Check out this breed, a Goldendoodle
Perfect for Pam and me, a combination of Bella, Lilly and Honey!!!! :D
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The Goldendoodle's ancestry along both parent lines is as hunters and water dogs. The physical appearance of the Goldendoodle runs anywhere from a shaggy-looking retriever to a curl-relaxed poodle, but usually it falls somewhere in the middle. The color of the coat can be cream, gold, apricot, chocolate and black. Most Goldendoodles have a Standard Poodle as a parent, though a Miniature Poodle is possible and would produce a smaller dog. Like many poodle crosses, most Goldendoodles don't shed, or shed lightly, and could be hypo-allergenic.
Goldendoodles are an intelligent and obedient family companion. They are everybody's friend and devoted to their family. They are friendly towards children, other dogs and pets, and easy with strangers. They are social dogs, happiest when with people. Goldendoodles are likely to get into mischief and develop behavior problems if they spend most of their lives alone. Their intelligence, eagerness to please, and love of learning make them very easy to train. They are medium-sized family dogs with easy dispositions.
Standard Goldendoodles are a medium sized dog about the size of a Standard Poodle, perhaps more robust.
Height: Males 21-24 inches (54-62 cm.) Females 20-22½ inches 51-58 cm.)
Weight: Males 55-75 pounds (25-34 kg.) Females 45-65 pounds (21-29 kg.)
As a hybrid cross they grow healthier and live longer than either parent line. The only genetic diseases they can be prone to would be those shared by both the Golden Retriever and the Standard Poodle. No Major Concerns. Minor Concerns - CHD, cataract. Suggested tests - hip and eye.
Goldendoodles require a moderate amount of exercise and their coats are generally low maintenance. They can live in the city or on a farm. They are social dogs and they are happiest when they are with people.
Goldendoodles require a moderate amount of daily exercise. The Retriever in them allows them to enjoy games that involve retrieving.
About 15 years
As a hybrid cross, Goldendoodles will inherit fur that looks retriever-like, or poodle-like, but usually something in-between. Like many poodle crosses, many Goldendoodles don't shed, or shed lightly, and could be hypo-allergenic. They generally require little grooming.
The Goldendoodle is a Golden Retriever and Poodle cross. 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 vigor". 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. The hybrid cross between these two parent breeds are terrific family dogs, friendly, intelligent, affectionate and easy to train. As more and more people live in the city, needs have changed. Many are not looking for dogs that can hunt, but are looking for companions. The need for dogs who are playful, friendly towards people and pets, easy to train and easy to maintain has spurred breeders to cross breed two of the most intelligent and popular breeds of our time.
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