The Ultimate Guide to Goldendoodles (Golden Retriever Poodle Mix)

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Another reasonably new mixed dog in the Doodles series of dogs is Goldendoodle (also known as a Groodle). A fluffy puppy to cuddle with you all night long and accompany you for relaxing strolls, Goldendoodle breeds will surprise you with love, calmness, playfulness, and intelligence. 

What is a Goldendoodle dog?

This saintly Goldendoodle is known for its calm aura, overzealous friendly nature, and joyous presence. They might not enjoy extensive training sessions, but watch them turn your grey nights into fun, lively, soothing parties. 

Goldendoodle inherits some of the best features from its clever yet goofy parent breeds: Golden Retriever and Poodle. 

golden retriever side profile.
Golden Retriever

Like every other Doodle, Golden Retrievers and Poodles were also bred to result in a big non-shedding hypoallergenic dog with a Golden Retriever’s temperament and Poodle’s curly hair. 

White fluffy dog.
Standard Poodle

This article will guide pet parents through every possible piece of information about Goldendoodles and why they stand topmost as the human-loving family pet! 

What does a Goldendoodle puppy look like?

With a Goldendoodle, be ready for a lot of golden tones and a shiny golden-fur coat. Golden is not the only color that shines on Groodles; you will be introduced to a vibrant line of colors.

Goldendoodle colors

Goldendoodles come in the colors black, brown, apricot, cream, and red. You can easily find these colorful breeds by breeding a Poodle with a pure Golden Retriever.

Rare Goldendoodle colors include:

  • Parti cross: Blend of two colors with a dominating white percentage (50%),
  • Black/white or tuxedo Goldendoodle: Black curly hair with white chest and white-nose. 
  • A sable Groodle: Sable is a unique color-changing breed. It can turn from a black-brown puppy to a pretty white big baby with brown-black ears tips. 
  • Merle: Grey, silver, and bluish-silver. 
  • Tan Goldendoodle: A blend of cream Groodle with apricot goldendoodle.
  • Phantom: The german shepherd look-alike can have a combination of tanned-brown and dark-black colors. 
  • Gray Groodle: Rustic/silver

These multicolors cannot be obtained by merely breeding two purebreds. You will need to breed a pure Poodle and a hybrid Goldendoodle. The results might still surprise you because, with a designer dog, you never know what color or coat you’re going to get.

Sometimes, you might as well need to breed a pure golden dog with a Groodle’s hybrid generation. (You get a tuxedo Goldendoodle out of the mix)

Also, you might need to breed two-hybrid Goldendoodles to produce much rarer colors like the tan Goldendoodle. 

Please note: Never demand or suggest breeders a hybrid of two merle Goldendoodles. When combined, both are dominant genes, leading to impairment, blindness, ear deafness, etc. 

Goldendoodle coats

Goldendoodles will inherit the shades and style of the Poodle parent. The coat can be curly, wavy like the Poo, or straight like a Golden.

What is the size of a Poodle Golden Retrievers cross?

Every Doodles’ size depends on the poo parent you choose. These breeds come in three different sizes: toy, miniature, and a standard Poodle. Thus, there are three sizes of Goldendoodles: toy, miniature, and standard Goldendoodle.

Goldendoodles share a lot of similarities with a Labradoodle but vary in size. Despite the similar appearance, Goldendoodles are more petite when compared to Labradoodle. However, the size is not as significantly small as one might wonder.

Toy Groodle: These toy groodles are more expensive compared to other standard sizes. Luckily, these dogs can settle quickly in a small apartment.

  • Height: 10-16 inches
  • Weight: 10-20 pounds

Miniature GoldendoodleA slightly bigger Groodle breed, perfect for a medium-sized apartment and small lawns. Its physic and appearance are very much similar to a toy doodle but slightly more prominent.

  • Height: 13-30 inches
  • Weight: 15-35 pounds.

Medium and large standard Goldendoodles: These are big boys with the shape and size of a big doodle.

