Goldendoodle

Breed Group: Not AKC Recognized
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Overview
The Goldendoodle is a family oriented dog like that of the Golden Retriever providing it is over 25 pounds in genetic body weight. Smaller Goldendoodles tend to pick up the traits of the Toy Poodle where temperament is concerned. The Goldendoodle is not a hunting dog but does enjoy outdoor sports and activities. The Goldendoodle is a non-aggressive dog who is other pet and children friendly. The Goldendoodle is a cross between a purebred Poodle and a purebred Golden Retriever. Goldendoodles can also be created by breeding a Goldendoodle to a non-related Poodle if the breeder is trying to achieve various coat colors. Shedding is minimal with first generation Goldendoodles. The Goldendoodle is a dog who enjoys being active with its family but is also happy to be an indoor pet as well. The Goldendoodle's purpose was originally for a low shedding assistance dog. Genetic issues are at a minimum but can be prone to dry skin and food allergies like that of the Golden Retriever.

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Character
The Goldendoodle has a long, thick coat and can sport long or short ears that hang downward. The Goldendoodle sports a full facial beard as an adult. The Goldendoodle is considered to be fully grown at the age of one year and is a very family oriented canine. The Goldendoodle's tail rides high up over its back and has a full plume. Their facial expression always makes them appear to be smiling.

Does your Goldendoodle bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
Temperament
Providing the breeder uses sound, quality breeding stock, the Goldendoodle has a well rounded, even personality and disposition. They are very intelligent, friendly with strangers and other pets and enjoy the companionship of their owner or family. The Goldendoodle is not a known biter. Behavioural issues can stem from lonliness, improper ownership, being crated for too many hours or from not having proper companionship. Obedience training is recommended at an early age for a perfect pet.
Care
The Goldendoodle does not require much grooming attention. Like many poodle crosses, most Goldendoodles are light to non-shedding, and most live easily with families with MILD allergies.

If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet.
Coat
A Goldendoodle has two types of coat. Shaggy and wavey or Shaggy/wavey with loose curls. A Goldendoodle should not sport a curly coat like that of a purebred Poodle or a flat coat like that of a Golden Retriever. The Goldendoodle will go through 10-15 various coat changes and phases from the time it is born until the day it turns one year of age. The Goldendoodle's coat does require maintenence once the coat has fully formed. The Goldendoodle has a single coat that sheds very lightly.
Training
The Goldendoodle is very eager to please and enjoys learning. Positive reinforcement, Consistancy and repetition is the key to successful training. Goldendoodles do not respond well to harsh training methods. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new Goldendoodle puppy. Consider crate training if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
Activity
Goldendoodles enjoy being indoors and outdoors and should be walked at least several times a week if it does not have a fenced yard to romp in. Goldendoodles enjoy swimming if it is trained at an early age to enjoy water. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
Weight
25-75 lbs
Height
15-26 inches
Color(s)
Beautiful colors, reds, creams and goldens.

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Goldendoodle Questions

At what age, in months, does a Goldendoodle reach its full size?

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A Golden Retriever and Poodle reaches full size at a year and a half (18 months). So the mix between the two breeds would be the same. 18 months.

Would you buy a Goldendoodle puppy? I have a female 5-month-old puppy with all her shots.

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We are looking for a female Goldendoodle puppy for our son's birthday and could take immediately. We have always had dogs and currently have 2 female Goldendoodles - Mouse, 8 and Beans, 5. They live inside with us. They also have a fenced in backyard that's 100 by 100. We live near St. Louis.

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May I ask why you don't want her? I have a 3 year old doodle who wants a sister. Is she an F1B by chance?

What does Fi, FiB, F2 mean?

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When breeding mixed breed dogs, F1 means that the dam and sire of the puppy are both purebred, such as a Golden Retriever and a Standard Poodle. F2 means that both dam and sire are F1 puppies, so both dam and sire are half and half of each breed. F1B or F2B means that one of the parents of the puppy is an F1 or F2 dog and the other parent of the puppy is a purebred. Example: F1 Goldendoodle dam (Half Golden Retriever/Half Poodle) + Golden Retriever sire = F1B puppies.

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Just for clarification, it's not often desired to breed an F1 Goldendoodle back to a Golden Retriever. The more desirable cross would be an F1 Goldendoodle back to a Poodle. These are the traditional F1B puppies.

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Yes Crossing an F1 and a GR creates a dog which is mostly GR, a shedder and is not hypoallergenic

How big do Goldendoodles get?

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The Golden Retriever/Poodle cross, otherwise known as the Goldendoodle is not a purebred dog. They are a mixture of two breeds, so there is no set standard for sizing when it comes to the dog itself. The best thing to do is to look at the sire and dam of the puppies so view how big they are. The puppies should grow to that size, if not a little smaller. But again, there is no standard size, so the puppy could even be bigger or much smaller then it's dam and sire.

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Goldendoodles are commonly bred from a golden retriever/standard poodle cross and typically will range in size from 65-75 lbs. There are now breeders who offer a "mini-doodle", with the poodle parent being a smaller poodle. These dogs would range in size from a smaller scale of their smaller parent to upwards of a Golden Retriever size. Females are typically smaller than males in any size Goldendoodle. Although not a recognized breed, Goldendoodles are a prized family pet due to their low shed coat and their demonstrated "hybrid vigor". Hybrid vigor is defined as the "increased vigor or general health, and disease resistance" as compared the inbreeding typical of more traditional dog breed.

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