Monica Dickens, great-granddaughter of the legendary Charles Dickens, is credited with breeding the first Goldendoodles back in 1969. However, this new crossbreed did not really take off until the 1990s when intensive breeding began.
Goldendoodles quickly took the dog world by storm and remain one of the most popular designer dogs today. They are adorable, friendly, loving, and gentle. What’s not to love?
What are the Pros and Cons of a Goldendoodle? Goldendoodles are excellent family dogs with a gentle and reliable temperament, high level of intelligence, and affectionate nature. However, some people may find their exercise requirements and amount of grooming involved to be less than desirable.
While in reality there is no “perfect” dog, some seem to come closer to that description than others do. The Goldendoodle is one of them.
An honest look at the good and the not so good aspects of the Goldendoodle will help you decide for yourself. We’ll be looking at a variety of traits including their temperament, trainability, and shedding characteristics as well as things to be aware of when considering a Goldendoodle.
Traits That Make Goldendoodles Great
A Goldendoodle owner could probably talk for hours about all the wonderful traits of their pup. A common complaint is that these dogs are not immortal. That says a lot about this trending crossbreed.
Let’s look at some specific traits that make the Goldendoodle truly great.
When you think of a dog that would do really well with families, what comes to mind? Perhaps your first thoughts involve a dog with a sweet, reliable temperament and a forgiving spirit. Maybe you consider a dog who is adaptable, eager-to-please, affectionate, and able to keep up with active children. Well, the Goldendoodle is all of these things and more!
The loyal Goldendoodle is usually well tolerated by those who have allergies. Strong and sturdy enough to endure the occasional rough-housing of over-eager, excitable children, yet famously gentle and loving, the Goldendoodle truly is an amazing choice for families.
Thanks to the addition of Poodle in their bloodlines, Goldendoodles tend not to shed very much (we talk about this in more detail here). As with all crossbreeds, there are exceptions, but on average, Goldendoodles shed much less than other breeds. The more Poodle in their heritage, the lower their shedding tendencies will be.
Goldendoodles with a curly, Poodle-like coat are also very low-shedders. The curlier, the better. The low amounts of shedding mean less mess on your floors, furniture, and clothing and less time spent vacuuming.
Goldendoodles are usually allergy-friendly, again thanks to those Poodle genes. Allergies are usually triggered by proteins found in dog saliva, dander, and urine. Since many Goldendoodles do not shed very much, their dander tends to remain trapped beneath the coat instead of freely broadcast throughout the house.
Both Golden Retrievers and Poodles were originally bred to be intelligent, easily trained hunting dogs (surprising, huh?). While they are now mainly bred to be companion pets, their intellect and trainability have been passed down to Goldendoodles.
Goldendoodles are typically easy-going and strive to please their owners, so they are usually quite easy to train using positive reinforcement methods. Adamantly ignore the bad behavior and reward good behavior with treats or praise, and these smart dogs will rapidly catch on. Speaking of treats, these are my favorite training treats (check them out on Amazon).
Goldendoodles are widely known for their friendliness. They enthusiastically greet new people and consider everyone to be a friend. They will happily lavish affection on anyone who holds still long enough and expect the same in return.
This crossbreed is fairly active, but will also be content for long periods of snuggle-time with family members, both young and old, on the couch. Goldendoodles are people-oriented and delight in taking part in any family activities.
Most Goldendoodles love to play and will quickly become masters at games like fetch or Frisbee. Swimming and going for hikes are also favorite activities. These social dogs also enjoy trips to the local dog park where they are free to romp and play with new dogs and people alike.
Goldendoodles do not have a reputation for aggression at all and typically get along very well with not only other dogs but all kinds of animals as well, including cats and the family guinea pig.
These loving, laid-back dogs are often described as being very tolerant and even-tempered. They will bear indignities, like being dressed up in silly outfits, much better than other breeds.
If they are properly trained and socialized, they can adapt well to homes that often host large dinner parties and have frequent company. They likewise do just as well in homes where children and their friends are always coming and going.
As you can see, the Goldendoodle is an exceptional family dog, typically does not shed much, is great for those with allergies, is easy to train, and has an all-around fantastic temperament. So, are there any cons at all for this crossbreed?
Things to Understand about the Goldendoodle
There are a few facets of Goldendoodles that some people would regard as not so good or even negative. Keep in mind that every dog is an individual and what is true of one Goldendoodle may not be true of another.
Goldendoodles are fairly high-energy dogs and do require at least 30 minutes of vigorous exercise every day, sometimes more, depending on the dog. This can be in the form of long walks, jogging, or swimming, but games like tug-of-war and fetch can also do the trick.
Some coat types are easier to care for than others, but all Goldendoodles will need to be brushed regularly to prevent mats from forming. Keeping the coat clipped in a short style can make grooming easier but, unless you learn how to do it yourself, will involve the services (and bill) of a professional groomer.
Goldendoodles are so incredibly social, they sometimes get a little too excited when playing with active children or when meeting new people or dogs. Little ones may be accidentally knocked down as the oh-so-happy dog tries to play with them. Goldendoodles may forget their manners and jump up to greet people with sloppy kisses, though proper training can correct these issues.
Puppies of any breed come with their own set of trials, and Goldendoodle pups are no different. Although usually easy to train and housebreak, they can be a little “mouthy” as puppies, chewing on things they shouldn’t, including fingers. This problem can be resolved by offering a variety of chew toys and “puppy-proofing” your house.
Molding the Perfect Goldendoodle
Just like any dog, a Goldendoodle needs guidance, experience, and rules in life in order to grow up to be a well-rounded, well-behaved dog. How is this accomplished? Through proper training and correct socialization.
Training your Goldendoodle is not just about teaching him basic commands. It establishes you as the leader of the pack, and your dog grows to understand that consistent obedience is the only option that gets rewards.
Remember, training isn’t just for your benefit. It is vital for your dog’s safety as well.
Socializing your Goldendoodle is just as important as training him is. Guiding your puppy through new experiences and introducing him to many new people, animals, sights, and sounds in a positive way will give him confidence and teach him what’s expected of him as he goes through life.
A well-trained and socialized Goldendoodle is a delight to be around and can embark on many adventures with you and your family without you worrying about how he might behave in new environments and situations.
Do Goldendoodles bark a lot?
Although some Goldendoodles will naturally be more vocal than others, on the whole, Goldendoodles are not categorized as excessive barkers. Most will only bark with good reason or when they are overly excited. Excessive barking in any dog is usually indicative of underlying problems.
What’s the biggest difference between a Goldendoodle and a Labradoodle?
There is one key difference that accounts for all other minor differences – their lineage. A Goldendoodle will have traits similar to a Golden Retriever such as extreme friendliness and soft coat, while a Labradoodle is often a bit reserved and has a courser coat like a Labrador Retriever.