The Goldendoodle is a cross between two large, intelligent dogs – the Golden Retriever and the Poodle. As a result, they make friendly, people-pleasing family companions.
Goldendoodles are such popular family dogs because they mix the Golden Retriever’s friendly, amiable temperament with the smart, alert temperament of the Poodle. Goldendoodles are so social that they don’t make effective guard dogs. They’re exuberant dogs who will need help directing their energy and remembering their size, but they can become gentle and tolerant playmates for children. Goldendoodles are friendly to everyone they meet, but they can be overwhelmingly enthusiastic around small children or other dogs.
Goldendoodles have wavy or curly coats that should be about two or three inches long. The texture is usually a mix of the flat retriever coat and the curly poodle coat, which produces a soft wave. Their hair is longer along the tail, body and ears, and along the back of the legs, where it can be slightly feathered like a Golden Retriever. Goldendoodles are found with black, copper, white, apricot and of course, golden, hues in their coats.
Because Goldendoodles are such personable family pets, it would be easy to forget that they require some extensive care to stay well groomed. They have very thick coats that need to be brushed, washed and dried. Many owners choose to clip their Goldendoodles to keep them tidy about once every other month. Although they are considered light shedders, if their coats are not maintained through routine brushing or clipping, they can start to lose the hair on their own.
No aspect of home dog grooming requires as much time and regular devotion as brushing. Routine brushing keeps your pet’s hair clean and tangle-free, while keeping his skin healthy by stimulating blood flow, removing dead hair and distributing natural oils.
Dogs with curly or wavy coats are very susceptible to mats and tangles and require daily or every-other-day brushing. It's why they are categorized from moderate to high on the coat maintenance scale. The use of a slicker brush is necessary to remove tangles. When encountering stubborn mats or tangles, use liquid detangler or baby oil, gently massaged into the trouble spot. Remember to gently brush your dog without excessive pulling. And don't forget to brush the tail and feet. A light mist of detangling spray after brushing helps remove loose fur and leaves the dog with a great shine.
With preparation, perseverance and a positive attitude, bathing can become a fun and fulfilling part of the regular grooming cycle, while helping your dog avoid many diseases and infections.
The general rule of thumb for dog bathing is every three months but breeds with curly and wavy hair should be done more frequently, usually in the six-to-eight week range. The coat should end up fresh smelling, shiny, with no loose or shedding hair. First give the dog a good brushing to remove dead hair and mats. Place a rubber mat in the tub to provide secure footing and fill the tub with three to four inches of lukewarm water. Use a spray hose, pitcher or unbreakable cup to wet the dog, taking caution to avoid getting water in the eyes, ears and nose. Massage in pet shampoo, saving the head for last. Immediately rinse thoroughly, starting with the head to prevent soap from dripping into the eyes. Towel dry.
Many owners choose to clip Goldendoodles about every 6 weeks. Although this isn’t absolutely necessary, clipping or trimming does help the coat stay healthy and odor-free, and keeps shedding to a minimum.
Many dog owners are apprehensive about trimming their dog’s nails because they are nervous about cutting into the quick. But with the right conditioning and careful cutting, nail clipping can be a simple, stress-free activity for you and your dog.
Provide your dog with plenty of positive reinforcement and even treats to help associate nail clipping with a positive experience. As you start to clip, gently press on your dog’s paws to help him become accustomed to the feeling of having his nails clipped. Then, work gradually, shaving down just a thin portion of the nail at first to make sure you don’t reach the quick. Clip one nail, reward your dog with a treat, and stop to give him some positive reinforcement before moving on. Gradually increase the number of nails you clip in one sitting to help your dog get used to the process. Never trim extremely long nails down to a short nail in one sitting, because this is an excellent way to accidently quick the dog’s nail. Instead, work gradually, shaving small portions of your dog’s nails off each time.
You can tell if you’re getting close to the quick by the texture of your dog’s nail. The nail is hard closer to the surface and becomes softer as you get closer to the quick. If your dog’s nail starts to feel softer, that’s a good indication that you’re getting close to the quick.
Not all breeds and coat styles require routine trimming in and around the eyes and ears but all should undergo regular inspection and cleaning around these sensitive areas. Doing so will help prevent the development of infections that could seriously damage these amazing organs.
It is always important to routinely clean your dog's eyes and ears, and examine for potential infections. Curly and wavy coated dogs have large, sensitive ears covered in hair that need to be checked weekly for infection and cleaned with a cotton ball. Gently wipe a cotton ball moistened with mineral oil, olive oil or witch hazel in your dog's ear, being careful to avoid the ear canal. Never use a Q-Tip, which could cause damage to the inner ear if your dog suddenly shakes or jerks his head. Bushy hair growth within the ear can be thinned with tweezers or blunt scissors. Use a small trimmer to trim excess hair around the eyes, ears and face. Poodles are prone to developing tear stains around the eyes, so clean around their eyes with a cotton ball or soft cloth and use a small trimmer to trim excess hair around their eyes.
Many owners do not realize how important it is to brush your pet’s teeth on a regular basis. Some dogs are prone to dental problems and sensitive teeth, especially small dogs with tiny teeth and dogs with special diets. These problems can be easily combatted with frequent brushing.
Cavities are rare with dogs but gum disease caused by tartar buildup is not, which is why they require regular brushing with toothpaste and a toothbrush formulated specifically for dogs. While daily brushing is ideal, doing so on a weekly basis will be a big help in avoiding the need to bring your dog to a veterinarian for a cleaning, which usually has to be done under sedation.