A Goldendoodle is what many consider a “designer dog”. It is a crossbred that results from the crossing of a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. Despite not being a breed of its own, it is enjoying growing popularity, which is a good thing for them but could also be a problem.
When a pet breed becomes popular in a place, there is a high demand for it. This will make irresponsible breeders to cross Retrievers and Poodles irresponsibly and offering them without any genetic guarantee.
Before Getting a Goldendoodle
As a responsible future dog owner, there are several things that you must prepare in anticipation before bringing in the pet. Make sure you have a puppy checklist and that you can scratch pretty much everything from it.
So, consider the following points about what it is like to have this beautiful dog as a pet.
- They are smart. These dogs are pretty fast learners. They are always willing to please and if you treat them right, they will not embarrass you in front of other people. Because of this, they can make great guide dogs or they can be paired with someone suffering PTSD.
- They are friendly and loving. If you have kids at home they will be delighted and will have fun playing with the pup.
- Make sure you load yourself with grooming products. This fellow requires a lot of hair maintenance. Their fur ranges from small waves to big curls. Brush their hair at least every other day and get some professional grooming service every 2-3 months.
- They are hypoallergenic. Due to their poodle characteristics, they are suitable for anyone that is usually allergic to dog hair. Just keep in mind that virtually no dogs are 100% hypoallergenic as they all have the potential to shed.
The Size and Implications
If you are getting a Goldendoodle puppy, you will surely know what his size is but until you have seen it grow. Being a crossbred, there is really not an aim at what is wanted. Besides this, these puppies are rarely the result of multigenerational breedings.
This means that their size will vary depending on the size of the parent dogs they are crossed with. However, we can classify its size into three types: Miniature, Small Standard, and Large Standard.
The miniature, a cross between the Toy Poodle and the Golden retriever can be 13 to 20 inches tall and 15 to 30 pounds in weight.
The small standard ranges from 17 to 20 inches and can weigh from 40 to 50 pounds. The Large Standard is 20 to 24 inches tall with a weight of 50 to 90 pounds.
When you go and select one, you should get a description of what their parents were. This will give you a clearer idea of what to expect when it comes to size.
The next question is how much do Goldendoodles cost? You can find listings on the internet or newspaper that offer samples of this dog at around $500, or even less. Of course, to this, you must add the expense of taking care of one, including food, grooming, and veterinarian.
Getting a dog for a price is like buying a car. You aim for quality. Dogs like the Goldendoodle are usually prone to diseases due to their genetic constitution. This is why, when you purchase one, you must demand the breeder to provide you with a health certificate.
If this breeder puts you off with this, move away and find a breeder that will provide you with that information. Keep in mind that Goldendoodles can inherit the same diseases as either of their parents. Be prepared to take that pup to the veterinarian in the case of an eventuality.