A vet once said, and I quote, “If you can’t afford to take care of a pet, please don’t get one.” Well, his argument couldn’t be any less true if you’re getting a high-maintenance designer dog like a Goldendoodle. Be it the f1b Goldendoodle or any other Goldendoodle variants, Goldendoodles are a class apart from other breeds of dogs.
But with their class comes a huge shopping demand!
Not to burst your excited bubble, but heavy is the head that wears the crown, isn’t that what they say?
Right from the breeder’s home, a Goldendoodle demands the utmost care. And to deliver this care, you’ll need to be prepared to buy grooming supplies, caring gear, and even pet insurance.
In this guide, we’ve compiled a list of these gears. Read on to find out what they are.
Just like any other dog, Goldendoodle puppies demand feeding and drinking containers. Although some owners go for plastic bowls – which are relatively cheaper by the way – I’d suggest you get something ceramic or stainless instead, as they’re easier to clean and healthier for your puppy.
Due to the smart and energetic nature of doodles, there’s no getting around their friskiness. Be it during training or playing, Goldendoodles will always try to tug or pull away from their companion to jump at things, play with passers-by, or greet kids.
To keep them in check and out of trouble, you need a leash that’s at least four feet and at most 8 feet long. Alternatively, you can go for adjustable versions, which you can use from their puppyhood through to their senior years.
Maybe your previous puppies didn’t really do badly without a collar; that’s no free pass for you not to get one for your doodle. In fact, collars are your best bet for adorning your doodle. Imagine a pink-shade collar on your golden color mini doodle. What an exquisite sight that would make.
Generally speaking, a collar size range of 8-12 inches works best for standard and medium doodles. But you can speak with the breeder to know the exact size of collar to get for your puppy. That said, you can browse through the internet (Amazon, Etsy, etc.) for a myriad of gorgeous collars options.
There really is no definite guide on what size crate is best for your doodle, as a lot of factors go into selecting one. However, some experts suggest getting a size crate range of 13 – 20 inches for miniature Goldendoodle. 17 – 20 inches for a Standard doodle. And 20 – 40 inches for large Goldendoodles.
But in order to make the right choice, here are the factors to consider:
- A size crate large enough so that the doodle doesn’t hit his head in any position
- A size crate wide enough so that he can lay on his side with his paws stretched out. And can stand up and turn around all the way.
Speak with the breeder before buying a crate, as they will be able to guide you on what’s best for the puppy they’re selling to you.
Metal Combs or rakes and a slicker brush
Unfortunately, one of the downsides of getting a Goldendoodle is their hugely demanding grooming needs. From time to time, you’ll need to comb or rake your doodle’s coat to prevent it from mapping out or tangling. To do this, you’ll need a metal comb if your doodle has got a curly coat or a grooming rake if he’s got a wavy coat.
You’ll need a slicker brush for fluffing the outer coat.
Just the way humans trim their nails regularly, Goldendoodles demand a frequent nail-trim too. Considering they’re a highly sociable breed of dog, you don’t want them walking around with nails long or sharp enough to injure kids, damage rugs, or scratch floors.
Some owners use their personal human toenail clippers to clip their dog nails. But we recommend a Cordless Dremel instead, as that will ensure you don’t hurt their quick while trying to trim their nails.
In the event that you ever trim their nails too short or hurt their quick, a styptic powder is what you’ll need to soothe their pain and stop their bleeding.
Tough as this may be on your budget, you really have no choice. Goldendoodles and pet toys are a match made in heaven, as this is what makes their hearts beat. At the puppy stage, you can get soft toys they can cuddle with like Benebone Bacon Flavored Wishbone Dog Chew Toy, KONG Floppy Knots Dog Toy, Chuckit! Kick Fetch Ball.
As your pup grows older, you can get stronger toys like Jolly Balls, and chew ropes.