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Mini Goldendoodle: 16 Up-To-Date for 2021

Updated: Oct 26, 2021. The world of the Goldendoodle has changed a lot since they were first bred back in the 1990’s. Now they come in 4 different sizes, including the popular mini Goldendoodle size that we will discuss today.  

But that’s not all that has changed. Did you know there are 3 different types of Goldendoodles? 

Or that genetic testing on the parents can now tell you if your pup is likely to shed?

Join us as we go over 16 up-to-date facts about the Mini Goldendoodle you should know.

Quick Facts About the Mini Goldendoodle

Height13 and 20 inches tall at shoulder
Weight15 to 35 pounds
Lifespan12 and 15 years
TemperamentSocial, outgoing, intelligent and easy to train
ColorsCream, apricot and red, black, chocolate (dark brown), silver and gray coloring
Miniature Goldendoodle
Golden doodle mini

16 Facts About The Mini Goldendoodle

1. Breeding

Just like the Goldendoodle, a Miniature Goldendoodle is a cross between a Golden Retriever and Poodle. The difference with a mini is that a Golden Retriever is bred with a miniature poodle or toy poodle, whereas full sized Goldendoodles are a cross between a Golden Retriever and standard poodle. This makes the miniature goldendoodle a much smaller dog than the Goldendoodle

But even though the Goldendoodle is a cross breed, its not a new designer dog. In fact their popularity dates all the way back to the late 1990’s. But it wasn’t until 2001 that the first miniature Goldendoodle was claimed to been born at Fox Creek Farm. The owner of Fox Creek Farm stated in an interview that they had seen an increased in requests for a smaller version of the Goldendoodle. So they decide to start breeding them.

Breed Standard

There is a common misconception that the Goldendoodle does not have a Breed Standard. Typically breed standards dictated by the American Kennel Club for purebred dogs only. All other dogs are considered mixed breeds without consistence looks or temperaments. But the people over at the Goldendoodle Association of North America (GAMA) decided to change that.

So even though the Goldendoodle and their smaller versions are still not recognized by the American Kennel Club they do have a breed standard that was created by the Goldendoodle Association of North American (GAMA). This official Goldendoodle Breed Standard covers the four available Goldendoodle sizes including; the Petite, Miniature, Medium and Standard.

Unlike the AKC Breed Standards for conformation show breeds that primarily focus on size and looks, the breed standards created by the GAMA dictate size, looks, and temperament requirements.

The GAMA also maintains an “Open Stud Book” policy for breeding. This means that as long as the breeding dogs are either a purebred Poodle, Golden Retriever or a Goldendoodle they will be accepted as a Goldendoodle breeder registerable by GANA. This is to maintain diversity in the Goldendoodle gene pool.

Generation Classifications

When looking for a Miniature Goldendoodle you may hear terms like F1 Goldendoodle or F2B doodle. These terms are doodle generation classifications that were developed to help people understand the breed mix of their doodle.

For example a F1 Goldendoodle is 50% Poodle and 50% Golden Retriever.

If you mate a F1 Goldendoodle with a poodle you get an F1B Goldendoodle. The F1b Goldendoodle is believed to have a less chance of shedding because there is more poodle.

In some cases a F1B doodle can also be 25% poodle and 75% retriever if the breeder crosses an F1 doodle with a retriever.

At the time these classifications were created it was the only way to know approximately how much poodle was in your doodle once the breeding moved beyond the F1 Goldendoodle. The more Poodle genes meant there were less chance of shedding.

However in multigenerational doodles the exact percentage of poodle or golden that is passed down is really unknown. It’s simply a guess based on what is known about the breeding dogs.

Nowadays genetic testing can tell us whether a particular dog has the shedding gene or not. You will find additional information on genetic testing and how they can predict the dog’s coat and shedding further down.

Doodle Generation Classification Chart

2. Is there more than one type of Mini Goldendoodle?

Yes, there are actually three types of Golden Doodles; the English Goldendoodle, the American Goldendoodle and the Australian Goldendoodle.

English Goldendoodle

The English Goldendoodle is a mix between the English Golden Retriever which tends to be cream in color and a white or cream colored Poodle. This results in a cream or white colored Goldendoodle.

American Goldendoodle

The American Goldendoodle is a mix between the American Golden Retriever which tends to be red in color and any colored Poodle. Although American Goldendoodles tend to be a shade of red, they can take on the coloring of the Poodle. You can even find a black Goldendoodle.

Australian Goldendoodle

The Australian Goldendoodle is a little different that the American and English Goldendoodle. Instead of crossing a Golden Retriever with a Poodle, Australian Goldendoodles are mix between an English Goldendoodle and an Australian Labradoodle. They can also be a mix between an English Cream Golden Retriever and an Australian Labradoodle.

