Goldendoodles (Golden Retriever/Poodle mixes) and Labradoodles (Labrador Retriever/Poodle mixes) have quickly become popular world-wide. Their cuddly coats, adorable antics, and fun-loving attitudes make these dogs fantastic pets, if bred properly. Listed below are ten reasons Doodles make great dogs.
Although no dog is truly hypoallergenic, Doodles are highly recommended for people who suffer from mild pet allergies. They are light shedders and require little more than a good brushing once or twice per week and a haircut 3 – 4 times per year.
Poodles, Labs, and Golden Retrievers all rank among the most intelligent of dog breeds. With proper breeding, a Doodle is guaranteed to be a smart dog that is quick and eager to learn.
Doodles are great athletes who often excel in Agility trials, dock jumping, and other athletic endeavors. In fact, many Agility associations exist solely for Doodle enthusiasts to gather and compete with these awesome athletes.
Doodles, like their parent dogs, embody versatility. They can be equally ready for a weekend of hiking and camping or a rainy weekend indoors watching movies on the couch.
Doodles excel at learning new tricks and commands, which only furthers their status as great pets. They are highly food and praise motivated, which makes training a breeze.
Doodles love to be the life of the party, which is great since their cuddly demeanor means that party guests are rarely able to keep their hands off of these adorable dogs!
Golden and Labradoodles are known for their silly playfulness. Doodles are also masters at keeping themselves entertained, which means that normal, everyday objects may become a Doodle’s new favorite toy. Games such as fetch and tug of war never seem to grow old to this breed!
Fewer Health Complaints
Some veterinarians suggest that crossbred dogs may experience fewer health problems because of diversification of the gene pool. The risk of common problems among each individual breed, such as cancer or hip dysplasia, is greatly diminished when an outside blood line is introduced.
Recently, the role of Doodles as service dogs has been explored. The loyal, loving, and emotionally intuitive natures of Doodles have made them a popular choice as support animals for those suffering from PTSD, autism, epilepsy, and diabetes. Doodles have also recently become popular as guide dogs for the visually impaired.
Long Life Expectancy
The Doodle life expectancy is especially long for a medium-to-large dog at 12 – 15 years. A longer than average lifespan is a very important consideration for many potential dog owners, and is likely attributed to “hybrid vigor,” which is genetic strengthening among the first generation of cross bred species.
An important note when considering a Goldendoodle or Labradoodle is to take time to research any potential breeder. Doodles have surged in popularity in recent years, which has unfortunately led to some unethical breeding practices for the sake of money. For more information on reputable breeders, please visit Goldendoodle Association of North America and Australian Labradoodle Association of America.