Fluffy, cute, and smart, the Goldendoodle is a dog that has won the hearts of many dog owners across the nation. Like other “designer breeds”, the first generation Goldendoodle (or Goldendoodle F1) is not exactly its own breed—instead, it’s a cross of a purebred Poodle and Golden Retriever. The second generation of Goldendoodles (also called […]
Fluffy, cute, and smart, the Goldendoodle is a dog that has won the hearts of many dog owners across the nation. Like other “designer breeds”, the first generation Goldendoodle (or Goldendoodle F1) is not exactly its own breed—instead, it’s a cross of a purebred Poodle and Golden Retriever. The second generation of Goldendoodles (also called Goldendoodle F2) share this mixed lineage but are sired by hybrid parents (as in two Goldendoodles). In any case, this cross is rapidly growing in popularity for a variety of reasons.
Along with being affectionate, the Goldendoodle 2nd Gen inherits the intelligence and low-shedding coat of their hybrid parents. If you’re convinced you want a Goldendoodle 2nd Gen in your life, here are a few things you must learn about this wonderful breed!
The first Goldendoodle breed was developed during the designer breed craze of the 1980s and 1990s. As breeders continued to breed their dogs for certain desired traits, the Goldendoodle F2 breed was born. Compared to other designer dogs, the Goldendoodle breed is still a young cross, so most of the litters today belong to the first generation (F1) breeds. Multi-generational breedings (F2, F3, etc.) are uncommon but many dog owners attest that anyone with a Goldendoodle 2nd Gen in their lives is incredibly lucky.
As with their first generation parents, the Goldendoodle 2nd Gen can range in sizes depending on its Poodle heritage. Most Goldendoodle 2nd Gen breeds come in various sizes such as miniature (13-20 inches in height), small standard (17-20 inches in height), and large standard (20-24 inches in height). Based on their height, Goldendoodles can weigh anywhere from 15 to 90 pounds.
The Goldendoodle 2nd Gen is loving, friendly, and extremely gentle with everyone they meet. This makes them a wonderful family companion, especially since they love being around people. Like their Poodle and Golden Retriever parents, the Goldendoodle 2nd Gen is endearing and loyal, which allows them to bond closely with their owners. They’re also highly intelligent—so training will be quite easy!
Goldendoodles have a mischievous and playful streak as well. Of course, like with all dogs, it’s important to socialize these dogs from the time they’re puppies. The earlier they learn the rules of the world, the better they’ll grow as well-rounded adult dogs. Because of their love of people and attention, the Goldendoodle 2nd Gen can suffer from separation anxiety so be sure to leave your furry friend with a companion before leaving home.
The Goldendoodle 2nd Gen can be an energetic dog but it does not need a lot of exercise to be happy. Just a daily walk or a fun playtime session in the backyard is enough. Because of their Poodle parentage, all generations of Goldendoodles love mentally stimulating exercises too! You can try playing puzzle or scavenger games to keep your Goldendoodle occupied. Another idea is to use Kong toys to challenge your Goldendoodle in using their brain to get their treats. Goldendoodles also love the water, whether it’s a pool, beach, or quick play with the water hose. We recommend taking your Goldendoodle for a swim. Make sure you bring dog essentials before heading to the pool or beach.
The Goldendoodle 2nd Gen inherits a beautiful wavy to curly coat from their Poodle heritage. The typical length is about 2 to 3 inches long; their hair tends to be the longest on their tail, ears, and body. Their coat color varies from black, brown, red, golden, and cream, though their coat tends to be golden color the most. One of the best traits of the Goldendoodle is their hypoallergenic coat. However, the Goldendoodle F2 has the non-shedding coat of all the Goldendoodle generations. This trait makes them perfect for owners with allergies to dogs. The Goldendoodle only needs a bath once a month or when they’re dirty. Too much bathing can strip away the natural oils that make their coat so beautiful and shiny.
Due to their high intelligence and eagerness to please, the Goldendoodle is easily trainable. Goldendoodles love treats and praises during training. They’ll do just about anything to claim their prize. Therefore, it’s important to use positive reinforcement to bring out your Goldendoodle’s confidence. You’ll be surprised at how many tricks and commands your Goldendoodle can follow with the right direction. Without positive rewards, Goldendoodles can become resentful and wary of training.
Sociable, intelligent, and low-shedding, the Goldendoodle 2nd Gen seems to be the perfect dog for families and single households alike. The Goldendoodle F2 inherits the best traits from their parent breeds, making them a delight to have in your home. This breed’s desire is to be your lifelong companion so you’ll always have a friend that you can count on! When you open your heart to a Goldendoodle, you’ll have a hard time finding a more loving friend.
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