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Doodle Facts & MORE ABOUT US;  Grooming; Doodle History & Info; Temperament; OFA; Male vs Female; Shedding & Crate Training
 
                                 

  
  
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GROOMING:
Many people have asked me how to groom a goldendoodle.  Most groomers are trained to cut Poodles; if they say a poodle puppy cut your dog will look like this:
 This is Sydney, Standard Poodle in a Puppy Cut.  Trim out the face, under the ears, rear end, base of the tail, feet and brush out.
Ruby  Tobey Vera

     
This is Copper.  His eyes are trimmed out and his face a bit.  His feet are trimmed out so he doesn't track dirt in but they cut them out higher than with the poodle above.
   This one has her muzzle cleaned out, ears & tail left long.  The body is cut down some for the puppy but more on the adult.  As you can see on the adult, her eyes are cut out and her chin, they left the top of the muzzle longer.  This helps to keep the face clean while eating and drinking.  Especially the white ones will pick up the color of the food so it is good to get the chin cut out.  The no shed ones especially need to have their ears cut out and their rear end.  A non-shed coat is a continuous growth coat, therefore; hair grows into the ear canal and must be removed.  The hair at the rear can close over and get in the way of them doing their business. 
 HISTORY:
Goldendoodles were first deliberately bred in North America as a larger version of the popular Cockapoo around the mid 1990's. Their non/light shedding coats and ability to live with families with allergies has made them very popular companions.

Goldendoodles are a hybrid dog, a first generation cross, and they exhibit  "hybrid vigor."  This refers to the first cross between two unrelated purebred lines. Is has proven to be healthier and grows better than either parent line. The puppies take on the best traits of both breeds. The hybrid cross between these two parent breeds are terrific family dogs, friendly, intelligent, affectionate and easy to train.

 "Differences" between Mini, Petite, and Comfort goldendoodles...

A Miniature goldendoodle has 2 breeds: #1) Golden Retriever #2) Miniature poodle. There may be 1 or more generations.

A Petite goldendoodle is a 3 way mix with a Golden Retriever, Cocker spaniel = "Comfort Retriever" or even less cocker and more golden Retriever "Miniature Golden Retriever" bred to a miniature poodle. This produces " Petite goldendoodles " There may be different amounts of Cocker spaniel in the breeding ect. So be sure to find out exactly what the parent dogs are of the petite goldendoodle puppies.

A Comfort Doodle is the same three breeds as the Petite goldendoodle but only have 25% poodle instead of 50%

"F1-b" the b stands for back cross.  F1 is first generation.  An example of F1b is a first generation goldendoodle back crossed into a poodle. This is actually producing 3/4 poodle. A higher % of the litter will be less shed, no dander, and have smaller genetics.  This must be done with the Labrador breeding as their % of no or low shed is much lower than the Golden Retriever mix. 

 APPEARANCE:

The Goldendoodles' ancestry along both parent lines is as hunters and water dogs. The physical appearance of the Goldendoodle runs anywhere from a shaggy-looking retriever to a curl-relaxed poodle, but usually it falls somewhere in between.  The length when left unclipped grows to about  4-8 inches.  The color of the coat can be cream, gold, apricot, chocolate, gray and black. Most Goldendoodles have a Standard Poodle as a parent, and are standard sized.  Those with a miniature Poodle as a parent, are about 25-45 pounds and are called miniature Goldendoodles doodles.   Like many poodle crosses, most Goldendoodles are light to non-shedding, and most live easily with families with MILD allergies.  Families with severe allergies often find that Goldendoodle back crosses can work well.
 
TEMPERAMENT:
Goldendoodles are an intelligent and obedient family companion. They are everybody's friend and devoted to their family. They are 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 behavior problems if they spend most of their lives alone. Their intelligence, eagerness to please, and love of learning make them very easy to train.  They are medium-to large sized family dogs with easy dispositions.
 
   
HEALTH/LIFE EXPECTANCY:

As a hybrid cross 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. No Major Concerns. Minor Concerns - CHD, PRA, VonWilabrands, Elbow and patella disorders.

Suggested tests - hip and eye.
Their life expectancy is about 15 years.
 
OFA certification.  Hip Dysplasia is a very complicated disease and it doesn't appear that genetics is the only factor. The orthopedic foundation was hoping for better results than what they are getting.  A study said that they were actually able to induce and bring on Hip dysplasia by overfeeding and over exercising puppies/dogs.  They brought hip dysplasia on by offering free choice feeding to pups. They averaged 10-22 pounds heavier than dogs who were given controlled feedings. Also, a factor is each individual dogs rate of growth.  Some pups don't grow fast or large and others do.  Genetically, puppies can be pre-disposed to getting it and then if you combine a few environmental factors it seems to bring it on.  I've read numerous times 10-25% of large breed dogs will get Hip no matter what the OFA rating indicated about the parents.  There is also some research about giving too much calcium when they are growing.  And some studies say giving pups small doses of vitamin c help. 

A few of my dogs have had their hips certified.  Many of my moms have grandparents and family members who are champions and have that certification.  OFA has not reduced the number of hip dysplasia in dogs, it still is about 25%.  Most dogs will live pain free lives.  Very few of the 25% will have severe dysplasia. The Hybrid tends to not have as many genetic problems as the purebred.  There are no guarantees in life but you should not allow your puppy to jump up, into a truck or up on things.  This can cause hip problems in the future.   Their bones grow very quickly in the first year so be extra careful that they don’t over exert themselves.   Also, feeding a high protein diet can bring on Dysplasia.
 

Male vs Female:  I like both.  Males tend to guard the property and family; Females tend to be more concerned with the family.  Standard Poodles are somewhat protective but Golden's really just love everyone and both are people pleasers.  Both male & Female, are very dedicated, loving, gentle and easy to train.  This is why they make the perfect family pet. 

 

Low or no shed; The pups will never shed as much as the Golden Retriever.  They may not shed at all, or just 2 twice a year.  I have found that the more you bath any dog the more they shed.  It dries the skin and loosens the hair.  Poodles are dander free so people tend not to be allergic to them.  I have found that the dander free skin type (Poodle) can only be detected by the allergic person; a curly coat does not determine a dander free skin.  

Temperament: We get to know our pups very well and see how they are with children.  The more bossy, Alfa type and the most shy do not get to go to families with small children.  Alfa is OK with teenagers and a person who loves to train dogs.  The shy one is great for an older couple who have a steady, calm environment.  In every litter you usually have one of each and the rest are the happy middle guys.  The younger the children ie: 1-4 yr olds get the puppies that are really laid back.  The ones that you can pick up and they go limp without a struggle.  These are the ones that we have pictures of with hair clips and outfits, that have been applied by their new playmates. 
  

Crate Training: I STRONGLY Recommend CRATE TRAINING! Most of our pups are too young for crate training before they leave here.  I had to keep 2 last year until they were 10 weeks old and I began crate training at 8 weeks.   You would never consider leaving a child in a room or on the floor unsupervised so don’t do it with a puppy.  The crate is like a crib, it is safe and like a den to a dog.  They will go in willingly after a while.  You just have to get through the first few nights.  I recommend that you lay newspaper in half the crate and a towel on the other half lengthwise.  You will see they will eventually be able to hold it through the night as their organs grow bigger.

 We welcome visitors and visits by prospective families.  We live in North Eastern Ohio, out in the farmlands.    I hope this answers most of your questions.  I have to get back to work.  Take care and keep in touch.  GWEN

  

 

  
              

 

  

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