The name “Goldendoodle” was first used in the United States in the early 1990s, several years after Wally Conron coined the term “Labradoodle” for its Australian cousin. The Labradoodle was developed as a guide dog for vision impaired people who themselves or whose family members suffered from dog allergies. As the Labradoodle’s popularity rose astronomically among service and companion dog owners in the late 1980s and 1990s, other dog fanciers decided to cross Golden Retrievers with Standard Poodles, to see if the gentle nature and cheerfulness of the Golden and the coat and intelligence of the Poodle would produce a combination as popular as that of the Labradoodle. First generation F1 Goldendoodles are the hybrid offspring of a Golden Retriever bred to a Standard Poodle. These Goldendoodles may or may not be allergy friendly, and their coats can shed a little or a lot. First generation littermates rarely share consistent traits. They tend to be either more like a Golden or more like a Poodle in terms of temperament, coat, size, shedding propensities and hypo allergenicity. However, they do have what is called “hybrid vigor,” which makes them generally healthier than either of their parents or other purebred dogs of either ancestral breed. Hybrid vigor is what people refer to when they say that mutts are usually healthier than purebred dogs. First generation Goldendoodles are not good choices for people with allergies or other sensitivities to dogs. They really are true mutts, even though both parents theoretically come from pure but unrelated lines.
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He died in my arms on the way. He seemed fine and 30 minutes later he was gone. I don’t know if it was his illness cancer?that caused this or if the steroids could have done something. I’ve heard of stomach ulcers and blood clots being side effects. Is there any way within 48 hrs of being on them, he could have that type of complication from the drugs?I am heartbroken and in shock. I had little time to process he was sick before he was gone. I am so worried my choosing to go the high steroid route may have caused his death and it was not a peaceful one so I am haunted by it. Great article. My goldendoodle 6. 5 yr used to have frequent wet dermatitis until I switched to a prescription food high in fish. Last week, however he developed a spot on his leg that I could not manage with homeopathics Florasone Cream and triple antibiotic ointment.