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The Goldendoodle is a cross between a Golden Retriever (show type or working) and the Standard Poodle (sometimes Miniature will be used to produce a smaller dog). Developed due to the success of the Labradoodle, this breed is growing in popularity all across the world.

The Goldendoodle can be a first cross (with one Retriever and one Poodle parent), can be bred back to one of the original breeds or be two Goldendoodles bred together, so there are varieties in size, shape, coat types and temperaments.


The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for non-experienced owners
  • Some training required
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Enjoys walking one to two hours a day
  • Large dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming daily
  • Non hypoallergenic breed
  • Don't mind
  • Not a guard dog
  • May require training to live with other pets
  • May require training to live with kids

Key Facts

Lifespan: 10 – 15 years
Weight: 22 – 41kg
Height: 50 – 61cm

The Goldendoodle can come in any colour variant common to the Golden Retriever or the Poodle including: black; copper; white; cream; grey; golden; apricot or red. However, golden is the most common colouring

Size: Medium to Large (depending on whether a Miniature is used)


Family-friendly: 5/5
Exercise needs: 5/5
Easy to train: 4/5
Tolerates being alone: 3/5
Likes other pets: 5/5
Energy level: 4/5
Grooming needs: 3/5
Shedding: 2/5


Like most crossbreeds, the personality of a Goldendoodle depends on the parents and how they have been bred and reared.

It’s clear from looking at the two breeds that make up the Goldendoodle that this is an extremely active dog who needs a lot of exercise and input (often more than many new owners expect) and being highly social, needs to be a part of the family.

The personality of a Goldendoodle seems to be more consistent when they are first crosses (F1). As a line is successively bred, they can be either bred back to one of the original breeds (and so strengthen either the Retriever or the Poodle personalities) or else be bred to another Goldendoodle, in which case there is less predictability in temperament (and in-breeding becomes more of a potential issue). Some breeders will cross Goldendoodles and Labradoodles which adds to the unpredictability of the offspring.

History and Origins

The Goldendoodle is one of the newest ‘Doodle’ types and was first intentionally bred in the 1990s, following the success of the Cockapoo and Labradoodle. Due to the fact it’s still a relatively new breed, it requires knowledge of the two breeds involved in its creation in order to learn more.

The Goldendoodle can have any combination of the two breeds in their appearance, behaviour and temperament.

The Golden Retriever is one of the most loved dog breeds in the world, so it may surprise you to know that its history is a little hazy in parts. It’s thought that the foundations of the breed were developed by a member of the British aristocracy, Sir Dudley Marjoribanks (Lord Tweedmouth). It’s said that he took a liking to the striking yellow colouring that was sometimes found in Retrievers, so he set to creating a new breed with the dazzling golden hue. To begin, he acquired a dog called Nous from Brighton, the only yellow puppy in a litter of black Curly-Coated Retrievers, then bred this to a liver coloured Tweed Water Spaniel bitch called Belle, who was said to be an excellent retrieving dog. The produced litter contained four yellow puppies and in the following 20 years of further breeding he continued trying to perfect the breed by bringing in Red Setters, other Tweed Water Spaniels, Retrievers and possibly even a Bloodhound or two. Finally, in 1908 the breed was registered and shown as Golden Flat Coats until 1913 when they claimed the Golden or Yellow Retriever name.

The Standard Poodle originated in Germany as a water retrieving dog, specifically bred for the purpose of hunting waterfowl. This breed is commonly depicted donning haircuts which are thought to be all about fashion, but their unusual style is actually far more than that. The haircut was developed to prevent the dogs from getting waterlogged and too heavy to swim, so they trimmed off as much hair as possible, whilst still keeping their vital organs and joints protected. The Miniature and Toy Poodles came later as a result of individuals wanting all the charming personality of the Poodle but didn’t want such a large dog.

Health and Common Issues

Exercise Needs

Space Requirements

Nutrition and Feeding

Grooming Goldendoodles

Training Goldendoodles

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Did You Know?

  • Despite the Goldendoodle’s popularity it’s not currently recognised by the UK Kennel Club as it’s a mixed breed.
  • The Goldendoodle is sometimes known as the ‘Groodle’.
  • Goldendoodle’s make excellent assistance dogs and have been used as guide dogs, service dogs, therapy dogs and sniffer dogs.
  • They’re not very good guard dogs as they’re too friendly, preferring to lick strangers rather than bark at them!

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