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Groodle | breed profile

While the appearance of the Groodle can vary from dog to dog due to being a cross, they classically have a look of a giant puppy as they maintain their soft appearance but can grow up to 37kg and 61cm.

Introduction

The Groodle is a crossbreed of a Golden Retriever and Poodle, combining two incredibly loyal and intelligent breeds together. This cross was apparently first created by the great-granddaughter of writer Charles Dickens in 1969, but the Poodle crosses really took off in the 1990’s.

Appearance and Personality

There isn’t a breed standard for the Groodle so there can be some variation in appearance from dog to dog, but typically they have a long wavy coat that may or may not shed. Either way they will need regular brushing at home and frequent trips to the groomers for clipping to keep them looking their best. Colours include tan, brown, black, and cream.  The size of the Groodle is largely dependent on the size of the Poodle parent, with miniature Poodles producing smaller offspring than standard Poodles. Plan for a medium to large dog when fully grown that may be up to 37kg and 61cm height. Their life expectancy is around 10-14 years.

Friendly, energetic, and intelligent, the Goldendoodle would be well suited in an active household. The larger individuals will probably be dogs that would be better suited to larger properties than apartment life, particularly given their enjoyment of play and activity! The smaller varieties may be better placed for life as apartment dwellers if they have plenty of exercise, company, and toys. Bored pups can become destructive and vocal if they don’t have enough space and attention to keep them occupied. With athletic parentage, many Groodles would be well suited to agility and other sports, and generally enjoy activities like swimming and fetching. Socialising your puppy from an early age means getting them used to other dogs, animals, people, and different environments. This helps them grow up to be well adjusted adults. Overall, the Groodle would be well suited to an active household with lots of time for play and exercise.

Common Health Concerns

Close observation and care of the coat and skin is very important for the Groodle as they are susceptible to skin allergies and infections. They generally have floppy ears with hairy ear canals, so regular ear cleaning is a necessary part of caring for a Groodle to help prevent ear problems. Monitoring how much they scratch their body and ears, or lick at their feet is very important to keeping them healthy and comfortable.

The five most common reasons for a Groodle to visit the vet (excluding routine care visits) according to PetSure data (from 2020) include:

RankConditionAverage cost for single treatment
(average pet insurance claim amount)
Highest cost for single treatment (highest pet insurance claim seen for this condition)
1Ear infections$166$3,377
2Gastrointestinal tract disease (gastritis, gastroenteritis, Canine Haemorrhagic Gastroenteritis, Giardiasis)$333$6,241
3Skin disease (allergic skin disease, pruritus, pyoderma, pododermatitis)$189$154
4Traumatic injury (skin wound, grass seed abscess, claw injury, bone fracture)$367$5,487
5Eye disease (conjunctivitis, corneal ulceration)$137$2,387

Disclaimer: Reimbursement for these claims would be subject to limits, such as annual benefit limits or sub-limits, benefit percentage, applicable waiting periods and any applicable excess. Cover is subject to the policy terms and conditions. You should consider the relevant Product Disclosure Statement or policy wording available from the relevant provider.

For the same period (2020 calendar year), the top five highest single vet treatments (or highest pet insurance claims) for Groodles from PetSure data were:

RankConditionHighest Cost of treatment for condition 
(average pet insurance claim amount)
1Adenocarcinoma$8,724
2Peritonitis$8,115
3Meningitis$7,967
4Foreign body ingestion$7,600
5Panniculitis$7,128

Disclaimer: Reimbursement for these claims would be subject to limits, such as annual benefit limits or sub-limits, benefit percentage, applicable waiting periods and any applicable excess. Cover is subject to the policy terms and conditions. You should consider the relevant Product Disclosure Statement or policy wording available from the relevant provider.

Most popular Groodle names according to PetSure 2020 data:

Most popular names

  1. Alfie
  2. Bailey
  3. Murphy
  4. Luna
  5. Teddy
  6. Archie
  7. Daisy
  8. Frankie
  9. Charlie
  10. Winston

Most popular female names 

  1. Luna
  2. Daisy
  3. Rosie
  4. Frankie
  5. Lola
  6. Maggie
  7. Molly
  8. Ruby
  9. Nala
  10. Willow

Most popular male names:

  1. Alfie
  2. Murphy
  3. Archie
  4. Teddy
  5. Bailey
  6. Winston
  7. Ollie
  8. Charlie
  9. Benji
  10. Bear

Did you know?

Celebrities who’ve fallen in love with Goldendoodles include Perez Hilton, Tiger Woods, and Hillary Scott.

References

  1. Dogtime.com, Goldendoodle accessed on 03/11/2020 available at: https://dogtime.com/dog-breeds/goldendoodle
  2. Clark, M, 2020, The Paws, 14 Celebrities Who Own Goldendoodles, accessed on 11/11/20 available at: https://www.thepaws.net/14-celebrities-who-own-goldendoodles/
  3. The Ultimate Groodle Dog Breed Guide, accessed on 19.08.21, available at https://www.coopsandcages.com.au/blog/groodle/.
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