Mini Goldendoodle puppies are a cross between three of the cutest dog breeds. Dr. Jess will breakdown what makes them such a great pet (or not), and some considerations you will want to think about before bringing one home to your family.
I would like to take a moment to note straight away, that every dog is special and your dog may not fall under the breed-specific descriptions that you read in this article. For instance, you may know a mini poodle that is very anti-social or that doesn’t ever bark. You may own a golden retriever that is hard to train or does not adapt well to change. The descriptions that I use are intended to be used for generality of the overall breeds in the discussion.
What is a Mini Goldendoodle?
A Mini Goldendoodle is a hybrid dog breed, or a mix between the golden retriever dog breed, and the miniature (or sometimes toy poodle) poodle dog breeds.
Both of these breeds are considered great breeds as far as pets go, but both have their pros and cons.
So by mixing these two breeds, does a mini goldendoodle puppy make for a great pet or should you consider a different breed for your home?
Let me break down the basics of the goldendoodle for you so that you can make a well-educated decision.
Golden Retriever Dog Breed:
In order to know what the mini goldendoodle is like as a pet, knowing the two breeds that make it up, will be very helpful.
Therefore, I quickly broke down the basics of all of the parent breeds.
This will give you a better idea of why mini goldendoodle pups are the way that they are.
First up is the Golden Retriever:
- Physical Description: medium-bodied, sporty-framed dog. broad-shaped skull with dark, sweet eyes. The typical Golden Retriever is between 50-75 pounds in weight and stands at around 20-24 inches from the floor to the top of their shoulder. Their most striking feature is their bright, wavy, silky, golden medium-length hair. The beautiful coat continues down the dog’s appendages, with feathering of the hair on the legs and long tail.
- Behavioral Description: Cheerful, affectionate, kind, intelligent. Because of their intelligence and willingness to please, these dogs are easy to train and adapt to new situations.
- Exercise Requirements: Needs daily exercise – make sure to offer daily play time to stimulate mind and body.
- Grooming: Daily brushing is a must as the medium-length hair gets tangled and collects debris easily. Many Golden owners will chose to have their dog groomed, which leaves a much more manageable grooming routine for home. Routine ear cleanings and nail trimmings are also a must.
- Life Span: Typically life span between 8-12 years.
Miniature Poodle Breed Specifics:
Let’s look at one of the other parent breeds of the mini goldendoodle, the miniature or toy poodle, part of the non-sporting group, with the poodle being the national dog of France.
- Physical Description: small-bodied, compact dog with a curly, hypoallergenic coat. mini and toy poodles have slightly round heads with dark eyes, long slender nose, and small ears that hang close to their heads. Their curly coat comes in colors such as white, brown, gray, black, and any combination of those colors and they have a short, docked tail.
- Behavioral Description: Athletic, very intelligent, elegant, loving, great family dogs.
- Exercise Requirements: Miniature and toy poodles are typically more active than the other parent breed of the Mini Goldendoodle. Will require daily exercise – make sure to also offer daily play time!
- Grooming: Daily grooming is a must with their curly coats. Many poodle owners choose to clip their dogs, with clipping cuts ranging from lion cuts, to Dutch cut, to even a basic Sumer cut to help the dog survive comfortably in the hot Summer months. Routine ear cleanings and nail trimming required.
- Life Span: Typically longer life span compared to other breeds – between 12-18 years.
What Makes For a Great Pet?
What makes for a great pet, will vary among every single person reading this article. Everyone has different things that are important to them.
For instance, one person may prefer a pet that takes very little time to care for, while the next person values a pet that is affordable to purchase – two very different desires.
So I can’t answer that for you.
No matter what is most important to you, you need to make sure that the greatest pet for you checks many boxes that fit into your lifestyle, so that both you and your pet are happy for many years to come.
For me, a great pet is one that fits my life.
My little dog, is small and compact, the perfect size for my smaller home. She is quiet, which is perfect for me, working at home quite a bit and needing a quiet space to work.
She is low-maintenance – not requiring much as far as exercise, or time (she’s happy curling up on my lap), or costly materials or medications.
Obviously any of these can change in the future, but I am prepared in case this happens.
