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Buying my wife a goldendoodle: good or bad idea?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by hopkins_student, Nov 19, 2011.

  1. hopkins_student

    hopkins_student Senior member

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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.
     
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    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.
     
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    Dakota rube Senior member

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    ^I agree wholeheartedly.
    Wonderful breed in my experience.
     
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    willpower Senior member

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    They're delicious, that's for sure. Even better than Fiddle Faddle.


    Sweet dogs :)


    Some of them can suffer from separation anxiety disorder. Are there people at home most of the day?
     
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  5. Teger

    Teger Senior member

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    what size dogs does she like?
     
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    hopkins_student Senior member

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    She wants a dog so badly she doesn't care what size it is.
     
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    Teger Senior member

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    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).
     
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    Philip Senior member

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    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.
     
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    Rambo Senior member

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    Didn't Kunk just get one of these mutts?
     
  10. JLibourel

    JLibourel Senior member

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    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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    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.
     
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  14. bmf895

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    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.
     
  15. mcbrown

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    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.
     
  16. NorCal

    NorCal Senior member

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    This is not always such a bad thing.
     
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    The thing is . . The so-called cross breeders charge ($$$$) the same price if not more than what purebred dogs go for. But you're not getting any of the benefits of a purebred dog with 100s of years of selective breeding to prevent genetic diseases and to establish good temperaments.

    Why risk the $$$$ when you have no idea what kind of dog you'll end up with? With a purebred from a good breeder, they'll be able to tell you about the kind of temperament and/or any health problems associated with their line. The cross-breeder wouldn't be able to accurately do that.
     
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  18. NorCal

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    Well, I have a purebred so I'm not opposed but many purebreds are very inbred due to closed registries (among other things) which can lead to those very genetic problems you hope to avoid.

    Anyway, I'm not going to get into this.

    HS, 'doodles are OK, pretty goofy in my experience and all over the place as far as size and looks. Just go look at dogs and do a bit of reading. When it comes time to buy or adopt, think about talking to Lefty or Jan as they are both really knowledgeable and would likely know or know of breeders in your area.
     
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  19. mcbrown

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    This is horrible advice. Purebred dogs - even from so-called "good" breeders - have a terrible track record of genetic abnormalities, congenital diseases, shortened lifespans and overall poor health. This is common sense stuff: the smaller the gene pool the less robust and the more prone to genetic defects. The healthiest dog you can get is the good old-fashioned mutt.

    See:
    http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/story?id=7055788&page=1
    http://www.dogbiz.com/dogbiz-genetic-disease-guide.html
    http://www.dogandcathealth.info/purebreddogs/bbreedhome.html
    http://www.petmd.com/dog/care/evr_dg_purebred_dogs_complications

    As for "$$$$", why spend "$$$$" on a fancy breed whose grandfather is also its uncle, when you can get a great non-inbred mutt for next to nothing from a shelter?
     
  20. Rambo

    Rambo Senior member

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    Well, there's no guarantee he'll be healthy either, but +1 to this.
     

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