The Goldendoodle: The Ultimate Guide to this Adorable Hybrid Breed


Cute dogs that pull at our heartstrings are found all across the globe, but only a few can capture your heart like the sweetheart Goldendoodle. This breed is found all over the world and is also increasing in popularity in India, which is why many pet owners are enthusiastic about buying a purebred Goldendoodle in 2023. 

Golden Doodles, also known as Goldendoodles, are a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. They have become increasingly popular in recent years due to their friendly and sociable nature. In this blog, we will discuss everything you need to know about this wonderful family dog, including its history, physical characteristics, adaptability, friendliness, health and grooming needs, training, and physical needs.

About Goldendoodle

History & Origin 

Goldendoodles were first produced by breeders in 1969 to work as guide dogs.  but the breed gained popularity among North American breeders during the 1990s. This “designer” mix has all the desirable traits of the Golden Retriever with the non-shedding coat of the Poodle. This makes the breed highly desirable for those who love amiable family and service dogs.

If you’re wondering where the idea of crossbreeding a Goldendoodle came from, we have an interesting little story for you! The first breed to be successfully bred with the Poodle was the Labrador Retriever, giving us the Labradoodle. When breeders were looking to add another Poodle hybrid to the pedigree roster, the most popular dog breed among the families of the US was the preference. Hence, the sunshine dog Golden Retriever became the second choice for breeding with the hypoallergenic Poodle. 

This breed gained massive popularity quickly since people who were allergic to dogs could now enjoy the company of a fur baby without worrying about allergic reactions. The most popular Goldendoodle was Bo, the First Dog and pet of the Obama Family from 2008 to 2021.

Alternative Names 

Golden doodle: an extension of their original name, the Goldendoodles are also called golden doodle dogs.

  • Designer dog: The name “Designer Dog” was bestowed upon these friendly little furries because they are a cross between two purebred dogs. While the Poodle is the epitome of a luxury dog, the term Designer Dog also is a nod to its royal roots.
  • Groodle: In a form of endearment, the Goldendoodle is also called the Groodle, an amalgamation of the breed names Golden Retriever and Poodle.

Physical Characteristics

Colors & Coat

Apricot Goldendoodle
Black Goldendoodle
Cream Goldendoodle
Gold Goldendoodle
Red Goldendoodle
Curly Coat GoldenDoodle
Straight Coat GoldenDoodle
Wavy GoldenDoodle

Goldendoodles come in a variety of colors, including cream, gold, red, apricot, and black. Their coats can be wavy or curly, depending on the type of Poodle used in the breeding process.

Head Shape

The Goldendoodle has a broad skull and a short, square muzzle. They have round eyes that are usually dark in color, and their ears hang down and are covered in hair.

Body & Legs

The Goldendoodle has a well-proportioned body that is slightly longer than it is tall. They have broad chests and strong legs that are well-muscled. Their feet are rounded, and their toes are webbed, which makes them excellent swimmers.

Height & Weight

Goldendoodles are available in three different sizes, namely the Toy, Miniature, and Standard Groodle. Here are their average height and weight as per the types:

  • Toy Goldendoodle: Their height is 10-15 inches tall and weighs between 10-20 pounds. 
  • Miniature Goldendoodles: Their height is 16-25 inches tall and weighs between 15-35 pounds. 
  • Standard Goldendoodle: Their height is 21-26 inches tall and weighs between 50-90 pounds.

Bite Type & Jaw Strength

Goldendoodles have powerful jaws, but they are not known for aggressive behavior. They are gentle dogs that are good with children and other pets. When provoked, their bite strength can reach 200 PSI, so it is essential to not anger them or push their boundaries especially when anxious.


An Apartment Dog?

If you’re looking to adopt a Goldendoodle in India, space is one of the major concerns if you live in a metro or suburban area. With the apartment’s limited space, is it feasible to get this breed home? Goldendoodles can adapt well to apartment living, as long as they get enough exercise and mental stimulation. Make sure to take them on walkies twice or thrice a day and they will be happier!

For First Time Owners?

Some breeds are great to own as first-time pet parents, while other breeds like the Cane Corso and Bull breeds are a no-no. Fortunately, Goldendoodles are a delightful breed that makes a good choice for first-time dog owners. Since they are obedient and easy to train, their friendly and sociable nature is a joy to start your pet parenting journey.

Sensitivity Level & Emotional Support

As highly emotionally intelligent dogs, Goldendoodles are known for their sensitivity and emotional support. They are often used as therapy dogs, as they have an empathizing and calming effect on people.

Separation Anxiety

If you spend long hours away from home, some dogs may not be the appropriate choice to own since they may be susceptible to separation anxiety. Goldendoodles are one such breed that can suffer from separation anxiety if they are left alone for long periods.

Since they thrive on human interaction and need to be around their family, missing you at home will likely make them depressed and anxious. Choosing a breed that is more independent in such a case would be highly advised.

Cold Weather

The breed makes an excellent choice for locations with even temperatures that don’t become too hot or cold. Goldendoodles can tolerate cold weather, but they should not be left outside in freezing temperatures for an extended time.

Hot Weather

They are not suitable for very hot weather conditions. Goldendoodles can overheat in hot weather, so they should have access to shade and plenty of water when outdoors. 


Family Friendly?

Goldendoodles are typically very friendly with other dogs, but as with any breed, proper socialization is important. Early exposure to other dogs can help ensure that your Goldendoodle gets along well with other canines.

