This affable breed is a mix between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. The first breeding was probably accidental, but it produced such a great result that this mixed breed quickly gained popularity. Both of the parent breeds are highly intelligent, resulting in offspring that are generally quite intelligent as well. Also, because both the Golden Retriever and Poodle are skilled hunters, the Goldendoodle will also be eager to retrieve game and waterfowl.
Bred to be a companion dog, they also excel as therapy and assistance dogs. They have moderately high energy and benefit from daily exercise. Because offspring can inherit the characteristics of either or both of their parents, the Goldendoodle’s size and hair coat will vary from pup to pup. It is hard to pinpoint exact breed characteristics in a mixed breed dog, but in general, the Goldendoodle is a happy, loving, good-natured dog.
Despite their mixed breed heritage, Goldendoodles are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Goldendoodles are prone to include hip problems such as hip dysplasia; eye conditions such as progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts and glaucoma; issues such as aortic stenosis; and skin conditions such as atopy.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Goldendoodle inherits more than just a mixed background, you’re covered.