Golden Retrievers are famously friendly and even-tempered. Poodles are well known as a highly intelligent, energetic, and loyal breed of dog. Combining these qualities gives us so many great things!
The Goldendoodle breed has been around for decades but these dogs really become commonplace in the 90s. In fact, Goldendoodles have grown to become one of the most popular designer breeds in the United States and the UK. People in city apartments and country cottages alike have fallen in love with these cute and playful animals. In fact, these hybrids are so widespread that there’s a good chance you’ve seen one in the last few weeks.
- Poodles and Golden Retrievers were originally crossbred in 1969:
In 1969, Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, and the Woodstock music festival cemented its place in history. Meanwhile, Monica Dickens (the great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens) was breeding the first Goldendoodles. The hybrid didn’t take off in popularity back then. However, Monica continued pursuing her passion for animals. She was closely tied to a number of charities, including the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
2. Goldendoodles have been trained as service dogs:
In the early 90s, many of these hybrids were considered for seeing eye dog training. Goldendoodles’ intelligence, patient temperament, and loyalty made them seem like a natural match for service use. The first seeing eye Goldendoodle was a dog named Richter. He ‘graduated’ from seeing-eye dog training on May 1st, 2005
3. Goldendoodle’s provide a wide variety of services and support:
Goldendoodles make for versatile service animals. Some can be trained to guide people with visual impairments, as we just talked about. However, other dogs can assist elderly people with balance and doing tasks around the house.
A few have even been recruited to act as therapy dogs. These Goldendoodles have a special touch with humans. They offer comfort and emotional support to people with trauma, depression, and PTSD.
4. Goldendoodle’s are great for people with allergies:
One of the reasons why the Goldendoodle was bred was in the hopes that the Poodle’s non-shedding coat would be passed on to the puppies. Although these dogs can inherit a range of genes, many Goldendoodles are indeed partially hypoallergenic. People with mild to moderate dog allergies may be able to adopt one of these cute canines without triggering a reaction. However, pet dander is still present in a dog’s skin cells and saliva. People with severe or life-threatening allergies may want to be cautious when adopting a Goldendoodle.
5. Goldendoodle’s are a natural match for kids:
Friendly, playful, energetic, inquisitive are we talking about the dog or your kids? Just kidding! However, Goldendoodles do have a cheerful and child-like personality. These qualities make them a great fit for families with young kids. Parents who have been worn out by their toddlers’ bottomless energy can ‘tap out’ and let the family dog take a turn entertaining the little ones.
6. Goldendoodle’s need attention:
This breed is loyal and quickly becomes attached to their owners and beloved family members. They also crave attention and socialization. These qualities make Goldendoodles vulnerable to separation anxiety if they’re left alone for too long. Separation anxiety can lead a dog to bark incessantly, chew on items they shouldn’t, run wildly around, and other nervous behaviors. Giving your dog regular attention, lots of exercises, and maybe a companion pet can curb this anxiety.
7. Goldendoodle’s are great for training:
The intelligence and desire to please that make this breed a good service dog can also be applied to owner-directed training. You shouldn’t have much trouble in housebreaking a Goldendoodle and teaching it basic commands. Some ambitious dog owners take this a step farther and have trained their Goldendoodles to run races or leap and bound through obstacle courses. This is delightful to watch and helps the dog burn off extra energy.