A New Breed
In the early 1990′s, breeders in Australia and N. America began the process of crossing standard poodles with the golden retriever lines. This was originally an attempt to develop guide dogs that would be suitable for visually impaired individuals who also suffered from pet allergies.
A Goldendoodle can be referred to as a Designer Dog, Goldie Poos, Golden Poos, and Groodles. These terms can be traced back to the late 20th century phenomenon of crossing purebred poodles with other purebred breeds in an attempt to produce offspring with a non-shedding coat along with other desirable characteristics from the other lines such gentle temperament.
Goldendoodles from the early generations had a large diversity in coat types. Some of the curlier coated puppies grew up to be low allergy, while others started out low allergy but by 8 months had shed their coats, which was replaced by a coat that was not low allergy.
Some puppies grew up to look like Golden Retrievers with a thinner coat, and others looked similar to a Labrador.
Doodles are sociable, friendly, non aggressive, and extremely intuitive. Their intelligence and high trainability make them well suited for guide dogs, therapy dogs, and other assistance dogs.
Their non allergic coats make them popular among people who have not been able to enjoy pets because of their allergies. This new breed is bound to become even more popular as more people learn about the lovable Labradoodles, Goldendoodles or our new Sheepadoodles!
The Doodle is a unique and fascinating dog which was first bred in Australia. Its early origins trace back to a gentleman called Don Evans, although credit is usually given to the Guide Dog Associations – due to the media coverage gained at that time as the search for a low allergy Guide Dog led to the breeding of Doodles.
The Goldendoodle quickly became popular as a beautiful, intelligent, loving, smart dog that they truly are!
There were only three puppies in the first litter; only one of which didn’t bother the husband’s allergies. The other two puppies also lived useful lives, one as a Remedial Dog, and the other as a Guide Dog.
There was a waiting list of people wanting to puppy walk Guide Dogs, but when these new cross breeds needed homes no one wanted to take them in. Wally knew it was important that these puppies socialize with a family, so he aired a story on Channel 9 in Melbourne about “the new breed of Guide Dog.” In the show he first coined the word “Labradoodle.” Soon the phone rang incessantly with people wanting to puppy walk the amazing new “breed” of Guide Dogs.