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Goldendoodle Temperament: 350 Goldendoodle Owners Share What They’re REALLY Like

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Updated on December 30, 2020. Previously, we showed Goldendoodle temperament survey results from 200 owners.

This designer dog has become so popular in recent years that you’ve begun seeing them everywhere. And if you’re like the other 99% of us who have become utterly obsessed with these living, breathing teddy bears, you’ve come to the right place to find out more about these dogs that we have come to call Goldendoodles.

These highly sought-after dogs have become somewhat of a commodity, and for good reason. Not only are Goldendoodles super cute and cuddly, they are also known to be very family-friendly, highly energetic, super intelligent, and (mostly) non-shedding. There are also so many different varieties, sizes, and colors of Goldendoodles that you can rest-assured knowing that yours will truly be one-of-a-kind.

Sounds like a great dog, right? Personally, I can attest that they are 🙂 But let’s go over Goldendoodle temperament in further detail below.

Goldendoodle Temperament

It seems that many websites have arbitrarily assigned temperament ratings to Goldendoodles. We at Doodle Doods, however, wanted a more accurate overview of Goldendoodle temperament based on feedback from actual Goldendoodle owners. This is why we are conducting an ongoing survey to gather this feedback.

Doodle Owner? Take the Survey

The survey asks for observations of 37 characteristics across these 6 categories:

  1. Health and Grooming
  2. All Around Friendliness
  3. Trainability
  4. Exercise Needs
  5. Adaptability
  6. Behavioral

As of December 30, 2020, we have received 657 total responses to the survey since February 2018 . The data you see below pertains only to Goldendoodles (348 responses).

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About the Graphs

The graphs below are updated in real-time as people submit their responses to the survey.

All ratings are based on a scale from Poor to Excellent. Keep in mind that these survey results are anecdotal (based on people’s personal ratings).

Each graph is interactive so you can hover over the sections (on a computer) or tap on the sections (on a mobile device) for more info. On mobile devices, the graphs might look cut off, but you can use your finger to tap and drag to scroll and see the full graph.

Visit this page for information on number of participants from our Doodle Characteristics survey.

Health and Grooming

Amount Of Shedding

One of the reasons why Goldendoodles are so popular is because they are said to be non-shedding. The truth is that no dog is 100% non-shedding, but Goldendoodles are among the top breeds that have minimal shedding. Based on the data, shedding levels tend to vary based on the generation of the Goldendoodle (F1, F1b, F2, etc.).

Survey participants evaluated their Goldendoodle’s Amount of Shedding from Poor (a lot of shedding) to Excellent (no shedding).

Most people reported Excellent.

Hypoallergenic-ness

Typically, people associate allergies with shedding. In actuality, pet/animal allergies are triggered by dander, which is just a fancy term for dead skin particles.

BUT, since Goldendoodles don’t shed that much, in theory this means that their dander can’t be released into the air as easily. As such, Goldendoodles are almost totally hypoallergenic, making them a great choice for people/families with allergies.

Survey participants evaluated their Goldendoodle’s Hypoallergenic-ness from Poor (triggers allergies) to Excellent (doesn’t trigger allergies).

Most people reported Excellent.

Drooling Potential

Survey participants evaluated their Goldendoodle’s Drooling Potential from Poor (a lot of drooling) to Excellent (no drooling).

Most people reported Excellent.

Ease of Grooming

Since a Goldendoodle’s hair can grow quite long and may not [visibly] shed much, Goldendoodle parents must understand one thing:

With great hair comes great responsibility.

Brushing is required DAILY to prevent mats. You also ought to do some occasional DIY maintenance grooming, and a full-body groom is required at least every two months.

Consider whether you have the time and patience for a dog that requires a lot of grooming…or the money to pay someone else to do it.

Either way, survey participants evaluated their Goldendoodle’s Ease of Grooming from Poor to Excellent.

We got mixed results, though most people agree that the grooming is not easy.

When asked what people disliked most about their Doodles, the top answers related to the high cost and frequency of grooming.

