What happens when you cross a Poodle with an English Creme Golden Retriever – you get an English Goldendoodle. A deliberate mix between these two dogs first occurred in the USA in the mid-1990s.
With the escalating demand for hypoallergenic dogs from a population suffering more and more from allergies, the English Goldendoodle is another low-shedding dog.
Everything You Need To Know About The English Goldendoodle:
As well as intelligence, the genes they’ve inherited create an alert and eager to please dog. Their kooky, mischievous and family-oriented temperament has fast won them many admirers worldwide.
Along with intelligence comes a massive amount of curiosity. Forever looking for things and places to explore, the Goldendoodle makes an excellent companion for adults and children alike. Because they love their families so much wherever you go, they want to be with you.
They don’t need masses of vigorous exercise but will still make excellent dogs to take, exploring, hiking or camping. With their heritage, you would expect them to take to water like a fish, and so they do. Introduce them young, and they’ll enjoy the water for the rest of their lives.
1. Goldendoodle Temperament
Numerous factors establish any dog’s temperament. These include the genes the dog inherits from his parents, training and socialization. Goldendoodle puppies have a pleasant personality, are happy and curious enough to approach humans. They are playful and happy babies. They tend to be more comfortable dogs to train and be so easy-going and very smart; they make a good first dog for families.
Everyone can make mistakes when training a dog; the biggest is not being consistent. Or at least the person doing the majority of training is, but the rest of the family are not. Inconsistency with training confuses any dog, and that leads to frustration for both the dog and trainer.
With intelligence also brings about a high level of sensitivity in dogs. So treating a Goldendoodle with harsh, overly aggressive training isn’t going to work. English Goldendoodles love their family, and if you mistreat them, they will retreat into themselves and become unhappy dogs. You will make them nervous, afraid of you and skittish adult dogs.
The only way to train a Goldendoodle is by positive reinforcement. Praise them when they do well, have treats handy. Always have plenty of patience for the times they don’t do as you would like. Remember they want to please you, nothing they do is because they intend to disobey. As a young dog or puppy, their minds wander, and curiosity can get the better of them. Bear this in mind and have patience and lots of love, and they will become a well-behaved integral member of your family.
2. Home Environment And Goldendoodle’s Personality
Before bringing a new puppy home, you need to assess the type of household he will be coming into. Are you a noisy a little bit busy, two or more kids, are your kids older or young coming and going at different times of the day? Are you a couple, homebodies that like to spend time around the home and live quiet lives? Or do you both work out of the house many hours each day, lead busy, active lives away from home? That’s just three examples of types of homes a new puppy could be entering.
When viewing puppies to adopt one, think temperament first, not how they look or if they are male or female. Going back to what we just discussed, bringing the wrong puppy into the wrong household is a recipe for unhappiness for the family, especially the puppy.
Goldendoodles love the time spent with their families, leaving them alone, especially for long periods will put too much strain on the dog. Separation anxiety is a probability with a Goldendoodle and is a factor if you decide to choose one.
A dog with separation anxiety will exhibit bad behavior, in the form of destruction, whining, chewing, barking and general havoc. There are ways that you can ease your puppy’s anxiety and help him overcome his fears.
3. Goldendoodle Sizes
The standard grows to fifty to seventy-five pounds and between twenty-one and twenty-three inches tall. A standard Goldendoodle is breeding a full-size Poodle with an English Golden Retriever.
The medium grows from thirty-five to fifty pounds and between eighteen and twenty-one inches. This size is breeding a medium Poodle with Golden or English Golden Retrievers.
The mini grows from twenty-five to forty-five pounds and between sixteen and nineteen inches tall. This size is breeding different combinations-a miniature Poodle and English Golden Retriever, two mini English Goldendoodles or a miniature Poodle with a mini English Goldendoodle.
The tiny grows from fifteen to twenty-five pounds and between thirteen to sixteen inches tall. This size is breeding a Miniature or Toy Poodle to a Mini English Goldendoodle.
4. Goldendoodle Coat Types
English Goldendoodles have a few different coat types. They all have in common that they are low to non-shedding, which is excellent news if you’re considering a non-shedding dog because you suffer from allergies.
There’s a part fleecy and part wavy coat which is soft and plush. Once the dog reaches adulthood, the coat becomes loose curls but is still very soft. This coat type is low and even non-shedding.
The curly coat of a Goldendoodle is similar to that of the Poodle; this coat will be non-shedding.
The straight or loose and wavy coats get that disheveled look when they become adults. They look as though they are always in need of a brush. This coat sheds more, but still not as much as a Retriever’s coat.
5. Goldendoodle Coat Colors
Because the name Goldendoodle misleads people into thinking the colors of their coats are primarily, cream, apricot, blond and red, following the line of Golden Retrievers colors. However, the AKC recognizes seven Poodle colors; Cafe-au-lait, Blue, Brown, Silver, Apricot, Grey and Cream. So as you can see, there can be many color combinations, even within one litter.
When you’re researching English Goldendoodle breeders, aim to pick one that focuses on temperament. As we mentioned earlier, this is a crucial factor in determining the best dog for your family.