  • Height: 16-25 inches
  • Weight: 30-50 pounds

Larger Standard Goldendoodles:

  • Height: 24 inches-26 inches
  • Weight: 50-100 pounds

Goldendoodle’s generation 

The generations play an important role while deciding the promising factors of Goldendoodle’s features, like its size, the doodle’s color, its fur coat, the hybrid’s temperament, etc. 

Five different generations, F1, F1B, F2, F2B, F3, will give you different dogs with different features. 

F1 or first generation: The very first hybrid would be a mix of a pure golden dog with a pure poodle. This generation will be the first variation in the genes of the pure species. 

It can be a blend of 50% poo and 50% golden retriever, but genes are never definitive. They might surprise you with weird but beautiful combinations. 

  • Shedding: It might or might not be non-shedding. You can end up with a shedding breed. Allergic pet owners shouldn’t go for this generation.
  • Coat: Expect the hair to be 3-5 inches. The hair can be straight, wavy, or curly like any other doodle.

F1B: This generation is the mix between a pure poodle with F1 generation doodle.

  • Shedding: F1B generation will have similar traits to the F1 age. The litter will be 50% shedding and 50% non-shedding.
  • Coat: The coat remains similar with every generation. The fur length can be between 3-5 inches, and the hair type is usually curly, straight, or wavy.

F2: F2 hybrid is done between two Goldendoodles. 

  • Shed: The litter will have 25% of non-shedding F2 generation, 50% slow shedding, and the rest 25% heavy shedding.
  • Coat: results always surprise owners.

F2B: The hybrid between F1 and F1b dogs.

  • Shedding: The shedding probability is pretty low in F2B generation, but there might 0-25% chances of a shedding doodle, it’s rare.
  • Coat: Similar to the rest of the ages.

F3: A mix between almost all the generations. To result in an F3 hybrid, you can make a cross between F1B to F2, F1B to F1B, F2 to F2, F2B to F2B, etc.

  • Shed: You can expect the litter to be 90% non-shedding and 10% low shedding. This percentage can depend on the breeders and if they have the correct history while breeding different generations.

What is the price of the Goldendoodle dog breed?

Just like Goldens, Goldendoodles are quite popular, too. Their fluffy exterior and cheerful personality tempt many people closer to this one. This high popularity and demand make Goldendoodle a pricey breed. Expect it to be anywhere between $2000-$5000. 

The price can depend on the generation you choose, the hair color you desire, and its size. Miniature or toy Goldendoodles will be more expensive than a standard doodle. 

Before you buy from a reputable Goldendoodle breeder, you should look to adopt one from Doodle rescue groups. An adoption will cost pet parents anywhere between $300-$500 and you’ll be able to give a loving home to an animal in need!

Are Goldendoodles a lot of work?

Goldendoodles are known for their quick learning skills yet calm demeanor, so they would be easy to train. But they do need daily sessions of exercises to stay away from boredom. Goldendoodles will also require daily grooming hours and weekly veterinary appointments. 

Goldendoodles are quite energetic but not as active as the Labradoodles. So, you will be more at ease while getting yourself a Goldendoodle if you are a laid back owner. Read our full guide on Goldendoodles vs Labradoodles to learn the differences between these two dogs.

Goldendoodle dog sitting on the bed.

I wouldn’t say Goldendoodles are a lot of work, but every pet demands love, care, affection, and exercise. A couple of hours of training, a healthy diet, cleaning, and lots of love will keep your Goldendoodle contempt. 

What to do:

  • 30-40 minutes of daily exercise, including walking, talking, running, chasing, retrieving, swimming. Occasionally you can surprise your puppy with parties, new car rides, water parks, etc.
  • Weekly cleanup and veterinary checkups.
  • Daily combing, brushing, and cleaning ears, nails, hard-to-clean parts.
  • Patting, loving, and sleeping together.
  • Socialization every Sunday to keep them content.
  • Natural training

What is the Goldendoodle’s temperament?

Goldendoodles will friend a cat without any hesitation; they are that friendly. But every animal is different. Their personality traits and their temperament will differ from dog to dog. Make sure to learn everything about your pet’s parents’ history before getting yourself the Golden pup. 

