What Is a Mini Goldendoodle?
A Mini Golden Doodle, also referred to as a ‘groodle’, is a designer dog that is a hybrid between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. Since they’re a crossbreed, they have inherited the lovely characteristics of both parents.
Cute and friendly, they are small in size and have the loyalty and willingness to please, which they get from their mother; the Golden Retriever. This also makes them the perfect family dog. The ‘groodle’ breed is fairly young, and has gained immense popularity in recent years.
This dog type is considered to be one of the newest of the “Poodle” mix. They first appeared around the 1990’s. The idea was to create a dog that had the coat and intelligence of a Poodle, and the gentle and friendly nature of the Golden Retriever. Because this breed is quite a recent one, most of the Golden doodles are results of first generation breeding i.e. Golden Retriever and Poodle. To date, breeding between Golden doodles has been quite rare.
As the name suggests, a Mini Golden doodle is generally small in size. They are about 13 to 20 inches tall, from paw to shoulder and their weight ranges between 15 and 35 pounds. The small body is well proportioned and can either be a more delicate physique like the Poodle, or a sturdier one like the Golden Retriever’s.
These little ones are real cute to look at, and quite closely resemble a teddy bear! Their most desirable and sought after feature is the gold-brown hair, which is a product of the Golden Retriever, mixed with the curls of the Poodle. Their hair is usually medium length and is quite thick in nature. What makes them even cuter are the dark button eyes and dark button nose.
These little ones are super affectionate and loving. They are friendly with everyone, and absolutely adore children. They are non-aggressive, highly intelligent, playful, fun and forever loyal. The Mini Groodle is eager to please and wants to be in close contact at all times, because they love humans and even tend to get separation anxiety if you’re away for even a short span of time.
This crossbreed is not noisy, and in fact, they barely even bark. They are extremely social, eager and excitable, and are the best companions you’ll ever have. To top it all off, the Mini Golden doodle is gentle with elders and playful with the littlest of children, they also quite enjoy the company of other dogs and therefore are the ideal pet.
Mini Golden doodles are generally considered to be healthy as there are no known health problems associated with the breed. However, it is best to know what health conditions they could be prone to, just like any breed, and the best way of doing that is to look at the health of both the parents.
If you familiarize yourself with each of their parent’s health conditions and the associated symptoms, you should be fine! The best way to look after your little one’s health is to take them for regular checkups to the vet.
The Mini Golden doodle will require around 2 cups of food every day. Since they are a bit of high-energy dogs, it is best to feed them high-quality kibble that is particularly made for such dogs.
Be sure to feed them twice a day rather than leaving food out all the time, since the mother (Golden Retriever) can suffer from gastric torsion or bloat, a characteristic that can be inherited by any Golden doodle offspring.
If you’re unsure whether they’re overweight, give them the eye test and the hands-on
How to Train Mini Golden Doodles
These little ones are easy to train. Thanks to the intelligence that they have inherited from their father and the eager to please nature that they have inherited from their mother, they are perfect to train. Train them with gentleness and positive reinforcement, as harsh treatment could affect their self-confidence from an early age.
Socialization is also extremely important, as with any breed, send them to dog-school from an early age, and take them around with you so that they learn to be friendly and not shy.
Since they are high-energy dogs, they require daily exercise, preferably 20-30 minutes. The best way to do this is to take them for a walk. This will be good for their mental health too, and make sure that they get exposure to people and surroundings, rather than being in the house all day. Another way is to take them swimming, since they are known to love the water.
Because of their extremely loving nature, they become easily attached and cannot be left alone for long periods at a time. They generally tend to follow you wherever you go and even warmly welcome you after a short visit to the bathroom. This leads them to suffering from separation anxiety if left alone for a while, and this can further lead to destructive behavior, so it’s something you’ll need to be careful of.
The Mini Golden Doodle is just a bit more demanding than the average dog when it comes to grooming. They require some grooming to keep their coat in the best shape. This can be a little tricky because of their curly and fast growing hair, so while you can groom them at home using a metal pin brush to keep the tangles away, your best bet might be to send them to a professional groomer every 8-12 weeks.
Other than that, they are easy keepers, they barely require a bath, only when it’s absolutely necessary, or their coat and skin will lose essential oils and moisture. Their teeth need to be brushed two to three times a week to remove tartar buildup and bacteria. Trim their nails once or twice a month.
The Mini Golden Doodle generally has a life span of 10-15 years
The average starting price of a Mini Golden doodle is around $1,500. Make sure to buy one from a reputable breeder who tests their breeding dogs, to make sure they’re free of diseases that they might pass onto the offspring, and that they have sound temperaments. A lot of them are in rescues and shelters so feel free to adopt one as well!
- Lovable and friendly dogs
- Small in size
- Great for cuddles
- Intelligent and easy to train
- High energy and playful
- Need love and attention
- Low maintenance grooming
- Require 2 cups of food a day
- 20-30 minute exercise per day is needed
- Separation anxiety, can’t be left alone for too long
- Lifespan of 10-15 years
- Average starting price is around $1500