Pros and cons of owning a doodle please

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Pros and cons of owning a doodle please

Post by Sess56 » 21 Jan 2014, 22:51

Hi all,

I'm thinking about getting a goldendoodle or labradoodle and would like to know what you think the pros and cons are of owning one. Behavior and health being the main ones.

I have owned dogs for the last 20 years. My last dog was a Tibetan Mastiff who sadly passed away last August. She was loyal, loving and intelligent.
She could be stubborn, over protective with strangers at the door, and bark at the least little thing if that's how the mood took her. But the good always out weighed the bad.

I have read quite a bit on doodles but input from those who own one would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

Vanessa

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Re: Pros and cons of owning a doodle please

Post by Pauline » 21 Jan 2014, 22:55

Hi Labradoodles are great - I have two!! have a look at Bid's profile as whe has 3 doodles & is not far from you!
Have a look at all the posts on here as they are so different!
Do your homework & always, always go for a breeder who health tests the parents.
There is a fab breeder in Hampshire she has lots of info on her site - pm me if you would like her details.
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Re: Pros and cons of owning a doodle please

Post by AustinsMumma » 21 Jan 2014, 23:01

HI
For me...
Pros: Friendly, loves people, loves dogs, bouncy, fun, gorgeous to look at!, clever, loves water (most do anyway);
Cons: Coat maintenance (hard work), hip dysplasia possibility.

Austin is the best dog I have had. He is going through an annoying puppy stage atm, but he's not too bad tbh. Getting through it. Currently flaked out in his bed :o

J x
Austin Doodle came to town riding on a pony......
Austin's profession?... Eating Mummy's STEAK
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Post by Helen & Rigby » 21 Jan 2014, 23:06

I can't compare as he's our first pup but I would say pros, very intelligent and eager to please, very sweet temperament, loves everybody and everything, happy go lucky, gentle, and fun! Cons grooming, however I've chosen to keep him quite short which makes things much easier. :D
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Post by Bid » 21 Jan 2014, 23:16

I am just outside Dorchester if you want to meet some local doodles! Two of mine came from Weymouth breeders who do all the health tests and bring their puppies up in a home environment.

My lisst of pros and cons would be ...

Pros - fun, intelligent, friendly, sociable, trainable, energetic, up for anything
Cons - prone to health probs of both parent breeds, intelligent so need a lot of training and entertainment, can be a grooming nightmare

They all vary though - in looks, health and personality. I have an independant strong willed doodle, a cuddly loving and gentle doodle, and a boisterous bouncy doodle! One of mine has bad hips and allergies and is at the vets most weeks, one only sees her vet for her annual checkup, and one has accidents due to his gung-ho nature! I have a curly non-shedding doodle who needs hours of grooming, a thick scruffy who sheds for England, and a pretty blonde scruffy with a minimal shedding, self cleaning and quick drying coat.
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Post by Immi » 21 Jan 2014, 23:37

Hello, welcome to the site. I think you'll find pretty much everyone on this site believe the pros absolutely outweigh the cons. Doodles are wonderful dogs. I think some of the pros might be cons or vice versa depending on your perspective. They are highly active and extremely energetic, so they require a great deal of exercising and stimulation. They are of working dog ancestry and are extremely intelligent, so they need plenty of attention to stop them becoming bored and destructive. You can never be certain precisely what sort of coat your doodle will have, but going to a breeder with plenty of experience and documented ancestry you can certainly raise the chances you will get the coat type you want. Some doodles have high maintainance coat types, while others require only minimal grooming. Life with a doodle is never boring! They keep you on your toes, and will thrive in a lively family environment as much as they will on a one to one basis. They are loving and loyal, they are the clowns of the canine world. Ours always cheers me up no matter how low I might feel. I've had various breeds of dogs, but after finding Immi I know I'm a doodle owner for life! Good luck with your search!
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Post by EstelleB » 22 Jan 2014, 00:11

Hello, I'll add my piece, even though Tia isn't 6 months yet! Coats are so different but is is essentially about whether you want minimal shedding, cuddly look but lots of grooming, or more shedding and scruffy, but much lower maintenance! They also come in lots of different sizes which can make a difference to the 'doodle' experience (smaller ones I imagine are less prone to counter-surfing!).

Pros - very friendly & sweet, loves everyone, highly, highly intelligent (we had a golden retriever who we thought was very smart, but Tia is already proving to be even smarter), very trainable and playful

Cons - 1. Extremely bouncy - Tia thinks she is a kangaroo and jumps up at everyone and anything - part of this I think is that you have to be super-cautious with the exercise early on because of the danger of hip problems, and consequently they have all this extra energy that you can't get rid of
2. Very naughty - goes hand in hand with the intelligence and playfulness, but Tia's hobby is definitely stealing stuff and consuming/destroying it, and she will attempt to counter-surf blatantly in front of me!
3. Need lots of attention and stimulus or number (2) occurs! Tia wanted someone to play outside with her yesterday, but we were all busy so she went outside and dug bloody great big holes all over the garden instead!

I think if we didn't have kids, I'd prefer the retriever as they are a bit 'lower maintenance', but Tia wants to play all day everyday, and she makes a great family dog.
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Post by jackieholmes19 » 22 Jan 2014, 00:12

There's an advert for 3 golden f1b puppies on Doodlemania on Facebook. Says the parents have had all the correct genetic testing. They're gorgeous!