Groodles are friendly, good with children, lovable, and jolly breeds. Goldendoodles do enjoy exercise, but they don’t demand extensive sessions. They are quick-witted, laid back, cute, and loving! 

  • Goldendoodles love to play with humans and other animals.
  • They are considered therapeutic dogs and guide dogs. They are always eager to please their humans.
  • Their energy level is high, and they would enjoy running with you and fetching for you.
  • Goldendoodles love to sleep, laze around, and snuggle.
  • Although Goldendoodles are not aggressive, punishing them will not bring any changes. Positive reinforcement will help you train your sweet pup without hurdles.

A quick Poodle and Golden temperament list will help us figure out our designer dog.

Poodle breed’s Characteristics:

  • They are more intelligent than the Golden breed.
  • They are known for their intelligence and quick responses.
  • This highly-clever breed is instinctual.
  • Poos are mischievous bunnies and are hard to train. Despite the fact, they are quick learners.
  • They are friendlier to humans, but the same cannot be said with other dogs.
  • Poos are big jumpers and active animals; they need hefty workouts every day. You will need big fences and a bigger house to keep their bouncy bum at home.
  • They are less friendly, but they can grow fonder with time and love.
  • They are good guard dogs, service dogs, and fetch dogs. They will bark away from the stranger.

Golden Retriever’s Characteristics:

  • Goldens love to socialize; their main impression game is socialization.
  • They are not great guard dogs and were eventually bred as therapy dogs to enlighten the environment and spread positivity with their nature.
  • Goldens are very friendly; they love their pet parents, humans, and animals, irrespective of the species.
  • This breed is also known for its intelligence and learns quickly without misbehaving.
  • They love to workout, but also equally enjoy lazying around.

Are Goldendoodles good guard dogs?

Generally, no; they would rather friend a stranger than alert the family about it. If you are looking for a guard dog, it’s best to look somewhere else. Despite the training a Goldendoodle will receive, their genes are not made to guard the house. 

The Golden Retriever will retrieve for you, but that’s how far the puppy will go. However, Goldendoodles are intelligent, and when trained right, they might catch on to guardian skills with alarmed senses. 

Luckily, it’s easy to train them; Goldendoodles are docile and understanding. 

Are Goldendoodles cuddly?

Goldendoodles will cuddle you, other dogs, other cats, and themselves. They are very friendly and enjoy cuddly pajama night stays. Although this does depend on the parents and the genes they inherit, a universal law for Goldendoodles is their goofy nature.

Also, Goldendoodles can get addicted to constant nurturing. So, make sure they are also trained for days when you are not around or are busy. Dogs are very affectionate, but your busy schedule can leave them alone. It’s best to schedule your dog according to your plan. Divide their day with exercises, personal space, other dog/cat friends.

If you are a busy pet owner, it would be best to get yourself two or more Goldendoodles together to keep them entertained even without your presence. Goldendoodles will do great in joint families with significant numbers of people and pets.

There are many Doodle mix dogs. Click here to learn about the different (and rare) kinds!

Are Goldendoodles good with kids?

Goldendoodles are great with kids and families. Despite the poodle genes, they are very friendly and lovable.

Poodles are considered to be careless. While they do enjoy the presence of children and a playful session, they can be reckless and might hurt the child unintentionally.

Golden retrivers, on the other hand, are very fluffy and careful with children. Most Goldendoodles will inherit golden retrievers’ traits.

Allow the doodle around children only in your presence until they pass your doubts. Stop monitoring them only when you are 100% sure that the breed doesn’t impose any harm to children. 

Is Goldendoodle dog a playful breed?

Goldendoodles are very energetic, they would enjoy playing with you all day long, but they wouldn’t mind a lazy sleepover either. Groodles are mischievously lazy and do not mind a skipped exercise session as long as you are with them cuddling. 

As the name ‘retriever’ resonates, Goldendoodle will love to fetch and catch. They would also enjoy morning walks, outings with neighborhood friends, pool parties, swimming, running, and sleeping. 

Are Goldendoodles hypoallergenic?

