20 Awesome Facts about Mini Goldendoodles

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Over the last few years, the Standard Goldendoodle puppy (half Standard Poodle + half Golden Retriever) has become quite the popular choice among family pet owners. But have you ever heard of a Mini Goldendoodle? Would you like to know more about these family-friendly, smaller dogs? I have put together 20 amazing facts about these affectionate dogs so you can learn more about Mini Goldendoodles. 

First of all, what exactly is a Mini Goldendoodle?

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1. Mini Goldendoodle Dog Breed

Introduced in the mid-1990s, the Mini Goldendoodle is a hybrid dog or crossbreed between a full size Golden Retriever and a Toy Poodle or Mini Poodle. When two separate purebred canines like these two are intentionally mixed together, they are considered a designer breed. Whereas, a mutt is the result of accidental mixing of dog breeds. The Mini Goldendoodle was bred to have the gentleness and loyalty of a Golden Retriever parent with the intelligence and hypoallergenic, non-shedding coat of the small size Miniature Poodle to achieve the result of a fun-to-pet dog with a loving personality. The main difference between a standard Goldendoodle and a miniature Goldendoodle is its smaller size, which is a good fit for families with small children or a smaller home.

2. Different Names

The most common name we hear people call this type of popular dog is a Mini Goldendoodle or Miniature Goldendoodle. However, any of the following names are also acceptable: Mini Groodle, Miniature Groodle, Mini Goldenpoo, Miniature Goldenpoo, Mini Golden Doodle, Miniature Golden Doodle, Mini Goldiepoos, and Miniature Goldiepoos, and miniature Goldendoodle puppies.

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3. Mini Goldendoodle Appearance

This breed of a small dog's average height is anywhere between 14 and 19 inches tall and has an average weight of anywhere between 20 and 40 pounds. This designer dog is known for its thick, soft, and wavy or curly coat. A Mini Goldendoodle’s coat color can range from cream, tan, brown, gray, red, black, or even a mix of these colors. Click here for a more thorough explanation of Goldendoodle colors and coats.

young boy in teal shirt and glasses holding a blond mini goldendoodle dog

4. Perfect Size

Everybody has their own opinion on what size dog is a perfect size. Goldendoodles come in many different sizes. Nonetheless, most people would agree that a Mini Goldendoodle is an ideal-sized dog. They are not too small and not too big, but rather a good medium-sized dog. There are many reasons why a Mini Goldendoodle is the perfect-sized pup.

  1. They are easy to handle and can effortlessly be picked up
  2. They can comfortably fit on your lap for snuggle time
  3. No counter surfing because a Mini Goldendoodle isn’t tall enough
  4. Their poop size is significantly smaller than a larger dog, which means a lot less mess to clean up
  5. Overall, a Mini Goldendoodle costs less because they won’t need to eat as much as a larger dog

5. Highly Intelligent

Considering that the purebred Poodle is very intelligent and the purebred Golden Retriever is extremely obedient indicates that when these two purebred canines are bred together to create a Mini Goldendoodle, this dog will undoubtedly be a highly intelligent, friendly, loving, affectionate, and easy-to-train dog. A Mini Goldendoodle can make a great guide dog, therapy dog, search and rescue dog, and agility dog. They are also a great companion pet for older people in nursing homes or hospital patients.

2 light colored mini goldendoodles sitting near large green arborvitae trees kissing andtouching noses

6. Mini Goldendoodle Temperament

These active dogs are non-aggressive, energetic, loyal, affectionate, gentle, and so very loving. A Mini Goldendoodle lives to run and play fetch. Many people with disabilities have Mini Goldendoodles as therapy dogs. They are also good at hunting, so watch out for bunnies, birds, squirrels, and chipmunks in your backyard. Our doodle has already caught a couple of these animals!

blond Mini Goldendoodle and white Labrador Retriever running in the grass


7. Excellent Social Skills

Most Mini Goldendoodles behave extremely well with people and are very friendly with other dogs. Not only will they run around with their high energy and play well with other canines, Mini Goldendoodles also have no fear of approaching young children and adults, looking for more love and attention. When taking our doodle to the dog park, she seeks attention from the other dog owners just as much as their dogs! These qualities certainly make them an ideal dog for a great companion and family pet. 

8. Easy to Train

Because Mini Goldendoodles are eager to please, they are more inclined to listen to new cues. On the other hand, they do have a lot of energy and excitement, therefore it’s often hard for them to stay focused. Keeping that in mind, it’s best to keep their training sessions to a minimum.

9. Good for Allergy Sufferers

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 no shedding coat and less dander. 

