The miniature goldendoodle is a hybrid dog breed created from a cross between a poodle and a golden retriever. This mongrel dog is famous for its personality both as a service dog and as a friendly, helpful, sociable and affectionate family pet.
- Sizes. It’s worth noting that there are 3 sizes of Goldendoodle: standard, medium, and miniature-toy. Miniature Goldendoodles weigh no more than 13.22 Pounds.
- An interesting fact about this breed is that females tend to be slightly smaller than males, on average about 2 Inches less than males.
- Coat. As a general rule, the Goldendoodle inherits the Poodle’s coat: medium length, curly, and coarse. However, when born, the puppy has straight hair that doesn’t begin to curl until around six weeks of age.
- Colors. Common colors for Goldendoodles include earth tones such as brown, gold, and cream, as well as gray and black. It’s important to know that since there is no official breed standard, there are no set color requirements for the breed.
- General Build. When it comes to their overall build, Goldendoodles have long limbs and ears that hang down on either side. Their tail is proportionally short compared to their legs. Their nose and eyes are typically dark brown.
The Goldendoodle is a very intelligent, affectionate, friendly, loyal, sociable, and helpful dog. They are always cheerful and greatly enjoy playing and performing tasks assigned to them.
They generally exhibit the Golden Retriever’s skills for guiding people with disabilities, as well as tracking, search, and rescue. They are also athletic and energetic, suitable for various sports and activities.
Socialization. Goldendoodles are too sociable and friendly to be good guard dogs. They tend to be friendly with strangers and are not typically excessive barkers. However, they may bark a lot if left alone for extended periods or if their daily activity needs are not met.
Training and Obedience. When it comes to training and obedience, Goldendoodles are easy to train. They are docile and attentive to learning. Similar to their parent, the Golden Retriever, which is used as a therapy and guide dog for visually impaired people. We always recommend socializing the puppy to ensure its sociability as an adult and eliminate potential aggressive or fearful behaviors. Additionally, obedience training should be conducted through positive reinforcement.
Living with Children. Generally, the breed is patient and affable, making them great companions for young children. They also tend to get along well with other pets, thanks to their gentle and friendly temperament. They enjoy playing and receiving attention from their family.
Tolerance for Solitude. Goldendoodles do not tolerate being alone well. If your lifestyle involves leaving them alone for extended periods, other dog breeds that adapt better to being alone may be more suitable.
Exercise and Activity. Goldendoodles are very active dogs and require daily exercise and activity. Failure to meet these needs may lead to them expending their energy by causing damage to your home. It is advisable to take them for 3 or 4 short walks per day to ensure they can exercise and relieve themselves.
Companionship. They make great companions for running, hiking, and even swimming. Additionally, these dogs have a strong aptitude for tracking games and truly enjoy finding objects.
Coat Care. For coat maintenance, daily brushing is recommended to prevent knots and keep their coat clean.
Hygiene. As for their hygiene, a complete bath with dog-specific shampoo should be done every 1 or 2 months. It’s important to keep in mind that excessive use of soap can damage their skin’s pH.
Feeding. You should be aware that Goldendoodles are voracious eaters and may eat even when they’re not hungry, so it’s important to monitor their food intake to avoid weight gain. Always provide fresh water for them to drink.
Pros and Cons
Advantages of Miniature Goldendoodles:
- Miniature Goldendoodles, if they inherit the temperament of the Golden Retriever, make perfect companions, affectionate and attentive. They are capable of providing companionship and therapy.
- They live comfortably in small apartments and houses due to their small size.
- Generally, they are great companions for children.
Disadvantages of Miniature Goldendoodles:
- As a hybrid breed, make sure the breeder is reputable and has crossed the breeds responsibly.
- Regular brushing is necessary to maintain coat luster and softness.
- They require daily exercise.
- They are very attached and do not tolerate being alone well.
They may inherit the most common diseases of their parent breeds. From the Golden Retriever side, they may be prone to hip dysplasia and eye problems such as progressive retinal atrophy and glaucoma. From the Poodle side, they may inherit Von Willebrand’s disease and eye problems like cataracts.
It’s important to schedule regular check-ups with your veterinarian to detect any signs of these diseases early and to keep vaccinations and deworming up to date.
History and Origin
The Goldendoodle originated in Australia and the United States in 1992. Since it’s a hybrid breed, there are no official breed standards.
The goal of creating this breed was to combine the therapy and assistance dog qualities of the Golden Retriever with the hypoallergenic properties of the Poodle, which barely sheds. Therefore, the Goldendoodle caters to people with allergies who want a therapy dog like the Golden Retriever.