The Breed

Goldendoodles are known for their loyalty, intelligence and kindness.

What is a Goldendoodle?

A Goldendoodle is a breeding between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. We use a small Standard Poodle to produce a smaller standard Goldendoodle.

Why breed a Poodle and a Golden Retriever?

Within the purebred world some breeding pools have become too narrow, thus the gene pool is not as diverse as it once was. By breeding two separate breeds you create a new or "fresh" gene pool. This brings hybrid vigor to the breed. It is thought that this first generation cross creates healthier dogs. With each successive generation (F2,F3, etc.) this vigour is lost.

While it is true that by putting two fresh gene pools together you create hybrid vigour, it is also true that both breeds share the same genetic faults such as hip/elbow dysplasia and both are prone to eye disease such as PRA. It is for this reason that breeding dogs must be carefully selected according to certification before being used in a breeding program. Hip/elbow certification through Pennhip or OFA is done as a preliminary and then a final at 24 mths of age. A yearly eye exam by a registered ophthalmologist must be completed on each breeding dog. Heart certification is done through OFA and vonWillebrand on Poodles are standard tests. Hybrid vigour becomes a reality when the breeder is diligent in testing their breeding stock.

In breeding the Golden Retriever with the Poodle an intelligent, loyal and affectionate dog is created. The Poodle is ranked 2nd in intelligence while the Golden Retriever is not far behind at 4th place. This means the pups are easy to train, loyal and outgoing family pets.

What do Goldendoodles look like?

The appearance of Goldendoodle puppies runs anywhere from a shaggy-looking retriever to a relaxed-curl poodle, but usually it falls somewhere in between.

The length when left unclipped grows to about 4-8 inches. The color of the coat can be cream, red, white, gold, apricot, chocolate, cafe black, silver, sable, brindle and parti colors such as any of the above colors with a majority of the coat being white. This color variation is because of the genetics in the Poodle and the Golden Retriever.

Size: There are three sizes are doodles. Mini weighing 15-30 pounds, medium weighing 30-46 pounds, and standard, weighing 45 pounds or more.

Do Goldendoodles Shed?

Most F1 Goldendoodle puppies are light to moderate-shedding. When they shed it is more like a tiny cotton ball. Most F1's live easily with families with MILD allergies. Families with moderate to severe allergies often find that Goldendoodle backcrosses (F1B) or higher to be the best because the shedding is not as prevalent.

What is the temperament of a Goldendoodle?

The Goldendoodle is an intelligent and obedient family companion. Devotion to their family is coupled with their outgoing, friendly disposition. They are great companions for children, easily make friends wherever they go and have positive interactions with other animals.

Since they are highly social, it is imperative that they do not spend long hours by themselves or be left alone in a yard as they will most certainly get into mischief and develop bad attitudes. They thrive when included in family life as they are willing to please and are the happiest when with people. They love to learn, are quick to learn and eager to please …thus they are easy to train.

What generation of Goldendoodles does Country House Doodles breed?

Generations: There are many variations of the Doodle breed. At Country House Doodles we are only breeding F1 Goldendoodles.

First Generation: (F1) standard size doodle is the product of a Standard Poodle crossed with a Golden Retriever. Most first generation doodles vary with shedding but tend to drop little “cotton balls” on occasion.

The Backcross Goldendoodle: (F1B) is produced by crossing an F1 doodle with a Poodle. F1B doodles will have a higher success rate for non-shedding, and are recommended for families with moderate to severe allergies.

Second Generation: (F2B) is produced by crossing the F1 doodle with an F1B doodle. They also have a higher success rate for non-shedding and are recommended for families with moderate to severe allergies.

Successive Generations

F1 = Golden Retriever x Poodle ~ half Golden Retriever and half Poodle.

F1B = F1 Goldendoodle x Poodle ~ 75 % Poodle.

F2 = F1 Goldendoodle x F1 Goldendoodle.

This breeding will produce the highest amount of flat coated dogs which will shed. We will not be having any litters of this type of breeding.

Note: It is not recommended to breed a Goldendoodle back to the Golden Retriever as the pups lose the non-shedding qualities. Since the Goldendoodle is a hybrid dog there can be a coat variance in each litter. Some pups could have a tight curly coat (Poodle influence), while others will have a more relaxed coat (Golden Retriever influence).

Most hybrid vigour is achieved by 1st generation F1. Hybrid vigour is lost with each cross back, but what is gained is a greater non-shedding factor.

How do I find a reputable breeder? How do I know they are reputable?

