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Goldendoodle (Groodle)

Goldendoodle (Groodle)

The Goldendoodle or “Groodle” is a crossbreed between a Golden Retriever and a poodle. 

Given the Groodle’s status as a crossbreed, there can be some variation in appearance from dog to dog, but typically they have a long wavy coat. Colours include tan, brown, black and cream.  The size of the Groodle is largely dependent on the size of the Poodle parent, with miniature Poodles producing smaller offspring than standard Poodles. 

Plan for a medium to large dog when fully grown that may be up to 37kg and 61cm height. Their life expectancy is around 10 to 14 years.

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Dog Breed Facts & Characteristics

Origin

A cross between a Golden Retriever and Poodle (toy, miniature or standard)

Bred for

Companions, service dogs

Size 

Dependent on cross but may be up to 37kg and 61cm height

Weight Range

Up to 37kgs

Colours

Cream, black, brown, red, golden, grey

Life expectancy

10 to 14 years 

Coat

Long, maybe low or non-shedding

Temperament 

Affectionate, active, intelligent 

Exercise requirements

High, enjoy playing

Best suited for 

Active households

Apartment Friendly

Not recommended

Personality 

Friendly, energetic and intelligent the Goldendoodle would be well suited in an active household. As large, active dogs they are not well suited to apartment living and may become destructive and vocal if they don’t have enough space and attention to keep them occupied. They tend to do well at agility and other sports, and generally enjoy activities like swimming and fetching. Socialising your puppy from an early age means getting them used to other dogs, animals, people and different environments. This helps them grow up to be well adjusted adults. 

Grooming

The coat may or may not shed, and either way will need regular brushing and grooming at home and frequent trips to the groomers for clipping. Close observation and care of the coat and skin is very important as they are susceptible to skin allergies and infections. They generally have floppy ears with hairy ear canals, so regular ear cleaning is a necessary part of caring for a Groodle to help prevent ear problems.

Feeding

When choosing a food for your Goldendoodle, select a premium food appropriate to your dog’s age. Feed a large breed puppy food to help give them the best start in life. Always be sure to follow the recommended feeding guides on the food appropriate to your pet's size. Make sure your dog always has a supply of fresh, clean water available. 

Common Health Concerns 

According to PetSure data from 2019, the five most common reasons for Groodles to require a vet visit (excluding for routine visits like vaccinations) were: 

Rank

Condition

Average cost for single treatment
(average pet insurance claim amount)

Highest cost for single treatment
(highest pet insurance claim seen for this condition)

1

Ear conditions (including allergies, infections)

$168

$3,455

2

Skin Conditions (including allergies, infections)

$177

$2,200

3

Gastrointestinal conditions

$260

$3,044

4

Accidental trauma

$392

$7,416

5

Eye condition (including conjunctivitis, corneal ulcers)

$129

$1,718

Disclaimer: Reimbursement for these claims would be subject to limits, such as annual benefit limits or sub-limits, benefit percentage, applicable waiting periods and any applicable excess. Cover is subject to the policy terms and conditions. You should consider the relevant Product Disclosure Statement or policy wording available from the relevant provider.

Most popular Groodle names

According to PetSure data (from 2019) the most popular Goldendoodle names are:

  1. Archie
  2. Molly
  3. Frankie
  4. Bailey
  5. Charlie
  6. Alfie
  7. Luna
  8. Poppy
  9. Daisy
  10. Ollie

Most popular female names

  1. Molly
  2. Frankie
  3. Luna
  4. Daisy
  5. Poppy
  6. Lola
  7. Millie
  8. Willow
  9. Bella
  10. Bonnie

Most popular male names

  1. Archie
  2. Alfie
  3. Charlie
  4. Ollie
  5. Bailey
  6. Henry
  7. Teddy
  8. Winston
  9. Max
  10. George

Did you know?

Celebrities who’ve fallen in love with Goldendoodles include Perez Hilton, Tiger Woods and Hillary Scott. 

Where can I get a Goldendoodle?

Check out your local breed specific rescue organisation. Also be sure to visit your local pet rescue shelters where you might just find your new best friend! 

References

  1. Dogtime.com, Goldendoodle, Accessed on 03/11/2020
  2. Clark, M, 2020, The Paws, 14 Celebrities Who Own Goldendoodles, Accessed on 11/11/20

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Kylie Mitchell is a veterinarian with over 17 years experience in animal health and welfare, including in the veterinary and pet insurance industries

She has three rescue cats (Noah, Bei Bei and Meeka), four very old cockatiels and a pond-full of fish.

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