The Mini Goldendoodle
To see our available or upcoming mini goldendoodle puppies, go to our puppies page. For general breed information and how we do mini goldendoodles, keep scrolling down.
Our mini goldendoodles are raised as healthy companions for life and we never regret our decision many years ago to select mini goldendoodles as our breed. Mini goldendoodles are a cross between the golden retriever and mini poodle breeds that has produced desirable traits as family pets for many years. Merging the qualities of low shedding, intelligence, trainability, and a social temperament between the two parents breeds has given what we consider the best breed for families of all stages in life, including those with young children, singles in an apartment, and most any other situation.
Mini Goldendoodle Genetic Types
Genetic terminology is commonly used to describe mini goldendoodle types, sometimes incorrectly. Below we give description of common genetic goldendoodle definitions. Sizes given are only estimates of our typical weight ranges. We can't guarantee an adult size for any puppy and occasionally have puppies that go outside these typical ranges. We will also never guarantee a puppy to be completely non-shedding since the poodles (known as a non-shedding breed) will have a minor amount of shedding.
F1 mini goldendoodles
F1 (genetic abbreviation for filial 1) mini goldendoodles are the first generation cross between a golden retriever and mini poodle. F1 mini goldendoodle puppies are generally 30-50 lbs as adults and range from very low curl and mild shedding to curly coats with low shedding. We will sometimes use a multigen mini goldendoodle father that has mostly poodle genetics in place of a mini poodle in our F1 breeding. While not the exact definition of F1, we have seen no difference in size, color, health, or curl in doing this type of cross.
F1 mini goldendoodle puppy in light golden color example
F2 mini goldendoodles
F2 (genetic abbreviation for filial 2) mini goldendoodles are the cross between two F1 mini goldendoodle parents. Due to strong genetics from the golden retriever and poodle breeds on both sides, F2 mini goldendoodle puppies vary wildly in size, coat, and shedding. Since this is the most inconsistent type of goldendoodle cross, we don't breed F2 mini goldendoodles.
F1b mini goldendoodles
F1b (genetic abbreviation for filial 1 backcross) mini goldendoodles are the result of pairing an F1 mini goldendoodle to a mini poodle. This is a different type of second generation goldendoodle cross than F2 goldendoodles. F1b mini goldendoodles typically range from 15-35 lbs as adults and have curly and low shedding coats. We will also sometimes use a multigen mini goldendoodle father in place of a mini poodle in our F1b pairings, like we do with F1 pairings.
F1b mini goldendoodle puppy in medium golden color example
Multigen mini goldendoodles
We consider anything beyond the above listed goldendoodle types to be multigenerational. Due to the exponentially increasing number of combinations with each increasing goldendoodle generation, size and coat characteristics will vary significantly from breeder to breeder. Our multigen mini goldendoodles are only bred from parents where at least one or both of the parents has mostly poodle genetics to eliminate increasing the shedding potential. With the way we breed for multigen puppies, our multigens will have more poodle genetics than f1b goldendoodles. Our multigen mini goldendoodles also generally range from 10-35 lbs as adults, depending on size of the parents, and have curly low shedding coats.
Multigen mini goldendoodle puppy in red color example
Mini Goldendoodle Colors
We have done extensive research into the color genetics of dogs, which is vastly complicated and involves many different genes and varying fading and timing expression of these genes. Dog colors can include black, brown, blue, silver, white/cream/apricot/red, tan, sable, merle, parti colors and others. Markings are also involved without clear genetic dominance. We only raise goldendoodles in the cream/red colors. The cream/red genes are an intensity related set of genes where you can get the infinite range of colors from pure white to Irish setter red. We don't have chocolate colors in our breeding, but many people confuse our darker red puppies with chocolate (brown) or tan colors. We use the terms of cream/light golden/medium golden/dark golden/red. We will sometimes have puppies that have white markings that can include spots on the forehead, nose, chest, feet, and tail. We don't have parti lines (sometimes confused with markings).
We use the size definitions outlined below with our mini goldendoodles. Some of our litters (such as F1b mini goldendoodle litters) will range from 15-35 lbs as adults, so we consider these to be mini/medium size.
We consider mini goldendoodles in the 10-25 lb range to be a mini or mini size dog. This is the size of the mini poodle and multigen mini goldendoodle parents.
We consider our mini goldendoodles in the 25-50 lb range to be a medium size dog. This is the size of some of our mother mini goldendoodles.
Standard or full size
We consider anything above 50 lbs to be a standard or full size dog. A couple of our mothers are in this size.
We don't have puppies available all the time and usually have quite a bit of interest when we do. We will have puppies throughout the year and open a list for reservations after puppies are born. We don't accept deposits before this to avoid having uncertain and long reservation lists. Please see our mini goldendoodle puppy page for information on expected mini goldendoodle puppy availability.
Our history with mini goldendoodles
Our journey with mini goldendoodles began in 2004 with our desire to down size the standard size goldendoodle we had started raising. Standard goldendoodles are a wonderful breed, but just too big for most households. The standard goldendoodle is a good combination of the intelligence, trainability, and non-shedding characteristics of the poodle breed and the mild mannered and intelligent golden retriever breed. We had raised a few litters of the standard size in colors including black, chocolate, phantom, and cream/red. These puppies fulfilled the needs for families, but we continued to get the request for the smallest in the litter or "do you have anything smaller?". Our compromise resulted in our first litter of mini goldendoodles in 2004. We have not turned back since and continue to strive for happy and healthy puppies that are family and kid friendly. We feel the mini goldendoodle breed fits this as much, if not more than, any other breed.
Including our previous standard size goldendoodles, we have raised mini goldendoodles that range from 10-100 lbs. In the mini size, we have raised puppies that include the white, cream, light golden, medium golden, dark golden, and red colors. We have been successful in raising healthy puppies for many years with our emphasis on the history of the genetics we are working in contrast to the fancy data only health testing we have not found to be very accurate or helpful in making our decisions on who to keep for breeding.
