The perfect family dog, Goldendoodles are an affectionate and loving Oodle breed. This playful dog breed is a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle, making them a gentle dog that is perfect for allergy-prone owners.
Goldendoodles are a very modern breed, having been first bred in the 1990s after their original breeders noticed the growing popularity of the Labradoodle. As dog lovers started looking for a hypoallergenic dog with the same characteristics as a Golden Retriever, they set out to create the Goldendoodle, which is also referred to as Groodle. Since then, this breed has been loved by individuals and families as a popular Oodle breed.
Almost all Goldendoodles you will find today will be first-generation hybrids, meaning that their parents will be a Golden Retriever and a Poodle, as this ensures the inheritance of characteristics of both breeds.
- Goldendoodles are a great family dog! They are known to be great around children, easily trainable and highly intelligent making them the perfect addition to any family or a great choice for first-time dog owners.
- This breed can be susceptible to a range of health conditions inherited from their Poodle and Golden Retriever parents. We recommend investigating their pedigree and medical history, and having them regularly screened for common hereditary diseases.
- Goldendoodles are not only highly intelligent, but also very active. Be sure to make your Goldendoodle a part of the family through frequent play sessions, daily walks and dog activities to keep them happy.
Appearance: Goldendoodles can vary in appearance depending on the characteristics they take on from their parents. Some Goldendoodles will have curly hair that resembles their Poodle genetics, while others will have a wavier coat from their Golden Retriever parent.
Whilst their coat colour can vary, the golden coat colour is the most common in Goldendoodles. Likewise, Goldendoodles can vary in size depending on the size of their parent breeds (i.e. Goldendoodles with a miniature Poodle parent will be smaller than those with a standard Poodle parent). Smaller Goldendoodles often weigh around 22 kilograms, whilst larger Goldendoodles can weigh up to 41 kilograms.
Temperament: Every Goldendoodle will have a unique personality, but they are known to be very friendly, yet active dogs. Great for first-time dog owners, this breed responds well to obedience training and is often gentle with children - making them the perfect family dog.
Activity Level: This breed requires approximately one to two hours of exercise a day, but this depends on their size. Smaller Goldendoodles that were bred with miniature and small Poodle breeds will need less exercise that Goldendoodles with larger-sized Poodle relatives.
Health: Whilst generally healthy dogs, Goldendoodles can be predisposed to varying hereditary diseases. To help manage this, we recommend the health screening of your Goldendoodle at least once a year so these conditions can be diagnosed as soon as possible.
Lifespan: The average Goldendoodle can be expected to often live between up to 15 years, meaning you have many years to spend with your new family member!
Goldendoodles are a beautiful breed, but will sometimes require more grooming than other breeds. However, you can maintain your Goldendoodle’s grooming from home with the appropriate tools, tips and attitude!
Coat Types & Shedding Patterns: Goldendoodles can have varying fur types depending on the genes they inherit from their Golden Retriever and Poodle parents. Some Goldendoodles will have curlier hair that closely resembles their Poodle parent, whilst some have wavy hair that closely resembles their Golden Retriever parent. This means that every Goldendoodle will be a little bit different, and will require varying types of grooming.
Since Goldendoodles can vary in their fur types, this also means that their shedding patterns can differ. A pup with a curlier coat will shed less than one that has a wavy hair texture - it all depends on their genetics!
Frequent Grooming: No matter their coat type, your Goldendoodle should be groomed regularly. We recommend frequently brushing your pup to avoid excessive shedding and matts, which can cause discomfort if left for long periods of time.
For Goldendoodle with curlier coats, we recommend brushing them at least twice a week with a soft pin dog brush. For wavy-coated Goldendoodles, you can brush them at least once a week with a dog brush to keep their fur healthy.
Many Goldendoodle owners opt for professional grooming services for their pup to ensure that their fur stays healthy, and avoid any discomfort. This is encouraged if you are not confident in grooming your Goldendoodle (especially when it comes to haircuts). We recommend finding a trusted groomer, or consult with your veterinarian on a groomer they recommend.
Nail Trimming: To make sure that your Goldendoodle doesn’t experience discomfort, be sure to monitor their nail growth and not let their nails become overgrown. Your Goldendoodle’s nails can be maintained by being naturally worn down from frequent walks on pavement or through trimming them regularly.
