Mini Goldendoodles are an increasingly popular mixed breed of dog that is a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Miniature Poodle. These dogs are known for their friendly and affectionate nature and allergy-friendly coat, making them an excellent choice for families with allergies.
These dogs are highly intelligent and trainable, making them ideal for families who want a dog that is easy to train and eager to please. Though these fun dogs are impressively low-shedding, their coats need proper maintenance with high-quality canine shampoo to keep them in perfect condition. They also love to swim but can be prone to ear infections, so don’t forget your dog ear cleaning wipes.
Overall, Miniature Goldendoodles are a great choice for families who want a friendly, relatively hypoallergenic, and trainable dog that is also playful and energetic. This article delves into the world of Goldendoodles with the help of the book The Goldendoodle Handbook: The Essential Guide For New & Prospective Goldendoodle Owners.
So, What Is A Mini Goldendoodle?
A Mini Goldendoodle or mini Groodle is a crossbreed dog that is a mix between a Golden Retriever and a Miniature Poodle. They are a smaller version of the standard Goldendoodle and are known for their friendly and affectionate nature. They are also one of the most popular Doodles, with their teddy bear-like appearance.
The mixed breeds also come in several generations, including F1, F1b, F1bb, F2, and so on. F1 Mini Goldendoodles result from breeding a purebred Miniature Poodle with a purebred Golden Retriever. The rest of the generations go as follows:
- F1b Mini Goldendoodles (F1 Mini Goldendoodle x purebred Miniature Poodle)
- F1bb Mini Goldendoodles (F1b Mini Goldendoodle x purebred Miniature Poodle)
- F2 Mini Goldendoodles (F1 Mini Goldendoodles x F1 Mini Goldendoodles)
- F3 (breeding two F2 Goldendoodles together)
You can read our article on F1b Goldendoodles for a better look into these generations.
Mini Goldendoodles are known for being more allergy-friendly and shedding less than other dog breeds. They are also intelligent and easy to train, making them an excellent choice for families with children or first-time dog owners.
History of Mini Goldendoodles
Miniature Goldendoodles are a relatively new breed, created by crossing a Miniature Poodle with a Golden Retriever. This designer breed is a variation of the Goldendoodle, which was first bred in the 1990s.
History of the Doodle Designer Breeds
The Doodle designer breeds, including the Goldendoodle, Sheepadoodle, Labradoodle, and Bernedoodle, were created to combine the allergy-friendly coat of the Poodle with the friendly and loving personality of other breeds. It all began when the manager for the Royal Guide Dog Association of Australia, Wally Canron, mixed a Poodle and a Labrador to create a more hypoallergenic guide dog, giving rise to the Doodle craze.
However, some sources report that American breeder Monica Dickens first bred Golden Retrievers to Poodles in 1969, making Goldendoodles one of the earliest Doodles long before the term was coined for Poodles mixed with other dogs.
History of the Golden Retriever
Golden Retrievers are a popular breed that originated in Scotland in the mid-19th century. They were bred to retrieve game birds and have a friendly and gentle temperament, making them popular family pets.
History of The Miniature Poodle
Miniature Poodles are a smaller version of the Standard Poodle breed, originating in Germany as a water retriever. The Miniature Poodle was bred down from the Standard Poodle in the 18th century and was used as a companion dog.
When the Miniature Poodle is crossed with a Golden Retriever, the resulting Mini Goldendoodle has the friendly and loving personality of the Golden Retriever, along with the hypoallergenic coat of the Poodle. They are a popular breed for those with allergies or who want a low-shedding dog.
Physical Characteristics of Mini Goldendoodles
What Do Mini Groodles Look Like?
Goldendoodles have compact and well-proportioned bodies. They have a strong, muscular build with a deep chest and a fairly lean physique. Their body shape often resembles that of the Golden Retriever but in a smaller size.
They typically have a broad and slightly rounded head. The muzzle is usually medium in length and tapers gradually. Their expression is usually friendly and intelligent, with expressive eyes and floppy ears.