Kid Friendly, Gentle With Kids?

Goldendoodles are usually friendly to strangers, and they are not known for reactive behavior. They are not typically guard dogs, but they may bark to alert their family of someone approaching. They are excellent with kids, which is why they are a top choice among family-friendly breeds.

Socializes Well With Other Dogs?

Goldendoodles are low-shedding dogs, making them a great choice for people with allergies. However, they do require regular grooming to prevent matting and keep their coat healthy.

Friendly To Strangers, (opp. Reactive Dogs)?

Goldendoodles are not prone to drooling or slobbering.

Health & Grooming Needs


Goldendoodles are low-shedding dogs, making them a great choice for people with allergies. However, they do require regular grooming to prevent matting and keep their coat healthy.

Slobber, Drool Prone Dogs?

Goldendoodles are not prone to drooling or slobbering.

Grooming Needs

Goldendoodles have a thick, curly coat that requires regular grooming. They should be brushed at least once a week to prevent matting and tangling. They will also need to be bathed regularly and have their nails trimmed and teeth brushed.

General Health

Goldendoodles are generally healthy dogs, especially if they have purebred parents with no health conditions. They can enjoy “hybrid vigor”, the perfect health due to their pedigree when bred well. However,  like any breed, they can be prone to certain health issues. Some of the most common health concerns in Goldendoodles include hip dysplasia, eye problems, allergies, and ear infections.

Weight Gain?

Goldendoodles can be prone to weight gain if they are not given enough exercise and a balanced diet. It is important to monitor their weight and adjust their food and exercise as needed to maintain a healthy weight. They need at least 30 minutes of exercise every day.


Training Requirement:

If you’re wondering why the First Dog of the US was a Goldendoodle with the Obama family, it’s because of their amazing ability to work with people. Goldendoodles are a smart breed and eager to please, making them easy to train.

They respond well to positive reinforcement and hence can be worked with in the service animal scope. However, the breed is dignified and does not respond well to harsh training methods. Since they are part Poodles, harshness in behavior from the owner can lead to anxiety in the dogs or total loss of trust. 


We all know that Golden Retrievers are highly intelligent dog breeds that work very well with humans as police dogs, service animals, and artists. While poodles are much calmer in their demeanor, they, too are highly intelligent breeds with great receptivity.

Goldendoodles take these attributes from both breeds and are highly intelligent dogs to work with. They can learn a wide variety of commands and tricks and can be excellent service dogs for those with disabilities and allergies to other dog breeds.

Nip, Chew, Or Play-bite Habits

Most puppies are bitey when they are in the puppy teething phase, but some breeds continue this habit to nip and playfully bite well into their adulthood. If a breed has this tendency, knowing well in advance can help the pet owners train them accordingly or wean them off their nipping habits. Fortunately, Goldendoodles are well-behaved dogs that don’t nip unnecessarily.

They can be prone to chewing and play-biting when they are puppies, especially between the ages of  6-8 months. It is important to provide them with plenty of stimulating toys and chew treats to redirect their chewing behavior. Correcting them early in their puppy days will also discourage them from biting guests, upholstery, and valuables.

Is It A Hunting Dog?

Most people interested to buy a Goldendoodle are interested to understand whether they carry the hinting instinct like the Golden Retriever. Goldendoodles are not typically used as hunting dogs, although they may have some hunting instincts from their Golden Retriever ancestry.

You can experiment and nurture this instinct in their early puppyhood by playing reward-based games of fetching, detecting smells, and introducing them to as many scents as possible.

Barking / Vocal?

For dog owners who live in apartments, with kids or the elderly, dogs with big barks may become a cause of complaint. If you’re looking for a breed that isn’t excessively loud, the Groodle is your dream dog.

Goldendoodles are not known for excessive barking, but they may bark to alert their family of something unusual or to greet visitors. Moreover, they aren’t nearly as loud as Huskies when they bark in excitement, which guarantees a peaceful time at night unless you need to be alerted!

Physical Need


There are working dog breeds that need hard-core exercise and activity, while there are other leisure breeds that enjoy lazing around the property with a chilled-out temperament. The Goldendoodle comes in between the two, which makes them ideal for families with working members and limited space on the property.

Goldendoodles are a moderately active breed, which means they won’t destroy your home in a bout of zoomies. However, they require daily exercise to keep them healthy and happy. A brisk walk or playtime in the yard is usually enough to meet their exercise needs. Once they are trained, you can put your kids up to it!


Goldendoodles can be very energetic and playful, especially when they are young. They enjoy playing with toys and engaging in interactive play with their family.

Exercise Needs

Goldendoodles should be given at least 30-60 minutes of exercise each day. This can include walks, runs, playtime in the yard, or interactive play with their family. 

Potential For Playfulness

If you’re wondering whether or not these beautiful pooches love to play, this is the hallmark breed for the particular trait.   Goldendoodles are known for their playful nature, and they enjoy engaging in interactive play with their family. They are also good with children and make great playmates.


Lovable, loyal, and kind as they come, Goldendoodles can become your once-in-a-lifetime heart dog once you bring him or her home. Given proper care, nourishment, and attention they’ll live a healthy lifespan of 10-15 long years.

For people with extroverted and outgoing personalities who love to socialize with their pups, this breed is perfect. We hope this blog answers all your questions about the Groodle. To know about more interesting dog breeds, tune into our blog section!

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