HOW VOCAL ARE GOLDENDOODLES? #BLOGGING FROM A-Z

How vocal are Goldendoodles?

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That is the question…

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I think it’s safe to say – any dog can/will bark regardless of their breed.

A Goldendoodle will bark to alert their family that someone or something is around, but they’re generally not what you would consider “problem barkers.”

Goldendoodles are like kids in the sense that they are a blend of two different parents.

Some say the Poodle can be a problem barker while the Golden Retriever – not so much.

Therefore if the Goldendoodle is 50% of both breeds and the parents weren’t barkers, that particular trait may not be dominant in your pup!

I am a firm believer that all dogs bark to communicate. Some (obviously) more than others. And often – for individual reasons.

HARLEYis probably the most vocal but only for specific reasons. the obvious and common being the mailman and our doorbell.  Unusual (to me) is the drive-thru window. I must roll his window down. He feels he must give greetings and salutations to the cashier. 

JAXSONgives a low guttural sound when he hears a strange noise. Whines like a toddler if he’s unable to reach something he wants. Rarely does he bark. Recently – after a full day of activity – he will “slumber bark.” It’s as if he’s trying to tell me a story in his REM sleep state. 

LEO –  was my whiner! He whined a great deal and would throw in a bark from time to time to accentuate his distress. Submissive to Harley, he used his whining to seek human “back-up.” 

This video is a prime example.

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Harley wrestled the ball away from sibling Leo. Frustrated beyond belief, the only thing Leo knew to do was throw a tantrum. Watch him perform until his Doodle Dad saves the day and brings him another ball.

There are some who believe Goldendoodles are very vocal, and other’s who are adamant they are not.

Because of the two distinct breeds in these super social dogs, I like to get really scientific when asked for my opinion.  I borrow and tweak a famous quote from Forest Gump when it comes to generalizing these dogs. 🙂

Life Goldendoodles are like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get!

For the amount of barking the Boys do, I would classify if more musical than maddening to my ears!

*I am not a breeder nor a veterinarian. I am a Doodle Mom searching and sharing a better understanding about everything Goldendoodle.

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22 Comments
  • Dashlilly
    April 26, 2016

    Yes!! Great post!! Dash is my vocal guy — and he is the tantrum thrower! When Lilly has something he wants — he is exactly like Leo–stands there and whines, barks, and makes a general fuss until he gets human back up. Lilly — when she barks I know to sit up straight! Something is up. (It was tender to see a video of Leo. Made me miss him all over.)

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 26, 2016

      I know just what you mean (about Leo) I still miss him terribly, but his video was the perfect example.

  • Amanda
    April 26, 2016

    Piper SINGS to us! We did not even know how perfect her name would turn out to be! It’s usually when she wakes up, like a long and elaborate series of lyrical yawns (that we call her “morning song”) but also at other times when she seems happy or excited. So adorable!

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 26, 2016

      Piper’s got a “morning song” I love that!

  • Two French Bulldogs
    April 26, 2016

    Mom is scared of our noises. We make baby and monkey sounds
    Snorts,
    Lily & Edward

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 26, 2016

      Monkey sounds? That’s a new one.

  • Monika & Sam
    April 26, 2016

    Great insight – thanks for sharing more on the breed. As a standard poodle, Sam is not generally vocal, ok…he does act like the mail lady is a serial killer but other than that, he’s pretty quiet. Unlike the two previous inhabitants…Old English Sheepdogs whose main purpose in life was to carry on conversations with their mom (or as I like to think of it…back talking sassiness!) ღ

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 26, 2016

      Here’s what I found out about the mailman – because the mailman comes to the door and never comes in gives the dog the impression that his barking is chasing him away. Hence the repeated behavior. I never knew sheepdogs bark. I don’t think I’ve ever heard them utter a sound.

  • Emma
    April 26, 2016

    Bailie and I love to howl, a lot. We know the neighbors appreciate it and we don’t understand why we are not allowed out into the yard in the early morning or late evening hours???

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 26, 2016

      Personally – to have a GBGV serenade me to sleep at night would be a wonderful thing. Tell your mom to take a poll and then give it a test drive!

  • Callie, Shadow, and Ducky's Mom
    April 26, 2016

    Love the Forrest Gump reference!! Shadow is a little more vocal than most Goldens, but that’s okay with me.

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 27, 2016

      This is the way I see it – like kids, some dogs like to talk more than others. It doesn’t stop us from loving them any less! Happy hump day my friend!

  • Shelly Bray
    April 26, 2016

    I think that might be the cutest fit I’ve ever watched!

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 27, 2016

      Awwhhh, thanks so much. Come back and visit again soon!

  • JeanneP of bichonpawz
    April 27, 2016

    Chloe and LadyBug will bark if anyone comes near the door or the yard…even if it someone that they know…I guess they are just saying hello!

    They are not crazy barkers…as I know some small dogs can be. They are really pretty quiet.

    This is such a great series. Thank you for sharing all of your knowledge with us!

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 27, 2016

      Someone started a rumor that all little dogs bark a lot and I agree with you – not all little bundles of fur are crazy barkers. I’ve fallen in love with many small dogs because they are so quiet. I’m so happy to hear you’re enjoying the series. I am having so much fun sharing all I’ve learned about Goldendoodles. Have a great day!

  • LeeAnna Paylor
    April 27, 2016

    first of all, good boy jax to respect your elders. Harley was totally eating that ball by the way. Jax was playing cute, roll, come on lets play harley! Then I’ll get that ball back! Cole seldom barks and he’s all poodle. Can’t catch prey if you’re mouthy! He will bark when frustrated, like when a squirrel runs up a tree in front of him.
    I love your grassy yard, what a fun place for them to play. I also liked that jax got quiet with just a hand signal…
    LeeAnna

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 27, 2016

      Thanks LeeAnna. I’ve got to tell you though, it was Leo not Jaxson playing with Harley. #noworries That was our backyard in VA. It was a blast for them to hang out in, but a bear for Lee to mow and maintain. The yard we’ve got in SC is not quite as large but it’s flat so the doodle games continue… Take care!

  • Lindsay
    April 28, 2016

    Daddy saves the day! You have a great size backyard for the dogs, they must love all that space.

    Do they ever get grass stains, being white you notice them more? Sometimes the boys get a bit greenish-hue and stink like slugs so into the bath they go.

    As always, thanks for sharing pictures and stories about your love bugs. 🙂 xo

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 28, 2016

      That was our yard in VA, the hill was a killer for Lee to cut – I know he doesn’t miss that 🙂 Grass stains would occur if they were outside while he was cutting the grass. Usually I would wait a few hours, because the fresh cut grass blades made them look like they had green booties.

      • Lindsay
        April 28, 2016

        Who needs to dye their pets hair when you’ve got fresh cut grass?! 🙂
        I don’t blame Lee, that hill would be killer to cut all the time.

        • Cathy Bennett
          April 28, 2016

          The hill was so steep, it wasn’t conducive for a riding mower – too much of an incline. So he really got a workout on grass day! The greasy color wasn’t the problem, it was that smell you mentioned before. #yuck

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