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.
How much does a mini Goldendoodle weigh?
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.
When choosing the right breeder for your new family pet, your Goldendoodle’s growth is an important element. Hybrids don’t always have a predictable full adult weight or maximum height. You don’t want to find out at a couple years of age that apartments are too small for your adult dog. Her’s how to know how to predict your Goldendoodle’s growth.
It’s important to keep mini Goldendoodles in an ideal weight range so they can live a happy and healthy life. A DNA test cn abe helpful not only to predict growth at particular months of age but also to predict health issues like hip dysplasia.
Genetics determine characteristics like whether you’ll get miniature Goldendoodles or a teacup Goldendoodle, although there are other characteristics that go into determining the size of Goldendoodle pups.
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The size of any dog, mini Goldendoodle, or any breed depends mostly on various factors. This breed is categorized as a small to medium dog breed. One of the breeds in the mini Goldendoodle crossbreed background is a miniature or toy dog breed.
Their size and the fact that they look like a teddy bear adds to their cuteness and makes them so hard to resist.
Their weight makes them easy to handle for almost every adult who would want a dog. This physical lightweight makes it easier for them to share in their human families’ adventures.
Depending on age, children can find them easy or hard to carry, but it will sure be hard to resist. Personality, temperament, and appearance make this breed adorable regardless of size.
The mini Goldendoodle is a dog breed bred to be a companion animal. It makes them gentle, loving, and pleasant by nature. Their breed background also helps determine their size.
Since they are a crossbred dog breed, they are a combination of two breeds. One of these breeds is a toy or miniature dog, and the other is a medium to large-sized dog.
This combination creates its small to medium-sized build, weight, and height.
While many factors can affect each mini Goldendoodles’ weight and height, breeding is based on size.
Typically a mini Goldendoodle will weigh 15 to 35 lbs. and be 13 to 20 inches in height to their withers.
The withers is between their shoulder blades and is typically where a dog is measured for height.
Our Lexie has weighed between 22 and 26 lbs. We are lucky; she appears to be right in the middle of the healthy guideline.
Do gender and age affect the weight of a mini Goldendoodle?
Yes, both gender and age can affect the weight of a mini Goldendoodle.
Female dogs tend to weigh slightly less than males and are also small in height. Females go into heat or season and become pregnant, which affects their weight at certain times in their lives.
This weight change is due to hormonal changes and physical changes in their bodies when they are in season or pregnant.
Male dogs also have hormones that can make them larger and have more muscle mass.
Age affects the size of a mini Goldendoodle. Puppies start their life being small, and as they go through the stages of growth that bring them to adulthood, they will gain weight and height.
While there are guidelines measured at each stage of development, each dog is unique and individual. They are only meant to guide the dog parent in accessing if their dog is healthy and developing correctly.
A few pounds below or above and fluctuations in weight or height do not necessarily mean that the individual dog is unhealthy or not growing properly. Only a veterinarian can determine their health and if they are growing correctly.
Our Lexie, being a female, weighs less, but she is still in the healthy guideline for this breed!
What are some other factors that affect the weight of a mini golden doodle?
There are a few other factors besides gender and age that can affect a mini Goldendoodles weight.
A mini Goldendoodles diet will affect their weight. Feeding a mini Goldendoodle the right amount of food is key to ensuring their overall health, regardless of value. Their veterinarian should determine the amount of food at a well visit.
They will help the family decide which dog food is best for their dog that fits into their budget.
Treats can be given to the mini Goldendoodle but should be kept to a minimum for the dog’s health. A few treats are essential and vital to their overall health when warranted for good behavior or training. It is similar to the treats we as humans might indulge in from time to time.
Behavior is a great way to gauge if they are getting enough to eat. If a mini Goldendoodle always appears hungry and isn’t above the guideline for weight, adding some extra daily food is okay. If they seem insatiable, then consulting their veterinarian is necessary.
If a mini Goldendoodle turns away food, which does happen from time to time, don’t force the issue if they are below these guidelines. Some dogs will not fit into this weight category.
Going in reverse, if a dog is at the top of the scale and always looking for more, don’t feel that more food should be given. Like humans, eating food can sometimes be out of boredom.
Another area that can affect weight is their lifestyle. Does the mini Goldendoodle get exercise? Is this exercise more than typical, or is it less? These questions can determine if they are burning off enough or too many calories daily.
Depending on how much they exercise daily, and a consultation with their veterinarian, some dogs may require more food or more activity for their overall health.
As stated above, pregnancy for females will cause them to need more nutrition for them and their babies and cause them to gain more weight. A veterinarian must be consulted for a pregnant female dog to ensure that they and their pups are healthy throughout the process.
Health problems can also cause a mini Goldendoodles weight to fluctuate. These health problems can be mild and manageable or more severe. If a health problem is believed to be the source of a mini Goldendoodles weight issue, it is always best to consult their veterinarian.
Stress is another area of life for a dog that can affect their weight. Like humans, too much daily stress in a dog’s life affects all areas of their life, including weight.
It can cause them to eat, drink, exercise, and sleep more or less, depending on the individual dog. Creating a healthy, happy home environment and noticing cues like excessive licking and barking can help manage stress and keep their weight within a healthy range.
We try to keep a balanced lifestyle for our furry baby Lexie as much as possible. Stress does happen from time to time, but we make sure to manage it as much as possible.
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. 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.
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.
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 harder to tell if it 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. Feeling a fatty deposit around the lumbar and tail area 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.
Goldendoodle Weight Chart
|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.
A healthy weight starts with a healthy lifestyle. While every breed has a guideline of what is considered healthy, each dog is unique and individual.
A healthy lifestyle that combines all the crucial components combined with proper veterinary care will ensure overall health.
The mini Goldendoodle is a small to medium-sized dog breed that is sure to wag their tale right into everyone’s heart with their teddy bear cuteness!
Related Content You May Find Interesting
Here are some more articles that may be of interest to you if you have or want a mini Goldendoodle.
- Mini Goldendoodles are a crossbreed of Poodles and Golden Retrievers.
- They weigh between 26-35 pounds, and owners should maintain their weight within this range for a healthy life.
- Their size depends on various factors such as breed background, personality, and temperament.
- They are gentle, loving, and make great companion animals.
- A typical mini Goldendoodle weighs 15-35 pounds and is 13-20 inches in height.
- Gender, age, diet, and lifestyle are factors that can affect their weight.
- Puppies gain weight and height as they go through growth stages.
- Consultation with a veterinarian is necessary to determine if the dog is growing correctly.
- Treats should be kept to a minimum, and the dog’s behavior can indicate if they are getting enough food.
- Lifestyle factors such as exercise can affect their weight, and some dogs may require more food or exercise depending on their activity level.