The Goldendoodle (Golden Doodle) gets its name from it's mixed heritage - a cross between the Golden Retriever and the Poodle. Goldendoodles are a hybrid dog and as such they exhibit "hybrid vigour". This is a phenomenon in animal breeding referring to the fact that the first cross between two unrelated purebred lines is healthier and grows better than either parent line. The Goldendoodle puppy takes on the best traits of both breeds.*
The Goldendoodle is a loving, loyal dog and has a keen sense of smell. They can be taught to enjoy swimming, as both the retriever and Poodle parts of their ancestry normally enjoy water. Goldendoodles are intelligent, friendly, and great with kids, just like their Golden Retriever and Standard Poodle parents. They are easily trained, highly social, and by nature are easy with strangers and other dogs. They love to play, and retain the strong retrieving instincts of the Golden Retriever, and love fetching sticks, balls, Frisbees, etc.
The Goldendoodle and the Labradoodle were bred to produce a very low shedding assistance dog for challenged individuals who suffered from allergies to shedding hair or have other problems with excessive shedding. While the Goldendoodle is typically a low-shedding hybrid, it does shed to some degree.