Goldendoodles' appearance can vary; this is a
|Country of origin
|Classification and breed standards
|Not recognized by any major kennel club
|This breed of dog is
The term Goldendoodle (Golden Doodle) describes a
Golden Retriever and a
hybrid is often said to have begun in
along with the
fanciers challenge this assertion.
Poodle hybrids have become increasingly popular and it is likely that the
combination of Golden Retriever and Poodle has been duplicated by breeders in
Purpose of the Goldendoodle
The Goldendoodle, like the
Labradoodle and many other
breeds, was bred to produce a very low shedding
assistance dog for challenged individuals who need such a dog, but who
allergies to shedding hair or have other problems with excessive shedding.
While the Goldendoodle is typically a low-shedding hybrid, it does shed to some
degree. The Goldendoodle hybrid works well for many allergy sufferers; however,
one can be allergic to an animal's
saliva or its
some breeders claim that the Goldendoodle is a
allergists believe that there is no such thing as a hypoallergenic animal.
There have been no studies to date verifying whether any canine is completly
A one-year-old Goldendoodle.
There are currently no size classifications for the Goldendoodle. It is
difficult for a hybrid litter to "breed true"; that is, it is difficult to know
exactly what size a Goldendoodle or Labradoodle will grow to as an adult,
regardless of parental size. However, Goldendoodles are usually described as
either Standard or Mini. A standard Goldendoodle is the result of crossbreeding
with a standard-sized Poodle. A mini Goldendoodle is the result of crossbreeding
with a miniature Poodle, although some mini Goldendoodles grow beyond their
intended size. The Goldendoodle can come in many different colors, depending on
the poodle genes passed onto the pup. Truly golden Goldendoodles are more
popular than other colors, and are more expensive. However, Goldendoodles can be
tan, black, or a mix. Black Goldendoodles are fairly common and less expensive
than golden offspring. A mix of colors can come from the same litter.
The Goldendoodle is a loving, loyal dog and has a keen sense of smell. They
can be taught to enjoy swimming, as both the retriever and Poodle parts of their
ancestry normally enjoy water. Goldendoodles are intelligent, friendly, and
great with kids, just like their Golden Retriever and Standard Poodle parents.
They are easily trained, highly social, and by nature are easy with strangers
and other dogs. They love to play, and retain the strong retrieving instincts of
the Golden Retriever, and love fetching sticks, balls, Frisbees, etc.
Breed or mixed breed debate
The Goldendoodle is not a purebred; rather, it is a specific type of
mixed-breed dog or "crossbreed".
As such, it is not accepted for registration by mainstream
dogs such as the
American Kennel Club or
United Kennel Club. A true club will only register dogs with a provable
Some breeders allege that the Goldendoodle standard is an F1 (first
generation) pairing between purebred Poodle and Golden Retriever parents. Other
breeders maintain a looser definition and include under the classification
what's known as an F1 backcross Goldendoodle, or F1-B. This dog results from a
union of Goldendoodle plus Poodle or Goldendoodle plus Golden Retriever parents.
Those marketing F1-B puppies resulting from an F1 paired with a Poodle typically
maintain that such animals achieve the same hypoallergenic qualities as the
There are yet other breeders attempting to stabilize the Goldendoodle as an
actual breed. To do so they must attempt to lock the breeding pool according to
the definition of one of the registration entities. Then, according to this
classification only those offspring from parings of animals within this set will
be considered representatives of the breed. This carries the risk that the gene
pool might be narrowed too drastically, increasing the probability of genetic
problems that might only reveal themselves as the dogs mature. On the other
hand, all modern breeds have been developed in exactly this way, by limiting the
parental pool in order to isolate targeted characteristics of structure, color,
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