When looking for some particular mixed breeds, you might come across names such as Groodle, or Goldendoodle. They might have some similarities with the Cavoodle, as the name suggests, but they are two different breeds, each with their own characteristics.
But first, let’s learn about Groodles.
What is a Groodle?
A Groodle, also known as a Goldendoodle or Golden Doodle, is a mix between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. They have short to medium fur, which is usually curly, although some are wavier shaped, or even straight. Groodles are generally medium-sized dogs and can weigh up to 30kg, but larger Groodles can weigh up to 45 kg.
Just as their Golden Retriever parent, Groodles are excellent family dogs, well-behaved and gentle. From their Poodles counterpart, they take their non-shedding, hypoallergenic characteristics and their smart brains: Groodles are easily trained and can learn super quickly.
What are the differences between a Groodle and a Cavoodle?
Both Groodles and Cavoodles have one part Poodle. This means both breeds don’t shed and are also very smart and loving. They are also very sensitive and family oriented.
However, they have many more differences. One of the most significant ones is their size. While the Groodle is a medium or large-sized dog, Cavoodles are small and weigh only around 10 to 12 kg maximum.
Another significant difference is in their fur. Although both might have a curly or wavy hair, the Groodle will most likely have a soft, loose fur, just like the Golden Retriever smooth coat. The Cavoodle, on the other hand, has thicker hair.
You can also expect their energy levels and requirements to differ. Cavoodles will love to run and play around, but being a small dog makes them easier to adapt to small places or to indoor routines. A Groodle will most often have the free spirit of a Golden Retriever. Their large size will require more outdoor time and frequent walks to burn all the extra energy they tend to accumulate. Groodles, as a rule of thumb, are much more active than Cavoodles.
Their different sizes also mean distinct health issues. Large dogs have higher rates of hip dysplasia, a condition that affects their hip joints and can be very painful. Dogs of any size and breed can develop hip dysplasia, but larger dogs are more prone to this condition.
The good news is that they are both great with children of any age and are very affectionate towards their family. Any time spent with their owners will be highly enjoyable for both.
Naturally, as it happens to every mixed breed, both Groodles and Cavoodles can have slightly different characteristics from each other. Much of that depends on their parents’ personality, health and other aspects.
Although several crossbreeds use a Poodle as a counterpart, they can all be very different, depending on their other parent.