may follow them in the water. Also, stand clear when they shake so you don’t get drenched!
- Goldendoodles come in several colors. Because of the cute mix of their parent breeds that aren’t quite as curly as Poodles and not as hairy as the Golden Retriever. These hybrid designer dogs can be quite colorful. They come in cream, dark brown, gray, black, and even orange. You may even luck out with a multi-colored Goldendoodle.
- Goldendoodles come in various sizes. If you’re looking for a smaller dog than a traditional Goldendoodle, opt for a Golden Retriever bred with a Toy Poodle, so you get the cutest little Golden you’ve ever set eyes on.
- Goldendoodles make perfect service pets. Couple the intelligence of the Poodle and the Golden Retriever’s obedience, and you have an ideal service pet. If you need a guide dog or therapy, Goldens are a great choice. They can even be used for an emotional support dog, as well, since they are very friendly and compassionate. Have an elderly parent? They make great companions for hospice or nursing homes.
- They live long, healthy lives. (12-15 years) Purebreds can come with a lifetime of physical ailments as any dog owner of these brees know. However, because of the cross-breeding of the Poodle and Golden Retriever (breeds that have a long life), it made them first-generation dogs. This means they have added health benefits for long life. Sometimes, Goldens are bred with other Goldens, which makes them second-generation dogs. They can also be backcrossed — a Goldendoodle that is bred with a Golden Retriever or Poodle to acquire a desired trait of either breed.
You can predict a Goldendoodle’s adult height and weight. There’s an easy way to figure out what a Goldendoodle will look like in adulthood. If you know the height and weight of a Goldendoodle’s parents, then add the two heights/weights together and divide it by two. It’s that simple. There are three size categories for Goldens: Standard (45-100 lbs), Medium (30-45 lbs), and Miniature/Mini Goldens (15-30 lbs).
- Goldendoodles love learning new things. Even as they age, this breed never stops learning. They can learn new tricks and commands and are easy to train. Because of their sociability, they need a lot of stimuli, so they don’t get too bored.
Fun Facts About Mini Goldendoodles
Let’s talk about some facts for those Mini Goldendoodles lovers. Here are eight facts about them.
- A mini looks like an adorable miniature teddy bear. Standing at just 14-17 inches tall and weighing between 15-20 pounds, they are the epitome of the cutest teddy bear. For those living in a small apartment or home, minis are the perfect pets.
- Mini Goldendoodles possess a premium price tag. Because of their popularity, breeders typically charge anywhere from $1,500-$3,500. They are so costly because of the health issues of breeding a large dog with a Miniature Poodle. Often, there are artificial insemination and cesarean birth costs.
They make great running mates. Even though they’re small dogs, they still love to be active. Minis should get at least sixty minutes of exercise daily, and additional time with brain games and training. They love walks in fields and the city and can handle hiking through the woods. Because they are so energetic, they need about 1-2 cups of kibble per day.
- Minis have three different types: American, English, and Australian. American minis are golden, with the English lighter in color. The Australian has the same colors as the Labradoodles and Spaniels from earlier generations.
- They live for between 10-15 years. For such a small dog, this is above-average longevity, as most small dogs live a maximum of 10 years. It’s crucial to research a reputable breeder to ensure they have a good health pedigree and have the best chances for maximum longevity.
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