Are Goldendoodles High Maintenance Dogs?

Last Updated on August 26, 2021

Goldendoodles are a breed that is a cross between Poodle and Golden Retriever.  They have quickly become one of the most popular dogs in the world.  Today we will explore the question I get asked a lot, are Goldendoodles high maintenance?

The simple answer to this question is it depends on what you consider high maintenance.  What is your lifestyle like?  Do you have kids, other pets?  What one person considers high maintenance another would consider a walk in the park.  

I will go into many details today on Goldendoodles and you can decide for yourself if this beloved breed will work for you.

Are Goldendoodles High Maintenance?

What are the pros and cons of Goldendoodles?

One of the only cons to Goldendoodles is their coat.  Daily brushing is needed with occasional grooming.  Their hair grows very quickly and you might need to trim around the toes and eyes in between grooming appointments.

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They also require regular exercise (as do most other breeds).  A daily walk will be perfect to keep your Goldendoodle happy and healthy, and it might be good for you too!

Doodles are very smart and respond very well to training.  In fact, they love it!  Training will keep their mind sharp and provide some enrichment they need to be happy.

They also love to be social!  It’s a good idea for all dogs to regularly play with others but Goldendoodles love to make friends so social time is a must.  If you have other dogs this breed will likely be a good one to incorporate into your pack.

Goldendoodles love humans of any age.  Most of them are great with young kids.  With their even temperament, intelligence, and ability to not need to be constantly entertained they make great pets for young families.

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Are Goldendoodles Hard to Take Care Of?

Goldendoodles can become large dogs but they really require minimal care.  They are smart dogs that are easily trained.  All dogs need obedience training and Goldendoodles adapt really well to learning basic commands.

They require daily walks for exercise, just like most dogs.  This can be beneficial for owners as well.  Daily exercise is good for both dogs and humans.

The more poodle that is in your pup the curlier their hair will be, therefore the higher the chance the hair can become matted.  They require daily brushing and occasional grooming.  The hair is probably the only thing that is potentially troublesome when it comes to Goldendoodles.  

As far as their health, this breed is generally a healthy breed.  As with other large dog breeds, they can get hip dysplasia as they age but in general, they have no more health issues than any other breed.

They also adapt well to kids and other pets.  With minimal care, they can become a beloved family friend.

Are Goldendoodles A Lot of Work? 

The poodle breed has been known to be very high-energy.  Thankfully as they are bred with the very low-key Golden Retriever this trait has mellowed out a bit.  With obedience training and physical exercise for about 30-45 minutes a day you shouldn’t have any trouble with your dog’s energy level.

Can Goldendoodles Be Left Alone All Day?

While Goldendoodles love to cuddle and get attention they don’t require it all day.  They are perfectly fine with being in the same room as their human family as well as being alone for several hours.

Many dogs cannot be left alone for extended periods but that isn’t the case with Goldendoodles.  They are very easy to crate train and can do very well being alone for the day.

Most doodles do not suffer from separation anxiety so as long as they receive moderate exercise they can handle taking long naps during the day while you are away.

Summary:  Are Goldendoodles High Maintenance?

It’s no wonder why this breed is so popular!  Other than managing their coat they make wonderful pets.  

Overall Goldendoodles are fairly low maintenance dogs.  Here are some bullet points to remember about this amazing breed.

  • They require daily walks as do most dogs
  • Require regular brushing and occasional grooming
  • Require minimal attention
  • Can stay alone for long periods
  • Very intelligent and easily trainable
  • Social with other dogs
  • Love humans of all ages

It’s always a good idea to talk to a Veterinarian about what type of pet you want to get and see if they think it will be a good addition to your home.  They can also discuss with you what type of care that pet will need in terms of their health.  

In general, the Goldendoodle is a wonderful, low-maintenance dog breed that can be a great addition to any family.  

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