Life Magazine Cover 10/8/04

1.  What is a Goldendoodle? (Also sometimes referred to as Goldie Poos, or Groodles.)

An F1 Goldendoodle is a first generation hybrid cross between a Standard Poodle and a Golden   Retriever.

2.  Are there other types of Goldendoodles?

Yes.  An F2 Doodle is the product of two Goldendoodles, which is generally not recommended, due to loss of hybrid vigor.  An F1B Doodle is the result of breeding a Goldendoodle and a poodle.  There are further variations in Goldendoodle breeding, which are less common.  For our purposes, we will focus  on the two most common, that being the F1 and the F1B

3.  What is the definition of the term “hybrid vigor”?

Hybrid vigor is a desirable result which occurs in a first generation cross between two unrelated purebred lines,  resulting in offspring with more desirable growth and health than either parent line.

4.  How did this hybrid come to be?

The first breeding was most likely accidental.  Goldendoodles have been purposefully bred in North America and Australia since the early to mid-nineties, after discovering that the Doodles that were produced were not only exceptionally physically appealing, but maintained the positive qualities of each parent breed.

5.  Do Goldendoodles shed?  What type of coat will my Doodle have?

Doodles are typically a no to low shed dog.  An F1B may have more potential for being a close to no shed due to the dog having more Poodle bloodlines.  These dogs are allergy friendly, but no dog could ever be termed “hypo-allergenic” in the true, medical sense of the word.

Your Goldendoodle’s coat could be anywhere from “shaggy Retriever” to “relaxed curl Poodle”, but is most likely to fall somewhere in between.  Due to the many variations in Poodle coloring, your Doodle could be most any color.

6. What size will my Standard Goldendoodle be?

It depends on the size of the dog’s parents, but we would expect the dog to be 50-65 lbs. at maturity.  Again, if either or both of the parents are exceptionally large or small, that estimate could change.

7.  Will my Goldendoodle make a nice pet for our entire family?

Your Goldendoodle will be everyone’s friend! They are very devoted to their family, yet enjoy others, as well.  They typically retain the kind and loving personality of the Golden Retriever as well as the intelligence and energy of the Standard Poodle.  Goldendoodles are well known for being easy to train, eager to please and obedient and a joy and pleasure to their families.

8.  I live in the city.  Would a Doodle do well there?

Your Goldendoodle can thrive in the city, as well as a rural area.  You must be sure that your dog receives plenty of opportunity for exercise and play,  the same as with any other puppy.  Most often, Goldendoodles will be content to do whatever you are doing, as long as they have been allowed to expend their puppy playfulness with you in a constructive and fun manner.

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