11 Astonishing Facts About the Miniature Goldendoodle (Miniature Poodle Golden Retriever Mix)

Mini Goldendoodle

Hello hello, I’m back again, after a long break, and I am here to wake you discover the wonders of some beautiful, unusual dog breeds. In the last few years, mixed breed dogs (or what we might call mutts as well) are becoming more and more popular amongst dog enthusiasts, and we can all understand why. After all, with a little luck and great training, you can get the best of two breeds in one small (or giant, depending on the breeds) dog.

Today, we’re going to be discovering some astonishing facts about quite a new dog breed, the Miniature Goldendoodle. Friendly, loyal, and extremely cheerful, this mixed breed is the perfect family dog, and if you keep on reading, you will understand why.

But first, before diving right into the subject, let’s learn more about the Miniature Goldendoodle’s purebred parents, the Golden Retriever and the Miniature Poodle.

The Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever

My heart is melting, and so is yours!

It is safe to say that the Golden Retriever is one of the 10 most popular dogs in the United States, if not in the world. Smart, friendly, playful, and loyal, this beautiful breed will make you totally and utterly fall in love with it as soon as you find yourself around it.

Silly and sociable, the Golden Retriever is the perfect family pet, as he gets along with small children and elderly people alike. As gentle as he is playful, the Golden Retriever is a protector who would do anything to please his human, going out of his way to make you happy.

Athletic and full of energy, the Golden Retriever needs a lot of physical (but also mental) exercise. Not only exercise keeps this breed active, it also makes it happy.

One thing to know though about the Golden Retriever is that he is definitely not a watchdog, after all, he’s too friendly to be so, and he would probably run to strangers looking to be petted instead of keeping them away.

Read more about the Golden Retriever.

The Miniature Poodle

Miniature Poodle with a baby

Could you be cuter than this? I think not.

Just like the Golden Retriever, the Miniature Poodle is a dog that’s active, smart, and friendly. Don’t let his looks fool you, because this one is literally a ball of energy that will play around all the time. One of the most difficult things about the Miniature Poodle though would be his coat, since, often more than not, it needs professional grooming to keep it all nice and shiny (you can find a list of the best shampoos for your dog’s coat here, so your Miniature Goldendoodle always looks fancy).

But the Miniature Doodle is not just a friendly dog, he is also a smart one, that can be trained easily, and will love you, his owner, forever and ever, without asking for anything in return (such are dogs, we truly don’t deserve them).

One final thing about the Miniature Poodle that might surprise you as well: that breed is all small and cuddly, but, believe it or not, this dog makes a great guard dog, barking to warn you about strangers whenever they feel danger.

Find out more about the Miniature Poodle.

All right, so, now that we know about the Miniature Goldendoodle’s purebred parents, maybe we should jump into the subject, and discover everything there is to know about this beautiful mixed breed. Shall we, ladies and gentlemen?

So first, who is the Miniature Goldendoodle, really?

Two Miniature Goldendoodles together

Send help, the cuteness on this picture is giving me heart palpitations!

Credit: ​minigoldendoodles.org

And I don’t mean to ask this question in a philosophical way (a girl can always dream though, right?). The Miniature Goldendoodle is the fur baby of a Miniature Poodle and a Golden Retriever. Known for being a “designer dog(another word for pretty effing looking cool dog), the Miniature Goldendoodle has first been developed in the 1990s, and has been popular ever since (a bit like the handsome high school jock in those 80s teen movies, you know what I’m talking about, folks).

The idea behind the Miniature Goldendoodle was to create a dog that was larger than the Cockapoo and the Labradoodle, while still maintaining these two crossbreeds’ most popular qualities, such as their low-shading nature and their extreme intelligence.

Physically speaking, the Miniature Goldendoodle (also called Groodle, which is, honestly, the cutest breed name ever) usually sports a long thick coat and ears that hang downward. As an adult, the Miniature Goldendoodle can be extremely hairy, which means that he needs regular grooming sessions.

When it comes to his coat’s color, Miniature Goldendoodles are usually single colored, and come in cream, black, brown, and red, sometimes with white markings on some areas, such as the chest, the face, or the feet.

Since the Miniature Goldendoodle is a fairly new mixed breed, most dogs out there are the result of first-generation breeding (which means that they are all the pups of a pure Golden Retriever and a pure Miniature Poodle). In these recent years, the Miniature Goldendoodle has become more and more popular, and some people think he will become even more famous than any other Doodle breed out there.

So, what makes the Miniature Goldendoodle so popular? Well, keep on reading, and discover with us a list of advantageous facts about these beautiful creatures.

1. The Miniature Goldendoodle makes for the greatest companion

What do you get when you mix two dog breeds as kind and friendly as the Golden Retriever and the Miniature Poodle? Well, the answer would be: an even more compassionate and loving dog!

The Miniature Goldendoodle has one of the sweetest characters in the pet world, even for dogs.

Charming, kind, gentle, and loyal, he also makes for the perfect family dog, and gets along with everyone, from your baby daughter to your old aunt Carol who is slowly losing her hearing (we all have an aunt Carol, right?).

