The Goldendoodle is a designer breed. That means that this is a cross between two different breeds: the Golden Retriever and the Standard Poodle. The first Goldendoodle was created in 1969 when a lady, Monica Dickens, decided to combine the best characteristics of both Golden Retrievers and the Poodles. The poodle is known for being a lot of fun, energetic, and highly intelligent. But in addition to all that, their best trait may be their hypoallergenic coat. The Golden Retriever is also very intelligent, loyal, sweet, and generally speaking a gentle dog. The Goldendoodle breed only became popular in the 1990s, but since then it has become a popular pet in many households. The Goldendoodle is available in several different colors, with the two main colors being tan/gold and black. If you have ever seen a black Goldendoodle, then you know how beautiful they are.
However, in this article, we will talk about some facts that you probably did not know about the black Goldendoodle. So if you want to learn more about this beautiful dog, then keep on reading!
Black Goldendoodle – Coat types
Golden doodles can come in a variety of types of coats. There are typically three, and they include:
- Straight coat, which would be a dog that comes more after the Golden Retriever side of the family.
- Wavy coat, which is a combination of both sides, the curly poodle and the straight Golden Retriever.
- Curly coats, which means that they have mainly inherited the Poodle genes.
You can never be sure which fur they will get or what the length and tightness of their curls will be, as you do not know how much they will resemble each one of his parent breeds, but they usually have a shaggy coat.
You should also know that it’s possible for their coat to change color over time, in some cases it can turn into a really dark brown color.
Temperament of the black Goldendoodle
Although both types of dogs, the Golden Retriever, and the Poodles, have good predispositions by nature, it is difficult to determine what kind of personality your puppy will have when he grows up. Part of the temperament is determined by which type the parents have and which side your puppy resembles the most. It also depends on how you raise your puppy. If you educate him in such a way that he is obedient and he is well socialized, you will have a happier, better adapted and satisfied dog.
Breeders should not try to guarantee anything about the temperament of your black Goldendoodle and how it will be as an adult. But they should be able to tell you what kind of temperament the two parents have, and you should be able to see the parents judge for yourself whether they seem to be good, well-behaved, friendly, and gentle dogs.
The black comes from the Poodle side
If you choose a black Goldendoodle from any of the Goldendoodle generations, the color comes from the puppy’s poodle parents. Whether they are male or female. Black poodles can help create a variety of colors in Goldendoodle puppies. They are the ones responsible for puppies that have black, chocolate, gray and silver colors in the Goldendoodle. Now, which color your dog will be, depend on the intensity of the genes they inherit from their parents. If the gene pool of the poodle is intense and dominant, it will produce more of the poodle-side colors. If the gene pool of the Golden Retriever is the dominant gene side, a litter can produce more sand-colored, red, and cream-colored puppies.
Don’t confuse the Black Goldendoodle with Poodles
When people see a black Goldendoodle, they often confuse him with a poodle. That’s because the coat of these puppies looks so much like the coat of their Poodle parent. This is especially true if the coat is on the wavy to curly side. If the dog has rather inherited the smooth fur of the retriever, the resemblance isn’t as apparent. In those cases, people may have a hard time recognizing the breed of your pup.
Is the black Goldendoodle hypoallergenic?
We all know that Poodles have an allergy-friendly coat. This is why breeders cross them with other breeds. This is the characteristic that many breeders aspire to get when combining breeds with the poodle. But, this is not a guarantee that the crossbreed will be hypoallergenic too. This depends on the gene pool and how dominant the two sides of the genes are. Whether the puppies inherit more from the poodle side or from the retriever side. Either way, to keep up with their shedding coat you will have to implement weekly brushing.
They are amazing therapy and service dogs
Goldendoodles are great family animals. They are great with other pets, children, and the elderly. If they are properly trained, these dogs are among the best dogs that fit into pretty much every kind of family and lifestyle. Due to all the good qualities that unite the two breeds in a Goldendoodle, Goldendoodles are often used as therapy dogs and guide dogs. And since they have little to no hair, many people who normally cannot have a therapy dog due to allergies can get a golden doodle and cope well with it.
The life expectancy of a Goldendoodle can vary a little depending on the lineage and size. If the parent breeds are fit and healthy dogs, the Goldendoodle can live up to 15 years.
Now, when it comes to health, it’s a bit hard to state all the typical diseases with designer dogs. Frequently occurring hereditary diseases from the parent breeds as well as new health problems can arise due to the combination of two completely different breeds.
But, the good news is that the Goldendoodle is arguably one of the healthier examples of hybrid dogs. Some possible health problems these dogs can face are:
- hip dysplasia
- a skin disease called sebaceous adenitis
- a heart condition called subvalvular aortic stenosis
- Addison’s disease
- progressive retinal atrophy