You can determine overgrown nails in your pup if they begin to touch the ground - this is time to carefully trim those nails with dog nail clippers! If possible, introduce nail trimming early on with your Goldendoodle to avoid difficulties with this process
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Gripsoft Shedding Comb
Gripsoft grooming combs for dogs are easy to use and designed to give a professional finish. The soft, rubber-sheathed, non-slip ergonomic handles provide maximum comfort, grip and control.
Fine Comb: Designed to keep fine-textured coats and the "feathers" on legs and tail of long haired dogs tangle-free.
Medium Comb: Use on medium and long-haired dog breeds to prevent matting.
Coarse Comb: Use to keep the coat of medium and long-haired dog breeds tangle-free.
Double-sided Comb: Use on medium to long-haired pets. Use the coarse side of the comb for loosening dense or matted portions of the coat, then comb out dead hair and finish with the other side.
Flea Comb: Removes fleas and their eggs from the coats of dogs and cats. The small Flea Comb fits into the palm of your hand and has finger-fitting contours for extra control and comfort.
Shedding Comb: Loosens and removes mat from the undercoat of double-coated breeds.
Rotating Comfort Comb: For all breeds and coat types. The stainless steel pins rotate 360 degrees to gently de-tangle the coat.
Gripsoft Slicker Brush - Soft Pins Large
Gripsoft products are easy to use and designed to give a professional finish. The soft, rubber-sheathed, non-slip ergonomic handle provides maximum comfort, grip and control.
Bristle Brush: Use to bring out the shine in your pet’s coat.
Pin Brush: Use for daily brushing of your pet. Sturdy wire pins help untangle mats and snarls while removing dead or shedding hair.
Rubber Curry Brush: Suitable for shampooing or gentle brushing of your pet, removing dead or shedding hair from the coat.
Rubber Massage Curry Brush: An excellent tool for removing loose hair while gently massaging the skin of your pet. Maintains a healthy and shiny coat and promotes oil production for healthy skin.
Shedding Blade: Use to remove dead and shedding hair on medium and long-haired breeds. Regular use will prevent matting.
Slicker Brush: Use to remove dead and shedding hair from your pets and help untangle mats and snarls. The version with soft pins is specially designed for pets with sensitive skin and fine, silky coats.
Undercoat and Dematting Rakes: Ideal for tending to your pet’s undercoat by removing dead, shedding, matted or knotted hair from the innermost layer.
Gripsoft Deluxe Nail Clippers Large
Gripsoft Nail Trimmers can be used to trim the nails of any breed to maintain comfortable nail length. Deluxe Nail Trimmers include a cutting guard for additional safety and ease of use.
Gripsoft Nail Clippers and Deluxe Nail Clippers aid in cutting short nails on small to medium dogs to maintain comfortable nail length. Both types include a cutting guard.
Common Health Conditions In Goldendoodles
When looking to adopt a Goldendoodle, it’s extremely important to know their medical history, and that of their parents. This is due to Goldendoodles being predisposed to a range of genetic disorders and health issues that can cause them later trouble into adulthood.
We understand that this is not always possible, especially if you’re adopting an adult Goldendoodle with very slim medical documentation. Therefore, we recommend having adult Goldendoodles being screened for health issues every year to help detect any possible issues as early as possible.
Orthopaedic Conditions: Goldendoodles are susceptible to a range of orthopaedic conditions that can affect their mobility as they age. These conditions are commonly found in Golden Retrievers, so if possible, screening of your Goldendoodle’s Golden Retriever parent of these diseases is highly important.
Hip and elbow dysplasia is a condition caused by the abnormal development of these joints in your dog. Dysplasia can be identified in your Goldedoodle starting from one to two years old through difficulty in walking, stiff joints and abnormal swaying. Whilst many dogs can live comfortably with anti-inflammatory medication, some severe cases require surgery. If you identify any of these symptoms in your dog, we recommend taking them to a trusted veterinarian.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy: Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) is a degenerative disease that affects the eyes of the dog. In Goldendoodles, symptoms such as bumping into objects or becoming nervous often begin to show when they are three to five years old. With PRA, your Goldendoodle’s night vision will begin to deteriorate first, meaning that it is best to look for symptoms when they are in dark spaces.
