Are you looking for a good dog that fits nicely between a big dog and a small dog? Something with fluffy fur for you to pet, but that won’t shed as much all over your house, or a dog that pays close attention to you and your emotions, and loves you as much as you love it? You might consider getting a mini Goldendoodle, but how big do they tend to be?
Mini Goldendoodles are 15-20 inches tall from the shoulder down and weigh an average of 16 pounds. However, they can weigh anywhere from fifteen to thirty-five pounds. Mini Goldendoodles are smaller than medium or standard-sized Goldendoodles, but larger than Toy Goldendoodles.
Now that you know how tall Mini Goldendoodles grow to be, you are likely wondering how much male and female Mini Goldendoodles tend to weigh and what they should eat. Keep reading to find out.
Height of Mini Goldendoodles
The size of your Goldendoodle can depend on the gender of the dog. Male Mini Goldendoodles are generally larger than females, ranging from 17 to 20 inches tall from the shoulder, and weigh between 20-35 pounds. Female Mini Goldendoodles, on the other hand, are about 15-17 inches tall and weigh anywhere from 18-30 pounds. (Source)
The Mini Goldendoodle is a mix between a Golden Retriever and a Mini Poodle. Attributes from both parent breeds have found their way into the Goldendoodle, such as their golden color (though they can actually come in a variety of colors including black, brown, and red), and their wavy/curly fur. They have the facial structure of the Mini Poodle as well as the long fur on the face and body.
Because they are a mixed breed, Goldendoodles can have a variety of physical traits. Sometimes they might have ears that resemble a Golden Retriever’s and sometimes they’ll have the face of a Poodle. When you are looking for your Goldendoodle, make sure to talk to the breeder about which traits they are breeding for.
Common health concerns for Mini Goldendoodles include:
- Patellar Luxation
- Von Willebrand’s Disease
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
- Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) or Bloating
- Ear Infections
Mini Goldendoodles require lots of grooming to keep their coat nice and soft. You can get by with at-home brushing 2-3 times a week, but your Mini Goldendoodle will need a visit to a groomer about every 6-8 weeks to keep the coat looking nice and tidy, as well as to prevent knots and mats.
At times, Mini Goldendoodles have sensitive skin, so use a mild shampoo to bathe your dog in-between grooming sessions.
Speaking of their coat, some Goldendoodles are hypoallergenic. They don’t shed much, and they don’t release a lot of dander, which can be beneficial for those with allergies.
However, not all Mini Goldendoodles are hypoallergenic because they inherited their coat from their Golden Retriever parent, so make sure you purchase a Mini Goldendoodle with the right coat type for you. When it comes to allergies, the curlier the coat the better!
Mini Goldendoodles are active dogs. They require 30-45 minutes of exercise per day. You should give your dog 2 walks per day, totaling somewhere between 30 and 60 minutes—30 minutes is the bare minimum. Some Mini Goldendoodles will be able to exercise for longer than 30 minutes. (Source)
How Much Does a Mini Goldendoodle Eat?
If you feed your Mini Goldendoodle two times a day, you should give them 1/2 a cup per 7lbs of their body weight at each feeding. Keep a close eye on your dog’s weight. If they are losing weight, they need more food.
If they’re gaining weight, they need less. If your dog is more active, it will need more food. (Source) If you want your Mini Goldendoodle to grow to its full height, you will need to feed it properly.
It is recommended that you do not feed your Goldendoodle human food. Their stomachs are very sensitive, and giving them table scraps could make them sick. They can however eat the following foods in small amounts:
- Bell peppers
- Brussel Sprouts
- Seedless apples
If you are considering making food for your Mini Goldendoodle at home, that’s great! But you don’t want to make your little friend sick, so here are some foods they absolutely need to stay away from:
- Foods that contain a lot of sugar
- Grapes or Raisins
- Raw or undercooked meat
- Citrus Fruits
- Raw eggs
- Macadamia nuts
- Salty foods
Store-bought, packaged dog food works just fine for most Mini Goldendoodles, so you definitely don’t have to cook for your dog if you don’t want to. Doing so does take extra time, and can be difficult to make something that your dog likes and won’t make them sick.
Mini Goldendoodle Personalities
The idea behind mixing the golden retriever with the poodle was to create a dog that had the keen attention and gentleness of a Golden Retriever, and the intelligence and appearance of a Poodle. Thus, well-bred Mini Goldendoodles are full of great personality traits that make them a good fit for families.
Mini Goldendoodles are devoted creatures. They are very friendly and affectionate. Because of this, they can get very worried about you if you’re gone for long periods of time. They do get along well with other animals, however, so leaving them with a friend who has pets while you’re gone can help.
Mini Goldendoodles are very excitable dogs. They love family activities, outings, and games. Their greatest desire is to make you happy, even if it means making a fool of themselves.
They will bark at strangers and are very protective, but they don’t often bark unless they see something unexpected or potentially dangerous to them or to you.
Mini Goldendoodles are great family dogs with their amicable stature, fun and loving personality, and fierce loyalty. They are great with kids and are very protective. They can be energetic and should get at least half an hour of active exercise daily.
If they get more than that, you’ll probably need to feed them extra. The Goldendoodle’s height is perfect for its personality and makes them a great pet for anyone who is interested in getting one.