What is the teddy bear doodle dog?
The Goldendoodle and Labradoodle are often referred to as teddy bear doodle dogs. These cute doodle dogs resemble teddy bears and hence the name. Their cute and cuddly appearance makes them a popular dog breed among dog lovers. The lovable, fun-loving, and loyal nature make them an excellent pet for families with kids.
Teddy bear Doodle Dog Appearance
The teddy bear doodle dogs can be a mix between the Golden retriever and a mini poodle (Goldendoodle) or a designer mix between a Labrador and a mini poodle (Labradoodle). They can reach a height between 14 – 17 inches and weigh somewhere between 15 – 30 pounds. The females are usually smaller than the males. You can find mini Goldendoodle puppies for sale by contacting breeders.
- Color Variations - Since these species of dogs are cross-bred, it is difficult to predict their color. The most common colors are chocolate brown and golden. But you will see a wide range of shades between cream and black. Most of the time, the colors are solid, but occasionally you will spot doodle dogs with bicolor coats.
- Fur Length - When not unclipped, hair usually grows between 4-7 inches long. The look and texture also vary among teddy bear doodle dogs. Some sport shaggy fur like the Golden retriever, whereas some have a coat with curls like the Poodle parent. The length, look, and texture of the fur depend on the parents' genes.
The labs and the Golden retrievers are loved and adored for their intelligence and friendly nature. These breeds have a consistent temperament which makes them great guide dogs and therapy dogs. The Goldendoodles and the Labradoodles also possess these temperaments. Their loving nature makes them the perfect choice for first-time owners and homes with little children.
Teddy bear doodle dogs love pleasing their owners and are very good at taking instructions. This results in a pet that loves to learn. They love movement, outdoor activities, and socializing, so consistent training sessions are something that they will look forward to every day. These doodle dog species respond well to clicker training and positive reinforcements. Everyday training also helps develop a strong bond between the owner and the dog as it encourages a great amount of trust.
Since these breeds are incredibly social and constantly ask for love and affection, there is a tendency for them to develop separation anxiety if the owner is away for a long time. You can handle this issue by training them to be by themselves. Be patient with the training; begin by leaving your pup/dog alone for a few minutes initially and slowly work your way up to a longer time. This helps build trust and positively reinforces your return.
Caring for your Teddy Bear Doodle dog
The Goldendoodles and Labradoodles are peppy, enthusiastic, and bouncy by temperament. They are always up for adventure, playtime, and outdoor activities, which means you will have to get them lots of exercises.
These dogs will remind you that it's time for their walk, and they will get to the car probably before you. But since they are smaller than the original parent, they will not need as much exercise as the pure breeds. However, they will showcase their energetic personalities from time to time, but a 30-minute walk a day will be enough.
These little doodle dogs also love to swim; if you want them to have the best experience of their lives, take them to any place where there is enough water to swim; if you cannot take them out every day, no need to worry, as they can benefit from indoor playtime as well.
Shedding and Grooming
The amount of shedding varies from dog to dog, but this breed sheds comparatively less hair. Goldendoodles and Labradoodles fall in the hypoallergenic dogs' list, but not all of them can be said to be hypoallergenic. This is because it depends on their breeding; you can confirm this with the breeder before purchasing. Make sure to brush them every other day.
Teddy bear doodle dogs need to follow a diet rich in fat and protein. Because of their Retriever and Labrador parent, these little doodle dogs have high chances of being allergic to grains. If your pup shows signs of allergy, try feeding them grain-free kibble, which contains oats and quinoa.
It is best to avoid common allergens such as wheat, soy, and dairy. We recommend an all-natural feed that does not include any artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives. Choose feeds that contain whole protein such as eggs and chicken.
Teddy bear doodle dogs are cute, playful, and lovable; everything we want in a family dog. Since these breeds have low-maintenance, it is a perfect choice for first-time dog owners, and they also adapt to smaller spaces such as apartments. Healthy meals, some outdoor activities, and a loving family is all that these doodle breeds need.