Whilst there is no cure for this disease, your Goldendoodle can still live a happy and healthy life due to their strong sense of smell, hearing and touch.
Gastric Dilatation: As a deep-chested breed, Goldendoodles can be susceptible to gastric dilation at any life stage. This condition can occur when food, fluid or air collects in the dog’s stomach, making it expand. Following this, the dog’s stomach can twist and trap the content in the stomach, leaving it nowhere to go and restricting blood flow to vital organs.
Common symptoms of gastric dilation are a swollen abdomen, agitation, inability to vomit and excessive drooling & panting. If you observe these symptoms, take your Goldendoodle to the veterinarian immediately as this is a life threatening condition.
To help prevent gastric dilation, we recommend giving your Goldendoodle food in smaller portions or even through slow feeder bowls to regulate the speed of their eating. Likewise, we recommend waiting at least an hour before or after exercising to feed your pup.
Training a Goldendoodle
If you’re looking for a breed that is easily trainable and responds well to commands, the Goldendoodle is the perfect fit! As both Poodles and Golden Retrievers are known for their intelligence, Goldendoodles are likewise very smart and easily trained.
Starting early: We recommend beginning training with your Goldendoodle at a young age to help with common behavioural issues later in life, such as jumping and barking. By setting a basis of training with your Goldendoodle, you can ensure they are a happy addition to your family.
This sentiment also rings true for house-training your Goldendoodle. Starting early will make this process smoother for both you and your pup! Due to their high intelligence, potty training your Goldendoodle will often come easier, as they will pick up commands faster than some dog breeds.
Leash training: Training your Goldendoodle to walk properly on a leash is a vital practice from a young age! Goldendoodles can grow to be quite large, and having a dog pull you down the street can not only be tiring, but unsafe.
To leash train your dog, we recommend purchasing a good quality harness that is appropriate for the size of your Goldendoodle and bringing along some training treats on your walks. You will need to be patient with your dog, and reward them with treats when they are walking loosely on the lead and responding to your commands.
Positive reinforcement: When training your Goldendoodle in any area, we recommend following the positive reinforcement method. This involves giving your dog a reward (e.g. praise or a treat) when they perform the wanted behaviour, such as sitting on command. When your dog shows unwanted behaviours, this method recommends ignoring them, and redirecting them to a positive behaviour.
This is the most effective method of training, and will make the experience for both you and your Goldendoodle positive and something your dog looks forward to.
Socialisation: Although Goldendoodles are a friendly and personable dog breed, it is still important to socialise your pup. By socialising your Goldendoodle, it gives them the best chance at becoming comfortable around other dogs, people and environments. You can socialise your dog in a safe setting, such as a local puppy school or meeting with known dogs.
For more of our top tips on socialising your puppy, check out our veterinary puppy guide: The Vet’s Puppy Guide: Facts, Care, and Training Tips
Puppy School: A great way to introduce your Goldendoodle to basic commands, and also socialise them with other dogs is puppy school. In puppy school, your dog will learn basic obedience training, as well as allow them to familiarise themselves with other dogs, people and environments. This is an accessible and safe way for your Goldendoodle to learn basic commands and become a well-rounded pup!
Many veterinary practices offer puppy school classes, which provides a safe environment for your Goldendoodle puppy when they are vulnerable before receiving their full vaccinations.
Exercise Needs For a Goldendoodle
Goldendoodles are very active breeds - both physically and mentally. This means that keeping up with daily exercise and mental stimulation is vital to keep your pup happy and save you from dealing with any unwanted destructive behaviours, such as barking and digging.
Daily walks: A great way to incorporate your Goldendoodle’s daily exercise is through at least one walk a day. By creating this routine with your dog, you can ensure they get the exercise they need without getting lost in your busy schedule.
To make sure your Goldendoodle doesn’t become bored with the same walking route, be sure to switch up where you walk every few walks. This keeps your Goldendoodle interested in walks, and also allows them to become familiar with new environments.
Playtime: Daily walks should not just be the only source of exercise your Goldendoodle receives in the day. We recommend carving out some time to spend playing with your Goldendoodle each day. You can play fetch outside with their favourite toy, or play tug of war with a sturdy rope toy. This not only helps you meet your dog’s exercise requirements, but is also a great opportunity for you to bond with your Goldendoodle.
