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Goldendoodle: Why You Shouldn’t Get One

The Goldendoodle is arguable the most popular type of doodle. 

If you don’t believe me just go to any dog park.  Chances are you will find more Goldendoodles than any other doodle type there.

The main reason for this is the combination of high intelligence that comes from both the Poodle and Golden Retriever breeds and the friendly, laidback attitude they get from the golden.

These two traits combine to make these dogs wonderful companions and easy to train.  

In fact most doodle owners agree that the Golden doodle makes a great family dog.  But that doesn’t mean these dogs are for everyone.  

The Goldendoodle: 10 Reasons You Shouldn't Get One -Title Picture with cream colored Goldendoodle

Sadly, there has been an increase in the number of Goldendoodles that are being rehomed once people realize they were not the right fit for their lifestyle.

So before you go out and get one, join us as we go over 10 reasons why a Goldendoodle is not the right dog for you.

10 Reasons You Shouldn’t Get A Goldendoodle

Goldendoodle: 10 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Get One Goldendoodle sitting in grass

As wonderful as these dogs are, they aren’t for everyone. Here’s why!

1. High Energy

Goldendoodles are intelligent, high energy dogs. Their energy level comes from both the Poodle and Golden Retriever sides of the family. 

Both of these purebred dogs were developed to spend time in the fields or water chasing down their owners catch. This required a lot of energy and stamina on the part of the dogs.

Nowadays Goldendoodles are companion dogs but they still have close to the same amount of energy that was bred into the parent breeds years ago.

This energy needs to be burned off every day. This in turn means they require a lot of exercise and also mental stimulation

Without adequate exercise and mental stimulation they will begin to develop bad habits or decide to entertain themselves in ways you generally would not approve. 

They may start to rummage through the garbage, bark at people or chew on a shoe. 

If you have a family that can play with the dog for a few hours a day, or go for long walks.

Or if you are an active person that has the ability to take your dog with you when you run, hike or socialize then a Goldendoodle may be a good match. 

But if your family is too busy to pay attention to a dog or if you need to leave the dog home alone for long periods of time a Goldendoodle is not the right dog for you. 

Our Story

Our Golden Retriever once decided to entertain himself by chewing on my husband’s work boot when we weren’t home. He was an adult rescue dog so we knew teething was not the issue.

What Charlie needed was more time outside socializing. So we increased his time at the park.

He never chewed on another thing. But not everyone has the time to spend an hour a day at the park.  

2. High Maintenance Dogs

There’s a common belief that doodles are low maintenance. I believe this stems from two main traits.

One is that they do not shed as much as a Golden Retriever and two that they are easy to train.

While both of these things are true, that does not equal a low maintenance dog.

The time that you will save by not having to vacuum up their fur will instead is tripled by the time you need to brush and comb them.

Having lived with a Golden I fully understand how much they can shed, especially when they change over their coats. Plus their hair gets everywhere including your clothes.

But whether or not you have a dog that sheds a lot you still need to vacuum on occasion.

Also doodles with long wavy hair need to be brushed and line combed nightly.

If you don’t keep up with the daily brushing that long, wavy or curly hair quickly becomes matted.

Plus they require extra care when taking them out on raining days. The wet conditions can quickly turn a mat free pup into a matted mess after just one short walk in the rain.

You can cut down on the daily maintenance by keeping their fur short but then you also lose the fluffy look and feel so many people want.

Plus keeping their fur short means frequent trips to the groomer or learning how to groom them yourself. Both of these things bring us to the next point. Doodles can be expensive to own.

Goldendoodle head

3. Goldendoodles are Expensive

Due to the high demand for these dogs Goldendoodles cost more to buy from a breeder than either a Poodle or Golden Retriever. Plus they will cost you more in yearly upkeep costs than a Golden.

Although all dogs require food and trips to the vet to keep them happy and healthy, Goldendoodles also require expensive professional grooming.

You will also need to buy special brushes and combs to maintain their fur in between grooming sessions.

Of course it depends on where you live and how big your Goldendoodle gets, but a trip to the groomer can easily cost between $65 to over $100. That doesn’t include a tip.

Did I mention that they need to be groomed every 6 to 8 weeks.

If you add that up for a year it will cost you at least $600. That is on top of food, toys, chews and vet bills.

You can keep the cost down by making sure they are not matted and by choosing a smaller dog like the mini Goldendoodle.

If you are looking for a mini doodle you may want to also check out the mini Berendoodle, Cockapoo and Cavapoo

You can take also choose to groom them yourself but the initial cost of equipment is around $1,000. That’s almost two years of professional grooming cost.

When we decided to get a doodle we planned to groom her ourselves, but after attempting to groom her a few times during the pandemic we decided it was too much work. Plus she looked awful.

There is a lot of patience and skill needed to groom a dog.

4. The Unknown

Lots of people including myself refer to Goldendoodles as a breed. That’s because there are breeders out there who are working towards that goal.

