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Goldendoodle

Affectionate / Playful / Intelligent

The popularity of goldendoodles isn’t only because of their hypoallergenic fur. They are playful, energetic, and friendly. Goldendoodles are great for people with kids or other furry family members, and they love their families and pretty much anyone they meet. They are intelligent, so they also make excellent service dogs.

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Average Sizes and Life Expentancy of The Breed

Height

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  • Over 21 inches

Weight

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  • 51 pounds or over

Life Expectancy

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  • 10 - 15 years

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Amount a Spot accident & illness plan would cover*

*Hypothetical reimbursement examples illustrate reimbursement of an eligible vet bill at the noted reimbursement rate, assuming the annual deductible had already been met. 

Health Risk

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Addison’s disease

What is it?

When your pup has Addison’s disease, their adrenal glands aren’t producing enough hormones, which are commonly known as steroids.

% Dogs affected:

Unknown

Clinical signs:

Vomiting, diarrhea, hair loss, shaking, loss of appetite, sleepiness, bloody stools, thirstiness, increase in urination, loss of weight, depression

Treatment:

Therapy, hormone supplement, 

Other risks:

Addison’s can be caused by medications for diseases that cause an increase in steroid production.

Symptoms of Addison’s disease can come and go, but just because your dog appears to be better doesn’t mean it’s gone away.

Average Vet Bill

$3500 annually

Spot Pays


90% = $3150

80% = $2800

70% = $2450

Cranial Cruciate Ligament Injury

What is it?

A cranial cruciate ligament injury occurs when degeneration or trauma causes the ligament to rupture. 

% Dogs affected:

Unknown

Clinical signs:

Hesitation/refusal to put weight on the affected leg

Treatment:

In severe cases, surgery, exercise restrictions, rest

Other risks:

If your dog has a luxating patella (fluctuating kneecap), a cranial cruciate ligament injury is more likely to occur. Obesity can also make injury more likely. 

Average Vet Bill

$3900

Spot Pays


90% = $3510

80% = $3120

70% = $2730

Personality

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Affectionate

If you’re looking for a dog whose tail wags whenever they see you, a goldendoodle is a great option. They’re loving and affectionate, so be prepared for many doggy kisses.

Friendly

Goldendoodles love family, friends, strangers, and other dogs. To a doodle, a stranger is just a friend they haven’t met.

Playful

If you are already the proud parent to kids or other pups, a goldendoodle will have tons of fun playing with their new friends. As their pet parent, they’d love to play with you too.

Intelligent

Doodles are really smart, so they’re fast learners. 

Energetic

Goldendoodles are great pets for families with an active lifestyle since they have a high energy level that they need to burn off.

Lifetime Care

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Coat:

Coat Goldendoodles are usually low shedders, and they can have three different coat types: wavy, curly, or straight. Colors Merle patterns, gold, cream, chocolate, black, red, gray, white, apricot

Colors:

Hypoallergenic:

No

Grooming:

Brushing needs can vary, but curly coats do generally require consistent maintenance. They should be brushed at least weekly, either at home or by a groomer, and they need regular teeth cleaning, ear cleaning, and nail clipping.

Training:

Goldendoodles are excellent learners since they’re smart and eager to please. If you’re happy with them, then they’re happy.

Life Time Care Cost:

$32675
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Goldendoodle: Dog Breed Information Guide 2022

Goldendoodles combine the winning and bubbly personality of the golden retriever with the hypoallergenic coat and intelligence of the standard poodle. These pups are great family dogs with a heart of gold. If you’re thinking about adopting a goldendoodle, you need to be prepared to keep up with these playful and loving dogs.

Goldendoodles, also referred to as doodles, are fun dogs. They make friends with everyone, and they are also intelligent and dedicated, which makes them great service dogs for those with allergies.

If you’re thinking about adopting a goldendoodle, you’re on the right track. Learning about the breed you want to adopt can help you figure out whether your lifestyle will be compatible with the needs of your future fur baby.

At Spot Pet Insurance, we believe that the best pet parents are informed pet parents. As animal lovers ourselves, we want to help ensure that you and your pet have everything you need before you embark on this new adventure.

Do you want to know more about the lovable and sweet goldendoodle? Read on.

Meet the goldendoodle

The goldendoodle is a crossbreed between the standard poodle and a purebred golden retriever. Various sizes and generations of poodles and golden retrievers can be crossed to produce different characteristics in this hybrid dog.

No one is really sure when the first goldendoodle was bred, but they did appear in the 1990s after the Labradoodle (a designer dog breed produced by crossing a labrador retriever with a standard poodle) established its popularity.

Goldendoodles quickly gained fame for their friendly temperament and hypoallergenic fur. Their cuddly personalities, floppy ears, and teddy bear appearance make them excellent therapy dogs and family pets.

Standard goldendoodles are considered large dogs since they can weigh over 51 pounds and are over 21 inches tall. 

Miniature goldendoodles are typically small to medium-sized dogs, ranging from 14 to 17 inches in height and 26 to 35 pounds in weight.

The smallest goldendoodle is the petite goldendoodle. They are usually under 14 inches tall, and they typically weigh 25 pounds or under

A goldendoodle’s coat can be curly, straight, or wavy. It depends on which parent breed they take after more. Although many doodles are hypoallergenic, they can be more like the golden retriever and lack the hypoallergenic trait.

