The first Goldendoodles were likely due to accidental breeding between Golden Retrievers and Poodles. Later, in the 1990s, intentional crossing of Golden Retrievers and Standard Poodles was done in both North America and Australia. A Goldendoodle is a mixed breed dog, a hybrid cross between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. The name Goldendoodle was created in 1992 by combining “Golden”, from Golden Retriever, and “doodle” as in Labradoodle.
Poodle hybrids have become increasingly popular and it is likely that the combination of Golden Retriever and Poodle has been duplicated by breeders in various countries at different times. The Goldendoodle is usually bred to be a family companion dog. Some are bred and selected for careers in service to humans as Guide Dogs, Therapy Dogs and other types of assistance dogs.
Many people select a Goldendoodle because they love Golden Retrievers, but would prefer a dog that shed less hair. Some have lost their Golden Retrievers or Poodle to cancer or inherited disease, and hope that the hybrid cross will give their new pet a better chance of avoiding those risks. Others may desire a dog that may not affect their allergies. Not all Goldendoodles will exhibit the low shedding coat type of the Standard Poodle. They are a hybrid dog, and therefore while Goldendoodles may shed less than a Golden Retriever, the degree of shedding will vary from dog to dog.
Grooming requirements are as varied as coat types, with the least shedding coat types requiring more regular grooming than the coat types that shed. While some breeders claim that the Goldendoodle is a hypoallergenic dog, many allergists believe that there is no such thing as a hypoallergenic animal, and there have been no studies to date verifying whether any canine is completely hypoallergenic. Goldendoodles also make excellent bird dogs. Goldendoodles also can retrieve water fowl, and many are very good swimmers.
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