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12 Things to Know Before Getting a Goldendoodle Puppy

 

Goldendoodle puppies are all the rage right now.

They’re incredibly sweet, loving, and caring.  They have little noses that you just want to boob, and fluffy hair so soft that you can’t help but pet them! However, as cute as they are–getting a Goldendoodle puppy is a big deal! Their cuteness is just an added bonus! Before falling in love and running out to buy one, it’s best to know if this type of dog is right for you.

Goldendoodle Puppy

Goldendoodle Puppy

Is a Goldendoodle the right fit for you and your family?

Nowadays any and every level of dog owner is purchasing a doodle–people who have only owned short-haired dogs, incredibly calm dogs, and sometimes first-time dog owners.  As a result of not knowing what a person is getting themselves into when they purchase a doodle, doodle rehoming is at an all-time high!  Even though many people love their doodle–a doodle may not be the right fit for you.

Many people are giving away their Goldendoodles, rehoming them, or sending them to a rescue.  This is why research prior to owning a dog is soooooo IMPORTANT.  Below I’ve listed the top reasons that cause Pet Parents to give their Goldendoodles up. 

Please check these reasons out before you purchase a Goldendoodle, and if none of them deter you, then you’re ready to be a Goldendoodle parent!

My Top 12 Things You Really Need to Know About Goldendoodles.

 

1. High Cost of A Puppy 

The cost of a Goldendoodle is very important! If you skimp on the price, you could end up with a dog that is poorly bred.  They could even be “backyard” bred.  Which is incredibly dangerous for you, your puppy, and the breeding industry. 

By purchasing a cheaply priced Goldendoodle that comes from a poor/backyard breeder–puts you at risk of buying a dog that never received genetic testing. Genetic testing helps prevent the breeding of dogs that test poorly for bad genes or health and behavioral issues. Therefore not passing on any “bad” genes to their offspring.  This will essentially cost you a fortune later in high vet bills, training costs, and potentially medical and lawsuit charges. 

Dogs in Kennel

Dogs in a Kennel

Additionally, buying from a low-quality breeder to save money helps keep puppy mills in business.  Puppy mills over breed their dogs.  Those poor overbred dogs are usually stuck in a kennel their entire life–usually in a cramped space, stacked on top of each other, sitting in their urine or feces. There are also puppy mill breeders that keep their puppies in outside kennels, never getting to socialize with other dogs or humans.  And they never have a chance to live a life of happiness and freedom. Why on earth would anyone want to support something so inhumane???

Lastly, if you skimp on paying a proper price for your Goldendoodle, you typically purchase from someone who isn’t going to invest as much time and money into the breeding of the dog.  I’ve met many people who purchased a Goldendoodle, only to get ripped off by a breeder, and they’re not sure what breed of dog they were even given. Remember the age-old saying, you get what you pay for.  And that goes for dog breeders as well. Please choose to purchase your dog from an ethical breeder.  It’s good Karma.

2. Bad Breeders/Bad Genetics

As mentioned above, bad breeders and bad genetics are something to know about before getting a Goldendoodle puppy.  Great breeders choose their dogs with care, and breed only the best of the best, ensuring that you purchase a high-quality puppy that will live it’s days on earth, happily and healthily. 

Genetic Testing

Genetic Testing

Check out this awesome article that explains why genetic testing is important!!

If you purchase from a breeder that does not perform genetic testing, you are at risk for a plethora of issues.  Please do your research, but due to the explosion in Goldendoodle popularity, there is a higher chance of running across a bad breeder and bad genetics because there are many who are in it for the money and not for the love and care of breeding a sound Goldendoodle. 

3. High Coat Maintenance 

The biggest complaint I hear from Goldendoodle parents is how high maintenance the coat is. Their coat requires quite a bit of brushing.  Actually……a lot of brushing.  At least 15 minutes a day! Because if you don’t, they’ll mat easily.  A little too easily. And those mats hurt and restrict body movement.  Check out my post→7 Reasons Why you shouldn’t let your Goldendoodle get matted!

