What THE Fluff? Goldendoodle Dog Stuff You’ve Always Wanted to Know About these LOVEABLE MUPPET DOGS

red goldendoodle face
Meet Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe.

Goldendoodle dog lover? Can’t stop oodling over doodles? Or maybe you’re wondering…

What the fluff is all the fuss about the Goldendoodle, anyway?  

Where ever you fall on the scale between Goldendoodle dog crazy and Goldendoodle dog curious, you may have some questions about these fluffy muppet dogs. When happy-go-lucky Goldendoodle Chloe and I are out and about, it’s a rare occasion when someone doesn’t ask us…

“Is that a Goldendoodle?”

And pretty soon we’re “talking dogs and doodles” like we’ve been friends since kindergarten.

Dogs are great connectors.

A Goldendoodle dog mom answers common questions about Goldendoodles

While I’m not an expert on all things doodle dog, I am the mom to one very happy Goldendoodle dog and the proud aunt to two doodle dogs. I’ve also joined doodle communities, scoured articles to learn about doodle dogs, and chatted with other enthusiastic doodle dog moms. Yes, my human kids think I’m doodle obsessed. So let’s talk dogs and doodles! Here are nine common questions that people ask me when meeting Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe for the first time.

Is your dog a Goldendoodle or a Labradoodle?

She’s a cross between a Poodle and a Golden Retriever. The Labradoodle is a cross between the Labrador Retriever and Poodle. Her name is Chloe.

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side view of red goldendoodle staniding in green grass

How big is she? What size do Goldendoodles get?

Chloe is a little over 40 pounds and is considered a medium-sized Goldendoodle. She is 40 pounds of pure energy, love, and enthusiasm. Standard Goldendoodles weigh 50+ pounds. And by “plus” I mean that they are 80-pound loveable lap sitters. Mini Goldendoodles weigh around 25-35 pounds. All the fluff and fur makes Chloe look bigger than she really is. Soaking wet she has chicken legs…

back view of red goldendoodle with wet legs standing at water's edge
The fluff on a Goldendoodle dog can be misleading. Soaking wet, Chloe’s legs go from fluffed to chicken-leg skinny.
close-up of goldendoodle face with happy expression
Goldendoodles like Chloe tend to have a goofy, fun-loving nature.

Is your Goldendoodle dog full-grown? She looks like a puppy.

Chloe is five years old and has always been a very energetic, silly, fun-loving dog. In fact, when we took her to training classes at PetSmart when she was a puppy, there was another Goldendoodle puppy who was just as relaxed and “go-with-the-flow” as Chloe was excited and “happy-to-be-there-and-check-out-every-single-person.” While Goldendoodle dogs tend to be very friendly, social, loving dogs who want to please, they each have their own unique personalities and energy levels.

Does your Goldendoodle shed?

No hair-covered chairs or furniture or hands or seats in the car. But, she isn’t a hair-free miracle of Mother Nature, either. We find dust bunnies around the house and some loose hairs on clothing. But that’s the extent of it. (And, of course, there is hair in her brush when we brush her.) While this is the case for Chloe, Goldendoodles can shed more or less depending on their genetics.

Are Goldendoodle dogs easy to care for? Is her hair hard to manage?

All this fluff does require regular brushing, for sure. I brush her every other day. Her hair will matt under the “armpits” and behind the ears if I don’t stay on top of it. Also, her muppet paws are mud and snow magnets and her beard makes a great frosty face in the winter and an super sponge when she drinks from her water bowl. Wiping a Goldendoodle’s feet and face is part of having a kiddoodle.

Goldendoodle feet with snow stuck to them
Caring for fluffy muppet paws is part of the fun of having a Goldendoodle.
goldendoodle drinking from water bowl
No need to wipe the water from Chloe’s fluffy beard when she’s drinking from her water bowl outdoors.

Do you take her to a groomer?

 We used to take her to a groomer every couple of months. Now I’ve learned to groom her myself. For me, brushing and grooming is another way to bond with Chloe. And, honestly, I’ve never seen a doodle that didn’t look cute no matter whether the hair is kept short, long, or in between. I do take her to a groomer for special occasions and I take her to the vet for a sanitary cut.

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How much energy do Goldendoodles have? Do you exercise her?

goldendoodle running at full stride across green grass

Chloe is a ball dog through and through. She has been a natural retriever from the time she was a puppy. Playing fetch, going for walks, and going on adventures are all important parts of her routine.

Like most dogs, she needs to exercise every day. On days when it is too cold or rainy to go outside, indoor games that offer mental stimulation (like finding a hidden treat or practicing tricks) are a must. If she doesn’t get enough mental stimulation, she will make her own fun by chewing a stick or pawing the carpet.

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Was she easy to train?

So easy. It’s the Poodle and Golden Retriever genes at work. Both breeds rank in the top four out of 150 for smartest dog breeds. As an example of her trainability, we taught her to use the “potty bell” by ringing it for her when she needed to go outside until she learned to use her nose to ring it. While that might seem on par, we never would have guessed that she’d discover a bell on the door of someone else’s home and automatically ring it go outside–without being taught.

Because of their easy-going personality, many Goldendoodles become therapy or service dogs. If you’re interested in learning more about therapy dog certification, check out articles by McSquare Doodles. They not only chronicle the therapy dog journey of two doodle dogs but also share helpful tips and resources on therapy dog certification.

What color is she?

Chloe is considered a red Goldendoodle. When she was a puppy, her body was the same deep red that her ears and tail are now. As she became an adult, her coat lightened, yet her ears and tail stayed darker red. Other colors of Goldendoodle dogs include:

  • Cream
  • Black
  • Apricot
  • Chocolate
  • Black
  • Parti
  • Phantom

Doodles Are Golden

I love all dogs, but I’m over the moon for the silly, goofy, comical, smart Goldendoodle. Especially the one who’s steady cadence of whiffle breaths accompany the tapping of my fingers on my laptop as I write this article. The one who spreads smiles where ever she goes. The one who inspired me to begin a new journey. The one who stole my heart. The one. Chloe.

What questions do you have about Goldendoodle dogs?

We’d love to hear. Please comment below.

4 thoughts on “What THE Fluff? Goldendoodle Dog Stuff You’ve Always Wanted to Know About these LOVEABLE MUPPET DOGS

  1. Aww, thank you for the shout out! Your new navigation is looking pawsome too! You’re so right about people’s curiosity about doodle dogs. Before we moved neighborhoods, I used to cross a busy street on my daily walks with Bernie. I cannot tell you how many people would roll down their car windows to shout out, “What kind of dog is that?” I always answered while trying to continue crossing safely. Doodles are people magnets! Stay warm and take care you two:)

    1. Thanks for your kind words about my new site navigation, Irene! And that’s so true! Doodles are people magnets! Wishing you and your doods the best on your journeys! Doodle kisses 🙂

  2. Mew Mew hellos, Chloe Doodle doggie! Bessie gets to go to the dog park, on walks and on adventures, too, but I don’t think she’s ever meat a Doodle in purr-son. She keeps saying how fun it would be to play with you. I have a question: Why do doggies dig at the carpet? Dad says it’s a “nesting habit.” Bessie does it everyday.

    There is a big thick blankie of snow out my window. I bet you have lots of fun in the snow! Do you try to catch snowflakes in your mouth or pounce at the snowdrifts? Hugs.

    1. Thanks so much for your kind note, Valentine! Oh, Bessie and I would have so much fun together! Does she like to go on squirrel patrol? It’s one of my favorite hobbies! The snow has slipped away here! I’m happy to be able to find my fetch balls again! Doodle kisses!

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