Groodle

A complete breed guide for Groodle Dogs

18 NOVEMBER 2022

This article is written by Pet Circle's qualified veterinarian, Dr Lacey Kelly BVSc (Hons)

If you haven't yet heard of a Groodle you may have been living under a rock for the past 5years. This breed has shot to incredible levels of popularity recently and is now an extremely trendy breed in Australia. Having first been breed by crossing a Golden Retriever with a Poodle in 1969 they were quickly popularised by breeding programs due to their fun-loving, happy personalities and low-shedding coats. They are intelligent and gentle and make wonderful family pets for those with and without allergies.

Contents:
Groodle Facts
History
Personality
Best Toys for Groodles
Best food for Groodles
Health Concerns
Related Breeds
Further reading

Groodle Facts

     

Breed size:

Place of origin:

Other names:

Large

North America

Goldendoodles, golden poos, curly goldens

Breed group:

Energy level:

Weight range:

Crossbreed ‘oodle’

High

15-45kg
(depends on parentage:
Miniature Vs Standard)

Life expectancy:

Tendency to bark:

Height range:

12-15 years

Medium

Miniature: 35-48cm,
Standard: 50-70cm at shoulder

Drool factor:

Ease of Training:

Coat type:

Low

Easy

Medium length and can be either fleece (textured with a soft curl) or wool (dense and appears like spiralling wool)

Shedding factor:

Overall grooming needs:

Colours:

Low

Regular brushing and clipping as their coat can easily become matted

Cream, Apricot, Gold, Caramel, Ruby, Red, Chocolate, Black

How big do Groodles get?

Due to the varying sizes of Poodles, a Groodle’s adult weight can be anywhere from 15-45kg. Their height also varies from 35-70cm at the shoulder. The best way to tell how big your puppy will grow is to take a look at their parents - in general, puppies will grow to be approximately the average weight of their parents.

Do Groodles shed?

Groodles are frequently advertised as a non-shedding breed however that isn't entirely accurate. They do shed far less hair and dander than other breeds but you should still expect to experience some degree of shedding at various times of the year.

It is important to remember that your Groodle pup may have a higher shedding coat if their Golden Retriever genes are stronger than their Poodle genes. Their degree of shedding will also vary with their coat type (short vs long, curly vs straight). If a non-shedding coat is important to you then a purebred Poodle may be a better choice.

It is recommended that your Groodle be brushed regularly and taken to a groomer every 6-8weeks to avoid painful matting.

How long do Groodles live?

The life expectancy of a Groodle ranges from 12-15 years. Generally, the larger the breed, the lower the life expectancy. So Standard Groodles will have a life expectancy closer to 12 years, while Miniature Groodles will be closer to 15 years. As with any breed, they will live much longer if you take good care of them, never let them become overweight, and keep their teeth in top condition!

How do I choose a Groodle breeder?

It is important to choose a puppy from a reputable breeder who actively aims to improve the health of the breed by selectively breeding healthy traits and good temperaments. This dog is going to be in your life for the next decade at least so you want to put time into researching a reputable breeder. Never purchase a puppy without inspecting the breeder's premises, seeing their dogs, and asking the 10 Breeder Checklist Questions first. Good breeders socialise their animals, house them humanely and allow you to inspect their premises. Read our Guide to Finding a Good Breeder for more tips.

How much does a Groodle cost in Australia?

Groodle pups in Australia generally cost from $3000-$5000. Of course, as with any breed, it is cheaper to adopt an adult dog from a rescue.

Are Groodles good pets?

Groodles are sociable, fun-loving dogs full of love and affection making them wonderful family pets. It is important to remember that their high intelligence teamed with their high energy levels means they require daily activity and mental stimulation.

Despite their 'golden' personalities and stunning beauty they are prone to a number of different medical conditions so pet insurance is strongly recommended! They will also require regular grooming to keep that beautiful coat looking it's best.

As with any breed, proper socialisation is essential to ensure your dog forms positive associations from a young age. Always supervise interactions between children and dogs and give your dog some space if they seem fearful or stressed.

Do Groodles bark much?

Groodles aren't usually big barkers and aren’t known for excessive barking without reason. With that in mind, if your Groodle is barking there is usually a reason for it; excitement, play, anxiety, fear, boredom.

