Aren’t Goldendoodles just the cutest thing you’ve ever seen? These little fur balls are super adorable and loads of fun to play with which make them ideal as a pet for families with kids.   

Are Goldendoodles good apartment dogs? In short. No, a full size Goldendoodle is not a great dog for apartment living.

Don’t despair. I’ve done a lot of  research on this topic so keep reading to see what I have learned and see how it may apply to your situation. Maybe a Goldendoodle will still work for you. Remember, like people all dogs have different personalities, but this article is written using general breed traits to help you know what you might be getting into with a new pup.

But what if the family lives in a small apartment? Is a Goldendoodle still a good idea?

Looking at their size and the fact that they aren’t much for barking, you’d probably think yes. Let’s find out if you are wrong as we explore the Goldendoodle and whether or not they make for good apartment dogs.        

What is a Goldendoodle?

Before we go into whether or not a Goldendoodle will make for a good fit in the limited space of your apartment, let’s first understand more about this dog breed. For those of you who’ve never seen a Goldendoodle, it’s a designer dog breed which came about by crossbreeding a Golden Retriever with a Poodle, thus the name Goldendoodle.

This breed has over the years become very popular among dog lovers because of its cuteness and friendly disposition. Not only are they cute, but they are also super cuddly thanks to their wooly coat which make them the living embodiment of a teddy bear – Except that this one breathes, licks your face and can be quite mischievous.

Because the Goldendoodle is a result of mixing two different dog breeds, the resulting offspring from different mating can be quite different from one another. For instance, one litter of Goldendoodle puppies might grow to be 50 pounds and 13 inches in height at the shoulder, while another litter of Goldendoodle puppies might grow to be 90 pounds and 26 inches high. 

This difference from breeding to breeding means you can easily run into a full grown Goldendoodle that’s bigger or smaller, a different color and different in other unique ways from the last one you saw.

The only attribute which seems to be constant regardless of which mum and dad made the pup is their friendly and playful disposition.

Asides from their adorableness and playfulness, Goldendoodles also don’t do that much shedding. This makes them ideal for single people or families (with or without kids) that have allergies. It also means having to vacuum shed fur only occasionally.  

With all these awesome traits, Goldendoodles sound like the perfect pet for an apartment right? Wrong.  

Goldendoodles might be small and cuddly and extremely friendly which on the surface makes them seem ideal for apartment living. Sadly, this breed possesses certain other features that make them a no-no for the limited space of your apartment.  

The average Goldendoodle is highly energetic and super intelligent. With that much energy and creativity, trapping a Goldendoodle in a small apartment or condo would be the equivalent of driving the dog crazy or possibly towards depression.

To ensure a Goldendoodle stays healthy mentally and physically, daily outdoor exercise is needed. If you keep this dog cooped up indoors for hours on end, or you don’t provide it sufficient outdoor exercise to tucker itself out, it will most likely develop destructive behaviors.  

There are many instances of Goldendoodle owners returning home after a long day of work to find their beloved pet has ripped their cushions, curtains and anything else it can lay its teeth on. The Goldendoodle doesn’t do this because it’s a bad dog. This is just how it copes if neglected and not provided sufficient exercise.  

Because the Goldendoodle is an extremely trainable breed of dog, people who live in an apartment and who are determined to have a Goldendoodle can train it to acclimate to an apartment space. For this to work though, such a person has to pick the right Goldendoodle. Remember, like people, all dogs have their own unique personality.

For instance, a petite or miniature Goldendoodle might still be able to cope within a small dwelling.

Larger ones such as medium or standard sized ones on the other hand may not fare so well in a limited space.

But for the sake of the dog’s happiness and yours, don’t get a Goldendoodle unless you have a home with large indoor space and outdoor space. The alternative would be to go for a mini Goldendoodle that would have an easier time acclimating to a small space.

On a personal note, I personally have a mini Goldendoodle. She is very calm and she would have the right temperament for an apartment. My neighbors full size Goldendoodle is in a big house and yard and still have an abundance of energy even after lots of play, romping and fetch.

What features make the Goldendoodle such a special dog?

