Everything you need to know about the Goldendoodle!

Today’s dogs are a very important part of a family environment. They keep us entertained, they put smiles on our faces, they are our children’s best friends, they are there for us to talk when we feel alone and have no one else! They love us unconditionally and bring an abundance of joy and love to the family. I have no doubt that since the beginning of time dogs have been known as man’s best friends!

Goldendoodles are no exception. A golden squiggle is a cross between a golden retriever and a poodle. Breeders is Australia started breeding this cross in the mid-1980s and North American breeders have been breeding it since the mid-1990s. They were first bred in Australia as guide dogs for people in need of a Biggest, allergy-friendly dog!

Goldendoodles are amazing and healthy family dogs for so many reasons!

First, the mix between a poodle and a retriever gives the squiggle a quality known as “hybrid vigor” (the offspring of genetically different parents), which means that mixed breed dogs tend to be healthier and live longer. than purebreds. This is because most genetic traits are recessive. Golden and Poodles don’t have many diseases in common, so if both parents don’t have a particular trait for a certain disease, the puppies can’t get it. This is why many mixed breed dogs, including the goldendoodle, are healthier than purebreds. You still need to choose your breeder carefully and make sure they are running all the required health tests, temperament tests, and researching lines thoroughly before breeding your dogs, but in general, mixed breeds are genetically more robust!

Goldendoodles also possess many qualities of both the poodle and the dorado. Most goldendoodles are friendly, highly intelligent and goofy dogs who love to be part of the family. They love to swim, play fetch, and interact with people. They are very sociable dogs and love to be active and have fun. I have donated dogs as therapy and service dogs and the scribble excels in this type of work! As a breeder, I hear hundreds of stories about how smart these dogs are and how they are the best of their class of puppies and how they are the best dogs my clients have ever owned.

Most doodles have very low or non-shedding fur. This depends on the dog and the type of coat it has. There are 3 different types of coats, wool (which is a tight curl and the most hypoallergenic), fleece (which is wavy and is generally still very poorly detachable and hypoallergenic) and hair (which is straighter and generally sheds more). An experienced breeder can usually tell when puppies are 6 to 7 weeks old what type of coat they will have as adults and the breeder will help you find the right puppy for your needs. Goldendoodles’ fur will continue to grow and can be 3-8 inches long if not trimmed. A scribble requires regular brushing or they will tangle and should go to the hairdresser for a clip every 4 months or so.

Goldendoodles also come in many colors and sizes depending on the poodle used. In our kennel we breed blonde, gold, apricot, red, black, silver and ghost squiggles. We also have 3 different sizes, standard (anything over 21 “and 50 pounds and up), mini (13” to 20 “and 25-49 pounds) and tiny (12” or less 10-24 pounds).

Their life expectancy is usually around 12-15 years for standards and 14-17 years for minis.

Scribbles also come in many different generations and depending on what you are looking for, one generation may be better than another. F1s are a purebred dorado mixed with a purebred poodle. This generation is usually the healthiest and possesses the most “hybrid vigor” traits. F1b is a backcross and is a goldendoodle bred with a poodle. These types of goldendoodles are usually best for people with severe allergies, as the f1b generally has a curlier coat than an f1 (note that this is not always the case and your breeder will be able to help you with this). F2 is a goldendoodle bred back to a goldendoodle. Puppies in an f2 litter tend not to sway as much in one direction or the other. They seem to be a good mix between the golden and the poodle (sometimes but not always in an f1 litter, some puppies will lean more towards a golden, some more towards a poodle and some will be in between), f3 (f3 and above is also known as multigeneration) is y f2 golden doodle raised in f2 golden doodle and f4 is f3 golden doodle raised in f3 golden doodle. The more you reproduce them with each other, the more the hybrid vigor trait will be lost. A seventh generation (f7) goldendoodle is eligible for registration as purebred (as far as I know this has not been done).

As I mentioned before, goldendoodles are healthier than most purebred dogs, but breeders should still run all tests on parents. Better to wait for a good quality puppy from a great breeder than to support careless breeders who just want to raise as many puppies as possible without worrying about the breed as a whole.

If you buy your golden doodle puppy from a one-time breeder, you can end up with many health problems and expensive veterinary bills.

Necessary tests for breeding golden retrievers

1. Hips (HD) OFA or Pennhip or OVC

2. eyes (CERF) Required annually

3. Hearts … tested and certified by OFA

4. Elbows (OFA)

Necessary tests for breeding standard poodles

1. Hips (HD) OFA or Pennhip or OVC

2.OFA elbows

3. Eyes (CERF) required annually

4. Von Willebrands (vWd) DNA or blood test (bleeding disorder)

5. Sebaceous adenitis (SA) skin disorder

* Thyroid malfunction: not required, but highly recommended for all breeding dogs.

Necessary tests for the breeding of miniature and toy poodles.

1. Hips for HD and Legg-Perves disease OFA, Penn hip or OVC

2. Knees to dislocate the patella

3. Eyes (CERF) required annually

4. Blood or DNA test for Von Willebrands disease (vWd)

* Thyroid malfunction: not required, but highly recommended for all breeding dogs.

I have given you a brief description of the squiggle. If you have more questions about this breed, you can visit my website. These dogs are becoming very popular and I have no doubt why. They are amazing with children and can live in almost any type of environment. The best way to describe these amazing dogs is “Little people in fur coats.”

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