Our method for raising and selling puppies is very laid back. We don't participate in high pressure sales or making unattainable claims about our puppies. Our philosophy has been that our puppies sell themselves, which we have many years of satisfied customers to back up. We often get the response: "I met one of your puppies the other day ... I want one just like that." Beyond the praise for our puppies, this also points to the quality of training our customers commit to their puppies.
We have run into many claims or questions about the mini goldendoodle breed that are false. To be continued ...
8 Things to Know About the Miniature Goldendoodle (Mini Goldendoodle)
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The Miniature Goldendoodle is a cross of a purebred Golden Retriever and a purebred miniature or small Poodle, also known as Mini Goldendoodle. It’s a small dog breed at about 13 to 20 inches tall, weighing between 40 to 50 pounds. The lifespan of the Miniature Goldendoodle is around 10 to 15 years.
A Miniature Goldendoodle will give you a lifetime of love and companionship but also has a significant chance of developing illnesses and serious medical conditions.
Here is my list of Eight Things to Know About the Miniature Goldendoodle to see if this breed is the right fit for you and your family.
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1. Their gentle temperaments make them a great addition to the family.
Mini Goldendoodles make fantastic family pets. They are non-aggressive, highly intelligent, loving, playful, fun, sweet, and enduringly loyal. Sensitive to tone of voice, the mini groodle is eager to please and very social. Additionally, because of their low prey drive, Mini Groodles tend to get along very well with other companion animals, like other dogs and cats.
This hybrid is excellent with kids of all ages, and is gentle enough for interaction with even the youngest children in the family.
2. The Mini Goldendoodle is versatile for various social purposes.
Because of their friendly, gentle natures, Miniature Goldendoodles thrive as service and therapy dogs. Their loyalty, protectiveness, and affability make them an ideal partner for people with disabilities.
Mini Groodles are also excellent sniff dogs and guide dogs, with some even becoming check dogs and steer dogs. This crossbreed is capable of doing it all!
3. Mini Goldendoodles do not make good watchdogs.
While they may be friendly and gentle, the Mini Goldendoodle just might be too friendly and gentle to guard the house when you’re away. This crossbreed is not known to be noisy, and in fact, they bark infrequently. Your Mini Groodle may not even bark when someone comes to the door!
Due to their quietness and openness toward people — even total strangers — the Miniature Goldendoodle is not recommended as a watchdog or as a dog for protection.
4. This hybrid is hypoallergenic and perfect for owners with allergies.
Have you ever wanted a dog but your allergies prevented you from owning one? Do you love dogs but can’t stand vacuuming up furry hairballs all the time? The Mini Goldendoodle might just solve both problems.
One of the essential characteristics of this crossbreed is its low shedding factor. Mini Groodles who have more Golden Retriever in their genes will have longer fur and therefore some minimal amounts of shedding. Those Groodles with more Miniature Poodle in their genetics will rarely shed at all.
Although no breed is entirely allergen-free, the Miniature Goldendoodle is as close as you can get. It’s the perfect dog for easy clean-up and for avoiding allergic reactions.
5. Mini Goldendoodles have a moderate energy level and are easy to train.
The Mini Groodle is a moderately active dog who requires around 20 to 30 minutes of daily exercise. They adapt quickly to most hot and cold weather climates, making them an excellent all-weather dog selection. This crossbreed is excitable but will match their energy level to yours, so plan on snuggling on the couch together.
Mini Groodles are eager to please and very smart which means they are incredibly easy to train. This dog will not need many training repetitions because of how swiftly he learns commands. In particular, Mini Groodles make good agility dogs and the retriever in their bloodlines means that many learn to swim and love it.
Miniature Goldendoodles are active enough to help you stay active too, so pick up that leash and head to the park!
6. These dogs are all about low maintenance grooming.
Little to zero shedding equals a typically low maintenance dog. The Miniature Goldendoodle is a relatively easy keeper in the grooming department. As with shedding, the level of grooming is determined by the dog’s genes: a dog with more Golden Retriever will require more frequent grooming, and a dog with more Miniature Poodle will have shorter, curlier hair that requires fewer trips to the dog salon.
Remember that low maintenance grooming doesn’t equal no grooming at all. Even Mini Goldendoodles with curlier hair can experience matting, and occasional trimming and clipping may be necessary, so keep an eye on your dog’s coat and brush when needed.
7. Get ready to have your new buddy by your side — a lot.
Miniature Goldendoodles are so loyal and people-oriented, they may want to be with you all the time, and that can be a problem. Mini Groodles may become too attached to their owners and suffer from separation anxiety when left to their own devices.
Separation anxiety can result in unwanted behavioral issues, such as constant barking, howling, chewing, and other destructive actions. To prevent separation anxiety, make sure you socialize your Mini Groodle properly and give him plenty of mental stimulation, such as puzzles, to ward off boredom (and chewed up furniture) until you return home.
8. Parentage presents some potential health concerns.
All dog breeds have medical issues associated with them, but in the case of a crossbreed like the Miniature Goldendoodle, there is a double dose of concern. Both Golden Retrievers and Poodles have genetic maladies and are prone to certain diseases, like cancer. A dog that is the product of these two pure breeds is, in some cases, doubly exposed to its parent breeds’ weaknesses.
Here is a list of the potentially serious health concerns that mini groodles may develop:
- Progressive retinal atrophy is an inherited disease involving the bilateral degeneration of the retina, eventually resulting in blindness.
- Von Willebrand’s disease is an inherited blood clotting disorder where the dog has an insufficient amount of plasma protein to encourage blood clotting. Dogs suffering from this illness experience excessive bleeding for even minor skin wounds.
- Bloat (gastric dilatation volvulus) is when a dog’s stomach fills with gas, food, or fluid, and expands, placing pressure on surrounding organs.
- Patellar Luxation is a dislocated knee injury common to toy and miniature breeds.
- Hypothyroidism is an illness resulting in an inadequate production of hormones by the thyroid gland.
Other, less severe conditions that the miniature goldendoodle may have are ear infections, allergies, and hip dysplasia.
Always be sure to purchase your dog from a reputable breeder.
