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The Goldendoodle: Cross between - Golden Retriver
& Standard Poodle
By: Tippy & Alfred
The Goldendoodle, also called Groodles, Goldie Poos and
Golden Poos, is not yet an actual breed of dog, but rather a
cross between a Golden Retriever and a Standard Poodle.
Hybrids of two or more unrelated dog breeds are popular
because of what is called hybrid vigor, meaning that the
crosses often avoid the genetic problems of either breed.
Most Goldendoodles are first generation crosses, meaning
that one parent was a purebred Golden Retriever and the
other a purebred Poodle. Most of the time the Poodle is a
Standard Poodle, but occasionally smaller dogs are bred by
using a Miniature Poodle instead.
Sometimes a Goldendoodle is bred back to a purebred Poodle,
producing a dog that is seventy-five percent Poodle and so
is likely to have the Poodle's light shedding coat. And some
breeders are now breeding Goldendoodle to Goldendoodle with
the goal of developing an actual Goldendoodle breed.
Goldendoodles were first seriously bred and popularized in
Australia. This crossbred dog has become very popular
because the hybrid dogs often have the gentleness of the
Golden and the intelligence and lightly shedding coat of the
Poodle, making them good dogs for families and people with
As crossbreeds, Goldendoodles vary in appearance between the
extremes of what looks like a Poodle with a relaxed perm to
a shaggy, curly Golden Retriever. Most look somewhere in
between the two breeds and their coats usually only need
regular brushing and possibly occasional clipping. Coat
colors can be very variable, from black to white and even
Both the Golden Retriever and the Poodle are large, water-
loving, hunting and bird dogs. Both breeds are usually very
sociable, gentle intelligent and friendly dogs, and their
offspring seem to usually have the positive characteristics
of both breeds. These characteristics make Goldendoodles
excellent family pets and fairly easy to train and to care
Many Goldendoodles are also now serving as search and rescue
dogs, therapy dogs, service dogs, guide dogs and as field
dogs as well as family pets.
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