Why Are Mini Goldendoodles So Cute: Science Will Surprise You

These days, it seems as though the mini Goldendoodle is the dog breed everyone loves. Why? There’s a science behind these mini Goldendoodles and it’s important that you know the truths before deciding to adopt or purchase these cuddle bugs. Let’s go over the history and original purposes of the cute mini Goldendoodle puppies, then we’ll find out how big science says they’ll grow.

You’ll also learn a little bit about this affectionate dog breed's origins, and how you should care for them based on their history. 

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What is the Mini Goldendoodle’s Original Purpose?

Did you know that the mini Goldendoodle is a hybrid breed classified as a teddy bear dog?

As the smaller version of the traditional Golden Retriever Poodle mix, the mini Goldendoodle dog breed is the result of crossing a Toy Poodle or Miniature Poodle with a Golden Retriever.

If you love Golden Retrievers, but have always wanted a smaller family dog, you might be looking into getting a Goldendoodle. Before jumping into getting a Goldendoodle, it is best to learn all you can about them first. 

When Did Goldendoodles Originate?

The breed of Goldendoodles began in the United States in the 1990s. This era was bringing the rise of “designer dogs,” which are dogs that have been purposefully mixed with other dog breeds. Ever since the standard Goldendoodle was first bred, people thought they were so cute and adorable.

Why Were Goldendoodles Bred?

Besides being popular and designer, these dogs have a scientific reason behind their origins. And aside from being great companions, they were actually meant to be good for allergy sufferers. The reasoning is behind the Poodle as this breed has a hypoallergenic reputation. Though, it is contrary that Poodles do actually shed. However, they pass down fewer shedding tendencies due to their mixed breed as a cute Goldendoodle.

If you are looking for a small dog breed that doesn’t shed much, a miniature Goldendoodle might be the breed for you.

Caring for your dog

Caring for your dog is sometimes a full-time job. There are so many things to know, and so little time to research! 

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About the Golden Retriever

We all know how the Golden Retriever holds up to its name. The dog breed’s golden coat comes in many shades of gold. Also, this breed has a history of being a hunting dog, retrieving waterfowl originally. If you enjoy hunting dogs, but you think that most of them aren’t very adorable, the Golden Retriever might change your mind.

The Golden Retriever is one of the top three Poodle mixes and has been on the American Kennel Club (AKC) in the last several years. This dog breed is known as being the most friendly and personable, with a family-friendly temperament. It only makes sense why this breed would be a favorite in its own right.

Golden Retriever dogs are a smart dog breed, usually gentle with kids, and they usually get along well with other dogs. A Golden Retriever can make for a great emotional support animal, therapy dog, or service animal, as well.

It is no wonder why many people want a dog that is a cross between a Golden.

About the Poodle

Many do not know this, but Miniature and Toy Poodles are not separate breeds, only different sizes as categories in the breed. The AKC recognizes all three sizes of the one Poodle breed. The standard Miniature Poodle ranges from 10 to 15 inches, and Toy Poodles are smaller at less than 10 inches tall. And did you know? Poodles are known for being extremely smart dogs.

Poodles are also known for being easy to train and being intelligent. They are a fun-loving, active, and very active breed. However, poodles do like a lot of attention. If they don’t get this, they might develop a bad barking habit. Keep this in mind if you plan to get a mini Goldendoodle.

Training your Mini Goldendoodle 



It is important to start training your mini goldendoodle at a young age. This mini poodle mixed breed can start learning basic commands at 7-8 weeks old. Usually, formal training for these dogs starts around the time they are 6 months old. 

You can choose to hire a dog trainer. They will generally work with you at least once a week for 3 to 4 months. This can make a huge difference in your dog’s training. However, you can also train your mini goldendoodle on your own. If you want your dog to learn from you every day, this is a great route to take. You could even consult with a dog trainer over the phone or via video calls. 

Some of the options that work best for training Goldendoodles are clicker training, rewarding with toys or food, and using positive praise.

It is important to remember that the mini goldendoodle temperament is not the same for every mini Goldendoodle. Your dog might take less or more time to train than someone else’s Goldendoodle. Just keep at it until your mini Goldendoodle picks up what you are trying to teach them.

Facts About the Mini Goldendoodle

If you want to know how big do goldendoodles get, there is a breed club for the Golden Retriever Poodle mix. That breed club is the Goldendoodle Association of North America, and on its list are the different sizes of the Goldendoodle. There is even a petite range, which is smaller than mini, and that is below 14 inches in height and weighing in at less than 25 pounds. Whether they are petite or mini, they are still classified by their owners as mini Goldendoodles.

Adult Goldendoodles will vary in size and weight, and this is entirely dependent on the parents. As an adult, the mini Goldendoodle will be anywhere from 17 to 24 inches tall and can weigh between 40 to 90 pounds.

