The Goldendoodle Buyer’s Guide 2021 (Top 10 Questions)

What Is A Goldendoodle?

Goldendoodles are one of the most friendly and adorable-looking dogs. This is a hybrid breed that comes from a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. They inherit some of the ideal traits from their parents; they are loving, intelligent, and low-shedding, and therefore an increasingly popular choice as family pets. Whether you are an experienced pet owner or a novice, a Goldendoodle – also know as Groodle – may be a perfect choice!

In this in-depth guide, we answer the most common questions asked by prospective Goldendoodle parents.

Are Goldendoodles Good Family Dogs?

All dogs are beautiful and are deserving of good homes, but not every dog is meant for every home. The dog you get will depend on the type of home you have, the space you have available, and whether you are single or looking for a dog for your family.

As a general rule, Goldendoodles are an ideal choice for a family. They make for the perfect family dogs! They have great social skills and a high IQ, making them easy to train even for first-time dog owners.

Goldendoodles provide love and companionship to their human family members and other dogs and cats in the home. Additionally, they have just the right energy levels to help them settle in perfectly with a family. They can occasionally also be trained to become therapy dogs for the disabled and the elderly.

Despite their inherited adaptable nature, it is best to analyze a few important factors before deciding if this is the right breed for you. Learn more in the full article here.

Are Goldendoodles Good with Kids?

If you’re thinking of getting a Goldendoodle to expand your family with kids, you could not have made a better choice!

Goldendoodles are incredibly playful and smart dogs who get along with children of all ages. They are gentle and sturdy, and therefore great with toddlers. They are also ideal for slightly older kids who are playful and like to spend lots of time in physical activity.

Goldendoodles also match their energy perfectly with teenagers and love to go on walks, runs, and swims. While the breed’s inherent traits make it great with children, it is also important to teach every member of your family how to live with the dog.

The right socialization and training are important not only for the dog but also for your children, especially the younger ones, so they know how to correctly and safely handle a dog. Learn more about introducing your dog to your kids in the full article here. 

Are Goldendoodles High Maintenance?

On average, Goldendoodles are not specifically very high-maintenance dogs. However, if you are a first-time pet owner, it is essential to understand that all dogs need some amount of care and supervision.

Just like with any other dog, your Goldendoodle will need regular brushing every other day and a full grooming session, including bathing and possibly trimming every 6-8 weeks. Additionally, these are energetic and smart dogs that need walks, playtime, and lots of mental stimulation.

As far as health issues are concerned, Goldendoodles are generally healthy and sturdy, and you don’t have to worry a lot in this regard. However, it is important to note that all dogs do have individual personalities, and your Groodle might turn out to be a fussy eater or a picky playmate.

Learn in-depth about Goldendoodle traits and maintenance tips here. 

Do Goldendoodles Bark a Lot?

All dogs bark, but some that are naturally inclined to be protective and territorial may tend to bark more than others. This can become a problem in close-knit neighborhoods and especially in apartments.

Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about this with a Goldendoodle. The breed is generally calm, quiet, and well-behaved. Your Goldendoodle will be friendly with other humans and animals, and you don’t have to worry about them barking at guests.

However, it is important to note that all puppies need to be socialized so that they grow up to be friendly. They also need to be taught the right commands, like ‘Stop’ and ‘Be Quiet.’ Your Goldendoodle may sometimes bark excessively due to factors like fear, boredom, or separation anxiety.

Please find the full article here to understand why your Goldendoodle may bark and how to deal with it.

Are Goldendoodles Hypoallergenic?

Hypoallergenic dogs are generally regarded as those who do not shed a lot and therefore do not cause allergic reactions in their human family members. Owing to its Poodle parent, the Goldendoodle is generally a low-shedding dog. Some may not shed at all, while others may leave behind an occasional furball, especially if they have been scratching a lot.

In general, a Goldendoodle does not have a seasonal coat blowout, and owners, therefore, don’t have to worry about finding dog hair all over their homes. That being said, the shedding patterns can vary from generation to generation.

