A goldendoodle is a cross-breed obtained by breeding a golden retriever with a poodle. The name (which alters “poodle” to “doodle” in reference to the Labradoodle) was coined in 1992. Additional names by which this crossbreed is known include Curly Retriever, Goldenoodle, and Groodle.
In the 1990s, breeders in both North America and Australia began crossing golden retrievers with standard poodles. The original purpose of the cross was to attempt to develop guide dogs suitable for visually impaired individuals with allergies. The goldendoodle puppies are sometimes called a designer dog. The Encyclopedia Britannica traces the term “designer dog” to the late 20th century, when breeders began to cross purebred poodles with other purebred breeds in order to obtain a dog with the poodle’s non-shedding coat, along with various desirable characteristics from other breeds