As you could probably guess, standard Goldendoodles are created by crossing a Golden Retriever with a Poodle—a standard-sized Poodle, in this case. That winning combination was an effort by Golden Retriever breeders to give their dogs a hypoallergenic coat (golden retrievers are notorious shedders).
The standard Goldendoodle is the largest variety of these hybrid pooches, and one of the most popular.
The “standard” in standard Goldendoodle refers to their size, which can vary by a lot between different types of doodles. For standards, you’ll typically see heights of 21-24 inches at the wither, or shoulders. Adult standard Goldendoodles usually weigh between 45 and 75 pounds.
One important thing to note is that Goldendoodles shouldn’t show significant variance in temperament or appearance between sizes. That means a standard Goldendoodle should have the same intelligence and fun-loving personality as the tiniest micro doodle (as long as you’re using a reputable breeder).
If you’re asking yourself which size Goldendoodle to buy, one of the most important things to consider is how much exercise you can provide your new furry friend.
Standard doodles can get pretty darn big, and a 90-pound dog is going to have a tough time adapting to life in an apartment unless you can get him or her tons of daily exercise outdoors.
Exercise isn’t just about keeping your pup physically fit, either—without ample physical exertion, your Goldendoodle will start to get frustrated and may exhibit negative behaviors.
That’s why we only recommend full-size Doodles to families with large homes, a big yard, and who are just as active as our dogs. If you own a smaller home or can only manage a daily walk with your new dog, a smaller type of Goldendoodle might be a better fit.
Another important consideration is whether you suffer from allergies or not. While Goldendoodles were bred to be great for allergy sufferers, Doodles are NOT 100% hypoallergenic. People with major allergic reactions to animals should consider a multigenerational Australian Labradoodle instead, which are totally hypoallergenic.
Picking the best Goldendoodle is more than just choosing your favorite color—it’s an important decision that should take into account the size of your family, your home, and your lifestyle. If you need help finding the perfect Doodle pup, get in touch with us right away. We’re ready to help!
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