A Goldendoodle is a mixed-breed dog, a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. In the 1990s, intentional crossing of Golden Retrievers and Standard Poodles became popular in both North America and Australia. The Goldendoodle is usually bred to be a family companion dog. Some are bred and selected for careers in service to humans as Guide Dogs, Therapy Dogs and other types of assistance dogs.
Some people select a Goldendoodle because they love Golden Retrievers, but would prefer a dog that sheds less hair. Others may desire a dog that may not affect their allergies, although not all Goldendoodles will exhibit the low shedding coat type of the Standard Poodle. Cross-breed dogs do not exhibit standard characteristics, and while Goldendoodles may shed less than a Golden Retriever, the degree of shedding will vary from dog to dog. Grooming requirements are as varied as coat types, with the least shedding coat types requiring more regular grooming than the coat types that shed. Goldendoodles can make good bird dogs if they inherit those characteristics from the Golden Retriever parent. Goldendoodles are often are good swimmers, a characteristic of both parent breeds.
Like any other cross-breed, the Goldendoodle varies from individual to individual, displaying differences in size, coat type, and color. A Goldendoodle’s size is generally somewhere between that of the Poodle and the Golden Retriever parents, and the range includes standard, medium and miniature. Some standard-sized Goldendoodles have weighed over 100 pounds. Upon reaching adulthood, a standard Goldendoodle will often weigh 45 pounds or more; a medium Goldendoodle will weigh between 30-45 pounds, and a miniature Goldendoodle will weigh approximately 15 to 30 pounds.