Goldendoodles are usually seen as happy, fun, adorable dogs. But when looking for which dog breed to buy, you need to see all the facts. These dogs are a lot of work, and some people definitely shouldn’t get this breed of dog.
You shouldn’t get a Goldendoodle because they are prone to health problems like hip dysplasia and are very expensive. These dogs are highly social and have lots of energy, so they need a lot of attention. They need to be walked and socialized, or they will start being problematic and destructive.
There are pros and cons to every dog, and today we will look at the downsides of the Goldendoodle breed and explain why the Goldendoodle might not be the right fit for you and your family.
Hygiene and Maintenance
Because Goldendoodles are part poodle, they have hair instead of fur. While this does mean they don’t shed excessively, it means that you have to take care of their hair. This means combing their hair and cutting it. Also, things can get caught in their curly hair. The Goldendoodle Association of North America suggests brushing your Goldendoodle puppy’s hair every day.
This might seem like a lot, but it helps keep the dog’s fur clean, looking nice, and help prevent and get rid of clumps. The Goldendoodle Association says that the price for a professional haircut for a Goldendoodle can range from $75 to $150, and can take 3-4 hours.
This, of course, will vary depending on the size of the Goldendoodle and how long their fur is. Then you have to take into account bathing the god, trimming its nails, and brushing its teeth.
The takeaway from this is, Goldendoodles are high maintenance, and keeping them looking nice takes a lot of time and money.
Prone to Hip Dysplasia
The Goldendoodle is prone to some medical problems. The biggest of these is hip dysplasia. “Hip dysplasia is a condition in which the ball and socket joint, created by the femur and pelvis, doesn’t function properly.” (Source) This condition is complicated and gets worse over time. As it degenerates it causes the dog more and more pain.
We don’t know everything about this condition, but we do know that it starts when they are the firstborn. While not all Goldendoodles have this problem, they are more likely to have it.
Hip dysplasia can be treated in a few ways, one of which is surgery. The cost of this surgery will vary greatly depending on the dog, who bad it is, but surgery for one hip can range from $800 to $6,000. (Source)
Lots of Energy
Goldendoodles have lots of energy and like to play.
“Veterinarians prefer about 60 minutes of time each day for walks and supervised play.” (Source) If you can’t provide this much exercise and attention for the dog, they might start finding other ways to get out their energy. These other things might involve chewing on things or running around the house. This can lead to some costly destruction in your home.
Highly social – separation anxiety – Goldendoodles might start to get into things or chew on things if left for a while. You can try to train this out of them?? Does this/can this work? So, if you are going to be gone for long periods of time and need a dog that will behave well when left alone, then a Goldendoodle probably isn’t what you’re looking for.
Because Goldendoodles have hair instead of fur, they are hypoallergenic. But some people falsely think that this means someone with a dog allergy won’t react to them. While it’s true that fewer people will react to them, it’s not a 100% guarantee.
Goldendoodles do have hair and don’t shed like some other breeds do, but people can have allergic reactions to these dogs. Just like people, they will still shed some hair, and some Goldendoodles shed more than others. So, just because it says that they are hypoallergenic doesn’t mean no one will have allergic reactions to this breed.
The standard Goldendoodle is a big dog. The Goldendoodle Association of North America explained on their website that the standard Goldendoodle is normally 51 lbs or more, and over 21 inches tall when measured from their shoulder.
This can be intimidating to small children and be problematic in a small house. However, there are other size options for Goldendoodles, including the medium, the mini, and the pittite/toy. (Source) But, each side has its perks and downsides.
These dogs are expensive. The cost of this dog can vary greatly, depending on the age, size, and training of the dog. A Goldendoodle puppy from a good breeder can average a cost of $1,000 to $2,500. The cost goes up significantly if you want a puppy that’s already been trained. (Source)
Because of their tendency to have certain medical problems, like hip dysplasia, Goldendoodle owners should be prepared for some big vet bill. Things like treatment or surgery for hip dysplasia are expensive. Then there are things like haircuts, which might not cost a lot, but will be a recurring expense the owner will need to pay.
Some of these costs, like vet trips and nail trims, are costs that apply to every dog. But when you also add these other costs, it really starts to add up. And these things aren’t just extra things, they are very important and necessary for the health and happiness of your dog. If you aren’t willing to spend this much money on a pet, then this isn’t the dog breed for you.
Overall, the Goldendoodle is a complicated dog breed. Don’t misunderstand, there are some fantastic benefits to this breed. But just because they are fun, playful, and pretty doesn’t mean you should get this dog. People looking at this breed should carefully consider the other big needs and downsides of a Goldendoodle.
From costly medical bills to daily hair combing, the Goldendoodle has a lot of extra requirements that might not be a good fit for you and your family.