HISTORY OF THE GOLDENDOODLE
The original Goldendoodle was a hybrid cross of a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. The exact date of conception in unknown as a handful of breeders emerged in the late 1990’s marketing this new breed. The idea was no doubt inspired by the creation of the labradoodle and its success as a compatible dog for many people who experience mild allergies to dogs. The gorgeous low to no shedding coats were attracting those who love the temperament of the Golden Retriever but detested the amount of hair left behind and/or the allergy issues it presented. Thus, the Goldendoodle became a universal hit!
As the breed continued to develop, requests for different sizes became common and breeders answered. The public’s immediate adoration of the standard Goldendoodle (a standard Poodle crossed with a Golden Retriever) led the breed originators to look at size variations to accommodate different lifestyles. There are now four categories for sizes – petite, mini, medium, and standard. They also come in a variety of colors and coat patterns.
Goldendoodles are extremely social, outgoing, non-aggressive dogs that thrive on human companionship. They have a great desire to please and to learn. Each individual breed (the Poodle and the Golden Retriever) score in the top 4 of the 150 smartest dog breeds. They are incredibly intelligent and eager to please. Coupled with the low to non-shedding coats, this temperament has proven to make Goldendoodles perfect candidates for service work as well as family pets.
Did we mention “Hybrid Vigor”? Hybrid vigor, the increased health benefits of crossing two completely unrelated breeds, gives the Goldendoodle the health and vitality that makes them, on average, outlive either of their parent breeds. It should be stressed, however, that the general health and vitality is enhanced dramatically when parents have been genetically tested for the inherited diseases that both parent breeds share.
Given their wonderful disposition, intelligence, health and low to no shed coats, it’s no wonder why Goldendoodles are ever increasing in popularity.
Article above courtesy of the Goldendoodle Association of North America (GANA).