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.
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…
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
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
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.
RELATED: How to Trim a Goldendoodle’s Face
How much energy do Goldendoodles have? Do you exercise her?
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.
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:
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
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