Things to Know Before Owning a Goldendoodle
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The Goldendoodle is a hybrid dog rather than a purebred dog. It is a cross between a Golden Retriever and any variety of the Poodle. The size of a Goldendoodle can vary tremendously dependent on which variety of Poodle (Standard, Miniature, or Toy), was bred with the Golden Retriever. The most common mix is that of the Golden Retriever with either the Standard or Miniature Poodle producing dogs that of medium height and weight.
The color and consistency of the coat can also vary tremendously. These dogs may have the tight curly coat of the Poodle, the soft straight coat of the Golden Retriever, or a way coat that is a mixture of the two. Grooming requirements will depend on the coat type. The curly coat requires the least attention but all three coat types require some brushing and occasional clipping.
Both the Golden Retriever and Poodle breeds enjoy outdoor activities but are not considered hyper or high energy dogs. They are also breeds that are affectionate, gentle family pets, extremely intelligent, and highly trainable. Keep in mind that the more intelligent a dog is the more stimulation it requires to keep from becoming bored and destructive. Your Goldendoodle might enjoy all of the same activities as the Poodle and Golden Retriever, including swimming, jogging, fetching, and hiking. But given adequate exercise the Goldendoodle can be a gentle and loyal companion pet.
5 Reasons to Consider Adopting Over Buying a Goldendoodle for sale from a store, or Goldendoodle Breeder:
Adoption is More Affordable - Typically, adoption fees are much less than you’d pay for a Goldendoodle dogs and puppies for sale at a pet store, or even a reputable Goldendoodle breeder. Adopting is especially a great deal because usually rescued dogs and puppies have already been to the veterinarian for a check-up, had a round of vaccinations, and have been spayed or neutered. It all adds up, but when you choose pet adoption you are paying less for a dog or puppy who is just as perfect as one you’d find for sale!
Near Purebreds & Healthy Mixes - Looking for a specific type of dog or puppy? It is estimated that 30% of all shelter animals are purebred, including Goldendoodles. There are also Goldendoodle rescue organizations specifically devoted to rescuing and adopting out only Goldendoodles. On the other hand, you can find your own one-of-a-kind, amazing mixed-breed dog in a shelter. We love those fabulous mutts! Due to a larger gene pool to draw from, often mixed-breed dogs have fewer behavioral problems or health issues, and can even live longer than purebred dogs. In short, whatever you’re looking for you can find at your local shelter or rescue group, and right here on Adopt-a-Pet.com.
Be a Hero - Selecting a Goldendoodle rescue group or going to your local animal shelter means that you are saving a dog's life. In truth, you are also making room for another dog to enter the shelter; therefore, you are saving another! When you choose to adopt, you’re an instant hero.
- Adult Adoption = Less Stress - Adopting an adult dog has many advantages. Adult dogs in shelters often have already been in homes, and many have already be housebroken or have had obedience-trained. Also, since adult dogs’ personalities are already established, it is easy to tell if they are good with children, or familiar and comfortable with other pets. One thing is certain; adult dogs require less attention and less work than puppies do. Best of all, any rescued dog will be forever grateful you saved their life.
- Finding the Right Match - Often rescue group and animal shelter staff and volunteers know the personalities of animals, meaning they will know the individual Goldendoodle dogs and puppies in their care. They will be able to better match you up with a dog that fits your lifestyle and activities. This is one of many advantages to finding an adult Goldendoodle dog for adoption, rather than for sale.
Goldendoodle Focused Rescues
Below you'll find many Goldendoodle focused rescue organizations. This is not a complete list! If you are a Goldendoodle focused rescue and would like to be included, please sign up for an Adopt-a-Pet.com account here, then submit your request using the Contact Us link after you login to your Adopt-a-Pet.com rescue or shelter account. Thank you!