“I love that he doesn’t shed. But my goodness, cost upkeep is A LOT more than I bargained for and we keep him short.”

“The grooming is a lot to keep up on. We do it ourselves to save some $, but it is an all day event for baths/ haircuts!”

“High cost of grooming.”

“Grooming requirements.”

General Health

Some Doodle breeds are prone to certain genetic health problems, such as hip dysplasia.

Survey participants evaluated their Goldendoodle’s General Health from Poor to Excellent.

Most people reported Excellent.

However, one person commented and said:

“13 years ago I didn’t know about puppy mills. [My doodle] developed hip dysplasia and degenerative muscles. At 11 he developed spleen cancer although with vet care we kept him alive over a year. Unfortunately he passed of stomach bloat.”

Potential For Weight Gain

Survey participants evaluated their Goldendoodle’s Potential for Weight Gain from Poor (high potential for weight gain) to Excellent (low potential for weight gain).

We got mixed results, though most people erred on the side of low potential for weight gain.

You will want to limit treats, make sure pup gets enough exercise, and measure out his meals as prescribed by the vet or based on his kibble’s packaging.

How Much Should I Feed My Dog_ Calculator and Feeding Guidelines

All Around Friendliness

Affection with Family

Survey participants evaluated their Goldendoodle’s Affection with Family from Poor to Excellent.

Most people reported Excellent.

Kid Friendliness

This is probably one of the most important of Goldendoodle temperament categories.

Survey participants evaluated their Goldendoodle’s Kid-Friendliness from Poor to Excellent.

Most people reported Excellent.

This indicates that Goldendoodles are typically gentle with children, yet sturdy enough to handle less-than-gentle petting/hugging, and that they can tolerate the high energies of running, screaming children.

Dog Friendliness

Survey participants evaluated their Goldendoodle’s Dog-Friendliness from Poor to Excellent.

Most people reported Excellent.

Cat Friendliness

Survey participants evaluated their Goldendoodle’s Cat-Friendliness from Poor to Excellent.

As you can see, the results are truly mixed.

If the Goldendoodle was rated less tolerant toward cats, it’s most likely an issue of whether or not he was ever socialized with cats, or at least trained to not be “little hellions” toward them.

Friendliness Toward Strangers

Survey participants evaluated their Goldendoodle’s Friendliness Toward Strangers from Poor to Excellent.

Most people reported Excellent.

Trainability – Goldendoodle Temperament

Ease of Training

Another of the top important Goldendoodle temperament categories is overall trainability.

Survey participants evaluated their Goldendoodle’s Ease of Training from Poor to Excellent.

Most people reported Excellent.

This indicates that Goldendoodles are very easy to train and are able to pick things up very quickly.

Intelligence

Survey participants evaluated their Goldendoodle’s Intelligence from Poor to Excellent.

Most people reported Excellent.

Potential For Mouthiness

Mouthiness is a tendency to nip, chew, and play-bite.

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Puppy Chloe trying to bite me. Look at those puppy teeth!

Survey participants evaluated their Goldendoodle’s Potential For Mouthiness from Poor to Excellent.

The results truly are a mixed bag.

The mixed results can likely be explained by whether or not the pup was ever properly trained to not bite.

How to Stop a Puppy From Biting

Prey Drive

Prey drive describes a Goldendoodle’s innate desire to chase – and sometimes kill – other animals such as cats, squirrels, and even cars.

Survey participants evaluated their Goldendoodle’s Prey Drive from Poor to Excellent.

We got mixed results.

Again, acting on his innate prey drive is likely a question of how well-trained the dog is.

My own Goldendoodle Chloe has quite poor prey drive. She doesn’t care for cars or birds, but when she sees a cat or a squirrel…she’s outta here. She once jumped out of the car window – while we were at a stop light – because she saw a squirrel in the tree next to us! We don’t give her very much window anymore…

-Whitney, Doodle Doods founder

Tendency To Bark Or Howl

Survey participants evaluated their Goldendoodle’s Tendency to Bark or Howl from Poor to Excellent.

