The English Goldendoodle is an extremely popular choice of designer dog breed for families.
But before you buy your puppy, there’s a lot you need to know. Such as, how big is a Teddy Bear Goldendoodle when he’s full-grown? Are English Goldendoodle puppies easy to train? And, how much food does a Teddy Bear Goldendoodle need?
Read this care guide to find out everything you need to know about this beautiful breed.
English Teddy Bear Goldendoodle – Overview
Teddy Bear dogs
40 – 90 pounds
17 – 24 inches
10 – 15 years
Can be curly, straight, or wavy
Typically good with older kids
Okay with dogs but may chase cats
Loves a game and romp in the garden
Tendency to Bark
Amount of Shedding
Moderate to low
The Goldendoodle is a relatively new pup on the block when it comes to designer breeds. Back in the 1980s, the idea of Poodle crossbreeds as hypoallergenic dogs caught on and that saw a boom in the popularity of the Cockapoo and Labradoodle.
So, it was a natural progression to crossbreed a Poodle with a Golden Retriever. The idea behind the breed was to create a larger size dog that had a low-shedding coat and had the friendly, trainable temperament of the Golden Retriever.
Most Goldendoodles are the first-generation offspring, meaning that they are the result of breeding a pure Poodle and a pure Golden Retriever.
English Goldendoodle vs. American Goldendoodle
You may be wondering what’s the difference between an English Goldendoodle and an American Goldendoodle.
That’s very simple. An English Goldendoodle is the result of breeding an English Golden Retriever and a Poodle, whereas an American Goldendoodle has an American Golden Retriever parent.
American Golden Retrievers typically have longer, thicker coats than their English counterparts. English Golden Retrievers have shorter, wavier coats and are usually golden or cream in color.
English Goldendoodles tend to be slightly more mellow than the American equivalent, although they are just as much fun.
Most English Goldendoodle puppies are F1 dogs, while F1b English Goldendoodles are not so common as yet.
English Goldendoodles are easy to train and love to please their owners, which is one of the breed’s attributes that makes them an ideal choice of dog for new owners.
I recommend that you take your Teddy Bear Doodle puppy to socialization classes to give him the best start in life. You might also be interested in enrolling your puppy in the A.K.C.’s S.T.A.R. Puppy program, which welcomes any dog breed, even Doodles.
In most of the U.S., you must have your dog licensed unless you have a guide dog, seeing-eye dog, or service dog.
It’s actually against the law not to have your pet licensed every year. If you don’t bother or forget your dog license, you could be fined. To license your pet, you’ll need:
- A copy of your pet’s current rabies jab certificate
- Proof that your dog is desexed unless you are a registered dog breeder
All dogs must wear a collar bearing the following information:
- ID tags
- Licenses (if applicable)
- Rabies vaccination tags
Your dog’s ID tags should show your name, contact phone number, address, and your pet’s name.
What About Microchipping?
In some countries, it’s a legal requirement that you have your dog microchipped. Although that doesn’t currently apply to dogs in the U.S., I strongly recommend that you get your English Goldendoodle microchipped.
The microchip is inserted, painlessly, under your dog’s skin. The chip carries all your contact information, which is kept on a computer database. Any lost or stolen dogs that come into a dog pound, police station, or animal shelter are scanned for a chip. That way, if your dog is lost or stolen, you can quickly be reunited with your beloved pup.
Goldendoodles are very lively, active dogs that need a balanced nutritious diet to grow and develop properly.
Your dog’s nutritional requirements are slightly different depending on his life stage. Read the article at this link for full information on what and how much to feed your Goldendoodle.
When choosing dog food, always pick a product that has protein and fat at the top of the list of ingredients.
How Much To Feed Your Teddy Bear Goldendoodle
Dog food should typically be fed according to your dog’s weight.
Follow the directions on the product packaging to calculate how much food to give your pet.
Meaty protein is an essential component of a dog’s diet, providing him with all the nutrition he needs for healthy growth.
High-quality dog food always contains at least two sources of meaty protein, which should be the first ingredients on the packaging. Some foods also contain things like lentils, peas, and vegetables, which are also sources of protein.
Goldendoodles get most of their energy requirements from fats, including chicken fat, canola oil, and flaxseed.
The best quality dog foods also contain Omega-3 and Omega-6 to promote healthy skin and coat and good eye and brain development in puppies.
Is Wet or Dry Food Best For An English Goldendoodle?
The best diet for most dogs is dry, kibble food.
Kibble is great for removing plaque-causing bacteria from your dog’s teeth, preventing oral health problems such as gingivitis and canine periodontal disease.
That said, very young puppies and senior dogs can benefit from having wet food as part of their diet as that’s easier on a pup with missing teeth.
What Not to Feed
- Too many treats
- Chocolate (highly toxic to dogs)
- Raisins and grapes (can cause kidney damage)
Teddy Bear Goldendoodles generally need a trip to the groomer every four to six weeks to have their curly coats tidied up. There are several different styles of clips that you can choose from, depending on the look you want for your pet.
The groomer will bathe your dog, trim his nails, and clean his ears, too.
Goldendoodles need brushing a few times a week to remove knots and tangles that could ultimately form mats in the coat.
Good dental care from day one is the best way of preventing painful problems such as gingivitis and canine periodontal disease when your dog is older.
Your dog’s mouth should be checked by a vet at your pet’s annual vaccination visit. In the meantime, clean your Goldendoodle’s teeth daily with a doggy toothbrush and special pet toothpaste.
Never use your own toothpaste to clean your dog’s teeth! That will make your pet sick.
