Having a pet is usually a rite of passage for childhood. Whether it was a fish, hermit crab, hamster, cat or dog, almost all adults can remember having an animal companion growing up. While it may seem like a normality to have a family pet, did you know that they can actually offer several developmental benefits to children as well? Studies have shown that a child’s physical, social, emotional and cognitive development can all be encouraged by interaction with the family pet. So which pet is the right choice for your family? This is something that has to be decided depending on your lifestyle, but one of the most sought after pets for American families is a beloved canine companion.
Large or small, dogs provide companionship that cannot be replicated by any other pet, but some breeds are better for those with children. If your family is looking for a large dog that is mild mannered, playful, and great with children, I would recommend either the Goldendoodle or a Labradoodle. Both of these dogs are hybrid dogs, meaning they are derived from mating two separate purebred dogs. The Goldendoodle is a mixture between a Golden Retriever and Poodle, whereas the Labradoodle is a mixture between a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle. Both bred from retrievers and poodles, what is the difference? This is a common question that a lot of people ask, and other than a few physical traits, there are not a lot of differences between the Goldendoodle and Labradoodle. As far as personality and temperament is concerned, it’s very hard to distinguish many distinctions between these two breeds. Both dogs are highly trainable, intelligent, hypoallergenic, and extremely friendly. Goldendoodles seem to be a little less weary when meeting strangers, but both dogs are known to be extremely sociable animals. They both have been used many times for service and therapy purposes, and are great with children.
The main differences between these two breeds are their physical characteristics. As far as size is concerned, the Goldendoodle tends to be a little larger than the Labradoodle, both in height and weight. When it comes to looks and grooming, the Goldendoodle has hair that is much longer than the Labradoodle, therefore it will need visits to the groomer for a haircut every 4-10 weeks or so. If you base your decision on the maintenance of the coat and grooming, you may want to consideration to purchasing a Goldendoodle. Speaking of coats, both dogs are categorized as either F1 or F1B based on the amount of hair and amount of shedding that will occur. The main difference is that F1’s will shed some and F1B’s shed very little, if at all.
So, the question of whether to add a Goldendoodle vs. Labradoodle to your family simply boils down to your preference as far as size and coat are concerned. Both dogs are smart and easy to train, and they are going to love your children unconditionally. Just remember that either type will require plenty of attention and affection from your family.
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