This difference in adult size is due to the Golden Retriever’s larger and strong frame. Since Toy and Miniature Poodles are much smaller and petite, mini’s aren’t necessarily “mini’s,” which again is totally dependent on its parents. The determining factor of the coat length is also dependent on the parents. And because Goldens have thick, long, and straight coats, and Poodles are thick and curly coats, their coats will differ from parents to parents. There could even be a difference in the length of coats for all the puppies from the same litter.

Do you want to know how long do goldendoodles live? The average life expectancy for goldendoodles is between 10-15 years. This life expectancy is inherited from the poodle and Golden Retriever parents. Poodles, even the mini poodle, often live to be between 12 and 15 years of age. Golden Retrievers generally live to be between 10 and 12 years of age.

So, What is the Temperament of the Mini Goldendoodle?

Once again, the mini Goldendoodle is a mixed breed. You are going to get a more predominant temperament depending on his or her parents. While Miniature Poodles are intelligent, they also have a habit of being standoffish or even snappy around strangers. This is why many mini poodles will bark nonstop when someone comes in the driveway.

That being said, there may not be a perfect mix. There may not be any way of knowing. That’s why it’s important to do your research before adopting your mini Goldendoodle and figure out your best options for socializing your new pup. Taking your new pup to dog parks, on trips with you, and taking them around people they don’t know often can help to to prevent or even break the barking habit. Knowing the science behind this dog breed will help you determine what is the right breed for your lifestyle.

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Good luck!

Are Goldendoodles considered a large breed?

The beautiful Goldendoodle dog breed, also known as Groodle, ranges in size. Their size is heavily determined by the type of Poodle that the Golden Retriever is crossed with. The average size of a standard-size Goldendoodle is around 22 inches and they can weigh over 50 pounds.

How big do Mini Goldendoodles get?

Having been crossed with a Miniature or Toy Poodle, the mini Goldendoodle is the smallest type of Goldendoodle. Their size ranges from 13 to 20 inches and their average weight is under 30 pounds.

How long do mini Goldendoodles live?

Generally, small dogs live longer than larger dogs. This is true for the mini Goldendoodles, too. On average, a healthy mini Goldendoodle can live between 10 and 15 years.

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How does one obtain a trained mini goldendoodle, as a therapy/companion dog for a disabled senior lady? It has to be inexpensive, if not free. I have a doctor’s order specifying the need for one.
Please advise?

Victoria L. Candelaria on Jul 19, 2021

i want one

tara on Apr 28, 2021

I am 72nowandlostmybestfriendandcompanionlastjuly Isuppose a mini-would be-good now becausehandlingmight be bet more appropriate due to my age;& accompanying stuff(non major ) but I probably could use somepuppytrsainingcould be problematic now& could probably employ some dogwalking help from time to time- i am in Seattle am in Seattle now

Don on Apr 18, 2021

Please find me a golden doodle . I do want a doodle. I live in New York how do I adopt one?

Nelson on Apr 04, 2021

Amazing! So many of us consider our doodles the very best. I said ours was the smartest, cutest, sweetest, funniest dog in all the world and don’t dare contradict me. But everyone here would think their dog was even better. We had to put her down just before New Years and I am still mourning the loss. We are seniors so we hope to find a senior mini to adopt or buy. Keep us in mind…..

Arlene Kagle on Mar 16, 2021

I really need a loving companion. I broke my neck and had several back surgeries so I’m home. I need a mini because it would be easier for me to handle. I live in Charlotte NC area. I haven’t found a trust worthy person around here. Also they are so expensive to buy. It my dream to own one.

Kathy Cobb on Mar 11, 2021

I am waiting for my golden mini doodle to be born I had my neck broke back in October and my baby girl that I had had for 14 plus had to be put to sleep the saddest thing ever that was my first dog ever and I’m 56 years old I’m so excited about getting my new dog I have already started reading about it gathering things that she will need so I love all the sharing that y’all are doing it’ll help me out a lot

Sherry Jenkins on Mar 10, 2021

Where did you get Cody? We are looking for a mini golden doodle but can’t decide where to get one

Nicole on Feb 24, 2021

I contacted a reputable breeder about a Mini Golden Doodle.
Oh he had them but wanted $5,000 for it.
No thanks

Sharon Young on Feb 24, 2021

We had to put down our beloved dog and feel lost without her. Looking to find a senior doodle not more than 40 lbs as we are seniors, too. Any help gratefully appreciated.

Arlene on Feb 22, 2021

I live in Phoenix and looking foe a doodle .I lost my boy in dec and wanting to get my girl a buddy.I will drive but hopefully not
More then 8 hours

Christie jaffe on Feb 15, 2021

My mini Goldendoodle is 3 yrs old now. I didn’t realize when I picked this breed that it takes a lot of grooming, and can be expensive. Finding a good groomer was another problem. Have a good one in Phoenix AZ. She’s a very loving dog and worth the time and money.