Mentally stimulating activities: Goldendoodles are smart dogs, so they need activities that help keep their brains occupied. We recommend providing your dog with mentally stimulating dog activities such as puzzle treat toys or play mats to help keep their mind active. By regularly engaging your pup in various activities, you will help keep them happy and healthy for a longer period.
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Black Dog Wear Smart Lead Regular 1.5m with Buckle
Black Dog Wears' Smart Lead Range
Sizes- Mini, Small & Regular sizes - for Tethering dogs from 1kg up to 26 kg.
Smart Leads are one of those "Why hasn't anyone thought of that before" designs.
A quality lead for everyday use, with the added advantage of being length adjustable and enabling you to securely tether your dog to a tree or pole without unclipping the lead from your dog, or tying knots in it.
The rated strength is related to the breaking strain of the Plastic Buckle in the handle when used for tethering. In normal walking the lead is substantially stronger, but the rated strength is due to the plastic buckle being the least strong component.
Care should always be exercised when tethering a dog, to make sure the dog is safe and supervised, that pathways are not restricted by the tethered dog (not all people are comfortable near dogs) and keep in mind that an agitated dog could easily chew through any lead to escape.
(for tethering larger dogs go to our New Double-Ended 1.5m Stainless Steel Lead)
Length Adjustable 0.8 to 1.5 Metres with buckle- 12, 20 or 25mm wide webbing - with corresponding sized snaphook.
Smart Leads are rated for tethering strength - based on the breaking strain of the buckle in the handle. The Lead is significantly stonger when the buckle is not in use.
Sporn Halter Harness Large 43-61cm
Does your dog pull incessantly whilst on a lead? If walktime has become uncomfortable for you and your dog, the Sporn Halter Harness could help. It's unique design has the ability to control any sized dog.
This particular harness is suited to large breed dogs and the shape is designed to prevent pulling whilst being comfortable to wear. The restraints go under your dog's arms and stop him from yanking the lead. The restraints are covered with specially designed padded sherpa sleeves.
Benefits of the Sporn Halter Harness
- High quality braided cord and nylon webbing is long lasting.
- Easily transforms into a normal collar after walks.
- Prevents your dog from pulling whilst on lead.
- Doesn't put pressure on the neck.
Goldendoodle Behaviour Issues
Goldendoodles are generally well-behaved and friendly dogs, but that doesn’t discount them from experiencing some behaviour issues. Luckily, these behaviours can be trained out due to their receptiveness to obedience training. Through positive reinforcement and patience, your Goldendoodle will begin to understand that the unwanted behaviour will not be rewarded.
Excessive barking: You may experience some excessive barking in your Goldendoodle, which can become frustrating at the best of times. Excessive barking can be the result of boredom, excitement, attention seeking, alerts or loneliness. Identifying the cause of excessive barking is crucial to understanding the next steps of training out the behaviour.
Vet Tips to help minimise excessive barking
1. Ensure that your dog is receiving the appropriate amount of attention and exercise a day. This not only means physically, but mentally as well.
2. Allow your Goldendoodle to familiarise themselves with different environments, people and animals to help reduce any fear-driven barking (e.g. barking at passers-by from the window).
If you continue to experience excessive barking in your Goldendoodle, and the causes don't appear to be one of the above, we recommend taking your dog to a trusted veterinarian for further examination.
Destructive behaviour: Your Goldendoodle may become destructive through excessive digging, and this is likely the cause of boredom or loneliness. Finding holes scattered in your backyard can be a pain, so we recommend addressing this as soon as possible. To help keep your Goldendoodle from boredom, ensure they are taking an active role in your household. This means frequent attention from family members and daily walks. Likewise, we recommend providing your Goldendoodle toys and dog activities to keep their minds busy.
Jumping: As an energetic and loving dog breed, Goldendoodles can have a tendency to jump. Whilst not aggressive in nature, this is something you should address, as this can become a dangerous behaviour when around children, and unwanted by guests.
To tackle this behaviour, we recommend consistency with ignoring your dog when they jump by turning away, and rewarding them when they have all four paws on the ground. Through repetition, your Goldendoodle will understand that they only receive attention when they are not jumping.
