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Okay, let me apologize right at the start because I’m one of those dog mom’s that shows her baby’s pictures to anyone who’ll listen.
You see that picture above this sentence? That’s Ruby my Goldendoodle. Isn’t she so cute! Just adorable!
I could do an entire page full of nothing but Ruby’s cutest pictures. Honestly, don’t tell the kids, but I’m sure there are more Ruby pictures than kid pictures on my phone. Shh, let that be our little secret.
Ruby is a 20 lb what one would consider a teacup goldendoodle. I wanted a dog that I could easily travel with and she’s just perfect. A wonderful easy going travel companion.
So what is a Goldendoodle?
Goldendoodles! Chances are you’ve probably seen one around. They’ve become popular and seem to be everywhere right now. They are some of the smartest dogs in the world.
A perfect mix between a golden retriever and a poodle. They have become the ideal family dog. I’ve heard them called “people in fur coats,” they are charismatic and loving.
A hybrid breed that combines the best characteristics of its purebred parents, they are wildly popular. Goldendoodles require a moderate amount of activity and are happily your favorite companion.
What are the best things about a Goldendoodle?
Everything! The grooming is about the only downfall of getting a Goldendoodle.
Let me just make a list for you. There’s so many good qualities it might be easier for me to list them out.
Attributes of Goldendoodles
Besides being smart, loyal, loving and a popular choice for people with allergies. Here’s why Goldendoodles are one of the top 5 dogs.
- Always willing to curl up with their owners
- Low to non-shedding
- Full of charisma
- Thrive with human companionship
- Love to please their owners
- Love water
- Need to be indoor dogs
- Lively and fun-loving
What size do Goldendoodles come in?
There are three types of doodles. Depending on the genetics of the parents, you can find them in one of these ranges.
As in most breeds, females are usually smaller than males.
As for temperaments, the mini and toy Goldendoodles are more energetic than standards.
Tiny or Teacup Goldendoodle – a cross between a toy poodle and a mini goldendoodle.
- 10-24 pounds
- 12 to 17 inches at the shoulder
Mini Goldendoodle – a cross between a miniature poodle and a golden retriever.
- 25-49 pounds
- 18 to 22 inches at the shoulder
Standard Goldendoodle – a cross between a standard poodle and a golden retriever.
- 50 pounds and up ( most range in the 79 to 90 pound range)
- 23 to 29 inches at the shoulder
What does F1, F1b and F2 mean?
F1 – is considered the first generation. A puppy is 50% golden retriever and 50% poodle. The F1 puppies are the healthiest.
F1b – is a cross between a goldendoodle and a poodle. The puppies are 25% goldendoodle and 75% poodle. This is most likely the most non-shedding and allergy friendly of a goldendoodle.
I have known some breeders known to breed a goldendoodle with a golden, which creates more of the golden look. These puppies have a greater likelihood of shedding.
F2 – is a generational cross with an F1 goldendoodle with another F1 goldendoodle. A breeder can cross these lines for seven years, at which time they can apply to register as a purebred. Sometimes these puppies lose their softness that we love with the doodles.
What is the most popular Goldendoodle color?
The apricot Goldendoodle is by far the most popular color with cream and red in second and third place.
Poodles have a variety of colors with brown or chocolate, black, silver, and gray. There can be a mixture of patterns and colors.
- Apricot – This color comes from both the Poodle and Golden Retriever.
- Red’s – Both Poodle and Golden Retrievers are red in color.
- Cream – Again both Poodle and Golden Retrievers carry cream colors.
- Gray – Primarily the Poodle side.
- Black – Completely the Poodle side.
- White – Poodles
- Blue’s – This tends to be a faded black and gray color. Primarily the poodle side.
- Silver – Poodle side
I don’t know that I have a preference. When I was looking I went with a reddish color.
Although Ruby started out red as a baby and lightened up to more of an apricot. It reminds me of the teddy bear color that everyone’s talking about.
She’s just ridiculously cute! However, I say that about every dog!
Do goldendooles get lighter or darker?
Most Goldendoodles have a darker coat and lighten up as they get older.
Ruby was dark red when I first brought her home. Over the next 9 months she lightened up considerably.
The only thing that stayed the darker red were her ears. She’s more a cross between a red and a darker apricot.
Here’s the way some of them can lighten or darken:
- Solid Colored Goldendoodle – These puppies tend to be one solid color. With less than 50% white markings on their bodies.
- Parti Colored Goldendoodles – A parti color has about 50% white on his or her body with solid patches of one other color.
- Merle Colored Goldendoodles – These puppies are super cute with a variety of colors.
- Phantom Colored Goldendoodles – Both parents have to have a phantom recessive gene in order for a puppy to pick up the phantom coloring. However, these puppies tend to have a solid color with markings on the side of the chest and muzzles, above the eyes and under the tails and legs. There is a large variety of colors for Phantom colored goldendoodles.
- Brindles – These are the goldendoodles that appear two have some stripes in the body. While brindle is a recessive gene, it can come out in a variety of colors.
Do Goldendoodle noses change color?
Yes! Goldendoodle noses change color. Ruby was born with this cute little black button nose with her cute smiling face.
While most Goldendoodles are born with the cute black noses, they can turn to pink, brown, or liver colored.
Why do their noses change color?
The weather – In the winter months Ruby’s nose changes to a lighter brownish color. This is called winter nose or snow nose. This is usually a temporary condition caused by the colder weather. Once summer hits, it will go back to a darker color for a short time. At least until it’s winter again.
Old age – The pigment on a dog’s nose ages just like our hair color. It may turn pink or even a light liver color. This comes from aging.
Bacterial infections – If your dog’s nose looks sore, crusty or unhealthy, most like they’ve developed a bacterial infection. It can cause this from drinking unhealthy water.
