You may have heard the term “hybrid vigour” mentioned in conversations about the Goldendoodle. This refers to the natural health that crossbreeds develop as a result of their mixed bloodlines. Whilst this is true for the Goldendoodle, to a certain extent, it doesn’t mean the breed is entirely immune to hereditary diseases from the Golden Retriever or the Poodle side. Here are some conditions you should watch out for.
This is a very common knee condition which happens in a lot of breeds, particularity in smaller dogs. If your Goldendoodle has a miniature Poodle in its family history, you might need to be especially vigilant for this issue. It happens when the knee joints don’t fit properly into their sockets. It may affect your dog’s mobility, though it isn’t life threatening.
When the thigh and hip bones don’t fit together into their sockets, this painful hip condition can arise. Later on it can develop into arthritis. Look out for a dog that has an odd gait or seems unsteady on its feet. Breeders should never breed from a dog with hip dysplasia.
Similar to hip dysplasia but affecting the elbows, this condition affects the forelegs of a dog.
Progressive Renal Atrophy
This eye condition causes damage to the retina and makes it difficult for your dog to see in the dark. Long term, it can also impact the dog’s normal vision.
Von Willebrand’s Disease
This condition is a blood disorder which causes excessive bleeding in dogs. It means that the blood is not able to clot as it usually would after a cut. Normally, the disease will show itself in dogs between three and five years old.
The Goldendoodle is a deep, chested breed and as such, it can be prone to bloat, or Gastric Dilatation Volvulus as it is also knows. This is when a build-up of gas in the stomach causes it to bloat and in serious cases, this can cause the stomach to twist on itself, causing a blockage that can be fatal.
When the thyroid gland is under active, it causes a range of symptoms known as hypothyroidism. Hair loss, weight gain and skin conditions can all result from this condition, which can be treated with medication.
Now that you know some of the commonly inherited diseases in Goldendoodles, you will need to take note of them and ask your breeder if they have screened against them.