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Goldendoodle Dog Breed Characteristics & Information

In recent years, the Goldendoodle’s popularity has skyrocketed. And because these loveable dogs look like real-life teddy bears with floppy ears, it’s easy to see why!

A blend of the Poodle and the Golden Retriever, a Goldendoodle is in a class all its own. These dogs always have a smile everywhere they go, and their natural panache for stealing hearts makes them a favorite among many dog owners worldwide.

As Goldendoodles are not considered to be purebred dogs, but rather mixed breed. There are no AKC (American Kennel Club) breed standards.

Goldendoodles are known to be loving family dogs, who are very versatile too and are used as guide dogs, companion dogs, service dogs, therapy dogs, and working dogs. However, dog owners don't rely on Goldendoodles to be good watchdogs.

The Basic Overview of the Goldendoodle

Often referred to as a designer dog breed, the Goldendoodle is a hybrid of the Standard Poodle, Labradoodle, and the Golden Retriever.

By cross-breeding parent breeds, it offers dog owners an opportunity to have the best of both worlds when it comes to the traits of these two beloved breeds of dogs.

The designer breed is known as a 'hypoallergenic' dog, meaning that it is non-shedding which is a large appeal to many.

These dogs were first introduced in the 1990s, but in recent years their popularity has grown immensely. Dog owners love these pups for their smarts, love of being with their people, and low-maintenance coats.

If you have a Goldendoodle in your life, you’ll want to be sure to offer them many toys, daily exercise as well as mental stimulation.

These high-energy level pups have a strong desire to appease their humans and thrive off of training - especially clicker training. You can sign your Goldendoodle pup up for dog training classes, or even train them yourself and keep their activity levels up!

Your Goldendoodle or Goldendoodle Puppy will do well with early socialization.

Dogs love food rewards as well as positive reinforcement so invest in some quality low-calorie training treats to reward them with for a job well done.


The Goldendoodle is a dog that responds well to training, although their playful puppy nature might make it difficult to do in their youth. This breed makes for an excellent family pet, as both the Poodle and the Golden Retriever are big on being with their people.

This is a dog breed that requires routine exercise to keep them both in shape as well as mentally stimulated. While all Goldendoodles are truly individuals by nature, this is a breed of dog which thrives on staying active. But that’s just one of the many reasons why they make such great family pets—they simply love to play! To keep your Doodle’s urge to play satisfied, invest in fetch and rope toys, and even puzzle toys!

The Goldendoodle does best when walked regularly, as their naturally curious nature gives them a strong desire to want to explore the great outdoors. Doodles are known for their nose which can lead them astray, so always invest in a high-quality leash and harness for your dog so that you can keep them close to you and away from danger.

A Goldendoodle is a dog you’ll never want to let off-leash in an open space because it can run quite fast and become excited easily by intriguing smells.

And don’t let that sweet teddy bear looks fool you because if you allow your Goldendoodle off-leash in an open space, you’ll be in for the race of your life trying to catch up to them. These dogs are very athletic and love to run far and fast—especially with you chasing after them.

It’s important to socialize your Goldendoodle from a young age because if not, this can make them wary of meeting new people. When properly socialized from puppyhood, the Goldendoodle is eager to make new friends—both two-legged and four-legged alike.

Given their strong desire to be with their people at all times, the Goldendoodle is prone to separation anxiety. And a telltale sign of this is naughty dog behavior by way of your pup wreaking havoc on your home. Offering your Doodle a premium grade CBD and safe space in your home for them to feel calm in your absence can do wonders to combat their anxiety. View our calming Zen dog chews.

Size, General Health and Health Issues

Given the fact that these dogs can be a mix of either a Standard Poodle or a Miniature Poodle, this can allow for them to vary in size quite a bit. The height of a mature Goldendoodle can reach anywhere from 13 to 24 inches at the shoulder, with a healthy weight range being anywhere from 45 to 100 pounds. The Goldendoodle is generally considered to be healthy dogs with an average lifespan of 10 to 15 years.

The breed is praised by many for its super low shedding coat which is ideal for a person who loves having a dog but doesn’t want to deal with excess hair and allergies that come with dog ownership.

Grooming and general care

The Goldendoodle's coat is one of three coat types, either straight, wavy, and curly with the curly coat being exceptionally cute. Many owners will take their Goldendoodle to professional groomers to ensure they get the best trimming and hair cuts.

This can be done either in a dog salon or at home should you choose. If at-home grooming is more your style, invest in quality dog clippers to manage your Doodle’s coat. The hair of the Goldendoodle is fine but requires regular grooming and brushing to look its best and avoid tangles.

You’ll want to clean your Doodle’s ears on a routine basis and be sure that the hair around the ear area is kept at a minimal length. By doing so, allows the moisture to escape so that it lessens their risk of developing ear infections brought on by bacterial growth.

The Poodle is prone to a rare but serious skin condition known as sebaceous adenitis, which creates dry areas on the skin that can become extremely dry and irritated. This immune-mediated disorder causes crusty, flaky skin that requires treatment. And as with Golden Retrievers, Hip Dysplasia can also occur in Goldendoodles.

These are larger breed dogs who are rather active, so wear and tear on the hip joints—as well as the elbow joints—can occur. And, as a result, this can cause severe joint issues. It’s best to invest in your Goldendoodle’s health right from the start by offering them high-quality joint supplements from puppy stage.

The Goldendoodle is also prone to some eye issues with age, most specifically cataracts and glaucoma. Offer your Doodle a daily vitamin supplement to boost their health from the inside out.

Common Goldendoodle illnesses and Health Problems

  • bloat
  • elbow dysplasia
  • progressive retinal atrophy

Consider speaking with a professional vet as well as a trusted and reputable breeder about health issues and about the best quality dog food for your Goldendoodle.

For reputable Goldendoodle breeders, contact the Goldendoodle Association of North America for more information here.

Grooming and caring for you Goldendoodle

What’s the Best Bed for Your Goldendoodle?

Given the suggestions mentioned above, it’s best to invest in one of our large beds to accommodate your Goldendoodle’s impressive size should they be of a Standard Poodle crossbreed.

Should your Goldendoodle be on the smaller side, the medium size should work well for their frame. If your Goldendoodle is closer to the size of the Golden Retriever, then go with our XL to accommodate their size.

With the Goldendoodle, you’ll want to offer them a cushiony and cozy bed that hugs their body for maximum comfort. This is especially true for older Doodles that are prone to joint issues. A memory foam type calming bed is ideal to meet their specific needs.

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