“Dog breath” indicates serious oral health problems. So, if your Teddy Bear Goldendoodle has stinky breath, seek veterinary advice for your dog right away.
English Goldendoodles are very much family dogs that are happiest when living inside the house with their human family.
Outdoor kennel life is not suitable for this breed, as these friendly dogs will suffer from separation anxiety if isolated away from their owners for long periods. However, a crate that you keep in a designated room in the house is ideal for training puppies and provides a safe shelter for dogs of all ages.
These active dogs also need a back garden or outside space where they can romp and burn off excess energy.
Your Goldendoodle will need:
- A sturdy plastic bed to resist chewing
- A comfy, washable bed to go inside the plastic one
- A training crate
- Cushions and soft, fluffy blankets
Puppy training pads can also be useful to catch accidents while you’re housetraining your puppy.
Goldendoodles of all types are active, lively dogs that need lots of daily exercise to keep them healthy.
Exercise can take the form of walks and some off-leash games and fun times, too. If you have a dog park near your home, your Teddy Bear dog will love regular trips there to meet and socialize with his canine chums.
Doodles are clever creatures that appreciate interactive play with their owners, so make sure you have a selection of dog toys on hand in your pet’s toybox.
English Goldendoodles have a life expectancy of up to 15 years and are typically hardy types. That said, there are several health conditions you need to keep in mind.
Most owners do not intend to breed from their dogs, so I recommend that you have your pet neutered or spayed.
Having your dog desexed is important for a few reasons, including:
You can’t get your dog licensed in most U.S. states unless the animal is desexed.
Every year, thousands of unwanted puppies are born. So, be a responsible owner and have your dog spayed or neutered.
Male dogs that haven’t been desexed tend to go looking for female company, sneaking out of your backyard when you’re not looking.
I once had a young male dog that regularly jumped right over an 8-foot fence out of the garden! Once I had him desexed, my errant hound became much more interested in looking for food at home than looking for love on the streets!
Although Doodles are generally good-tempered, desexing can prevent snappiness and curb over-exuberant behavior, making your pet calmer and easier to train.
Your Doodle must be vaccinated annually against several serious diseases, including:
- Rabies (if present in your area)
- D.H.P.P. (distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, and parvovirus)
- Lyme disease (if you spend time in the country)
- Kennel Cough (Bordetella)
You should know that most doggy daycare facilities, dog training classes, and boarding kennels won’t accept your pet if his jabs are not current.
No matter where you exercise your dog, fleas and ticks can be a problem. Long grass can harbor ticks, while other dogs and wildlife can carry fleas.
Dogs are renowned for chowing down on anything that smells good (or bad!) That can include other dog’s poop, snails, food remnants, even a dead animal! That disgusting doggy habit can get your pooch into a world of pain if he picks up worm larvae or eggs with his snack.
Worms of all species, fleas, and ticks can make your dog sick, so you need to treat your dog regularly with suitable parasite medications. Your veterinarian will advise you on that.
Common Health Problems In Goldendoodles
Although it’s widely accepted that crossbreed dogs are generally healthier than purebreds, English Teddy Bear Goldendoodles can still experience a few health problems.
Here’s how to ensure that you buy a healthy puppy with a low risk of developing congenital health conditions.
Beware Puppy Farms!
Puppy farms or puppy mills, as they’re sometimes known, are typically underground operations that produce vast numbers of puppies to satisfy the demand for a particular breed.
The ethos of such operations is to churn out high-value puppies for maximum profit. That means that the parent dogs are often kept in squalid conditions. Puppies are usually sold unvaccinated and often carry serious diseases.
If you see a Goldendoodle puppy advertised for a very low price, walk away. The chances are that the puppy is being sold by a puppy farm.
Buy Your Puppy From A Licensed Breeder
If you buy your puppy from a licensed, reputable breeder, they should be able to provide you with records of the puppy’s veterinary health checks. You should also be welcome to view the kennels and meet the puppy’s parents.
What Health Conditions Can English Goldendoodles Inherit?
There are several health problems that might be inherited by your Teddy Bear Goldendoodle, including:
- Hip dysplasia
- Elbow dysplasia
- Sebaceous adenitis (skin disease)
- Subaortic stenosis (a heart condition)
- Addison’s disease
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy
For both the puppy’s parents, the breeder should show you:
- Hip certification by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals
- O.F.A. heart clearance
- Canine Eye Registry Foundation certification
- O.F.A knee clearance
- D.N.A. tests for Progressive Renal Atrophy (P.R.A.)
The Goldendoodle Association of America website has full details of health screening requirements for breeding stock.
Cost and Availability
The demand for English Teddy Bear Goldendoodles and Mini Goldendoodles means that there are usually plenty available for sale.
Prices start from around $2,600, depending on the puppy’s breeding. A puppy that’s advertised for less than that is most likely from a puppy mill.
Here’s a list of the products that you’ll need for your Goldendoodle:
- Premium-quality dog food and treats
- Food dishes
- Water bowls
- Toys, including safe chew toys
- Brushes, comb, etc.
- Nail clippers
- Collar with license and I.D. tags
- Harness for walks
- Carrier (for small pups)
- Crate for training and in-car transport
- Sturdy plastic dog bed with comfortable, washable lining
- Soft blankets and cushions
- Dog toothbrush and pet-specific toothpaste
- Puppy training pads
I hope you enjoyed our guide to Teddy Bear Goldendoodles!
English Goldendoodles are beautiful dogs that have a chilled-out, mellow temperament that’s perfect for families who want a loving, trainable pet. Always purchase your puppy from licensed breeders who can show you the puppy’s parents and their health certification before you take your fluffy Teddy Bear puppy home.
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