We got mixed results.

Wanderlust Potential

Survey participants evaluated their Goldendoodle’s Wanderlust Potential from Poor (prone to wander off) to Excellent (doesn’t wander).

The results skew on the side of mixed.

Exercise Needs

Energy Level

Survey participants evaluated their Goldendoodle’s Energy Level from Poor (low energy) to Excellent (high energy).

Most people reported between Satisfactory and Excellent (high energy).

Intensity

Survey participants evaluated their Goldendoodle’s Intensity (hyperness) from Poor (very intense leash pulling, inhales food, etc.) to Excellent (laid-back attitude about everything).

We got mixed results.

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Chloe jumping into a pond…because she’s a Goldendoodle.

Exercise Needs

Survey participants evaluated their Goldendoodle’s Exercise Needs from Poor (little to no exercise needed) to Excellent (a lot of exercise needed).

Most people reported between Satisfactory and Excellent (a lot of exercise needed).

Potential For Playfulness

You know what they say: age is relative. That phrase couldn’t be more true when it comes to Goldendoodles.

Survey participants evaluated their Goldendoodle’s Potential for Playfulness from Poor to Excellent.

Most people reported Excellent.

I’ve often been asked how old Chloe is and 100% of the time people are surprised to find out that she’s not a puppy (she’s currently 12 years old)!

-Whitney, Doodle Doods founder

Adaptability

Adaptability to Apartment Living

Survey participants evaluated their Goldendoodle’s Adaptability to Apartment Living from Poor to Excellent.

Of those who did not answer N/A, the results are mixed.

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Chloe bored to death in our old apartment

Good for Novice Owners?

We like that this question is included to get a better understanding of Goldendoodle temperament.

Survey participants evaluated their Goldendoodle’s compatibility with novice owners from Poor to Excellent.

We got mixed results.

Whether or not someone thinks Goldendoodles are suitable for first-time dog owners, probably depends on their dog’s personality and how easily-trained he was.

Sensitivity Level

Sensitivity Level describes whether a dog can handle a noisy, chaotic household, a louder or more assertive owner, or an inconsistent or variable routine.

Survey participants evaluated their Goldendoodle’s Sensitivity Level from Poor to Excellent.

The results are mixed, probably depending on how well-trained or desensitized the dog is to certain triggers.

With Chloe, she is interestingly not affected by the sound of fireworks or thunder. However, she is definitely bothered by the beeping sound of a smoke alarm and the sizzle of an overflowing pot of boiling water.

-Whitney, Doodle Doods founder

Tolerability of Being Alone

Survey participants evaluated their Goldendoodle’s Tolerability of Being Alone from Poor to Excellent.

The results are mixed.

Tolerability of Cold Weather

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Chloe’s face says it all…

Survey participants evaluated their Goldendoodle’s Tolerability of Cold Weather from Poor to Excellent.

Most people reported Excellent.

Tolerability of Hot Weather

Survey participants evaluated their Goldendoodle’s Tolerability of Hot Weather from Poor to Excellent.

Most people reported Satisfactory.

Behavioral

Destructiveness

Do Goldendoodles like to destroy things in the form of chewing, digging, or demolishing toys?

Survey participants evaluated their Goldendoodle’s Destructiveness from Poor to Excellent.

The results are mixed.

Behavioral Issues

Do Goldendoodles have behavioral issues such as counter surfing, digging through the trash, etc.?

Survey participants evaluated their Goldendoodle’s Behavior from Poor to Excellent.

The results are mixed.

Food Motivation

How food motivated are Goldendoodles? Do they inhale their food, beg without shame, steal food while no one’s looking, etc.?

Survey participants evaluated their Goldendoodle’s Food Motivation from Poor to Excellent.

The results are a mixed bag.

Food Aggression

Do Goldendoodles show signs of food aggression? Do they growl or lash out when someone goes near their food bowl?

