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White Goldendoodle: Pictures, Facts & History

Jeff Weishaupt

By Jeff Weishaupt

White Goldendoodle

A White Goldendoodle is, in the true sense, what you’d call a designer dog. Rather than a true breed, it is a hybrid of two purebred dogs: a Poodle and a Golden Retriever.

The White Goldendoodle gets its low-shed traits from its poodle parent. Meanwhile, the lovable nature and pleasant temperament come from the golden retriever.

Let’s learn more about this breed and why it makes excellent guide dogs.

Height: 17–21 inches
Weight: 50–90 pounds
Lifespan: 10–15 years
Colors: Black, gray, blue, cream, white, fawn, gold, red, chocolate, liver, brown
Suitable for: Active families or singles looking for a low-shedding dog
Temperament: Loyal & loving, outgoing, playful, friendly, gets along with other pets

The White Goldendoodle is available as a miniature and in standard size. Its playful nature makes it a good pet for families with children. The breed requires human interaction and does best when it gets its daily walks and playtime.

Since both of the breed’s parents are intelligent and pleasant-natured, the offspring is also a treat to be around. Due to their intelligence, White Goldendoodles also make excellent service and guide dogs. They can also sniff out peanuts for people with peanut allergies.

White Goldendoodle Characteristics

Energy
Trainability
Health
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The Earliest Records of White Goldendoodle in History

There are no known records of the White Goldendoodle’s origin. But the breed first made its appearance in the 1990s as an alternative to the Cockapoo, which was a cross between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle.

Amy Lane from the Fox Creek Form created the first mini Goldendoodle, a miniature version of the standard Goldendoodle, litter in 2002. She aimed to resolve the comments about the previously bred White Goldendoodle being too large for some homes.

Although White Goldendoodle are new to the designer dog pool, they have grown in popularity over the years. Neither the American Kennel Club nor any other international purebred dog registry recognizes them because they are mixed.

However, the American Canine Hybrid Club recognizes White Goldendoodles. Due to their recent popularity as a result of social media fame, breeders have started taking requests for White Goldendoodle variations.

You can now find these dogs in sizes and with various traits. From petites to minis, there’s a wide range in sizes of White Goldendoodles. Plus, they come in unique colors and with curly or straight coats.

How White Goldendoodle Gained Popularity

Initially, White Goldendoodles became popular due to their suitability as pet dogs. Since they have a hypoallergenic coat, they’re perfect pets for homes with allergy sufferers. The breed is also gentle, family-friendly, and fun-loving. It loves being around children and makes a great play companion for every kind of owner.

Google data shows that the search volume for Goldendoodles increased rapidly in April 2020. Maybe it was the loneliness of the pandemic that made people look for a canine companion. Or perhaps the breed’s sociality made it famous during that time.

Regardless, the White Goldendoodle became a common sight on social media. Its popularity is partly due to its ability to act as a service dog.

The breed’s intelligence and loyalty make it the ideal companion for people with special needs. Goldendoodles can be taught the following activities:

  • Alerting their owners of medical issues, such as seizures
  • Switching lights on and off
  • Opening and closing doors
  • Retrieving objects for wheelchair-bound individuals

Goldendoodle service dogs can also help people with post-traumatic stress disorder. These dogs can alter their handlers of situations and objects that may induce stress and anxiety. They can also interrupt panic attacks, self-destructive behaviors, and nightmares.

The Health of White Goldendoodle

The White Goldendoodle is a healthy dog that can live for 10 to 15 years. But like other breeds, these dogs are also prone to some diseases.

