Goldendoodles, the popular cross between golden retrievers and poodles, were first intentionally bred in the 1990s as larger versions of the "cockapoo." Goldendoodles, as a rule, are intelligent, loyal, loving family dogs. They can be bred in a variety of manners, resulting in a wide range of appearances and differences in temperament. Well-trained, well-loved Goldendoodles are some of the most personable and enjoyable canine companions. All Goldendoodles have a high potential for possessing "hybrid vigor," a health and vitality commonly found when crossing breeds within a species.