Goldendoodles make excellent guide dogs, therapy dogs, search & rescue dogs, and other service dogs; as they exhibit Poodle's high intelligence and Golden Retriever’s ease of training. They’re fantastic household pets owing to their friendliness, fondness towards families, kind disposition, and tolerance with kids and outsiders.
Great things in Small Packages
Poodles come in 3 sizes; Standard, Miniature, and Toy, which means Goldendoodles come in all sizes. We only focus on breeding super-cute, super-cuddly tiny packages: Mini Goldendoodles, that weigh 40 pounds max, as adults. The standard in stature at the shoulder is around 24-26” for males and 22-23” for females. The "golden retriever bump" on the pup’s head is also a normal feature.
Goldendoodles usually have a low to non-shedding coat. Grooming requirements incorporate regular haircuts, washing, and brushing. Because of insignificant shedding, there is less dander, diminishing the risk of hypersensitive reactions.
Straight, Wavy, or Curly?
Goldendoodles’ coat can either be straight, wavy, or curly. As Golden Retrievers have straight flat coats, Goldendoodle can pick that up. Blending the Golden Retrievers' straighter coat with a poodle's curls results in a wavy coat type. And sometimes, they inherit a curly coat resembling the poodle parent.
Normal coat hues include white, cream, apricot, gold, red, and at times gray and black also called a phantom. Goldendoodles may likewise be black, a light sandy brown, or merle.
Some major clubs like Continental Kennel Club permit crossbreed designer dogs for performance events, such as agility and obedience. They acknowledge and allow a pedigree on a Goldendoodle as long as the parents are registered.
The immediate Poodle-Golden retriever offspring (F1) is half Golden Retriever and half poodle. An F2 (second generation) is the offspring of two F1 Goldendoodles also, 50% of each.
Higher percentage of Poodles’ curly, soft coats can be attained by breeding an F1 Goldendoodle back with a Poodle called backcrossing, yielding F1B Goldendoodle (25% Golden Retriever, 75% Poodle). Breeding a miniature Poodle with a miniature Goldendoodle (offspring of full-sized Golden Retriever and miniature poodle) produces Miniature Goldendoodles. These super-cute and cuddly F1B Goldendoodles weigh between 15-25 pounds and are a specialty breed of Southeast Doodles.
Healthier is Happier
In practice, we like to limit breeding to the original (F1) and original cross-back (F1B) only. This is purposely done to maximize genetic variety and prevent the hereditary medical conditions that plague multiple dog breeds. This educated breeding results, in general, in super healthy puppies.