A Goldendoodle’s Owner Guide!

Hello there! I am going to wind the product review posts down a little bit because I want to also share another part of this blog which is going to be advice for pet owners. I specifically dedicated this post to Goldendoodles, because Genevieve is one! Having a Goldendoodle has been a blessing, but there are also health issues and concerns that I researched which runs commonly between this beautiful breed!

A Goldendoodle, if you didn’t already know, is a mix of a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. Genevieve is 3/4 Poodle and 1/4 Golden Retriever. She is also a second generation (b2).

Genevieve joined our family because one of our family members is highly allergic to everything, and we were informed that Goldendoodles are great for people with allergies. This breed isn’t typically found in shelters, since they are hypoallergenic and desired by many people.

The reason why Goldendoodles are great for people with allergies is because they don’t shed very much. It’s great, because it keeps the house clean! I’m not saying Genevieve does not shed; She has her moments. But she sheds a lot less than some people’s dogs I know.

Goldendoodles are known for experiencing hip dysplasia in their senior years. Genevieve is eight years old and is considered a senior dog. Genevieve has not had any problems with this yet, knock on wood, but if you ever see your Goldendoodle limping, you should definitely make sure that this is not relating to their hip!

Also, did you know that Goldendoodles can commonly be allergic to chicken? What? Well, Genevieve had a major health scare a year ago, where she was staring at walls and couldn’t stand up. Her sight had been compromised. We went to the vet, and they didn’t know what was going on. After a lot of tests and research, we learned that in fact, it had been caused by chicken! She got a middle-ear infection from it on both ears, and it caused her to lose her balance and some other functions. It took her a whole month   to recover fully. Make sure you know your dog’s limits! Try to stay away from chicken if you are a Goldendoodle owner, (unless you know for 100% that your dog is not allergic).

Grooming is difficult, but make sure you brush your dog out (especially around the ears), weekly or even daily to avoid tangles. If you don’t do this, the next time you go to the groomers, they will shave the hair very close to the skin because they don’t want to deal with tangled dog hair! It’s also a good idea to keep ear wipes on hand to avoid infection since Goldendoodles have floppy ears. We use the Earth Bath brand.

Keep grooming scissors on hand for the face. We always trim around Genevieve’s eyes every once in a while so that we can see them. This may apply to a lot  of other breeds!

Thanks for reading! I hope this informed you more about your pet! A lot of these facts can apply to breeds similar to the Goldendoodle. If you want another one of these kinds of guides, you can request it in the comments. You can in fact request any blog post in the comments, and I’ll be sure to write something up!image

Goldendoodles are great! (Featuring my Goldendoodle, Genevieve, in last year’s snow!)

Thanks for reading!

Till’ next time!

Elizabeth Prater

 

 

 

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