This breed has achieved recent popularity. Careful attention to the breeder and their program is important to make sure you take home a well-bred pup.

Look to see that the breeder is a member of at least one doodle club. The clubs have standards that the breeders must meet to belong to them. While this is not a guarantee, it does demonstrate personal and professional ethics and standards on the part of the breeder.

1. The foundation of any breeding program is the health and temperament of the breeding stock. A good breeder is one who conscientiously completes all genetic testing on their breeding animals. The following tests should be completed on all animals:

Golden Retriever: hips (OFA or Pennhip certification), elbows (OFA), eyes (yearly certification), heart (OFA), PRA testing for eyes (recommended but not required).

Poodles: hips (OFA or Pennhip certification), elbows (OFA), eyes (yearly certification), Von Willebrands (DNA or blood screen), Sebaceous Adenitis (skin disorder - tested by doing a small skin biopsy), thyroid (recommended but not required).

2. A good breeder will excuse any dog that does not pass its certification. When looking for a reputable breeder, ask to see the certifications. A good breeder will either have them ready for you to see or be willing to show them to you. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for someone to say their dogs are certified without doing all the testing needed. Check to make sure the eye certifications are up to date. Some kennels do testing every other year. If the eye certification is several years out of date inquire as to why they have not been done recently. A cataract operation, while fairly inexpensive for humans, is extremely expensive for dogs.

3. A good breeder will ask you lots of questions about your family life and life style to make sure this breed is a good fit for your family and to assist you in matching a puppy to your families0 personality.

4. A good breeder will allow you to meet the parents of the puppy if possible. Since we try to make sure our dogs have a Forever home it may not always be possible for both parents to be available at the time of a visit. Also, due to the contamination of diseases spread from one kennel to another (much like what has been experienced with the bird flu which has decimated the chicken and turkey farms) many good breeders are limiting when you can visit their facility. Puppies are especially vulnerable to disease. Please never visit two kennels in a day. You could be the unwitting carrier of disease to the second kennel.

5. A good breeder will have a clean facility with lots of space for the dogs to run and play.

6. A good breeder will ask you to stay in contact with them, completing information sheets about your puppy. The information gathered assists in making wise decisions about future breeding programs.

7. A good breeder is one who is willing to assist you with your pup after you have taken it home. I am always available to give advice and have, in certain situations, visited homes to assist in the training of a pup.

8. A good breeder will insist on you returning the puppy if you can no longer keep it so they can find a new home for the animal.

9. A good breeder provides a solid guarantee on their puppy. Doing due diligence in completing health certifications is the responsible thing to do as a breeder. Working with the puppies as they mature to ensure they are well socialized and ready for your home is our goal so both family and puppy are off to a good start.

What is hip dysplasia?

Hip dysplasia has four major causes:

  1. genetics
  2. diet
  3. over-feeding
  4. too much exercise at a young age

Research has found that genetics play between a 25% and 30% role in a dog having hip dysplasia according to a study done by the German Shepherd Dog Club of Germany. This means that new owners can assume a great deal of responsibility (70% to 75%) in their dog developing good hips.

What you can do to help prevent bad hips:

1. Keep your dog thin - be able to see a definition between the ribs and loins of your dog. The more weight a dog carries the more pressure is on the hips. This is extremely important when the dog is growing (between 8 weeks and 18 months). Too much weight at a young age is going to add stress on soft puppy bones.

2. Do not over exercise your young dog. Over exercise (jogging/running with a puppy, pulling weights, running with owner on a bike etc.) will cause problems, as well as allowing it to climb stairs or jump from SUV's or trucks etc. DO NOT TAKE A PUPPY JOGGING! Wait until it's older than one year of age. Allow your dog off leash as you run so your dog has the opportunity to stop and rest if it needs it. Over exercise is the fastest way to destroy hips. Do not exercise to the point of exhaustion, or take the pup for long, long walks. A walk round the block is fine; a 2 mile walk is not fine.

3. Feed a quality puppy food. Feeding a controlled balanced diet increases the opportunity for muscle, connective tissue, and the hip joint bones to develop congruently. We feed all our dogs Legacy, a Canadian made food.

4. Let your dog swim. Swimming is the best exercise you can do for a dog. It is way better than jogging with your dog.

One of the most common myths about hip dysplasia is that it equals to a death sentence, or a life of crippling pain for the dog. This is rarely the case. *Ask to see the hip results of your dog's pedigree. While not all results are recorded most pedigrees will have the results for the first 3 generations.*