Goldendoodles History — Cocktail Party Version

When you know the cocktail party version of some information, it means that you know enough to talk about it at cocktail parties, even if you’re not an expert. You might not need to be a Goldendoodles expert, but it’s interesting to know the basics of the history of this wonderful dog!

Back in the 20th century, an Australian dog breeder heard from a blind woman who needed a guide dog — but her husband was allergic to dogs. Wally Conran of Royal Guide Dogs in Victoria, Australia, took up the challenge. He crossed a Labrador Retriever — a great breed for guide dogs — with a Poodle, which sheds less than the average dog. The result was a dog he called a Labradoodle, from Labrad(or) plus (P)oodle.

Over time, Australian breeders added a Cocker Spaniel to the mix. Today, the Labradoodle is a cross breed of the Labrador and the Poodle, and the Australian Labradoodle is a Poodle/ Labrador/ Cocker Spaniel mix.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch…

In the United States, breeders crossed Poodles with Golden Retrievers for the beautiful color and friendly personality. They could have called these dogs GoldenPoos or Goldenoodles, but the results of this cross were smart, friendly, low-allergen dogs like the Labradoodle. It seemed natural to call them Goldendoodles, with a nod to the Labradoodle.

Doodle dogs are less likely to cause allergic reactions in people. People who are allergic to dogs usually have trouble with the dander, or shed skin cells that come with the fur when a dog sheds.  The Poodle curls of Doodle dogs make them less likely to shed either fur or skin cells.

Your Doodle dog will need grooming. Since they don’t shed, they need an occasional haircut and frequent baths and brushing. This will keep their beautiful fleecy fur from becoming matted. That Poodle heritage means that you can have your Doodle groomed in special ways if you care to. It’s a personal choice.

Biology is destiny… or is it?

Goldendoodles are bred for brains, beauty, and a great personality. But it’s not all nature — there’s nurture, too. At Platinum Goldies, we make sure that all our puppies are socialized well. They grow up on our farm with lots of kids, adults, and other animals. They grow up relaxed and friendly.

If you’ve heard that Doodle dog can be high-strung, you need to ask how the puppies are brought up before you choose a breeder. You’ll need to be sure that your chosen puppy has been raised in a healthy, natural setting. Our Platinum Goldies Goldendoodles are raised on our beautiful Arkansas farm, so they’ll be a pleasure to have in your home.

Call us today to talk about the perfect Goldendoodle puppy for you and your family.