She makes a great pet for me.
Let me give you some information on the cheenese dog, and then you can decide for yourself, whether this hybrid is best for you and your family.
Pros of the Breeds:
It should come as no surprise that many of the things that make the Golden and the mini poodle breeds so great, also make a goldendoodle a wonderful pup too.
1. Pros of the Golden Retriever Breed:
Goldens are great family dogs, and are gentle with children and strangers alike.
Golden Retrievers are not known to be big barkers.
They do require daily exercise and can make great hiking, running, or ball game partners for those leading active outdoor lifestyles.
2. Miniature Poodle Pros:
They are a very friendly breed, where many poodles act like they’ve never met a stranger – everyone they meet is the best person ever.
Miniature and Toy Poodles can make great family pets and tend to do really well with children.
Poodles are hypoallergenic, which is great for those families who worry about pet allergies.
Mini Goldendoodle Pros:
Put all of these attributes together and you get a lot of great things that can be passed down to the Mini Goldendoodle. These are some of the pros of scoring a mini Goldendoodle for sale:
- Physical Attributes: small to medium-sized “designer” type of dog with typical golden coat that can range from wavy silky hair (more like a golden’s coat), to tightly curled (more like a poodles coat), and anywhere in between. Spots of white on the forehead, chest, and legs are common. Size can range widely, with most mini goldendoodles weighing under 40 pounds and typically no taller than around 20 inches from floor to the top of their shoulder.
- Behavior / Temperament: gentle, social, intelligent, affectionate, loyal; they are very easy to train.
- Exercise: Is spunky and requires daily exercise and also needs to be offered playtime daily – great news for those with active lifestyles!
- Grooming: Mini Goldendoodles are hypoallergenic which are great for those with allergies. They can also have their hair coats clipped and groomed to decrease time spent on grooming.
- Health: long life span of 10-15 years of age.
Cons of the Breeds:
You will likely notice that many of the cons for either the Golden Retriever or the Mini Poodle breeds are going to be the same cons for their hybrid cross, AKA the Mini Goldendoodle.
1. Cons of Golden Retriever Breed:
Grooming is a must with their medium-length, wavy hair coat. Golden Retrievers shed a lot.
Be ready for frequent lint roller attempts and vacuuming of the house.
A large population of goldens are so sweet that they do not recognize a stranger. These dogs may not be the best protective dog if you are looking for home or family protection.
Health issues of the Golden Retriever breed include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, ear infections, heart disease, eye disorders, and cancer.
3. Cons of the Miniature Poodle:
A Poodle’s thick curly coat requires lots of grooming or shaving hair shorter. Grooming costs can be large.
A toy poodle’s more fragile structure make them more prone to injuries, such as broken bones from falls and getting stepped on.
Because of their intelligence, you must be one step ahead of them in training and obedience. Health issues include eye disorders, hip dysplasia, luxating patellas, epilepsy, and others.
Cons of the Mini Goldendoodle:
- Physical Attributes: More fragile than larger dog breeds.
- Behavior / Temperament: too gentle to be a great protection dog. They can be so loyal that they seem clingy to their person.
- Exercise: May have too much energy for some lifestyles
- Grooming: hair coat requires routine grooming which can become quite costly. Needs routine teeth cleaning, ear cleaning, and nail trims.
- Health Issues: patellar luxations (knee pops out of joint), hip dysplasia, eye disorders, dental disease to name a few.
Mini Goldendoodle Costs:
The cost of this breed will depend on where you get your mini goldendoodle puppy from.
Reliable breeders and pet stores will likely be more expensive than adopting a goldendoodle from a shelter.
That being said, most mini goldendoodles will cost anywhere between $1,000-$10,000+ initially. This does not include costs of maintaining a healthy pet for 10+ years.
Mini Goldendoodle Summary:
The Mini Goldendoodle puppy is a small breed dog that is a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Miniature or Toy Poodle.
The Mini Goldendoodle combines the pros and some of the cons of each of these parent breeds to produce a very cute, sweet companion in a small low-shedding package.
Now it is your job to decide if this is the breed of puppy that is best for you and your lifestyle.