Xenodochial – not a word stored in my vocabulary, nor one that I’ve EVER used in conversation #untilnow


But its definition is very familiar to my world – thanks to my Goldendoodles…


Xenodochial means –

Friendly to strangers

Need I say more?

If your searching for a dog that is –

  • everybody’s friend
  • devoted to their family

If you want a dog who is friendly towards –

  • children


  • other pets


  • strangers


Then a Goldendoodle is for you!



I feel the need to also say… I have no doubt they would protect me #beenthere  

Any breed can become a protector when it comes to their owners and family. The Goldendoodle is no exception to this rule and has been known to show great protectiveness over its owner. 


I walk early on Sunday mornings so we can attend the early morning worship service. In the winter it’s still dark when I go. On one particular Sunday morning, a joker jogger was approaching me from behind, and I never heard him. For whatever reason he chose to remain on the sidewalk and when the dogs heard him, he was a little too close for my comfort. Startled, I jumped. I didn’t actually scream, but a strange sound did exit my mouth. The Boys were beside themselves. I saw teeth, and heard growls from them that were totally foreign to me. I’ve never been afraid to be out with the “ambassadors of friendly” after that. They will protect me if needed. #nodoubt 

Outgoing, welcoming, pleasant and accepting of strangers. They are the poster pup for happy social dogs!

PetGuide said it best.

They are –

Fun-loving and playful. An active energetic athlete.





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

This year over 500 bloggers from across the world will participate in the A-Z blogging challenge.

We will attempt to blog everyday during the month of April (minus Sundays) completing the entire alphabet in one month.

Our Theme? – “Everything Goldendoodle” ❤️


  • Emma
    April 28, 2016

    Nice job with that scary letter “x”! You boys are definitely friendly!

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 28, 2016

      They certainly are!

  • Monika & Sam
    April 28, 2016

    Goodness gracious! How in the world did you find that term?! Well done.

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 28, 2016

      HA! I asked a friend – 🙂

  • Callie, Shadow, and Ducky's Mom
    April 28, 2016

    Wow! That’s some word!! I can only think of one other I like as much: Supercalifragilsticexpialidoscous!

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 28, 2016

      HA! Hasn’t heard that word in a while! Now I’m humming the song in my head!

  • Slimdoggy
    April 28, 2016

    Great word and so suitable!

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 28, 2016

      Thanks Slim –

  • Claudette Pope
    April 28, 2016

    Ditto, on the protectiveness. Curtis cant even hug and kiss me in Ziggy’s presence without a very hard nose nudge, clearly instructing him to get Hands off his Momma. LOL And I too love that word. Now for me to figure out how to pronounce it LOL

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 29, 2016

      The other day, Lee had a tough time getting into the bed! LOL I didn’t even try to pronounce the word, not even once! Have a great weekend 🙂