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Buying my wife a goldendoodle: good or bad idea?

post #1 of 56
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She's wanted a dog forever. I'm not so much of a dog person, but I think I could tolerate a goldendoodle. Any experience with this breed?

Thanks, h_s.
post #2 of 56
We have very good friends that have a goldendoodle. This particular dog is the most patient dog I have ever seen. When we see the dog there are usually 15+ people in the house, with 6 or so kids under 6 yrs old. The dog takes any abuse from the kids and never even flinches. I have had dogs with great temperments before that used to just get up and leave when little kids were tormenting them. This particular dog just sits there and takes it without ever getting upset. It is truly amazing. My ids are very gentle with the dog and absolutely love it. The dog is also very playful and when you get it outside it will run like crazy. Overall I love the breed. If my house and yard were bigger I would definitely get one.
post #3 of 56
^I agree wholeheartedly.
Wonderful breed in my experience.
post #4 of 56
They're delicious, that's for sure. Even better than Fiddle Faddle.


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Some of them can suffer from separation anxiety disorder. Are there people at home most of the day?
post #5 of 56
what size dogs does she like?
post #6 of 56
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Originally Posted by Teger View Post

what size dogs does she like?

She wants a dog so badly she doesn't care what size it is.
post #7 of 56
why not get a mutt from the pound? give a nice dog a good home, and if your wife just wants a dog, she won't care what breed it'll be (probably will live longer to boot).
post #8 of 56
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Originally Posted by Teger View Post

why not get a mutt from the pound? give a nice dog a good home, and if your wife just wants a dog, she won't care what breed it'll be (probably will live longer to boot).

Yes do this, a dog is a dog and it's up to the owner to make the most out of it whatever breed it is.
post #9 of 56
Didn't Kunk just get one of these mutts?
post #10 of 56
Most of these "doodles" have no consistency of type, which is the primary reason for getting a purebred dog. I've seen "Labradoodles" that looked like Irish Wolfhounds, others that looked like Rhodesian Ridgebacks! FWIW, my dog Cyrus seems to particularly hate doodles.
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Personally, I'd get a real dog. These two have french heritage for extra snob appeal. And they're cute as can be, your wife would love it.

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post #12 of 56
What the fuck is a goldendoodle?
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Originally Posted by Sir Humphrey Appleby View Post

What the fuck is a goldendoodle?

Golden Retriever and Poodle crossbreed.

Generally look like this:
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A girl I sorta dated a while back got one. It's a big doofy lovable guy now.
post #14 of 56
These so called "cross-breeds" are not breeds at all. They are not recognized by any of the kennel clubs. There is no recognized breed standard. As such, breeders don't show them for conformation to any breed standard. So what you're getting essentially is a mutt. You could get a dog with all the best traits of a golden retriever and a poodle or you could get a dog with all of the worst traits of each breed. Most likely you'll get something in between. It's a crapshoot. Get a true purebred from a reputable breeder or save your money and get a rescue dog from the shelter.
post #15 of 56
Unless you or you wife have severe allergies, do the responsible thing and adopt a dog from your local shelter. Both dogs I've had as an adult were shelter dogs. Both times I visited to adopt I have been shocked at how many healthy, sweet, calm dogs were brought in just in the few hours we were there meeting dogs and doing paperwork. Most are socialized, housetrained and past their rambunctious/destructive phase - much better for an inexperienced owner than a puppy would be.

So no, don't buy a puppy of any breed - adopt a shelter dog.
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