Description:
    The Golden Doodle is a Poodle hybrid and gets its name from its mixed heritage - Golden
    Retriever and Poodle. Golden Doodles have been bred in North America since the mid-
    1990's.  Poodle crosses with smaller breeds have been very successful developing allergy
    friendly family pets, A Golden Doodle results in a larger family pet with the best
    characteristics of both breeds.

    Golden Doodles are a hybrid dog, and as such they exhibit "hybrid vigor", the term used
    to describe the increased fertility, good health and growth that is seen in the offspring
    when two unrelated breeds are mated. 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. As such there is
    little concern for genetic diseases. A Golden Doodles life expectancy is about 12-15
    years.  

    Why a Golden Doodle?:
    As with many other Poodle cross breeds, they were bred to produce a very low shedding
    dog either for individuals who suffer from allergies or those that just want a low
    maintenance coat. The Golden Doodle is typically a low-shedding hybrid, though it does
    shed to some degree. While there is no such thing as a hypoallergenic animal, Poodles and
    their crosses come as close to it as possible.

    There is a genetic advantage of crossbreeding purebred dogs. Combining two breeds
    from unrelated gene pools decreases the incidence of genetic defects and increases
    welcome traits like fertility, survival and growth rate. Purebred dogs by definition must
    be bred from a limited gene pool, this tends to concentrate genetic disorders until they
    become common. As with almost every dog breed, there are minor concerns for Canine
    Hip Dysplasia (CHD) and cataracts. Golden Doodles are usually very healthy. Since
    Golden Doodles are a hybrid, they are not recognized or accepted for registration by
    mainstream registries of purebred dogs such as the AKC or UKC.

    Temperament:
    The Golden Doodle breed is a loving, loyal, terrific family dog, friendly and intelligent,
    affectionate and easy to train. They are friendly towards children, other pets and easy
    with strangers. They are social dogs, happiest when with people. Their intelligence,
    eagerness to please make them very easy to train. They invariably enjoy swimming, as
    both the retriever and Poodle parts of their ancestry normally enjoy water. They love
    to play, and retain the strong retrieving instincts of the Golden Retriever, they love
    fetching sticks, balls, Frisbees, etc. Golden Doodles are likely to get into mischief and
    develop behavior problems if they spend most of their lives alone. They are medium-to
    large sized family dogs with easy dispositions. Golden Doodles require a moderate
    amount of exercise and their coats are generally low maintenance.

    Sizes:
    The size of the Golden Doodle depends on its parentage. A general rule of thumb is to
    add both the parents weights together and divide by 2 to get an average adult weight on
    the puppies.  Within any litter there may be puppies that fall above or below the
    projected adult weights.  Some standard sized have grown to over 100 pounds.

    Appearance:
    The physical appearance of the Golden Doodle runs anywhere from a shaggy-looking
    retriever to a curl-relaxed poodle, but usually it falls somewhere in between.  Poodle
    crosses generally inherit the fur qualities of the poodle, but not the texture.  This
    means that most Golden Doodles don't shed, or shed lightly, and may not produce an
    allergic reaction.

    The first generation (F1) Golden Doodle is the product of a standard Poodle crossed
    with a Golden Retriever.  Most first generation Golden Doodles either don't shed or
    shed lightly, and are compatible for most families with mild allergies.

    The second generation (F1b) Golden Doodle is produced by crossing an F1 Golden Doodle
    with a standard Poodle. These dogs will tend to have even less shedding of their coat, and
    are recommended for families with moderate to severe allergies These puppies typically
    achieve the same hypoallergenic qualities as the purebred Poodle

    Unclipped Golden Doodles will have hair about 4-7 inches long, shorter on the face and
    longer on the body, tail and legs.  A good combing every few weeks will keep their coat
    in good condition. A clipped coat makes this lots easier and clipping is only required
    3-4 times a year.

    The Golden Doodle can come in many different colors, depending on the genes passed
    onto the pup. Truly golden Golden Doodles are more popular than other colors, and are
    more expensive. However, Golden Doodles can be tan, black, silver, or a mix. A mix of
    colors can come from the same litter.