The Mini Goldendoodle or sometimes called miniature golden doodle or Groodle is a designer dog, a hybrid cross of a Golden Retriever (Mom) and a Miniature Poodle (Dad)

This combination has its benefits, mostly because of its temperament, This breed could be the perfect breed for you because they are loving, friendly, social and family oriented.

Are you thinking of adopting or buying a mini goldendoodle?, Cool, what do you know about them?

In this article we will cover everything about this dog breed which includes:

  • History
  • Personality
  • Characteristics
  • Health & Care  Diseases
  • Shedding
  • Grooming  Adoption
  • Training 


The Golden Retriever (one of the parent breed of the mini goldendoodle) was originally bred in Scotland in the mid-19th century, some say they originated from russia. back then retrievers were used in field trials, hunting and as guide dogs for the blind. They are friendly and patient with kids.

The Miniature Poodle (one of the parent breed of the mini golden doodle) origin is also disputed just like the golden retriever, some say they originated from France others say Germany about one thing is sure, the miniature poodle is a very intelligent dog breed, But generally, they are very sensitive, lively and playful.

With these traits, the future generation of mini goldendoodles will have similar characteristics.

What is an F1 Mini Goldendoodle?

The First Generation (F1) Goldendoodle is a cross between a purebred miniature Poodle with an english Golden Retriever. The F1generation goldendoodle Puppies are 50% English Golden Retriever & 50% Poodle.

F1 Goldendoodles are prefered by some owners because of their temperament and compatible with family members. This breed sometimes don’t have the perfect doodle coat that is desired by owners.

F1 mini goldendoodles are shaggy and can be curly and can weigh between 21-37 lbs. full-grown. There are other ways breeders produce miniature goldendoodles, like:

F1b Mini Goldendoodle

This cross adds more hypo allergenic qualities as they are 25% Golden Retriever and 75% Poodle (F1 Goldendoodle and Poodle cross), These also are artificially inseminated.

This breed is more friendlier to families with allergies than F1 goldendoodles because they are more poodle than golden retriever genetically.  F1b mini groodles are more prone to genetic weaknesses of the poodle.

F2 Mini Goldendoodle

This is the second generation breed. A cross between an F1 Goldendoodle and F1 Goldendoodle. This combination results to an equal percentage of Golden and Poodle mix as you would with an F1 Goldendoodle.

There is not much shedding with the F2 generation mini goldendoodle. So they are best for homes with only light allergies.

F2b Mini Goldendoodle

There is a mix generation breed of Goldendoodles, F1 Mini goldendoodle with an F1b mini goldendoodle (62.5% Poodle / 37.5% Golden Retriever).While less common they are still a great generation.

The very furry ones usually do not shed. Straighter ones will shed like an F1. So they are ideal for homes with moderate allergies. You still get the good traits of personality and good health.

F3 Mini Goldendoodle

The is a third generation breed of Goldendoodle. This breed is produced by crossing the F1B or F2 with another F1B or F2 Goldendoodle. Usually a high number of puppies in the generation will be more prone to shedding.

Mini Groodle Personality

Mini goldendoodle
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This dog breed is very intelligent and sweet and affectionate, they make great therapy and guide dogs. They love to chew on things, so you have to watch out for that, training them on what to chew and vice-versa.

Mini goldendoodles are usually polite with strangers and sociable with other animals if properly trained.

Miniature Goldendoodles are loyal playful, energetic, social and they are great with kids.

Mini Goldendoodle Temperament

From 1-3 years they may become more turf protective and aggressive, they tend to bark at noises, flies, birds and strangers, Sometimes playing with other dogs may escalate to fighting, so training him on what to ignore and vice-versa is necessary.

Sometimes they could be frustrating to owners especially the male puppies, don’t overreact be patient and understanding. Reward good behaviour with treats
A good Miniature goldendoodle is one of the smartest and most trainable of all breeds.

Characteristics Of A Mini Goldendoodle

Appearance: miniature goldendoodle puppies change in appearance as they grow older.

Size: An average An average Miniature Goldendoodle breed ranges from 15 to 20 inches in height and 15 to 35 pounds in weight.

Neck and Eyes: The mini goldendoodle may have a moderately long neck, some have short broad neck with, hazel or brown eyes.

Coat : They generally have Shaggy, Loose Wavy or curly coat which could be either black, copper, gray, golden, ultra cream, champagne,

Life expectancy of a Mini Goldendoodle: The average lifespan of a Miniature Goldendoodle is 10 – 15 years

Weight and Height Of A Miniature Goldendoodle

The F1 Mini Goldendoodle breed is the largest and most common variety, weighs over 45 pounds and over 21 inches in height. An average mini goldendoodle ranges from 15 to 20 inches in height and 30 to 40 pounds in weight.

Feeding And Caring for your Mini Goldendoodle

Miniature goldendoodle
Mini goldendoodle

Feeding and caring for a miniature goldendoodle could be demanding sometimes. As adorable as this designer breed is proper care is needed for healthy growth.

