When searching for the perfect dog, there is a plethora of choices. Depending on your lifestyle, picking a dog that can keep up or slow down with you is imperative for a healthy bonding experience and longevity in a home. My family and I were recently on the hunt for a great family dog with mild energy that can handle young children. We wanted something that did not shed too much and was good with other animals.
After a long and drawn out search, we finally came up with the perfect dog for our family: the Goldendoodle! The Goldendoodle is a cross between the beloved golden retriever and the standard poodle. These dogs have great dispositions as well has being hypoallergenic and minimal to no shedding.
After searching for breeders, we found a wonderful one located in the next city over (sammyspuppies.weebly.com). It’s important when researching breeders that they are reputable and that they welcome you on property to see where the dogs actually live. You want make sure that you are not helping a puppy mill stay in business. The purchase price for the dogs can range anywhere from $900 to well over $2,000. It just depends on the location as well as the generation type.
Our Goldendoodle, Walter, is an F1. This means that he is a straight cross between the golden retriever and the poodle. The F1b is a cross between a Goldendoodle and either a poodle or a golden retriever. There are a few other variations; however, these tend to be the most popular. Another aspect to consider is the size of the dog you’re looking for. Goldendoodles can vary (small, medium, medium-large); it all depends on the size of the parents. Walter will be about 65 pounds when full grown.
There is also a multitude of color compilations, solid color all the way to parti (two or more colors). Just know, Goldendoodles are notorious for gradual hair and color changes. Just because your eight-week-old pup comes home with a loose, red coat, doesn’t necessarily mean that is the way he or she will stay. While researching this breed I saw numerous owners of deep dark solid colors puppies end up with drastically lighter hair by the age of 2 or so.
If you’re thinking that this breed may be for you but would prefer to rescue, there are plenty of Doodle-only rescues across the United States. A great place to start your search is Facebook! Facebook is also a huge help because of the many Goldendoodle groups. There you can learn a ton! Owners are typically willing to discuss the pros and cons of owning the breed and other things that you should consider before making the 14-ish year commitment.
Whatever breed you choose, I urge you to do your homework. If you can’t make a commitment to a new puppy and everything that they come along with, please don’t get one. These animals deserve a safe, long term, loving home. With lots of love and care, they will be your best friends for years to come!