Mini Goldendoodles have a soft and wavy coat that is more allergy-friendly than other breeds, making them an ideal choice for people with allergies. Their coat can be either curly or straight, depending on the dominant genes they inherit from their parents. They require regular grooming to keep their coat healthy and free from mats and tangles.
They tend to be lower shedders than purebred Golden Retrievers. The more Poodle there is in their lineage, the more likely they are to have the Poodle’s single, curly coat that is low-shedding and hypoallergenic. So F1n and F1bb miniature Goldendoodles are the most hypoallergenic as they are 75 to 88% Poodle. Keep in mind, no dog is completely hypoallergenic, as you may still be allergic to proteins in their urine or saliva.
Mini Goldendoodles come in various colors that can be solid or a combination of two or more colors. The most common coat color for Mini Goldendoodles is cream, apricot, and the signature red golden hues of the Golden Retrievers. However, some miniature Groodles contain some other breeds, such as Spaniel (see our article on the Golden Cavalier) and can have a large variety of colors.
Mini Goldendoodle colors include:
- Silver beige
- Black and white
Check out this cute Mini Goldendoodle:
How big does the mini Goldendoodle get?
Mini Goldendoodles are smaller than the standard Goldendoodles and can weigh anywhere between 15 to 45 pounds(6 to 20kg). The height of a Mini Goldendoodle can range from 13 to 20 inches (33 to 50 cm) at the shoulder.
Compared to the Toy and Teacup Goldendoodles, Mini Goldendoodles are larger in size. Toy Goldendoodles weigh around 5 to 15 pounds and stand at a height of 10 to 12 inches, while Teacup Goldendoodles are even smaller, weighing around 2 to 5 pounds and standing at a height of 6 to 10 inches.
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Temperament and Personality Traits of The mini Goldendoodle
Studies show Goldendoodles have many specific behavioral traits. Mini Goldendoodles are known to be friendly, affectionate, loyal, intelligent, and notably energetic. They are a great choice for families with children and other pets, as they love to play and socialize. These dogs need a lot of exercise and love to have a job to perform, so they are perfect for active families.
Mini Goldendoodles are joyful and exuberant, and they love to be around people. They are very intelligent and quickly learn new things. However, they can sometimes be mischievous and need a baby-proofed house as they quickly learn to open doors and cupboards. They can also develop separation anxiety if not taught to stay by themselves from a young age.
These dogs love to swim and get wet, and they also love to chase smaller animals and moving objects so be ready for a lot of fetch. Mini Goldendoodles are loyal, social, and sensitive to the emotions of others. They are energetic, playful, hardworking, and easy to train.
They can be shy and wary of strangers, so a lot of socialization from an early age is important to keep them confident and outgoing. See our article on how to build a dog’s confidence.
Health and Lifespan
What are the Common Health Issues in Mini Goldendoodles?
Miniature Groodles are generally healthy dogs, but like all breeds, they can be prone to certain health issues. Here are some common health issues that mini Goldendoodles may experience based on research on the predispositions in their parent breeds:
- Hip dysplasia is a genetic condition where the hip joint doesn’t develop properly, leading to arthritis and pain.
- Eye problems – Mini Goldendoodles may be prone to eye problems such as cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy.
- Ear infections – Their floppy ears can trap moisture and debris, leading to ear infections.
- Skin allergies – Mini Goldendoodles may be prone to skin allergies, which can cause itching, redness, and rashes.
- Patellar Luxation – This is a condition where the kneecap becomes dislocated or moves out of its normal position, causing pain, lameness, and difficulty in walking.
- Eye issues like cataracts and Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), which cause progressive degeneration of the retina, resulting in vision loss.
- Von Willebrand’s Disease (vWD), which causes issues with blood clotting
- Immune problems like Addison’s Disease, where the body doesn’t make enough of certain hormones.
- Dental issues are very common in this breed and they need proper lifelong dental care.
Other issues that can crop up are obesity, thyroid problems, and certain kinds of cancer that are hereditary.
