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Goldendoodles

Sporting Group, Non-Sporting Group

Friendly, intelligent and playful

Breed Overview

Goldendoodles are affectionate, intelligent, and versatile dogs that make excellent family pets. Their friendly disposition and low-to-shedding coats have made them particularly popular among families and individuals seeking a loyal and engaging companion.

Physical Characteristics
  • Size They can vary significantly in size based on the Poodle parent (Standard, Miniature, or Toy)
  • Height Miniature: 13-20 inches
    Medium: 17-20 inches
    Standard: 20-24 inches
  • Weight Miniature: weighing 15-35 pounds
    Medium: weighing 30-45 pounds
    Standard: weighing 45-100 pounds
  • Life Span Typically 10-15 years
  • Coat Can range from straight to curly, and is often touted as hypoallergenic
  • Color Wide range of colors including cream, gold, red, black, and grey
  • Grooming The coat requires regular grooming to prevent matting
  • Temperament Known for being friendly, intelligent, and affectionate
  • Energy Level Moderate to high
  • Intelligence High
Health Needs
  • Exercise Moderately active, requires regular exercise
  • Trainability Highly trainable due to their intelligence and eagerness to please
  • Socialization Good with children and other pets, but early socialization is recommended
  • Grooming The coat requires regular grooming to prevent matting
  • Health Issues Generally healthy but can inherit health issues common to Golden Retrievers and Poodles, like hip dysplasia and heart conditions
Environment
  • Suitability for Families Goldendoodles are affectionate, gentle, and patient, making them outstanding pets for families with children
  • Suitable Living Space Adaptable to various homes, Goldendoodles thrive with enough space for play and daily physical activity

About the Breed

Goldendoodles are highly sociable and thrive on interaction with their families. They are excellent companions for outdoor activities and enjoy relaxing indoors. Their intelligence makes them great candidates for various roles including therapy and service dogs.

History of the Breed

The Goldendoodle was first bred in the 1990s, following the trend of creating poodle hybrids for their hypoallergenic qualities. The breed has since gained popularity for its temperament and low-shedding coat.

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Fun Facts About the Goldendoodle

What To Expect When Caring For a Goldendoodle

Health

Health issues can be inherited from both parent breeds, including hip dysplasia, heart conditions, and eye disorders. Regular check-ups and vaccinations are essential for maintaining good health.

Grooming

Requires regular grooming to prevent matting, including brushing and professional grooming every few months. Bathing: Monthly baths are generally sufficient, but frequency can vary based on lifestyle and coat type.

Exercise

Need daily exercise such as walks, play sessions, or agility training. Enjoys mental challenges like puzzle toys and obedience training.

Training

Known for their intelligence and eagerness to please, Goldendoodles respond well to training. Early socialization and consistent, positive reinforcement training methods work best.

Nutrition

Requires a balanced diet appropriate for size, age, and activity level. Consistent feeding schedule with portion control to prevent overeating.

The Goldendoodle is a delightful breed that brings joy and companionship to their families. Their intelligence, affectionate nature, and hypoallergenic coat make them a popular choice for many. A Goldendoodle can be a wonderful addition to any household with proper care, training, and love.

Goldendoodle Common Health Issues and Recommended Tests

Description: A genetic condition where the thigh bone doesn't fit snugly into the hip joint. This can lead to arthritis or lameness.

Description: Similar to hip dysplasia, it affects the elbow joint. It can cause pain and mobility issues.

Description: Due to their floppy ears, Goldendoodles are prone to ear infections. Regular cleaning and monitoring are important.

Description: Can suffer from various allergies, ranging from food allergies to environmental allergens.

Description: Some Goldendoodles may inherit heart diseases, such as subvalvular aortic stenosis, from their parent breeds.

Description: The kneecap may slip out of place, which can be painful and may require surgical correction.

Description: A blood disorder that affects the clotting process, leading to excessive bleeding after surgery or injury.

Description: Including progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts, and glaucoma, which can lead to vision loss if not treated.

Description: Large breeds with deep chests, like the standard-sized Goldendoodle, may experience this life-threatening condition where the stomach dilates and twists on itself.

Hip Dysplasia

Description: A genetic condition where the thigh bone doesn't fit snugly into the hip joint. This can lead to arthritis or lameness.

Elbow Dysplasia

Description: Similar to hip dysplasia, it affects the elbow joint. It can cause pain and mobility issues.

Ear Infections

Description: Due to their floppy ears, Goldendoodles are prone to ear infections. Regular cleaning and monitoring are important.

