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Goldendoodles - Poodle/Golden Retriever Mix
Goldendoodles are one of the new designer breeds that are on the market today. Now, personally, I'm not a big fan of the designer breeds, as in many cases people will purchase purebred Golden Retrievers and Poodles and breed them, calling the puppies Goldendoodles. But, this is not the case, as you will not get an even ratio of dogs that have the same characteristics. The results from this breeding will be of some pups appearing more golden retriever, and the rest appearing more poodle. In the scenario, this breeding did not result in the desired designer breed result. It resulted in a mix-breed litter.
BUT, I will say that with proper breeding, a true Goldendoodle can be produced. In order to produce a true goldendoodle, the breeder will have to begin with a golden retriever and a poodle, choose the top picks in the litter. Breed that top choices to another, unrelated golden retriever/poodle mix. And continue doing so until a dog with the general characteristics of both the golden retriever and the poodle are existent.
And, through selective breeding a proper goldendoodle can be produced. As well as a Miniature Goldendoodle, which is produced by breeding golden retrievers to miniature poodles.
The goldendoodle was bred to produce a large breed dog that has low shedding characteristic for those who are allergic to dogs. But, you do need to consider whether you are allergic to dog fur or dog dander. As even the goldendoodle will have dander.
A true goldendoodle is hard to describe, as they are a hybrid, mix-breed. A standard goldendoodle will range from 20 to 24 inches in height and 45 to 85 pounds, whereas a miniature goldendoodle will range from 13 to 21 inches tall and 25 to 45 pounds.
The goldendoodle is a loving, loyal dog. With the mixture of breeds that created the hybrid, the dog is naturally social and easily trained, but this, by no means excuses lack of training and socialization on the owner's part.
Since this is a mix breed dog, the health concerns of both the golden retriever and the poodle are taken into account. Both breeds are prone to hip dysplasia and cataracts, as well as other inheritable health concerns.
Health of a designer breed dog can a concern in general. You will need to watch and find a reputable breeder. Many petstores who sell designer breed pups, purchase the puppies from Puppy Mills, which can result in very unhealthy puppies who will become dogs with severe health concerns.
- Stop Puppy Mills
Many people have heard of puppy mills, but they may not fully understand the goings on of what happens and what you're truly getting. Many people hate puppy mills because of the public opinion about them, but they may not truly know why.
- Puppy Mills
They breed large numbers of puppies from a limited number of adult breeder dogs. The females are never given a proper break to relax and heal their bodies.
- Prisoner of Greed
There are health concerns associated with puppy mills. You WILL encounter overbreeding, inbreeding, little to no veterinary care, poor quality food and shelter, no socialization, and over crowded cages. Unwanted dogs are euthanized without a chance.
Finding a reputable breeder will be most important in finding a puppy with limited behavioral concerns and health issues. Puppy mills are a great place to pick up a puppy who will eventually suffer genetic illness and behavioral issues... If that's what you're looking for...
You may have to pay more at a breeder, but you will be guaranteed a healthy puppy.
Now to find a breeder in your area, or a breeder who will ship you a puppy... The search begins...
NOTE: When searching for a reputable breeder of goldendoodles or miniature goldendoodles, you may want to understand the classification that they will assign their litters. Some breeders claim that they have first generation (F1) breeding, which means that the pairing was of a purebred poodle and golden retriever. Sometimes, you will see F1- back cross or F1-B, which means that the litter was the result of a goldendoodle and a poodle or a goldendoodle and a golden retriever.
Many breeders will ship their puppies. In most cases, you will have to inquire about shipping. And, yes, it is safe to ship a puppy. Puppies and dogs are shipped in regular plastic dog crates. The crate must be large enough for the puppy or dog to turn around in comfortably, but no larger. They are shipped via planes overnight to you your airport, where you will pick up the pup.
Remember to ask to see verification for proper testing when trying to pick a reputable goldenddoodle breeder. Goldendoodle adults should have the various tests such as :
- Hips (HD) OFA or Pennhip or OVC
- Eyes (CERF) Required Yearly
- Hearts tested and certified by OFA
- Elbows (OFA) on all new certifications.
- Von Willebrands (vWd) (bleeding disorder) DNA or Blood screen
- Sebaceous Adenitis (SA) (Skin Disorder) minimum of 2 tests within a 3 year period.
These tests are those that are normal for reputable golden retriever and poodle breeders. They are great when ruling out health concerns that the puppies can inherit.
- Goldendoodle Premium Breeders List
The breeders on this list of goldendoodles and labradoodle breeders, you will find breeders who have paid for the necessary tests and provided proof that their pups are 100% healthy.
Find a list of reputable goldendoodles, as well as information about the hybrid dog, how to choose a breeder, and goldendoodles up for adoption.
Miniature goldendoodle Breeders
- Diamond Doodles
Southwest Missouri breeder, Mini goldendoodle, medium Goldendoodle, F1B Mini Goldendoodle, F1B Goldendoodle, Golden Doodle, Toy Cockapoo, F1B Cockapoo, Whoodle pup, mini whoodle, standard whoodle
- Mountain Doodles
Mountain Doodles is a breeder of high quality miniature goldendoodles. Although, they are located in Washington state, they do ship their pups.
- Moss Creek Goldendoodles
Breeder of English and American goldendoodles as well as miniature goldendoodles. They are located in Central Florida
- Sandy Ridge Miniature Goldendoodles
Breeding both miniature goldendoodles and labradoodles, they are located in Southeast Iowa.
Miniature Goldgendoodle Tricks
Pictures can be found at flickr.com.