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Doodle Information

The Goldendoodle and Labradoodle get their name from their mixed heritage – Golden Retriever/Labrador and Poodle. Doodles are a hybrid dog, a first generation cross, and as such they exhibit “hybrid vigor”. This is a phenomenon in animal breeding referring to the fact that the first cross between two unrelated purebred lines is healthier and grows better than either parent line. The puppies take on the best traits of both breeds.

In the late 1980′s an Australian breeder was asked to create an allergy-friendly guide dog for a blind woman living in Hawaii. The woman’s husband was allergic to dogs, thus ruling out the standard Lab or German Shepherd as an option. What this woman needed was a hybrid of a trainable, easy-tempered dog and a dog that was shed-free.

Doodles were first deliberately bred in North America as a larger version of the popular Cockapoo around the mid 1990s. Their non/light shedding coats and ability to live with families with allergies has made them very popular companions.

Sizes

We only breed using Standard Poodles (though some are very small Standards), this is because most of the time the other sizes have to be artificially bred (insemination) and we believe it is better for the dogs and puppies to be naturally bred, and we like the temperament of the Standard Poodles better than Mini Poodles. We do not breed using Mini Poodles, though some of our puppy litters are in the medium category, and some individual puppies in our litters are minis! This allows us to keep temperament as the focus of our program.

Standard:

  • Height 22–26″
  • Female 45–65lbs.
  • Male 50-70lbs.

Medium

  • Height 19 –22″
  • Female 35–45lbs.
  • Male 40-50lbs.

Minature:

  • Height 14 –18″
  • Female 25–35lbs.
  • Male 30-40lbs.

The AKC has ranked dogs according to popularity in North America, and the Golden Retriever, Labrador and Poodle all ranked in the top 5 out of 148 breeds.

The hybrid cross between these parent breeds are terrific family dogs, friendly, intelligent, affectionate and easy to train.

Many poodle crosses inherit the fur qualities of the poodle, but not the texture.  This means that most don’t shed, or shed lightly, and may not produce an allergic reaction.

Doodle Fur Types:

The Doodle will inherit fur which looks retriever-like, or poodle-like, but usually something in-between.

1st generation goldendoodle playing tug with her dad - an AKC poodle

A wavy Doodle - 1st generation