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I'm a distance runner, 3-6 miles a run.  Are doodles good runners?  I understand like people they would have to learn to run and get in shape to run, but just like people not all dogs like to run.  I…Continue

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Clarksburg MD
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I think I want to rescure a goldendoodle, but have a grandson. Is the issue with doodles and kids when they are around each other all the time? Do all doodles have issues with little kids?
Do you currently own a dog? If not, have you owned dogs as an adult, with vet records in your own name (not parents' names)?
currently I have a 14 year old golden retreiver
If you are looking to adopt a doodle, why have you chosen this mix?
two of my last 3 goldens have had cancer and siezures, would like to decrease my chances of getting another dog with these problems. I love them toooo much to see it happen
Have you read our adoption policies, located under the "About DRC" tab?
Are you aware that many doodles are not allergy friendly and that many of them do shed?
Are you aware that we do not adopt to homes with children under 10, and that we do not adopt dogs for service work?
Are you now involved in Rescue? If so, how? Are you interested in volunteering with our rescue?

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At 10:31am on February 20, 2015, Karen and Jackdoodle said…

You have it exactly right, Eric. They're like any other dog. They need training, they need exercise, they need grooming, and since they are sporting breed mixes, they often need more of all of it than a lot of other breeds or mixes. "Not enough time" is frequently the reason listed on the rehome forms. 

Life spans vary depending on a lot of factors, but they are similar to the life expectancies for the parent breeds. Small Poodles live a lot longer than the larger Poodles, so when there is miniature Poodle in the mix as opposed to Standard Poodle, as is often the case, the dog usually has a longer life expectancy. I'd say the average is 12-14 years.

At 10:02am on February 20, 2015, Karen and Jackdoodle said…

Hi Eric, welcome to the DRC website.

The issues with doodles and kids are usually due to the children not being educated in how to behave around dogs, and the parents being inexperienced with dogs in general and also having unrealistic expectations about these types of dogs. The marketing often leads people to believe that they are like living stuffed animals, plus all the hype about their being "perfect family pets" and "great with kids" leads people who are inexperienced with dogs to believe that they just tolerate anything that kids dish out automatically, with no training on the part of either the dog or the kid. They're dogs just like any other kind of dog, and as such, there is a wide range of personalities and temperaments. Not all of them get the retriever temperaments, lol. Many of them are perfectly fine with little kids, but it always requires training of both kids and dogs.

Unfortunately, another myth about these mixes is that they are healthier than purebreds. This is untrue. They are subject to all of the same ailments and illnesses that run in the purebred Labs, Goldens, and Poodles. Many, many goldendoodles develop cancer; I personally have known at least a dozen doodles who have died from it at relatively young ages. 5 to 6 years old seems to be the average. Seizures, orthopedic issues, autoimmune issues, digestive issues, allergies, Addison's disease, we have seen all of these things and more in the doodles with roughly the same frequency as in purebreds. These issues are often why people give the dogs up in the first place.  


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