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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 Goldendoodle 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.
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!
Yes, Mini Goldendoodles are considered to be a small hypoallergenic dog.
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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