Why Goldendoodles Make Such Great Pets
If you’re looking for the perfect breed of dog for you and your family, then you may consider the Goldendoodle to be it. Is there any animal on the planet with a name more entertaining than “Goldendoodle”? Perhaps not! And as it happens, the breed itself is also highly entertaining – not to mention very practical for a number of reasons and very friendly to boot.
In this post, we will take an in-depth look at the breed, and at just what makes them such a great choice for so many families and individuals.
A Goldendoodle is a type of cross breed, which is sometimes also referred to as a “designer breed” or a “hybrid.” In other words, this is a mix of two different types of dogs, intended to preserve the most desirable traits of each, while presenting something entirely new and even more adorable.
As you might have guessed from the rather memorable name, a Goldendoodle is a combination of a Poodle and a Golden Retriever.
The result is a dog that looks about the size of a small Golden Retriever. Usually when you cross a larger and smaller breed, the result is closer to the larger dog. At the same time, this can vary a fair amount depending on genetic variance – the amount of inheritance that comes from each parent. This can also affect the look of the dog slightly.
It’s also worth noting that the size of the Poodle used can also make a big impact. That’s because Poodles can actually come in three different sizes: toy, miniature, and standard. Usually, a Goldendoodle will only ever be a combination of a miniature or standard Poodle with a Golden Retriever, so you are generally looking at a roughly average-sized dog.
It also makes a very big difference which dog was the mother and which was the father.
But while there is a lot of variation between gGoldendoodles (which is a good thing if you want to find just the right one for you), even within the same litter, it’s also true that there are some common traits.
For instance, Goldendoodles will generally have curly or wavy fur that is quite long. This often falls over their eyes if left uncut, giving them a cute “mop” on top of their head. They typically have lean, muscular bodies.
Goldendoodles have a lot of other common traits, many of which make them particularly good pets. Read on for some examples.
GOLDENDOODLES ARE GREAT FOR FAMILIES
Goldendoodles have very friendly, inquisitive, and playful personalities. They are particularly smart (more on this in a moment) but also get along very well with both humans and other animals.
This latter point is something to consider when choosing a pet. That’s because some breeds, such as Staffordshire Terriers, are actually not particularly well socialized with other animals and may act aggressively toward them. This can create a number of issues for owners, who might then find themselves struggling to keep them under control on the leash when walking, or who might find they are unable to introduce them to other animals on walks.
A Goldendoodle, on the other hand, is a dog that loves people and is very happy to play with you and your family. They are careful with children, but they are also friendly to other pets. There are no worrying behavioral traits here, and that makes them ideal.
Did you know that having a dog in the house has been shown to strengthen the immune systems of young children?
On top of this, Goldendoodles are a good size, being large enough that they won’t get under foot. This makes them a good choice for young children, but also for older owners who are maybe prone to falling over.
GOLDENDOODLES KEEP YOU FIT AND HEALTHY
When you have a pet, you have a responsibility. Essentially, you will be looking after a small helpless creature who won’t be capable of fending for themselves, and thus you need to make sure you do everything you can for them to ensure they are happy and healthy.
But, of course, this isn’t a one-sided relationship, and the reason that we usually get pets in the first place is because they can fill a gap in our lives too. Dogs in particular can provide the kind of comfort and the kind of companionship that will make you feel loved and secure, just as though you were living with any other friend.
And better yet, dogs can also be great for your health – and if you let them help your health then that will be good for them as well. Read on to see how getting a dog can improve your well-being and create a truly symbiotic relationship.
The Goldendoodle is a great dog for walking. They are large enough that they don’t tire out easily, and as mentioned, they are also very social and get on well with other dogs when you’re out and about. All of this ensures that Goldendoodles are among the best choices for those who want an excuse to get out and about, meet more people, get some sun, and stretch their legs!
There are other ways that dogs like these aid your health too. They can help people to deal with loneliness and depression for instance: many studies show that having a dog can help to reduce levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) and to lower the heart rate. Again, because these dogs are so good-
natured, they make particularly effective companions.
And in fact, both Labradoodles and Goldendoodles are very often used as guide dogs or for people with allergies! This demonstrates how trainable they are, and it’s also why these dogs can be used to help those with mobility issues.
Of course, the hypoallergenic nature is also a big bonus, and something we’ll discuss more in a moment.
