A mini Goldendoodle

There are so many different dog breeds out there, but none of them seem to be as popular as the Goldendoodle right now! These bundles of energy and love are a hot topic in the dog world, and have plenty of reasons to be. In addition to their fantastic personality, Goldendoodles are being bred in a wide array of sizes, so everyone can have a dog that perfectly matches their lifestyle and home. One of these Goldendoodle subsets is the Mini Goldendoodle, and they’re as cute as they sound! So, join us! Keep scrolling to learn all about this fun-loving trendy dog breed.

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Let’s Meet Some Mini Goldendoodles from Instagram

Whenever you’re looking for a new best buddy, you want to do your research. Talking with current Mini Goldendoodle owners is a great way to get a feel for what life will be like with one of your own, and these photogenic pups are amazing ambassadors for their breed.

1. Finn

Finn the Mini Goldendoodle
Source: @finn.the.mini.doodle

There are few Mini Goldendoodles as cute as this spunky dude! Finn the Mini Goldendoodle has plenty of Instagram followers, but his favorite things are still romping, cuddling, and causing a little bit of chaos.

2. Bentley

Bentley the Mini Goldendoodle
Source: @minidoodlebentley

If you’re worried about how a Mini Goldendoodle will get along with your family, then check out Bentley. This great pup is also an amazing brother to his human pals.

3. Noah

Noah the mini goldendoodle
Source: @minidoodlenoah

Hailing all the way from England, we have Noah, a great ambassador for first-generation Mini Goldendoodles!

4. Rosie

Rosie the mini goldendoodle
Source: @itsrosiedoodle

When she’s not a brand ambassador, Rosie is a breed ambassador for Mini Goldendoodles. This sassy pup loves to eat, sleep, and play!

5. Charlie

Charlie the mini goldendoodle
Source: @charlie_the_minigoldendoodle

Last but not least is Charlie, an energetic Goldendoodle with a photogenic face.

The Fast Facts About Mini Goldendoodles

Let’s start out with the basics.

What is a Mini Goldendoodle?

To sum it up: a mini Goldendoodle is one of the smallest results you can get when you cross a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. This means that they’re 100% Goldendoodles, and they’ll conform to the breed’s standard, but are smaller.

Goldendoodle Breed Standard
Source: Goldendoodle association of North America

What’s the Difference Between a Regular Goldendoodle and a Mini?

The primary difference between a standard Goldendoodle and a Mini is their size. Depending on where the pup is bred, there may also be minor differences in temperament. Otherwise, a Mini Goldendoodle is the same as its larger cousins!

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How Did They Get to be Mini?

While most Goldendoodles are the result of a Golden Retriever crossed with a Standard Poodle, these pups are the offspring of Miniature or Toy Poodles. This means that they’ll be predisposed to a smaller stature, hence their classification as “Mini” Goldendoodles.

What’s an F1 and F2 Mini Goldendoodle?

In the world of dog breeding, the Mini Goldendoodle is a pretty new arrival. These pups haven’t been around for very long, which means that ethical breeders are only just starting to classify their pups.

In order to do this, breeders use an alphanumeric classification system. At the top of the hierarchy is the F1 Mini Goldendoodle, which is 50% Miniature Poodle and 50% Golden Retriever. After this is an F2, which is the offspring of two F1 Mini Goldendoodles.

F1 vs F2 Mini Goldendoodles

To simplify this process, the number after the ‘F’ is used to signify which generation a pup belongs to. Any Mini Goldendoodle that’s F1 is a first generation pup, F2 signifies second generation, F3 is third, and so on.

These can be further classified into A’s and B’s, but that’s a whole different ballpark!

The most important thing for you to know is that multigenerational Mini Goldendoodles (F2 and later) are specifically bred for their desirable traits. That means they’ll be more likely to exhibit positive characteristics.

Keep in mind that later generations do not guarantee the perfect pup! Likewise, first generation Mini Goldendoodles can also be amazing canine companions. Like people, dogs are unique individuals. Every dog is special in their own way, and nothing will guarantee that any pup will perfectly match the breed standard.

What Are Mini Goldendoodles Like?

A mini Goldendoodle

Next up on our Mini Goldendoodle curriculum is learning all about the pups. We’ve already figured out what they are and where they come from, now it’s time to see what living with one is like.

Mini Goldendoodle Personality

Because a Mini Goldendoodle is, in essence, a small Goldendoodle, it will exhibit all of the same traits. This means that this type of dog has plenty of positive attributes, including:

  • Easy to train
  • Family-friendly disposition
  • Fierce loyalty
  • Generally good health
  • Gentle attitude
  • High intelligence
  • Plenty of energy

However, no dog is perfect. Mini Goldendoodles are also prone to having a few undesirable traits, including:

  • High energy
  • Keen curiosity
  • Requires plenty of exercise
  • Stubborn streaks
  • Sometimes mouthy
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Size & Weight

As we’ve said before, Mini Goldendoodles are just a classification of Goldendoodle. They’ll generally stop growing once they reach 14–17 inches tall, and their full-grown weight should be around 26–35 pounds.