Because Miniature Goldendoodles are hybrids, they are susceptible to having health issues and varied coat colors. You can avoid some of the health issues associated with this crossbreed by purchasing your dog from a reliable, proven breeder.
A conscientious, responsible breeder will offer the following:
- a genetic test to check for inherited diseases
- an uninflated, reasonable price
- proper socialization for puppies, preferably with exposure to children
- veterinary records with updated vaccines and worming
- two-year health guarantee
Avoid getting your dog from a puppy mill, and ensure a long, happy, healthy life with your Mini Groodle by purchasing her from a good breeder or adopting her from a rescue organization or shelter.
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
📏 How big is a Mini Goldendoodle?
Miniature Goldendoodles can either be a mix of a Golden Retriever with a Miniature or Toy Poodle. As mentioned above this designer dog has an average height of 13 to 20 inches (33 to 51 cm) and can weigh between 40 to 50 pounds (18 to 22 kg), some can reach a weight of 40 or 50 pounds (18 to 23 kg). Cute aren’t they? This pooch uses its manageable size as a way to deal with this quirk. Another issue with this breed (and most miniaturized canines) is these health problems.
👼 Are Mini Goldendoodles good dogs?
Absolutely! Thanks to their heritage, they were able to inherit their parental breed’s intelligence, as well as being great with kids and excellent family pets. It’s still best if you get to know this fido better in terms of personality, so you know as well whether they can be easily trained or not.
💰 What is the cost of a Mini Goldendoodle?
The price of a Miniature Goldendoodle can range from $1,600 to $2,600. Their value can be influenced by factors like the quality or pedigree of the parental breeds and litter, if the pup is trained, and the breeder’s location. Do you think that it’s worth it if the doggo you’re interested in have these qualities with regards to their coat, purpose, and maintenance?
🔉 Do Mini Goldendoodles bark a lot?
Mini Golden Retriever & Poodle mixes aren’t known for being noisy, but for being gentle and friendly. Still, each dog is unique and some are more vocal than others. But since they’re generally viewed as infrequent barkers, you can find out in this section if this mixed breed can serve as a protector of your home.
🐾 Are Mini Goldendoodles hyper?
This hybrid can be an energy-filled furball, especially during their puppy stage through adolescent years. Poodles are bred to work and Golden Retrievers are used for sports. With highly active parents, how energetic will their Doodle offspring turn out? How much time should you keep aside to provide the exercise a Mini Goldendoodle on a daily basis?
With a Miniature Goldendoodle, you get the best of both worlds: the friendly, eager to please Golden Retriever, and the loving, loyal Miniature Poodle. The Mini Groodle makes the perfect family dog and is versatile enough for everything from swimming to service. However, Mini Groodles do have some energy, don’t make good guard dogs, and are prone to genetic diseases.
So are you ready for a Miniature Goldendoodle? Many Mini Groodles are thrilled with their canine companion, but you need to determine if this crossbreed will be a good fit for your family and home life. What do you find attractive about the Mini Groodle?
If you own a Mini Groodle, what do you enjoy most about her and what do you wish you had known before you brought her home? Let us know your thoughts about the Miniature Goldendoodle. Leave us a comment and share your experience with this popular crossbreed.
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Ah, the sweet, adorable, pint-sized pup: the Mini Goldendoodle.
While this dog is not a purebred dog breed, Mini Goldendoodles are still incredibly popular dogs all around the world.
With their teddy-bear like faces, people adore this designer breed. Let’s take some time to get to know the Mini Goldendoodle, including those who might want to reconsider adding this breed to their family.
What is a Miniature Goldendoodle?
A standard Goldendoodle is a mixed breed between a Poodle and a Golden Retriever, whereas a Mini Goldendoodle, is a cross between a Miniature Poodle (or Toy Poodle) and a Golden Retriever.
This designer dog became popular for being hypoallergenic and no to low shedding. Although, it’s important to note that no dog breed can be 100% hypoallergenic and non-shedding, however, Mini Goldendoodles shed much less than a Golden Retriever would!
Types of Mini Goldendoodles
While searching for a Mini Goldendoodle puppy, you’re going to see words like “first generation” and “F1”, “F1b”. Here’s a quick overview of the different generations.
F1 Mini Goldendoodle
An F1 Mini Goldendoodle (or first-generation) is when a purebred Golden Retriever is bred with a purebred Miniature Poodle. F1 Mini Goldendoodles are half Golden Retriever and half Mini Poodle.
F1b Mini Goldendoodle
F1b Mini Goldendoodles are when a Mini Goldendoodle is bred with a Mini Poodle. F1b Mini Goldendoodles are 75% Miniature Poodle, meaning they are less likely to shed. F1b Mini Goldendoodles are more suited for those with severe allergies.
F2 Mini Goldendoodle
An F2 Mini Goldendoodle is when two Mini Goldendoodles are bred together.
F2b Mini Goldendoodle
An F2b Mini Goldendoodle is when an F1 (half Golden Retriever and half Mini Poodle) is bred with an F1b Mini Goldendoodle.
How big do Mini Goldendoodles get?
Mini Goldendoodles are anywhere from 15 to 35 pounds and are 13 to 30 inches tall. However, the size of the Mini Goldendoodle depends on the size of the Poodle that is being used for breeding the hybrid dog.
These numbers can differ slightly depending on the height and weight of both the Mini Poodle and Golden Retriever parents. If you want a slightly bigger dog, you should consider a Standard Goldendoodle, and if you want one even smaller, look to the Teacup Goldendoodle.
Mini Goldendoodle Temperament
Like their Golden Retriever parent, Mini Goldendoodles are gentle, friendly, and eager-to-please. And because they are part Mini Poodle, they are incredibly playful and intelligent! Their intelligence makes them easy to train but it can also make them mischievous at times.
Both parent dog breeds are warm towards people and crave love and attention from their pack. They are loyal and love to stay close to their humans!
As both the Golden Retriever and the Mini Poodle are intelligent, the Mini Goldendoodle is also expected to be intelligent. Hence, this makes training a Goldendoodle an easy task.
