From the Labradoodle Trust: Very important information for those considering adding a labradoodle or goldendoodle to their families.


Things To Consider BEFORE You Get a Doodle


Doodles have received so much positive press and many people believe they are the perfect dogs. While they make wonderful companions, they are not for everyone.

These are some important considerations before you add a doodle to your family:

  • If you want a golden retriever or a labrador that does not shed, DON'T GET A DOODLE. Most doodles shed to some degree and those that do not, do not look like either of these parent dogs.
  • If you are just not a poodle person, DON'T GET A DOODLE. All doodles have poodle in them and if the word poodle makes you cringe, then do not get a doodle.
  • If you are allergic to dogs, DON'T GET A DOODLE. Doodles go through coat changes and even if you are not allergic to your doodle's puppy coat, you may be allergic to his adult coat. Doodles are often deemed hypoallergenic by the media, but for most, this is not the case.
  • If you want a clean dog, DON'T GET A DOODLE. Many doodles love water, mud and rolling in smelly things. Their coats can be like Velcro and will collect twigs, dirt, burrs, leaves etc.
  • If you want a low-energy dog, DON'T GET A DOODLE. Most doodles require at least 30 - 60 minutes of real exercise a day. Simply letting your doodle out in the backyard is not exercise. There are plenty of low-energy dog breeds that would be a better fit if you arem't overly active.
  • If you can't devote time and money into training, DON'T GET A DOODLE. Doodles are intelligent and want to please you, but they are not born with manners.
  • If you want an independent dog, DON'T GET A DOODLE. Doodles thrive on human companionship and most are Velcro dogs. They need your attention and will demand it.
  • If you want the perfect dog, DON'T GET A DOODLE. There is no such thing as a perfect dog, and just like other breeds, doodles can have a wide variety of temperaments and health issues.
  • If you want a low-maintenance dog, DON'T GET A DOODLE. The look that attracts so many would-be doodle owners requires a lot of time & money; there is major grooming involved.
  • If you want a dog 'for the kids', DON'T GET A DOODLE. Doodles need lots of time on a daily basis, keeping their minds stimulated and reinforcing their behaviours. Kids won't keep that commitment.
  • If you want a small to medium sized dog, DON'T GET A DOODLE. The average sized doodle is about 30 kilos but they can be up to 45 kilos!

If you are still interested in a doodle, that's great! But keep in mind that some of the re-conceived notions touted by the media that have made doodles so popular are also reasons why so many of these dogs are abandoned by their owners. A doodle can be a wonderful dog and will provide you with unconditional love but you must consider if this is the right type of dog for you.

Please do not break your Doodle's heart.


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Karen - So very true - Every point!  Anyone interested in a Doodle should read, and then read again, then sign!

I read this to my DH last night and we laughed as we could point to either one or both of our doods as we went through each item on the list. 

I just wish I could get it posted on the main page, so all the people who are seeking doodles because they have allergies or for their kids could read it.

Thanks for posting this.  Doodles can be the perfect dog for you, but they don't come that way.  I know that we were really blindsided by Ned's grooming needs.  Our breeder didn't lie to us when she said he needed brushing a few times a week, we misinterpreted how much time each grooming took and that Ned's coat would mat. And though we were experienced dog owners (of other breeds), we thought brushing was a few minutes of lightly going over the surface of the coat or thorough brushing seasonally!

We also had not done our homework on activity levels for doodles.  Luckily for us, our doodles - compared to our Springer Spaniel - are low energy. This could have been a disaster because the whole reason we weren't getting another Springer was the energy misfit for our more senior lifestyle.

You bring up a good point, Nancy. Springers are also part of the Sporting Group of dogs, as are Goldens and Labs, (and Poodles used to be, lol), and the Sporting breeds have the highest exercise requirements of any of the 7 groups, including the Working Group. Many people believe that the size of the dog dictates the energy level, but this is simply not true.A 40 lb spaniel needs way more vigorous exercise than a 180 lb Newfoundland.

So for people who have lived with Sporting dogs, doodles' exercise requirements may seem relatively easy to accomodate, but for a first-time dog owner, or someone who has lived with other kinds of dogs, it might be overwhelming.

Or for people like us who are slowing down.  Now that I know how high energy most doodles are, I realize that we were very lucky that ours match our lifestyle.

Very true. I got lucky with JD as well. The level of exercise a large retriever needs was one of the main reasons I hesitated before adopting him. Our saving grace is that he loves to retrieve and will do it forever. It doesn't take much effort to sit in a chair and throw a ball, lol, especially when the dog not only brings it back to you every time, but also places it in your lap. I can't even think of how I would have been able to run him on a daily basis if it wasn't for that, or if I didn't have a fenced yard.


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