Pro's - loving, intelligent, funny, happy, bouncy, energetic, loves everyone, not a bad bone in her body!

Con's - Nightmare coat (at the moment hopefully!) Very, very bouncy when out with other dogs!

I love her to bits! :D
Jackie & Bella
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Post by beeeerock » 22 Jan 2014, 00:13

If you've had the Mastiff, a Doodle is pretty easy to describe. Simply... 'The Opposite'. :lol:

Guardian? Not likely.
Calm? Not a chance.
Aloof? In your face!
Aware at night? Sleeps like a log.
Quiet inside? Not unless you're really lucky.
Lower energy? I wish...
Average intelligence? Heh... will outsmart many mentally competent adults and pretty much any kid.
Trainable? Definitely, but only if/when it suits.

Our previous dog was a big Neufie-Golden cross and as mellow as they come. The Dood requires 10 times the energy input from us as the old guy ever did. Knowing that in advance, perhaps we would have gone with something else... but we wouldn't give him up now because his personality is ideal for living with a family - not aggressive, not fearful, not a problem with kids... very well adjusted and friendly. His only fault is he's just too damned happy... 8)

As long as you aren't expecting a couch potato, and like getting exercise, a Doodle is a good gamble.

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Post by Masil » 22 Jan 2014, 01:08

Hi Vanessa :D
We have Coco, who is an F1 mini and will be 2 at the end of the month. These are my thoughts:
Pros: affectionate, fun-loving, very intelligent, eager to please, easy to groom (being an F1 scruffy), too small to counter surf :lol:
Cons: can sometimes be a bit over-excitable when meeting other dogs. Think Tigger :shock:
In summary, she is a wonderful dog.
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Post by Ianto! » 22 Jan 2014, 01:46

Hi Vanessa,

Welcome to the forum! So pleased that you're thinking of getting a doodle...

I'd say, ask yourself one question - are you houseproud? If the answer is "Yes" then you have two options, a) don't get a dood, b) don't be!!

I think a good trawl around the forum will give you a good insight into owning a doodle... Bear in mind that they can be... trying :roll: when they're going through their various puppy stages (see threads on biting, for instance, or garden destroying) but they are wonderful dogs and well worth all the effort!

Anne & Ianto x

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Post by Bid » 22 Jan 2014, 08:14

You know how when you have a puppy people cheer you up by telling you they will mature when they are around 2 years old? With a doodle think more in terms of 4 or 5 years old ! :lol:
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Post by canteron » 22 Jan 2014, 09:04

beeeerock wrote:If you've had the Mastiff, a Doodle is pretty easy to describe. Simply... 'The Opposite'. :lol:

Guardian? Not likely.
Calm? Not a chance.
Aloof? In your face!
Aware at night? Sleeps like a log.
Quiet inside? Not unless you're really lucky.
Lower energy? I wish...
Average intelligence? Heh... will outsmart many mentally competent adults and pretty much any kid.
Trainable? Definitely, but only if/when it suits.

Our previous dog was a big Neufie-Golden cross and as mellow as they come. The Dood requires 10 times the energy input from us as the old guy ever did. Knowing that in advance, perhaps we would have gone with something else... but we wouldn't give him up now because his personality is ideal for living with a family - not aggressive, not fearful, not a problem with kids... very well adjusted and friendly. His only fault is he's just too damned happy... 8)

As long as you aren't expecting a couch potato, and like getting exercise, a Doodle is a good gamble.

This ^^^

They are the most beautiful intelligent dogs and have the sweetest natures, but they are very very people orientated, so only get a doodle if you are at home a lot and love dogs!! I think my puppy would be unhappy and possibly destructive if we had to lock her up much. As it is she is simply delightful and has completely melted my husbands heart (I think my very grown up daughter is a little bit jealous as Lola now has the title of 'my favourite girl'!!).

So yes, brilliant dogs, if you want a 'companion' dog, not so good if you want a guard dog!
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Post by thepadster » 22 Jan 2014, 09:43

I don't think Paddy is a typical doodle going by many posts on here. He was my first dog and I have to say that apart from the usual puppy issues there have been no downsides. I was very hot on early training and socialisation and was with him 24/7 for the first 6 months of his life but I think his calmness and sweet nature is not all down to me as much as I'd like to think so. As Bid has said, he came to me trained :D As has been said before do your homework regarding breeders and make sure that all health checks have been done.

Good luck
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Post by Samdunn » 22 Jan 2014, 09:53

Hi
I'm with the padster, though it's early days for us and I may be proved wrong! Sam is 12 weeks, came from an excellent breeder and minus usual puppy behaviour he's a little gem.
Nightimes were a disaster but probably we didn't help ourselves on that front but toilet training has been great, he's a lovely sweet,friendly affectionate dog. Yes, he's bouncy, but aren't all dogs when running about the park. He bites and chews, but stops when asks mostly, he's full of energy when we take him to park but most of the time he's fairly calm about the house, if I see him chewing I remove it and give him his own things. I'm trying to be around 24/7 to enforce good behaviour which seems to be working, and when I go out for school run, shopping etc I'll put him crate and he's happy as Larry with a filled kong to chew on. I'm sure I'll have lots of exasperated threads in the future but Sam is all we wished for in a dog and more x

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