Since the Golden Retriever and the Poodle are known to be sociable dogs, the Mini Goldendoodle will also be a sociable dog and, if introduced properly, should get along with other dogs and animals you have in your house.
Mini Goldendoodles have a moderate energy level. Most require about 30 minutes of exercise per day, but the actual amount will depend on your dog.
But having said all those, the temperament of the Mini Goldendoodle is hugely influenced by its upbringing. Training and socialization are very important for your Mini Goldendoodle and we encourage our readers to research properly training methods and puppy socialization to ensure their dogs are happy and healthy!
Do Mini Goldendoodles get along well with children?
Given that the Miniature Goldendoodle is warm, friendly, and loyal to their family, you can expect the Mini Goldendoodle to be perfect for families with young children.
Mini Goldendoodles love to play! Just be sure to keep a close eye on your children when they play with any animals and be sure to educate young children on the proper way to interact with animals.
Coat and colors
Mini Goldendoodle puppies tend to have fluffy coats that change as they age. The coat of an adult Miniature Goldendoodle can vary. It can be similar to the Poodles (and be curly) or it can be like a Golden Retrievers and be straight. Their coat can also fall somewhere in the middle and be somewhat wavy!
It’s impossible to tell what types of coat a Miniature Goldendoodle will have until they are adults.
Because Miniature Goldendoodles don’t shed often, you will need to spend extra time brushing and combing through their hair to prevent knots, tangles and painful mats. We advise you to comb through the coat at least once a day.
Miniature Goldendoodles also come in a range of different colors. Golden Retrievers can be a dark golden color (also known as red), yellow-golden, or a light cream.
A Miniature Poodle can be red, black, tan, cream, apricot, red, or brown. The most popular colors for Miniature Goldendoodles are cream or golden, however, you can have black, white, grey, red, or even mixed colors!
Miniature Goldendoodles require lots of grooming, both at home and with a professional. Grooming a Doodle requires daily brushing, combing, and trips to the groomers to prevent painful mats and tangles.
Mini Goldendoodle health problems
Unfortunately, Mini Goldendoodles can have the same health problems that Mini Poodles or Golden Retrievers have. This includes:
- Cancer: Golden Retrievers have one of the highest rates of cancer of all dog breeds.
- Hip Dysplasia: Painful joint pain that is common in both Goldens and Poodles.
- Dental Disease: Miniature Poodles are more likely than other dog breeds to have teeth-related issues. It’s important to clean your dog’s teeth daily and take them to see a doggie dentist at least one a year.
This isn’t an exhaustive list of the health concerns for Mini Goldendoodles. Your prospective breeder will be able to provide you with more information.
Related: Goldendoodles versus Labradoodles
How much does a Mini Goldendoodle puppy cost?
A Mini Goldendoodle puppy will be anywhere from $1,500-$3,000. The price depends on where you live, the pedigree of the parents, and other factors.
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Where to find Mini Goldendoodle puppies
The most obvious place to find Mini Goldendoodle Puppies is from a reputable breeder. Be very wary of people selling puppies through online marketplaces and on social media. Here are a few tips to make sure you are purchasing a puppy from a reputable breeder:
- Always ask the breeder for references
- Ask if you can come to meet the parents and the puppies
- Ask for health certificates and testing (to ensure the parent dogs don’t pass any genetic diseases to the puppies)
- Make sure the breeder screens you as well (the breeders should do their own due diligence to ensure their pups are going to good homes)
- If the Mini Goldendoodles are going for a cheap price, there’s probably a reason…be very careful
You can also adopt a Mini Goldendoodle! Search through our list of Poodle rescues here to see what dogs are up for adoption in your area. While you may not be able to find a Mini Goldendoodle puppy at a rescue, you can likely find other Poodle mixes who are waiting to find forever homes!
You can also contact breeders in your area to see if they have a Miniature Goldendoodle up for adoption. We have put together a directory of Goldendoodle breeders which you can look through to find one near you.
Is a Miniature Goldendoodle right for you?
Mini Goldendoodles are sweet pups ready to accompany you on all life’s adventures.
But if you don’t have the resources for adequate grooming, you might want to reconsider the Mini Goldendoodle. As they’re non-shedding dogs, they require frequent brushing and trips to the groomers.
However, if their grooming needs don’t phase you and you’d like to add an active pooch to your family, the Miniature Goldendoodle might just be exactly what you’re searching for!
Mini Goldendoodles make good apartment dogs as long as they get enough exercise.
Mini Goldendoodles are snuggly dog but don’t confused their cuddly-nature with low energy! Mini Goldendoodles need lots of playtime and exercise.
What are your thoughts on the Mini Goldendoodle? Let us know in the comments below!
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Mini Goldendoodle Adult
Actually, there are no size classifications for the adult mini Goldendoodle dog. It is kind of difficult to know the exact size of a Mini Goldendoodle will grown as the adult. Some people said that the size of the dog depends on their parents. The statement is not false but still it is hard to measure it. The size of the Mini Goldendoodle can vary. In fact, some of the adult dogs might grow beyond their intended size. Usually, this kind of hybrid breed grows to be about 13 to 16 inches tall. When it comes to the weight, the average is between 25 to 35 pounds full grown. The weight is similar for both males and females. Still, you have to remember that some might stay smaller than the average and some might grown to be bigger than the average. Once again, there is no guarantee the size of the Mini Goldendoodle adult.
If you are interested in taking a Mini Goldendoodle adult home, then it is time for you to look for mini Goldendoodle adults for sale. You can find one at a pet shop or at a pet site. To help you on finding a reliable seller, you can visit the website named the Local Puppy Breeders. In this website, you are able to find the trusted breeders in your area as well as the link to their websites. By visiting the official website of the breeder, you can know what dogs are available for sale.
