Are Goldendoodles Hypo Allergenic? 

 

  • Short Answer: Not always.  Long Answer: Most allergies are caused by the protein in skin dander. Dander is produced by ALL dogs that have skin..oddly enough, they all have skin. That being said, some dogs produce less dander than others, and less severe to medium allergy suffers may be able to tolerate them better, especially the f1b breeding which are lower shedding. I typically recommend a purebred Standard Poodle for the most severe of allergy sufferers. 

Do Goldendoodles shed?

  • Yes, they do. However they typically shed less than the Golden or Labrador Retriever Usually the curlier the coat the less shedding, however the trade off is more grooming. A dog is a responsibility, regular grooming will help reduce shedding. F1b's typically shed less than F1 Goldendoodles.

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Are there health issues?

  • All dogs (purebreds or mixed) will have some inherited health issues they are more prone to than say another breed.

  • Goldendoodles can suffer from hip dysplasia, look for a breeder that will warranty the puppy for hip and elbow problems. Healthy, active, dysplasia free parents should only be used in any breeding program. Also know dysplasia can be made much more pronounced by a dogs environment. Taking puppies and young dogs (under 16 mos) for extended jogs before their bone structure has matured can lead to and exasperate hip and elbow issues. Up and down lots of steep stairs can do the same thing. Excessive crating.  Remember, puppies are like kids and lots of free play time, reasonable walks are recommended. Repetitive stress on joints should be avoided until the dogs bones and plates have closed (around 16 mos). Work up to your work outs, want a jogging buddy? Just like people start slowly and work your way to further distances. F1b's can also suffer from Standard Poodle ailments, such as von Willebrands, so it is important that the parents of the puppies be cleared via DNA test for these types of diseases.

 

**Standard Poodles, Labs and Goldens (all large bodied/deep chested dogs) can be prone to Gastric Dilation/GDV aka"bloat". Know your symptoms and know that this condition requires emergency surgery to correct. Some family lines are more prone to it than others

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What do you feed?

  • I feed American Natural Premium Exhibitors Choice blend to all my dogs, puppy to adult it is an all life stages food and ALL of my dogs do wonderfully on it, I highly recommend this food for people who can get it. My puppies are weened on Granma Lucy's Artisan then switched over to Whole Earth Farms Puppy food (dry). I chose to wean my pups on this product as so many families live outside the distribution area of American Natural Premium, and the Whole Earth Farms can be found in a variety of national pet stores, chains and Fleet Farm. There are many good foods out there, learn to read your labels and do some research on this important topic. It will pay you back in spades with less poop pick up, healthier coats and vet visits. Not all foods will work for all dogs, you may need to experiment. STAY AWAY from Grocery stores, there you will find the junk food of the dog food industry. Find good food at your pet stores and local feed stores. Stay away from corn, wheat in the first five ingredients of the label. Stay away from any meat by-products , instead look for "meal", such as chicken, beef, pork, duck, meal as the main ingredient (first on the label).

​​​Are Goldendoodles good with children

  • Yes they are. That being said, a small child should not be left unattended with any dog. Toddlers can push a dog past its limits and without proper supervision you can end up with a situation that could have been avoided. I have all my dogs crate trained. My children knew never to bother them when they were in their crates and my dogs learned that their crates were their private space and would go in when they were done playing. I encourage crate training for all households whether children are there or not. The best dogs are ones that are well socialized early and trained with a positive reinforcement.

What is a Goldendoodle anyway?

  • F1 Goldendoodle is 50% Poodle and 50% Golden Retriever

  • F1b Goldendoodle is a F1 Goldendoodle bred back to a Poodle resulting puppies are 75% Poodle and 25% Golden Retriever.

  • F2 Goldendoodle are two F1 Goldendoodles bred together or an F1 bred to an F1b.

  • Goldedoodles are generally active, friendly dogs, requiring room to romp and/or an owner dedicated to exercising them and providing proper socialization and training.

  • Goldendoodles are also called Groodles and my favorite "Doods"