What is a Goldendoodle?
A Hybrid mix between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle.
Why choose a Goldendoodle
Goldendoodles attract those who love the mild temperaments of the Golden Retriever, but not so much the shedding and/or allergy factors that may accompany the breed. Add to that, the sharp mind and non-shedding qualities of the Poodle, making the Goldendoodle a universal hit! They also have what’s known as “Hybrid Vigour”—the increased health benefits that come with crossing two unrelated breeds—which gives the Goldendoodle the health and vitality that makes them, on average, outlive either one of their parent breeds.
What is their temperament like?
Goldendoodles are extremely social, outgoing, and non-aggressive dogs thriving on human companionship. They have a great desire to please and to learn. Each individual breed, the Poodle and the Golden Retriever, score in the top 4 of the 150 smartest dog breeds. They are both incredibly intelligent and eager to please. Coupled with the low- to non-shedding coats, this temperament has proven to make Goldendoodles perfect candidates for service work, as well as beloved family pets.
Goldendoodles can be curly, wavy, or straight. Typically, a Goldendoodle that is curly is +/+ for curl, a straight dog is -/- for curl, a dog with wavy or loose curl is gene is (+/-) , two wavy Goldendoodles bred together can produce all three coat types: curly, wavy, and straight. I prefer to breed wavy coats together. Good breeders know not to not couple Goldendoodles only having one furnishing together as this would create a flat coated doodle resembling a Golden Retriever.
Goldendoodle colors range from white, shades on the red spectrum varying from cream to apricot to dark red, brown spectrum (from cafe au lait to a dark chocolate color), black, and blue (also called silver). Coats can also display patterns such as parti, sable, phantom, and brindle. A parti colored Goldendoodle is at least 50% white, with solid patches of any other color. A solid color Goldendoodle with white markings that cover less than 50% of the body are known by several names: abstract, mismarks, minor white or chrome. Phantom’s have a specific pattern of markings on a solid background above each eye, on the sides of the muzzle, chest, inside the legs, and under the tail. Brindle patterns appear as stripes, the color and the width vary with each dog. Sables clear out up to two years.
The RSPO2 gene is responsible for the facial hair characteristics, aka mustache, beard and eyebrows. A golden retriever has no furnishings. A poodle has two furnishings.
The Shedding Gene:
By testing for furnishings and shedding, a breeder can combine the results to reliably predict shedding in a dog. Selecting dogs with a low-shedding index in a breeding program (after consideration for health and temperament) can produce puppies with reliably lower-shedding coats. DNA testing tools on any generation Goldendoodle can help a breeder more accurately match puppies with families who have allergy concerns shedding dogs. No longer do you need an F1b or a very curly Goldendoodle if you know the shedding index is low!
Even a Goldendoodle with a shedding index of zero does not guarantee that you will not be allergic to a particular dog. Allergies are very complex and shedding is just one of the components that factor into the equation. Consider that dander, saliva, proteins and allergens carried on the dogs coat all contribute to each individual’s allergic reactions.
What are inherited genetic diseases? Inherited genetic diseases are diseases
that can be passed from parent to offspring through reproduction.
Every dog has two copies of each gene (inherited biological blueprints)
One copy from their mother and one from their father.
Genes contain the information used to create and maintain cells of the body.
Mutations that occur in genes can result in disease by disrupting normal processes
of creating and maintaining these cells. Nearly every cell in the canine body
contains an entire copy of the approximately 20,000 genes that interact with each
other to bring about the physical traits that make an individual who they are.
Genetic diseases can involve any system of the body and dogs can present with a
wide variety of clinical signs depending on the particular gene and organ system involved.
What possible results might I receive? For each test, you have the possibility of
receiving the following results: normal, carrier, or at-risk (affected).
Normal means that your dog has two copies of the "wildtype" or
normal DNA sequence for the gene being tested. Carrier means that your dog
carries one copy of the "wildtype" sequence (normal) and one copy of the mutation.
For most diseases, your dog will not be affected with the disease, but simply a carrier.
Carriers can pass this mutated copy of the gene to half of their offspring and
depending on the genetics of their mate, may produce at-risk or affected puppies.
An at-risk result means that your dog has two copies of the mutation and is
at-risk for developing the disease. In this case, these dogs carry two copies of
the mutation so that all offspring will inherit at least one copy of the mutation a
nd depending on its mate, is at high-risk of producing affected puppies.
Bren's Doodles prefers to DNA test rather than use filial labels of old.
F1 = Golden Retriever x Poodle
F1b = F1 Goldendoodle x Poodle
(F2 = F1 Goldendoodle x F1 Goldendoodle--We do not do this)
MULTIGEN = Two Goldendoodle parents — one parent has to be a F1b, F2, or Multigen. A poodle bred to a Multigen Goldendoodle also constitutes as a multigen.
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