Many people wonder if the goldendoodle is a healthy breed of dog, since both the golden retriever and standard poodle are prone to certain health conditions. Overall, the goldendoodle is a relatively healthy dog breed, but this highly depends on the parents and the breeder in which the dog came from. A reputable dog breeder will do DNA testing on the parents to ensure that the goldendoodle puppies are as healthy as possible. If the parents are healthy then the puppies are almost guaranteed to live long healthy lives. So, let’s discuss the possible health problems that a goldendoodle might face as he or she gets older.
The most common health problem for goldendoodles is hip dysplasia, since both golden retrievers and poodles are prone to it. This is why finding a good breeder is important, because this can definitely be prevented if the breeder does a test on their dogs before breeding them. If both the golden retriever and poodle are safe from hip dysplasia, then it is likely that the puppies they produce will also be free from that problem. Because hip dysplasia is so common in these dogs it is almost a necessity that the parents get tested before breeding, so don’t purchase a dog from a breeder who failed to get the parents tested.
The golden retriever and poodle are also prone to eye problems and that is another condition that both the breeds should be tested for before they produce any puppies. Before breeding, it is recommended that the parents go through annual CERF exams just to be on the safe side.
Besides hip dysplasia and eye problems, goldendoodles are susceptible to ear infections due to the way their ears hang. The goldendoodle has a similar ear to the golden retriever, as it hangs and doesn’t allow water to escape or drain after a swim. This issue can also be prevented if you help your dog get the water out of his ears after a swim, so it is not that serious.
All in all, goldendoodles are healthy dogs with little to no problems, as long as they come from the right breeder. Now you know what they are prone to and what should be done to prevent these health conditions. If you are looking to get a goldendoodle then simply make sure you get one from a reputable breeder who has tested their golden retriever and poodle for health conditions.