The main difference between a Australian Goldendoodle and the American or English Goldendoodle is that the Australian Goldendoodle has up to seven breeds mixed in, where the other two only have two breeds.

Which is better? The Goldendoodle or the Labradoodle. We compare the two crossbreeds in our post Goldendoodle vs Labradoodle: Which is Better?

Mini Golden doodle swimming in pool

3. What is the temperament of a Miniature Goldendoodle?

The miniature Goldendoodle has a great temperament and makes a wonderful family pet. They are always ready for an adventure either on land or in the water. After all they are part poodle. And just like the Golden Retriever the Goldendoodle wants to be a friend to all. The minis differ slightly from their larger counterparts in that they may be more active though they will still have an easy going attitude.

Since both the Poodle and Golden land in the top 5 smartest breeds list you can be sure that your Goldendoodle will also be smart and easily trainable.

The down side of these very social dogs is that they don’t like being alone. Leaving your mini alone for long periods of times can lead to separation anxiety. Also as with many smaller dogs the minis may bark more than a larger dog would. It has less to do with the breed and more to do with fear. Therefore it is important that you properly socialize and train your miniature Goldendoodle early on.

4. How big do Mini Goldendoodles get?

The Miniature Goldendoodle is the perfect sized dog for someone that wants a Goldendoodle but does not want to have a large dog. The miniature Goldendoodle averages in size between 13 and 20 inches tall at shoulder and 15 to 35 pounds If you compare the miniature Golden doodle to a full sized Goldendoodle, which can range in size between 20 to over 24 inches tall and weigh between 60 to well over 100 pounds, miniature Goldendoodles are much smaller. 

You might be wondering about the big size range of the miniature Goldendoodle. The size of a mini is determined by the type of poodle that is used during breeding. Both the mini poodle and toy poodle are used to breed mini Doodles.

Mini poodles average between 11 to 15 inches in height and 10 to 15 pounds.  Toy poodles are less than 10 inches tall and only weigh between 4 to 6 pounds. Mating a toy poodle with a Golden Retriever will result in a smaller dog but they will still be larger than a toy poodle.

If you are looking for a smaller doodle you may want to also check out the Cockapoo and Cavapoo. Or maybe you want a bigger mini, then a Mini Bernedoodle may be a good choice

Mini doodle in a barrel
Mini golden doodle

5. Do Mini Goldendoodles shed?

The answer to “Does a Mini Goldendoodle shed? , is yes, but most shed very little. It all depends on the genes that are passed down from the parents.

While Golden Retrievers are heavy shedders, poodles shed very little. When you cross the two you end up with a low shedding dog, but they will still shed a little. To learn more about shedding in Goldendoodles read our post on Do Goldendoodles Shed? The Truth about Shedding

6. Are Mini Goldendoodles hypoallergenic?

Pet allergies are believed to be caused by proteins that are found in a dog’s skin cells, saliva or urine. Most dog allergies are triggered by being exposed to the dander a pet sheds. Dog dander is a small piece of skin that’s attached to the end of each hair. When a dog’s hair falls out (aka sheds) the little piece of dander is also released into the air. For people who are sensitive to this protein they may have an allergic reaction when they inhale the dander.

Since Mini Goldendoodles can be bred to shed minimally there is less chance that they will cause an allergic reaction. But you must find a breeder that does the genetic testing to ensure the doodle sheds minimally.

However there are other ways that people can come in contact with the protein that causes allergic reactions. Some of these are; being licked by a dog, petting them, brushing them or cleaning up after one can also expose you to the protein.

The best way to know if you are allergic to them is to spend time with the dog or their parents before bringing them home.

Doodle laying in the floor

7. Will my Mini Goldendoodle have long wavy hair?

Since both the Golden Retriever and the Poodle have long hair so will a Goldendoodle. But they will only have wavy hair if they have the correct set of genes. It is possible for two wavy haired Goldendoodles to produce puppies with either wavy, straight or curly hair.

8. What colors do Mini Golden Doodles come in?

The mini like the standard can come in a variety of colors. Goldendoodles can inherit any of the colors from either the Golden Retriever or Poodle. Golden Retrievers carry genes for shades of cream, apricot and red, while Poodles can carry genes that include shades of cream, apricot, red, black, chocolate (dark brown), silver and gray coloring. Poodles also carry the genes for popular color patterns, like Parti, and Phantom.  

Mini Goldendoodle walking through a stream

9. Are Mini Goldendoodles easy to groom?

One of the most popular features of a Goldendoodle is that they shed less than other types of dogs. But Goldendoodles do need to be groomed regularly otherwise their long hair becomes matted. This means daily brushing if you plan to keep their hair long. If you are unable to brush them daily you should choose to keep their coat short.

Goldendoodles can have long curly or wavy hair. The curlier the fur is the more likely they will mat easily.

