15 Common Questions about Mini Goldendoodles

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15 Questions about Mini Goldendoodles

1. Where can I get a Mini Goldendoodle?

There are many different places you can purchase a Mini Golden Doodle (half toy poodle or mini poodle and half golden retriever). A simple Google search for “Mini Goldendoodles near me” can give you results or ask friends on social media if they have any suggestions. Just make sure you do your due diligence when searching for a reputable breeder. There are many good breeders out there, but unfortunately, there are also poor-quality breeders. 

For starters, I recommend visiting credible websites that include registered breeders, such as: 




You can also ask a veterinarian what is the best way to find breeders or visit a local dog show. Even better, if you see someone walking down the street with a beautiful Mini Goldendoodle on their leash, stop by and ask them where they got their awesome dog! Many times, word of mouth can be your best resource and it also will connect you with other doodle lovers!

When contacting a Mini Goldendoodle breeder, be sure to ask them to provide you with information about the health of the parent breeds. Ask the breeder what sort of health tests (such as hip, thyroid, and eye) have been carried out on the parents. It is also a good idea to meet the mother and father of your new Mini Goldendoodle puppy to see if this dog will be a good choice. Doing this allows you to see the temperament and demeanor of the parents, which can help you see how your puppy may act when he becomes an adult.

Diagram illustration with real photos showing the difference between F1, F1b and F2 Mini Goldendoodles

2. What is the difference between a F1, F1b, and F2 Mini Goldendoodle?

F1 Mini Goldendoodles:

first-generation = cross between a purebred Golden Retriever and Miniature Poodle or Toy Poodle

F1b Mini Goldendoodles:

backcross = result of pairing an F1 Mini Goldendoodle to a Miniature Poodle or Toy Poodle 

F2 Mini Goldendoodles:

second-generation = cross between two F1 Mini Goldendoodle parents

3. What age is a Mini Goldendoodle full grown?

A common question people ask is: "When will my Mini Goldendoodle stop growing?" Generally, a Mini Goldendoodle will stop growing taller around her first birthday but may fill out for many months after that first year. It is safe to say that around 2 years of age, they will be fully grown. 

4. How big do Mini Goldendoodles get?

This breed of dog's average height is anywhere between 14 and 19 inches tall and the average weight is anywhere between 20 and 40 pounds

5. Do Mini Goldendoodles shed?

This is one of the most popular questions about miniature goldendoodle puppies. The most sought-after answer is “No” they don’t shed. However, this is not completely true.

Because a Mini Goldendoodle is a hybrid dog (which means it is a mix of more than one purebred dog), there are additional genetic factors that go into play. For example, if a Mini Goldendoodle inherits more of the Golden Retriever gene, it will most likely shed more than a puppy that inherits more of the Miniature Poodle’s traits.

If a Mini Goldendoodle does shed, the amount of shedding is minuscule compared to dogs such as Siberian Husky, Great Pyrenees, Labrador Retriever, or German Shepherd.

Overall, Mini Goldendoodles are typically considered a low-shedding to non-shedding dog, which is one reason why it is such a popular dog. 

6. What is the main difference between a mutt and a designer dog?

mutt (or mongrel) is a result of an unintentional combination of dog breeds. 

designer dog is a result of deliberately breeding two purebred dogs.

Mutts tend to have many different breeds in them, whereas designer breeds tend to stick with just two purebred dogs. If you have a mutt and are curious about which breed your dog originates from, you can take a dog DNA test.

7. Is a Mini Goldendoodle hypoallergenic?

All dogs shed allergens, so there really is no such thing as a completely hypoallergenic dog. However, a Mini Goldendoodle is known to be better for allergy sufferers because of its low or non-shedding coat and less dander.

Placing air purifiers throughout the house is also a helpful way to keep the air clean for people with allergies. A large air purifier is great for the central open area of your home, keeping the main living space feeling fresh and clean. A smaller air purifier works perfectly for smaller rooms such as a bedroom. These little machines suck in all the hair and dust floating in the air and trap it in its filter. The filter is easy to change every couple of months. In the end, it is very satisfying to see and be able to throw away all of the dust and particles that this little machine collects!

cute blond mini goldendoodle eating food from a bowl

8. How much do Mini Goldendoodles eat?

A standard Goldendoodle typically eats between 1-4 cups of food per day, depending on the adult size. A Mini Goldendoodle generally consumes about 2 cups a day on average. Mini doodle bonus? Less food to buy! 

