Information about Groodles

What do you get when you cross a Golden Retriever and a Poodle? A Groodle!

Originally bred to help visually impaired people with dog allergies, this breed is now very popular amongst individuals and families due to their usually affectionate and easy to train nature. It is also a preferred choice to be trained as a service dog and companion for individuals with disabilities and medical alert dogs for diabetics and epileptics.

Want to learn more about this breed? Read our guide below to see if Groodles are the pet for you.

Groodle breed information

If you’d like to get to know the breed a little more closely, here are a few key traits and facts about the Groodle:

How long do Groodles live?

On average, Groodles have a lifespan of 12-15 years.

How big do Groodles get?

There are two types of Groodles: Miniature and Standard. On average, Standard Groodles height can grow to 70cm tall, while Miniature Groodles can grow to 48cm.

Do Groodles shed?

Groodles can have a straight, fleece or wool coat. They usually shed a relativately low amount of fur and might need to be brushed weekly.

Should I get a Groodle?

Should I get a Cavoodle?

Groodles come in various sizes and colours, same as the Poodles.

Groodles are usually highly intelligent and thrive when learning new things. Groodles can be easily trainable and pick up new tricks and behaviours quickly. That’s why they’re often a considered choice for fist-time dog owners.

Groodles’s friendly nature can make it a great companion for a range of different owners. Whether you’re a family, couple, or living on your own, a Groodle can adapt and fit right into your environment.

Groodle personality

Groodles are usually intelligent and have a loving nature. They can thrive in social households and usually get along with other children or pets.

As faster learners, they’re usually adaptable to different living situations, from the country to the city. They thrive in obedience training and agility. Groodles can be protective of their family, so if someone unfamiliar enters your home, they might be vocal about it. Like Golden Retrievers, Groodles tend to love water, so a visit to the beach or playing with the sprinklers are a good choice to keep them active.

Taking care of Groodles


Groodles have a vary of coat type and colours. They can come in gold, black, cream, red, grey and brown coats. Their coats can be straight, fleece and wool. The straight coat can have some shedding, fleece looks wavy and has low shedding, and wool is similar to the poodle, with little to no shedding.

Regular brushing can be beneficial to prevent mats and keep a clean coat, as well as bathing them every 4 to 8 weeks and regular trimming.


Groodles tend to be adaptable to both apartments and houses with a yard. While some are more mellow, this breed usually enjoys daily exercise, with at least an hour of moderate daily exercise.


Like most dogs, Groodles need a diet rich in protein to maintain their health. Lean meats like chicken and lamb with a mix of vegetables can provide a balanced meal that will keep your Groodle going. If you’re feeding your Groodle kibble or dry dog food, opt for high-quality that contains good nutrients.

Common Groodle health conditions

Like most dog breeds, Groodles are susceptible to certain health conditions. Here are some examples:

Ear infections

Ear infections

Depending on the cause, Otitis may affect one or both ears. There are various causes, including allergic dermatitis (food or environmental allergy), foreign bodies (grass seeds), parasites, tumours within the ear canal and some hormonal imbalances such as hypothyroidism. These infections are itchy and painful for your pet, which prompts them to shake their head and paw at their ears.

Gastrointestinal tract disease

Gastrointestinal tract disease

This disease happens when the gastrointestinal tract gets inflammed. It can be caused by bacterial infection, viruses, parasites or medications, which can lead to pain in the abdomen, vomiting and diarrhoea. If your Groodle suffers from any of these signs, early medical attention with your vet can help with a quick recovery.

The cost of insuring a Groodle

If you’re thinking about getting pet insurance for your Groodle, factors like age and location could affect the cost of your premium. Everyday Pet Insurance offers Basic, Standard, Comprehensive and Comprehensive Plus cover that can help protect you and your furry friend. Check what each insurance cover includes.

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