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I think a lot of the poor behavior seen with doodles is that the people who buy doodles are not the kind of people that do a lot of research...they didn't research the "breed" before getting it and they don't research how to properly train a dog either. So you get a bouncy dog (standard poodles are bouncy as all get out) who is SUPER smart matched with an owner who is often a first time dog owner, with no clue how to handle the dog, and who is expecting some Mary Poppins creature who is magically going to be practically perfect in every way with no effort on their part whatsoever. Basically, the owner is outwitted and outlasted by the high energy and intelligence of the dog.
There is no real reason a poodle/golden cross couldn't be a decently behaved dog, but it would take someone with knowhow and well, those are not the people buying doodles.
There are some who come from parents with health clearances, etc but most of the time it is from someone who is lying through their teeth, making claims that are impossible. I mean, the old adage holds - if it sounds too good to be true it probably is! My personal favorite right now are the "English Goldendoodles". take the goldendoodle fad, add in the "english golden" fad, and you get English Goldendoodles = big money.
I've NEVER recommended them, always recommended other breeds for people with allergies/shedding issues, etc. And now, after making fun of doodles......I just adopted one. Never say never, right? But at least I didn't pay thousands of dollars for a mutt! I rescued this one from a reputable rescue group, just like I rescued my other mutt. And my one purebreed was found on the side of the road, so also a rescue. So I'm sure people will ask me how much I love golden doodles now, and I'll tell them I love my dog, but don't recommend spending big money to get a mixed breed dog!