The Groodle has been in existence since the 1960’s. The initial purpose of the cross between the Golden Retriever and the Poodle was to develop a breed of dog suitable for visually impaired individuals suffering from dog-sensitive allergies.
Breeding the placid, loyal and good-natured temperament of the Golden Retriever, with the high intelligence of the Poodle was seen to be a desirable mix, and many of the offspring produced were deemed highly trainable, affectionate and friendly.
Today, the Groodle is a relatively well-known breed with a fabulous reputation, good genetic benefits and which displays great charm and spunk. They also display what is known as ‘hybrid vigour’, meaning the cross-breed is likely to be genetically healthier than their pure bred parents.
As Groodles are ‘hybrid’ dogs, they do not conform to any of the strict breeding standards found within associations such as the Australian National Kennel Council. Instead of focusing on certain ‘aesthetic qualities’, Groodles Australia concentrates specifically on the health, temperament and ethical breeding practices of this breed.
Groodles have become a popular choice for many, with some being specially trained to become service dogs, companion animals for children with disabilities (including autism) and as medical alert dogs (for diabetics and epileptics).
This beautiful breed suits individuals and families from all walks of life, and we think they are very special indeed.