How long does the mini Goldendoodle live?
Mini Goldendoodles have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years. However, their lifespan can be affected by various factors, such as genetics, diet, exercise, and overall health.
Caring for a Mini Goldendoodle
What Should Mini Goldendoodles Eat?
When it comes to feeding a Mini Goldendoodle, it is essential to provide them with a well-balanced diet that meets their nutritional needs. A high-quality dog food that contains abundant protein (25 to 30%), carbohydrates, fats, and essential vitamins and minerals is recommended. Remember that their dietary needs change as they age and certain health problems, like liver or kidney issues, may need specialized diets.
To determine the appropriate amount of food to feed your Mini Goldendoodle, consider their age, weight, and activity level. Feeding them smaller meals throughout the day can help prevent overeating and aid in digestion. Always provide them with fresh, clean water.
Exercise and Housing
Mini Goldendoodles are active and require daily exercise to maintain good health and prevent boredom. Regular walks, playtime, and interactive toys can help keep them physically and mentally stimulated with toys like snuffle mats. They do best in apartments, although a yard for extra play is a welcome bonus.
How to Groom a Mini Goldendoodle
Grooming a Mini Goldendoodle is essential to keep their coat healthy and free of mats and tangles. Regular brushing and bathing can help maintain their coat’s shine and prevent skin irritation. Make sure to brush these dogs every day. A major issue with Doodles is that many Doodle owners are not fully prepared for the amount of coat maintenance their dogs need.
It’s not uncommon to see loved and cared for Doodles still have a coat in bad shape because of a lack of education on the matter. So if you want a Groodle, be sure to invest the time in learning how to maintain their coat thoroughly. See the video below as a guide for how to groom a mini Goldendoodle.
Here’s a brief guide to grooming miniature Poodle Golden Retriever Mixes daily:
- Daily brushing with a slicker brush or a metal comb is essential to prevent mats and keep their fur clean and free of debris. Start from the roots and work your way to the tips.
- After outdoor activities, check your Goldendoodle’s paws, legs, and body for any debris like dirt, leaves, or twigs. Remove them gently to keep their coat clean and avoid potential discomfort.
- Use a soft, damp cloth or canine eye wipes and ear wipes to clean their eyes and ears, removing any discharge or debris. Be gentle and avoid getting water inside their ears.
- Teeth cleaning: Brush your Goldendoodle’s teeth daily or at least a few times a week to maintain good oral hygiene and prevent dental issues.
- Regular nail trimming is important to prevent overgrowth and discomfort. Trim their nails carefully with a pet nail clipper, making sure not to cut too close to the quick (blood vessel inside the nail).
- Miniature Goldendoodles should be bathed every 4 to 6 weeks or as needed. Use a dog-specific shampoo and conditioner to keep their coat clean and healthy. Be cautious not to over-bathe, as it may dry out their skin.
- Check for skin issues: While grooming, keep an eye out for any skin abnormalities, rashes, or hot spots. If you notice any issues, consult with a veterinarian.
- Professional grooming: Consider taking your Miniature Goldendoodle to a professional groomer every 4 to 8 weeks, depending on their coat length and your grooming preferences. A groomer can give them a trim and shape their coat professionally.
- Positive reinforcement: Make grooming a positive experience by rewarding your Goldendoodle with treats and praise throughout the process. This will help create a bond and make grooming less stressful for both of you.
Don’t forget to add canine mouthwash to their water to keep their teeth healthy as they are prone to dental problems.
Training Your Mini Goldendoodle
Training your mini Goldendoodle is an essential part of owning one. These dogs are intelligent and eager to please, making them relatively easy to train. However, it’s important to start training early and be consistent to ensure that your mini Goldendoodle grows up to be a well-behaved and obedient companion.
One of the first things to teach your mini Goldendoodle is basic obedience commands such as sit, stay, come, and heel. Socialization and crate training are other essential parts of training your Mini Goldendoodle.