Even though they’re called goldendoodles, these precious pups can actually be many different colors. They can be black, gold, apricot, chocolate, cream, white, red, or gray. They can also have a merle coat.

What are the types of goldendoodles?

Not only are there different-sized goldendoodles, but there are also different generations of goldendoodles. 

It is still a relatively new breed, so goldendoodle breeders are still working on developing the bloodline so it will breed true. (Breeding true is the term for when two dogs of a breed produce offspring with the same or very similar traits as the parents.)

Although doodles have many similar traits, there are still some genetic inconsistencies. To make sure you know what you’re getting, it is important to choose a goldendoodle from a reputable breeder and avoid puppy mills.

There are two generations: F1, which consists of the offspring of a poodle parent and a golden retriever parent, and F2, which is the second-generation offspring of two first-generation doodles. 

There’s also technically a third generation type, which is called F1B, where an F1 goldendoodle is bred with a poodle or a golden retriever, depending on what trait the breeder is trying to develop.

A goldendoodle puppy from the F1 generation may be more like a golden or more like a poodle, depending on which of the puppy’s parents it takes after. An F2 generation doodle will have traits that are a little more consistent with a mix between the two parent breeds.

What are the health conditions for goldendoodles?

Since goldendoodles are a mixed breed, they can have hereditary health issues from both sides. Generally, though, goldendoodles are very healthy dogs.

Some of the conditions that affect goldendoodles are hip dysplasia, Addison’s disease, eye disorders, ear infections, progressive retinal atrophy, and cranial cruciate ligament rupture.

Although we can’t really help your pet physically, we can help you by covering part of the cost of care, as long as your pup’s condition isn’t pre-existing. If you are a Spot Pet Insurance member, you can visit any licensed vet in the United States or Canada or take advantage of the 24/7 telehealth service powered by whiskerDocs.

How to be the best pet parent for a goldendoodle?

A good pet parent looks out for their pup’s needs and keeps them safe and happy. That doesn’t mean giving in to their every whim, but it does mean you need to make sure that their needs are met and protect them from making potentially harmful decisions.

The best pet parents know their pets. Every dog has its own personality, and although most dogs of the same breed have similar temperaments, every individual has their own quirks. After you adopt your dog, you’ll want to spend time with them to help them adjust, and so you can get to know them.

How much does a dog or puppy cost?

Adoption fee: $50-$6,500

[Expense: first year, following years]

Food: $180-$355, $160-$495

Water/food bowls: $10-$40, N/A

Treats: $125-$715, $125-$715

Collars: $10-$40, N/A

Leashes: $10-$30, $0-$30

Dog bed and crate: $50-$205, N/A

Toys: $50-$155, $0-$155

Vaccines and routine care: $425-$1,680, $425-$925

Heartworm and flea prevention: $160-$245, $300-$500

Total: $1,020-$3,465, $1,010-$2,820

Basic training and behavior etiquette for your dog

Even though goldendoodles are usually very friendly, it’s important to socialize them and gradually introduce them to new people, places, and dogs as puppies. 

Since goldendoodles are intelligent, you should maintain a high activity level by having them do agility or obedience training. 

Since doodles are so friendly and they’re large dogs, it’s probably a good idea to teach them that they shouldn’t jump on people as a greeting. 

If you want, you can train even goldendoodles to be service dogs. 

What type of foods should a goldendoodle never eat?

If you’re thinking about cooking human food for your pup, you first need to learn about what ingredients are good and bad for dogs. You should also talk to your vet about the best diet and dog food brands for your dog.

We have discussed the benefits of some possible foods your dog can eat here. Here are some of the foods your goldendoodle should not eat:

  • Baby food (since it sometimes has onion powder)
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Walnuts
  • Alcohol
  • Grapes
  • Raw potatoes
  • Chocolate
  • Large amounts of broccoli 

Exercising tips to keep your dog to stay fit and healthy

Goldendoodles are energetic dogs, so they will need plenty of exercise. Fortunately, there are plenty of things you can do with your pup. You can take them with you on a walk, for a jog, or out on a hike.

Goldendoodles also love swimming, so you could take them to a dog-friendly beach or let them join you in the pool if you have one. You could also play games with your pups like fetch or frisbee. To keep their minds active, you can train them to do agility courses or teach them tricks. 

Sources

Addison's Disease in Dogs: Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention | American Kennel Club

All About Goldendoodle Colors and Coats | Goldendoodle Association of North America

Cruciate Ligament Rupture In Dogs | VCA Animal Hospitals

Goldendoodle (Groodle): Dog Breed Characteristics & Care | thesprucepets.com

Goldendoodle Generations | Goldendoodle Association of North America

Goldendoodle Sizes | Goldendoodle Association of North America 

Hip Dysplasia In Dogs: Prevention, Causes, Symptoms & Treatment | akc.org

History of the Goldendoodle | Goldendoodle Association of North America

Housebreaking your Goldendoodle - Puppy Care & Training | Fox Creek Farm

How Much is a Goldendoodle? The Cost Guide with Calculator | PetBudget

True breeding - Definition and Examples | Biology Online Dictionary

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