What are the Pros and Cons of Goldendoodles?


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What are the Pros and Cons of Goldendoodles?

Still on the fence about getting a Goldendoodle?  Perhaps the high purchase price is making you have second thoughts.  One of the best ways to determine whether or not a Goldendoodle is the right dog for you is to have a brief overview of the pros and cons of keeping a dog, and a Goldendoodle in particular.  This will allow you to keep the big picture in mind as you attempt to make up your mind on whether or not it is feasible for you to add a Goldendoodle to your home situation.

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Pros for the Goldendoodle Breed


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  • A fairly predictable temperament in comparison with other mixed designer dog hybrids.  This is an affectionate, friendly crossbreed, playful, and even goofy at times.  They make great family pets.
  • If you find the right dog that can be trained to serve as an aid dog, and with a hypo-allergenic coat to boot (take note that not all Goldendoodles may fit this profile!), it is a priceless combination of the best of two purebred dog qualities
  • Goldendoodles live for a fairly long time, which means that that initial investment of a purchase price can be worth the companion of a lifetime
  • This is an intelligent breed, fairly easy to train, and eager to please their human families.  Both Poodles and Golden Doodles have a long history of great camaraderie and loyal devotion to their human families.


Cons for the Goldendoodle Breed


  • Goldendoodles can be fairly high maintenance in terms of grooming – aside from regular brushing, you will probably also have to pay a visit to a professional groomers every couple of months or so.
  • Goldendoodles, as a breed, are unfortunately at risk of contracting a great number of health conditions or diseases – congenital traits from both Golden Doodle and Poodle breeds.  The risk can be minimized through responsible breeding programs and a battery of health checks, but the possibility of a wide range of illnesses will still be there.
  • Goldendoodles are not always hypo-allergenic, which means they are not always a feasible choice for people suffering with allergies.  And because of the varying results of crossbreeding while this breed is still relatively new, even puppies with hypo-allergenic coats may not always be temperamentally suited to being guide dogs.  There is still an element of uncertainty and unpredictability in the kind of Goldendoodle you will be getting (as opposed to the predictability of purebreds)
  • This is an expensive breed, which in itself might be off-putting to some.
  • Goldendoodles are not recognized by any international dog organization or association.  Being a relatively new crossbreed, there is much that is still unknown about Goldendoodles, which consequently decreases the factor of predictability in what you are getting with one of these dogs.


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