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How Fast Can a Goldendoodle Run? Comparison Table & FAQs

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By Nicole Cosgrove

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The Goldendoodle is a mixture of the Standard Poodle and the Golden Retriever. And that makes the breed an incredible family pet by default, seeing as it’s the product of two breeds that are known to be not only friendly but also highly intelligent.

When it comes to speed and agility, these are one of the top breeds in the game. Thanks to their parent genes, they are capable of comfortably running at speeds of 30 to 35 miles per hour.

If you’d love to learn more about this dog, including the things that you need to take into consideration before adopting one, read on below.

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How Fast Are Goldendoodles?

A healthy Poodle can easily run up to 30 miles per hour. The Golden Retriever, on the other hand, is faster. If the conditions are right, they can get to a top speed of 35 miles an hour. It’s true that their speeds do vary, but the difference isn’t as pronounced as you’d expect while comparing different breeds.

Logic dictates that a Goldendoodle that comes with a higher percentage of a Retriever’s genes will likely be faster than one which has a lower percentage.

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Speed Comparison Table

Dog Breed Top Speed (mph)
German Shepherd 30
Greyhound 45
Vizsla 40
Borzoi 36
Pug 10
Chihuahua 15
Bulldog 15

Is a Goldendoodle a Good Running Partner?

Exercise is as beneficial to these dogs as it is to humans. So, if you’re the type of person who loves waking up very early in the morning to exercise before work, find a program that caters to your Goldendoodle as well. Running is a great avenue to expend all your dog’s extra energy.

How long you are supposed to exercise with your dog will largely depend on your preferred level of physical activity and the size of the breed that you have. As per the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, a healthy adult is supposed to exercise for at least 2 hours 30 minutes each week, if their exercising intensity is low to moderate. But if they prefer a high-intensity activity, 75 minutes is more than enough to maintain good health.

According to vets, dogs usually require 30 to 120 minutes of physical and mental stimulation to stay healthy. Of course, the large breeds need the most exercise, so a Standard Goldendoodle will demand more from you as opposed to a Mini Goldendoodle.

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What Makes a Goldendoodle a Good Training Partner?

Easy To Train

Even though every dog is different, you’ll never find a Goldendoodle that’s not intelligent, loyal, or eager to please its owner. These are the traits that make so many people gravitate towards this breed, and they make them easy to train.

Training your dog is important, especially if you’re thinking of introducing them to your morning/evening runs. Without the proper level of training, they’ll constantly be distracted and you won’t enjoy the experience. The training programs will also condition them to obey your instructions, thus keeping them safe.


Athletic

The Goldendoodle is an active breed that won’t appreciate you compelling it to stay put in one place for a long period of time.

They love moving around or being engaged in an activity that will stimulate them mentally and physically. This is actually the trait that makes them popular among people who love to exercise for the better part of the week.


Social

All dogs require some level of training to be okay around kids, pets, or strangers, the Goldendoodle is generally friendly with everyone it meets. These dogs are highly social and love being around their family.

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How Many Miles Can a Goldendoodle Cover?

A healthy Goldendoodle will be able to run about 5 miles without resting, but some might cover a longer distance depending on their weight, age, and fitness level. They have the ability to improve their performance the same way we do. If they exercise regularly, they’ll be able to hit new personal records within no time.

Risks To Consider While Running with a Goldendoodle

If you’re planning to run while the temperatures are high, there’s a possibility of your Goldendoodle suffering from heatstroke. The most comfortable temperature for most dogs is anything that lies between the 75- to 78-degree Fahrenheit range. We like to say “most dogs” because so many other variables are at play, including age and size. Discomfort will start setting in at 80 degrees Fahrenheit. So, if you expose them to those temperatures for an extended period, they may suffer from heat exhaustion.

Secondly, think about the nature of the surface that they’ll be running on. We recommend avoiding running or walking on asphalt, especially if it’s a hot day.

And lastly, always carry enough water to ensure both you and the dog stay hydrated—frequent water breaks are essential.

Can a Goldendoodle Be a Therapy Dog?

The Goldendoodle has to be one of the most recommended therapy dogs, given its loving and gentle nature. These are the traits that experts look for while searching for breeds that can provide emotional support as well as companionship to people grappling with various mental illnesses.

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Conclusion

A Goldendoodle can clock speeds of 30 to 35 miles per hour. They are so fast because they’ve inherited great genes from their parents. If you’re looking for a reliable exercising partner, they’ll never let you down. They are loyal, smart, and always eager to impress their owners, making them perfect pets for families.


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