For reference, we’ve included a handy guide to all of the Goldendoodle standard sizes.

Size ClassHeight  (inches)Weight (pounds)
Petite Mini14 in. or less25 lbs. or less
Mini14–17 in.26–35 lbs.
Medium17–25 in.36–50 lbs.
Standard21 in. or more51 lbs. or more

Health

Being Goldendoodles, Mini Goldendoodles are known to have generally good health. The most common problems you’ll see are ear infections and hip issues, which will increase with age. Medium and standard Goldendoodles live for an average of 10 years, and Mini Goldendoodles have an average lifespan of 12–15 years.

Grooming Requirements

As with all Goldendoodles, the Mini Goldendoodle’s coat will fall into one of three categories: curly, wavy, or straight. All three of these coats are known to be hypoallergenic, but there are some kinds of Goldendoodles that do shed.

A brown Mini Goldendoodle

While these pups are hypoallergenic, they still need to be groomed. In addition to annual (or more frequently, if needed) professional grooming, a Mini Goldendoodle should be brushed once a day. This prevents their gorgeous coats from matting, which can result in unwanted dirt and allergens.

Remember, some people will still be allergic to their dander or their saliva, but they will be less likely to be allergic to their fur. 

Energy Requirements

Mini Goldendoodles are high-energy dogs! This means that they’ll need plenty of exercise. In addition to physical exertion, you’ll want to keep their minds occupied. Engage in some fun training with your pup and offer them plenty of puzzle toys to make sure they’re mentally stimulated.

Mini Goldendoodle playing

Where Can You Get a Mini Goldendoodle?

Like most designer breeds, Mini Goldendoodles are available from breeders. There are plenty of ethical, amazing breeders out there, but not all of them specialize in Mini Goldendoodles.

Whenever you opt to purchase a pup, be sure to do your research! Look for signs of a good breeder and avoid puppy mills. For even more guidance, the Goldendoodle Association of North America has a handy list of trusted breeders.

Can You Adopt a Mini Goldendoodle?

Yes! With some luck, you may be able to find a Mini Goldendoodle in a shelter near you.

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However, when you go to your local shelter, remember to be open to all of the possibilities. They may not have a Mini Goldendoodle, but they’re sure to have an amazing pup for you!

Are There Any Rescue Groups Dedicated to Goldendoodles?

Yes! There are plenty of Goldendoodle-specific rescues out there, and they’re only increasing in popularity. Thanks to the widespread adoration of this mixed breed, they’re also common fixtures in shelters. As a result, many charitable organizations have been founded to protect them.

A quick Google search will point you to your local Goldendoodle-specific rescue organization. Otherwise, you can turn to IDOG Rescue, which is a national Goldendoodle rescue group.

How Much Do They Cost?

When purchased from a good, ethical breeder, a Mini Goldendoodle will cost at least $1,000. Pups with particularly appealing coloration will cost more. If you’re going through an exceptionally well-known breeder, you’ll also be paying more for their services.

A mini Goldendoodle in  a basket

Are There Any Meetup Groups for Mini Goldendoodles?

Yes! A quick search on Facebook or Google will turn up plenty of local Goldendoodle and Mini Goldendoodle owner groups. Here’s a link to various goldendoodle meet up groups.

Mini Goldendoodle FAQ

To wrap up our lesson, we’re going through a few of the most commonly asked questions about these pups. If you’re looking for a quick and easy overview, this is your spot!

Are Mini Goldendoodles Hypoallergenic?

Yes! Like most Goldendoodles, these pups are hypoallergenic.

How Big Will a Mini Goldendoodle Get?

A Mini Goldendoodle will reach full growth at roughly 14–17 inches tall and 26–35 pounds.

Mini Goldendoodle Lifespan?

Because these pups are smaller than standard Goldendoodles, they have a slightly longer lifespan. The average lifespan for a Mini Goldendoodle is 12–15 years.

What is the Price of a Mini Goldendoodle?

Mini Goldendoodle prices vary based on each pup’s coat, temperament, and breeder. If you’re planning to make a Mini Goldendoodle your next canine companion, expect to pay at least $1,000.

How Can I Learn More About Dogs?

No matter what you choose to get, — be it a Mini Goldendoodle, purebred Dalmatian, or something else entirely! — you want to make sure that your next pup is the right one for you. Doing your research is an essential part of the dog-owning experience, and it’s also a wonderful way to meet other canine enthusiasts.

That’s why we have a whole section dedicated to showcasing all of the amazing breeds there are. Check out our blog to learn more about the amazing dogs of the world, and you might just find your next best friend!

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