Are Goldendoodles Good Dogs For Your Kids And Family?

These days, Goldendoodles are extremely popular family pets. But are Goldendoodles good dogs for your kids and family? If you’re thinking of welcoming a Goldendoodle into your life, you’ll need to know if one of these dogs would be a good fit for your lifestyle.

Keep reading to find out if a Doodle is a perfect pet for you and your nearest and dearest! 

What Is A Goldendoodle?

Portrait picture of a Goldendoodle outdoors

A Goldendoodle is a crossbreed or “designer dog” that’s created by crossing a purebred Golden retriever with a purebred Poodle. These dogs are referred to as “F1” generation dogs. Multigenerational Goldendoodles are also commonly bred, as well as backcrosses.

This intentionally created mutt breed has been around since the 1960s, but the fad for Doodles only really caught on in the last two decades. Doodles were originally bred to work as service animals and light-shedding companions for dog lovers with pet allergies. These dogs have a happy-go-lucky, friendly temperament, get along great with other pets, and have a totally adorable, cute appearance, too, which makes them a popular choice for families.

Different Size Goldendoodles

Goldendoodles come in a range of sizes. The size of the adult puppy is dictated largely by the type of Poodle parent used. For example, Standard Poodles produce the largest Goldendoodles, whereas a Miniature Poodle will “throw” a smaller Doodle.

The smaller types are the most popular since they need less space and are slightly less expensive when it comes to food, haircuts, etc. However, smaller breeds of Doodles are more costly to buy simply because of their popularity.

Here’s a chart that’s taken from our article on Goldendoodle sizes, showing you the sizes of Goldendoodles that you can choose from.

Goldendoodle Sizes

Adult Weight

Adult Height

Age at Maturity

Toy (Petite)

25 pounds and under

14 inches and under

8 to 11 months

Miniature (Mini)

26 to 35 pounds

14 to 17 inches

11 to 13 months

Medium

36 to 50 pounds

17 to 20 inches

11 to 13 months

Standard

50 to 90 pounds

21 inches and up

12 to 16 months

Goldendoodle Sizes

Toy (Petite)

Adult Weight

25 pounds and under

Adult Height

14 inches and under

Age at Maturity

8 to 11 months

Goldendoodle Sizes

Miniature (Mini)

Adult Weight

26 to 35 pounds

Adult Height

14 to 17 inches

Age at Maturity

11 to 13 months

Goldendoodle Sizes

Medium

Adult Weight

36 to 50 pounds

Adult Height

17 to 20 inches

Age at Maturity

11 to 13 months

Goldendoodle Sizes

Standard

Adult Weight

50 to 90 pounds

Adult Height

21 inches and up

Age at Maturity

12 to 16 months

What Do Goldendoodles Look Like?

When it comes to cuteness, you can’t beat a Goldendoodle because these dogs look just like big, fluffy Teddy Bears!

Goldendoodle coat types and colors vary tremendously between individuals, depending on the generation of the puppy and the dominant parent.

These dogs can have curly, straight, or wavy coats. Colors vary, depending on the color of the Poodle parent but Goldendoodles can be apricot, red, black, white, cream, grey, and every shade between!

Goldendoodles Are Allergy-Friendly!

Pet allergies are caused by animal dander, not pet hair. Dander is composed of dead skin and certain proteins that are contained in saliva that’s deposited on the dog’s fur when the animal licks itself. So, shed dog hair contains dander and allergy-causing saliva.

Playing ball with a Golden Doodle

As the animal moves around your home, the dander and dog hair is shed onto your floor coverings and furniture. When you walk across the floor, the dander floats up into the air where it’s inhaled, triggering an allergic reaction.

So, what makes Goldendoodles allergy-friendly?

Goldendoodles are often said to be hypoallergenic. The term “hypoallergenic” simply means that something is less likely to trigger severe allergic reactions in vulnerable people. The fact that Goldendoodles tend to be very light shedders means that less dander and hair is lost, especially if the dog is shaved, brushed on a daily basis, and bathed regularly.

Generally, the more Poodle genes the puppy inherits, the curlier the coat will be. If the Golden retriever parent’s genes are dominant, the puppy will have a wavy or straight coat. Goldendoodles with curly coats tend not to shed as much since the Poodle is very light-shedder with a single coat. However, genetic testing is the only way of telling how much a puppy will shed when it reaches maturity.

Are Goldendoodles Good With Kids?

Goldendoodle with a young girl

Yes! The good news for families is that Goldendoodles are excellent with children and make wonderful all-around family dogs.

These dogs have a high energy level and are full of fun, loving nothing more than running and playing with their human family and joining in on hikes, sailing adventures, hunting trips, and even swimming in a pool or lake. And after playtime, a Goldendoodle loves to snuggle up on the couch with the kids. 

Both the Goldendoodle’s parent breeds are bred to work alongside people in the hunting field. That makes these dogs very loyal and companionable. Doodles love people and are known to be trustworthy with kids and other pets, too. 

