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Goldendoodle Dog Breed Information

General Information:

Average Height: 21-24 in
Average Weight: 50-75 lbs
Average Life Span: 12-14 yrs
Coloring: White, black, apricot, chocolate; white markings sometimes occur on darker coats
Area of Origin: Victoria, Australia
Similar Breeds: Labrador Retriever, Standard/Toy Poodle, Portuguese Water Dog, Newfoundland

History and Origin:

The term, “Goldendoodle,” was first used in 1992 and refers to a cross between the Golden Retriever and the Poodle (standard or toy). The Goldendoodle’’s initial purpose was to serve as a hypoallergenic service dog. While not all Goldendoodles are ultimately appropriate for allergy-sufferers, the ones that are tend to be greatly valued. While some have attempted to cross other retriever breeds (Chesapeake Bay/ Curly Coat/ Flat Coat) with the Poodle to produce a similar offspring, these mixes do not tend to have the level temperament of the Golden Retriever/ Poodle combination.

Personality and Temperament:

The Goldendoodle typically possesses the calm, friendly intelligence of both the Golden Retriever and the Poodle. A companion dog to the core, the Goldendoodle is affectionate with everyone it meets, but can become a bit too enthusiastic if not raised with clear boundaries. It enjoys working, and is at its best behavior when it has a job to do. Sensitive and steady, it generally makes a great family companion. Unfortunately, the Goldendoodle is like any mix-breed; and consistent characteristics have not been solidified.  The individual dogs can vary greatly in both appearance and temperament.  Most Goldendoodles, for example, are not suitable for guide dog or assistance dog work, and only a small minority are ever fully trained in this capacity. Regardless, the Goldendoodle is overall a joy to own, and its eagerness and loving nature matches well with a nervous or first-time owner.

Exercise & Training:

As a large-breed dog, the Goldendoodle needs daily exercise so it does not become bored and destructive.  Both the Golden Retriever and Poodle are working dogs, so the Goldendoodle will also be happiest with a job to do. It is a smart dog with lots of energy and is easily trained; it would do well in obedience trials or agility. As both the Retriever and the Poodle are water dogs, the Goldendoodle is frequently an avid swimmer, and will enjoy fetching in the water. It is an active and excitable dog whose ideal home has space to stretch and a yard to play in.


The Goldendoodle can have a range of coat types, depending on the genes it inherits from its parents. It will frequently have wavy or curly fur, which will need brushing a few times a week to keep it free of tangles. Professional grooming twice a year will help manage the sometimes unruly coat. Bathe rarely; unless it gets dirty, the Goldendoodle does not need frequent baths.

Similar Breeds:

As a hybrid of the Golden Retriever and the Poodle, the Goldendoodle inherits its qualities from these two breeds (both good and bad!). Through the Retriever, the Goldendoodle is a descendent of the Newfoundlander; through the Poodle, it is related to other water dogs such as the Portuguese Water Dog.

Interesting Facts about the Goldendoodle:

1. The Goldendoodle have been used as guide dogs, therapy dogs, and search and rescue dogs due to its inherited intelligence and train-ability from both the Retriever and the Poodle.

2. While not accepted by major kennel clubs, the Goldendoodle can be registered for performance events (agility, etc) with the Continental Kennel Club, as long as both parents were papered purebreds verifying the Goldendoodle’’s pedigree.

3. The pop singer Usher owns a Goldendoodle named Poppy Raymond, which he bought for his kids paying $12,000 at a charity auction.

Organizations dedicated to the Goldendoodle:

Goldendoodle Association of America
Doodles Canada
Goldendoodle and Labradoodle Owner’s Website
Doodles Rescue Collective – Labradoodle and Goldendoodle Rescue
International Doodle Owners Group – Doodle Rescue

Breeds Similar to Goldendoodle Dogs:

Breed Information Goldendoodle

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  • Lynette Baker
    September 22, 2014, 3:59 pm

    Colors also include red & silver.

    I feel Goldendoodles need a firm handler as they are very willful – and everyone I personally know who owns one, agrees. Even though we worked with a professional trainer when she was young (at 13+ yrs) my Doodle stills tries to escape her fenced yard (@ 1/4 acre)- and when she does get out, will not return until she is ready. She does NOT respond to calling her to return.

  • Monica Rhoades
    September 23, 2014, 1:36 am

    I must say that I love what you wrote. I think though that the fact u should emphasize is that they can be a willful dog and it takes a little skill and patience to bring out their many excellent traits when they are young. And in our case, they can also be very timid but this can be used to an advantage in teaching them to obey without becoming frustrated with them. They are by far the most amazing, intelligent and loyal dogs, so willing to please and learn. I just feel a novice dog owner would have a problem communicating with a Doodle and might not want to persist training one. We have seen people give them away because they were to active or because the doodle chewed their house apart. Ours took very little time to break from chewing and we give him plenty of room to run which they love and he gives us his all in return and we love him to pieces. He babysit new born chicks or an injured bird we have rescued without harming a feather. He’s learned in minutes to round up the horse or chase chickens out of my flower beds without harming them and a million other things. But new dog owners may need a little assistance matching their intelligence.

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    July 22, 2016, 4:02 am

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