 9. Will Mini Goldendoodles have health problems?

Overall, this mixed breed has good health, but just like any dog, a Mini Goldendoodle can develop health issues. Some minor health concerns they are prone to include ear infections, allergies, or bone and joint problems. Major health issues can include Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, Joint Dysplasia, Hypothyroidism, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Patellar Luxation, Von Willebrand’s Disease, and Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV), or Bloat.

 10. How much does a Mini Goldendoodle cost?

Mini goldendoodle puppies can cost anywhere from $1000–$3500.

Why is a Mini Goldendoodle so expensive?

Because breeders know people will pay more for a dog that includes all the positive traits a Doodle possesses (low to non-shedding soft curly coat, playful, energetic, affectionate dogs, great family pet, etc.) 

Additional expenses include:

Initial wellness Expenses

  • neutering/spaying: $20-300
  • startup supplies (bowls, bed, crate, leash, tags, collars): $50-300
  • micro-chipping $50
  • check-ups & vaccinations $50-300
  • training $50-250

Yearly Expenses

  • preventative medical (heartworm ticks, etc.) $50-100
  • grooming $70-500 (depending on how often you get your dog groomed)
  • food & treats $200-500
  • toys $30-100

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11. Do Mini Goldendoodles have separation anxiety?

Because this type of dog is very affectionate and loves to be by people all the time, a Mini Goldendoodle can be prone to develop separation anxiety when they are alone for long periods of time. Yet, this does not mean that every dog will develop this behavior. If you plan to be gone longer than usual and you are worried about your dog feeling this way, you can always hire a dog sitter to help ease your mind. The Rover app is a great place to discover local pet sitters for a reasonable price!

12. When will a Mini Goldendoodle settle down?

Puppies can certainly be a handful. The first few months of owning a puppy are usually the most challenging. It is during this time that they tend to get into trouble more frequently, as they are still learning the rules of the house.

Eating mulch, chewing table legs, biting baseboards, snatching socks, jumping up on people, and pee and poo accidents indoors are just some of the examples of puppy behavior.

With a bit of training at an early age, you can expect a Mini Goldendoodle to grow out of these bad habits and start to settle down around one year old

It is also around this time that you may start to feel more at ease leaving your dog to roam the house while you are gone—not worrying about her tearing up the house or having accidents.

Keep in mind, the first year will go by fast and you will soon forget how you had to deal with all the puppy craziness because you will undoubtedly be enjoying the company of your sweet Mini Goldendoodle every single day. 

13. Do Mini Goldendoodles need haircuts?

Yes. A Mini Goldendoodle will most definitely need a haircut and plenty of them! A dog with long thick hair who needs plenty of outdoor playtime because of his energetic demeanor can get dirty pretty quickly. Most people take their dog to a groomer every 12 weeks. Although it takes practice, some Mini Doodle owners opt to cut their dog’s hair themselves to save money.

 14. What do Mini Goldendoodles look like as adults?

I think we can all agree that every puppy is adorable! But what will a Mini Goldendoodle like when fully grown? It depends on the type of coat they inherit, but most will look just as cute with more mature features. To view a series of photos of how a Mini Goldendoodle grows and changes within its first year, click here.

15. Do Mini Goldendoodles get along with other dogs?

Yes, a Mini Goldendoodle tends to get along extremely well with other animals and family pets, especially other dogs. They are very compassionate, social, loyal, and gentle-natured which makes them an ideal addition to any family that has other dogs.

red goldendoodle with yellow toy in mouth swimming in pool

Bonus Question: Do Mini Goldendoodles like water?

Most definitely doodles are water dogs! Many Mini Goldendoodles enjoy swimming just as much as we do. They will excitedly jump in a lake or large pool if you have one. If you don’t own a backyard pool, consider purchasing a dog pool. Dog pools are built with a material to help prevent a dog’s claws from popping or ripping the pool. For those on a tighter budget, go with a plastic pool. Trust me, your dog will thank you. It’s an excellent way for your doodle to cool off on a hot day!

In conclusion, mini golden doodles are a good fit for any family, especially those with young children because smaller dogs are easier to take care of. Go get your perfect puppy so you can enjoy having a Mini Goldendoodle as a family member, too!


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