ABOUT
GROODLES

Golden Retriever X Poodle

Breed Characteristics

The Groodle or ‘Goldendoodle’ is a hybrid of a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. The Groodle originated from North America during the 1990s and was bred as alternative to the Labradoodle. The Groodle has fastly become a popular choice for dog owners in Australia and worldwide due to their high intelligence, gentle disposition and affectionate nature, as well as their low or non-shedding coats.

Health

We strive to produce puppies of high quality, soundness and excellent temperament. It is our priority to ensure our puppies are happy, healthy, and free from genetic problems. All of the dogs that join our breeding program undergo health testing at 12 months of age. All our dogs are in excellent health and are regularly examined by our veterinary specialist.

Coat and Grooming

There are two different coat types that our Groodles may have:

1. Fleece:

The Fleece textured coat has a soft silky texture which resembles the coat of an Angora goat. It can either have a straight wavy look or a soft looping curl look. The fleece coat is a non shedding, low allergenic coat. Fleece coats rarely if ever shed.

2. Wool:

The Wool textured coat is more dense in texture and resembles the coat of a sheep or lamb. It should have the appearance of spiraling wool. It should not appear to dense or tightly curled. The wool coat is a non shedding low, allergenic coat. It is extremely rare for a wool coat to ever shed.

We cannot guarantee 100% non shedding, as all dogs shed some hair – but they are still great for people with allergies and as inside pets.

Coat Maintenance

As neither the fleece or wool coats shed a lot, your Groodle will require clipping 2-3 times a year. You can do this yourself or take your dog to a professional groomer. Regular grooming will also make the coat more manageable. A good weekly brush should be sufficient.

low shed coat is ideal for indoors

Personality and Temperament

Groodles are known to be a happy, loyal and sweet-natured breed. Our puppies have the exceptionally gentle, friendly nature typical of the Groodle breed, and make loving family pets. They are very intelligent – just like both the Golden Retriever and the Poodle – which makes them very easy to train. They are extremely loyal dogs and will be watchful over your family. They are also playful and love human company. They are ideally suited to a family environment, but are also great for sole companions. Your Groodle will love to be included in all aspects of your life, making them a very cherished family member.

Size

Groodles come in three different sizes:

Standard:

Height at wither: 52cm to 63cm

Weight: 22kg to 30kg

Medium:

Height at wither: 45cm to 52cm

Weight: 15kg to 22kg

Miniature:

Height at wither: 35cm to 45cm

Weight: 8kg to 15kg

We specalise is breeding the Minature-sized Groodle, but we may occasionally have a litter of Medium or Standard-sized puppies available.

Hypo Allergenic

Our Groodles have allergy-friendly coats. ‘Allergy-friendly’ means that many people with asthma and/or allergies will not have reactions to the dander or the coat of our Groodles.

Colour

Our Groodles come in a variety of colours including:

Groodles can come in various shades of each of these colours. They are usually single coloured, but white markings on the face, chest, and feet are common.

Exercise

Groodles need regular exercise. This phrase is often confused with ‘lots of exercise’ and frequently leads to too much exercise, particularly with young puppies. A 15-30 minute walk on the leash is ideal as daily exercise for a puppy.

Over exercise during the first 12 months of your puppy’s life can lead to lasting damage to your puppy’s developing skeleton. This includes but is not limited to the early onset of hip and/or elbow dysplasia. Therefore, it is not a good idea to take your puppy out as a jogging or cycling partner until they are fully grown. Excessive climbing up and down stairs should also be avoided.

Groodles are active and energetic as adult dogs and will enjoy accompanying their family in all of their play and activities. They need moderate levels of daily exercise – this can include a daily walk, backyard play, swimming, or a trip to the dog park. Groodles also enjoy socialising with other dogs.

Life Expectancy

The life expectancy of the Groodle is 12-15 years.

Breed Stabilisation

Over the last ten years, we have strived to produce a uniform breed that can be easily recognised as a Groodle. Just like Labradoodles and many of the other doodles, a third breed is infused to stabilize the positive characteristics and also create a breed standard. Initially we crossed the Golden Retriever to a Miniature Poodle. The results were that there were many variations in size and appearance. To eliminate some of these undesirable traits of the first cross we infused the Curly Coated Retriever (cousin to Golden Retriever) and/or Cavalier King Charles Spaniel into our Poodle breeding lines. This infusion constitutes a mere three percent of the poodle’s DNA. This infusion stabilised the breed, producing consistency in the progeny and also resulted in a more desirable coat and a well-rounded face. There is also the added benefit of adding more of the great Golden Retriever temperament into our puppies.