Best Family Dog – Goldendoodle

The Goldendoodle has been in existence since the 1990s. The have grown into quite a popular breed over the years. The Goldendoodle is a great easy-to-train dog for first time pet owners and great for families. Goldendoodles are highly social and get along well with everyone. They are intelligent and don’t shed. They are very affectionate and loyal. This is why I believe Goldendoodles make for one of the best family dogs. There are full sized Goldendoodles and Miniature Goldendoodles. Miniature Goldendoodles can range in size from 15 to 40 pounds while a full size Golden Doodle can weigh between 45 to 100 pounds. My Goldendoodle, Buster is 4 years old and weighs about 75 pounds, although he often thinks he is a lap dog! He loves to climb on my lap and take naps or just snuggle.  Click here for dog  supplies

Temperament

Goldendoodles are bred between two lines of intelligent dogs, a Golden Retriever and a Poodle.Golden Doodle puppy with chocolate colors Goldendoodles love people, making them a great candidate for a family pet. They are generally outgoing, playful, friendly, and enjoy attention and cuddling. Because of the Retriever side of the Goldendoodle, be prepared to play fetch every day. My Goldendoodle, Buster, makes me play ball with him every single night at the same time. Balls are his favorite toys. Goldendoodles are not well suited for apartment living as they do best in a fenced yard or large space to run.
Feeding
Personally I use a dry dog food found at most pet stores. I will feed my Goldendoodle Dog twice a day. I will feed about two and a half cups for breakfast and again for dinner. I will often add half a can of wet dog food to his dinner as he seems to really enjoy that. Small puppies will eat 3-4 times a day.

Healthcare

Like many large breed dogs Goldendoodles are predisposed to health and orthopedic issues and should be taken to the veterinarian at least annually. When your Goldendoodle is considered a senior (7 years of age) they should be seen every six months. The average lifespan of a Goldendoodle is 10-15 years. Smaller doodles may have a longer life span. Goldendoodles are fairly energetic dogs requiring 20-30 minutes of daily exercise.

Grooming

Goldendoodles have wavy or curly coats that can be a variety of colors. The most common colors are golden, cream, brown and black. Due to the curly coats of fur, regular grooming is necessary to avoid their fur getting too long and matted. Regular brushing is necessary to avoid the fur matting. I rarely brush my Goldendoodle. I take him to a professional groomer.  This was problematic during Covid when groomers were closed down and he got very matted and had to be shaved losing his beautiful curly coat that I love so much. It took about 3 months for it to grow back. I like to have Buster groomed about every 8 weeks and I prefer to keep him nice, curly and cuddly. Make sure to choose a good groomer who has experience grooming Doodles.  Click here for pet supplies

Training your Goldendoodle

When training your Goldendoodle, consistency is key! For his protection we crate trained our puppy. Anytime we left the house we would put Buster in his crate. Crates should never be used as punishment. Goldendoodles need interaction and exercise so you should never leave them in a crate too long. I would only leave Buster in the crate for 3-4 hours max. That’s all I was comfortable with. Some people have their puppy sleep in the crate and that is perfectly fine.  I chose to let Buster sleep in my bed and now he takes up half of the bed! We use the bell method to train our Goldendoodle.. They are very smart so they catch on fairly fast. We hung the bell on the back door and every time we took him outside we would ring the bell and then encourage him to go potty. It takes a lot of dedication and consistency but eventually they will catch on. Our dog never goes to the bathroom in the house and rings the bell hanging on the back door when he is ready to go outside. Like all pets Goldendoodles require love and attention. The older your Goldendoodle gets the more alone time they can handle.

Mistakes I have made raising a puppy to a dog

I mentioned earlier not brushing Buster during CoVid when the groomers were shut down and that caused his fur to matte up and him needing to be shaved almost bald. He looked unrecognizable when I got him back from the groomers and I wanted to cry. Second, Goldendoodles are excellent pets but they are still animals and by nature I find that Buster can’t help himself when it comes to food. He loves to eat people food and because he’s a large dog he can reach the countertops. When I leave the house I always have to “dog proof” first.  In our home that simply means making sure no food is left on the counters. He won’t attempt it when we are home but he loves to see what we left behind once we leave. One time we left a one pound bag of M&M’s out and sure enough when we got home the empty bag was on the floor. This was an emergency trip to the veterinarian office for an overnight stay. That mistake ended up costing us several hundreds of dollars but thankfully Buster was okay.

Golden doodle playing fetch.Why own a Golden Doodle?

Not only are they a beautiful looking dog, but they are hypoallergenic, yet still soft and cuddly. Goldendoodles are also smart and trainable dogs.  I have found them to be the perfect family pet and loyal companion. Goldendoodles are also great working dogs that can serve as guide dogs, therapy dogs, or service dogs.
Based on my own experience you will fall in love with your new fury friend.

If you have any questions about Goldendoodles, let me know in the comments below. I will be more than happy to help out.

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