At Petland Naperville today I watched what is called a Designer Dog: a Goldendoodle. I was somewhat familiar with this breed, since one of my friends has one, and that dog is as friendly as can be. I wasn't sure if that's how all Goldendoodles act, so I would speak with a Pet Counselor about them. She told me that the Goldendoodle is a breed all its own. I found out that they are a mix of Golden Retriever and Poodle, and have been around since only 1992! They were first developed to create a guide dog for visually impaired individuals with allergies.
The Goldendoodle is a great breed. They have inherited possibly the best traits of their parents. They are easily trainable. They are very affectionate dogs. They love people---both adults and children. They are generally a very healthy pet, although they can be prone to hip dysplasia since both of their parent-breeds can have that problem.
Because of their longer ears, Goldendoodles are prone to ear infections. While not the end of the world, this may require ear medicine. If your dog starts shaking its head a lot or scratching its ears you might need a trip to the vet. To help prevent infections, you must really dry a Goldendoodle's ears well after bath time. Goldendoodles sometimes have eye problems. My Pet Counselor told me that routine vet checkups are a good idea to nip any problems in the bud.
Goldendoodles are energetic dogs. They like to run around and should probably be in a home with a fenced yard. This makes them great pets for families with kids!
Overall, I really enjoyed my time with the Goldendoodle. I love the fact that it is incredibly soft and hairy, loyal, and good with people. I absolutely love that they can come in many color combinations. I recommend the Goldendoodle to anyone with a family, and I'm sure you can find beautiful examples of this breed at Petland Naperville.