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The Goldendoodle inherits its affectionate and gentle nature from its parent breeds. Aside from its loving personality, it is social and gets along wonderfully with both humans and other animals. It is also smart, patient, and obedient, making it a fantastic pet and companion.

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The Ultimate Guide to Goldendoodles

Also known as the Groodle, the Goldendoodle is the result of mixing a Golden Retriever with a Poodle. Due to its intelligence, this designer breed excels as a service dog, guide dog, and therapy dog.

Goldendoodle Origins

The first Goldendoodle is said to have been developed in the 1990s to create a low-shedding dog. Breeders wanted to produce a hybrid that is larger than a Cockapoo/Spoodle, so they crossed the Poodle with the Golden Retriever instead of the English Cocker Spaniel. Today, the Goldendoodle is one of the most popular breeds in the world.


Key Characteristics of Goldendoodles

Are Goldendoodles family-friendly? The Goldendoodle is a gentle and social dog, making it a great family companion. It does well with children as well as other house pets.
Daily exercise needs? To keep your Goldendoodle fit and happy, it is recommended to give it at least 20 minutes of exercise daily.
Common health issues & considerations Goldendoodles may be generally healthy, but certain health conditions cannot be avoided. These include the following:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Progressive retinal atrophy
  • Von Willebrand’s disease
  • Patellar luxation
  • Ear infection
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Allergy
  • Bloat
Lifespan 10 to 15 years
Nature / Temperament Energetic, friendly, intelligent, affectionate, and patient
Size Weight
Miniature: 6.8 to 15.9 kg
Small: 18.1 to 22.7 kg
Large: 22.7 to 40.8 kg
Miniature: 33 to 50.8 cm
Small: 43.2 to 50.8 cm
Large: 50.8 to 61 cm
Suitable Environment  The Goldendoodle is suitable for both city and country settings. It also does well in a home with a fenced yard. However, living in an apartment with limited space is not ideal for this dog. It is because it needs room to play even though it has an average energy level.

It is discouraged to put this dog in a kennel or have it live outside your home. This dog is most happy when it is around the people they love. As a social animal, it does not like to be left alone for long periods.

Grooming While a light shedder, this hybrid still needs regular grooming. Bathe it every couple of months or when it gets dirty. Brush its coat a few times a week to keep it from matting. Finally, clip its coat every six to eight weeks.

Other Considerations:

  • Because of its friendly nature, this designer breed does not make a good guard dog. It is not likely to bark at strangers and may even befriend them.
  • If you are allergic to nuts, you will be happy to know that this hybrid has a talent for sniffing out the presence of peanuts in foods.
  • This dog tends to get bored when left alone. It is recommended to keep it entertained by providing it with toys, turning on the television, or playing some music.

Average cost of a Goldendoodle

Goldendoodles typicaly range between $5000 and $5000AUD.

How can I take care of my Goldendoodle?


It is suggested to feed your Goldendoodle high-quality dry food that contains sufficient protein and fat. The recommended daily amount of food for adult dogs is one to four cups per day, divided into several small meals.

To keep your hybrid in good shape, it is advised to avoid leaving food out for it all the time. If you think your dog is overweight, place both your thumbs along its spine and press all remaining eight fingers against its ribs. If you can barely feel your dog’s ribs, decrease its food intake.

Goldendoodles are prone to food allergies. It is suggested to avoid giving these dogs dairy, soy, corn, and wheat.


Despite being fairly easy to maintain, the Goldendoodle still requires regular grooming. Remove tartar buildup and bacteria by brushing its teeth twice or thrice a week. If you want to prevent bad breath and gum disease, daily brushing is advised.

Like other dogs, the Goldendoodle can get its ears infected. To prevent this, check its ears weekly for redness or bad odour. Clean out its outer ears by wiping them with a dampened cotton ball.

Recommended Grooming Tips

  • Trimming your dog’s nails once or twice a month is recommended to prevent tears. If you are new to using nail clippers, ask your veterinarian for pointers to avoid bleeding caused by overcutting.
  • To make grooming a positive experience for your mixed breed, start it while it is still young. Praising it or rewarding it with treats for good behaviour is a good technique.
  • Every time you groom your pet, it is suggested to check for signs of infection like rashes, sores, and inflammation.


On average, Goldendoodles need 20 to 30 minutes of exercise per day to keep them stimulated. However, their level of energy still depends on their age and size.

Puppies may do well with one or two hours of physical activity daily, divided into multiple sessions. Adults may require less time and strenuous activity a day.

Some exercises that your Goldendoodle might enjoy are walking around the block, playing fetch at the dog park, chewing toys in the living room, jogging in the neighbourhood, or swimming in your backyard.


Inexperienced trainers and first-time dog owners love to train Goldendoodles because they are intelligent, obedient, and eager to please. While they have a short attention span, they easily learn basic commands as young as seven to eight weeks old.

To ensure your dog does not develop any destructive behaviour, early socialisation is recommended. Expose your furry friend to different people, sights, and sounds the moment you bring it into your home, so it grows up to be a well-rounded adult dog.

One of the secrets to building a special bond with your hybrid is to never use intimidation when training it. Practise positive reinforcement and reward it with treats every time it does a job nicely. If you are a busy person, do not hesitate to enrol your dog in a puppy kindergarten class.

Looking to register as a Goldendoodle breeder? Download the RPBA guide on responsible breeding.

This is basic information, and it should not be used to make adoption or purchasing decisions. Be sure to consult an expert if you’d like to learn about the breed’s care and requirements.

This is general information and should not be relied on for adopting or purchasing advice.

Most Asked Goldendoodle Questions

What does a Goldendoodle look like?

The appearance of Goldendoodles depends on which parent breed possesses the more dominant gene. Some have a curly coat like the Poodle, while others have a straight coat like the Golden Retriever. There are also those that have wavy and shaggy coats.

These dogs come in a variety of colours including white, grey, red, apricot, gold, copper, and black. Their coat tends to get lighter as they age.

Does a Goldendoodle shed a lot?

The Goldendoodle is a low-shedder, making it suitable for people with allergies.

What’s the price of a Goldendoodle?

If you are ready to bring home a Goldendoodle, finding a verified breeder is the first step. This way, you can be sure that you get a healthy dog that has a sound temperament. This hybrid typically costs between AUD $4,000 to 7,000 from a reputable breeder.

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