Shirley on Feb 07, 2021

I’m strongly thinking about finding a golden doodle want know as much as I can about them have Freind has a big one I love the curly ness and min size of u can maybe let me know we’re on omaha ,neb 68111 that breeds or sale them

Gwen Barnett on Feb 01, 2021

Trish , I would love to have more info. Looked on Facebook. There are several Trish Eulers. Anyway, is barking a problem work the mini golden doodles? Would love to know your breeder. Connie

Connie Lantrip on Jan 10, 2021

LOVE the mini Goldendoodle. Purchasing a new home over the next year and doing my resesrch now. Looking for a trusted breeder

La Donna Leazer on Jan 03, 2021

Patsy Cline, my breeder is the best….really handles them and socializes them from a very young age. Annabelle aka Annie is the smartest dog I’ve ever had. What they say about “reading” you is sooo true!! When she’s seen me cry, she climbs on my lap and licks my tears. She knows the difference between “choices”, she can tell if she gets to go on errand with me just by reading my body language. She was potty trained in two weeks and loves EVERYBODY and is great with my 3 y.o. grandson. Friend me on FB and I’ll connect you. People just see Annie and want to know where they can get a Doodle. She is also VERY protective and can tell in an instant if something isn’t right.

Trish Euler on Dec 25, 2020

I have a standard Goldendoodle his name is Thor he is four years old I live in Broward Florida. I wanted to know if there was any goldendoodle groomer in my city? My daughter and son loves Thor so much he is the best dog ever we want the best groomer for him.

Diane Valentine on Dec 25, 2020

I have a 34 month old double golden doodle, she actually has som golden lab in her as well.
She is the best big dog ever. Never had a big dog, she is so good. I just picked up her little brother, same breed and breeder. Dino is four months now, strong too. He’s very nice. He is adorable. He follows Maggie everywhere.
Having trouble with potty training,but I think its my fault. This puppy is so strong he can drag me when we walk. He’s so cute and now Maggie has company.
Now, I am worried that once I hit 78, I will need help with them. I made plans as to who gets which dog. I pray I remain cognitive and healthy to care for them. They are the best dogs. I can’t trick them either, very smart. My dogs do not shed, the new puppy I think sheds very little,could be puppy hair? His coat is straighter and very smooth and soft. Maggie is very curly.

Donna on Dec 16, 2020

We just got a Standard styles golden doodle his name is kurz he is a hand full 2 months old He’s wonderful I am having some problems in training him but I guess it will get over that sooner or later Would like to hear from some other people that have Golden doodles

Kaliin on Dec 13, 2020

Hi l live in Australia if they weren’t around the six thousand dollar mark l would get one a in a split second. But due to paying private health care and other medical costs at this time it’s not on the cards. But l always thought you couldn’t improve on the golden retriever it has always been my absolute no one. But the Golden doodle or groodle as they are known in Australia proved me wrong!!

Gale Grazutis on Dec 13, 2020

Golden mini poodle. I liked them. How to get one in Fort Worth, Tx 76123

Janak desai on Dec 08, 2020

I have a two year old mini goldendoodle and a nine month old mini poodle. My goldendoodle is so patient with him and it has not been easy with a puppy but he loves him and takes care of him.

Elizabeth Perdomo on Nov 30, 2020

Int in adopting a blonde mini doodle i am 74 with great need for an emotional and helpful pet

Elly marder on Nov 30, 2020

I want a puppy…please tell information

Tracey Reid on Nov 30, 2020

We have 2 standard gorgeous white goldendoodles that are sooooo smart and funny. They can look at you and tell what you need or what you are thinking before you are actually going to perform the action they want. We also had a black labradoodle (brilliant pup) who tragically passed last year at 8 years of age of Mesenteric Torsion. We adopted 2 of these pups (82 pounder and 68 pounder) from DRC Rescue 9 years ago when they were turning 2 years of age. They are amazing companions who possess such an abandonment for life. We have had lots of rescue dogs, and a Great Pyrenees I showed, but these dogs read you like a book.

Kathy Winkler on Nov 24, 2020 on Nov 24, 2020

My golden doodle past away Saturday. He was my shadow for 11 yrs. He had seizures since he was 1yrs old. I would love to find a breeder in So. Calif
My heart is broken and I’m very lonely

Patsy Cline on Nov 22, 2020

I have a 7 year old Standard Goldendoodle. I have had many dogs in my life, this is the best! Intelligent, easy to train, excellent companion who can very well perceive human emotion. Love him to pieces!

Lourdes Vázquez-Dillinger on Nov 19, 2020

Do you o any cooked dog recipes? And doggie treat recipes?
Thank you.

Kathleen Panasuk on Oct 19, 2020

Good infomation

Abayomi Babalade on Oct 13, 2020

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