Why You Should Consider Owning a Goldendoodle
Looking for the perfect companion? Want an animal that borders on being human? Even if you’re not a dog person, I challenge you to continue reading! And yes, the above picture is of Florence, my sweet mid-sized goldendoodle.
Goldendoodles are the perfect mix of a golden retriever and a poodle (either standard or miniature). Their coat can resemble the tight curls of a poodle, the softness of a golden retriever’s, or somewhere in between. They typically weight somewhere between thirty and sixty pounds. Why should you consider owning one? Let’s start with personality.
The personality of a Goldendoodle is like that of a prankster who knows when to polish up. They are much too smart for their own good and will find daily ways to activate their brain (and outsmart you). Florence enjoys the typical game of sock-snatching, but brings smart to a whole new level when she tricks you into chasing her around the house for ten minutes.
Fun is always number one, but looking presentable in social situations is important to them as well (a true trait from the poodle side). Playing games with humans is more fun than playing with other dogs, but nothing beats a good bunny chase.
When it comes time to unwind for the night, you better believe they’ll be snuggled up on the couch right next to you (but not before a quick wrestling match). Enjoy personal space in your bed? Consider saying goodbye to that, because Goldendoodles make the best cuddle buddies. Afraid of those darn allergies getting in the way? Have no fear, most Goldendoodles are hypoallergenic, and would love for you to bury your face in their welcoming fur! Florence is about seventy percent poodle and thirty percent golden retriever, so that little bit of extra poodle makes a big difference in my allergies (compared to goldendoodles who are a fifty-fifty mix).
Need an excuse to get outside and enjoy the weather? Goldendoodles are the perfect outdoor companion, as they enjoy walking, hiking, running, and especially swimming. Just make sure to unhook the leash the moment they see water, otherwise, you’ll be dragged in (willing or not).
As with every breed, there are a few (and only a few) downsides that I certainly won’t hide. Although the outdoors are their friend, snow, for long periods of time, is not. Dematting snow from tight curls (if your doodle has them) is not a fun thing. Also, because of their intense love for humans, training them to not jump up on a people can pose a challenge. Training, in general, is a must for these dogs. Because of the sharp minds, they need to feel like they have a daily “job” to do, whether that be fetch or learning new tricks.
Lastly, because of their popularity, Goldendoodles tend to come with a hefty price tag. If you’re convinced you want one, plan on saving up $1,000 - $3,000. Also, plan on a trip to the groomer every six weeks.
It’s all worth it, I promise!