Allergies

Description: Can suffer from various allergies, ranging from food allergies to environmental allergens.

Heart Conditions

Description: Some Goldendoodles may inherit heart diseases, such as subvalvular aortic stenosis, from their parent breeds.

Patellar Luxation

Description: The kneecap may slip out of place, which can be painful and may require surgical correction.

Von Willebrand's Disease

Description: A blood disorder that affects the clotting process, leading to excessive bleeding after surgery or injury.

Eye Conditions

Description: Including progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts, and glaucoma, which can lead to vision loss if not treated.

Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (Bloat)

Description: Large breeds with deep chests, like the standard-sized Goldendoodle, may experience this life-threatening condition where the stomach dilates and twists on itself.

While being aware of these potential health issues is important, remember that not all Goldendoodles will experience these problems. Genetic testing, regular veterinary care, and a healthy lifestyle can greatly contribute to a Goldendoodle’s overall health and longevity.

Prescription Medication Assistance for Goldendoodles

The iHeartDogs Free Rx Discount Card Program is a pet prescription discount card that can help you save money on your furry friend’s medications. The card is free to sign up for, and you can use it at participating pharmacies nationwide. To use the free program, simply show the card to your pharmacist when you pick up your pet’s prescription. The pharmacist will then scan the card, and you will receive a discount on the price of the medication.LEARN MORE

How Much Does It Cost To Care For A Goldendoodle?

The annual cost of caring for a Goldendoodle varies based on location, the dog’s size and age, and individual health needs. However, I can provide a general breakdown of the expenses to give you an idea:

A purebred Goldendoodle puppy from a reputable breeder can be quite expensive. Always consider adopting from a shelter or rescue.

Initial Cost

$1000 - 2500

Potential Additional Costs:

When searching for a reputable breeder, seek online reviews, and advice from vets, groomers, and fellow Goldendoodle enthusiasts.

Initial supplies like a crate, bed, bowls, collar, and leash can really add up.

Initial Cost

$100 - 300

Potential Additional Costs:

You may already have many of these items at home. Costs will vary depending on your purchase choices.

High-quality dog food and treats tailored to your Goldendoodle's age, size, and activity level.

Estimated Cost

$250 - 700

Potential Additional Costs:

Learn more about the best quality dog food for Goldendoodles.

Given their coat type, Goldendoodles require regular grooming.

Estimated Cost

$300 - 600

Potential Additional Costs:

If you choose to perform simple grooming tasks at home you will need to invest in high-quality grooming supplies, such as dog-safe shampoos, nail trimmers, and haircutting shears.

Goldendoodles require routine vet visits for check-ups, vaccinations, and flea and tick prevention.

Estimated Cost

$200 - 500

Potential Additional Costs:

The cost of veterinary care can vary widely depending on your geographic location and many other factors. This estimate only represents the cost of wellness care, and does not include any potential illnesses or injuries that may arise.

Pet insurance offers financial protection and peace of mind, ensuring that you can afford necessary veterinary care in the event of an emergency.

Estimated Cost

$200 - 600

Potential Additional Costs:

Insurance premiums vary depending on the coverage you choose as well as your Goldendoodle's age and health. Get a FREE, no-strings quote from the top pet insurers!

Your Goldendoodle will need toys, chews, wellness supplements, car safety equipment, and other supplies throughout their life.

Estimated Cost

$100 - 500

Potential Additional Costs:

Additional supplies can add up depending on the level of care you provide your pup.

Professional training is extremely important, but can add several hundred dollars to the cost of your dog's care.

Estimated Cost

$1000 - 2500

Potential Additional Costs:

Online Courses are available and can help you save money.

Setting aside funds for unexpected health issues is always a good idea.

Estimated Cost

Varies based on need

Potential Additional Costs:

Can easily reach into the thousands with surgical costs, IVs, medications and after hours treatment.

If you travel or work long hours, you may need boarding or pet sitting services.

Estimated Cost

Varies based on need

Potential Additional Costs:

Overnight-boarding, day-boarding, and pet-sitting costs vary depending on the area you live, length of stay/frequency of services, and the amenities offered by the boarding facility or pet sitter.

A one-time fee for microchipping and annual local licensing fees.

Estimated Cost

$50 - 100

Total Estimated Annual Cost:

$3200 - $8300

It's important to note that these figures are estimates and can vary. Also, the first year of owning a dog can be more expensive due to one-time costs like spaying/neutering, initial vaccinations, and training. Regular budgeting for your dog's needs and an emergency fund for unforeseen costs are essential for responsible pet ownership.

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