Here are some health issues the breed is susceptible to:
  • Atopic Dermatitis: It is an allergic skin condition resulting in fur loss, damaged skin, rough coat, redness, and itching. The disease affects 10% of dogs and is one of the leading causes of long-term itching.
  • Ruptured Cranial Cruciate Ligaments: Since Goldendoodles have weaker limbs, they are susceptible to cranial cruciate rupture. It may be acute, resulting from the dog experiencing a twisting knee joint injury.
  • Seizures: Dogs may experience seizures due to tumors, brain trauma, genetic epilepsy, autoimmune disease, and nutritional imbalances. Seek veterinarian assistance if your Goldendoodle shows symptoms of an episode.
  • Hip Dysplasia: It is a condition in which hip joint/s develop abnormally during a pup’s growth. Goldendoodles may inherit the disease from their parents.
  • Patella Luxation: In this condition, the dog’s kneecap shifts out of position. It can be excruciating and may occur in one or both legs.
  • Von Willebrand Disease: It is the most common genetic bleeding disorder in dogs, making it harder for blood to clot.
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy: The eye disease can cause a Goldendoodle to lose sight over time. Although the condition starts with night blindness, it can progress to complete blindness.

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Top 5 Unique Facts About the White Goldendoodle

Interested in getting a Goldendoodle? Why not learn about some cool facts to spike your interest?

1. White Goldendoodles Come in Many Sizes

Let’s just say there’s no limit to cuteness when it comes to Goldendoodles. The smallest ones are called teacup Goldendoodles. They weigh only about 10 pounds when fully grown. The average height is between 8 and 13 inches. But note that smaller dogs are more prone to health issues. So, you must be vigilant in their care.

Need something a bit larger? The toy Goldendoodle is the right option. Standing at 10 to 16 inches, the toy Goldendoodle weighs 10 to 25 pounds.

Miniature Goldendoodles weigh 15 to 30 pounds and are 15 to 17 inches high. They’re a good option if the standard-sized Goldendoodle of 26 inches is too big for you.


2. Monica Dickens May Have Bred the First Goldendoodle

Charles Dickens’s fame may have something to do with Goldendoodle breeding. His great-granddaughter is thought to have crossed the first poodle and golden retriever in 1969. But the breed didn’t take off back then. It’s quite a hit now, though.


3. Goldendoodles Enjoy Hybrid Vigor

Goldendoodles enjoy a natural phenomenon called hybrid vigor. Research shows that the individual traits of the F1 generation, formed by crossing two purebred parents, perform better than their parents’ traits. As a result, the hybrid breed has better traits, like stress tolerance, biomass, fertility, and growth rate. These hybrids also live longer than their parents and are less likely to get sick.

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4. Goldendoodles Are Celebrity Dogs

Many celebrities love White Goldendoodles, including Paula Deen. The cookbook author and TV-famous personality has a White Goldendoodle called Gus. Other celebrities who have kept the breed as pets include Usher, Kenney Chesney, and Perez Hilton.


5. Goldendoodles Are Instagram Famous

Goldendoodles don’t necessarily need famous owners. They themselves are pretty famous too! An example is Samson, who has over a million Instagram followers.

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Does a White Goldendoodle Make a Good Pet?

White Goldendoodles make great pets because they like to befriend people and love pleasing their owners. They’ll be happy and healthy as long as they get an hour of physical activity daily.

You can also take your furry friend hiking or swimming since they enjoy doing both. Since they love being around people, White Goldendoodles shouldn’t be left at home alone for too long. Otherwise, they develop separation anxiety and may show aggression.

A White Goldendoodle might not be your best option if you need a pet that can also act as a watchdog. They’re better as guide dogs than protective canines.

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Conclusion

The White Goldendoodle may not be as old as some of its fellow breeds. But it has undoubtedly made a place for itself in the dog lovers’ community.

They’re pleasant, fun, intelligent, and friendly. A young White Goldendoodle pup can also learn tricks quickly. So, early socialization and obedience training are critical.

We recommend getting it appropriately trained if you plan to keep a White Goldendoodle as a service dog. Look for a certified trainer to teach your dog tasks according to your disability.

Finally, watch for health conditions like hip dysplasia and retinal atrophy. Just take your pet for regular vet visits, and the hybrid vigor will do the rest.


Featured Image Credit: LouiesWorld1, Shutterstock

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