Developing the Goldendoodle breed

The Goldendoodle is a modern breed, created as a “hybrid” or crossbreed in order to gain the advantages of both the Golden Retriever and the Poodle. Here are some interesting facts about the breed’s development.

Goldendoodles emerged in the late 1990s

We don’t know when exactly, but in the late 1990s a number of Goldendoodle breeders emerged in the US and began to sell this new breed to the public. It’s thought that the successful invention of the Labradoodle breed, with its low-allergen coat, led to the idea for the Goldendoodle. The first Labradoodles were produced as guide dogs for people who were allergic to the coats of Labradors. People realised that the same success could be achieved with Retrievers, and so the Goldendoodle was born. In the early days, there were lots of different names for this new breed, including the Goldenpoo, the Poodle Riever, and the Goldiepoo. The Goldendoodle is the name that eventually stuck with the public.

Why Goldendoodles were created

The idea behind the conception of the Goldendoodle breed was to have all the wonderful qualities of the Golden Retriever with its excellent temperament, but with the low-allergy properties of the Poodle’s coat. In theory, this mix would produce a fantastic pet that was also suited to people with allergies.

Are Goldendoodles a “designer dog”?

Yes and no. There is a lot of talk about the “fad” for designer dogs. This suggests there are ethical issues with producing such a dog. In reality, the Goldendoodle isn’t too much of a designer dog – it hasn’t been subjected to extreme breeding practices, like Toy or Teacup breeds. It is a simple crossbreed, with fewer health issues because of its mixed heritage. Furthermore, the Poodle and the Golden Retriever aren’t hugely different, and so there are no adverse affects to crossing them. Both are medium sized dogs with a heritage of retrieving work. However, later on in the 2000s, a fad emerged for creating miniature Goldendoodles, produced by crossing a miniature Poodle with a Golden Retriever. Breeders found there was a huge demand for these smaller Goldendoodles, and this is where the fad element comes in. Nowadays, there are several sizes of Goldendoodle available, including:

  • The standard Goldendoodle
  • The medium Goldendoodle
  • The petite Goldendoodle
  • The mini Goldendoodle

There are also now several colours of Goldendoodle, including: blonde, golden, red, black, chocolate, silver, white, parti and merle.

Are all Goldendoodles hypo-allergenic?

First of all, no dog is completely hypo-allergenic. However, the Poodle-like properties of the Goldendoodle’s coat means that the breed is one of the least likely to cause allergies. However, not all Goldendoodles are the same. As with any crossbreed, there is a lot of variety within this type of dog. First generation (F1) Goldendoodles (those produced by crossing standard Poodles and Golden Retrievers) can have very mixed traits within their litters. Some puppies will have more Poodle-like coats, and some will be more like the Retriever – longer and silkier. However, breeders have come to realise that if they breed the first generation Goldendoodle with a Poodle, they will produce a dog which is very hypo-allergenic. In short, the more Poodle you add to the mix, the less allergies the dog will cause.

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