Goldendoodle puppies have been a popular choice almost since the cross-breed was first introduced in the 1990s. There are lots of very good reasons why, but how do you know if a Doodle is the right dog for you?
Breed Basics: The Goldendoodle
As the name implies, Goldendoodle puppies are a cross between a golden retriever and a poodle, two breeds that are very popular in themselves.
Most people think of poodles as the fashionistas of the dog world, but they were originally bred as hunting dogs – water retrievers, to be specific. And those puffs you see them sporting when they come from the groomers have a very practical background. “It might seem like the ultimate canine fashion statement, but the traditional Poodle cut is really all about function, not fashion,” the American Kennel Club explains. “Less hair would make the Poodle a more efficient swimmer, but more vulnerable to cold water. To get the best of both worlds, Poodle owners placed puffs of hair around the joints and the upper torso to protect the joints and vital organs.”
Poodles are known for their intelligence. They are also very active dogs.
The golden retriever is also an active breed. “Golden retrievers are bird dogs at heart, so they love a good game of fetch or a swim,” the experts at Hills Pet say. “If exercise is provided daily, golden retrievers can adapt to any type of home, even if it is a city apartment.”
Golden retrievers are also known to be:
- Easy going
- Eager to please – which makes them great candidates for training
The Best of Both Worlds?
“When you hear the word ‘Goldendoodle,’ you may be picturing an exact hybrid between a Golden Retriever and a Standard Poodle. In fact, they can vary quite a lot in appearance,” the folks at Rover.com point out. Color and size are among the chief variables.
As you can see, there are lots of reasons why Goldendoodle puppies are one of the most popular choices for new puppy parents. Unfortunately, that popularity can attract unscrupulous breeders, too. So be sure you are dealing with a reputable breeder when you begin your search for your new puppy.
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