Goldendoodles of whatever generation are usually friends of everyone and strangers to no one, which makes them an ideal choice as a family dog. Due to their affable, outgoing personalities, Goldendoodles also make excellent companions for people with disabilities. They are cheerful, trustworthy, gentle, affectionate, smart and highly trainable animals that have a keen desire to please. When properly socialized, Goldendoodles get along famously with kids, strangers and other companion animals. They don’t have a particularly strong prey drive and can be quite compatible with cats and smaller dogs, when introduced in a good way. These are social dogs that thrive in the presence of people and crumble if they are not given enough time, attention and affection. Like any dog, Goldendoodles can get into mischief and develop behavioral problems if they are left alone for long periods of time. Goldendoodles require a moderate amount of exercise and can live happily in urban or rural environments. This is a “breed-in-progress,” whose temperament and other traits should become more consistent and predictable as time goes on.
The Goldendoodle is an active, highly energetic dog suitable for all types of athletic activities, such as flyball, agility, hide-and-seek, fetch-and-retrieve and other outdoor canine sports. Even though its original ancestors, the Golden Retriever and Standard Poodle, were bred as hunting dogs, the Goldendoodle has not been bred or widely used for that purpose. These dogs need a big, safely enclosed area in which to romp and run around. They also benefit from daily walks. Many Goldendoodles are instinctively attracted to water and love to swim. Running, swimming, playing, walking or otherwise romping for several hours a day will keep a Goldendoodle mentally and physically fit.
Most Goldendoodles are smart and easy to train. They are eager, willing learners that respond best to positive reinforcement and gentleness. Harsh, loud corrections or training by punishment are not helpful when working with these (or most other) dogs. Socialization and training should start while the dog is still a puppy and continue throughout its life. A well-socialized, well-trained Goldendoodle is a happy Goldendoodle and a wonderful companion.
Because it is such a young “breed,” the behavioral traits of the Goldendoodle are not yet well-characterized. Certainly, if left unattended in a crate or elsewhere for long periods of time, a Goldendoodle will become bored and lonely, and may become depressed and destructive. Dogs bought from puppy mills or backyard breeders who have no regard for the health, disposition and overall consistency of the “breed” may have serious temperament and behavioral problems, such as aggression, fear-biting, timidity, separation anxiety, digging, destroying furniture and excessive barking, among others. People who are considering acquiring a Goldendoodle need to be sure that their lifestyle and schedule will permit them to spend lots of time with their new companion, so that behavioral problems can be prevented or at least nipped in the bud. They also should be sure to get their Goldendoodle from a reputable breeder. With these few thoughts in mind, the Goldendoodle is an excellent choice for someone who wants a mid-sized, fluffy, cheerful canine companion that is not too high-maintenance but still is energetic enough to share an active lifestyle.