If you already love Goldendoodles and are struggling with the temptation of getting a miniature one to share your apartment with you, here are some distinctive traits of theirs you should know of: For dogs with cute wooly fur, they don’t shed that much.

  • Goldendoodles do not drool.
  • It’s rare to see an overweight Goldendoodle, rather, they are generally healthy.
  • Super affectionate to their family, including kids and strangers.
  • Many Goldendoodles aren’t fans of cats and creatures smaller than they are, but this is more specific to the dog vs. the breed.
  • They are easy to train thanks to their intelligence.
  • Generally, they aren’t big on barking or howling, but some of them are. They are energetic and playful.
  • They can cope in noisy environments.
  • They don’t do too great in hot weather but feel right at home in cold.

So what dog breeds are better suited to life in an apartment?

If you’ve decided that a Goldendoodle is too much for you and you’d prefer a less demanding dog that’s better suited to life in an apartment, here are some great ideas:

  1. Japanese Chin This dog breed is petite and very agile, a winning combination that makes for an ideal indoor dog. Because of the Japanese Chin’s ability to scale furniture like a doggy Spiderman, making your small apartment their playground isn’t a problem for them. They also have low-exercise needs and are friendly thus making them suitable for busy owners who aren’t fans of walks.
  2. Lhasa Apso This dog rarely grows larger than a foot but thinks it’s larger than life. They don’t require a lot of exercise and aren’t much for barking which makes them a good idea for an apartment dweller.
  3. Lowchen This gentle and playful soul packs a lot of love in its tiny body. When in the mood, they can play up a storm but don’t require a lot of exercise. They also have an easy time making friends with other pets as well as with humans.
  4. Basenji This dog isn’t a fan of barking at all which makes it ideal for an apartment building, especially if your landlord and neighbors hate dogs. Basenjis rarely grow beyond 25 pounds and 18 inches which means it’ll require very little of your apartment space for itself.
  5. Maltese This breed has been around for over two millennia and has been a good companion throughout the ages. Since you don’t have to worry about shedding with the Maltese, they are ideal for small homes and owners with allergies. The downside is dogs of this breed can suffer from separation anxiety if you leave them alone for too long.
  6. Boston Terrier Another compact dog breed that’s cute and suitable for a home with minimal space. But bear in mind that the Boston Terrier can be quite hyper and thus needs regular exercise. 
  7. Bulldog This classic dog breed loves taking things easy with no fuss, making it the perfect candidate for apartment dwellers who want a big cuddle baby. When it comes to exercise, a short walk is all the stubby legs of a bulldog needs.
  8. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Here’s another dog that’s a fan of cuddling. A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel will do almost anything to spend all day on your lap receiving belly rubs for as long as it can. On the downside, this particular breed can be a bit hard to train.
  9. Chihuahua The diminutive stature of this little guy makes it suitable for a small apartment. Thankfully, they require minimal exercise and can spend all day having heartfelt conversations with their owner.
  10. Dachshund The dachshund is most popular for its sausage like shape. What most don’t know is that this breed is actually a type of hound dog and can be fiercely loyal. With their tiny legs, very little exercise is needed and running around in your little apartment is sufficient.     

What is the typical lifespan of a Goldendoodle?

A Goldendoddle can enjoy a full life of anywhere between 10 and 15 years.   

Do Goldendoodles get along with other pets?

Goldendoodles do not get along very well with cats and other animals smaller than they are. It is believed that this is because such creatures trigger the dog’s hunting instincts. When it comes to other dogs, the Goldendoodle can be quite friendly. But it is advised to closely monitor a Goldendoodle meeting a bigger dog for the first time. This is because the playful and forward nature of the Goldendoodle may result in the bigger dog biting at it.

Do Goldendoodles make good guard dogs?

No, the Goldendoodle is not a good idea for a guard dog. This is because they can be overly friendly with strangers and aren’t big on barking.  So now you know far more than you did about the Goldendoodle and why they might not make a great fit in your apartment. But if you are willing to settle for a miniature Goldendoodle and put in the work to make it enjoy your little apartment with you, it all just might work out.

Are Goldendoodles Good Apartment Dogs?

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