If you are allergic, it is important to get a Groodle with the right lineage that minimizes their chances of shedding. Learn more about Goldendoodle generations and how to keep shedding at bay in this full article here. 

Do Goldendoodles Smell?

If you have owned dogs before, you would know that all dogs have a certain smell. This can vary from breed to breed but is present in nearly every dog. The Goldendoodle also has this typical dog smell, but it is no overwhelming and won’t stink up your house, provided that your dog is clean and well-groomed.

If your Goldendoodle has an overbearing musky smell, it is wise to look for underlying causes. These usually include ear infections, gastrointestinal problems, and dental issues. With the right supervision and care, these problems can easily be taken care of.

If you are still bothered by the slight dog smell, you can make use of high-quality products like naturally scented shampoos and oils to generally make your dog smell nice. Read more here to find out why your Goldendoodle may smell and how to resolve the issue.

Are Goldendoodles Good with Cats?

If you are already a pet parent to a cat and are now planning to get a dog, you may be seriously concerned about whether your new dog will get along with your cat. Not all dogs are friendly with cats, which can cause serious harm and injury.

Fortunately, Goldendoodles are among the breeds that tend to get along with all other animals, including cats! This trait comes from their Golden Retriever parent, a breed known to be friendly with all humans and animals.

While all dogs have a natural prey-hunting drive, this is generally very low in Goldendoodles, so they see the cat as just another playmate. However, despite this natural inclination, the friendliness of your cat and dog will depend on the individual temperaments of both animals as well as your ability to introduce and socialize them properly.

Understand how to do this in the full article on Goldendoodles and cats here. 

Is a Goldendoodle Easy to Train?

Groodles are very easy to train. They are smart and adaptive dogs. They quickly settle into new environments and are eager to learn new things, which is why they pick up new commands easily.

While they do have this natural tendency, it is your job as the pet owner to nurture this through the right training methods properly. Failing to do this can cause problems with housetraining, walking on a leash, and even behavioral issues.

To ensure your dog is well-behaved and well-adjusted, it is important to begin the training process as soon as your new Goldendoodle pup arrives home. You must utilize positive reinforcement to accomplish different training milestones, including potty training, socialization, obedience training, walking on a leash, and learning to stop barking when asked.

Learn how to do this in the detailed article on training Goldendoodles here. 

Do Goldendoodles Need a Haircut? 

Goldendoodles are adorable because of their coat, but this also means that they might need regular haircuts to maintain a clean and groomed look. Their coat tends to tangle and can also frequently get dirty since Goldendoodles love to play outside. The dirt and debris can collect over time and cause matting, which is why it is important to properly maintain their coat through regular brushing, bathing, and trimming.

As a general rule, your Goldendoodle should get a trim about every 4 to 8 weeks or more, depending on how long their coat is and how fast it grows. Depending on the generation, your dog will have a straight, wavy, or curly coat.

The length might also vary. It is important to understand your dog’s coat type and its specific requirements to ensure you have a clean and happy dog. Learn more about Goldendoodles’ haircutting and other grooming needs in the full article here.

Do Goldendoodles Shed?

Goldendoodles do shed some of their hair, but this is usually not substantial enough to cause allergies or trigger asthma. The shedding is a natural process that allows the dog to remove damaged hair. The amount of shedding varies in different Goldendoodle breeds and different coat types.

For example, Groodles with curly or wavy coats tend to shed lesser than those with straight coats. Your dog may shed hair while scratching themselves, but they won’t blow a seasonal coat like other breeds, making them ideal for you if you are looking for a low-shedding breed.

If you find that your Goldendoodle is unexpectedly shedding a lot, there are likely underlying health issues like parasites. It could also be due to excessive bathing, improper grooming, stress, or a change in their physical environment.

Understand your dog’s shedding tendencies, reasons for excessive shedding, and management tips in the full article here. 


Diane is a lifelong owner of Labs, Retrievers, a Poodle, Labradoodle, and, more recently, a Goldendoodle. She loves dogs and enjoy's taking her Goldendoodle Nala for walks in the woods with her daughters.

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