For your reference, one of the best place to look for adult mini Goldendoodles is Royal Minidoodles. Every dog in this place is a high quality. The dog weigh in at different size as the parents are also different. Usually, the females weigh between 45 to 65 pounds. This breeder actually has the puppies that have reached only 7 pounds full grown, even it is not common. The puppies in this place typically grow to around 20 to 40 pounds. The breeder stated that they are unable to guarantee the size of the puppy will be when it is full grown. However, they will give you the close idea of the final size based on either the previous litters, the size when it is 8 weeks of age, or the size of the mother of the puppy.
After knowing how big Goldendoodles are, are you sure you want to get one home? If your answer to the question is yes, then this is what you have to do. First, start it by filling out the request form. The form requires some information such as your name, your email address, your phone number, the gender preference, your interests about the puppies, the size of the dog you prefer, and so on. Once yo completed them all, please press the Send button. After filling the form, the representative of the breeder will contact you to give the additional details and arrange the deposit. You have to know that the deposit is $500 and it is not refundable.
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Mini Goldendoodles and Mini Irish Goldendoodles
Pictures below are all of doodles that were born here. The first picture of each doodle is when they are around 6 weeks old and the second picture is when they are fully grown.
1. F1 mini Irish goldendoodle
We just had to send off this picture of Bentley to you. We drove down with our RV to Florida for two months to escape the snow in Minnesota.
We just had to tell you wherever we go and whenever we are walking with Bentley people have stopped us and mentioned what a beautiful dog - where did you get him and we tell them in Morning Sun, Iowa! They fall in love with him as he is such a people person - he loves people and other dogs. People will stop by our spot and call him by his name and then there they are, giving him a belly rub. He even met a ferret down here that is nuts about Bentley. I don’t like ferrets myself.
The picture doesn’t quite show his true color he’s a little more red in his coat, he’s about 45 pounds now which our vet said is where he probably will be. What a loyal companion he is. My husband had quadruple bypass surgery in August and Bentley never left his side during his recuperation. If he leaves the room Bentley whines until he comes back.
Thanks for all your hard work in breeding these pups - they are a treasure. I told my husband if you ever have a small Irish mini goldendoodle female I’d love to get a companion for Bentley.
2. F1b mini goldendoodle
3. F1b mini Irish Goldendoodle
I wanted to share a couple of pictures with you of Poppy. She has brought wonderful joy and love to my life. I can't image what I did before her.
These pictures were taken right around her 1st birthday, so she still has her winter long hair. She's about 14 lbs (perfect size), doesn't shed and is very smart (sometimes I think too smart). Poppy was very easy to train and, thankfully, loves to snuggle with me.
I hope you and your family are well.
4. F1b mini goldendoodles
5. F1 mini Irish goldendoodle
6. Multigen mini goldendoodle
Kona just turned 1 year old on September 24th and I wanted to give you an update. She is doing great and has the best disposition of any dog I know! She gets along well with other dogs and kids, in fact she and my 4 1/2-year-old niece have a very special relationship! They just love each other! She has gone on a lot of camping trips this summer with us and is an important part of our family. We love her!!
7. F1 mini Irish goldendoodle
It's time for an update on our dog Buddy he is from last July 28th litter stormy and poppy puppy #1.
To date he is 38 lbs and 18 inches at shoulders. Very mahogany red beautiful color. His coat is mixed with tight and loose curls and some wave.
Posture is stout with very muscular legs. His gate is very good. We get complements on him everywhere we go and when asked we give your info to people as well. He has an excellent personality and loves people. Sometimes we wonder if he has some goat in him because he eats any and everything in sight. He's a good looking dog but yet he's a dog meaning he does dog stuff.
We are very happy with him. If you are interested in further up dates or more pic let me know.
8. Multigen mini goldendoodle
9. F1b mini Irish goldendoodle
10. F1 mini Irish goldendoodle
11. F1 mini Irish goldendoodle
12. F1b mini goldendoodle
This is Lola one of your pups I got last August from you. She has been the best pup. Loves, loves people and other dogs. Her personality is the best! She was to puppy school last summer and did well. She can’t get enough of playing fetch- one of her favorite things to do. Just thought I’d share photos so you can see how she’s doing. We love her so much- she is everything I wanted in a pup. Thank you!
13. F1b mini goldendoodle
14. Multigen mini goldendoodle
15. F1 mini Irish goldendoodle
The Goldendoodle is one of the most popular doodle dogs in the world, and the mini Goldendoodle is becoming just as coveted.
But is the mini Goldendoodle really as good as the standard Goldendoodle? And what do you need to know about potential health issues, temperament and training?
If you’re considering getting a mini Goldendoodle, you’ve come to the right place. Today’s article is going to cover everything you should know before investing in the miniature Goldendoodle dog.
1. The Mini Goldendoodle Is A Crossbreed, So There Is No Set Breed Standard
Mini Goldendoodles are a mix between the Golden Retriever and the Miniature Poodle.
The mini goldendoodle is a miniature version of the standard Goldendoodle and is a crossbreed. Also known as a hybrid, designer dog, or mixed breed dog, the mini Goldendoodle is the offspring of two different purebred parent breeds.
As such, there is no set standard for the Mini Goldendoodle. Still, there are some basic characteristics you can expect when it comes to the average mini Goldendoodle.
Take a look.
The Mini Goldendoodle Is A Cross Between: The Miniature Poodle and the Golden Retriever
Average Height: 13 – 20 Inches
Average Weight: 15 – 35 Pounds
Average Coat Type: Wavy, Hypoallergenic
Average Coat Color: Black, blue, silver, brown, sable, merle, parti, white, cream, red, apricot, and tan.
Average Life Span: 10 – 15 Years
Average Temperament: Friendly, Affectionate, Intelligent, Playful
Average Energy Level: Moderate
Average Exercise Needs: Moderate
Common Health Issues: Von willebrand’s Disease, Bloat, Hypothyroidism, Ear Infections, PRA, Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia and Allergies
Clubs That Accept The Mini Goldendoodle Dog
Yes, the American Kennel Club (AKC) is on the above list of clubs that accept the Mini Goldendoodle. That said, the AKC does not recognize the Mini Goldendoodle or any Goldendoodle as a purebred just yet.