But due to the Goldendoodle’s popularity there are a lot of people who are breeding them just to make a quick buck.

These breeders put little though into the health or future traits of the offspring. This leads to the unknown.

You could end up with a wonderful, easily trained pup or you could end up with a dog that has lots of issues.

One of the biggest issues with the unknown is shedding. Many breeders I have come across claim that Goldendoodles do not shed.

However we know that is not possible, because every animal with hair will shed old hair to grow new hair, even humans. But doodles do tend to shed a lot less than their non-poodle counterparts.

Where the issue comes in is when a doodle sheds a lot and the person wanted a non-shedding dog.

For some people shedding is a deal breaker. If you are one of these people you are much better off getting a purebred dog that is known for low-shedding rather than take your chance on a mix breed.

Another unknow with the Goldendoodle is their fur color. While most Goldendoodles are in the light red to blond colors sometimes they can be Black or Brown.

Of course just like with a non-poodle mix dog, you can brush them daily to keep the shedding to a minimum.

Golden doodle puppy

5. Requires a lot of Social Interaction

As I mentioned above, Poodles and Golden Retrievers were both originally developed to work closely with their people in the fields of Scotland, Germany and France.

You can still see their desire to be with people and to please people in today’s dogs.

These traits make the Goldendoodle both highly sociable and a great family dog. That is if you are able to spend the time to provide them with the attention they desire.

However if you work long hours and need to leave your pup home alone, they will most likely become bored and depressed.

This can then lead to bad behaviors including destroying stuff in the home and suffering from separation anxiety.

6. Separation Anxiety

Due to their highly sociable traits Goldendoodles are prone to suffer from separation anxiety when left alone. These are not the types of dogs that can be left alone for long periods of time.

They need to be around people most of the time. Again they are a great family dog when the family is around but can be a big headache for an active family that is always on the move, unless of course you can take them with you.

When we had our Golden we took him with us everywhere we went on the weekends. He loved to meet people and go to new places.

Most Goldendoodles inherit that same friendliness and need to be with people.

Of course there are times that you simply can’t take them along. But those times should be the exception rather than the norm.

Sending them to doggy day care can help with the separation anxiety, but that can become expensive.

7. Allergies

Doodles are often billed as hypoallergenic. Technically this is true.

But we need to keep in mind that hypoallergenic means that they are less likely to cause an allergic reaction.

It does not guarantee that a person will not be allergic to the dog. While many people with pet allergies, including myself, are able to live with a doodle without suffering daily allergy symptoms not all people are the same and not all Goldendoodles have the same type of fur.

It’s important to note that pet allergies are caused by a protein that resides in a pet’s dander, saliva and urine. Pet dander is released into the air when a dog sheds a hair.

So for dogs that shed less often there is less pet dander in the air to cause allergies, but you can still be allergic to their saliva. Also since not all poodle mixes are low shed you could end up with a dog that sheds a lot.

Doodle playing

8. Can be Mouthy

As I mentioned already both the Poodle and Golden are retriever type breeds. This means they are trained to use their mouth to do their job.

While both tend to have a “soft mouth” they also have a tendency to use their mouths to communicate.

It’s not uncommon for a Goldendoodle to grab a person by the arm or tug on clothes to get their attention. Our doodle used to do this when she was still a puppy.

While they mean no harm it can be scary for someone that does not know about this trait.

This is particularly a problem when young kids are around young Goldendoodles that have not learned the proper way to use their mouths.

Just for the record Goldendoodles and Golden can be taught not use their mouth on a person.

9. The Goldendoodle is Not a Guard Dog

If you are looking for a guard dog to keep watch over your home, Goldendoodles are not the right dog for the job.

Just like the Golden, Goldendoodles are extremely friendly. They would rather welcome a stranger into their home rather than try to keep them out.

10. Prone to Certain Medical Issues

Although Goldendoodles are billed as being healthier than purebred dogs due to “hybrid vigor” this is not always the case.

Since both the Poodle and Golden share some of the same health issues; like Hip Dysplasia and gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV) complex commonly known as bloat there is a potential that they can still suffer from these common health conditions.

If you really want a dog with hybrid vigor you should pick a doodle whose parents do not share the same health concerns.

Who is Best Suited to Live with a Goldendoodle?

  • Someone who is looking for a full time companion that will want to be by their side night and day.
  • A person that is looking for a friendly easy going pup whose silly antics can bring a smile to your heart.
  • Someone that doesn’t mind the daily brushing. In fact the daily brushing can be very relaxing and a great way to bond with your pup.
  • Someone who lives an active lifestyle and can bring their pup along.
  • And someone who doesn’t mind a little fur lying around.
  • Personally I think getting a doodle was a great choice for us, but they are not for everyone.

If you are not sure if a Goldendoodle is right for you, take a moment to learn about the Newfiedoodle and the Bernedoodle.

