The popularity of the Mini Goldendoodle has skyrocketed in recent times, and it seems like everyone in the world wants to parent one. And should you be so lucky to do so, this goldilocks dog will give you a lifetime of love and companionship.
But is the Goldendoodle Mini as good as the standard Goldendoodle? And what is there to know about the potential health issues, temperament, and training of this dog breed?
If you’re considering getting a Mini Goldendoodle, this guide has been curated just for you. Here is a list of all the things you should know about the Miniature Goldendoodle.
- 1 9 Things to Know about the Mini Goldendoodle
- 1.1 1. The Origins and History of the Mini Goldendoodle
- 1.2 2. The Physical Appearance of the Goldendoodle Mini
- 1.3 3. The Temperament of the Goldendoodle Mini
- 1.4 4. Training a Goldendoodle Mini
- 1.5 5. The Diet Requirements of Goldendoodle Minis’
- 1.6 6. Exercise for the Goldendoodle Mini
- 1.7 7. Grooming Miniature Goldendoodles
- 1.8 8. Potential Health Concerns of the Goldendoodle Mini
- 1.9 9. The Cost of a Goldendoodle Mini
- 2 Final Thoughts on the Goldendoodle Mini
9 Things to Know about the Mini Goldendoodle
1. The Origins and History of the Mini Goldendoodle
The Goldendoodle Mini is a type of Doodle mix like the Golden Mountain Doodle. One could say that these designer dogs are the not-so-distant cousins of the highly popular Goldendoodle.
Just like Goldendoodles, the Mini is a cross of two different breeds: a Golden Retriever and mini Poodle. For the Goldendoodle Mini, the Poodle parent is a Miniature or Toy Poodle, resulting in small-sized offspring.
But what makes the Mini so popular? Well, the Goldendoodle Mini has a low-shedding coat, outgoing temperament, social intelligence, and adorable looks.
Take a look at the Goldendoodle Mini’s parents to learn more about the origin of this breed.
The Miniature Poodle
Did you know that Poodles were originally bred as water dogs in Germany? This means that the Poodle was bred to retrieve game from water, as they are naturally good swimmers.
It may be a shock to some to associate the breed with Germany when most typically think of the Standard Poodle as descendants from France. This is probably because of the standard Poodles’ regal-like elegance and charisma often displayed at dog shows.
The breed has two smaller versions as well – The Miniature and the Toy Poodle. These versions are much smaller than the standard Poodle who can stand as tall as 24 inches (60cm).
Miniature Poodles tend to grow as tall as only 12 inches (30 cm) and weigh up to 10-20 lbs (4.5 -9 kg). The Toy Poodle is even smaller at around only 10 inches tall (25cm).
Although the temperament of the Mini and Toy Poodle appears to be idle, do not be fooled. The Mini and Toy Poodles have a high energy level that requires regular exercise and proper training. They can be quite hyper at times and need a healthy dose of daily activity as an outlet.
The Golden Retriever
Nowadays, Golden Retrievers have become the quintessential family dog, otherwise monikered as the ‘Family Golden’. But, just like the Poodle, these dogs were originally bred to retrieve waterfowl for hunters. They have a strong drive to please their owners and love to be active.
Golden Retrievers are often underestimated in the amount of mental and physical exercise they need. Their ancestors were working dogs. As such, even the modern family Golden will require going for walks, getting trained, and socializing every day.
This dog’s retrieving instinct is very strong, and the Golden Retriever is known to be a very mouthy dog long past its puppy years. So, they can be destructive to furniture, shoes, and even walls. However, their exuberant personalities and love for other people and other dogs are so endearing, you could hardly stay mad at them for long.
2. The Physical Appearance of the Goldendoodle Mini
Like most cross-breed dogs, the Goldendoodle Mini’s appearance is varied and can be quite different between litters or even puppies in the same litter.
The Size of the Goldendoodle Mini
Goldendoodle Minis can range in height and size. Anywhere, between 13 and 20 inches tall (33-50cm), and weighing in at 15-40 lbs (6-18kgs). However, your Goldendoodle Mini’s size and height will largely depend on that of both parents.
