The Goldendoodle is a newer dog breed that has gained quite the following. Since the parent breeds of this crossbreed include Poodles and Golden Retrievers, people may wonder how much their mini Goldendoodles will end up weighing as a full-grown adult.
A mini Goldendoodle can weigh anywhere between 26 to 35 pounds. If at an ideal weight, mini Goldendoodles’ owners should be able to easily see the dog’s waist and feel its ribcage. Mini Goldendoodles should be kept within this weight range so they can live a healthy life.
It’s important to keep mini Goldendoodles in an ideal weight range so they can live a happy and healthy life. Continue reading to see what you can do to keep your mini Goldendoodle at a healthy weight.
The Ideal Weight for a Mini Goldendoodle
The Goldendoodle is a designer dog breed that is a cross between the Poodle and the Golden Retriever. If a smaller-sized poodle, such as a miniature or toy Poodle, is mixed with a Golden Retriever, then that usually results in a petite or mini Goldendoodle. As a puppy, a mini Goldendoodle may weigh anywhere between 4 to 9 pounds before 8 weeks of age. After 7 to 10 months, mini Goldendoodles will start to reach their full height (source). The ideal weight for a mini Goldendoodle is between 26 to 35 pounds once they have reached their full size.
Since the ideal weight and size of this crossbreed varies from dog to dog, it’s important to understand the body fat percentages and visual cues to see if you have a healthy Goldendoodle.
If your mini Goldendoodle has less than 10% of body fat, then it is at an ideal size. But what exactly does that look like? According to American Kennel Club, your dog is at an ideal weight if the ribs don’t have too much fat covering them and they are palpable. When looking above your mini Goldendoodle, you can see a defined waist. When you view your dog from the side, the abdominal tuck is evident as well (source).
However, if these signs aren’t very evident (or if the dog’s bones are protruding too much) then you may have an overweight or underweight mini Goldendoodle.
How to Tell if Your Mini Goldendoodle Is at an Unhealthy Weight
Even though chubbier puppies may seem cute, it puts the dog at a health risk. According to a 2014 study, about 52.7% of dogs in the US are either overweight or obese (source). Underweight dogs are not nearly as prevalent, but it’s still important to know all the signs to see if your mini Goldendoodle is at a good weight.
Overweight or Obese
Your mini Goldendoodle might be overweight or obese if they weigh over 35 pounds. However, there is a pretty wide range when discussing the ideal weight for a mini Goldendoodle, so let’s talk about the warning signs of an overweight or obese dog. First, if a dog is overweight, it will have a bigger and rounder face. Now take a look at your mini Goldendoodle from above. A dog’s waist is clearly defined if it tapers from its ribcage and to its hind region. If you are observing this area and it isn’t tapered, this is a sign that your dog is overweight. If your dog’s waist bulges out instead of being tapered, this is a sign that your mini Goldendoodle is obese.
It can be easy to tell if your dog is obese, but it’s a bit harder to tell if your dog is just a bit overweight. Even if your mini Goldendoodle is a little bit overweight, an abominable tuck may be present. The best way to tell if your dog is overweight is by running your hands over the ribcage and spinal areas. If you can feel a fatty deposit around the lumbar and tail area, this is another way to tell if your dog is overweight.
In the US, it is much rarer for a dog to be underweight than overweight or at an ideal weight. However, it’s important to know the signs of an underweight dog. When you take a look at a mini Goldendoodle that is underweight, the bones in its ribcage and hips will protrude. There might even be a sign of muscle mass loss.
If your mini Goldendoodle weighs under 26 pounds, that is also another sign that your dog is underweight. Of course, be sure to take note of the physical appearances of your mini Goldendoodle since that is the best indicator of whether your dog is underweight.
How to Keep Your Goldendoodle at a Healthy Weight
In order to help your mini Goldendoodle stay at a healthy weight, there are a few things that you can do to keep your dog between 26 and 35 pounds.
- Keep track of how much you are feeding your mini Goldendoodle
- Use a measuring cup while dishing up food
- Schedule meal times
- Limit snacks between meals
- Check with your vet to see what activities and exercises would be best
Whether your mini Goldendoodle is overweight or underweight, the above tips are a great start to get your dog into shape. Be sure to use a notebook or journal to mark any changes in your dog. If you have any questions or concerns about diet or exercises, always be sure to contact your local veterinarian to get the best advice for your mini Goldendoodle.
How Do Mini Goldendoodles Compare to Other Goldendoodle Sizes
Mini Goldendoodles are not the smallest nor largest Goldendoodle breed. Take a look at the table below to see the different Goldendoodle sizes.
|Petite Goldendoodle (or Toy Goldendoodle)||25 pounds and under||14 inches|
|Mini Goldendoodle||26-35 pounds||14-17 inches|
|Medium Goldendoodle||36-50 pounds||17-21 inches|
|Standard Goldendoodle||51 pounds or more||21 inches or more|
The lines between each Goldendoodle size can get a bit blurry, especially if your Goldendoodle is in between sizes. If you want to make sure that your mini Goldendoodle is at a good weight in accordance with their height, be sure to take a look at their physical appearance as mentioned before.