Goldendoodles are not only cute, but they make fun, easy-to-train companions and great family dogs. However, you may be wondering, is there a difference between raising a male or female Goldendoodle, and if so, which gender is right for my family? Let’s talk about Goldendoodles.
Male Goldendoodles are more affectionate, laid back, and form deeper attachments with their owners. Female Goldendoodles tend to be more independent, agile, and willful than their male poodle counterparts. It is crucial to understand gender differences to ensure you purchase the right puppy for your family.
Want to know more? Read on for some tips and helpful info that will help you decide which Goldendoodle gender is right for you!
A Goldendoodle’s Temperament
While temperament varies from dog to dog regardless of breed, this is not a gender-based difference. Most Goldendoodles are easygoing and friendly, and that typically does not change based on gender.
Goldendoodles are active, energetic, and attention-loving dogs; an excellent choice for active individuals or families willing to give these pups plenty of attention and exercise. While there are definitely individual distinctions between male and female Goldendoodles, these behavioral differences do not often impact temperament.
Goldendoodles are a great Poodle mix crossbreed, regardless of gender. In reality, one gender is not more favorable or intelligent than another, despite any gender differences that exist in the breed. Whether you adopt a male or female is completely up to you and should be determined by your individual preferences and family requirements.
Male Goldendoodle behaviors
Obviously, every dog has its own individual differences and personality, and that is true of every breed. However, there are some distinctions between males and females that you may want to know about before purchasing your Goldendoodle. Here are some specific characteristics of male doodles.
Male poodles are often more affectionate, playful, and easier to train, including housebreaking. This is often due to their increased desire to please their owners. Male Goldendoodles are typically larger than females and typically average 20-24 inches in height at the shoulder and 45-65 pounds in weight.
Male Goldendoodle Aggression
If your goal is to obtain a larger Goldendoodle, you should probably buy a male puppy. Male Goldendoodles can sometimes be more aggressive, but generally, males and females tend to have the same temperament.
Male aggression is usually more common in dogs that have not been neutered. Unneutered males often develop habits of humping toys, blankets, pillows, or sometimes even your leg.
Females might occasionally do this, but it is a behavior that is definitely more common in males. Unneutered males might also develop the poor habit of marking their territory in specific areas around the house, which can be pretty undesirable.
However, keep in mind that aggression (like temperament and personality) will vary from dog to dog in males and females. This is especially true for Goldendoodles who may have come from shelters or were abused in the past. Abused dogs will have developed aggression out of fear and in self-defense; this will probably manifest itself in varying ways.
Male Goldendoodle Are Affectionate
Goldendoodles are all-around sweet, affectionate dogs, but if you are particularly interested in a cuddly and attached dog, a male is the right choice for you. As mentioned above, female dogs can sometimes be less stable and more prone to emotional mood swings than males. Males are often much more laid back, affectionate, and attached to their owners.
Male Goldendoodle Marking Behavor
If your male dog has developed the habit of doing his business inside your home, don’t worry. There are several enzyme cleaning products or pheromone deterrents that will help discourage your canine buddy from marking his territory all over the house. If you are consistent and patient with your training, this will also help your dog to develop good habits and discourage naughty behavior.
If you need some help training your Goldendoodle not to mark, there are plenty of online courses that can assist you as you teach your dog new things.
I found the Brain Training for Dogs online training program to be extremely helpful when training my dog, Angus. I really liked the private member’s area where I was able to connect with other dog owners to get solutions to issues I had with his training. I would highly recommend this course and I know it can help you too! Check out their website here to see if this course is right for you.
Male Goldendoodle Health Concerns
As far as health concerns go, both male Goldendoodles have their fair share.
Male Goldendoodles are prone to prostate cancer, although neutering may reduce this risk. Male Goldendoodles are also more susceptible to bacterial infections, especially tumors and cysts on their reproductive organs. These can all be life-threatening if they are not immediately attended to and remedied.
