Designer Dog Breed Popular Choice for Many
The goldendoodle is a relatively new type of dog, popular for its happy, perky and intelligent personality and its likelihood of having less dander than most dog breeds, making it high in demand for those suffering from pet allergies.
Along with the popularity of the goldendoodle comes a high sticker price. If you are interested in adding a goldendoodle to your family, search for goldendoodle rescue groups first as an alternative.
During the 1990s, breeders in American and Australia began cross-breeding golden retrievers and poodles with an earnest purpose to create an allergen-free guide dog for the visually impaired who happen to have allergies to dog dander.
The mixed breed has been embraced by families, the visually impaired, diabetics needing canine assistance and therapy groups, making it one of the most in-demand designer breeds. While it is not technically recognized at this time as a dog breed, its popularity has catapulted it to the top of the must-have list of most-wanted types of dogs.
As with all dogs, the goldendoodle’s personality will vary based on the inherited temperament of its parents.
Generally speaking, however, the goldendoodle typically has the same friendly, affectionate and loyal personality known to golden retrievers and poodles, along with the known intelligence of the poodle to communicate with its family and the golden retriever’s positive response to training and socialization.
It’s important to recognize that not all goldendoodles look alike. Because the breeding standards are still being tested, it’s very likely that a single litter may produce several different looking puppies. The unfortunate reality is that the demand for a particular “look” of the goldendoodle sometimes results in many unwanted puppies being abandoned at animal shelters.
The goldendoodle has three types of coats: straight (looks more like a golden retriever), wavy (a combination of the golden retriever’s straight coat and the poodle’s curly coat) and curly (resembling a poodle’s coat).
Depending on what type of poodle was bred with a golden retriever (standard, medium or miniature), the size of a goldendoodle will also vary, anywhere from 15 to 100 pounds.
Because of the variance in a poodle’s coat color, a goldendoodle may have a fur coat in one of the following colors: black, “phantom” (gray and black), white, cream, apricot, golden and red.
While these are common health conditions for goldendoodles, it doesn’t mean your goldendoodle will necessarily develop them. One of the best things a pet owner can do for his dog is to visit a veterinarian regularly to monitor his health and take preventive measures to ensure his well being.
Allergenic skin disease: Depending on the type of coat your goldendoodle inherited, its dense, heavy undercoat predisposes them to external parasites and matted, dirty-hair coats that can cause scratching. Regular, vigorous brushing can help prevent this from occurring.
Cataracts: This familial problem has become recognized as a dominant trait in both golden retrievers and poodles and may not become visible for a year or more.
Food allergies: Golden retrievers are susceptible to inhalant allergies and are at a higher risk of developing allergies to food.
Hip dysplasia: A malformation of the hip joints that causes arthritis, is especially crippling in large breeds of dogs such as golden retrievers and poodles. Hypothyroidism is a condition caused by low thyroid hormone production of the thyroid glands. Lack of this hormone causes weight gain, lethargy, poor hair coat, infertility and susceptibility to chronic infections.
Hotspots: A common diagnosis for golden retrievers, this surface bacterial infection is caused by self-induced trauma due to scratching.
Hypothyroidism: An increased breed incidence has been reported in golden retrievers.
Patellar luxation: Caused by anatomical defects of the bones that make up the knee joint, it is known to affect poodles. It is manifested by the kneecap (patella) slipping in and out of its normal location in the knee. Mildly affected dogs may carry the leg for 2 or 3 steps while walking. Severely affected dogs may become severely lame and refuse to use their rear legs. Surgical correction of this condition is very rewarding.
Progressive retinal atrophy: (PRA) is an adult-onset condition diagnosed in poodles which typically occurs between ages 4 and 10. It is a gradual degeneration of the retina which leads to blindness.
Subvalvular aortic stenosis: This heritable heart defect is common in golden retrievers.