Survey participants evaluated their Goldendoodle’s Food Aggression from Poor to Excellent.

Most people reported Excellent.

Ingestion of Non-Food Items

Do Goldendoodles eat things that aren’t food, such as socks, rocks, poop, etc.?

Survey participants evaluated their Goldendoodle’s likeliness to ingest non-food items from Poor to Excellent.

The results are very mixed.

Aggressiveness

How aggressive are Goldendoodles? Do they growl, pick fights, or lunge at strangers and other dogs?

Survey participants evaluated their Goldendoodle’s Aggressiveness from Poor to Excellent.

Most people reported Excellent.

Separation Anxiety

Are Goldendoodles prone to separation anxiety? Do they sulk when you leave the house without them? Do they get into trouble while you’re away?

Survey participants evaluated their Goldendoodle’s Separation Anxiety levels from Poor to Excellent.

The results are across the board.

Anxiety Toward Groomers and Vets

How anxious do Goldendoodles become around groomers and vets?

Survey participants evaluated their Goldendoodle’s Groomer/Vet Anxiety from Poor to Excellent.

The results are mixed.

Anxiety Toward Loud Noises

How anxious do Goldendoodles become due to loud noises?

Survey participants evaluated their Goldendoodle’s Noise Anxiety from Poor to Excellent.

The results are mixed.

Enthusiasm Toward Water

How enthusiastic are Goldendoodles toward water? Do they like to swim, get washed, etc.?

Survey participants evaluated their Goldendoodle’s Enthusiasm Toward Water from Poor to Excellent.

The results are mixed.

Comments from Survey Participants

What Do You Love Most About Your Goldendoodle?

To this question we received a lot of great answers! Here are some of our favorite.

Everything, sweetest dog I have ever owned!!”

Extremely affectionate and eager to please.”

GREAT Personality, intelligence, lovingness, curiosity, low shedding, happy and adorable.”

He is just a total member of the family.”

He knew when anyone in the house needed comfort and my children and grandchildren grew up with him. He was my constant companion and never did wrong. Silly and goofy and always had that smile but had deep soulful eyes.”

He shadows me everywhere and is affectionate in his own way, he’s my best friend.”

His personality!! His only wish is to be included in everything.”

Loyalty and acts like a human.”

She can be super playful or a couch potato. She loves to cuddle.”

She loves me unconditionally. She loves playing with me and often brings toys for us to play with. She’s always happy!”

She understands my emotions and feelings.”

What Do You Dislike Most About Your Goldendoodle?

Goldendoodles may seem like the perfect dog, but as they say, “pobody’s nerfect”. Here are some answers to this question that shed (pun intended) a little more light on some of the downsides of Goldendoodles:

Shedding.”

Hair mats.”

Absolutely nothing!”

Barking.”

“Jumping on company.”

She still has some separation anxiety.”

He’s a runner. Inside the house, or fenced yard he recalls well. Outside, off leash he’s gone until he decides to return.”

She gets bored easily and is a little destructive.”

He talks (barks) to me as soon as I get on the phone or ignore him.”

Energy can be a lot at times.”

Sensitive stomach.”

The grooming is a lot to keep up on. We do it ourselves to save some $, but it is an all day event for baths/ haircuts!”

She barks at people, freaks out at other dogs, chases cats and squirrels like its her life mission to catch them.”

High maintenance in most areas.. attention, activity, health, coat care.”

What Can We Gather About Goldendoodle Temperament?

There are so many things that can be said based on these survey results on Goldendoodle temperament. But mainly, when it comes to Health and Grooming and All Around Friendliness, most people can agree that Goldendoodles are excellent. However, the results are truly varied when it comes to Adaptability and Behavioral issues.

As such, ensuring that your Goldendoodle gets the proper training that he deserves is of utmost importance.


Parents of Goldendoodles: take this survey now to shed even more light on the characteristics of these dogs!

If you have a Goldendoodle, how much do you agree with these survey results? Let us know in the comments!

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