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Origin of the breed

A long, long time ago in a land far, far away . . . . Well, OK, it actually wasn't all THAT long ago, only about twenty years. But the land really was far away, Australia to be exact. This was where Goldendoodles are thought to have originated when Austalian breeders purposely began to crossbreed Poodles and Retrievers. They were the first breeders to develop a documented Poodle and Labrador Retriever hybrid mix. And with the immediate success of 'Labradoodles' as service dogs it was an easy, logical step for breeders in both Australia and the United States to start trying to cross Poodles and Golden Retrievers. Thus, Goldendoodles were born.

The original intent was undoubtedly to try and blend the wonderful traits found within these two breeds and synthesize a whole new type of dog. The expectation was that combining the qualities of these two popular breeds would produce dogs suitable to be guide and service animals just as had been done with the Labradoodles. As more people learned about the new 'designer' dogs however, they became increasingly popular as family pets and therapy dogs.

Minature Goldendoodle chasing girl with red frisbee

Minature Harley trying to recapture his frisbee.

This is a Creative Commons photo Link to photo on Flickr titled 'HarleyGenesis6' courtesy of Anne Davis on Flickr and made available under an Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 license.

The November 2012 issue of the Reader's Digest has a timely demonstration of the success of Goldendoodles as hard working service dogs. The cover of the magazine has a three year old girl with her Goldendoodle service dog. The story inside the magazine describes how the young girl has a breathing disorder that requires her to have oxygen available all the time. Her constant companion, a Goldendoodle named 'Mr. Gibbs' caries her oxygen tank connected to a breathing tube that runs to her nose. Because of her Goldendoodle service dog, the young girl can play outside and do many other things like any normal child. If you're looking for a service animal you can't get one with much more love and devotion than a Goldendoodle! That being said, Goldendoodles have also be used very sucessfully as therapy and assistance dogs such as Clive, pictured to the right, who is trained to work with autistic children.

For Your Information: One of the early pioneers in the field of breeding Goldendoodles in the United States was Fox Creek Farms in West Virginia. In fact, they are still breeding and selling Goldendoodle puppies today. Fox Creek Farms has a great website click here that I would recommend you visit if you are considering acquiring a Goldendoodle puppy.

Clive the Goldendoodle with Murray his autistic child

Clive with his 'little man' Murray.

Creative Commons photo Link to photo on Flickr titled 'Mango Minster 2010: Clive' courtesy of Dee and tula monstah on Flickr and made available under an Attribution 2.0 license.

From both sides of their bloodline Goldendoodles come from a long line of working dogs. However, most of them are not nearly as talented and high-tech as Otis, who you see here sitting at his workstation. I can say with some confidence that most Goldendoodles will be great at giving you love and loyalty though I'm not sure how many of them will have great computer skills!

And now here is some Poodle / Golden Retriever trivia for you:

  • Both breeds are Omnivores. They eat meat as well as vegetables.
  • Both breeds were originally hunting dogs. Poodles started as bird dogs in 15th and 16th Century Europe whereas Golden Retrievers were developed as hunting dogs in Scotland in the 18th Century.
  • Both breeds have a keen sense of smell.
  • Both breeds are considered to be among the smartest dog breeds.
  • Both breeds are considered friendly and even-tempered.
  • Both breeds are very good swimmers and have webbed feet.
  • Both breeds have coats of hair that keep them warm even when wet with a soft dense underlayer and a coarser, thicker outer layer.

Information about the origin of Goldendoodles and the trivia about Golden Retrievers and Poodles cited here relied heavily on the following book:
Lee, K. (2006). Goldendoodle: Designer Dog Series. Allehurst, NJ: Kennel Club Books.

Otis, a large white 
		Goldendoodle sitting in a chair at a computer workstation

Otis slaving away!

Creative Commons photo Link to photo on Flickr titled 'Otis at Work' courtesy of FunnyBix on Flickr and made available under an Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license.

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