Yes, depending on the generation, there’s a high probability that the dog will be hypoallergenic. This depends on the Goldendoodle’s parents and the breeder you choose. 

Before getting yourself a Goldendoodle, please visit the breeder, meet your Goldendoodle’s parents personally, and notice the surrounding. If you are super-sensitive and prone to allergies, it’s best to choose a generation with minimal chances of an allergenic dog. 

Does a Goldendoodle shed?

Designer dogs can be surprising. You might get a puppy that takes on the genes of a poodle (non-shedding), or you might end up with a puppy that takes upon the golden retriever. 

Golden dogs shed a lot and throughout the year, especially in summers and winters. While choosing a Goldendoodle puppy, try to observe their hair type. If it’s curly or wavy, you might end up with a non-shedding Goldendoodle. 

To completely erase the chance of getting a shedding doodle, choose an expensive F2, F2B, or F3 generation. 

Despite their non-shedding qualities, doodle dog breeds require daily brushing and combing for hair. Doodle breed’s fur can either be long-curly, long-wavy, or long-straight. It’s best to brush your baby every day to avoid matting of hair. 

You always have the option to get your big baby trimmed every 3-4 weeks to avoid matting, combing, or frequent brushing. 

Is Goldendoodle smart?

Both Goldendoodles’ pure parents are intelligent and quick learners. The Poodle is considered the second most intelligent dog. Poodles can be very naughty and will need a confident dog owner to be adequately trained. You will need to assert dominance over the poodle to train them well. 

Golden retrievers are also intelligently bred but are not as hard to train as are the poodles. A hybrid between these breeds will give you a moderately modest and a moderately mischievous dog. Goldendoodle will be easy-to-train, but they are smart, so you will need to work on them rigorously. 

Is the Goldendoodle a high maintenance dog?

Like every other doodle dog, Goldendoodles require high-maintenance. They are expensive divas and deserve everything to be up-to-date. From their diet to their cleanup sessions, to the veterinary visits, everything is going to be costly. 

Groodles are a mixed breed, and a mixed breed will demand double the care. Given their hair’s size and style, they will require regular combing, veterinary visits, and grooming sessions. There are plenty of Goldendoodle haircuts you can choose from to make sure your Goldendoodle always looks their best.

Even if you wish to skip the expensive hair trim, you will need to trim your babies’ nails and keep the ear under check. 

Goldendoodle health conditions

After the hypoallergenic and non-shedding traits, two breeds are bred together to eliminate both the pure parents’ common health issues. Although the hybrid will result in a healthy Goldendoodle, they are still prone to many innate health concerns. 

Goldendoodle is a healthy dog; they do not inherit most of their pure parents’ common health deformities. Dog owners should have a complete health history of the pure parents before getting themselves a Goldendoodle. 

Some of the health conditions that Poodles and Golden Retrievers are prone to are:

  • Hip dysplasia (Hip dysplasia treatment can cost you $1000-$5000)
  • Skin irritation
  • Hyperadrenocorticism
  • Canine hypothyroidism
  • Ear infections

Although these health issues are pretty rare in Groodles, it’s advised to provide your puppy a healthy diet, occasional veterinary visits, veterinary advice, hygiene, and grooming. 

What is the life expectancy of a Goldendoodle?

Goldendoodles have a long life expectancy compared to other Doodle dog breeds. They can live a long and happy life for up to 10-15 years, depending on the genes transferred. Poodles live longer than the golden retriever, but the difference is not as massive. 

When the Doodle is given the proper diet, the right exercise, hygienic environment, adequate care, and love, they will bloom like golden daisies. 

Should I get a Goldendoodle?

Before buying a Goldendoodle or any other dog, ask yourself if you are completely ready for these big babies. Puppies and dogs are no less than babies; they need attention, love, care, training just like any other human baby. 

Can you invest the time in a dog? Do you have enough time to handle a dog? Are there other people to nurture, love, and take care of your dog in your family?

If yes, then Groodles are the most loving, caring, understanding joyous dog breeds for pet parents. They will accompany you outdoors and sleep with you indoors!

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