Updated: February 2022. 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 for 2022 about the Mini Goldendoodle.
Quick Facts About the Miniature Golden doodle
|Height||13 and 20 inches tall at shoulder|
|Weight||15 to 35 pounds|
|Lifespan||12 and 15 years|
|Personality||Social, outgoing, intelligent and easy to train|
|Colors||Cream, apricot and red, black, chocolate (dark brown), silver and gray coloring|
16 Facts About The Mini Goldendoodle
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, it’s 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 said to be born at Fox Creek Farm.
The owner of Fox Creek Farm stated in an interview that they had seen an increase in requests for a smaller version of the Goldendoodle. So they decide to start breeding them.
There is a common misconception that the Goldendoodle does not have a Breed Standard.
Typically breed standards are dictated by the American Kennel Club for purebred dogs only. All other dogs are considered mixed breeds without a consistent look.
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 done to maintain diversity in the Goldendoodle gene pool.
When looking for a Miniature Goldendoodle you may hear terms like F1 miniature Golden doodle 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 they have more poodle genetics.
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 many poodle genes are in a doodle once the breeding moved beyond the F1 Goldendoodle.
The more Poodle genes meant there was 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.
2. Is there more than one type of Goldendoodle?
Yes, there are actually three types of Golden Retriever Poodle Mix breeds; the English, the American and the Australian 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 Golden doodle.
In addition to a lighter color, English Golden Retrievers are bred to be a little shorter and stockier than the American Golden. Their fur is also shorter with more of a wave to it.
The English Golden Retriever is often portrayed as being healthier than the American Golden Retriever.
While both Goldens are susceptible to the same health conditions, the European bred Golden has a lower rate of cancer. Though compared to other breeds the rate of cancer in European Golden Retrievers is still much higher.
It’s important to note that the English, American and Canadian Golden Retrievers all originated from the same Scottish bloodline. The differences in look and size was caused by different breeding practices across the Atlantic.
The American Goldendoodle is a mix between the American Golden Retriever which tends to be red in color and any colored Poodle. Although American Golden doodles tend to be a shade of red, they can take on the coloring of the Poodle. You can even find a black Goldendoodle.
While the English Golden Retriever is known for its light colored fur, both the English and American Goldens can be found in all the colors of the Golden including red, light red and cream.
This is important to note because some breeders may pass off a cream colored American Golden for an English Golden.
Another difference between the American Goldendoodle and English Golden doodle is the price. Breeders will often charge more for an English Goldendoodle.
The Australian Goldendoodle is a little different from the English and American Goldendoodles. Instead of crossing a Golden Retriever with a Poodle, Australian Golden doodles are a mix between an English Golden-doodle and an Australian Labradoodle.
They can also be a mix between an English Cream Golden Retriever and an Australian Labradoodle.
The main difference between an 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.
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 Golden doodle 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 time 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 Golden doodles 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
5. Do Mini Goldendoodles shed?
The answer to “Does a Miniature Golden doodle 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 the golden doodle minis 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.
7. Will my Mini Goldendoodle have long wavy hair?
Since both the Golden Retriever and the Poodle have long hair on their bodies so will a Goldendoodle.
An F1 mini Goldendoodle, meaning a first generation cross between a poodle and Golden will also have the long hair on their face, since the furnishing gene that controls this is dominant. They only need to inherit one gene from the poodle parent.
However, later multigenerational doodles may not have the furnishing (the long fur and beard that doodles are known for), if they inherit 2 non-furnishing genes from the Golden side.
This means it’s possible for two wavy haired Goldendoodles to produce puppies with either wavy, straight or curly hair on their face.
8. What colors do Mini Goldendoodles 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.
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 Mini Goldendoodles need?
Miniature 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.
11. What are the health issues with a Mini Goldendoodle?
Miniature 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 Golden doodle’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.
13. Where can I find a Miniature Goldendoodle?
Here are a few ways to find a miniature Goldendoodle.
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 perform 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 performs the basic health tests required by GANA. A Blue Ribbon is awarded to breeders who perform additional recommended tests as directed by GANA.
The GAMA maintains a list of breeders and their ribbon status.
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 mini 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 veterinary services 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 bred 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 Golden doodles
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 will be spayed and offered 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.
14. How much does a Mini Goldendoodle Puppy Cost?
The cost of an 8 week old Mini Golden doodle ranges from $500 all the way up to $12,000. How much you pay for a mini will depend on where you get them. On the lower end of the cost spectrum your puppy will most likely come from a puppy mill.
Puppies that cost $3,000 or more typically come from breeders that do extensive health testing. To learn more about the cost of a Golden doodle mini and what you get in each price range, check out our post on What does a Goldendoodle Cost?
15. Are Miniature Goldendoodles high maintenance?
Yes, Mini Goldendoodles are high maintenance dogs. Although they shed much less than 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 bathed, 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 is 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 nature.
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.
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.
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Miniature Goldendoodle Resources
- Goldendoodle Association of North America (GANA)
- Doodles Part 1 – Amy Lane: The Goldendoodle Association of America
- Animal Genetics – Hair Shedding Genes
- Pet allergy – From the Mayo Clinic
- Breed review by Embrace; Labradoodles and Goldendoodles
- What is Patellar Luxation?
- How smart is your dog? – WebMD
- Backyard Breeders Trying to Make Money by Breeding “Designer Dogs”; Dogster.com