10. Cost to Purchase

While the cost to purchase a Mini Goldendoodle can be quite expensive, ranging from $1,000 to $3,000, the average price a person spends on a Mini Goldendoodle is around $1,500. Although this may seem like a lot, most would agree it is worth the price to have a dog with such excellent qualities.

11. Infrequent Barkers

All dogs bark as it is their way of communicating. Yet a Mini Goldendoodle does not typically bark just to be barking. A Mini Goldendoodle may certainly get excited when they see another dog on a walk, but most likely it will not start barking at the dog. Instead, they will sniff and want to play. A typical situation in which a Mini Goldendoodle may bark is if they are scared of something or bored and want your attention. Other than that, they really are not excessive barkers by any means.

12. Enjoyable to Pet

Who doesn’t love running their fingers through soft, fluffy hair? Whether you get a Mini Goldendoodle with tight curls or one with a soft wavy coat, petting this type of dog is extremely fulfilling and therapeutic. Their soft coat is one of the main reasons many people prefer this type of dog.

4 young boys in light jackets and hoodies with their mini goldendoodle dog sitting facing a creek

13. Great with Children

A well-raised Mini Goldendoodle is playful, gentle, and affectionate. This breed of dog can keep children occupied for hours with games such as fetch, tug-of-war, teaching them tricks, swimming, and building forts to hide in. For more fun activities, I recommend the book 101 Dog Tricks, by Kyra Sundance.

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14. Grooming

A Mini Goldendoodle mixed breed will need to be brushed regularly, otherwise, they can develop knots in their fur over long periods of time. It is recommended that this breed of dog is taken to a professional groomer every 6-8 weeks. In between grooming appointments, it is a good idea to give your Mini Goldendoodle a bath when needed. Mini Goldendoodles also need the hair near their eyes trimmed every so often, as it grows long and can obstruct their vision. This is easy to do with sharp, blunt tip scissors and some practice.

15. Breeders

Although a good breeder can’t guarantee the lifelong health of any dog, it is still important to do your research and find a reputable breeder that has a history of breeding from healthy canine parents. While not every breeder may be listed in one place, a few good sites to begin your search would be goldendoodles.comgoldendoodleassociation.comgooddog.com.

16. Exercise

A Mini Goldendoodle, like most other dogs, needs plenty of exercise in its daily life. Staying active helps them get rid of pent-up energy, remain at a healthy weight, and most importantly, exercise their minds and bodies. Mini Goldendoodles need at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. Daily exercise can consist of a walk, a game of fetch, or playtime at a dog park. My pup even enjoys jogging with me on short 2 mile runs!

red goldendoodle dog playfully running in a large body of water

17. Mini Goldendoodles Love the Water

Most Mini Goldendoodles enjoy swimming just as much as people do! Both Poodles and Golden Retrievers are natural swimmers, which means that Mini Goldendoodles have most certainly inherited these swimming traits, as well. Whether you’re at the beach, a lake, or have a small pool in your backyard, these dogs will love to be in the water and are considered to be water dogs. When we visited Door County, Wisconsin, our doodle really enjoyed exploring Lake Michigan! Read more about this trip and traveling with your pup here.

18. Low Shedding

It has been said that any type of Doodle, whether it be an Aussiedoodle, Bernedoodle, Goldendoodle, Labradoodle, or Sheepadoodle will not shed. This, unfortunately, is not 100% true as there is no such thing as a completely non-shedding dog. On the upside, it is accurate to say that these doodle dogs shed significantly less than the average dog, which is a plus for those who are looking for less mess to clean up inside the house. 

19. Overall Good Health

Generally speaking, Mini Goldendoodles will usually be genetically healthier than either of their purebred parent breeds. This is also known as “hybrid vigor” (when hybrid puppies benefit physically and mentally from having a more varied genetic makeup than a 100% purebred dog). Of course, there is always a chance that a Mini Goldendoodle could develop health issues, such as ear infections, elbow dysplasia, or hip dysplasia, but the odds are less likely, which is a plus for the Mini Goldendoodle. Hence, mini Goldendoodle puppies are a good choice for smaller versions of a Goldendoodle and make a great family pet.

20. Lifespan

You can expect a Mini Goldendoodle to live anywhere between 10 and 15 years of age. This is wonderful for families with children who hope to have their furry companion around while their kids grow up.

two adorable blond mini goldendoodles hugging each in grass near large green arborvitae trees


All in all, I would say Mini Goldendoodle dogs are quite the catch and may be the right dog for you! With so many great qualities, it's no wonder they are such a popular sought-after dog these days. After reading all 20 of these awesome facts about Mini Goldendoodles, I hope it has inspired you to go meet one of these mini doods! I promise they will greet you with the warmest of hearts and most likely persuade you to want to adopt a mini doodle yourself. They really are the perfect puppy!

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