High quality dog food are preferred because they are rich in protein and vitaminsIf you want to serve brand of dog food, you have to mix the new dog food with the old one until your dog’s stomach gets used to it.

Avoid changing foods regularly, it could lead to bloody stools. Miniature Goldendoodles vary so much in size, you should take your puppy or dog’s individual size and growth needs into consideration when choosing their food.

If you want them to live a long and healthy life avoid giving your dog junk foods. Use high quality dog treats for training and rewards.

Some breeders recommend you pay attention to your dog’s food intake, leftovers can inform you on the number of times you should feed your dog.

Other breeders also recommended feeding puppies 3-4 times per day for the first few months then move to 2 times per day after six months. Adult Miniature Goldendoodles can eat two times per day.

If your Miniature goldendoodle is overweight, it can lead to joint and mobility problems such as hip dysplasia or arthritis so watching your dog’s weight is very necessary.

The quality of your Miniature Goldendoodle’s diet has a direct impact on his health in the long-term. Dogs have specific nutritional needs that should be met, if not, they may not live up to their maximum lifespan.

If you want to enjoy as much time as you can with your miniature goldendoodle, you would be wise to feed him a high-quality diet from the very start.

Regular exercise like, 20-30 minutes walk a day is recommended. engage them in fun activities that will develop their physical and mental abilities. Miniature Goldendoodles also enjoy swimming and hiking.

Be sure to put away chemicals, sharp object out of reach of your dog. Regular visit to your veterinarian is advised.

Mini Goldendoodle Health Concerns And Diseases

mini golden doodle
mini golden doodle

In my experience, there is no hypoallergenic dog. They may be labelled as such but it’s no guarantee of anything. Neither are allergy shots. I have done a lot of research on this topic but none has been conclusive.

Mini doodles are sometimes promoted as being hypoallergenic.

But allergies are not caused by a particular dog coat type but by the dead skin cells that are shed by all dogs.

There are a few diseases and conditions documented over the years peculiar to mini doodles:

Allergic dermatitis: This is an itchy skin disease in Mini doodles that is caused by an allergy to substances in the environment.

Cranial cruciate ligament rupture is a rupture of a ligament in the knee causing pain and lameness. Degenerative myelopathy is a progressive degenerative disease of the spinal cord that slowly results in weakness and eventually inability to use the rear legs.

Diabetes mellitus is a disease of the pancreas related to insufficient amounts of insulin production.

Ectopic Ureter is an abnormal routing of the tube that takes urine from the kidney to the bladder that can cause incontinence.

Elbow dysplasia is the abnormal development of certain parts of the elbow joint during the growing phase of a mini groodle’s life.

Entropion is a disorder of inward rotation of the eyelid causing the eyelashes to rub the cornea

Epilepsy is a seizure disorder which develops between the ages of 2 to 5 years.

Food Allergy: Mini doodles affected by this disease develop skin allergies due to a variety of food ingredients

Acute moist dermatitis – Also known as hot spots. Itchy, inflamed dermatitis, usually moist, which is worsened by the dog licking and/or scratching the spot frequently.

Glaucoma: Optic nerve damage that develops when there is increased pressure within the eye.

Hip dysplasia is a malformation of the hip-joint that results in pain, lameness and arthritis.

Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy (HOD) – is a disease of young, large- and giant-breed dogs causing lameness due to joints swelling.

Immune-mediated hemolytic anemia – is an immune disorder causing destruction of red blood cells in mini doodles and other dog breeds.

Interdigital Dermatitis, also known as pododermatitis, is an inflammation of the paws involving the feet and nails.

Intervertebral Disk Disease is a disorder that affects the spinal disks resulting in pain, difficulty walking and possibly paralysis. It’s not only particular to mini doodles but it also affects other dog breeds

Laryngeal Paralysis Is a disorder of the larynx in which is become paralyzed creating noisy difficult airflow into the trachea.

Mast Cell Tumors are malignant tumors than can occur in the skin or within the body.
Parotitis – Inflammation of the tissues surrounding bone.

Perianal Fistula: is an infection and fistulas of the anal glands and tissues around the anal area. This could cause pain to your mini groodle when stooling.

Progressive Retinal Degeneration is a disease that causes nerve cells at the back of the eye to degenerate. The condition usually begins in older Miniature doodles and can lead to blindness.  

Other diseases commonly in mini doodles than in other breeds are osteochondrosis, hot spots, diabetes, seborrhea, and hypothyroidism. Miniature goldendoodle’s are also prone to melanoma, a type of cancer.

Golden retrievers that hunt and swim are prone to foreign bodies becoming embedded in the ears and under the eyelids. This could lead to infections.

 Regular Vet visits are recommended. Please always consult your vet for the best medical advise and diagnosis.

Regular Vet visits are recommended. Please always consult your vet for the best medical advise and diagnosis.

Average Annual Medical Expense for a miniature Goldendoodle costs between $460 to $560.

