The hybrid cross of a purebred Golden Retriever and a purebred Poodle creates the Goldendoodle. This breed was started in the early 1990’s as guide dogs for the visually impaired with allergies . Retriever breeds have been a popular choice as service dogs because of their intelligence and temperament, but their fur can cause real issues for allergy sufferers.
Adding the poodle to this breed helps minimize allergic reactions because of their hypoallergenic hair. While we cannot guarantee that no one with allergies will have a problem with Goldendoodles, we can say that most people have reported less severe reactions or none at all to them.
Also, Goldendoodles shed much less than Golden Retrievers! Some don’t shed at all. They generally need to be groomed regularly and trimmed to look their best.
There are many types of Goldendoodles:
- First generation (F1): Golden Retriever X Poodle – Have loose, wavy coats and vary widely for shedding and allergy friendliness
- First Generation Backcross (F1b): Golden Doodle F1 X Poodle – Have wavier to curly coats and are more consistently low shedding and allergy friendly
- Multi-generational: Goldendoodle F1b X Goldendoodle F1b – Have wavy to curly coats and are usually non-shedding and hypoallergenic
Goldendoodles are friendly and outgoing. They are super intelligent and easily trained. They are also as happy indoor as they are outside. Their fun-loving personalities and gentle nature truly lend themselves to being the best dog you will ever own!