A Golden Doodle’s coat grows quickly requiring them to be groomed every 6 to 8 weeks. The cost to have your miniature Goldendoodle professionally groomed is around $75.00. This cost may be higher depending on where you live or how matted your dog gets.

You can also opt to groom your doodle at home. The cost to buy the required grooming equipment is between $200 to $700 or more. There are DIY Doodle Grooming Facebook groups that can help you get started with grooming your doodle.

10. How much exercise do Miniature Goldendoodles need?

Mini Goldendoodles are active dogs, therefore they are happiest when they are moving. Exercise can be in the form of daily walks twice a day and fun games of fetch or tug of war a couple times a day. They do best in active homes where someone is around to pay attention to them. Golden Doodles that do not get enough exercise or are left alone for long periods of time can become destructive or bark excessively.

Of course all dogs are different and have different exercise needs. If your dog starts to get into trouble they probably need more exercise.

Doodle with a ball - Happyoodles.com

11. What are the health issues with a Mini Goldendoodle?

Mini Goldendoodles are an overall healthy breed but they can develop health conditions that are common to both the Golden Retriever and Poodle. Your best chance of having a healthy dog is by getting them from a reputable breeder that does complete genetic health testing on their breeding dogs. Breeders that leave things up for chance may not know that they are breeding diseases into the dogs.

Mini Goldendoodle health concerns include:

  • Ear Infections – Goldendoodles can be prone to ear infections. This is due to their long hairy ears that can reduce air flow and increase moisture that can cause infections
  • Sebaceous adenitis – Skin disease
  • Hip dysplasia – This is a condition in which the thigh bone becomes displaced from the hip joint. It has a strong genetic component and can be avoided through genetic testing
  • Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis – Disease which causes a narrowing at the aortic valve of the heart
  • Addison’s disease – Also known as hypoadrenocorticism, this disease decreases hormone production from the outer part or cortex of the adrenal gland
  • Various eye diseases – Common eye diseases include progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts and glaucoma
  • Von Willebrand’s disease – a blood condition that affects clotting

To minimize the risk of buying a dog with health issues ask the breeder for proof of health testing on both the parents. Possible tests include:

  • Hip certifications from the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals,
  • OFA heart clearance
  • Certification from the Canine Eye Registry Foundation that the eyes are healthy
  • An OFA elbow clearance for standard Goldendoodles,
  • An OFA knee clearance for small or medium-size Goldendoodles
  • A DNA test for progressive retinal atrophy
  • For more information, see the Ribbon Requirements set by the Goldendoodle Association of North America

Only buy your doodle from a reputable breeder that puts the health of the parent dogs and future puppy over profit. To do this you should not buy a puppy from a breeder that cannot provide you with written, verifiable documentation that the parents were cleared of health problems that affect the breed. A “vet check” is not a substitute for genetic health testing.

12. How long do Mini Goldendoodles live?

The average mini Goldendoodle’s lifespan is between 12 and 15 years. As a comparison a Golden Retriever can live on average between 10 to 12 years and a mini Poodle can live between 12 to 15 years.

But genetics are only part of the equation, a dog’s lifespan is also affected by their living conditions. Dogs that are fed a healthy balanced diet, get adequate exercise, see the vet and live in a home with their family will live a longer life than dogs that don’t.

Mini Goldendoodle sitting on park bench

13. Where can I find a Miniature Goldendoodle?

Here are a few ways to find a miniature Goldendoodle.

1. Breeder

The most common way to get a Goldendoodle is to buy one from a reputable breeder. But finding a reputable breeder can be difficult. The Goldendoodle Association of North America (GANA) is trying to fix that with their Ribbon Reward Program and membership requirements.

Only breeders who preform required health testing as outlined on the GANA website are eligible for membership. In addition breeders are awarded either a Red Ribbon or Blue Ribbon based on the type of health testing they perform on the dogs. The Red Ribbon shows that the breeder preforms the basic health tests required by GANA. A Blue Ribbon is awarded to breeders who preform additional recommended tests as directed by GANA.

The GAMA maintains a list of breeders and their ribbon status. You can find that list here.

My advice is to stay away from on-line “puppy for sale” websites and puppy stores. They are commonly used by puppy mills to hide who they really are. Puppy mill puppies often have underlying health conditions that cannot be detected when you first get them. Plus mating dogs and their puppies are kept in inhumane conditions at puppy farms. Please help stop puppy mills by not buying from them either directly or indirectly.

2. Rescue Groups

Another option is to look for a rescue organization that has doodles. On occasion you can find a Golden Doodle puppy in need of rehoming, but it’s not that common. In our post “The 9 Best Places to Find a Goldendoodle Rescue” we list the rescue groups with the best chance of having a Goldendoodle plus you may find Goldendoodles at rescues that also have Labradoodle rescues, Bernedoodle rescues, Cockapoo Rescues, Doodle rescues, and Poodle rescues. These rescue sites work with full sized Goldendoodles and miniature Goldendoodle.