Shedding and Grooming A Mini Golden doodle

Mini goldendoodle
Mini goldendoodle

The miniature goldendoodle is a low shedding dog, therefore they require very little grooming as compared to other breeds. Grooming is one of the biggest expenses in owning a Poodle hybrid because of their long coat.

If you can afford it and don’t have the time or knowledge on grooming your Miniature groodle . Hire a professional groomer.

Unless your Goldendoodle has more Poodle in its genes, the mini goldendoodle coat is never as thick as a purebred Poodle. As your Miniature doodle becomes a teenager, you would have noticed the many coat changes and phases.

Young puppies should not be bathed too often, as it can dry out their skin and beautiful coat that the breed has been blessed with. Once every 7-10 days should be sufficient, unless the puppy gets into something.

When drying your Miniature groodle, you have to remember that the loud noise from the dryer may scare him or her. While holding your Goldendoodle, start slow and then increase the speed once your doodle gets use to the sound

Cut the puppy’s toe nails as needed, being careful not to cut into the pink quick as this is very painful for the dog.

Cleaning the ears of your miniature groodle is very crucial. each and every time he or she is groomed, take some time to properly clean your doodle’s ears to avoid infections

Keep your Miniature doodle’s coat trimmed. Your Mini doodle is more likely to have very shaggy dog. Dogs with thick or shaggy coat will have an issue of fecal matter becoming imbedded into the coat so regular trimming is advised. During the wintry months, you may want to allow your miniature doodle’s coat to stay shaggy.

Adopting A Miniature Goldendoodle

Adopting or buying a Miniature goldendoodle breed is usually expensive, A mini doodle’s puppy would cost between $1000 to $2200. You can either choose to purchase your dog from a reputable breeder or from a rescue shelter.

miniature Goldendoodles are susceptible to having health issues with different coat colors as common with other hybrids. Choosing a reputable breeder should be the most preferred option because they guarantee:

  • Updated veterinary records
  • Vaccinations
  • Some basic physical training for the grown ones
  • Before adopting your miniature goldendoodle, always confirm the availability of your dog.

Naming your Miniature doodle

Naming your Miniature goldendoodle is the fun and easiest part, you could spend some days getting to know your dog, so you can choose the perfect name to match her personality.

Here are a few popular girl dog names: Linda, Tenny, Elsie, frida, Cookie, doodle, Lexi, Moana, Joy, Zoey, Amber, Rose etc

How To Train A Mini Goldendoodle

Getting a professional trainer could be expensive, however you can teach your Miniature doodle basic commands like  “SIT”, “STAY” . Every dog can learn regardless of their age, but it is less of a hassle when they are younger.

Make sure to build a good relationship with your dog.  Always give treats immediately to your Mini groodle so that you can reinforce the good behavior.

Never use physical punishment to train your Mini doodle! Physical punishment, such as hitting or kicking, is not necessary.

You could provoke unwanted retaliation. Simply say ‘No’ in a sharp tone, prolonging the vowel, so that the doodle will know that you are displeased with their performance.I would recommend:

  • Use simple, one-word commands
  • Demonstrate to your Mini groodle the desired action,
  • Immediately give praise to your Miniature groodle when he or she has performed the action
  • Keep training sessions short and pleasurable
  • How can you keep your Miniature goldendoodle from jumping up on you or others? One method is to back away while using the command “Off!” followed by “Sit!”

A command should always be given in an affirmative tone, and praise should always be given in a happy tone.


Q:how much does a miniature goldendoodle cost?
A: It costs between $950 – $2000

Q:How big is a mini goldendoodle?
A: An average miniature golden doodle is 15 to 20 inches in height and 30 to 40 pounds in weight.

Q:Do golden doodles bark a lot?
A: Every dog barks, but a well trained dog never barks without good reason

Q:What is the temperament of a goldendoodle?
A: They are Intelligent, Friendly, Energetic and Lively.

Q:Do Golden Doodles shed?
A:Grooming a Mini golden doodle is not usually difficult because they shed minimally.

Q:How long do Golden Doodles live?
A: A miniature groodle life expectancy is about 10-15 years.

Q:Can a Goldendoodle be registered?
A: A Miniature Goldendoodles are not recognized as a distinct breed by the American Kennel Club (AKC), but they are recognized by other registries

Q:What is the temperament of a goldendoodle?
A: They are Intelligent, Friendly, Energetic and Lively.


Finally, in addition, Fun and happiness is guaranteed when living with a miniature goldendoodle, They are lively, intelligent and loyal. Remember regular visit to your Vet is advised to keep your mini groodle strong and healthy.

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  1. I have a mini goldendoodle named Echo. She is the BEST dog–so cute, funny & affectionate. I was told she would probably grow to 20-25 lbs. She is now 15 months old and weighs less than 10 lb. I am thinking about breeding in another year but I am worried she is too small. Any thoughts?

  2. And breed with “oodle” in it is a poodle mix and likely high maintenance. Don’t buy into the lies

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