What is a Goldendoodle?
A mix between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle.
Why choose a Goldendoodle
Goldendoodles attract those who love the mild temperaments of the Golden Retriever, but not so much the shedding and/or allergies that may accompany the breed. Add to that, the sharp mind and non-shedding qualities of the Poodle, making the Goldendoodle a universal hit! They also have what’s known as “Hybrid vigor”—the increased health benefits that come with crossing two unrelated breeds—which gives the Goldendoodle the health and vitality that makes them, on average, outlive either one of their parent breeds.
What is their temperament like?
Goldendoodles are extremely social, outgoing, and non-aggressive dogs that thrive on human companionship. They have a great desire to please and to learn. Each individual breed, the Poodle and the Golden Retriever, score in the top 4 of the 150 smartest dog breeds. They are both incredibly intelligent and eager to please. Coupled with the low- to non-shedding coats, this temperament has proven to make Goldendoodles perfect candidates for service work, as well as family pets.
We are working towards registration with the Goldendoodle Association of North America (GANA), whose primary objective is to promote and guide the development of the Goldendoodle and to achieve breed standards while maintaining optimal health. GANA guides breeders to the common goal of establishing reliability and predictability of coat type, size, health and temperament. To learn more about GANA please click the link on the right.
COAT TYPES AND COLORS
The coat length gene determines whether a dog has a a long (L) or short (S) coat. Although long coats are recessive because both Goldendoodle parent breeds are long-coated, all Goldenoodles carry two genes for long coat (L/L). Since short coat is dominant, if a dog carries a gene for the short gene (S/L) their coat would be short. This is why some labradoodles have short coats in the early generations, whereas Goldendoodles do not.
Curl (KRT71 gene): Goldendoodles can be curly, wavy, or straight. Typically, a Goldendoodle that is curly is +/+ for curl, a flat or straight dog is -/- for curl, a dog with wavy or loose curl is gene is (+/-) , two wavy Goldendoodles bred together can produce all three coat types: curly, wavy, and straight.
Goldendoodle colors range from white, shades on the red spectrum varying from cream to apricot to dark red, brown spectrum (from cafe au lait to a dark chocolate color), black, and blue (also called silver). Coats can also display patterns such as parti, merle, phantom, and brindle. A parti colored Goldendoodle is at least 50% white, with solid patches of any other color. A solid color Goldendoodle with white markings that cover less than 50% of the body are known by several names: abstract, mismarks, or chrome. Merle is a varied coat pattern. While a beautiful color, the merle gene can cause blindness and deafness if two parents carrying the merle gene are bred together, so merles should be bred only by very knowledgeable breeders who test for the merle gene and understand the genetics involved. Phantom’s have a specific pattern of markings on a solid background above each eye, on the sides of the muzzle, chest, inside the legs, and under the tail. Brindle patterns appear as stripes, the color and the width vary with each dog.
Furnishings: The RSPO2 gene is responsible for the facial hair characteristics, aka mustache, beard and eyebrows.
The Shedding Gene (MC5R & RSPO2): A rather new discovery (2016) in the canine genetics field is the location of shedding genes. By choosing two dogs to breed together who have a lower number of shedding genes (when health and temperate are compatible), a breeder can steer their breeding program to produce puppies with lower shedding over time. Here’s how it works:
The “shedding index” is a combination of two DNA tests: one for the shedding gene, combined with the second test for furnishings. The shedding index is ranked on a score of 0-4. “0” is no shedding and “4” is the highest shedding. By testing for furnishings and shedding, a breeder can combine the results to reliably predict shedding in a dog. Selecting dogs with a low-shedding index in a breeding program (after consideration for health and temperament) can produce puppies with reliably lower-shedding coats. Since shedding is related to allergies, using DNA testing tools on any generation Goldendoodle can help a breeder more accurately match puppies with families who have allergy concerns. No longer do you need an F1b or a very curly Goldendoodle if you know the shedding index is low!
— Note: Even a Goldendoodle with a shedding index of zero does not guarantee that you will not be allergic to a particular dog. Allergies are very complex and shedding is just one of the components that factor into the equation. Consider that dander, saliva, proteins and allergens carried on the dogs coat all contribute to each individual’s allergic reactions.
F1 = Golden Retriever x Poodle
F1b = F1 Goldendoodle x Poodle
F2 = F1 Goldendoodle x F1 Goldendoodle
MULTIGEN = Two Goldendoodle parents — one parent has to be a F1b, F2, or Multigen. A poodle bred to a Multigen Goldendoodle also constitutes as a multigen.
This breed is a hydrid cross between an Australian Shepherd and a Poodle. The Poodle and Aussie parent can be of any size, but it is usually standard or miniature, depending upon which parent is used you can have three sizes:
Size 14-23″ in height
Weight 25 – 70lb dependent upon size of parents
Lifespan10 – 12 years
Breed Type Hydrid
Suitable For Active families
Color Variations Black, Tan, White, Cream, Apricot and Merle - blue & red.
Temperament Intelligent, Loving, Loyal, Happy and Playful
Both of the parent breeds of this dog are incredibly intelligent, and thus they are something of a genius. Being very intelligent they love to learn new things. They are fast learners and extremely patient. Training should be done with patience, love, care, reward and firmness. Hard and harsh methods should be avoided.
The Aussiedoodle can excel at dog sports such as agility, obedience, flyball, dock jumping, tracking, rally, lure coursing and herding.
AKC (The American Kennel Club) is now allowing mixed breed dogs that have been registered through their Canine Partners Program to compete in obedience, agility, and rally competitions.
Aussiedoodles have only been seen in the past twenty years or so, yet are ever growing in popularity.
Although their origin is unknown, it is believed that they were first breed in the United States. Despite this, a lot is known about their parent breeds the Australian Shepherd and Poodle.
A hybrid dog’s temperament can often differ greatly based on the specific genetic contribution of each parent. However, when it comes to Aussiedoodles, they are generally regarded as extremely intelligent, playful, and loving dogs. Those traits are quite common in both of their Poodle and Australian Shepherd parents. So, getting an Aussiedoodle is a pretty safe proposition. These pups practically specialize in being lovable.
Aussiedoodles are extremely affectionate and devoted towards their owners. They should never be raised outdoors or in kennels since they require constant human interaction and affection to maintain a happy and balanced life. However, as with all dogs, it is important that the Aussiedoodle’s owners provide it with rules, boundaries, and limitations as well as consistent leadership to ensure a well-behaved and balanced dog. Sure, some dog breeds might be genetically predisposed to good behaviour, but without proper training it’s impossible to guarantee that they will grow into their best selves.
Aussiedoodles are extremely loving towards children and make excellent family pets. However, they should still be supervised around very young children as they might accidentally hurt them due to their high energy. These are rambunctious little pups after all, so sometimes they can get a little out of control as youngsters.
Aussiedoodles sometimes retain the herding instincts of the Australian Shepherd and these instincts should be kept in check and corrected from a very early age. This is yet another reason why early training and socialization are so extremely important.
The Aussiedoodle is an excellent family dog, getting on well with all people and different types of pets. These incredibly affectionate dogs will quickly become the heart and soul of the household.
Coat traits and colours follow the same principles as the Goldendoodle, but with the Merle gene being more prevalent in our Aussiedoodle breeding program.