The Goldendoodle, a mix of the extremely well-tempered Golden Retriever, and the intelligent and alert Poodle is an increasingly more popular designer dog. They were first bred in the 1990s following the success of the Labradoodle. On average, they have a lifespan of anywhere from 10 to 15 years, a considerably long life for a medium to the large pup.
All About the Goldendoodle
Depending on the parent dogs, Goldendoodles are generally very affectionate, just like both parent breeds and gentle. They are also extremely intelligent and easy to train, which makes them good family dogs. These hybrid dogs get along with everyone and get along with kids and other existing pets in the family.
Golden Retrievers and Poodles are often used as therapy dogs, their roles being to help the blind, and as emotional support dogs. As for all hybrid breeds, it’s hard to pinpoint the exact traits of a Goldendoodle. They may take after either parent in the appearance and personality department so it’s highly unpredictable.
To keep your Goldendoodle at peak physical health, he needs at least half an hour of exercise each day. The Golden Retriever is a retriever dog, meaning they are water dogs. So if you can, take your dog out for a swim, I’m sure he will enjoy that very much.
A Poodle is as close to a non-shedding dog as you will get (hypoallergenic), but a Golden Retriever is not. The curly and wiry hair of a Poodle needs to be combed often to avoid mats. So with a Goldendoodle, they require brushing, but only once a week.
Don’t bathe them too much as they could lose the essential oils needed to keep their coats glossy and healthy. Regular grooming such as nail trimming and ear cleaning should be done once a week. Make sure to check for foul odors and infections on your dog’s skin and in his ears.
Unfortunately, hybrid dogs have double the worry for health issues because there are two breeds involved. Your beloved pooch might have the luck of the draw and be free of any plaguing health issues.
On the other hand, he could have the short end of the stick and get hit with all the issues both breeds are prone to. Let’s take a look at which ailments to look out for.
Bloating: Large-chested dogs such as the English Bulldog, and the Goldendoodle might suffer from this issue. It’s where the stomach fills up with gas and twists, and the dog isn’t able to expel the air naturally. If this occurs, seek medical attention straight away.
Elbow Dysplasia: This affects larger breeds more so than smaller ones. If your Goldendoodle takes after the Golden Retriever, they might have this condition.
Hip Dysplasia: This is another issue that plagues larger breeds. It’s when the hip joint doesn’t fit properly into the socket, inducing pain when your pooch walks.
Ear Infection: Dogs with floppy ears are more susceptible to this issue. Moisture gets trapped inside their ear canals, resulting in an infection.
Patellar Luxation: A smaller dog issue, patellar luxation is when the kneecap slips out of the socket. If your Goldendoodle takes after the poodle, watch out for this condition.
Separation Anxiety: This isn’t so much a physical issue as it is a mental one. Due to their love for you, they might never want to leave your side. They start feeling anxious without your presence, and this could lead to destructive behavior and constant crying.
Great family dogs, the Goldendoodle is a great choice for first-time owners, owners with other pets and/or kids. They are ever so loyal, cheerful and very affectionate. Easy to train, this breed is also highly sociable without a strong prey drive, making them suitable for the city.
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