Color of the Mini Golden Doodle
All Goldendoodle Mini’s will have a fur coat with some shade of brown or red, ranging from a very light (and highly desired) cream color to a rich auburn red. They can have small white markings on their chest too.
Their fur is wavy or curly and will grow very long if not cut regularly. Their floppy ears give their face a teddy bear look.
3. The Temperament of the Goldendoodle Mini
Miniature Goldendoodles are extremely outgoing and social. Some Goldendoodle Mini owners will tell you that a simple walk around the block can quickly turn into a block party. All thanks to the Mini Goldendoodles’ friendly “meet and greet” nature.
These dogs are energetic, active dogs and they are highly intelligent too. This means that they require mental and physical exercise every day. Like all dogs with working parents, they can become destructive if they are not challenged enough. So, you should provide your Goldendoodle Mini with plenty of chew toys and enrichment toys.
Along with routine exercise, a Goldendoodle Mini will also need plenty of mental stimulation. Because this breed is so intelligent, your dog will appreciate playing with puzzle toys that will challenge them and keep them engaged.
Because these curly-haired canines have high energy levels, they tend to fidget a lot (a possible sign of dog anxiety) or have short attention spans. As such, a Goldendoodle Mini needs consistent and positive training. If you think you don’t have the patience for this type of behavior, then this breed might not be the one for you.
It’s well-known that Goldendoodle Minis are great around other dogs but what about cats? Yes, they get along with cats too. No furry friend is left out when it comes to the Goldendoodle Mini’s social circles.
However, to keep everyone safe, be sure to always supervise your pup around very small animals.
Are Goldendoodle Minis’ Good Dogs?
Yes. Goldendoodle Minis make great companions if you take care of their needs. An owner who devotes time to training and exercising them every day will have a wonderful and loyal companion by their side. Their high intelligence, outgoing nature, affectionate nature and social skills do make them fantastic pets for all family members.
However, if a Mini Goldendoodle ends up with a family that cannot meet their needs, the Goldendoodle Mini is more likely to develop behavioral issues. They might start to be destructive, bark incessantly or show reactive behaviors. They are also prone to separation anxiety during their socializing period. Once grown, mini groodles actually make for great therapy dogs despite their small size.
4. Training a Goldendoodle Mini
The Goldendoodle Minis’ are extremely intelligent and always eager to please. This makes them incredibly easy to train.
These dogs don’t need many training repetitions because they are quick learners and follow commands with easy swiftness. However, if the Mini is not properly socialized, they can become too boisterous around other dogs and start escalations. It’s best to take a lot of time to teach and develop public and play skills for a well-behaved dog.
5. The Diet Requirements of Goldendoodle Minis’
As mentioned before, the Goldendoodle Mini is much smaller than the standard Goldendoodle. Therefore, they have a higher metabolism, which means they need the best high-quality dog food specified for their age and weight.
Bear in mind that smaller dogs require more calories than large breed dogs to stay full and feel their best. Your pup should also eat dog food that’s rich in protein, fatty acids, carbs, vitamins, minerals.
It’s also best to have a readily available source of water. Most importantly, speak with your veterinarian about which foods are best for your Goldendoodle Mini.
6. Exercise for the Goldendoodle Mini
The Goldendoodle Mini is a moderately active dog that requires around 20 to 30 minutes of daily exercise. Although it’s much smaller than a standard-sized Goldendoodle, the mini is still a hybrid that comes from two athletic and energetic parent breeds.
A Goldendoodle Mini will do best with routine exercise every day to stay happy and healthy. This breed enjoys numerous exercises like swimming, running, jogging, and dog park activities or puppy playdates.
Fun Fact: the Goldendoodle Mini loves to help around the house. Many Mini owners find that their furry friends are helpful with household chores like sorting laundry 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.
