Hi, everyone! I introduced myself a while back, and then things got a little crazy. In a nutshell, my Mom is looking to bring either a Standard Poodle or a Doodle into her life, and we are in the process of doing careful research to see which kind of dog would be the best match for her and her lifestyle. She is looking for an older puppy or young adult, and is open to working with either a reputable, responsible breeder, or a rescue to find the right dog for her.
My Mom lives alone in a townhouse in an urban residential neighborhood. She has a small, fenced-in area (maybe 250 square feet?) in back, and is committed to leash walking. My Mom works, but would be able to come home at lunch for potty breaks. Also, my sister has offered to let any potential new dog come to her house for “day care”. There is almost always someone home at my sister’s house during the day, as well as my sister’s nine-year-old Goldendoodle, Abby. My Mom also lives very close to a fantastic daycare and boarding facility, which I will strongly encourage her to utilize (my two dogs used to go there before they started having issues with new dogs).
She is also committed to training. We had Standard Poodles when I was growing up, and trained and showed them in obedience. She is looking to earn the CGC title at a minimum, and potentially do therapy work, so long as the dog enjoys it. As it has been a long time since she has had a dog, and a lot has changed since then, I am putting together a reading list of books on science-backed training and behavior.
I understand that every dog is an individual, and when you have a cross of two different breeds, it can be a toss-up as to which traits are inherited from which breed, but I do have some broad, general questions that I hope you all can answer. I thank you all in advance!
My dog, Chester, sees a Veterinary Behaviorist, who mentioned one time that she sees a disproportionate number of doodles in her practice. For the senior members here, which behavior problems to you see people posting about most frequently, and in your opinion, do the issues seem to be rooted mostly in nature or nurture?
Someone told me a while back that Goldens can be prone to same-gender aggression. Have any of you found that to be the case?
What about Separation Anxiety? Does that tend to be a big problem with doodles?
Does there seem to be a significant difference in temperament between Goldendoodles and Labradoodles? For those who are familiar with purebred Standard Poodles, do either GDs or LDs differ in significant ways from their poodle ancestors?
Is there anything else we should be aware of that I haven’t mentioned?
Again, thank you so much in advance!