Obama in his acceptance speech in November 2008 promised his
young daughters that "you have earned the new puppy that's
coming with us to the White House!"
speculation buzzed about just what pet Malia and Sasha would choose
to occupy the White House for the next four years.
The Goldendoodle - or the or a cross between
retriever and a poodle
- was reported as one of the First Kids' favorites. Although the Obamas eventually picked the Portuguese water dog, presidential recognition already garnered by the goldendoodle brought nationwide attention to the adorable breed.
Goldendoodle behavior & personality
Well known for their fun-loving temperaments, Goldendoodles are happiest
around a large group of people. Despite the fact that they usually
don't make the best guard dogs, their eagerness to please makes
them highly trainable.
intelligent, Goldendoodles have a favorable mix in their genetic
makeup that appears to add a calmness to their personality. Like
the Golden retriever, they are generally well-behaved though exuberant,
and love to swim and retrieve.
Care & health
Because of their tight, curly coat, the breed only lightly sheds
and usually needs little grooming. Due
to their energetic nature, Goldendoodles are best suited to younger
households with a commitment to providing the companionship and
regular exercise that this breed requires to stay happy and healthy,
especially as it ages.
A variety of diseases and conditions have been known to plague
the breed, most commonly hip dysplasia. Cataracts and other eye
ailments are also typical. As with all domestic pets, proper feeding
and exercise becomes all-important in advanced years to ward off
a marked tendency toward obesity.
More about Goldendoodles around the Web:
- Information central for the breed including facts on their behavior,
choosing a Goldendoodle puppy, health, diet & exercise guides,