Mixed Breed Dogs and 10 Facts about Goldendoodles

We’ve all heard of the Cockerpoo, the Cavachon, and the very popular Labradoodle but recently my daughter welcomed a Goldendoodle into her family. I hadn’t heard of this mixed dog breed before but found they are gaining in popularity.

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Luca Goldendoodle Puppy

It used to be believed that by crossing two breeds of dog some genetic or hereditary illnesses or problems could be alleviated.

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Alfie Cavalier/ Shih Tzu

When we got Alfie a Cavalier/ Shih Tzu we were told that mixing the two breeds would help to dilute genetic problems. This was ten years ago and the newspapers were bursting with stories of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels suffering from  Syringomyelia which can cause paralysis. We desperately wanted a Cavalier, they have beautiful natures and make wonderful companions so we decided to go with a Cavalier mix and alleviate the chances of the dog being unhealthy,

Since then it appears that this could not be scientifically true, in fact, the dog has more chance of inheriting the genetic conditions of both breeds.

A mix of two pure breeds is called a hybrid or mixed breed, some people like to refer to them as ‘designer’ dogs others just see any cross breed dog as a mongrel. Hybrid mixes are so popular that like every dog breed trend they are ending up in a rescue situation more frequently. Some adoptive owners will perform a dog DNA test to find out the true breeds of the dog that they have rehomed.

Guess the Breed

Charlie and Joe

Here are more family dogs, both different crossbreeds.

Which four breeds can you see?

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Ten Facts About Goldendoodles

1 They are excellent family pets, but also great working dogs.

2 They are good at agility and easy to train.

3 They make excellent service, sniffer and therapy dogs.

4 The hybrid breed was developed in 1990 by crossing a Golden Retriever with a standard Poodle.

5 They should not be used as guard dogs or made to live outside.

6  They are extremely sociable, affectionate, dogs but can suffer from separation anxiety.

7 They are non to light shedders and a good match for people with allergies.

8 Fully grown they weigh 50 to 90 pounds and can be two foot tall at the shoulder.

9 Their lifespan is 10 – 15 years.

10 They are growing in popularity, similar to the Labradoodle

What is the difference between a Labradoodle and a Goldendoodle?

You will notice most differences in the personality of the two mixes. A Labradoodle is less excitable,  more wary around strangers and more protective. Goldens exhibit more of the Retrievers zest for life and will approach strange people or other dogs with plenty of exuberance.

They are a similar size but the length and texture of the fur is different and Goldens have more colour variety including shades of red, gold and brown. Labradoodles are usually cream or black.

Other Popular Doodles

Schnoodle      Schnauzer and poodle

Bernadoodle  Bernese Mountain Dog and Poodle

CavaPoo          King Charles Cavalier Spaniel and Poodle.

CockaPoo      Cocker Spaniels and Poodle

Rosie Cava Poo

Promoted Links

Mini Labradoodle Guide

Goldendoodle Handbook



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