The Goldendoodle, which also has been called a Golden Poo, Goldie Poo or Groodle, is a fairly new “breed” that has been developed in North America and Australia largely as a result of the skyrocketing popularity of its Labradoodle cousin. A first-generation Goldendoodle is a hybrid of a Golden Retriever and a Standard Poodle. While Labradoodles were bred to be guide dogs for vision-impaired people with dog-sensitive allergies, Goldendoodles have been bred primarily to be family pets, although they can also make terrific service dogs. Goldendoodles are wonderful additions to almost any home. They usually have the kind, friendly, trainable, people-oriented disposition of their Golden Retriever ancestors, blended with the natural intelligence and low-shedding coat of the Poodle. First-generation Goldendoodles are highly variable in appearance and coat. Multi-generation Goldendoodles - whose parents both are Goldendoodles - are much more consistent in type. If well socialized from puppyhood, Goldendoodles usually are great with children, adults, strangers and other pets.