Finding a Miniature Goldendoodle Breeder
When searching for a Mini Goldendoodle breeder, it is important to do your research and find a reputable breeder who prioritizes the health and well-being of their dogs. Here are some tips to help you find a trustworthy Mini Goldendoodle breeder:
- Look for breeders who are registered with the Designer Kennel Club or other reputable organizations. These organizations have strict guidelines for breeding practices and hold breeders accountable for the health and well-being of their dogs.
- Ask for references from past customers and reach out to them to ask about their experience with the breeder. A good breeder should have happy customers who are willing to share their positive experiences.
- Visit the breeder’s facility and meet the dogs in person. This will give you a sense of the breeder’s operation and the temperament of their dogs.
- Ask the breeder about their breeding practices, including health testing and genetic screening for common health issues in Mini Goldendoodles. A responsible breeder should be able to provide you with documentation of these tests.
- Avoid breeders who prioritize profit over the health and well-being of their dogs. A good breeder should have a genuine love and passion for the breed and prioritize the health and happiness of their dogs above all else.
By following these tips, you can find a reputable Mini Goldendoodle breeder who will provide you with a healthy and happy companion for years to come.
Adopting a Mini Goldendoodle
Adopting a Mini Goldendoodle can be a wonderful experience for a family or individual looking for a loyal and affectionate pet. Before adopting a Mini Goldendoodle, it’s important to understand what to expect and how to prepare for your new furry family member.
When adopting a Mini Goldendoodle, it’s important to research rescue organizations to find a reputable source. You can check out these organizations on their websites, including Doodle Rescue Collective and IDOG Rescue.
Once you have found a Mini Goldendoodle to adopt, it’s important to prepare your home and family for their arrival. This includes purchasing necessary supplies such as food, water bowls, a bed, and toys. It’s also important to establish a routine for feeding, exercise, and training.
Suitable Home for Mini Goldendoodles
- People who prefer smaller dogs
- People who live in smaller spaces as these dogs are more adaptable to various homes
- Allergic households as they are more allergy-friendly (but spend time with the puppy first to check whether or not they trigger your allergies)
- People with a mildly active lifestyle
- Owners committed to daily grooming
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the mini Goldendoodle hypoallergenic?
While no dog is entirely hypoallergenic, Mini Goldendoodles are considered to be a more hypoallergenic breed. They have a low-shedding coat that produces less dander, making them an excellent choice for people with allergies.
Do Mini Goldendoodles shed?
Mini Goldendoodles have a low-shedding coat, making them an excellent choice for people who don’t want to deal with excessive shedding. However, they still require regular grooming to keep their coat healthy and free of tangles.
How much do mini Goldendoodles Cost?
The cost of a Mini Goldendoodle can vary depending on their breeder, location, and pedigree. On average, they can cost between $1,500 to $3,500.
Are mini Goldendoodles easy to train?
Mini Goldendoodles are intelligent and eager to please, making them relatively easy to train. However, like any other breed, they require consistent training and socialization to ensure they develop good behavior.
How are mini Goldendoodles made?
Mini Goldendoodles are a hybrid breed created by crossing a Miniature Poodle with a Golden Retriever. The result is a dog with a low-shedding coat, intelligence, and a friendly disposition.
Mini Goldendoodles are popular due to their adorable appearance, friendly disposition, and low-shedding coat. They are a great choice for families and individuals looking for a loyal and affectionate companion that is easy to train.
One of the key benefits of the Mini Goldendoodle is their allergy-friendly coat, which makes them an ideal pet for those who suffer from allergies. They are also brilliant and respond well to positive reinforcement training methods.
Tamsin De La HarpeAuthor
Tamsin de la Harpe has nearly two decades of experience with dogs in rescue, training, and behavior modification with fearful and aggressive dogs. She has worked closely with veterinarians and various kennels, building up extensive medical knowledge and an understanding of canine health and physiology. She also spent two years in the animal sciences as a canine nutrition researcher, focusing on longevity and holistic healthcare for our four-legged companions.
Tamsin currently keeps a busy homestead with an assortment of rescue dogs and three Bullmastiffs.
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