This means you will not be able to show your Mini Goldendoodle in competitions or dog shows. However, you can register your Mini Goldendoodle with the AKC, which comes with numerous benefits for pet parents and their dogs.
2. Mini Goldendoodles May Look Different Depending On Their Generation of Crossbreed
This mini Goldendoodle looks more like a Poodle, but others can look more like Golden Retrievers.
Because your Mini Goldendoodle is a crossbreed, his appearance can and will vary depending on the generation of crossbreed you get.
Originally, crossbreeding was used by breeders as a way to create a new purebred. In fact, most purebred dogs we know and love today are the result of generations of crossbreeding. However, it takes years of perfecting and refining to create a purebred dog, which is one of the reasons the Goldendoodle has yet to be considered a breed in it’s own right.
The mini Goldendoodle, and other hybrid dogs like him, are considered relatively new crossbreeds. Though they are being sold by breeders, they are still too new to have established a particular coat type, size, and appearance.
That said, and as you saw above, there is an average standard you can look to in order to predict what your mini Goldendoodle may look like.
Still, it’s important to keep in mind that a Mini Goldendoodle, who is a cross between a miniature Poodle and a Golden Retriever, is going to vary in appearance depending on his generation.
If you want a mini Goldendoodle with a specific look, we suggest going for a second or third generation crossbreed.
First generation crossbreeds are the most unpredictable as far as appearance because they are the direct offspring of two different parent breeds. Second or third generation crossbreeds are the offspring of two other crossbreed parents, which can help ensure their look.
If you want to ensure you get a dog with a particular look, you might also consider adopting an adult mini Goldendoodle that is over a year old. By this point, most dogs will have established their coat type and appearance, and you won’t be left with surprises down the road.
Of course, keep in mind that you’re investing in a dog, not a coat type or color. At the end of the day, your dog’s appearance is the least important aspect to be concerned about.
Most pressing should be health, temperament, and energy level.
3. The Mini Goldendoodle Loves Everyone and Everything
Mini Goldendoodles are very family friendly and playful.
When it comes to the temperament of the mini Goldendoodle, you’re not going to find a more winning temperament.
Goldendoodle dogs in general are affectionate, family-friendly and playful. This makes them excellent additions to homes with children and other pets, and for owners who are looking for a dog who will be a joy to live with.
Of course, this could also be problematic, especially if your Goldendoodle isn’t having his needs met. Highly intelligent and affectionate dogs like the mini Goldendoodle can also be more prone to temperamental issues like destructive behaviors, separation anxiety, bathroom accidents and barking.
In fact, though the mini Goldendoodle is a relatively quiet dog, he can be prone to whining, digging, chewing and scratching if left to his own devices.
With that in mind, the mini Goldendoodle will do best in a home with owners who have flexible schedules and can spend enough quality time with their dog. This is a family companion who is designed to be around his people and will thrive in a home where he is an active member of his pack.
If you have other pets in the home, your mini Goldendoodle will enjoy them as well. He gets along fabulously with other dogs and cats. That said, keep in mind that both the Poodle and the Golden Retriever were originally bred for water retrieving. As such, your mini Goldendoodle may have a high prey drive when it comes to smaller animals like rodents and birds.
Don’t leave your mini Goldendoodle unattended with much smaller pets.
We should also note that, while mini Goldendoodles do great with children, it’s still best to teach children how to appropriately behave around the family dog. Monitor very young children around your mini Goldendoodle to ensure everyone is getting along safely, and be sure to properly socialize your mini Goldendoodle at an early age to prevent behavioral issues.
4. The Mini Goldendoodle Is Considered Hypoallergenic and Is A Great Dog For Allergy Sufferers
These dogs are usually hypoallergenic, which means they shed very little and produce less allergy-inducing dander.
Do you suffer from allergies? Then you’ll be happy to learn that the mini Goldendoodle is considered hypoallergenic. Of course, there is a bit of misconception surrounding that word. In reality, no dog is truly hypoallergenic as all dogs do shed a bit.
However, when it comes to the mini Goldendoodle, he sheds much less than many other breeds or mixes and he produces much less allergy-inducing dander in his fur.
This is great news if you or someone in your home suffers from allergies to dogs and cats.
You can further help keep your mini Goldendoodle’s coat in ship shape and reduce shedding by ensuring your dog is on a quality diet, is routinely groomed, and receives bathing as needed.
5. The Mini Goldendoodle Has A Long Lifespan of 10-15 Years, But they Can Still Be Prone to Some Health Issues
Mini Goldendoodles are relatively healthy and long-lived hybrid dogs.
Have you ever heard of hybrid vigor? This is a term coined by supporters of crossbreeding who theorize that crossbreed dogs may be healthier than their purebred counterparts due to their widened gene pool.
While there is something to this idea and while most mini Goldendoodle dogs are long-lived and healthy, it’s still important to consider the health issues of this crossbreed.
In spite of his hybrid vigor, be aware that your mini Goldendoodle could be susceptible to any of the same health issues as his purebred parent breeds.
These health issues include but are not limited to:
- Von Willebrand’s Disease
- Prgressive Retinal Atrophy
- Patellar Luxation
- Hip Dysplasia
- Elbow Dysplasia
- Ear Infections
- And Allergies
All the above health issues can be serious and devastating to a Goldendoodle, but most can be screened for early on. You can also help reduce the chances of the above health issues in your Mini Goldendoodle by getting your puppy from a reputable breeder, keeping up with routine vet visits, and ensuring your Mini Goldendoodle eats a quality diet.
However, there is a health issue that could come on suddenly and unexpectedly in your mini Goldendoodle known as Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV), or Bloat. Bloat occurs when air fills the intestine, causing the stomach and other organs to flip.
Bloat is often caused by eating too quickly, over-eating, eating or drinking immediately after exercise or play, or eating something your dog shouldn’t. However, Bloat can also come on suddenly.
It’s important to know the risks and symptoms, and to have a plan for Bloat if you notice your mini Goldendoodle suffering from symptoms.
Symptoms include panting, excessive drooling, extended abdomen, unproductive vomiting, obvious distress, lethargy, and collapse.