Female Goldendoodle Behaviors
As previously mentioned, female Goldendoodles tend to be much smaller than male Goldendoodles. In fact, male Goldendoodles can grow to be as much as 40 pounds larger than their female equivalent! If you are looking for a Goldendoodle that is smaller and more agile, a female is your best bet.
Female Goldendoodles are more independent, competitive, and motivated than males tend to be. Female Goldendoodles are often more distant and will typically seek less attention from their owners. While Goldendoodles are a healthy breed, females are subject to an increased risk of mammary and uterine cancers.
Female Goldendoodle Aggression
If your female Goldendoodle is not spayed, she will go through heat cycles that will likely make her moodier and/or more aggressive than usual. Though this might become a common occurrence, the intensity of her aggression will be the highest during her first couple of cycles. Additionally, she may also experience false pregnancies which could lead to protective and motherly tendencies in your dog.
Needless to say, you should not mess with a new mother!
Female Goldendoodle Health Issues
Male and female Goldendoodles experience the same number of health problems, though there are a few gender-specific health issues you may have to deal with such as mammary gland or urine cancer if left intact.
Other health conditions that often affect female Goldendoodles include:
- Hip Dysplasia
- Addison’s Disease
- retinal atrify
- Sebaceous Adenitis
The above conditions become more of a risk as your female dog becomes older and Addison’s disease can be fatal if not treated in a timely manner.
As with males, if you don’t want to have to deal with the female gender-specific issues, such as periods and heat cycles, consider getting your female Goldendoodle fixed.
Cons of Owning a Goldendoodle
Naturally, Goldendoodles aren’t the perfect choice for everybody, and there are a few cons to owning one.
Cons of Goldendoodle Ownership include:
1. F-status in Goldendoodles
Owning a Goldendoodle means you have to pay attention to the F-status of your Goldendoodle.
F-status in Goldendoodles is a generational designation that helps you to better understand your dog’s lineage (amount of poodle or retriever in them, etc.). While not necessarily a downside, some owners find this to be complicated. Anything less than an F2 status means your dog is not an exact 50/50 mix.
2. Goldendoodles Are Prone to Hip Dysplasia
Both retrievers and poodles are especially prone to hip dysplasia, making Goldendoodles, extremely susceptible to this particular health problem. Since this is the case, it might be wise to screen prospective parents with either the PennHIP or the OFA test before breeding.
If you don’t have time to exercise your dog, a Goldendoodle is not for you. These dogs need plenty of exercise to remain healthy and happy.
3. Goldendoodles Are Anxiety Prone
Goldendoodles are also prone to anxiety. If these dogs are left alone for a long period of time, even in familiar environments, Goldendoodles are likely to succumb to their boredom, which often results in destructive behaviors in your home.
Goldendoodles love to chew pretty much anything within their reach, including but not limited to dishes, furniture, and shoes. However, this anxiety can also cause Goldendoodles to become “curious” resulting in them rooting around in the garbage or even the refrigerator while you’re not looking.
4. Goldendoodles Are Expensive
A Goldendoodle puppy will cost about $2100 when purchased from a respected breeder. However, the actual price can range anywhere between $1,500 and $2,500 dollars depending on the breeder. Owners should also budget around $100 a month for regular expenses such as vet visits, food, and grooming.
Additionally, a Goldendoodle’s coat is hypoallergenic, but that in no way means low maintenance. Their curly hair can often get tangled and matted (meaning they need to be combed and groomed often), plus they might require extra nail clipping.
5. A Goldendoodle’s Hair Can Get Messy
While Goldendoodles are hypoallergenic and don’t shed much, their hair can still get messy at times.
Most Goldendoodles have “beards”, curly hair on the chin that hangs down, that soak up water like nobody’s business. This means they will likely track water everywhere in the house, and if you are a neat person, this can quickly become irritating.
Also, as mentioned above, Goldendoodles can sometimes be chewers too! This is a common problem during puppyhood, but if not properly trained, negative chewing behaviors can continue to be an issue throughout adulthood.
