What Is a Goldendoodle?
The Goldendoodle is the offspring of two highly beloved pets: the Poodle and the Golden Retriever. These pups are not just beautiful, but they also make excellent companions.

Our Breed is miniature, full-size adults weigh an average of 15-30 lb. and height 15-20 inches.

People suffering from canine allergies would be glad to know these doodles don’t trigger allergies.

The Goldendoodle is a designer dog. In the late 20th century breeders began to cross purebred Poodles with other purebred breeds in hopes of obtaining a dog with the Poodle's non-shedding coat, along with other desirable characteristics from other breeds. The origin breed of the Goldendoodle is the Golden Retriever, one of the most beloved family dogs. Their endearing, social tendencies paired with the Poodle's intelligence and activity blend in with the Goldendoodle. More recently, breeders have introduced many Doodle breeds.

F1 Goldendoodle

Breeding a purebred Golden Retriever and a purebred Poodle produces an F1 Goldendoodle.

F1b Goldendoodles

Breeding an F1 Goldendoodle with a purebred Poodle produces F1B (F1-back cross).

While the degree of shedding varies from dog to dog, overall, the Goldendoodle exhibits less shedding than other dogs. Grooming requirements include regular brushing, occasional bathing, and some fur trimming. Due to minimal shedding, Goldendoodles tend to have less dander, reducing allergic responses.

There are three main coat types.

  • There is the straight coat, which is flat and resembles more of a golden retriever coat.
  • The wavy coat type is a mixture of a poodle's curls and a golden retriever's straighter coat.
  • The last coat type is curly, which tends to look more like the poodle coat.


The Goldendoodle tends to be a rather healthy dog, but Poodles and Golden Retrievers are both susceptible to hip dysplasia. Therefore, an OFA or PennHIP exam is highly recommended to check for this problem before dogs are bred.

The Goldendoodle inherits the low-hanging, furry ears of the Poodle; because their ears do not allow water to drain, they are prone to ear infections and yeast infections in the ears from swimming. Grooming should include an ear care routine. Von Willebrands disease (vWD), a bleeding disorder, can also be found in the Poodle and should be screened through DNA tests before breeding.


Goldendoodles are used as pets, agility dogs, guide dogs, therapy dogs, diabetic dogs, search dogs, and rescue dogs, as they have inherited the poodle's intelligence and the golden retriever's ease of training. Goldendoodles have also become increasingly used as domestic pets due to their affection towards families, as well as their friendliness and patience with children and strangers.