If you’re looking for a dog that is friendly, happy, cuddly, energetic, and needs lots of exercise, you should probably look no further than a Goldendoodle. These dogs love to play and romp around but they can also be very cuddly and affectionate, a trait that is most beloved in a lot of dogs. They indeed need plenty of exercise, but whether they can run in the mornings with you might still be a little uncertain because of how wild they can be.
Goldendoodles do like to run, even on a leash. Because of how energetic they are, Goldendoodles are free-spirited and can be a little more rambunctious than might be desired. However, they are also keen and smart, which means it probably won’t take you too long to leash-train them.
Now that you know that Goldendoodles are high-energy dogs that need and love exercise, you probably want to know a little more about them and what else you can expect if you decide to invest in one. Read on to learn a few tips about when and how often a Goldendoodle should be exercised as well as a few pros and cons of owning one. Hopefully, this information will help you to make the best choice!
Exercising Your Goldendoodle: When and How Often
As mentioned before, Goldendoodles love walking, running, and being active. Because they are such a high-energy dog breed, they not only enjoy exercise but need it desperately to stay happy. If you live in a family with kids, daily exercise should be easily achieved. If you’re on your own, you can take them with you running in the morning or at night.
Goldendoodles are usually happiest with at least 30 minutes of exercise. Experts recommend giving Goldendoodles walks in 30 or fifteen-minute increments. Because Goldendoodles are so energetic, however, they can often handle up to an hour or more of exercise (they can walk as many as eight miles!). You will have to determine exactly how much exercise to give your Goldendoodle depending on your dog’s individual needs and abilities.
If you are a runner, you shouldn’t have any problem coming up with 30 minutes of exercise for your canine companion. However, you don’t have to limit yourself to that either! As mentioned before, Goldendoodles are extremely intelligent dogs and they can handle just about anything.
If you fancy it, you can take them swimming, walking, running, tug-of-war, frisbee, fetch, and whatever else you might come up with. You might even decide to take your doodle to agility training. Thanks to their poodle genes, Goldendoodles are very smart and agile and are commonly entered into dog competitions. If this is of interest to you, go for it!
Goldendoodles: Pros and Cons of Ownership
Now that you know exactly how active Goldendoodles can be, it’s probably time that you know what exactly to expect if you decide to get one. There are pros and cons, but hopefully, you’ll feel that the pros outweigh the cons. Here are a few basic ones that you ought to know about!
First of all, Goldendoodles are hypoallergenic and non-shedders. What could be a more perfect combination? This means that you won’t have dog hair stuck to any of your clothes, all over the floor, all over the furniture, or anywhere else that dog hair could probably get to. Plus, if they’re hypoallergenic, that means that literally, anybody could own a Goldendoodle that wanted to. No allergies and sneezing here!
Additionally, Goldendoodles are friendly and active. This makes them great companions for runners, hikers, swimmers, and especially people with kids. They make great family dogs because they are fairly patient and gentle with little ones. They are also friendly with other dogs and even cats, so if a Goldendoodle isn’t the only pet you have/want in your house, you won’t have to worry about contention or disagreement between your pets.
This particular breed is also fairly versatile, per se. Goldendoodles come in sizes as large as 60-65 pounds, but they can also be as tiny as eighteen pounds. This means there is a dog out there for everybody! Mini doodles make great pets for those who prefer relaxed, cuddly dogs. Bigger ones are great for active people. Plus, you can often choose what color you want them to be!
It becomes difficult when you wake up in the middle of the night to your neighbors’ dogs barking. Barking is what dogs do, but it can still get frustrating when you’re trying to sleep. Naturally, nobody wants to be the neighbor with loud dogs, and if you get a Goldendoodle, that’s one worry you are not likely to have!
Goldendoodles rarely bark, and when they do, it’s usually only because they feel provoked, threatened, or are concerned for the safety of a member of their family. They are usually fiercely devoted and will keep their families safe no matter what. That, in and of itself, is a pretty good reason to invest in a Goldendoodle if you ask me.
Unfortunately, there are a few little downsides to getting a Goldendoodle as well, chief among them being the price. Goldendoodles will usually cost anywhere from $1,500 to $3,000, but that’s just the initial buying price. Once you have piled on the costs of food, training, grooming, toys, and whatever else, that’ll be quite the price tag you’ll have to pay.
Additionally, Goldendoodles are susceptible to a slew of health risks. They are not guaranteed to struggle with their health later in life, but they might still end up suffering from things like epilepsy, progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts, and hip dysplasia the older they get. Again, this is not a guarantee, but it can still be an unsettling possibility.
Goldendoodles are active and that’s okay if you are too. However, even if you have made a habit of running or walking every day, that may or may not satisfy your doodle. Remember that each one will be different, but some dogs need more exercise than others. It can get somewhat exhausting to have to try and keep up with your Goldendoodle if it turns out it needs more than an hour of activity every day.