 

Dog Brush

Dog Brush

Finding time to brush a Goldendoodle’s coat EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. can be quite challenging, especially if you have a busy schedule, kids, and the list goes on and on.  Not only do you have to brush your Goldendoodle, but you also have to comb down to the skin, until the comb goes through the coat effortlessly. This means you will actually have to block out time from your day to physically brush your dog every single day.  Otherwise, your doodle ends up completely knotted up.  This leads to moisture becoming trapped in the coat once this happens, bacteria begins to grow and then your doodle will get hot spots and major skin issues. Not to mention they’ll be incredibly itchy and chew on themselves like crazy.

Most Goldendoodle parents don’t want their doodles shaved, however, it’s not up to the groomer to brush your dog out for you.  It’s not fair to your dog or your groomer.  Not to mention, it’s incredibly painful to de-mat a Goldendoodle’s coat. Putting your dog through that kind of torture for simple aesthetics is really uncool. To ask your dog groomer–who is more than likely an insanely over the top dog lover will feel awful torturing your dog for 3 hours as they try to hurriedly brush and pull out mats due to appointment restrictions.

I have witnessed many Goldendoodles rehomed because the pet parents weren’t prepared for the amount of coat maintenance. If you feel you have what it takes to brush your Doodle daily and keep them mat free, then a Goldendoodle is a great choice for you! If not..maybe consider a dog that is both cute and short-haired! 

If you’d like to learn more about Doodle Coat Care, → check out my doodle ebook!

4. Increased Grooming Costs 

Goldendoodle’s require professional grooming to keep their skin and coat clean, healthy, and professionally maintained. A professional groomer has all of the tools and equipment to make sure that your dog’s coat is cleaned, brushed, blown out, nails trimmed, and ears cleaned.  It’s possible to do this at home.  But the average pet parent really doesn’t have an interest in grooming their pup at home.  Plus it can be dangerous, especially if you attempt to trim out matting. →If you’d like to learn more about why it’s dangerous to groom your dog at home, check out my blog post here

The COVID-19 Pandemic has definitely heightened my awareness of the dangers of grooming one’s dog at home–due to lockdown. During quarantine I witnessed quite a few dogs with burns, cuts, nails quicked too short, and uneven faces and coat lengths. Some dogs were so burned by the clippers they needed vet attention. It’s best to leave grooming to the expert–a professional groomer you trust.

Here you will find a Facebook post about a Goldendoodle whose parents tried to cut out mats, severing the poor dog’s Achilles tendon. The cut caused the leg to get infected  Luckily the dog was surrendered and ended up with a great life! ←

Goldendoodles also cost quite a bit because of the amount of time and work they are.  They take longer to wash, dry, and trim.  Almost 2-3 times longer than many other dog breeds.  Therefore, they cost more professionally.

money

money

And you also want to consider the amount of money you will need to invest in your Goldendoodle’s grooming equipment for at home. You’ll need a slicker brush that can get through the coat, a comb, brush spray, shampoo, and conditioner.  If you’re wondering what grooming equipment you need for your Goldendoodle, check out this post!

5. Health Issues/Skin Issues 

A Goldendoodle’s skin is prone to holding moisture due to the fact that the coat is man-made to be super thick and curly.  It’s harder for their skin to breathe creating itchy areas where bacteria rapidly multiply due to moisture creating an ideal breeding ground.  Causing what are known as “hot spots”. Your dog begins to lick these itchy areas and bites incessantly until the spot becomes red and irritated, sometimes bloody.  

Doodle with Skin Issues

Doodle with Skin Issues

And sometimes if a Goldendoodle is bred poorly, they can have health and skin issues ranging from ear infections, hot spots, and skin allergies as well. So as I mentioned before, it’s best to go to a great breeder and maintain the coat properly at home as well. 

