The Goldendoodle is a cross between a Poodle and a Golden Retriever and have become very popular not only for their loyal, fun loving personality but also for their calm demeanor. They are also much sought after for their tendency to be more hypoallergenic than most dogs as well as for their much desired low to non-shedding coat.
Goldendoodles have an average shoulder height of 20-29 inches and weighs between 45-80 lbs. Mixing with Miniature Poodles or Toy Poodles produces a smaller version. As a crossbreed, the Goldendoodle can have a wide variety of characteristics. With more Poodle influence they usually have a thinner coat and shorter muzzle. The Golden Retriever influence results in a wider neck, and longer muzzle and they can have short or long ears.
The coat can be straight or curly or somewhere in between. The hair will grow about 4-7 inches in length if left unclipped. The Goldendoodle can come in a wide variety of colors including red, white, black, tan, chocolate, silver, or even multi-colored. A mix of colors and coat textures can appear in the same litter. They can shed little to none like the Poodle or shed moderately like the Golden Retriever.
The Goldendoodle is typically very intelligent, outgoing, family friendly and almost always an extremely social dog. They are always ready to play and most Goldendoodles still posses the natural retrieving instincts of the Golden Retriever.
Regular brushing every few weeks is recommended. As a mixed breed they are somewhat less likely to suffer health problems than purebreds (known as 'hybrid vigor'). They have a strong desire to please their master which makes them highly trainable. Most enjoy swimming as both the Poodle and Golden Retriever like to be in the water. They will thrive with daily walks and love nothing more than to be with their people.
New Puppy: List of Supplies
Here is a helpful list that Happy Critters Ranch recommends for your new puppy
Feeding and water bowls
Puppy collar & lead
Name tag showing puppy's name, your details, and perhaps your vet's telephone number
Chews and teething aids (to be used under supervision)
Toilet training pads
Training treats (check they are suitable for puppies as some are not suitable until puppies reach 6 to 12 months)
Grooming equipment - brushes, combs, towels etc
Claw clippers and scissors
Shampoo especially formulated for puppies
A book or website on general puppy/dog ownership and training