What is a Golden Pyredoodle? Well, here at Kansas Doodle we tried this cross Between a Golden Pyrenees and poodle and hoped for a larger sized assistance animal that would be more focused on the needs of its person and less interested in approaching a stranger. Currently, we have not been able to achieve the very tall/ large height we wished for, but the temperament and trainability of the Golden Pyredoodle has been everything we wished for and more!
The Golden Pyredoodles that have tested well on their temperament testing and have gone on to be service dogs, and do other types of assistance dog work. They have been slightly aloof with strangers, but outgoing and friendly enough to be in public with no issues. While they have loved their pet siblings, they have not pulled their owners towards dogs in public. They also have been very quiet when in public and have not displayed aggression. An unexpected quality has been the ability for many of my Golden Pyrenees to alert to certain medical conditions- such as a high or low blood pressure.
While a Golden Retriever is one of the most popular breeds of dogs in the USA (a Golden Retriever puppy is so cute!), the shedding coat is often an issue- especially if someone is allergic to dog dander. So, of course the Goldendoodle became very popular. However, I have chosen to cross a Golden Retriever and Great Pyrenees to produce a Golden Pyrenees and then breed to a poodle to develop the Golden Pyredoodle.
The Golden Pyrenees is an amazing dog and I have loved the Golden Pyrenees puppies and have a few in my breeding program. The puppies I have raised have turned into very loving and generally calm adults who adore children and also are slightly cautious. Almost all have been great with other dogs of either gender and cats. While a Great Pyrenees can be trained and trusted with chickens and farm yard animals, I would not expect the same thing from the Golden Pyrenees or Golden Pyredoodle.
The Golden Pyredoodle is a lighter shedding dog for sure than the Golden Pyrenees or Golden Retriever. You can expect very light shedding or possibly a coat that only sheds when brushed. The coat will change as the puppy becomes an adult. You will need to brush often and probably will wish to have your Golden Pyredoodle professionally groomed. If you choose to keep a longer coat they resemble a Sheepadoodle in looks, but unless you love to brush your dog it's generally recommended to clip some of the long coat. None of my puppies have coarse, wiry fur common in Labradoodle or Goldendoodle puppies. They are soft and while they will in fact matte they are less than the Goldendoodles I have. They will absolutely matte if not brushed or cared for, and once the puppy coat turns into an adult coat it can happen very quickly.
Since my focus is always producing an assistance animal, you might wonder what tasks a Golden Pyredoodle is suited for? That depends largely on the temperament of each puppy. While I work with each puppy through a curriculum, it will be essential for you to also work with your Golden Pyredoodle and train him or her well. They have a very keen sense of smell and while mine do not bark excessively, occasionally you might find your Golden Pyredoodle is more of a night owl like the Great Pyrenees and will likely alarm bark when someone approaches your home.
I am not sure what makes this particular unique combination as amazing as it is. I love the balance of slightly cautious to outgoing. They are "nosey" and do beg for human food and seem very food motivated. Yet, most I know also are motivated by praise alone. They forgive quickly and have a very long fuse. Even as puppies they generally do not show dominance over humans and very rarely do they nip at ankles or bite clothing. There are variations within the puppies, but these have been characteristics of all my Golden Pyredoodle puppies so far! It is possible this is only true of my lines since this combo is a unique one.
Why did I breed this combo? My goal was for a taller, larger, sturdier assistance dog to help someone needing mobility. However, my standard Golden Pyredoodles aren't generally much larger than a large standard Goldendoodle. Still there are so many traits that make this breed combination perfect assistance animals. They are easy to train and eager to listen. They have a great nose which makes them well suited for diabetic alert dogs. Several have joined schools (not left at the school of course!) as facility dogs. While I will probably continue to have other breeds in my kennel such as Poodles, Golden Retrievers and Goldendoodles the Golden Pyredoodle is my personal favorite. They can also be any color a poodle could be.