Owning a dog helps to teach children responsibility. Even very young kids can be assigned jobs to do to care for their new best friend, such as refilling the water bowl, feeding the dog each day, and helping to brush him. Older children can take their pooch out for walks and go along to veterinary visits and doggy training sessions, too.

What About Other Pets?

Many families have multiple pets, including other dogs, cats, rabbits, and birds. Generally, Goldendoodles are good with other pets. 

Although they’re bred to hunt, both parent breeds are intelligent and trainable, so you can quickly teach your Goldendoodle not to chase Tibbles or bark at the budgie. These sociable pups love to play with other dogs too, making a trip to the dog park or doggy playdate a fun experience.

Goldendoodles Are Excellent Therapy Dogs

Goldendoodles are used widely as service dogs, including working with veterans who suffer from PTSD and helping those with various disabilities to live their best life.

These highly social dogs love to please their owners, and are a super-bright, trainable and affectionate breed.

If you have family members that suffer from depression or anxiety, a senior relative who has limited mobility, or a child with a disability, a Goldendoodle can change that person’s life for the better. 

Goldendoodles Come In Different Sizes

3 goldendoodles lying down

Unlike many dog breeds that are physically the same, Goldendoodles come in a wide range of different sizes. That means you can choose the perfect size of dog for your family circumstances and lifestyle.

For example, if you live in a big house with lots of outside space and you and your family love to spend time outdoors, then a Standard Goldendoodle might be a good choice for you. However, if you live in an apartment and you’re happy to go for a walk every day or spend time playing with your dog, then a Mini Goldendoodle is a more suitable size for you.

Goldendoodles Are Intelligent And Highly Trainable

Boy Training Goldendoodle at Park

Nobody wants an unruly, disobedient dog around the house. So, you’ll be pleased to know that Goldendoodles are one of the smartest breeds, making them very easy to train and they love to please their owners. Potty training is generally pretty straightforward for these dogs, and basic obedience commands are quickly and easily mastered, especially if you begin training your puppy from day one.

However, it’s essential that you use rewards-based training methods when working with your Goldendoodle, as these dogs respond best to praise and reward, not punishment. Also, be sure that your dog gets plenty of exercise before you begin your training programs. Energetic dogs such as Goldendoodles will find it easier to concentrate and focus if they aren’t full of pent up energy. 

The Downsides Of Owning A Goldendoodle

As with most things in life, there are a few downsides to being a Goldendoodle owner.

High-energy

As mentioned earlier, Goldendoodles are very lively dogs that need lots of exercise per day. So, you must be prepared to walk your dog for up to an hour every day, as well as devoting some time to interactive play.

Expensive Dogs!

Despite technically being mutts, Goldendoodles are expensive dogs!

The price of a Goldendoodle puppy ranges from $2,000 to over $5,000, depending on your location, the size of the dog, its coat type and color.

Separation Anxiety

Although one of the Goldendoodle’s best traits is their friendliness and love of their human family, that can be a problem in some cases.

Some Doodles are super-clingy, refusing to settle when left home alone. Often, if your Doodle suffers from separation anxiety, behavioral issues can develop, including excessive barking, chewing furniture, and soiling carpets.

Grooming

Groomer is cutting a dog hair in hair service

The Goldendoodle’s gorgeous coat does take a fair degree of maintenance to prevent it from matting.

One of the downsides to Goldendoodle ownership is their glorious coat! All Doodles need grooming regularly to prevent their luxuriant tresses from becoming tangled and matted. The curlier the coat, the more brushing your canine companion will need. Most Doodle owners choose to have their dogs shaved every four to six weeks by a professional groomer. 

Although a clip reduces the amount of grooming time you need to spend, it’s an additional cost that you’ll need to factor in. There are several smart clips to choose from, and a shaved dog is less likely to develop a matted coat. That said, you still have to brush your dog to keep the fur and skin in good condition. A curly-coated Doodle needs brushing every day, and a dog with a straighter coat needs a brush every other day. 

Health Issues

Goldendoodles are pretty robust characters but they can suffer from a few common, troublesome health issues that you should be aware of, including sensitive tummies and skin conditions.

The best way to avoid ending up with a Goldendoodle puppy that has serious genetic health issues is to buy your puppy from a reputable dog breeder that’s registered with the Goldendoodle Association of North America (GANA).

That way, you know that the puppy’s parents have undergone proper health screening for serious hereditary health problems. Also, you need to check that designer dog breeders offer a 2-year health guarantee on their puppies.

In Conclusion

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Overall, we think that Goldendoodles make excellent family dogs! Doodles are super-cute, super-smart, highly trainable, friendly, loyal, gentle, and great with kids and other pets. What’s not to like?

Tell us how your Goldendoodle gets along with your family in the comments box below.

Meet our writer

Alison Page was brought up with dogs and various other pets! For a few years, Alison worked as a Practice Manager in a small animal veterinary clinic. Alison is now a full-time writer, specializing in creating articles on the care and training of dogs, cats, and fish.

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