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Adaptil Dog Stress Relief Spray 60ml
Adaptil Dog Stress Relief Spray 60ml provides targeted, comforting support for your dog either at home or on the go. It is ideal for any time you would like to give your dog some extra reassurance when you have visitors, are travelling long distances, adjusting to a new environment, visiting the vet or hospitalisation.
Adaptil is a synthetic copy of the natural canine appeasing pheromone that puppies are exposed to after birth when feeding from their mother and helps treat and prevent fear and stress related behaviours that result in destruction, house soiling, vocalisation such as whimpering or whining as well as anxiety. Adaptil is designed especially for dogs, is odourless, non-sedative and can be used alongside all types of medication. It can be sprayed directly on bedding, inside crates, indoor kennels or in the car.
Directions of Use:
- Spray 8-10 pumps 15 minutes before the dog is introduced into the environment.
- Effects should last approximately 1.5 to 2 hours.
- Renew application after this time or if you notice a reduced effect.
- Always spray directly on an object or surface. Do not spray in the air or on your dog.
- Each 60 mL bottle of Adaptil Spray contains +/- 50 applications.
- Use alone or in combination with an Adaptil Diffuser & Refill for added support.
PAW Complete Calm Chews for Dogs
Unwanted feelings of nervousness, anxiety, stress and fear can all impact your dogs mental wellbeing. Help your dog adapt to changing situations and bring them back to a place of calm with PAW Complete Calm for Medium and Large Dogs.
These tasty chews contain tryptophan to help reduce stress-related behaviour and anxiety-induced aggression, as well as B group vitamins to support the general health and nervous system function in your dog. These nutritious chews contain a rich source of vitamins and minerals which are essential for maintaining a healthy immune system.
Highly palatable chew formulated with tasty fish and chickpea protein that is easy to give to your pet on a daily basis.
Tryptophan has been demonstrated to benefit dogs displaying signs of:
- Stress related behaviours such as vocalisation, marking and changes in appetite.
- Anxiety induced aggression.
- General anxiety driving changes in serotonin levels (eg. separation anxiety, travel anxiety).
For animal consumption only. Read the label carefully before use.
Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Calming Care Probiotic For Dogs 30 x 1g Sachets
Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Calming Care Probiotic For Dogs 30 x 1g Sachet is a premium product for dogs with anxiety. Purina Pro Plan Calming Care contains Bifidobacterium longum (BL999), a probiotic strain shown to help dogs maintain calm behaviour.
- Probiotic supplement to help dogs maintain calm behaviour
- Helps dogs cope with external stressors like separation, unfamiliar visitors, novel sounds, or changes in routine and location
- Helps dogs maintain positive cardiac activity during stressful events promoting a positive emotional state
Goldendoodle Nutritional Guidance
With any pup, you want to make sure that you are providing them with the appropriate amount of nutrients to keep them happy and healthy. This is no different for Goldendoodles, as they require nutrient dog food that uses high quality ingredients to keep them healthy.
Protein-rich food: Along with nutrient-rich foods, we recommend providing your Goldendoodle with foods that are high in protein. High-protein foods will give your pup the energy they need, along with supporting their growth and development. Dog foods with the base of chicken, beef, turkey, salmon or pork are a great way to incorporate protein into your pup’s diet.
Hydration: As with all dog breeds, it is important that you give your Goldendoodle access to fresh and clean water at all times. Keeping your pup hydrated helps prevent dehydration and related illnesses - making them a happy pup!
We recommend having a water bowl filled with clean water out in your home so that your Goldendoodle has access to water whenever they need it.
Meal Frequency: The portion sizes of each meal you give your Goldendoodle will vary depending on their life stage and their size, but you should still space out meal times throughout the day. We recommend feeding your Goldendoodle twice a day to encourage healthy eating habits.
To avoid your Goldendoodle overeating or eating too quickly at meal time (which can put them at risk of diabetes and associated diseases), we recommend putting their food into a slow feeder bowl to encourage the development of a healthy appetite into adulthood.
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Whether you have an Goldendoodle or you're thinking about getting one, we hope you learnt something by reading our article. Whilst this guide is great start to learning about Goldendoodle ownership, never stop seeking out new information from reputable sources. Share your experiences with other Goldendoodle owners, and always continue to learn more about your dogs breed, temperament and how best to care for and love them.