GOLDENDOODLE DOG BREED
The Goldendoodle a designer breed, obtained by crossing a Poodle with a Golden Retriever. Hence, this breed has inherited typical traits from each of its “parents”. The Goldendoodle is very family-oriented and really enjoys all types of activities in the open space. Goldendoodles have achieved success as guide dogs, service dogs, therapy dogs and sniffer dogs.
Height: 20-29 inches Weight: 50-90 pounds Lifespan: 10-13 years
The Goldendoodle is a fluffy dog, small to large in size, with long pendulous ears. He is stocky, with soulful eyes and endearing facial expression. The Goldendoodle is not recognized as a standardized breed by any major kennel club, but is getting more popular.
Goldendoodles are very intelligent and non-aggressive, they are quite friendly and get along well with children. This breed is not much of a guard dog, since he’s too friendly with strangers. Highly social, this breed enjoys communicating with the man. Problematic behavior may arise from negligence and lack of education. Therefore, obedience training and early socialization are a must for the Goldendoodle, and teaching methods should be based upon love, patience and reward.
Coat / Care:
Goldendoodles have three types of coat: The straight coat, which is flat and resembles more of a golden retriever coat; the wavy coat type is a mixture of a poodle’s curls, and a golden retriever’s straighter coat; the curly coat, which tends to look more like the poodle coat. The most common colors for Goldendoodles are black, brown, gray, red, white, and yellow. Only after the dog’s coat is completely formed, it starts to require some care. Shedding is moderate so grooming is quite easy.
Like all hybrids, the Goldendoodle dogs are hypoallergenic, so they are can supposedly be tolerated by people who have allergies to dogs. The Goldendoodle has a life expectancy of 10 to 13 years.
The Goldendoodle is eager to please his master and loves to learn. The key to successful training is consistency and positive reinforcement. Hence, rough or heavy-handed methods can only scare the dog and aggravate the teaching process.
The Goldendoodle is great both indoors and outdoors. However, this breed needs long walks on daily basis, especially if you do not have a fenced yard where the dog could walk freely. If you train your Goldendoodle to swim at a young age, he will benefit from this genuine pleasure.
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