Or if you are trying to decide between a Goldendoodle vs Labradoodle, Check out our post on which is better.

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R James

Tuesday 28th of December 2021

My daughter has a Goldendoodle that matches your criteria and theirs. Sadly, it is not disciplined in the basic behavior patterns I expect in any dog. Indeed there are fewer bad dogs than bad owners and while her family have the best intentions, spoiling a dog is a bad owner trait. I owned a standard Poodle for some years, a fine black dog abandoned by its owner. It was my Staffordshire Bull Terrier’s best bud. I saw it’s intelligence and agility in my daughter’s Goldendoodle. BTW, the Staffordshire was not short on intelligence or agility. To see him romp with the Poodle was a sight to behold, almost a competition to see who could “ out agile” who. By all means get a Goldendoodle if you meet the criteria. And whilst showing it affection and love, do not treat it as a human being but a part of your family with a place it can thrive in. It can be destructive for any dog to deny it the simple discipline it benefits from and thus making ownership a lot easier.

Jacquelyn

Friday 26th of November 2021

Very informative! May look at another breed.

Bonnie

Sunday 28th of November 2021

Hi,

Thank you! Just remember no dog will be perfect.

Good luck on your search,

Bonnie

Robert Burdick

Friday 26th of November 2021

A lot of the reasons to NOT get a Goldendoodle are the very reasons I (we) DID get a Goldendoodle. Our Goldendoodle (Lucy) is an F1B, so she is 75% Poodle and 25% Golden Retriever. Her coat is essentially non-shedding, and I am used to daily brushing from my last dog, who was an unknown mix of breeds (we rescued him), and our Goldendoodle's coat is almost identical to his (God rest his soul). I was looking for a dog that shared many of the traits that our rescue dog had, and our Goldendoodle is very similar to him in many ways:

1) Allergies - Our rescue dog (Suru) didn't shed, but required regular brushing and grooming. I have allergies to dogs, and dogs that have extremely minimal shedding are perfect for me. After many allergy shots, I was finally able to have a dog in the home, but I do require dogs that are low shedding, and our F1B Lucy fits the bill perfectly! I am very used to brushing and grooming, and my best friends daughter is a trained dog groomer, so that saves big time on grooming expenses. I also have all of the brushes, trimmers, etc. from my rescue dog Suru, so that cost is eliminated.

2) High energy - I love long hikes, and I love it even more when I have man's best friend to share this with. I also love spending time playing with dogs, as do my kids, so this is a non-issue.

3) Separation Anxiety - Been there done that. Our Goldendoodle is still a pup, but she is being trained to view her kennel as a SAFE ZONE! This is very important to helping prevent separation anxiety. Plus we are training her to not fear being alone. It is working extremely well. There are times I have been a way for several hours, and when I come home I basically have to coax her out of her kennel. My rescue dog had hopeless separation anxiety. It wasn't that big of a deal though. I don't see how this would be a deal breaker for a pet owner? It didn't cause him to do anything but whine when we got home. Get them used to being in a kennel when you are away as a pup and it should be very much avoidedable. Our rescue dog was 3 when we got him and that ship had sailed.

4) Requires lots of social interaction - This is the last worry I have in my house. We have two teenagers who absolutely LOVE spending time with our pup, as do my wife and I. She will never have to worry about a lack of devotion from my family. Plus I work in IT, and I work from home, so I have lots of time during the day to keep her (Lucy) company.

5) Not a guard dog - I own firearms. Nuff said!

6) Prone to medical conditions - There are many breeds that are way prone to more medical issues. All dogs can have medical issues. Our rescue dog (he was a mutt) became diabetic around 8-9 years of age. It had nothing to do with weight; he was at his ideal weight. It was just something that he developed. Who knows? But we worked through it. This required daily insulin, as dogs ONLY get type 1 diabetes, and it was a nightmare to manage his blood sugar. I pray to God that little Lucy will have a long and healthy life. This really is a crap shoot. Good diet, excersize, regular vet visits, and love is all you can do here. The rest is out of our hands.

Training and love is the best medicine for behavioral issues. Be calm, assertive, fulfill their needs and they WILL respect you. I couldn't be happier with our Goldendoodle. She is exactly what my family needed!

Robert Burdick

Sunday 28th of November 2021

@Bonnie,

Definitely. I think you post was very informative, and should be a good warning for people that aren't very active, or don't have the time to spend with a higher energy dog. Although I believe all dogs should have regular walks and interaction. Otherwise, why bother getting a dog?

One very positive thing about this designer breed is they both come from very intelligent breeds, so training has been a treat. Lucy picks things up sooo fast. Teaching her to sit, for example, took about 2 days.

Bonnie

Sunday 28th of November 2021

Hi,

Thank you for your comment. It looks like the Goldendoodle was the perfect dog for your family. They are great dogs for the right family.

Bonnie