|What is a goldendoodle? |
A goldendoodle is a so-called designer dog. This means that it is originally designed and bred for a specific purpose. The story started with labradoodles in the 90's with a man in Australia crossing a labrador with a poodle to produce an allergy-friendly guide dog for the blind. In order to later produce a calmer family dog, they continued in parallel with breeding with golden retrievers and large poodles. It was discovered that doodles could become perfect care dogs / therapy dogs / guide dogs with their combination of the poodle's sharp brain and with a coat that many allergy sufferers could handle and the retriever's kindness and great "will to please". The result was a huge success that quickly spread to North America and England.
What should a goldendoodle look like?
A goldendoodle should be a happy and positive dog. It is intelligent, friendly, easy to learn, affectionate and childlike. A goldendoodle is usually very attentive to its owner and is easy and fun to train. Both the big poodle and the retriever are water-retrieving dogs, so it is no wonder that a goldendoodle usually loves to both swim and retrieve. A goldedoodle is versatile and seems to find most things fun. If you want to train rally obedience, agility, freestyle, nosework, retrieval, track or obedience, the dog is more than happy to participate. If you just want a friend to go for long walks with, then it's ok too. Just do not forget that a goldendoodle needs brain stimulation as it is a smart dog. It does not have to be so advanced for you as the owner, it is enough with a little "home search", such as hiding sweets in different places in the apartment or on the lawn.
What about fur care?
A goldendoodle can trap much, little or nothing at all. It all depends on how the genes from the retriever versus the poodle break through. There are doodles with flat, shaggy, fleece and curly fur. It is the curly fur that is most often considered to be the most allergy-friendly, but it is also the one that requires the most fur care. The fact that a doodle does not shed also means that it requires some fur care. The coat needs to be brushed regularly and must also be cut / trimmed. Many doodle owners invest in scissors and a trimmer and choose to cut themselves. Others hand in their dog for a dog grooming and pick up their newly groomed dog after a couple of hours.
What you as a doodle owner must not forget is to take care of the ears on your doodle. Many doodles have a lot of fur in the ear canal, the growth of fur in the ear canal is related to the type of fur the dog has. If the coat is curly, ie it has more of the poodle's genes in it, then it grows just like the poodle's fur in the ear canal. If you do not take care of the ears and pick fur when needed, it is easy for the dog to get both fungus and ear inflammation. Very coat provides a warm and humid environment in the ears which is a wonderful place for the fungus to grow in. If the dog a bath, it is important to dry the dog's ears, even the inside of the ear flap.