Article from The Goldendoodle Association of North America

The original Goldendoodle was a hybrid cross of a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. The exact
date of conception is unknown as a handful of breeders emerged in the late 1990's marketing this new breed. The idea was no doubt inspired by the creation of the Labradoodle and its success as a compatible dog for many people who experience mild allergies to dogs. Several different names were being used to describe the breed such as GoldenPoos, GoldiePoos, and PoodleReivers, but the name "Goldendoodle" was the one that stuck. The gorgeous low to no shedding coats were attracting those who loved the temperament of the Golden Retriever, but detested the amount of hair left behind and/or the allergy issues it presented.

The publicʼs immediate adoration of the standard Goldendoodle (a standard Poodle crossed with a Golden Retriever) has grown to epic proportions as "Designer Dogs" became the latest fad. The key word here is "fad", meaning something that causes lots of attention, but soon loses its appeal. The Goldendoodleʼs appeal hasnʼt faded, but instead has continued to grow. This love affair prompted the creation of the first litter of mini Goldendoodles (a mini Poodle crossed with a Golden Retriever). The first litter arrived on January 11, 2002. These first mini Goldendoodles attracted attention everywhere they went and the number of requests for more were too many to accommodate by a single breeder. As word spread, more breeders of standard Goldendoodles began producing litters of mini Goldendoodles to try to satisfy the publicʼs demand for this new size that was perfect for apartment and city living.

Goldendoodles are extremely social, outgoing, non-aggressive dogs that thrive on human companionship. They have a great desire to please and to learn. Coupled with the low to non-shedding coats, this temperament has proven to make Goldendoodles perfect candidates for service work. Please see our service dog pages to learn of their capacity for a variety of work at
The Goldendoodle is a new breed in the grand scheme of breed development. Most AKC recognized breeds took decades to develop and even more decades to earn AKC recognition. It seems that breeders are mixed in their ideas and goals about working towards "purebred" status with the AKC.

Contributed by:  Amy Lane, Fox Creek Farm