A dog is a man’s best friend because they are loyal, happy, protective, fun, and just altogether good companions. Dogs will make your life much more fun and fulfilling and the best part about that is, you won’t have to go at it alone with your trusty canine by your side. The only question that remains is, are Goldendoodles the kind of dog that will be fun to have nearby, or are they a little more on the temperamental side?
It has been widely said how friendly and fun Goldendoodles are. They make excellent family dogs because they are generally patient with kids. They’re very energetic and will keep little ones busy for hours. They also make good companions for the disabled, thanks to their outgoing personalities.
Sounds like Goldendoodles are pretty patient and fun dogs that will serve your family well. However, if you are currently looking to buy a Goldendoodle, you doubtless want to know a few more of the facts (pricing, size, diseases, etc.). Hopefully, knowing a few of these tips will help you to decide whether a Goldendoodle is the dog you’ve been looking for all your life!
Goldendoodles: Temperament, Size, and More
As mentioned above, Goldendoodles are generally very friendly and easy to please. They are popular among families because they are fun and energetic and happy and are always going. This means they are fun animals for kids to have because they’ll never really get bored with Goldendoodles around.
However, the temperament of a Goldendoodle might also depend somewhat on how much they are walked/played with. These are very energetic dogs who will need to be exercised quite a bit. If they are not exercised enough, you might find your dog feeling down and depressed and maybe a little bit irritated.
However, they will let you know when they need to be exercised, so that’s a problem that will likely be easy to avoid.
You should also know that because Goldendoodles usually have easy temperaments and high intelligence levels, they are super easy to train. Easy enough that they are often entered into dog competitions because they have a superb ability to listen and obey commands.
They are also very social dogs, which makes it easier for them to befriend smaller dogs and even cats if they share a household with one.
Goldendoodles come in a lot of sizes ranging from regular to mini. This is another reason why they are such popular dogs. If you have kids and would prefer a bigger dog that can romp around, you can get a regular-sized doodle. If you are living on your own and would prefer a smaller, cuddlier dog, you can get a mini doodle that can be as small as your hand.
Regardless of their size, Goldendoodles are fairly tidy and clean. They will require some maintenance from time to time but for the most part, they are easy to take care of. Thanks to their poodle blood, Goldendoodles don’t shed and are hypoallergenic. This makes them good dogs for just about anybody!
These dogs sound pretty great but unfortunately, you will have to pay top dollar to get one. You can expect Goldendoodles of all sizes to cost an average of $2,000-$3,000. This is a pretty big price to pay for most dog owners, but if you are willing to pay it, you will be able to reap the benefits of a fun, energetic dog that will keep you and your family happy for years and years to come!
Problems and Illnesses
Unfortunately, Goldendoodles do have a few quirks and issues that every owner should probably be aware of before they invest. Every dog has them and usually, there’s nothing out of the ordinary that needs worrying about. However, some may require more attention than others.
First of all, you should know that Goldendoodles are somewhat susceptible to several illnesses. Diseases such as Addison’s, cataracts, and different types of cancer are all illnesses that could potentially affect your Goldendoodle. They also suffer from things like hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, and epilepsy.
Because a Goldendoodle is a crossbreed between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle, their health issue list could potentially be a lot larger because both breeds have their fair share.
However, if you are willing to get your dog to the vet as regularly as is needed, you should be able to be aware of warning signs before health issues hit. However, if you do end up having a Goldendoodle that suffers from one or more of these things, your vet bills are probably going to be somewhat large.
In addition to having a slew of health risks, Goldendoodles can be fairly high maintenance. They are hypoallergenic and non-shedding, it’s true, but their curly hair can sometimes make maintenance a nightmare.
First of all, they need to be brushed and even shaved regularly because the curly, woolly nature of their hair can get matted and shaggy quite easily.
Since this is the case, you will have to cut their hair as often as the situation warrants. You will also have to get their nails clipped, but that will likely need to be done by a professional, again, because of their hair.
Goldendoodles tend to grow little socks/slippers around their feet which can get messy, muddy, and matted easily. You will need someone who knows what they’re doing to safely shave their paws and then get their nails clipped without hurting them.
Additionally, getting a Goldendoodle is expensive, and not just because you have to potentially pay $3,000 upfront. They will require the aforementioned maintenance, all of which will probably have to be undertaken by a professional which will also cost money.
Then, there are all the other costs owning a dog will usually incur (food, toys, bathing, etc.) that you’ll have to take into account.
These things will pile up and make your bill a pretty big one by the end. It will be extremely expensive to own a Goldendoodle. However, if you can somehow manage to overlook those costs and the potential vet visits, you will probably wind up a very happy dog owner with an even happier dog!