If you are not willing or able to develop a close bond with your dog, a Goldendoodle is not for you. Goldendoodles need exercise, attention, and plenty of one-on-one time. If you cannot provide these essentials for your dog, your Goldendoodle will likely develop poor and destructive behaviors and may even become seriously depressed.
Pros of Owning a Goldendoodle
The downsides of Goldendoodle ownership might have sounded discouraging, but the positives far outweigh the negatives for most people.
Here are some great perks to know when you’re ready to bring your doodle puppy home:
1. Goldendoodles Are Great Family Dogs
Goldendoodles are friendly, fun, and full of energy. Since this is the case, they make great family dogs. One of the biggest perks to owning a Goldendoodle is their typically non-shedding coats.
Shedding in Goldendoodles, like personality, varies from dog to dog, and not every Goldendoodle will be low-shedding. However, as a rule, Goldendoodles have minimally shedding coats. Additionally, most Goldendoodles induce a minimal allergic reaction, and many of them are even hypoallergenic. This, too, makes them an ideal choice of breed for families with lots of kids.
2. Wide-Ranging Goldendoodle Variety
There is also a lot of variety to be had with Goldendoodles. These dogs come in different shapes, sizes, colors, and even hair types.
There are four primary coat types from which you can choose when selecting your Goldendoodle:
The most common (and desired) Goldendoodle coat type is the wavy coat. The wavy coat is a good mixture of the Poodle’s curly coat and the Golden Retriever’s straight hair.
You can also find Goldendoodles with either just curly or straight hair. If you are thorough in browsing all of your options, you will find Goldendoodles of literally all sizes.
Miniature Goldendoodles are great for apartments and smaller houses. Medium to large varieties will liven things up just a bit more and are usually better for larger houses and properties.
3. Goldendoodles Are Great Competition Dogs
For owners who are into competition and training, a Goldendoodle is a great choice. Not all kennel clubs will accept them since they are technically mixed breed dogs.
However, most events and clubs, including the AKC, will allow mixed breed dogs to be registered in obedience or agility events. If you can produce paperwork for both parents of your dog, the CKC will most likely allow you to register.
4. Goldendoodles Love to Snuggle
As if friendliness wasn’t enough, Goldendoodles also love a good amount of snuggling. They are indeed energetic and need plenty of time to be active, but at the end of the day, your Goldendoodle will most likely need some attention and TLC from you.
It doesn’t matter where you are or what you are doing, don’t be surprised if your doodle nuzzles you every once in a while and begs for a head scratch. This makes it incredibly easy for you to bond with your Goldendoodle.
5. Goldendoodles Rarely Bark
There’s nothing more frustrating than neighbors with dogs that are constantly barking. If you want to avoid hearing complaints from your neighbors, then get a Goldendoodle!
Goldendoodles know how to bark, it’s true, but they tend to limit this behavior to when they feel threatened, occasionally when you walk in the door, and if they are trying to let you know when they need something. Commonly, Goldendoodles even stay quiet when the other neighborhood dogs are barking.
6. Goldendoodles Are Great With Children
Goldendoodles make excellent family dogs. Not only are they friendly and hypoallergenic, but they are excellent with children. A Goldendoodle might occasionally get overexcited and forget its boundaries from time to time, but for the most part, they maintain a relaxed and gentle disposition with children in the home.
While Goldendoodle puppies might get just a little bit nippy during playtime, their bite is pretty gentle, thanks to their Golden Retriever parent.
7. Goldendoodles Get Along Well With Other Pets
Goldendoodles are extremely friendly with other dogs and pets in the home. Goldendoodles tend to adjust well to new situations, make friends quickly, and are patient with other pets in the household. Goldendoodles are even tolerant of cats if they are raised with them.
A Goldendoodle might still get aggressive if it feels threatened, distrustful, or protective of its family, but Goldendoodles will otherwise remain gentle and patient with other dogs.
Of course, there might be a little separation or tension while your Goldendoodle tries to determine who the alpha is going to be, but once that’s over and done with, you will find them to be easygoing and friendly.