GOLDENDOODLES ARE HIGHLY INTELLIGENT
Knowing just how smart our pets are can be a difficult job, and while dog and cat lovers might swear that their furry friends are actually incredibly smart and almost able to communicate with them even, they might also be a little biased. We are naturally inclined to project our own thoughts and feelings onto pets and even inanimate objects due to the way our brains our programmed – so it’s easy to see how we might potentially come to the conclusion that our animals have more smarts than they really do.
But then again, you may just be right… And, in fact, there’s a lot of evidence to support the idea that animals are in fact incredibly smart and have more in common with humans than even scientists used to believe. What’s more is that this is especially true for the Goldendoodle. That’s because a Goldendoodle is a combination of two of the smartest dog breeds: Poodles (generally considered to be the second smartest of all breeds) and Golden Retrievers (considered high up on the list). This makes for a dog that is not only able to play and understand rules and games, but also a dog that is highly trainable – meaning that you can make them very obedient and meaning that you can reduce the amount of stress.
This intelligence can also come across as a great sociability. As a pet owner you get the intuitive feeling that your pet has feelings similar to yours and can even potential empathise with the way you feel from time to time. You might not be surprised then to learn that some animals in nature have been found to form strong bonds with their companions that can only be described as friendships. Male puppies have recently been shown in studies to sometimes let girl puppies “win” when play fighting!
This demonstrates that they not only understand the rules of the games they play, but also that they are able to empathise with the puppies they play with and imagine how they must be feeling. Even some humans struggle with that…
When you apply these traits to one of the smartest breeds of dogs there is, the result is an animal that is incredibly fun to spend time with and that offers a host of highly rewarding interactions. You’ll find that having a smart animal is an absolute joy – whether it’s because they come to comfort you when you’re down, whether it’s because they make you smile by catching you out when playing a game, or whether it’s because you know they can entertain themselves when they really need to.
Your pets are very different from you of course, and it’s important to remember this – but don’t for a moment think that they don’t think and feel just the same…
GOLDENDOODLES ARE GREAT FOR A CLEAN AND HYGIENIC HOME
Goldendoodles area fantastic pets for anyone who wants to keep their home a bit cleaner. That’s because these dogs don’t shed their fur. That means that you aren’t going to be finding fur all over your furniture, clothes, and other items for months to come – which is something that you might otherwise struggle with.
Goldendoodles are very popular for this reason and it’s something that you should consider when picking a dog. It can actually be quite off-putting to see your home covered in hair and this can make your roperty look perpetually untidy and unclean. The same goes for your clothes, which often remain covered in hairs if you have any other type of dog.
On top of this, Goldendoodles also have the very appealing benefit of not smelling as bad as some other breeds of dog. Their curly hair doesn’t retain that damp smell that many dogs have, which means that walking into your home won’t reveal a “wet dog smell.”
But more importantly, a dog that doesn’t shed is also going to offer the distinct advantage of being fairly safe for those with allergies. This means that if you have a fur allergy, you can still enjoy the company of a Goldendoodle and not worry about sneezing and watering eyes.
Even if you don’t have allergies, this actually has another benefit: it means that your friends who have allergies can still come around!
And what’s more is that it means you don’t have to get rid of your furry friend if you ever develop an allergy, or if you ever meet a partner or have a child with an allergy. Having to give up a dog because of an allergic reaction is a heartbreaking experience, but one that many people have to go through.
Choosing a Goldendoodle will likely free you from this risk – making them a fantastic choice for so many people.
Note as well that this also makes them a little bit more hygienic – as they aren’t leaving hairs in your carpet. The only downside is that they require professional grooming – though this does result in the option for some amazing cuts and hair styles that can make your already very cute dog look even more amazing. Goldendoodles are great conversation starters thanks to their unique looks and the fact that they are a little less common that some other breeds!
As you can see, Goldendoodles are ideal dogs in many ways. They don’t shed, they’re safe for people with allergies, they keep your home cleaner, they have friendly and fun temperaments, they’re good with kids, they’re very cute, and they are highly intelligent. These are great companions, great fitness buddies, and excellent family members.
On top of all that, goldendoodles are also relatively healthy with few recurring health issues that plague other breeds. They also tend to be affordable as they are mixed breeds rather than pure pedigrees. They are trainable and they are put to work in a lot of different ways.
For all these reasons then, we highly recommend the Goldendoodle as a choice of dog. And let’s be honest, their mop of hair and the name are almost reasons enough to choose this breed of dog anyway!