7. Grooming Miniature Goldendoodles
With these doggos, you must keep your Goldendoodle Minis’ grooming routine up to date. If you go weeks without brushing your Mini’s coat, it will matt badly. Don’t go for weeks without brushing your Minis’ coast or it will matt badly. Be sure to brush your dog at least once or twice a week or you may end up needing a professional groomer.
The coat of a Mini can become very long unless it is clipped. Most owners opt for an easy-to-care-for cut for their dogs. However, your local groomer can recommend the best look for your dog that will be adorable and easy to maintain.
Depending on how much your Mini plays outside, they will need regular doggy bath time. If you do not bathe these purebred dogs when they get muddy, the dirt will lock in their curls, and it will become unmanageable.
Do Mini Goldendoodles Shed?
While they do not shed as much as double-coated dogs, their curly coat can easily matt if not maintained properly. It’s important to note that while it is likely that your Miniature Goldendoodle will not shed much, there is no guarantee.
If you have a dog allergy, you will need to spend time around the Goldendoodle Mini before committing to parenting a puppy. Every individual’s reaction to the dogs’ coat will be slightly different, and there is no way to predict how exactly the coat type will turn out.
Do Mini Goldendoodles Smell?
Mini Goldendoodles do not have a distinct “doggy odor”. They are nearly scent-free and will not offend even sensitive noses.
However, this is only the case if you keep up with your dog’s grooming routine. If you do not, your pup’s coat will start to smell.
Like any dog, your Goldendoodle Mini will probably smell a bit if they have gotten wet, such as during a rainy day walk or after swimming. If you dry and brush them out properly, they will be good to go.
8. Potential Health Concerns of the Goldendoodle Mini
In the case of a crossbreed like the Goldendoodle Mini, you need to be aware of the breeds’ potential health concerns. Both the Golden Retriever and the Poodle have genetic disorders 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’ afflictions.
The lifespan of the Miniature Goldendoodle is around 10 to 15 years with good health and care. But, below is a list of the potentially serious health concerns that may shorten the Mini’s life expectancy:
Progressive Retinal Atrophy
This is an inherited disease involving the bilateral degeneration of the retina, eventually resulting in blindness.
Von Willebrand’s Disease
This is an inherited blood clotting disorder, where the dog has an insufficient amount of plasma protein to encourage blood clotting. Dogs suffering from this experience excessive bleeding for even minor skin wounds.
Bloating or Gastric Dilatation Volvulus
This is when a dog’s stomach fills with gas, food, or fluid. It then expands, placing pressure on surrounding organs.
This is a dislocated knee injury common to toy and miniature breeds.
This is an illness resulting in inadequate production of hormones by the thyroid gland.
This is the degeneration or malformation of the hip joint. It means the bone doesn’t fit properly into the socket, creating abnormal pressure on the bone, leading to small cracks in the cartilage. Hip dysplasia can be very uncomfortable – even painful – for dogs and can lead to a variety of other health issues.
9. The Cost of a Goldendoodle Mini
Going to a breeder may cost you a pretty penny. On average, a mini Goldendoodle puppy may cost between $1,500 and $3,500. The price of this expensive dog is dependent on the breeder you go to, the quality of your Mini’s parent dogs, and the type of Goldendoodle.
Yes, the Goldendoodle Mini might set you back a few bucks. But, it’s important not to cut corners when trying to find an ethical breeder.
Beware of backyard breeders or unqualified online sellers promising Goldendoodle Mini 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 be a bigger cost to you 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.
NB: Always do your homework when it comes to getting a puppy and only deal with reputable breeders. This article from the American Kennel Club will help make sure you are doing the right checks.
Final Thoughts on the Goldendoodle Mini
The Goldendoodle Mini’s friendly and loving temperament, combined with decreased shedding, makes them a good choice for a furry new best friend. Yes, this crossbreed is excitable, but they will match their energy to yours.
After all, this dog lives to please you. So, be sure to meet their needs, spare them the embarrassment of a bad hair day, and your days together will be nothing but teddy bear smiles and cuddles.