Are you currently looking into adopting a black Goldendoodle? Then this is the article for you. 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. If you saw a Golden Retriever, you know how long, silky, and straight their coat is. This straight coat variation will be rarely seen, as most black Goldendoodles inherit the curly coat of their Poodle parent.
- Wavy coat, which is a combination of both sides, the curly poodle and the straight Golden Retriever. So the coat of your pup will be neither curly nor straight. This is pretty rare as well, even though different people have different views on how a curly coat should look.
- Curly coats, which means that they have mainly inherited the Poodle genes. The demand for this combination coat is pretty high, as they are not only beautiful but also hypoallergenic dogs. Instead of fur, they have curly dog hair, which sheds only rarely. So if you are sensitive to dog fur, this is the black Goldendoodle puppy you want to get.
You can never be sure which coat type 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 their parent breeds, but they usually have a shaggy coat. The grooming requirements will also significantly differ on the type of coat your dog inherits.
You should also know that it’s possible for their black coat color to change over time, in some cases, it can turn into a really dark brown color. You can often see this phenomenon in other black animals as well. The color change is especially common during the summer months.
The 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.
One thing we should probably warn you about is that these dogs are prone to separation anxiety. They love to be around their family members, and it’s incredibly difficult for them when they aren’t. So if you decide to get a Goldendoodle, and you aren’t at home for the majority of your day, definitely consider hiring a dog nanny or at least a dog walker. Dogs who suffer from separation anxiety often act destructively when left alone for long periods and can bake and destroy furniture or other belongings.
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.
Goldendoodles also come in other colors, like cream, red, and apricot being the most popular ones. However, these red-based colors come from their Golden Retriever parent. Now, which color your dog will be, depends 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.
The thing about dog color genes is that the color of the fur is controlled by more than one gene. It’s a group of genes that work together to determine color. In addition, the world of canine genetics is constantly changing as new genes are discovered during the sequencing process. To acquire a black Goldendoodle, you must breed a Golden Retriever with a poodle that has the necessary DNA to produce black puppies. A poodle can have the gene without being black because black is a recessive gene. There won’t be many dark doodles in the first generation of doodles. But there will be significantly more in the second generation.
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.
Most Doodles do, however, inherit the curly coat of their Poodle parents. However, that does not mean that you can’t develop allergies. While the chances of you being allergic to their shedding coat are pretty low, you can still develop an allergy to your dog’s saliva. So if you are an allergy sufferer, it would be best to discuss with your doctor which allergens exactly you are sensitive to. Only then can you confidently decide which dog you should or should not get.
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 shedding, many people who normally cannot have a therapy dog due to allergies can get a golden doodle and cope well with it.
But if you are interested to get a Goldendoodle as a service dog, know that you will almost certainly need the help of professional dog trainers. As intelligent as these dogs are, they still require a knowledgeable person to train them. But we really can’t think of many other dog breeds that would be a better fit than a Goldendoodle for such an important position in your life. So paying a dog trainer will be more than worth it.
Health issues & lifespan
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. However, it will also be up to you to make sure your dog is living a healthy lifestyle. This includes a healthy and nutrient-rich diet, and regular exercise.
Now, when it comes to health, it’s a bit hard to state all the typical diseases of a mixed breed. 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 generally speaking, and if you buy from a reputable breeder, a cross breed should be more healthy than their purebred parents.
That doesn’t mean that hybrid dogs can’t get sick. Unfortunately, they can, especially the ones brought up by puppy mills and backyard breeders. That’s because these organizations don’t have your dogs best interests at heart. The good news is that the black Golden Doodle is arguably one of the healthier examples of hybrid dogs. Some possible health conditions these dogs can face are:
- Hip dysplasia
- Patellar luxation
- Sebaceous adenitis
- Subvalvular aortic stenosis
- Addison’s disease
- Progressive retinal atrophy
Final thoughts: Is the black Goldendoodle right for me?
Now that you’ve learned the basics of Black Goldendoodles, you should consider whether this is the correct breed for you. Let’s say you’re willing to provide for a dog’s basic needs, such as exercise, regular grooming, food, and correct training. If that’s the case, you’ll simply need to add a few more things to the mix to qualify as a good dog owner, such as extra exercise and space. If you’re not careful, the Black Goldendoodle can be a handful, but then again, what dog breed isn’t? Give it enough love and address its fundamental requirements, and any dog, including Black Goldendoodles, will be the appropriate fit for you.
In addition to that, you will have a rare and beautiful dog next to you. And he won’t even be a problem for people who are sensitive to dog hair. That’s because these dogs are considered to be hypoallergenic. However, don’t be surprised if your dog starts having more of a reddish-brown color in the summer months, as it’s not unusual for these pups to change color. The change won’t be dramatic, however, you will definitely be able to see it.
If you are the proud owner of a black Goldendoodle puppy, leave us a brief description of your experience in the comments. We would love to hear your side of the story and what you have to say about this crossbreed. But for now, we believe that they would be a great fit as a family dog for many loving families out there. Especially for people who work from home, or spend a lot of time at home in general. Because these dogs will adore spending time with you.