If you notice signs of Bloat in your mini Goldendoodle, seek immediate medical care from a veterinary professional.
6. The Mini Goldendoodle Can Make A Good Dog For Apartment Living
Mini Goldendoodles are small and are better suited for apartment living than their standard Goldendoodle counterparts.
Standard sized Goldendoodles are not recommended for apartment living due to their larger size and high energy level. However, the mini Goldendoodle is an excellent alternative to owners looking for this hybrid dog to join their family in an apartment or smaller space.
Much more compact than their standard-sized counterparts and thus less energetic, the mini Goldendoodle does fabulously in apartments.
Of course, that doesn’t mean he won’t need routine exercise. Still, so long as his exercise and mental stimulation needs are met, the mini Goldendoodle is a wonderful and adaptable companion to homes of all sizes.
He does not necessarily need a backyard, though he will enjoy one. Mini Goldendoodles are also relatively quiet dogs, which is great for small-space living and for those of you with neighbors nearby.
If you’re renting, you should know that mini Goldendoodles can be prone to some destructive behaviors, especially if their needs are neglected. If left alone for too long, you may wind up with chewed furniture, bathroom accidents and more.
To avoid this, try not to leave your adult mini Goldendoodle alone for longer than five hours at a time, and consider crate training him while you are at work.
When done properly, crate training can help reduce anxiety and depression and help keep your Goldendoodle happy, healthy and well-rounded.
7. The Mini Goldendoodle Should Eat A Dog Food Specified For Smaller Breed Dogs
Mini Goldendoodles are smaller dogs with a higher metabolism.
We did mention above how important a quality diet is for your mini Goldendoodle, and for good reason.
Mini Goldendoodle dogs are smaller than their standard Goldendoodle counterpart, and thus they have a higher metabolism. As such, they are going to do best on a quality dog food specified for their age and weight.
Smaller dogs require more calories than large breed dogs in order to stay full and feel their best. They should also eat dog food that is rich in real meat protein, fatty acids, carbs, vitamins, minerals, and has a good source of water.
Avoid dog foods that include additives, fillers, soy, wheat, corn or animal byproducts, and instead choose quality brands you trust.
When in doubt, it’s a great idea to speak with your veterinarian about which foods are best for your specific dog.
8. There Are Three Types Of Mini Goldendoodle Available
English Goldendoodles are typically white in color.
Do you love options? Then you’ll be overjoyed to learn that there are actually three different types of mini Goldendoodle available. These types include the American Goldendoodle, the Australian Goldendoodle, and the English Goldendoodle.
The American Goldendoodle
The American Goldendoodle is the standard Goldendoodle most of us think of when we think of Goldendoodles. Bred in the United States by breeders hoping to create hypoallergenic service dogs, the American Goldendoodle is a family favorite.
He comes in several color combinations and is a cross between the purebred Poodle and purebred Golden Retriever.
The Australian Goldendoodle
Australian Goldendoodles are actually not a cross between the purebred Poodle and Golden Retriever mix. Instead, this is a mix between the English Goldendoodle and the Australian Labradoodle OR a mix between the English Cream Golden Retriever and Australian Labradoodle.
The English Goldendoodle
Mini English Goldendoodles are a mix between the English Cream Golden Retriever and the Mini Poodle. This combination often creates a lighter colored Goldendoodle dog that is white or cream colored, like in the image above.
Regardless of which version of mini Goldendoodle you get, you will be happy to learn that temperament and health are still relatively the same across the board.
9. A Mini Goldendoodle is A Good Dog For First Time Dog Owners
Mini Goldendoodles are easy to train and relatively low-maintenance, making them great dogs for first time owners.
If you don’t have much experience with dogs, then the mini Goldendoodle is a great first-time companion. These dogs are easy to groom, simple to train, and affectionate to boot. This means they will be friendly and outgoing and will make for a low-maintenance dog both inside and outside of the home.
Of course, all dogs require commitment and care, so even a low maintenance dog like the mini Goldendoodle will need an owner who is devoted and ready.
That said, the mini Goldendoodle is an ideal dog for first-time dog owners with flexible schedules, children in the home, and even other pets.
10. Training and Socializing A Mini Goldendoodle is a Breeze
Goldendoodle dogs are incredibly smart and easy to train.
While the mini Goldendoodle is a great dog for first time dog owners, and while he does get along with most anyone he meets, it’s important to socialize and train your Goldendoodle routinely.
Properly socializing your mini Goldendoodle will greatly reduce problematic behaviors like fear-based aggression, anxiety and stress.
To socialize your mini Goldendoodle, try and introduce him to as many new people, places, sights, sounds and experiences as you can at an early age. Work to make these first impressions positive for your Goldendoodle to help reduce fear-based behavioral issues, and get him used to being physically handled by children, men and women.
Along with socializing your mini Goldendoodle, it’s also best to begin training him right away. It’s never too early to work on training a dog and when it comes to the mini Goldendoodle, training is a breeze!
This is a crossbreed that will enjoy learning. He is eager to please and incredibly smart, so training will be fun and quick.
The mini Goldendoodle will do best with positive reinforcement training techniques like treats and praise as opposed to punishments. Refrain from punishing or scolding your mini Goldendoodle, as this could lead to your mini Goldendoodle shutting down.
11. Mini Goldendoodles Will Need Routine Exercise
Mini Goldendoodles may be smaller, but they still require daily exercise.
Though smaller than standard sized Goldendoodle dogs, the mini Goldendoodle is still a hybrid that comes from two athletic and energetic parent breeds. As such, the mini Goldendoodle will do best with routine exercise each and every day to stay happy and healthy.
Experts recommend that the mini Goldendoodle gets at least 30 to 60 minutes of exercise a day and plenty of playtime in between. Your mini Goldendoodle will enjoy numerous exercise activities like swimming, running, jogging, and dog park activities or playdates with other dogs.
Along with routine exercise, a mini Goldendoodle will also need plenty of mental stimulation. Because this breed is so intelligent, he will appreciate playing with puzzle toys that challenge him and keep him engaged.
