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For seven yrs Izzi has been a healthy dog...  but (there is always a but is there not?) Recently She was losing hair. small patch lead to larger patch...  Vet ran blood tests and found she has developed an issue with her thyroid.   Now 3 months later she has regrown/filled in the patches.   The new growth is light brown.  I think the genetics of the original cross breed has shown itself..  she's is an F1 Goldendoodle.     Unlike many full blooded breeds that have known health issues, we don't have scientific facts of what we may face...  

We do know they are great family dogs, intelligent, easy to train and loyal. Easy Keepers  

Funny now... I didn't know what I was purchasing when I bought her for a grandson.. Just a little ball of fuzzy fun...   who grew to 70lbs.  Puppy fuzz was everywhere for the 1st 5 months... lol finally reaching the goal of no shed breed..  

At the same time I purchased Izzi, I came home with a cocker spaniel of the same age.  1st spring I put both into obedience training with the kids..  Mostly to train young age grandkids...  

The spaniel was lost to cancer at 5yrs. which was the second spaniel we lost as a family, same age, same reason..   Some of you may remember Charlie.  Izzi  now takes thyroid meds daily with a fish oil added to her food.  Her coat is shinning and healthy today, still does her doodle zoomies, and refuses to except squirrels in her yard.  

 

Goldendoodles are a wonderful 1st time family dog for busy parents.

Whatever may come in future health issues she brings a smile to us each and every day. 

 

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Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on October 9, 2017 at 8:26am

I remember your sweet and beautiful Charlie, Lois (wish I could insert a heart here). Good to hear that Izzi is doing so well and that you were able to identify and treat her thyroid issue. Gracie is now 7, which has made me begin to wonder about what I can expect. My last two dogs (mixes) each lived to be 18. I would love to think it will be the same for Gracie.

I think as far as health issues go, I look to each of the two breeds. For Gracie that's the Australian shepherd and the standard poodle. However, I think one of the most important things is to research and find a good, reputable, knowledgeable breeder that does health testing. All our previous dogs more or less came to us somewhat unexpectedly (as did Quinn), and so we were naïve about breeders and what a difference it can make to find the right one. I have to admit there was a lot of luck involved in us connecting with Gracie's breeder. We count our blessings.

We have living proof of "breeding matters." Gracie is the poster child for good breeding, while unfortunately, Quinn is the puppy mill/back yard breeder poster child. On top of that, he is half Irish Wolfhound, a high risk breed when it comes to health.

I'm realizing I am letting myself run on a bit here (haha) so I'm going to stop. But my last thought is that it would be nice to maybe have a "files" page where we could share articles related to health and training. The IW fb sites I belong to have some great resources. Don't know if something like that is possible in this program...

Comment by Lois - Izzi on October 8, 2017 at 10:26pm

Thanks all ..... Izzi is doing just fine.  Delighted to read Nug is well also ...   Notes: after meds for a month her new growth in now the orginal  golden... Next time she has a hair cut she will return to Golden in color

Comment by Laurie, Nug & Puk on October 8, 2017 at 10:21pm
Nug is also on thyroid meds and fish oil. He never showed any symptoms we caught it early through regular yearly blood work. He, like Izzi was 7 years old when it was discovered. Nug is now 10 and still going strong.
Comment by DonMarie & Picco on September 30, 2017 at 10:23am

Yea Izzi!  Sounds like a quick fix!   They are the sweetest and most entertainer creatures!

Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on September 29, 2017 at 10:24pm

So glad to hear that the cause of the hair loss was found, and she's responding well to treatment.  What a relief!

As for the coat color change, I've noticed where Nessy (brown) has scar tissue, the hair in the area grows back black (or near black - not sure exactly).  So Izzy's coat change in those areas may be a similar response to the hair loss. ?  Probably permanent, or so it seems with Nessy.

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