The Groodle or Goldendoodle is a hybrid of a golden retriever and a poodle (toy, miniature or standard). They have become increasingly popular over the last 10 years. The aim of crossbreeding is to minimise the genetic diseases that can be present in purebred dogs
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Their original purpose is to lessen the ‘genetic’ problems associated with purebred golden retrievers to allow them to guard and to perform other tasks. These dogs can still interbreed with other purebred dogs so long as they are not purebred. They are classed as a medium to large breed of dog ( bigger than a golden retriever) as they tend to grow beyond one year of age. The males are unlikely to be taller than 28 inches at the withers, and the females will be 26 inches. They are a popular breed as they make a great family pet and are sweet natured and loveable and also make good watchdogs. They have a particularly strong protective instinct towards children.