A wide variety of designer dogs have captured the interest of dog lovers around the world. An example is the Golden Retriever Poodle Mix, a hybrid of two favorite canines. Best known as a Goldendoodle, the crossbreed dog is also called a Groodle. Developed in the 1990s, he can sniff out things in food that might adversely affect their owner, such as peanuts. They’ve also proven to be successful as service, therapy, and guide dogs. Affectionate and friendly, this young cross is often chosen because of his reliability as a family dog.
Origin: Results of a Golden Retriever Poodle Mix
The hybrid Goldendoodle was created in the 1990’s following a successful welcome to Labradoodles and Cockapoos. Desired features like intelligence, low dander, and minimal shedding brought about the Golden Retriever Poodle Mix. The dog continues to rise in popularity because of its friendly demeanor and has gained a strong following in Australia.
Golden Retriever Background
The Golden Retriever was developed in Scotland during the early 1800s. The ability of this medium-sized dog to retrieve fowl and game made it a popular breed for working gamers and gentry who enjoyed the hunt. Goldens require exercise each day to keep both mentally and physically fit. Unlike some larger dogs who thrive when running free, the Golden requires time with his family, socialization, and obedience training. He’s an excellent inside dog with good manners and a friendly nature. He responds well to training. He’s smart and learns quickly. His silky fur varies from a cream color to shades of gold.
France was originally credited as being the native country for poodles, although Germany is now awarded that honor. One theory is that they descended from strong Asian herding dogs and were brought by the Moors to Spain and Portugal during the 8th century. Another guess is that they descended from dogs who traveled with the Goths around the Asian steppes and the Mediterranean terrain. They are very smart and learn commands and tasks quickly. The larger Poodle has been bred down to Toy and Miniature sizes, as they make excellent companions and watchdogs.
Regardless of which size the Goldendoodle falls into, there are many characteristics that they share. Like the Golden, they’re quite sociable and enjoy participating in whatever action their humans are pursuing at the moment. They demonstrate the inquisitive nature of the Poodle. They enjoy life in the country or the city where they have a fenced area in which they can play with the family. They also like cats. Apartment dwelling and kennels are not recommended for this type of hybrid dog. Goldendoodles are not barkers and get along with nearly everyone.
Appearance of the Golden Retriever Poodle Mix
The Golden Retriever Poodle Mix displays a wide variety in its appearance. Part of the difference is due to breeding a Goldie to one of three different sizes of Poodle: Miniature, Small Standard, and Large Standard.
Miniature Goldendoodles have a Toy or Miniature Poodle dam or sire, weigh between 15 to 30 pounds and stand between 13 to 20 inches tall. The Small Standard is also referred to as a Medium Mix, with a weight between 40 to 50 pounds and has a height of 17 to 20 inches. Large Standard Goldendoodles have a weight between 50 to 90 pounds and height from 20 to 24 inches.
It’s important to remember that a crossbreed dog’s height, weight, and other characteristics depend on the genetic contribution of both parents. Poodle heritage provides a variety of coat colors, including white, copper, black, and apricot. The golden color is common and is passed down from the Retriever. Soft, smooth hair is provided by the Golden parent, while the Poodle contributes a shaggy, wavy coat. Shedding is different for each pup in a litter.
The Golden Retriever Poodle Mix quickly becomes a member of the family. He enjoys being a companion to adults, friends, kids, and family pets. His moderate activity level requires 20 to 30 minutes of exercise each day, although some of the larger Goldendoodles may require another ten minutes or so to expend their energy. Schedule playtime and an invigorating daily walk he’ll look forward to. Goldendoodles excel in dog sports like flyball and agility. They are recognized as superior therapy dogs who talk to their family with body and verbal dog language. Remember to use positive reinforcement during training, including treats and praise. Look for a playful, curious pup who enjoys being held and displays a friendly attitude..
Goldendoodle and Grooming
The Golden Retriever Poodle Mix varies in appearance thanks to the fur passed on by genes from the sire and dam. He may have loose curls on his fur or sport a shaggy coat. Some have a mixture of both. Be prepared to brush the fur 3 to 4 times a week and schedule a visit to the groomer every other month for clipping. Trim nails every other week.
Check his ears every week, keeping them dry and clean. This is especially important if your Goldendoodle goes in the pool or any other body of water for a swim and after a bath. Take him to the vet if you detect a foul odor coming from the ears or he starts shaking his head as if in distress. It could indicate an ear infection. During the visit, have him check for any dental problems. Brush the teeth of your Golden Retriever Poodle Mix daily to help keep him healthy and less apt to have bad breath.
The Goldendoodle life span ranges between 10 to 15 years. Some common health issues you should be aware of include:
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy (deterioration of the retina)
- Ear infections
- Dysplasia (hip and elbow)
- Von Willebrand’s Disease
- Patellar Luxation