Oh my gosh, what a super cute little girl! Honestly she looks like a Golden puppy with a perm
Sounds like she got all the best traits of both gene pools.
Christen, your puppy is just gorgeous - I can't imagine how people thing doodle when they see her. I guess she will just have to be the "Golden Ambassador" in your town.
I have several friends in my neighborhood with doodles. Nobody is pretentious about it - almost all of them just wanted a good family dog of a smaller size that wouldn't shed. They want the Golden personality in a smaller package without the shedding.
What strikes me is that all these bright, educated people didn't think through the process of genetics, you don't get to pick and choose which traits you get. They honestly bought into the idea that you can somehow choose the poodle coat but not the poodle personality/temperament etc. I will also say that pretty much none of the people have the interest or time to really give these dogs the level of training and engagement they need to be easy to live with. The Doodles I know do have more temperament issue than I would have expected.
I understand why the average person would not want a poodle, every poodle I know is either a handful or a bit of a pill with a lot of, um, personality, I guess would be the term. The only one I know I would want is a tiny toy who is about 2 years old and will snuggle and let you dress her up in costumes - so fun
It's just funny to me that people don't want a poodle but line up to pay big money for poodle mixes.