Goldendoodle, a Golden Retriever Poodle Mix
Getting a hybrid dog is becoming increasingly popular these days, especially since more people are looking into getting dogs from shelters, dogs which are usually not purebred. The Goldendoodle is one of the more popular dog mixes these days, a hybrid between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. Dogs from both breeds are incredibly popular and intelligent (top 5 most intelligent dogs in the world).
The Goldendoodle’s Origins
The Poodle Golden Retriever mix was bred by accident in many cases, but it’s also a popular hybrid among breeders, mainly because of the allergy free properties of the Poodle. The resulting dog between these two breeds can be very intelligent and it seems to be quite popular, so it’s no surprise that a lot of people want one.
One of the possible advantages of getting a hybrid between two different breeds is that many first generation crosses tend to be healthier than the parents. The Goldendoodle is a dog that is easily trained, very intelligent, affectionate and friendly with strangers. It’s a great pet to own and definitely not a dog you would get for protection.
Both the Poodle and the Golden Retriever are breeds which are designed to be hunters and water dogs. As far as the looks go, this hybrid can be similar to a shaggy looking retriever, a poodle with relaxed curls, or it can be anywhere in the middle of these two extremes. The fur’s length will vary from 4 to 8 inches in most cases, with the color of the coat varying. You might get a dog that is colored phantom, apricot, black, chocolate, cream or gold. Since it’s a mix with a Poodle, the Goldendoodle will not shed a lot, so those that want a dog but have a mild allergy to them, will love these dogs.
The Miniature Goldendoodle
A combination between a Retriever and a Toy Poodle will result in a smaller hybrid dog, one that is less than 30 pounds (sometimes as little as 15 pounds). If you want a small dog, this mixed breed can be a very good choice.
The Breed’s Height and Weight
The size of the parents will often dictate the size of the dog you’re getting. A good way to approximate the size of a future dog is to get the average weight of its parents. All liters have smaller and bigger dogs though, so if you have a choice, you can pick one the size you want. As a general rule, you can expect a dog from this mix to have at least 45 pounds as an adult, with the miniature variants being under 30 pounds. There are extremes here as well though, so you can get a dog that will be 100 pounds.
A big advantages of this hybrid is that the temperament is very nice. A family will certainly benefit from having a Goldendoodle, not only because they are intelligent, but because they are obedient as well. They love their family but they do well with strangers as well. They love kids and they behave well when other pets are present, but they especially love being near humans, so they’re easily trained.
Golden Retriever Poodle Mix Health Issues
Like with any other dog, it’s a very good idea to understand what you’re getting into. Knowing the potential health problems of a breed is important and that’s why you should look at both the Poodle’s and the Golden Retriever’s potential health problems. A few health issues that these dogs might have include problems with their hips and eyes.
With a length of up to 8 inches (sometimes only 4 inches long though), the Goldendoodle needs combing regularly and a bit of care. Ideally the hybrid will not lose a lot of hair thanks to the Poodle genes, but that’s not a guarantee.
As you can see from the wallpaper, this dog can be a very good looking mix.