A Goldendoodle is a cross-breed obtained by breeding a golden retriever with a poodle. The name (which alters "poodle" to "doodle" in reference to the Labradoodle) was coined in 1992.
In the 1990s,breeders in both North America and Australia began crossing golden retrievers with standard poodles.
The original purpose of the cross was to attempt to develop guide dogs suitable for visually impaired individuals with allergies.
The goldendoodle is sometimes called a designer dog. The Encyclopedia Britannica traces the term "designer dog" to the late 20th century, when breeders began to cross purebred poodles with other purebred breeds in order to obtain a dog with the poodle's non-shedding coat, along with various desirable characteristics from other breeds.
Additional names by which this crossbreed is known include Curly Retriever, Goldenoodle, Groodle, and Goldiepoo. They are very loving dogs and are perfect for families with allergies.
With knowledgeable breeding, the goldendoodle tends to be a rather healthy dog, but poodles and golden retrievers are both susceptible to hip dysplasia. Therefore, an OFA or PennHIP exam is required to check for this problem before dogs are bred.
Both breeds can also suffer from a number of inheritable eye disorders, so it is important that annual CERF (Canine Eye Registration Foundation) exams are performed before breeding.
The goldendoodle inherits the ears of golden retrievers; because their ears hang and don't allow the water to drain, they are prone to ear infections (and yeast infections in the ears) from swimming.
Goldendoodle puppy coats start out quite flat and becomes more curly as the puppy grows older.
: Low shedding, therefore are a good choice for hypo-allergenic needs. : Require regular, professional grooming, as their coats barely shed and need regular grooming. : Because poodles and golden retrievers are both highly intelligent, golden doodles are also very trainable. : Goldendoodles are usually very affectionate with people and other pets. : They are human-oriented dogs, and tend to develop a strong bond with their owners and companions. : Their intelligence and strong bond, make them a great family dog for both adults and children. : Most goldendoodles are calm and easy going, but they are active dogs that do require exercise. : Since 2005, Goldendoodles have been moderately used as guide dogs, therapy dogs, diabetic dogs, search dogs and rescue dogs, as they have inherited the poodle's intelligence and the golden retriever's ease of training