3. Local Shelters

While finding a Miniature Goldendoodle at a local shelter may be rare it does still happen. Keep an eye on your local shelters website and Facebook page if they have one.

3. Guardian Home Program

You can also look for a quality breeder that offers a Guardian Home Program near you. A good quality breeder understands that dogs need to live in a home with a family. To do this some breeders use guardian homes to provide dogs with a family of their own when they are not actively being bred. Although the terms of a Guardian Home Program will vary by breeder the basic idea of the program is the same.

General Guardian Home Programs Overview:

  • You must live within a predetermined distance from the breeder. Usually it’s within an hour’s drive
  • Dogs are selected by the breeder
  • You are responsible for routine care and veterinarian service for the dog as determined by the breeder
  • The dog will spend time at the breeder’s location during their pregnancy and whelping period
  • Dogs will be breed for a specified number of times before they are released from the program

Benefits of getting a dog from a Guardian program:

  • Reduced cost for a dog
  • Pick of the litter
  • Enhanced testing of the dog for genetic conditions

4. Retired Mini Goldendoodles

Some breeders will “retire” their female dogs from breeding after they have had a certain number of litters or are unable to breed. Once retired they spay the dogs and offer them up for adoption. Breeders will generally announce the retirement on their own websites. Finding a retired breeding dog is rare since most reputable breeders now use guardian homes.

Mini Goldendoodle Puppy
Mini Golden Doodle Puppy

14. How much does a Mini Goldendoodle Puppy Cost?

The cost of an 8 week old Mini Goldendoodle ranges from $500 all the way up to $12,000. How much you pay for a mini will depend on who you get them from. On the lower end of the cost spectrum your puppy will most likely come from a puppy mill. These puppies are born in horrible conditions, where the parent dogs are abused and suffer daily. Please do your homework and do not by from a puppy mill. See our tips on how to spot a puppy mill below.

Puppies in the $3,000 to 4,000 range tend to come from smaller breeders. The parent dogs may be health tested but you will need to ask a lot of questions to ensure they are a reputable breeder who care for the parent dog’s health.

Puppies that cost $4,000 or more typically come from breeders that do extensive health testing including genetic testing for shedding. You can find these breeders in the Goldendoodle Association of North America (GANA) directory. But remember to ask a lot of questions before you chose a breeder. A high price does not necessary mean they are doing all the require health tests. Ask for proof of health tests and living conditions.

15. Are Miniature Goldendoodles high maintenance?

Yes, Mini Goldendoodles are high maintenance dogs. Although they shed much less that a Golden Retriever they still require a lot of maintenance to keep their fluffy coats in good shape. While Goldens require an occasional bath, Goldendoodles need to be bathe, dried with a high volume dryer (to avoid matting) and have their hair cut every 6 to 8 weeks. Professional grooming costs for a Goldendoodle can start at $75.00 and go up from there.

In comparison Golden Retrievers don’t need to be groomed since their fur stops growing at a predetermined length plus they can air dry after getting wet since their fur does not mat.

Also Goldendoodles with long hair need to be brushed daily. You can get around this by keeping their hair shorter, but that requires more frequent trips to the groomer.

If you decide you want to groom your dog at home, it takes between 2 to 3 hours to do it every 6 to 8 weeks. This includes bathing, drying them and cutting their hair.

So yes, you will spend less time vacuuming up fur and taking it off your clothes with a Goldendoodle, but that time if traded with brushing and running to the groomers.

In addition to the grooming maintenance requirements, Goldendoodles are high energy dogs which mean they need daily exercise. Plan on spending a couple of hours daily to meet their exercise requirements.

16. What are the differences between a Standard Goldendoodle and a Mini?

The main differences between the mini and standard doodle are size, and temperament.

Size

As I mentioned above there is a pretty large size difference between the mini and standard Goldendoodle. The mini tops out at 20 inches high and 35 pounds where the standard size doodle can get upwards to 24 inches high and over 100 pounds. If a large dog is not a reality for you, getting a mini might be a better choice.

Some breeders are also breeding medium sized doodles that fill in the size gap between the mini and the standard, but this is still not a common size for a Goldendoodle.

Temperament

A Mini Goldendoodle is a little more active than a full sized one. They may also bark more at other dogs and people who pass by.

So is the Mini Goldendoodle the perfect dog?

While they have many great traits they are not a low maintenance dog if you factor in their grooming, exercise and social needs. But if you are looking for an affectionate, active dog that is not too big, the mini might be the perfect dog for you.

Is the Goldendoodle the right dog for you? Join us to find out why the Goldendoodle is not for everyone

So once you find your mini Goldendoodle what will you name them?

Here are some great ideas for naming your dog:

Miniature Goldendoodle Resources