But first you have to adopt one!When you adopt an adult dog, you are doing the ultimate good deed. Let's face it: at first a lot of people think they want to find Goldendoodle puppies for sale, but not everyone is lining up to adopt the great adults!Some people might have the misconception that Goldendoodles in shelters have something wrong with them. In fact, most Goldendoodles for adoption end up in shelters not because of any problem with pet behavior or health issues, but because they were dropped off by someone who simply didn't have the time or money to care for the animals. In some cases pets are lost and never found by their owners. These animals are healthy and very eager to please. Did you know that every year, approximately 4 million adoptable animals are killed?A staggering 25% of those animals are purebreds, so you can bet there is a Goldendoodle in need of adoption.
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There are a number of health issues that can likewise be inherited. As for any other pedigree or hybrid dog, it pays to do your research before selecting a pup, as the Goldendoodle’s popularity has attracted unscrupulous breeders more interested in producing as many puppies as possible than in maintaining or improving their lines. On average, a Goldendoodle can be expected to have a lifespan of 12–13 years, though some individuals will reach 15 years or more. Parti coloured dogs, with patches of darker markings over a light background, are also fairly common. Body shape, too, can vary between siblings, either reflecting the stocky, strong build of the Retriever or the refined, slender look of the Poodle parent. Size, at least, is more predictable, with Goldendoodle offspring falling somewhere between their parents in height and weight. Most are the result of Standard Poodle crosses, and so are around 58–63 cm 23–25 in in height at the withers, and weigh around 27–32 kg 59–70 lb. However, there is a growing demand for smaller dogs, with the result that the Miniature Poodle is often being used in matings to produce Miniature Goldendoodles – designer dogs, indeed!Brushing the dog’s teeth certainly wasn’t part of their routine until Aoibhin was made aware of how important it actually is. “Reggie and Rubie both had a little plaque build up when we went for a dental check up at the vet and so we have learned how to introduce brushing and aim to make it part of our daily routine,” she said. When starting a dental care routine for dogs, the first step is to look for signs of oral health issues can be a good place to start. Signs to look out for include bad breath, loose teeth, changes in behaviour and eating habits.