Not only that, but the Miniature Goldendoodle is also a sweet, fun-loving dog who wants nothing more than to hang out with you and play around. This breed is a friendly one, shining in society thanks to its extreme sociability and kindness. The Miniature Goldendoodle is not shy, and will interact with everyone around him (he’s a bit of a people pleaser, but what can we do? Even this beautiful ray of sunshine is not perfect).

So, if you and your family are wondering which pet to add to your ranks (you know, just in case you would like to take over the world with cuteness), think about adopting a Miniature Goldendoodle. Believe me, you won’t regret it (in the contrary, you might end up adopting a whole family of these cute dogs).

2. You will never know how your Miniature Goldendoodle will look like as an adult

Puppy Miniature Goldendoodle

Let’s take a moment to look at this perfection.

Just like all other crossbreed dogs, you will never be sure how big your pooch will be. He could be as big as a Golden Retriever or as small as a Miniature Poodle, and since it’s such a new mixed breed, there isn’t that much information about what he looks like as an adult yet.

But, it would be safe to assume that your Miniature Goldendoodle might be of medium height and weight, taking from both his parents. Though, for now, I’m going to be writing about him as I would about a small dog, because, in the end, he still has the word “miniature” in his name.

But it’s not just about height when it comes to the Miniature Goldendoodle. You should also be aware that this beautiful dog’s coat comes in three types, and you will never know which type in your dog’s until he is fully grown. These three types are:

  • Wavy: When a curly Miniature Poodle is mixed with a straight-haired Golden Retriever, you will end up with a Miniature Goldendoodle with a golden, wavy coat. This is the most common type of coats and requires regular brushing.
  • Curly: if your Miniature Goldendoodle takes more from his Mini Poodle parent than his Golden Retriever one, his coat is going to be curly. This type of coat needs regular grooming, at least once a month.
  • Straight: This is the contrary of the second coat, which means that your Miniature Goldendoodle takes more from his Golden Retriever parent. This is the easiest type of coat to maintain, since it doesn’t need daily brushing.

3. If you know what you are doing, training the Miniature Goldendoodle is a piece of cake

Yes, training the Miniature Goldendoodle is like taking candy from a baby (all right, I’ll stop with the sweets metaphors). This mixed breed is highly responsive to training and can be very obedient if well-trained.

Since the Miniature Goldendoodle is an extremely intelligent crossbreed (taking his brain power from both his parents), it is very easy to teach him tricks and basic voice commands.

And, because this dog wants to please you, his owner, he will always listen to your orders, given that he has been trained well enough to do so.

If you don’t know where to start, take a quick look at our list of the best dog training books, we’re pretty sure you will find something that fits you there!

4. The Miniature Goldendoodle is a versatile dog

You might not think so, but the Miniature Goldendoodle is more than just a normal companion (as far as normal goes for these curly haired fairies). He can also be used as a therapy and service dog, mostly due to his friendliness, kindness, and loyalty.

This also makes them one of the best breeds for disabled people, since Miniature Goldendoodles can be trained to be sniff dogs and guide dogs as well.

All in all, this beautiful ball of energy is a versatile breed that will never let you down (just like Rick Astley).

5. This is one of the friendliest dogs around

Quinn the Miniature Goldendoodle on the floor

Can you see the friendliness in those innocent eyes? Because I can!

Credit: overthebigmoon.com​

And not just to his family or their friends. The Miniature Goldendoodle is everything but shy, and if you take him to a dog park, he will spend all of his time trying to make new four pawed friends and play with them.

Miniature Goldendoodles are truly some of the friendliest mixed breeds out there, mostly because both of their purebred parents are extremely sociable and definitely not shy. Take your Miniature Goldendoodle to the dog park, and after a few minutes, you will se that he has already made a bunch of friends, especially if your dog has been properly socialized since puppyhood.

Miniature Goldendoodles, even as puppies, are very affectionate with humans as well. They will want to play with you, hang out with you, and mostly just spend time with you without a hassle.

So, if you are thinking about adopting a Miniature Goldendoodle, it’s better to be ready to be showered by love. They are especially great with children, small and big ones, so don’t be afraid to leave your dog around them (as long as he’s properly socialized of course, because even the sweetest dog can become aggressive when he feels threatened).

6. Because of their friendliness, they do not make the best watch dogs

If you are thinking about turning your Miniature Goldendoodle into a watchdog, think again. Due to the fact that this mixed breed is overly friendly, even to strangers (as already stated on the point before this one), it will be difficult to train him to detect danger and stop it.

Being infrequent barkers, Miniature Goldendoodles are not the best dog to leave in the house when you are gone. Sometimes, they might not even make a sound when they see a stranger at the door, simply because they are way too chill around humans (which we all should learn from, honestly).

So, if you want a dog who will protect or watch over your house, maybe skip the Miniature Goldendoodle and go for a fiercer mixed breed, such as the Chiweenie (Chihuahua and Dachshund mix, this dog might be small, but damn he’s fierce!).

