Many people fall in love with the idea of owning a Goldendoodle without really knowing what they’re getting into. I have seen questions like, “What is the difference between a Labradoodle and a Goldendoodle?” or “I want a Golden Retriever, but do they come in miniature form?” or even “Do Godendoodle Shed?”.
If you’re thinking about getting a Goldendoodle, here are a few things you should know based on my experienced.
6 Facts to Know Before Getting a Goldendoodle
Buying a dog is a big decision, and it’s important to do your research before bringing a furry friend into your home. If you’re considering a Goldendoodle, here are six things you should know:
1. They Require a LOT of exercises
Goldendoodles are very high-energy dogs, and they need a lot of exercises to stay happy and healthy.
If you’re not prepared to walk them several times a day and take them on regular trips to the dog park, then a Goldendoodle might not be the right breed for you.
Compared to other breeds, such as the Labrador Retriever, Goldendoodles are definitely on the high-maintenance end when it comes to exercise.
An hour or two of exercise each day is the best for young doodles. , Maintain at least 20-30 minutes for adult Goldendoodles, even into their senior years, this helps them have a physical activity each day to stay healthy and active.
2. They Shed… a Lot.
Among their high-activity requirements, Goldendoodle is known for shedding their fur, and they do it year-round.
You can not stop them from shedding, but you can reduce the amount of shedding by grooming them regularly.
They need to be groomed at least every 6-8 weeks, and the grooming can be expensive.
A tip to save your money is to groom your Goldendoodle at home. It’s not as difficult as it may seem, and it’ll save you a lot of money in the long run.
What you need is only a good brush for doodles and some practice by attending professional grooming sessions first so you can get an idea of how to do it yourself before taking the plunge.
3. Goldendoodles Is Messsy
They are like little children in this regard, always looking for something to play with and never seeming too interested when you ask them if they need any help finding their favorite toy!
When you have a dog, there are many toys that will end up being scattered around the house.
It’s not unusual for ten or more different kinds of chew Toys to be found within arm’s reach at any given time in our living room – on chairs and couches as well!
We’ve learned over years with this particular breed (and now two) how much they love playing partners- literally; if their human doesn’t oblige quickly enough then bad things can happen fast – like ripped fabric/holstery, etc…
The most important thing about buying new playthings? Make sure they are interactive, especially if you’ll be spending time away from home during the day.
4. They’re Prone to Separation Anxiety.
Same as other house dogs, Goldendoodles always want your attention. If you’re not around, they can get pretty anxious.
This is why it’s important to crate-train your Goldendoodle from a young age.
Crate training will help them feel more secure when they’re alone and prevent them from destroying your house while you’re away.
One of the best courses for crate-training your buddy is the 9 Steps to Crate Train your Dog from AKC. It shows you all the things needed to crate-train a dog.
5. They Are Escape Artists.
Goldendoodles are notorious for being able to jump fences and escape from yards.
If you’re not careful, your Goldendoodle will take off, and you’ll never see them again.
Make sure you have a secure fence that they can’t escape from and always keep an eye on them when they’re outside.
A fence that needs to be way higher than their average jump height is a must to keep these guys contained.
The best fence set for them is the one with a height-adjustable feature so then you can adjust the fence’s height once your doodle grows up.
6. No Doodle Is Hypoallergenic
Even though Doodlebreeds were created with the hope of being hypoallergenic, there is no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog.
Allergies are caused by proteins in a dog’s saliva and skin, which are transferred to the fur when they shed.
So, even if a Goldendoodle doesn’t shed, it can still cause allergies in people who are allergic to dogs. While it is true that they still shed a lot.
The best way to reduce the risk of allergies is to groom your Goldendoodle regularly and bathe them often.
This will help remove the proteins from their fur and keep them from transferring to your furniture and clothing.
My Personal Thoughts About Goldendoodle Breed
I know that choosing a companion is not easy, If you are planning to keep Goldendoodle, and don’t know where to start, please answer the following questions
1. Do you have enough space for a high-energy dog?
2. Are you prepared to deal with shedding?
3. Can you commit to regular grooming sessions?
4. Do you have time to train a puppy?
5. Are you prepared to deal with separation anxiety?
6. Do you have other pets that could potentially be jealous of a new dog?
7. Are you prepared to deal with a mischievous dog?
8. Can you afford the initial cost of buying a Goldendoodle, as well as the ongoing costs of feeding and caring for them?
9. Are you prepared to deal with allergies?
10. Do you have the time and energy to care for a high-maintenance dog?
If you can answer yes to all of these questions, then a Goldendoodle might be the right dog for you!
Goldendoodles are a great choice for families looking for a friendly, playful dog. If you’re considering adding one to your family, be sure to do your research and find a reputable breeder. And remember, like all dogs, Goldendoodles require plenty of exercise and training.