As with any dog, they can be trained not to bark incessantly with proper training and exercise. To reduce your Groodle’s barking, ensure you train with positive reinforcement from a young age and reduce problem behaviours before they begin!

How much exercise do Groodles need?

Groodles are an active and outgoing breed that benefit from at least an hour of moderate exercise every day. A brisk 30 minute walk twice a day, and a frolic at the dog park will help to keep this intelligent breed from going stir crazy. Remember Groodles need to exercise their brain, not just their body. These smart cookies will be looking for interaction and intellectual challenges throughout their day so be sure to provide lots of interactive puzzle toys to keep their brain's ticking.

Groodle History

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Groodles have been in existence since the 1960s when they were bred to be a suitable dog for visually impaired people with allergies. It was actually Monica Dickens (great granddaughter of Charles Dickens) who first crossed the two breeds in 1969 as an alternative to the popular Labradoodle. It was later in the 1990s when the breed gained popularity from designer breeders in Australia and the United states. Groodles have continued to gain immense popularity for their goofy, affectionate personalities and low shedding.

You may also hear Groodles referred to as Goldendoodles, golden poos or curly goldens. No matter what name they go by these loyal and highly intelligent beauties will have you wrapped around their little paw in no time.

Groodle Personality

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Groodles are highly intelligent, bubbly dogs with a sunny disposition, making them excellent family pets. They are very sociable and love to hang with their human and animal friends as much as possible. They do require lots of exercise and with their Golden Retriever genetics, most absolutely adore a good splash in the pool or beach.

Take a look at our selection of training treats and interactive toys to keep your Groodle's mind enriched and entertained. Also make sure to check out our article on Swimming Safety before heading to the water with your Groodle.

Best Toys for Groodles

Groodles are intelligent, energetic balls of fluff that have an affinity for water, having inherited both the Golden Retriever and Poodle love of water. Many hours will be spent fetching floating water toys from the beach or pool. These furry sweethearts can also be destructive chewers, so it is a good idea to keep a stockpile of durable toys on hand.

AFP Chill Out Sprinkler Mat

Connecting right up to your garden house this sprinkler mat sprays multiple jets of water up to one metre into the sky. Your Groodle will love jumping for the water jets and splashing around on the mat..

KONG Aqua

With a rope for easy throwing and retrieval this durable floating fetch toy will give your Groodle hours of fun and exercise, in and out of the water.

Zippypaws Interactive Puzzle Donut Slider

Keep your dog's mind active with this donut slider puzzle game. Fill the hidden compartments with treats or kibble and watch as your Groodle works through the exciting challenge to get to their delicious treats.

Petsafe Chilly Penguin Freezer Dog Toy

Fill the centre of this dishwasher safe chilly penguin with broth, yoghurt, or wet food and freeze for a delicious frozen treat that is sure to keep your Groodle occupied. The round base wobbles giving your pup a little extra challenge.

Can't decide? Why not let us choose for you with the Curious Box? Each Curious Box contains a selection of two to three engaging toys ( and treats!) Even better, the theme changes every 6 weeks, making it the perfect way to keep your pet's supply of toys and treats fresh, fun, and varied!

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Groodle Puppies

When bringing a Groodle pup into your home, it is important to have a few things in order.

Food: Groodle puppies should eat a premium quality food formulated for their expected adult size such as Advance Medium Puppy or Hills Large Breed Puppy until they are 12-18months of age.

Behaviour: Groodle puppies have beautiful personalities, but they do like to chew and destroy things, just like any puppy! Puppy proofing your house is essential. Remove any easy-to-reach toxins or electrical cords, and provide plenty of toys! For more information on puppy behaviour, take a look at our Puppy Training Guide.

Worming: Groodle puppies need to be wormed fortnightly from the age of 2-12 weeks, and then once per month after this. In Australia, Groodle puppies also require heartworm protection. You may wish to get a heartworm injection yearly at your vet, or you can simply give a monthly treatment such as Nexgard Spectra, Simparica Trio, or Credelio Plus.

For more helpful information on worming, training, socialisation, and nutrition, consult our veterinary-written Complete New Puppy Guide.

What To Feed A Groodle Puppy

Groodle puppies need to eat a premium diet that is nutritionally formulated to meet AAFCO Guidelines until they are fully grown (12 months for miniature Groodles and 18 months of standard Groodles).

