Looking for a family-friendly pup that will make the perfect addition to your home? You may have heard of Goldendoodles—but are they really the right breed for you and your family?
In this blog post, we’ll inspect Goldendoodles to see if they are ideal house pets for families with kids. We’ll cover everything from what Goldendoodles are to how much they bark and whether they can be left alone.
They are excellent family dogs; read on to learn everything you need!
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What is a Goldendoodle?
A Goldendoodle is a breed made by crossing a Golden Retriever with a Standard Poodle to create a hybrid breed. The puppies and adults are usually friendly and intelligent, making excellent family pets. They are also relatively low-shedding, making them a good choice for people allergic to dogs but still want to have one in the family.
However, Goldendoodles require some regular grooming as doodle coats can come in various types. Many of them have curly coats, so if you’re not up for that, this may not be the right breed for you.
Their origins come from Australia, where the first low-shedding doodle was created. Since then, there have been many iterations of this breed, but each one is unique, combining the best of two worlds with the parent dogs. A low-shedding breed doesn’t mean hypoallergenic. But they are better for those with allergies or an allergic reaction to dogs.
Do Goldendoodles bark a lot?
I know Goldendoodles for being one of the smartest breeds & extremely affectionate family or service animals! They’re also known for being great with children and families. However, one question many people have about Goldendoodles is if they bark a lot. This is a valid concern and one you should ask yourself if you’re prepared to train them if need be.
Usually, Goldendoodles don’t bark a lot. However, like all dogs, they may bark when they are excited or when they want attention. If you’re looking for a dog that doesn’t bark much or can be trained not to bark, a Goldendoodle may be a good choice for you and your family.
If you’re considering using a collar, I don’t recommend electric shock collars. If your dog has hunting specifics in its breed or parents, they will likely ignore any corrections from one of these as they take chase. I don’t like them either, but citronella collars are a safer way to do this. But, there are questions about its safety from other trainers.
Can Goldendoodles be left alone when I’m gone?
We know Goldendoodles for being loving dogs and great with children and families! However, one question that many people have about Goldendoodles is whether they can be left alone while you’re away. Usually, Goldendoodles don’t like to be left alone for long periods.
From what I’ve experienced, Goldendoodles are social animals that thrive on human interaction (as do most dogs). If you’re gone for more than a few hours, having someone check in on your Goldendoodle or take them to a doggy daycare is best. Otherwise, they may become anxious or destructive.
If you have an anxious or destructive dog, they’re telling you one of a few things.
- Separation anxiety
- Not enough physical exercise
- Not enough mental exercise
Of these, all the above would be the correct answer, or at least have bits and pieces of each you’ll need to do to keep them happy.
Separation anxiety is caused by quite a few things. One is they don’t want to be left alone because either you’ve been with them nearly every day or they simply don’t want to be left alone.
If you have a full-time job and can afford it, a dog walker in the middle of the day can help burn off some of that angst. Agility training is another excellent way to tire your pup out; after all, a tired dog is a good dog.
Are Goldendoodles good dogs?
Goldendoodles are wonderful dogs, especially with kids, but they require some care and attention. They’re highly intelligent dogs and need to be given plenty of mental and physical stimulation. You can do this with training, obedience classes, puzzle toys, or even just daily walks.
I suggest you socialize with your pup from a young age to prevent any issues later on and teach them to be well-behaved around others. Without socialization, they can become anxious around new people and situations.
You’ll want to ensure the training type you use with them is fair. As a former trainer, I know dogs like this, depending on their genetics, can vary wildly depending on their needs.
They can either have the mindset (which most of them do) of a biddable companion, or they may be more like dogs that think, “What’s in this for me?” Use toys, food, praise, and whatever they love to reinforce your training.
Are girl or boy Goldendoodles better?
In choosing between a girl or a boy Goldendoodle, they both have the same needs. It ultimately comes down to what you prefer. Some people prefer female dogs because they tend to be more relaxed. Others prefer males because they are often more playful and energetic.
Ultimately, the best way to decide which gender of Goldendoodle is right for you is to meet with both sexes and see which one you connect with more.
It really depends on your preference for whether you want a girl or a boy. Each has their own characteristics. As I mentioned, girls (depending on the breed) can be calm or playful and excitable. The same goes for boys, though in my experience, I’ve always been more drawn toward boys.
Are Goldendoodles good for first-time owners?
Many first-time dog owners are drawn to Goldendoodles because of their reputation as affectionate dogs. While Goldendoodles are usually good with children and families, they can be a lot of work. Goldendoodles need plenty of mental stimulation and socialization.
They also don’t like being left alone for long periods and might become anxious or destructive if left alone for more than a few hours. If you are considering getting a Goldendoodle, ensure you are prepared to give them the care and attention they need, or you’ll end up feeling frustrated.
Goldendoodles need daily exercise and training to ensure they stay healthy and well-mannered. Often, Goldendoodles are used in therapy as service dogs, emotional support animals, and excellent house companions because they are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
They do best when they’re part of a family and need companionship and daily interaction to remain happy. They can be energetic and require a lot of attention or need more daily exercise to keep them happy. So, new owners should be prepared to put in the time and effort necessary to provide their Goldendoodle with the best possible care.
Goldendoodles are a great dog breed for those willing to provide the care and attention they need. With the right amount of exercise, training, and love, Goldendoodles can make wonderful family pets. These pups are very social and affectionate, so they don’t do well if left alone for long periods.
You should be prepared to spend time with your pup, playing, exercising, and providing companionship. It’s also essential to provide proper training and socialization to make sure your Goldendoodle is well-mannered while out and about.
I hope I’ve provided you with enough information to take on a new family member! Goldendoodles are popular for their many positive features, so you’ll love having a house dog that trusts and loves you.