It didn’t take long for them to be recognized as the wonderful, beautiful and intelligent dog that they are and their popularity began to grow dramatically. They were voted the 1 most popular dog in 2013. One of the main attractions that drive people to acquire a Goldendoodle is the golden retriever temperament combined with the desire for a dog that sheds less. While not all doodles exhibit the non shedding coat prevalent to the standard poodle, the vast majority of Goldendoodles inherit a very low shedding coat. Goldendoodles will shed less than your average golden retriever but the level of shedding will vary from doodle to doodle. Another thing to keep in mind is that grooming requirements are as myriad as the various coat types. A doodle with a coat that sheds much less will require more grooming than one that sheds more often. Although there are some breeders that make the claim that the Goldendoodle is a hypoallergenic breed no study has ever proven that any dog breed is completely hypoallergenic. The Goldendoodle’s ancestry along both parent lines is as “working dog” or “field dogs” or more specifically hunter, just like most other cross bred lines. The appearance of Goldendoodle’s will vary. Different offspring will display a variety of differences in size, color and type of coat.
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The first reported Miniature Goldendoodle litter arrived in January 2002, attracting a great deal of attention. As word spread, more people jumped on the bandwagon to breed small Goldendoodles that were perfect for apartment and city living. At this time, Goldendoodles are not recognized as a distinct breed by the American Kennel Club AKC, the United Kennel Club UKC, the Canadian Kennel Club CKC or any other widely recognized all breed purebred dog registry. However, Goldendoodle aficionados are making concerted efforts to standardize their type and temperament so that eventually they will be fully accepted by purebred dog registries. The Goldendoodle Association of North America GANA claims to be the only organization dedicated to creating and maintaining a reliable registry for the Goldendoodle. Its stated mission is to promote and guide the development of the Goldendoodle to achieve a consistent standard for the “breed” in terms of coat, type, health and temperament. These efforts are opposed by the American parent clubs of the Golden Retriever and Poodle, which view Goldendoodles and similar hybrids as genetic gambles that create expensive designer mutts bred primarily to deceive the buying public into thinking that there is something “better” about them than their purebred predecessors. The debate over whether the Goldendoodle should or should not be considered an independent breed will no doubt continue for many years. As hybrid crosses like the Goldendoodle develop richer genetic variation, they will become healthier and more likely to live longer than either of their parental lines. Today, the average life expectancy of a Goldendoodle is 10 to 14 years. They probably are predisposed to the same diseases as the Golden Retriever and Standard Poodle.