What is a Goldendoodle? Not just another sweet face
What is a Goldendoodle? There’s more to these muppet dogs than just a cute, fluffy doggo face. They have captured the hearts of their owners—mine included. While the popularity of the Goldendoodle has grown since the time it was first conceived in the 1990s, the poodle-retriever mix is not without a little canine controversy.
According to an article from Psychology Today (and recently The NY Post), the man credited with inventing the Labradoodle (the crossbreed that preceded the Goldendoodle) regrets his decision. In fact, he believes he created a “Frankenstein” as declared by the article’s subtitle.
But if this is the case, the Goldendoodle is just too happy-go-lucky, positive, carefree, smart, and energetic to notice. And, so are the Goldendoodles’ people.
Goldendoodle owners are donning T-shirts that express their happy “Doodle Dog Mom” or “Proud Parent of a Dood” affinity. They are joining Facebook Doodle dog communities, creating Instagram profiles, and participating in Doodle meet-ups and romps. They’re even tackling doodle care—from grooming fluffy faces to trimming their toenails. Goldendoodle parents are having so much fun that I think it’s safe to say that they are living a new lifestyle…
…the Doodle life.
Together with their goofy, comical, and loveable Doodle dogs, the Doodle crowd is having a ball! (And if you’re a doodle lover, check out Top 10 Signs You Might be a Doodle Fanatic.)
So what is a Goldendoodle, anyway?
The short, more factual answer is this: the Goldendoodle is a cross between the Golden Retriever and the Poodle. Because of the “smart” genes from the Poodle and the “friendly personality” genes from the Golden Retriever, generally Goldendoodles make great family companions as well as agility dogs and therapy dogs.
But what is it really about the Goldendood?
What’s the heart and soul behind these comical canines? What do the moms and dads of kiddoodles see in their Doodly family members?
I reached out to Goldendoodle owners on social media and asked them for one word that best describes their Goldendoodles. After receiving over 100 responses, it was clear that these dogs are undeniably adored. And, just like every doodle is unique, so were the number of unique answers!
How Goldendoodle parents describe their Doodle in one word:
The word cloud below is a visual summary of how Goldendoodle owners described their doodle dogs in one word. The words in larger type were the most often repeated. Smart, loving, joy/joyful, goofy, and loyal were some of the most frequently used words to describe Goldendoodles.
And I compiled the entire list of words used to describe doodles here:
|Deep||Derpy (they’re cartoonish)||Devoted|
|Precious Angel||Pure Joy||Pure Love|
|Pure Utter Love||Overwhelming Joy||Quirky|
So here’s to the adorable (and slightly derpy) Doodle dog!
For me, if I had to choose one word to describe my kiddoodle Chloe, I’d pick “happiness.” There’s rarely a time when we’ve been out and about together that she doesn’t bring a smile to a stranger’s face—simply by being her happy, slightly goofy self. And, as my fingers tap out this article on my laptop, she is “happiness” at my feet and “joy” warming my heart on a chilly day.
So here’s to all the happy, energetic, lovable, derpy, smart, silly, goofy, gentle Goldendoodles!
And here’s to all the doodle dog parents who are loving on the cutest little Frankensteins the world has ever known!
Would you like to know more about Goldendoodles? Check out my additional articles:
- New Goldendoodle Puppy? 7 Golden Lessons This Dog Mom Learned from Raising a Doodle
- What the Fluff? Goldendoodle Stuff You’ve Always Wanted to Know About the Doodle Dog
- 101 Goldendoodle Dog Names That Are Adorable
- Best Goldendoodle Names for All Types of Doods
What one word would you use to describe your dog?
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