Raw diets for Groodles? Raw diets are not suitable or safe for Groodle puppies due to the risk of bacterial contamination, which can lead to food poisoning and upset their sensitive tummies. Plus, an unbalanced diet can lead to nutritional deficiencies. Read more about Raw Diets: The Risks and Benefits.

Best Food For Miniature Groodle Puppies

The following diets are suitable for Miniature Groodle puppies that fall into the medium breed category (adult weight between 10-25kg). The best way to tell how big your puppy will grow is to take a look at their parents - in general, puppies will be approximately the average weight of their parents.

Advance Puppy Oodles

This super premium Australian product is formulated to accommodate the specific needs of both small and large 'oodles'.

Royal Canin Medium Puppy

This premium dry food is tailor made to support your pup's healthy development.

Eukanuba Medium Puppy

A complete and balanced dry food diet that contains beet pulp and prebiotic fibres for healthy digestion.

Taste of the Wild High Prairie Venison

Containing highly digestible protein in the form of pasture-fed and pasture-raise bison and venison, this diet is highly palatable, with a smaller kibble size to suit puppy mouths.



Best Food for Standard Groodle Puppies

The following diets are suitable for Standard Groodle puppies that fall into the large breed category (adult weight over 25 kg).

Pro Plan Puppy Large Breed

A premium diet fortified with colostrum for enhanced immunity and protection from common intestinal upsets, as well as a combination of key nutrients to support healthy joints.

Royal Canin Maxi Puppy

Royal Canin Maxi Puppy has an optimal energy content to support your large breed puppy through their long growth period, as well as balanced levels of calcium and phosphorus to promote healthy bone and joint development.

Hills Science Puppy Large Breed

This premium diet has optimal levels of calcium, phosphorus, and energy for controlled bone growth for large and giant breed puppies.

Advance Large Puppy

A specialised blend tailored to improve your puppy's health and wellbeing by promoting strong joints and a healthy immune system.

Best Food for adult Groodles

Although there are no specific feeding requirements for an adult Groodle, it is very important that you feed a suitable premium diet. Their diet needs to be age-appropriate and meet all of their daily nutritional and energy demands. Most premium brands including Hills Science Diet, Royal Canin, or Advance are suitable. These scientifically formulated diets also contain balanced levels of protein, fat and carbohydrate plus vitamins, minerals and antioxidants for health and wellbeing.

Seeing as Groodles can inherit genetic diseases from Golden Retrievers or Poodles , it may be advisable to feed a breed specific diet. Royal Canin Golden Retriever Adult contains taurine and omega 3 to support healthy cardiac function and has an adapted calorie content to reduce obesity. Advance Adult Large Oodles has added green lipped mussel powder to support healthy joints.

Golden Retriever Adult

With kibble specially designed to slow your dog's rate of eating, this premium quality food contains nutrition tailored to the specific requirements of adult Golden Retrievers.

Advance Adult Small Oodles

This super premium Australian made dry food is infused with vitamin E to support a healthy immune system, as well as taurine and arginine for improved cardiac function.

Royal Canin Maxi Adult

An excellent quality dry food formulated with a scientifically proven combination of green tea polyphenols, hydrolysed collagen, and chondroitin for joint health. It is also formulated with moderate energy levels to help safeguard against weight gain.

Ziwi Peak Air Dried Chicken

Formulated with 96% premium New Zealand free-range chicken, organs, bones and 3% New Zealand green mussels this naturally air-dried food is an excellent natural choice for your Groodle.

Groodle Health Concerns

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Despite being a hybrid breed, the Groodle is prone to a number of health conditions inherited from both the Golden Retriever and the Poodle.

Allergies

Both food and environmental allergies are common in Groodles, particularly in Australia. Atopic dermatitis is a generalised allergy caused by things in the environment such as pollen, dustmites or grasses. It usually results in itching, hairloss and red, inflamed skin. Often affected dogs may lick their paws excessively and have recurrent ear infections. Food allergies, on the other hand, may present as recurrent gastrointestinal upset or itchy skin.

Management involves a multimodal approach and close coordination with your dog's veterinarian to reduce or eliminate allergens from the environment or diet if possible, rigorous parasite prevention, and in some cases desensitisation and medication.