6. Smell/Odor

If not properly maintained, Goldendoodles can definitely stink! Swimming seems to be the biggest culprit for making Doodle’s smell.  After swimming, if they aren’t dried off properly, their coat will sour, resulting in an odor similar to a spoiled bottle of milk.  Which is kinda gross considering your house will begin to smell the same way.  And a professional groom won’t necessarily get rid of the smell.  I have groomed many sour-coated Goldendoodles that have smelled so bad, we had to air out the grooming salon. 

Goldendoodle Swimming

Goldendoodle Swimming

Doodles can begin to smell and have a strong odor because their coats don’t breathe really well, especially since they’re man-made coats. They tend to hold moisture and grow bacteria quickly.  If you don’t keep up with a grooming schedule ( you can check out my free dog grooming schedule here)–their coats can get pretty funky! The trouble areas are usually underneath the ears, under the chin, their feet, and their sanitary (booty and pee-pee) areas. Getting on a regular bath and professional grooming schedule can help save your furniture, carpet, and bedding from getting that dog odor.

Doodle Grooming Guide

Doodle Grooming Guide

7. High Energy

Some Goldendoodles (NOT ALL) can be high energy, especially if they are young little puppies.  This can sometimes be too much for people to handle. I have older clients that have Goldendoodles and sometimes they are too afraid to bring them in alone for fear of falling from being pulled holding the leash, or tripping over their Goldendoodle while trying to bring then in for a professional groom.  

High energy can be off-putting for some, but if you love high energy, then there’s a Goldendoodle puppy out there for you! 

8. Can be Mouthy in the Puppy Stage 

Most Goldendoodles can be quite mouthy during the puppy stage.  Many times the mouthiness feels like extreme biting.  If you’re not comfortable with a dog getting nippy, then you may be afraid to have a Goldendoodle puppy.  However, training can fix most mouthiness cases. And usually, they’ll grow out of it!

Goldendoodle Puppy

Goldendoodle Puppy

9. Shedding 

Many Goldendoodles do shed! Especially if they are a first-generation or F1, which is a Golden Retriever crossed with a Standard Poodle. Many times I have met pet parents whose breeder told them their dog won’t shed, when in fact they did. And for this reason, I have witnessed many Goldendoodles either returned or given away, or sent to a rescue group or shelter.  If you’re purchasing a Goldendoodle because they don’t shed, think again because they might.  If that’s not a deal-breaker for you, then a Goldendoodle may be the best choice for you!

Goldendoodle Hair

Goldendoodle Hair

 

10. Behavioral Issues/Training 

Training costs come with every dog, but Goldendoodle’s definitely need training.  Mainly because they’re so friendly.  Their friendliness results in jumping, barking, using their arms and feet, mouthing people, and of course–crotch sniffing.

In some rare cases, Goldendoodles can be aggressive.  A friend of mine was mauled on the arm by a pretty aggressive doodle, so it’s best to start training early to prevent any major behavioral issues. 

11. Size 

Nowadays Goldendoodles come in a variety of sizes, ranging from toy to standard.  However, just because you purchase a mini, doesn’t mean it will come out small.  I have witnessed countless Goldendoodles come out large, and large Goldendoodles come out small. As a groomer, I have groomed quite a few GIANT mini Goldendoodles. They were supposed to only grow to 30lbs, but now weigh a whopping 90lbs! 

12. Dog Allergies 

Despite popular opinion, I can assure you that there is no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog. Even if your dog is an FB doodle.  All dogs have skin(which sheds) and all dogs have hair (which sheds, some less than others).  The shedding of skin and hair is what’s called “pet dander” and no matter the breed type, if you’re allergic, YOU’RE ALLERGIC.

 Additionally, as a doodle owner, it’s important to properly clean and dry your Goldendoodle.  Otherwise, all of the pollen, dirt, leaves, and dust they come in contact with, will stick to their coat.  Thus, creating an allergy-ridden furball running around the house.

I feel like this just about covers many of the reasons I see Goldendoodle rehomed.  Hopefully, all of these points can help you make a better, informed decision in regard to purchasing a Goldendoodle puppy!

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