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Goldendoodle vs. Labradoodle

A Breeder’s Perspective

I’m Sherri Smeraglia, the Breeder of the World’s First English Goldendoodle. I’d like to invite you on an enlightening journey through the fascinating world of Labradoodles and Goldendoodles. Here at Smeraglia Farm, our passion for breeding exceptional companions runs deep, and I’m thrilled to share with you the insights that led us to breed the world’s very first English Goldendoodle.


In the world of doodles, Labradoodles often seem to be the most common or well-known type, and many times, the term “Labradoodle” is used generically, much like how “Coke” is used for all sodas. But a Labradoodle is not a Goldendoodle. Goldendoodles are very different and unique, and I want to make that clear right from the start of my blog. Often, even my own clients will refer to their dog as a Labradoodle simply because it’s such a commonly used term. So, I want to emphasize there is a very distinct difference in the world of doodles. When considering a doodle, it’s crucial to consider all the parent breeds that went into creating these dogs.

Understanding a dog breed fully means diving into its history and the intentions behind its creation.

The Labrador Retriever, known for its boundless energy and strong work ethic, originated from Newfoundland’s rugged shores. Initially bred from the St. John’s Water Dog, which itself was a mix of local breeds and those brought by European fishermen, Labradors were developed as adept fishing companions. Their love for water, friendly nature, and tireless work ethic made them invaluable to fishermen. Yet, their high energy can be a challenge, especially when mixed with the vibrant Poodle to create Labradoodles.

On the other side, the Golden Retriever, with its calmer energy levels, emerges as an ideal match for the spirited Poodle. Born in the Scottish Highlands, the Golden Retriever was developed by crossing the now-extinct Tweed Water Spaniel with the Yellow Retriever, and later, Bloodhounds and Irish Setters were added to the mix. This breeding aimed to create a dog that excelled in the damp, rough terrain of Scotland. The Golden Retriever’s elegance, gentle demeanor, and luxurious coat set it apart as a canine of distinction.

When it came to creating the world’s first English Goldendoodle, my preference for the Golden Retriever’s serene nature was key. Seeing the challenges posed by the high-energy Labradors and Labradoodles among friends, I realized that merging the tranquil Golden Retriever with the smart, hypoallergenic Poodle would yield an unparalleled companion.

Thus was born the English Goldendoodle—a breed that captures the best traits of both parents. With meticulous breeding and dedication, our English Goldendoodles have become more than pets; they’re a vital part of the family. Their gentle nature, loyalty, and intelligence make them perfect as service animals, therapy dogs, and beloved companions.

Our English Goldendoodles lay the groundwork for everything we do at Smeraglia Farm, and as many of you know, they are a parent breed for our newest dog breed, the Teddy Bear Twoodle.

Thank you for joining me in this exploration of Doodle breed dynamics. If you’re thinking about welcoming a furry friend into your life, I warmly recommend exploring the unique charm of the English Goldendoodle and discovering firsthand the joy and love they bring.

Warm regards, Sherri Smeraglia

A Note from sherri

It's a Labor of Love for me

Thank you so much for taking the time to read through my blog. Every word penned here comes straight from my heart, as I aim to share with you the knowledge and insights I’ve gathered over the years. My deepest hope is that you find joy, inspiration, and perhaps a little bit of wisdom in these pages. Remember, this journey we’re on together is all about the love and connection we share with our furry friends. So, sit back, enjoy the read, and let’s continue to grow and learn in this beautiful adventure of companionship.

Warmest wishes,

Sherri Smeraglia