Most dog owners out there will always argue that their breed of dog is the cutest, the smartest, or perhaps the friendliest. But away from their sentiments, we all know what the fact is. And that is that there aren’t too many dogs that can lay claim to the title of the cutest, smartest, and friendliest, except for a few exceptions like Goldendoodles.
They are naturally charming and lovely, hence the nickname “designer dogs.” However, beneath their cute looks is a level of intelligence, athleticism, and playfulness that can only be matched by a few dogs in the pet industry. As a cross between a Poodle and a Golden Retriever, Goldendoodle puppies took their smartness and athleticism from their Poodle pedigree and their cuteness from their Retriever line.
Without much ado, here are some of the most interesting facts about this breed that you probably haven’t heard before.
One of the newest breeds of dogs
You won’t believe that there wasn’t anything like a Goldendoodle back in the ’80s. In fact, not until the ’90s, when the first set of breeders in the Americas created the first Goldendoodle, the closest thing we had to a doodle was the straight hair Golden Retrievers and the Curly hair Poodles.
They were created for owners with pet allergies
Nobody expected them to be as widely accepted – let alone become a household name in the pet industry – as they currently are today. In fact, they were created specifically for owners with pet allergies. The idea was to create something that had all the unique features of a Poodle and a Golden Retriever, but which doesn’t shed any hair (dander).
They are expected to have a great health conditioning
All things being equal, a Goldendoodle is not expected to undergo as many vet visits as a Poodle or a Golden Retriever. As a cross between two breeds that are known for their healthy pedigree, Goldendoodles got the best of both worlds and boasted a far greater health conditioning, through a phenomenon called the “hybrid vigor.”
You can predict the adult weight and height of a Goldendoodle from the pup stage
It is actually easy to predict how tall and how much your doodle will weigh when it grows up. All you have to do is know the weight and height of the Goldendoodle’s parents (most reputable breeders like ABCs Puppys Zs will be happy to tell you). Once you get these numbers, add them together and divide by two, you’ll have your Goldendoodle’s height/weight.
Typically, most adult Goldendoodles fall into any of these three categories:
Standard size: 45-100 lbs
Medium size: 30 – 45 lbs
Miniature size: 15 – 30 lbs. Puppies in this size range are also known as mini Goldendoodle puppies, and they usually occur as a result of the Groodle’s mom or dad being a toy Poodle.
They aren’t cheap to raise
A common misconception amongst most dog owners is that they are easy to groom, low maintenance, and cheap to raise.
Well, if you’re basing your decision to buy one on this same perception, I’m afraid you’re going to be in for one hell of a surprise.
The simple truth is that Goldendoodles are far from a low maintenance dog. And if anything, they’re not cheap to raise.
They were designed to be support dogs
Apart from being designed for owners with pet allergies, they were also created to act as guides for people that needed help and support.
Thanks to the fact that they got the brains of a Poodle and the loyalty and obedience of a Golden Retriever, Goldendoodles are able to act as a guide or therapy dog.
Typically, they’re made to serve as companions for:
- Hospital patients
- People in nursing homes
- Elderly hospice residents
- Blind people
- Indisposed or physically challenged people
They learn and love till they die
There is no such thing as “learning stops at a certain age” with Goldendoodles. You’d be surprised that your seven-year-old doodle is still eager to learn new stuff and get involved with things, just the same way he was when he was still a pup. And as for their friendliness and playfulness, those are traits that follow them to the grave.
Just recently, I saw in a video on Instagram two puppies engaging in a tug of war to determine who gets away with a bone. Guess what their ages were? One was a seven months old pup, and the other was a nine-year-old adult Goldendoodle. Normally, you would expect the adult doodle to win the war. But you won’t believe what he did. In an attempt to make the pup feel victorious, he battled him for a while, and just when the pup thought he’d lost, the adult doodle surrendered the bone, gifting the pup the victory and making him feel on top of the world.