Goldendoodles came along during the 1990's after the popularization of Labradoodle breeding. The Goldendoodle was bred to see if the gentle nature of the Golden Retriever and the allergy friendly coat of the Poodle would produce a good genetic combination. This cross results in "hybrid vigor" which is the phenomenon that the first cross between two unrelated purebred lines is healthier and grows better than either parent line. The Goldendoodle is a good-natured family pet and they tend to be allergy friendly and have low to non-shedding coats.
Goldendoodles are extremely social, outgoing, non-aggressive dogs that thrive on human companionship. They have a great desire to please and to learn. Coupled with the low to non-shedding coats, this temperament has proven to make Goldendoodles perfect candidates for service work.
Standard: Height: 21 in. or more at the tallest point of the shoulder;
Weight: Generally 51+ lbs.
Medium: Height: 17-21 in. to the shoulder;
Weight: Usually 36-50 lbs.
Miniature: Height: 14-17 in. to the shoulder;
Weight: 26-35 lbs.
Petite: Height: Under 14 in. to the shoulder;
Weight: Under 25 lbs.
F1 (1st Generation) - Golden Retriever bred to a Poodle (50% Golden, 50% Poodle) F1's have straight, borderline wavy, or wavy coats. The coat grows to a natural length of 3-5 in. They vary widely as to shedding and allergy friendliness.
F1B (2nd Generation - F1 bred to a Poodle (75% Poodle, 25% Golden) F1B's have wavy, curly, or wooly coats and are low to non-shedding and are allergy friendly. The coat continues to grow in length.
F1BB (3rd Generation - F1B bred to a Poodle (87.5% Poodle, 12.5% Golden). F!BB's have soft curly coats and are non-shedding and are allergy friendly. The coat continues to grow in length.
Multi Generational - F1B bred to an F1B, or anything past an F1BB breeding to a golden retriever or a poodle. Multi-Gens also have a wooly or fleece coat and are non-shed and allergy friendly and continues to grow in length.
WHICH GENDER IS BEST FOR ME AND MY FAMILY?
Are you wondering whether a male or female puppy is right for you? The following information describes some of the traits common to males and females and may help you decide. Keep in mind, though, that a dog who receives an early spay or neuter (at 4-6 months of age) rarely exhibits any of these gender characteristics. In other words, early spay/neuter will greatly reduce or negate any gender differences.
Within the dog world, females usually rule the roost. They are the ones who determine the pecking order and strive to maintain that order. They are much more intent on displaying dominance by participating in alpha behaviors such as "humping"; other dogs. Most fights are generally between two females, both competing for that top position. Females tend to be more territorial, obstinate, and independent than their male counterparts. Males, on the other hand, are usually more steadfast, dependable, loyal and crave more attention from their family. Food is an easy motivator for males and helps in the area of training. Give them a treat for their positive behavior and they continue to exhibit eagerness to please. Their acceptance of other family pets and willingness to bond with children is definitely a plus.
Often people don't want a male as they are known for lifting their leg and urinating on tires, trees, telephone poles, and anything else that suits their fancy. Truth be told, if they are neutered between the ages of 4 1/2 to 6 months of age, greatly reducing testosterone levels, this marking characteristic rarely surfaces. In fact, these males generally won't lift their leg to urinate nor will they hump at all.
Females will rarely demonstrate a dominance issue with their owner. They are sensitive and also eager to please, coming to you for love and attention, and then leaving as soon as they've gotten their fill. They may show cleverness or be devious in attaining their own agenda. The female also has seasons of being "in heat" unless they have been spayed. This heat cycle typically lasts for 22-28 days, roughly every six to seven or even eight months. During this time a bloody discharge can be left on carpet, furniture, concrete, or anywhere else that she may go. A walk outside during this time can become hazardous if male dogs are in the neighborhood. She will be depositing her "calling card" or scent to every unaltered male in the vicinity, regardless of breed. These males will follow you to your yard and wait for an opportune moment to associate with your female. Many unwanted pregnancies have occurred from these brief encounters.
The above mentioned traits are general gender characteristics of canines. They are not specific to the Goldendoodle breed. Also, it is important to note that a dog that is spayed or neutered early (between 4-6 months of age) will rarely demonstrate these general characteristics. Thus, in all reality, both male and female Goldendoodles make GREAT family pets.