Hip Dysplasia

Hip dysplasia is the abnormal growth and development of the hips. A healthy hip joint operates as a smooth gliding 'ball and socket' joint. Hips that are dysplastic typically have a flattening of the 'socket', resulting in a shallow joint that the 'ball' cannot sit in securely. This leads to instability of the joint; causing pain, inflammation, and the development of osteoarthritis.

The condition is primarily genetic in origin with varying degrees of disease seen between dogs due to a combination of factors such as body weight, exercise, nutrition, and hormonal factors. Rapid growth due to incorrect diet can worsen the dysplasia of the hip joint in affected puppies making correct nutrition so vital at this important stage of growth and development.

To learn more, check out our article on Hip Dysplasia

Elbow Dysplasia

Elbow dysplasia effects the elbow joint and is common amongst large breed dogs. This heritable condition occurs due to differing rates of bone development in the elbow. It leads to signs of pain and lameness developing in one or both front limbs at around 4 to 10 months of age, with arthritis appearing and worsening with age.

As a heritable condition, all good Groodle breeders should use hip and elbow scoring to screen their breeding dogs and bitches to help prevent the condition being passed down to their pups. It's worth noting that while hip and elbow screening of the parents reduces the risk a puppy will have hip or elbow dysplasia, it doesn't remove the risk completely.

Von Willebrand's Disease

Von Willebrand's disease is the most commonly inherited bleeding disorder of dogs. It is characterised by a defect in the clotting factor called Von Willebrand's factor. This factor usually acts as the glue to hold platelets together to form a clot in order to stop bleeding. Dogs with this faulty clotting factor may appear quite normal until they experience prolonged or excessive bleeding after an injury or surgery. In more severe cases spontaneous bleeding can occur without any history of trauma. If you are considering getting a new puppy, read our vet article on how to find a good breeder to compile your full checklist of questions to ask, including those about genetic disease.

Addisons Disease

Addison's Disease, or Hypoadrenocorticism, is a disease caused by a decrease in hormone production by the adrenal glands. The hormones cortisol and aldosterone usually act to regulate a number of the body's normal functions, such as maintaining electrolyte and mineral balance. Without this careful balance in place there is a profound effect on the body; negatively impacting the kidneys, heart, gastrointestinal tract, immune system, and liver. Without correct diagnosis and treatment Addison's Disease can become life threatening. The good news is, although not curable, once diagnosed it can be treated and easily managed long-term.

Best supplements for Groodles

Due to their high propensity for developing joint conditions, joint supplements are beneficial for all Groodles, especially standard Groodles. Joint supplements contain Omega fatty acids for their anti-inflammatory properties, as well as other ingredients like green lipped mussel, glucosamine, and chondroitin. You can find joint supplements in an array of forms so there is an option for even the fussiest pup.

4Cyte

A premium quality, vet recommended joint supplement containing green lipped mussel and epitalis to help support joint health and ease the symptoms of arthritis.

Rose Hip Vital Canine For Dogs Rose Hip Vital Canine For Dogs

100% natural and plant based, this supplement powder has been clinically tested to reduce joint inflammation.

Sasha's Flexibites

Sasha's Blend powder and chews contain green lipped mussel, abalone and marine cartilage which are rich in omega 3 fatty acids and glycosaminoglycans to support joint health.

Glyde Joint Powder

Available as powder or tasty chews, Glyde contains glucosamine, chondroitin and green lipped mussel to support joint health and mobility.

Related Breeds

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Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever is a beautiful and much-loved dog breed, known for their intelligence and loving personality. It is no wonder that in 2022 Aussies searched Google for Golden Retrievers more than any other dog breed.

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Poodle

Originally bred as a water retrieval dog over 400 years ago, the poodle is now known as one of the smartest dog breeds worldwide. With their lower fur and dander shedding, poodles are now being bred with many other dog breeds to form 'oodle' crossbreeds for pet parents with allergies.

Labrador Retriever

The Labrador is closely related to the Golden Retriever and therefore the Groodle. A favoured breed in many countries worldwide, Labradors are a family favourite and are also often used as service dogs. While Groodles sport a golden coat, Labradors may be golden, white, black, or chocolate brown.

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Further Reading

New Puppy Guide

Premium Pet Food: Is it Worth it?

Preventative or Restorative Pet Care

The Benefits of a Slow Feeding Bowl

Arthritis in Dogs