Goldendoodles are perhaps the most popular of the so-called designer dogs. Bred from poodles for their intelligence and nonshedding, and golden retrievers for their personality and loyalty, Goldendoodles are a great combination of the two breeds. Besides which, they look like teddy bears!
My dogs always attract attention when I have them out in public. They are regular visitors at my local Lowes. I have taken so many dogs there for socialization and training that staff members enthusiastically greet them, and also lend a hand in their training. The rules are no petting until the dog sits, and any treats must be taken gently and not snatched. The long, straight aisles are perfect for practicing leash work, especially in the early morning, uncrowded hours.
Socialization is going to be tricky in this time of pandemic. Breeders are working to develop strategies to keep everyone safe and expose the pups to different stimulus.
For me, the best attributes of the breed are the intelligence, temperament and none to low shedding coats. Goldendoodles make great Therapy Assistance and Service dogs. Their intelligence, laid-back demeanor and willingness to please make them highly trainable.
We proudly debuted as a Blue Ribbon member of the Goldendoodle Association of North America. Membership requires adherence to a Code of Ethics as well as extensive genetic and other health testing to ensure that only the healthiest dogs are produced.
I used to groom my dogs myself. I began by grooming 2 mini schnauzers for over 10 years. When I started having Goldendoodles, (much less 3 of them), I felt that was more fur than I wanted to deal with, so I had Dani groomed professionally.
Whoa – talk about sticker shock! However, let me tell you – a good groom is a whole lot of work and worth every penny. You need to figure in the cost of regular grooming, if you want a Goldendoodle.
I will admit to obsessively keeping their faces and paws trimmed, in between full groomings. I insist on being able to see their eyes – especially while training.
The GANA Website has an excellent resource page About the Breed which covers History, Coat Types and Colors, Generations and Sizes. It is a great place to start learning about the breed.