A Goldendoodle is a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Standard Poodle. The two breeds were chosen carefully to compliment one another. The Poodle was chosen for its curly, hypoallergenic coat and the Golden Retriever for its pleasant disposition and strong sense of loyalty. Both are highly intelligent breeds, ranking in the top 5 of the most intelligent dogs.
The Goldendoodle's ancestry along both parents' lines are water dogs and hunters, so the Goldendoodle naturally loves the water and retrieving. Everyone knows that Golden Retrievers were bred for hunting and retrieving and love the water, but what most people don't know is that Standard Poodles were also water dogs used for retrieving and their conformation and the texture and coats to this day reflect the purposes for which they were bred. The curls were not a "fashion statement," they had a real purpose - to repel water allowing the Poodle to tread water quicker and dry faster.
Best of Both Breeds
Golden Doodles take on the best traits of both breeds. The cross between these two parent breeds make terrific family dogs, friendly, intelligent, affectionate and easy to train. They are devoted to their family and friendly towards children, other dogs and pets, and easy with strangers. They are social dogs, happiest when with people. Goldendoodles are likely to get into mischief and develop behavioral problems if they spend most of their lives alone. Their intelligence, eagerness to please, and love of learning make them very easy to train.
The Goldendoodle inherits the fur qualities of the Standard Poodle in that most do not shed or shed very lightly and may not produce any allergic reaction. The fur texture is that of a Standard Poodle as well. The curls are not as stiff though, and tend to form a wavy and silky coat. From the golden retriever it receives the pleasant temperament and strong loyalty that are associated with this breed.
Because they are a hybrid breed, the resulting hybrid vigor makes them less susceptible to genetic diseases associated with purebred breeds. They grow healthier and live longer than either parent line. The only genetic diseases they can be prone to would be those shared by both the Golden Retriever and the Standard Poodle. There are no major genetic health concerns, but a few minor concerns: cataract, SAS (heart disease), and CHD (Canine Hip Dysplasia), Von Willebrand's (blood disease), elbow and patella disorders.
First Generation or F1
Our Doodles are first generation or F1. This is the cross between two unrelated purebred bloodlines. This generation is healthier and grows better than the latter generations.
Colors of this breed can range from white, light brown, brown, or cream.
Standard vs Mini Goldendoodles
There are Standard Goldendoodles, which are the result of a Golden Retriever bred to a Standard Poodle (over 15 inches at the shoulder - most are in the 22-27" range). There are also Mini Goldendoodles, which are the result of a Golden Retriever bred to either a Toy Poodle (10 inches and under), or a Miniature Poodle (over 10 inches and not over 15 inches). Although I have tried breeding the Miniature Poodle, I did not have a positive breed with that combination.
Moyen or Medium Goldendoodles
I have been working over the past couple years to find the perfect smaller Poodle to have Medium Goldendoodles with. One night after searching on the internet I found the Moyen poodle. Moyen is the Fench word for medium and is used to describe an intermediate size of Poodle in France. The remainder of Europe refers to them as Kleins. It is an actual fourth Poodle size in Europe and is not a new size. The Moyen Poodle size falls between that of the Miniature and the Standard Poodle, but it is not obtained by crossing the two. Moyen Poodles tend to be 15-20 inches from shoulder and weigh in at 40-50 pounds. How perfect!
I have just purchased my first Moyen Poodle, Murray, and am excited to see what he will produce. Breeding Murray with a Golden Retriever should result in a good 40 to 50lb Goldendoodle - exactly what I was looking for. With this breed being a little larger, I think health-wise I am on the right track. They will have some height but less girth than the Standards.