He will also do well when given chores to do around the house. In fact, many people find that their mini Goldendoodle is an excellent help when it comes to sorting laundry, loading the dishwasher or even carrying in the mail.
Remember, Goldendoodles were bred service dogs, so the more they feel they are helping you the happier they will be.
12. The Mini Goldendoodle Is Not A Great Watchdog
Mini Goldendoodles are friendly and affectionate, so they don’t make the best guard dogs.
If you’re looking for a watchdog to guard your home, don’t look for a Goldendoodle. Mini Goldendoodle dogs are friendly by nature and know no strangers. They are much more likely to greet an intruder with a wagging tail than to bark or snarl.
Of course, this is great news for those who want a quiet, friendly and happy-go-lucky dog.
The good news is that experts have found most intruders will avoid homes with dogs in general, so even if your mini Goldendoodle isn’t a great watchdog, his very presence may still sway ill-intentioned people.
13. Mini Goldendoodles Are Super Easy To Groom
Because of their hypoallergenic coats, mini goldendoodle dogs are easy to groom and maintain.
Because mini Goldendoodles are hypoallergenic, their coats are often easier to maintain. The exception to this rule is if you allow your mini Goldendoodle to grow his coat out longer. Though they do shed less than many other dogs, they can be prone to matting and skin issues if they are not properly cared for.
Mini Goldendoodles should be groomed and brushed a few times a week with a dematting comb designed to remove tangles and mats. They should also be bathed once every three weeks or so using a dog-safe shampoo and conditioner.
Try not to overbathe your mini Goldendoodle as doing so could throw off his PH levels and lead to skin problems, dry spots and patchy fur.
Along with routine bathing and brushing, your mini Goldendoodle should have his ears cleaned and checked regularly to keep them free of buildup and reduce the chances of ear infections. He will also need his nails trimmed often to keep them from cracking or splitting during play and exercise.
14. Your Mini Goldendoodle Will Follow You Everywhere
Mini Goldendoodles become very bonded with their people.
Mini Goldendoodle dogs are like little furry shadows. They become very bonded with their family and want to be in the middle of all the action. For this reason, it’s not uncommon for mini Goldendoodles to follow their people from room to room.
Unfortunately, this can also mean that your mini Goldendoodle is prone to suffering from separation anxiety. In order to help your mini Goldendoodle cope with being alone when you leave, try committing to a schedule.
Most dogs do much better when they know what to expect. Dogs also have a surprisingly good sense of time and will be able to predict when you’re going to leave and when you’re going to return.
It might also be a good idea to have special toys set aside and designated for when you leave. Toys like KONGS or puzzle toys that utilize treats can help keep your mini Goldendoodle engaged and distracted while you’re gone, which can further help to reduce problematic or destructive behaviors.
By creating a routine and providing things for your mini Goldendoodle to do while you’re gone, you will help them accept being alone which can help them associate you leaving with a pleasant experience as opposed to a negative one.
15. Mini Goldendoodle Puppies Can Be More Expensive Than Standard Goldendoodle Puppies
Mini Goldendoodle puppies are often very expensive.
Coming across a mini Goldendoodle can be more difficult than finding a standard sized Goldendoodle. This is because mini Goldendoodles usually take a few generations to perfect in order to ensure they are smaller than their standard counterparts.
For this reason, going through a breeder may cost you a pretty penny. On average, mini Goldendoodle puppies cost between $1,500 and $3,500. This price can vary depending on the breeder you go through, the quality of your mini Goldendoodle’s parent dogs, and which of the three versions of Goldendoodle you’re looking for.
Although mini Goldendoodles are pricey, it’s important not to cut corners when going through a breeder. Beware of backyard breeders or unqualified online sellers promising mini Goldendoodle puppies for a bargain price.
You are much more likely to wind up with a sick puppy if you go this route, and this will cost you more money in the long run.
Instead, go through breeders who are certified and understand the importance of responsible breeding practices. Many qualified breeders will also be able to provide you with certificates of health.
Another option you have when looking for a mini Goldendoodle is to go through a rescue that specializes in Goldendoodles or doodle dog mixes. Rescues usually charge a fraction of the price that breeders charge and you may even be able to get a free initial vet exam.
Whichever route you choose to take when it comes to getting your mini Goldendoodle, just be sure to do plenty of research and take your time. Remember, investing in a mini Goldendoodle requires a long-term commitment.
Luckily, you’ll be investing in your new best friend and all the ups and downs are sure to be worth it.
Enjoy the ride and thanks for reading!
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The Miniature Goldendoodle
A miniature goldendoodle is quite an amazing creature that has been bred for its unique yet impressive qualities. Starting with the standard goldendoodle breeding of a standard poodle and golden retriever cross, the intelligence, common sense, friendliness, and trainability of a goldendoodle has made this breed a favorite of many dog owners and dog lovers. On top of this the cross retains a good portion of the non-shedding quality of the poodle, while also keeping part of the attractive look of a golden retriever.
Combining all these traits into one dog seems quite appealing, but we have one more trait to add to this list. A standard goldendoodle will range anywhere from 45-100 pounds, which is quite large for a house pet. To achieve the goldendoodle attributes in a more compact package, a miniature poodle is crossed with a golden retriever.
Our Miniature Goldendoodles
Sandy Ridge miniature goldendoodles are being raised to be the best pets for a dog owner. We have had consistent breeding of the mini golden doodle having a low to non-shedding coat and wonderful temperament suitable for just about any type of family. We have also found our minis to range on average from 30 to 45 pounds at maturity.
There is a little variety in Sandy Ridge minis. We get coat types from slightly wavy to moderately curly and coloring from completely blonde to golden red. We cannot guarantee a puppy will be in the expected size range due to the differing genetic sizes to the parents, but our average generally holds true.
With all health concerns addressed and responsible breeding practices performed, there still is the possibility a health problem could arise. We offer a two year genetic guarantee against any genetic defect or health issue that hopefully will not, but possibly could arise.
If you have any questions, please contact us. A happy customer is our priority.