What I wish I knew before getting a Goldendoodle?

Answered by Phillip Nicastro

Before getting a Goldendoodle, there are several important things that I wish I had known. Here are my top 12 things that you really need to know about Goldendoodles:

1. High Cost of a Puppy: One thing that surprised me was the high cost of purchasing a Goldendoodle puppy. These designer breeds can range anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000, depending on the breeder and the quality of the bloodline. It’s important to budget for this expense before deciding to bring a Goldendoodle into your home.

2. Bad Breeders/Bad Genetics: Unfortunately, not all breeders are reputable, and this can lead to health issues in your Goldendoodle. It’s crucial to do thorough research and find a responsible breeder who conducts health screenings on their breeding dogs. This can help prevent genetic issues such as hip dysplasia, heart problems, and allergies.

3. High Coat Maintenance: Goldendoodles have a beautiful, fluffy coat that requires regular grooming. Their hair can grow quickly and become easily tangled, so frequent brushing is necessary to keep their coat looking its best. This can be time-consuming and may require professional grooming services.

4. Increased Grooming Costs: Along with the high maintenance of their coat, Goldendoodles may also require regular trips to the groomer. This can add up in terms of cost, as grooming sessions can range from $50 to $100 or more, depending on the size and needs of your Goldendoodle.

5. Health Issues/Skin Issues: While Goldendoodles are generally healthy dogs, they can be prone to certain health issues. Allergies, ear infections, and skin irritations are common among this breed. It’s important to stay vigilant and address any health concerns promptly to ensure your Goldendoodle’s well-being.

6. Smell/Odor: Goldendoodles can have a distinct smell, especially if their coat is not properly maintained. Regular baths and grooming can help keep the odor at bay, but it’s something to be aware of, especially if you’re sensitive to smells.

7. High Energy: Goldendoodles are a mix of two energetic breeds, Golden Retrievers and Poodles. This means they have high energy levels and require plenty of exercise and mental stimulation. Daily walks, playtime, and training sessions are essential to keep them happy and prevent destructive behavior.

8. Can Be Mouthy in the Puppy Stage: Like many puppies, Goldendoodles can go through a mouthy stage where they chew on everything in sight. It’s important to provide them with appropriate chew toys and redirect their attention when they start nipping or chewing on furniture or belongings.

9. Training is Key: Goldendoodles are intelligent dogs and can be quite trainable. However, they can also be stubborn at times. Consistent and positive training methods are essential to help them become well-behaved and obedient companions.

10. Size Variations: Goldendoodles come in different sizes, ranging from miniature to standard. It’s important to consider the size you’re looking for before getting a Goldendoodle, as they can vary significantly in height and weight. This can affect their exercise needs, space requirements, and overall compatibility with your lifestyle.

11. Potential Allergies: While Goldendoodles are often marketed as hypoallergenic, it’s important to note that no dog breed is entirely allergen-free. Some individuals with allergies may still have reactions to Goldendoodles, especially if they have severe allergies. It’s advisable to spend time with a Goldendoodle beforehand to see if any allergic reactions occur.

12. Lifespan: Goldendoodles have an average lifespan of 10 to 15 years, depending on various factors such as genetics, diet, exercise, and overall care. It’s important to be prepared for the long-term commitment that comes with owning a Goldendoodle and provide them with a loving and nurturing home throughout their life.

These are just some of the things I wish I had known before getting a Goldendoodle. While they can make wonderful pets, it’s important to be fully informed and prepared for the responsibilities and challenges that come with owning this breed.