Dudley Nose – This is a general nose de-pigmentation. You’ll notice your dog’s nose will turn pink or sometimes white for no known reason. The weather effects some dogs. Other’s never change back and stay pink or white.
Allergies – Dog’s have allergies like we do. Because a dog’s nose is usually, the first thing it comes in contact with, if your dog has allergies the first sign may be the color his or her nose changing. You often notice this in puppies using plastic water bowls. Usually you’ll notice the lips on your pups will change and lighten.
What is a Teddybear Goldendoodle?
Teddy-bear Goldendoodles look just like teddy bears! Sometimes they are even hard to tell apart!
A teddy-bear goldendoodle is a cross between a Poodle and an English Creme Golden Retriever. They have that boxier look.
Do Goldendoodles get curlier with age?
Yes! Goldendoodle puppy coats change just like any other dog. They lose their soft puppy hair about 5 – 6 months of age.
Ruby went from straighter soft hair to having the tighter poodle curls around her neck and behind her ears and legs. Her body still has the softer straighter hair.
Some Goldendoodles get the curlier hair as adults, some get the straighter hair. There’s no way to judge what your puppy is going to get until it loses its puppy hair. The only way to get an idea is to meet both the parents.
How long do Goldendoodles live for?
The average lifespan of a Goldendoodle is 10 to 15 years.
Do Goldendoodles like to swim?
Most Goldendoodles love swimming as much as people do. However, monitor them as much as you would a toddler.
Even the strongest swimmers can get into trouble.
We had flown to Phoenix, Arizona the first time Ruby went swimming. She did not want to get into the pool the first time.
Once we put her into the pool, she was a paddling all over the place. However, on her 3rd lap around a smaller pool her back legs grew tired, and she started to drown. Because we were all in the pool, we could reach her right away.
Pool and Water Safety Tips for Goldendoodles
- Never leave your pet unsupervised.
- Have your pool fenced in or equipped with an alarm that sounds if the surface of the water is broken by a child or pet falling in.
- Work with your dog to show her which side the steps are on so they learn to get out of the pool. Or provide a ramp like the Skamper-Ramp ( www.skamper-ramp.com).
- Be sure to provide fresh water. Dogs get thirsty even when swimming.
- Dogs can panic in the water and younger or older dogs don’t know they aren’t as strong as they think they are and can easily start to sink.
Can a Goldendoodle be left alone?
Goldendoodles are people dogs. While they love to be around you, they can be left alone over time with some preparation.
For example, a new puppy shouldn’t be left alone for more than an hour or two in the beginning. Your puppy will well if you leave them alone with short periods of time. They may be apprehensive at first, but it gets better with time.
I didn’t leave Ruby for the first week or two when I brought her home. Luckily I work from home so I could take her with me anywhere we went.
Once she was doing well with potty training, I started to leave her home for an hour or two.
I quickly discovered that she would whine or cry for a few minutes, then she settled down with her toys. I always kept a snuggle puppy with any of my new puppies.
A snuggle puppy is a stuffed animal with a little heartbeat inside. It mimics the mother’s heartbeat and helps to settle a new puppy when they first come home.
Over time, we built up the time I could be leave her alone. Now if I were working outside the home, we easily leave both my dog’s home alone for up to 8 hours.
Are Girl or Boy Goldendoodles better?
Some people believe a male dog is much more affectionate than a female dog. I found no studies to prove this theory.
Frankly, Ruby and most of my other female dogs have been affectionate, loving and loyal.
Personally, I feel that no matter if it’s male or female, a lot of it depends on their start in life. Are they raised in an affectionate home? Or are they raised with very little affection as babies?
Ruby was born and raised inside someone’s home. She and all her litter mates were regular family members. Even at dinner times, the puppies were near the kitchen when food was being prepared. She’s quite affectionate.
Are Goldendoodles smart?
You bet they are! Because of their breeding they are intelligent with an uncanny ability to communicate with their people.
Because they are a cross between a Poodle and a Golden Retriever, they are smart and can easily learn commands quickly and easily.
How long do Goldendoodles sleep during the day?
Goldendoodles do not differ from most dogs. They sleep almost 75% of the day away.
Large breed dogs can sleep up to 18 hours a day. Once they get passed the puppy stage, normal sleeping times for Goldendoodles are 12-15 hours a day.
Do Goldendoodles like to run?
Yes, they love to run! Ruby can run for about an hour on end, but then she’s done and will nap for a good hour afterwards.
Goldendoodles are great for medium distance runners as long we properly train them.
To train your goldendoodle, you’ll want to begin by teaching your dog to run in gradual distances. To help build up or cool down, you’ll want to start and end with a walk. A warm up and cool-down period is just as important in a goldendoodle as it is for humans.
Always make sure your dog has plenty of water afterwards.
At what age do Goldendoodles calm down?
The life transition from puppyhood to adulthood begins between 8 to 14 months old in Goldendoodles.
At about 12-14 months a slow transition begins and your dog will calm down. However, don’t expect them to not get excited when someone new comes to the door until he or she is over 10 years of age.
My dog Ruby is just now starting to mellow out. She’s now 16 months old.
A lot of a goldendoodle or labradoodle calming down depends on how much exercise they are getting during the day. I let my dogs out to run and play several times a day. By doing this, I’m assured of a peaceful evening. If I have to work during the day and they don’t get their exercise, they fully expect the evening hours to be full of playtime.
I try to teach my dogs that daylight hours are playtime and evening hours are for relaxing by providing lots of exercise and stimulation during the daytime.
Even playing fetch outside for 20-30 minutes is enough for dogs to feel less anxious and settle down afterwards.