The Goldendoodle gets its name from it’s mixed heritage – golden retriever and poodle.
Goldendoodles are a hybrid dog, a first generation cross, and as such they exhibit “hybrid vigour”. This is a phenomenon in animal breeding referring to the fact that the first cross between two unrelated purebred lines is healthier and grows better than either parent line. The puppies take on the best traits of both breeds.
Goldendoodles were first deliberately bred in North America as a larger version of the popular Cockapoo around the mid 1990s. Their non/light shedding coats and ability to live with families with allergies has made them very popular companions.
Most Goldendoodles have a Standard Poodle as a parent, and are standard sized.
Those with a miniature Poodle as a parent, are about 25-45 pounds and are called miniature Goldendoodles.
Like many poodle crosses, most Goldendoodles are light to non-shedding, and most live easily with families with MILD allergies. Families with moderate to severe allergies often find that Goldendoodle backcrosses can work well.