Goldendoodles

Miniature Goldendoodle Breeder

Goldendoodles

Goldendoodles, also known as Groodles in Australia, are bred from a poodle and a Golden Retriever. These dogs have increased in popularity in the U.S. due to their laid back nature and eagerness to please. They come in many colors, shapes and sizes.

History of Golden Retriever

Goldens are outgoing, trustworthy, and eager-to-please family dogs. They are eager to train and please. They maintain a puppy playfulness well into their adulthood. Golden Retrievers are Scottish gun dogs bread and built to retrieve waterfowl. Goldens can swim and fetch for hours.

Goldendoodle Sizes

In the U.S., the American Kennel Club recognizes three poodle sizes: Standard Poodles, Miniature Poodles and Toy Poodles.  However, in European kennel clubs, outside of the U.S., the “moyen” or “klien” poodle is a size. Moyen means “medium.” These dogs are larger than a miniature and smaller than a standard. Golden Retrievers come in one size. Their average weight is between 55-75lbs. The size of your Goldendoodle will most likely be determined by the breeding poodle or the use of smaller Goldendoodle.

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Goldendoodle Traits and Temperaments

Golden Retriever

Affectionate with family                                             5 Lovey Dovey

Good with youg children                                             5 Good with children

Good with other dogs                                                  5 Average

Shedding level                                                               2 No shedding

Coat Grooming Frequency                                          2 Several times per week

Drooling Level                                                                2 Less likely to drool

Coat Type                                                                        Double

Coat Length                                                                    Medium

Openness to Strangers                                                5 Everyone is my best friend

Playfulness                                                                      4 Non-Stop

Watchdog/Protective Nature                                    3 Mid level Vigilant

Adaptability Level                                                         5 Highly Adaptable

Trainability Level                                                           5 Eager to please

Energy Level                                                                   3 Energetic

Barking Level                                                                  1 Only to alert

Mental Stimulation Needs                                          4 Needs a Job or activity

 

Poodle

Affectionate with family                                             5 Lovey Dovey

Good with youg children                                             5 Good with children

Good with other dogs                                                  3 Average

Shedding level                                                               1 No shedding

Coat Grooming Frequency                                          4 Several times per week

Drooling Level                                                                1 Less likely to drool

Coat Type                                                                        Curly

Coat Length                                                                    Long

Openness to Strangers                                                5 Everyone is my best friend

Playfulness                                                                      5 Non-Stop

Watchdog/Protective Nature                                    5 Vigilant

Adaptability Level                                                         4 Very Adaptable

Trainability Level                                                           5 Eager to please

Energy Level                                                                   4 Energetic

Barking Level                                                                  4 Vocal

Mental Stimulation Needs                                          5 Needs a Job or activity

 

Goldendoodle Colors

There is no end to the colors and Coat Pattern of Goldendoodle .

Poodles come in their own range of colors and coat patterns. AKC recognized colors include Black, Blue, Gray , Silver, Cream, Silver Beige, Red,  Apricot, Brown, Café Au Lait and White. Accepted Golden Retriever colors for AKC conformation is Dark Golden, Golden and Light Golden.

Parti  or Piedbald

Parti coats can have any poodle color and the other 50% is white. If it is less than 50% it is called an abstract.

Tuxedo

These coats are controlled by the same genes as a Parti but has less white. Tuxedos usually have white chest, bellies and often white socks. Sometimes it will look like their tails is dipped in white paint.

Ticking

Flecks of color all over the dog is ticking. The ticking will appear to have tiny white holes in the dogs base color.

Phantom

Phantom is a recessive gene, both parents need to carry the gene for it to be expressed in a pup. It is a combination of Black and Tan or Brown and Tan. The “tan” portion can vary in color to a pale cream, warm brown,  or a reddish brown.

Brindle

Brindle coats are striped. The size and intensity can vary.

Sable

Sable comes in a variety of colors. A sable coat will have black tipped ends to each strand of hair.

Abstract

This can be any color of coat with a splash of white. Often times it appears as a chest blaze or “socks” on the feet.

Merle

Merle genes occur naturally in Australian Shepherds. The patterning is a beautiful, mottled coat which can be accompanied by blue or odd colored eyes. If both parents carry the Merle gene, the pup could be deaf, blind or have ocular defects. Responsible breeders health test dogs so breeding a double merle, with disastrous results will not happen.

Roaning

This is a pattern that will produce heavily mottled white areas. This is to be confused with ticking, ticking is spots of color on white. Roan coats are never present in purebred poodles.

 

Some of these coat pattens can occur together. Such as a Brindle Parti Poodle or a Sable Parti or a Merle Parti.

Goldendoodle Health and Goldendoodle Lifespan

Most poodles will live a long and healthy life. Standard poodles, miniature poodles and toy poodles, have life spans ranging from 10-18 years of life. Life expectancy of a Golden Retriever is 10-12 years. It is important that your breeder tests for hereditary genetic conditions. Some frequent Goldendoodle health issues are:

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Eye Disorders
  • Idiopathic epilepsy
  • Sebaceous adenitis (Standard)
  • von Willebrand’s Disease
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes (Toy & Miniatures)
  • Luxating Patellas (Toy & Miniatures)
  • Gastric dilation with volvulus (bloat)

 

Goldendoodle Exercise

Goldendoodles are active dogs who need daily exercise. Whether that is going for a walk or a marathon session of catch in your backyard, the need a venue to unleash that energy in a positively. They also love to swim, since they were bred to hunt waterfowl. Golden Retrievers also LOVE to nap. You may need to coax your napper from time to time.

Goldendoodle Training

Goldendoodles are highly intelligent and eager to please. This makes training a bit easier than other breeds. They enjoy canine sports such as agility training, obedience or tracking and dock diving.

Goldendoodle Potty Training

Goldendoodle puppies are easy to potty train.  Goldendoodle puppies from Show Me Doodles will arrive Potty Pad & Crate Conditioned. We use both washable and disposable potty pads. By 8 weeks and 4 days, when they are ready to come home, they will be using potty pads only. We confine the pups in a puppy play pen. We will open the pen and let them walk to the door to go outside and potty (only after their 1st vaccination and only in our backyards.) They then come inside and play. Potty pads are available to them in designated areas, however, by this time they only need the pad that is in their pen for overnight.

Goldens are outgoing, trustworthy, and eager-to-please family dogs, and relatively easy to train. They take a joyous and playful approach to life and maintain this puppyish behavior into adulthood. These energetic, powerful gundogs enjoy outdoor play. For a breed built to retrieve waterfowl for hours on end, swimming and fetching are natural pastimes.