Every dog has a different personality, regardless of the breed in question. You can always come across a potato couch German Shepherd or a lounger Border Collie, or even a hyper allergenic doodle dog depending on the individual. Even so, before jumping the broom with your favorite doodle breed, it’s always advisable to get to know them inside out and deem whether they are your perfect match.
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The Goldendoodle is part Golden Retriever, part Poodle with shaggy curly or straight coats depending on the dominant genes of their parents. Since they are not true breeds, their coats can be yellow-brown like their golden retriever parent or they can take after their poodle parent ranging from white, red, amber, black, gray, or brown. A multicolored coat that blends both parents’ is also possible. Goldendoodles are often described as shaggy teddy bears with long muscular bodies.
The labradoodle, on the other hand, is a hybrid between a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle. These designer dogs originated from Australia, with straight or wavy hair. They come in a variety of colors from apricot, caramel to chalky white, black, red, cream, silver, parchment, café, and blue. Parti-colored coats are also possible with the Labradoodles.
The size of doodles varies greatly depending on what type of poodle was used in inbreeding. The standard poodles are bred to produce larger dogs that measure around 22 inches or more in height and 50-90 pounds in weight while the miniature Goldendoodles are a result of a cross between the golden retriever and the miniature or toy poodle. They stand 13-20 inches tall and weigh between 15 to 50 pounds. Inquiring from your breeder what type of poodle parent your Goldendoodle had will help you predict what size they will grow up to be.
Like their counterparts, the Labradoodles growth rates are all about the parent breeds, or rather the size of the poodle used in the first generation of crossbreeds. A standard one can weigh up to 65 pounds and stand 20-24 inches tall. A medium labradoodle weighs between 30-45 pounds and can achieve a height of 17-20 inches. the miniature labradoodle is pretty dan tiny with a weight of between pounds and a height of 14-16 inches.
As is true with most dog breeds, the smaller they are, the longer they live. While a standard labradoodle might live for about twelve years, a miniature one has a higher chance of living longer. Regardless, Goldendoodles have an average lifespan of 10-15 years while their Australian cousins get to live between 12-15 years.
Shed and Grooming
Doodles are generally considered non-to low shedders. Goldendoodles are hypoallergenic hybrids and most don’t even shed. They are therefore a perfect match for handlers with allergies. However, grooming highly depends on the individual’s type of coat. Those with curly hair may need periodic trims from a professional groomer while those with loose, wavy fur, will need regular brushing to the coat shiny and free of shed hair. Checking their ears periodically is also advised as these long floppy ears can be prone to infections.
Similarly, Labradoodles with wavy or curly coats are less likely to shed, especially those with wooly or fleece coats. Even so, they require regular brushing and occasional trims to keep them fresh and clean. Like any other dog, trimming their nails and brushing their teeth can be done once in a while. Grooming time is a fun time to bond with your dog.
Well, if I could describe the Goldendoodles with one word, it would be friendly. They are happy, outgoing, people-pleasing dogs. However, their personalities much depend on their parents’ genes and how much socialization they got when young. But in general, they love people and can easily get along with other pets as well.
The Labradoodles are neither left out in this department. They are friendly, joyful, and affectionate dogs that were bred not to be aggressive but easygoing. For that reason, these doodles are far too friendly to make good watchdogs as they would rather befriend a stranger than warn them off.
Both the Goldendoodle and labradoodle are intelligent and obedient dogs that have been fit professionals for guiding the blind or even become therapy dogs for people with autism, depression, physical disabilities, and other issues. This is what they were originally bred for and what is more amazing than a doodle who knows how to do his job!
Goldendoodles enjoy various agility courses that get them to think out of the box and react to scenarios impromptu. This training enhances their obedience levels and fulfills their natural instincts. If you can’t DIY a set of agility courses for your dog, then enrolling them in an agility training class could be a profitable choice.
For the Labradoodles, they inherit their agility from their Labrador parents. This is a hobby for this breed and can be fulfilled conveniently by the use of dog agility equipment or just coming up with ideas of your own. Either way, be sure to physically and mentally engage your labradoodle to quench their energy.
Goldendoodles thrive in stimulating environments. Daily exercise such as a simple game of fetch, runs, hikes, long walks, and swims are the kind of activities you should engage your Goldendoodle in. Although, not every dog likes the water so you might want to take this on an individual basis. If you keep an active lifestyle, it will be pretty easy as you can bring your dog with you when you exercise.
Physical attention is something you shouldn’t deprive your labradoodle of. It helps make use of their excess energy and like any other breed, keeps them from taking a lead on their own and ending up destructive. In an experts’ opinion, regular exercise with typically two walks a day about an hour-long each is just about sufficient to use up most of their energy.
Well-bred Goldendoodles excel in training. In fact, you’ll be amazed at what your doodle would do for a treat! Due to their intelligence and athleticism, they can be trained to perfection as guide dogs.
Like the Goldendoodles, Labradoodles are easy to train. Consistency and repetition, bundled up with positive reinforcement and gentleness will give you a labradoodle who can do just about anything you want. The training sessions should be kept short and performed daily.
Good with Family
Goldendoodles love people and make great family pets. With a healthy dose of patience and gentleness, these dogs are great with young children. Their friendliness and highly energetic nature adapt to them as a fantastic choice for your family.
Labradoodles equally have lots to give. They are loving, gentle, and playful – playful enough to knock your little one over involuntarily if they get too excited. A little supervision is therefore recommended, otherwise, Labradoodles are particularly wonderful and quickly become an essential part of the family.
Goldendoodles need plenty of outlets for their happy energy. Nonetheless, they do well in apartments as long as you sufficiently satisfy their hype. They make great pets.
The labradoodle is one of the best breeds for an apartment when well-trained and adjusted. Whether you live in an apartment or a home with a backyard, their behavior is perfectly suited to living in small areas. However, an hour or two outside playing or swimming will positively impact their social, physical, and intellectual development.
Well, here’s a deal-breaker! All that doodle warmth and affection has a price. As highly social dogs, these breeds do not do well in homes where they’re left alone for long periods. They need to be with their family and friends from time to time lest they get separation anxiety. Socialization is inbred and leaving the TV or the radio on when stepping out can keep them from being distressed and feeling alone. Although, this should only happen for short periods. Individuals who do not receive enough affection or are not well entertained tend to bark excessively which can annoy the neighbors and owners as well.
Due to genetic diversity, it is not uncommon to assume that hybrids are generally healthy. While this may be or may not be true depending on the individual, it is always good to get an in-depth history of your dog’s origin from your breeder.
Goldendoodles should be checked for hip dysplasia as both the golden retrievers and poodles are prone to it. Regular eye and ear exams should also be conducted at each veterinary appointment.
Labradoodles alike are prone to hip and elbow dysplasia, eye disorders, and ligament injuries. Be sure to see health clearances for your puppy’s parents before committing to a heartbreaking journey.