7. If you have allergies, then the Miniature Goldendoodle might be the perfect pet for you

Sure, this mixed breed has a luxurious and beautiful coat, but, surprisingly, he doesn’t shed much. This is one of the most important advantages of adopting a Miniature Goldendoodle: his low shedding factor.

Because this beautiful ball of fur doesn’t shed much, cleaning up the house after him will be a piece of cake. No need to make too many efforts, and spend days and days trying to vacuum all of the dog hair around. It doesn’t matter if your Miniature Goldendoodle has more Poodle or Retriever in him, his fluffy curly coat will not be difficult to take care of. This also makes this beautiful mixed breed the perfect dog for people who might develop allergies more easily than others, or who are already allergic to dogs (and others pets, looking at you, cats) that shed too much hair.

Just brush your Miniature Goldendoodle once a week and take him to a professional to trim and style his coat once every two months, and you won’t have to care about a thing!

8. The Miniature Goldendoodle might be small, but man, he needs exercise

Puppy Miniature Goldendoodle in a photoshoot

I’m hypnotized and so are you!

Credit: keystonepuppies.com​

Yes, even a small dog might need a few walks a day so he can spend all that energy he has just laying around inside of him. Since the Miniature Goldendoodle is the result of crossing two highly energetic breed, it is not a bad idea to exercise your dog daily.

Not only that, but your Miniature Goldendoodle might need more than a couple of walks a day, due to how high his high energy levels are. The best thing would be to take your pooch to the dog park, this way, not only will he get his dose of daily walking, he will also get to play with you or with other dogs, which will definitely please your best friend.

So, if you are not a very active person, it would be better to forget about adopting a Miniature Goldendoodle. Why? Because without exercise, this beautiful creature gets depressed, sad, and might even become aggressive. So, be ready to go on runs, walks, and play catch. And if you can’t, maybe adopt a calmer dog breed (such as the ones on this list, just take a look, it won’t hurt).

9. The Miniature Goldendoodle is prone to separation anxiety

Canine separation anxiety is when your dog goes on full panic dog when he’s left alone. He is so attached to you, his owner, that he is always scared to be abandoned by you. Naturally, since the Goldendoodle is such a sociable and friendly dog, he doesn’t fare well when he’s left on his own.

Miniature Goldendoodles are a bit like a clingy girlfriend, they always want to be around you, the person they love, and you should do the same, otherwise, your dog might start showing signs of canine depression.

And, we understand, we’re all busy, we have work, or school, we have children to take care of, friends to see, family to visit etc … But, you should always make time for your Miniature Goldendoodle, play with him, and cuddle with him when you are home and just want to relax in front of some random show on Netflix (I usually go for crime documentaries, and my pooch loves it, but your dog might not like that).

10. Their nutritional needs are quite special

Two puppies together

What’s better than one puppy? TWO PUPPIES!

Credit: doodlecountryminis.com

You might think that for being such a small dog, the Miniature Goldendoodle might not need a lot of food, but you would be completely and utterly wrong. True, this dog comes from a long line of small dogs (even though they have Golden Retriever in them), but still, they need to be fed several times a day.

Also, always make sure to feed your dog quality food, especially since you never know what will match this mixed breed’s taste. The best thing would be to go with foods marketed towards Miniature Poodles and Golden Retrievers.

And, if your Miniature Goldendoodle is still a puppy and you are not sure what to feed him, take a look at this list, you might find there something that matches your best friend’s taste!

11. Due to their parentage, Miniature Goldendoodles might suffer from some serious health issues

Sure, all breeds of dogs suffer from their own health issues. But, when you mix two breeds, you sometimes end up with twice the trouble and the concern. Just like every other purebred dog, both Golden Retrievers and Miniature Poodles have their own set of illnesses and health problems that can (and will, if you are as paranoid as I am) haunt you down every time your dog looks a bit sick.

Here is a small list of some serious health problems that your cute four pawed friend might or might not develop:

  • Von Willebrand’s disease, which is a blood clotting disorder that makes it difficult for your dog’s blood to clot, which means that his wound might bleed excessively. So, always make sure that your Miniature Goldendoodle doesn’t get hurt.
  • Patellar Luxation, which is a knee issue that usually develops in small breeds, and that you dog could inherit from his Miniature Poodle parent.
  • Progressive retinal atrophy, which is a disorder that can result in blindness.

Other than these three serious illnesses, your Miniature Goldendoodle could also suffer from some small health issues, such as allergies or ear infections, so never skip his visits to the vet!

In conclusion

Miniature Goldendoodles are beautiful dogs that love running around, playing, and are basically social butterflies. Adopting one is not an easy decision to make, since he will need a lot of love and attention, but, know that your Miniature Goldendoodle will never let you down and will always be loyal to you.

And, finally, always make sure to purchase or adopt your dog from a reputable breeder, and have all the necessary information about both parents, this way, you’ll know what you are dealing with.

About the Author Houda Laabadi

A dog lover!

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