Originally Posted by misslesleedavis1
I agree with Labs, not so much Labradoodles or any of the designer "doodle" mixes. While I've never met a mean 'doodle, they are a high-maintenance dog in terms of grooming, and breeders are doing the best they can to hide this fact from naïve and ignorant puppy buyers.
Very often I see people with a 'doodle as their first dog, and they have NO CLUE how much grooming this "breed" requires, and I get these 8 month old 'doodle puppies that have never been bathed, brushed, or otherwise cared for, they're tangled and matted to the skin, and the ignorant owner wants them to keep all that shaggy length and gets upset when they discover it isn't possible.
It's taken me about two years to get my 'doodle clients in line, since as a rule they don't bother to brush their dogs or do anything to maintain their coats, they have to come in for professional grooming every four weeks or the dog is getting shaved. So, not a good choice for a naïve dog owner IMO. If they came out with a shorthaired 'doodle, with the coat of a Lab, I might change my mind.
All the Golden Retrievers I've known have been lovely, doofy dogs who are happy to be fat and lazy, as long as in the company of their beloved families.
I have to second this. Most Goldens don't have issues with aggression, resource guarding, or any of the things that make a pet dog dangerous. They can be boisterous when young, especially the "field" type, but in the average family, most become too fat to be very athletic and are content to lie around the house not causing too much trouble. The biggest problems I have with Goldens is their tendency to become obese and then use their weight against you, either by pulling on leash, or laying down and stubbornly refusing to move. There is nothing heavier than a fat Golden that doesn't want to do something. But in light of all the bad things a dog can do, that isn't the worst, so Goldens get my vote for a family-friendly dog.
Cavalier Spaniels are also pretty benign, as are Toy Poodles, Shih Tzus, and many of the Toy breeds. But again, they are high-maintenance in terms of grooming, so owners need to have a modicum of education about this.