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In order to for you to get to know the Goldendoodle -- we must first tell you about the Golden Retriever and the Poodle!

 

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Golden Retriever

Standard and Miniature Poodle

History:


One of the best documented and most fortuitous efforts to produce a breed resulted in the golden retriever. The man responsible for the breed was Lord Tweedmouth, who lived just north of the Scottish border along the Tweed River. With an increasing interest in retrieving dogs in the mid-1800s, a dog that could push through heavy vegetation, brave cold water, swim strongly and retrieve gently was in demand. Lord Tweedmouth bred Nous, a yellow wavy-coated retriever (a descendant of the small Newfoundland and the earlier Labrador breeds used by fisherman) to Belle, a Tweed water spaniel (a popular liver-colored retriever with tightly curled coat). They produced four puppies, which showed promise of being outstanding upland bird dogs. Subsequent judicious crosses were made with other black retrievers, Tweed spaniels, setters and even a bloodhound. The breed was first considered to be a yellow variety of flat-coated retrievers, but was recognized as a separate breed, the yellow or golden retriever, in 1912. A few of these dogs had come to America by way of Lord Tweedmouth's sons by 1900, but the AKC did not register them as a separate breed until 1927. The breed was valued for the hunting abilities so ably produced by the careful blending of foundation stock. It only later became popular as a pet, show dog and obedience competitor. After it made the transition, however, its rise to the height of popularity was meteoric, and it remains one of the most popular of all breeds in America.


Overview:


The golden retriever is an athletic, strong dog, capable of carrying heavy game over land and water. For this, it needs a broad, powerful head with strong neck and well-developed fore- and hindquarters. It is just slightly longer than tall. The gait is smooth, powerful and ground-covering. The water-repellant coat is dense, with the outer coat straight or wavy. 

Everybody's friend, the golden retriever is known for its devoted and obedient nature as a family companion. It is an apt sporting retriever as well and yearns for a day in the field. Ignoring its active nature and powerful physique can lead to behavior problems, and it needs daily physical and mental exercise. It tends to be overly exuberant and boisterous, and its enthusiasm for everything often distracts it during training; however, it is eager to please and enjoys learning. The golden's achievements in competitive obedience are remarkable. It especially enjoys games that involve retrieving and loves to carry items in its mouth.


AREA OF ORIGIN: England

DATE OF ORIGIN1800s

ORIGINAL FUNCTION: retrieving

TODAY'S FUNCTION: family dog, retrieving, assistance/therapy,

obedience competition, retriever field trials


AVERAGE SIZE OF MALE: Height: 23-24 Weight: 65-75

AVERAGE SIZE OF FEMALE: Height: 21.5-22.5 Weight: 55-65


OTHER NAME: yellow retriever


Golden Retiever

Energy level: Medium energy

Exercise needs: Medium

Playfullness: Very playful

Affection level: Very affectionate

Friendliness toward other dogs: Very friendly

Friendliness toward other pets: Very friendly

Friendliness toward strangers: Very friendly

Ease of training: Easy to train

Watchdog ability: Medium

Protection ability: Not very protective

Grooming needs: Moderate maintenance

Cold tolerance: Medium tolerance

Heat tolerance: Medium tolerance

History:

Although the poodle is most often identified with France, its earliest ancestors were probably curly-coated dogs from central Asia that assisted with herding and followed many routes into various parts of Europe. Interwoven in their ancestry are also several rough-coated water dogs. Perhaps the earliest incarnation of the poodle was the barbet, a curly-coated dog distributed in France, Russia, Hungary and elsewhere. It is the German version, however, that exerted most influence on the modern poodle. In fact, the word poodle comes from the German word pfudel, meaning "puddle" or "to splash," probably reflecting the dog's water abilities. In France, it was known as caniche or chien canard, both referring to its duck-hunting abilities. Thus, from herding and water roots the poodle became a talented water-hunting companion. The poodle was also drawn into service as a military dog, guide dog, guard dog, wagon puller for performers and, eventually, as a circus performer. Its coat was shorn close to facilitate swimming, but left slightly longer on the chest for warmth in cold water. Although some believe the puffs of hair around the leg joints and tail tip were for protection when hunting, compelling evidence suggests that they arose as decoration during the poodle's performing days. The poodle found favor as an elegant companion for fashionable ladies. It became favored by French aristocracy and eventually became the national dog of France. Its characteristic clip was accentuated, and a successful effort was made to perfect the smaller specimens. Poodles entered the show ring in the late 1800s. Some of the early show poodles were shown in corded coats, in which the hair is allowed to mat in long thin tresses rather than be brushed out. While eye-catching, the upkeep was difficult and the trend died out by the early 1900s, being replaced by the bouffant styles still in vogue. At the same time poodle popularity in America waned, so that by the late 1920s, poodles had almost died out in North America. In the 1930s, the breed staged a comeback that eventually placed it as the all-time most popular dog in America.

Overview:

The poodle is a square-proportioned dog with proud carriage and elegant appearance. It should move with a light, springy, effortless stride. The poodle stems from working retriever stock, and its conformation should reflect its athletic background. The coat is curly, harsh and dense; if corded, it should hang in tight even cords. The traditional clips stem from functional and decorative tradition; acceptable clips for show purposes are the puppy (for puppies only), English saddle, Continental and (for some nonregular classes only) sporting. 

Among the very smartest and most obedient of dogs, the standard poodle combines playful exuberance with a zest for life's adventures. It retains its hunting heritage and loves to run, swim and retrieve. It gets along well with everyone, although it is somewhat reserved with strangers. It is excellent with children.

AREA OF ORIGIN: Germany and Central Europe

DATE OF ORIGIN: 1500s

ORIGINAL FUNCTION: water retrieving, performer

TODAY'S FUNCTION: companion, gun dog, water dog


Standard Poodle:

AVERAGE SIZE OF MALE: Height: 15-21 Weight: 45-65

AVERAGE SIZE OF FEMALE: Height: 15-21 Weight: 45-65


Miniature Poodle:

AVERAGE SIZE OF MALE: Height: 10-15 Weight: 12-18

AVERAGE SIZE OF FEMALE: Height: 10-15 Weight: 12-18


OTHER NAME: Barbone, Caniche

Standard/Mini Poodle

Energy level: High energy

Exercise needs: Medium

Playfullness: Very playful

Affection level: Very affectionate

Friendliness toward other dogs: Very friendly

Friendliness toward other pets: Friendly

Friendliness toward strangers: Very friendly

Ease of training: Easy to train

Watchdog ability: High

Protection ability: Not very protective

Grooming needs: High maintenance

Cold tolerance: Medium tolerance

Heat tolerance: Medium tolerance