Sweet natured personalities
Intelligent and easy to train
Very good therapy dogs
Tend to be good for people with allergies
Great with children
Very good Retrievers, just like their parent breeds!
Great hunting dogs
Good with other animals
Low to Non-shedding
Top 10 Most Intelligent Dogs by Registered Breeds*:
Understanding of new commands: less than 5 repetitions
Obey first command: 95% of the time or better
Australian Cattle Dog
According to petmd.com** The Top 10 dogs for kids by registered breeds are the following:
The Golden Retriever is part of the sporting group of dogs. It was bred as a water retriever, usually used for waterfowl hunting. It is one of the most popular breeds in the United States and Canada for family dogs. They are rated in the Top 5 for intelligence and Usually rated #1 for family friendly. They are very affectionate, eager to please and loyal dogs. Golden Retrievers love to play fetch and just goof around with its family. It is good both indoors and outdoors and adapts well to city life, even though it does enjoy running and playing a lot. It is one of the easiest breeds in the world to train and picks up commands very easily. The only downside to a Golden Retriever is they shed a lot. They come in white, gold and red. Golden Retrievers have an average lifespan of 10 to 13 years.
The poodle is originally a working retriever, usually used for waterfowl hunting. They are consistently rated to be one of the most intelligent dogs. Usually rated number 2 behind the Border Collie. They are very obedient, eager to please and quick learners. They are one of the most popular dogs in the world. They have gotten a reputation as a ‘fufu’ dog, or lap dog that celebrities carry around everywhere, but they are actually very intelligent, hard working dogs that love their owners. They make an excellent cross with the Labrador and Golden Retriever because both breeds are intended for the same purposes and same abilities. The Poodle has been used as a guide dog, military dog, circus performer, wagon puller and water-hunting companion. The traditional coat clip on a poodle actually had a practical purpose of keeping the dog protected in cold water around its chest and joints when hunting. The poodle comes in three sizes: Standard, Miniature and Toy. The Standard and Miniature tend to have similar personalities, with the toy taking on more ‘small dog characteristics’. Poodles come in all colors, including: white, cream, apricot, red, chocolate, black, brindle, sable, blue merle and chocolate merle with phantom, abstract or parti markings. Standard Poodles have an average lifespan of 10 to 13 years, Miniature Poodles have an average lifespan of 13 to 15 years.
The Goldendoodle is a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. It comes in three sizes: Standard, Miniature and Toy/Petite. They have all the different colors that Poodles come in. Goldendoodles have both the intelligence, trainability and friendliness. They make excellent family dogs because they combine the superior intelligence and affectionate personalities of both their parent breeds, with the hypoallergenic, non-shedding coats of the poodle. In a F1 (first generation - Poodle x Golden) cross the offspring are low to non-shedding and are suitable for people with mild allergies. In a F1b (backcross - Poodle x F1 Goldendoodle) cross the offspring are almost all non-shedding and are more suitable for people with severe allergies. Multigenerational Goldendoodles are also suitable for people with severe allergies if the breeder is breeding those puppies that exhibit the traits of the non-shedding coat, for example more of a curly coat instead of a wavy coat. Goldendoodles are used as alert dogs, therapy dogs, assistance dogs, guide dogs and family pets. If bred properly these dogs should improve on both parent breeds, offering superior intelligent, affection and patience to make an amazing family pet and the athletic ability to be a working dog. Not to mention just how cute they look, with their shaggy coats! These dogs also have hybrid vigour, which not only makes them overall healthier than their parent breeds, but on average they have a longer lifespan than Goldens and Poodles. Their average lifespan is anywhere from 12 to 16 years, depending on size and parent breeds. For example a miniature Goldendoodle will tend to live a couples years longer on average than a standard Goldendoodle.
* http://voices.yahoo.com/the-top-10-most-intelligent-dog-breeds-2505140.html?cat=53, viewed on June 11, 2013
** http://www.petmd.com/dog/slideshows/care/top-ten-dog-for-kids#.Ubc-tzmKxBk, viewed on June 11, 2013
Why a Goldendoodle?