If you’re the owner of one of these great little dogs, you’ll want to know as much as you can about them. Here are some important facts to know about the Goldendoodle.
Goldendoodles have “hybrid vigour”
The term “hybrid vigour” refers to the health of dogs that are crossbreeds. Rather than having the usual hereditary problems of purebred dogs, crossbreeds are said to have healthier genes because there is less in-breeding in their bloodlines. However, the health of your dog is also heavily dependent on the health of its parents and whether the dog has come from a responsible, ethical breeder who screens for hereditary conditions before breeding. Conditions that are usually screened for include hip dysplasia, eye conditions and von Willebrand’s Disease.
Goldendoodles have a good life expectancy
On average a healthy Goldendoodle can live to 15 years or more, if looked after well. This means you need to be fully committed to living with your canine companion – you really are embarking on a lifelong journey together.
Grooming isn’t as straight-forward as you think
Your Goldendoodle may turn out to have very curly, Poodle-like fur, or he may turn out to have silky fur like the Golden Retriever. Ask your breeder what the most likely outcome will be, as most puppies will have a different coat once they grow into adults. The type of fur will determine how much grooming is going to be needed later in life.
Goldendoodles are sociable creatures
You will need to provide lots of companionship for your Goldendoodle, as they crave human and canine company.
This breed is easy to train
In comparison to a lot of other breeds, the Goldendoodle is fairly mild mannered and doesn’t come with dominance issues, nor is he highly strung. This means training your Goldendoodle pup will be relatively drama free.
The Goldendoodle has a working dog heritage
Both the Poodle and the Retriever were trained as hunting dogs, who were responsible for retrieving game that was shot down by their masters. This means the Goldendoodle loves to work! He will love fetching and agility training. Anything which makes him feel useful and indulges his instincts for retrieving.