Goldendoodle size can vary quite a bit.
It depends if this popular mixed breed takes after the friendly Golden Retriever or the intelligent Poodle parent.
Goldens are usually larger than Standard Poodles.
The male of the breed stands 23 to 24 inches and weighs from 65 to 75 pounds.
Females stand 21.5 to 22.5 inches and weigh between 55 and 65 pounds.
Male Poodles weigh from 60 to 70 pounds and the female from 40 to 50 pounds.
Either gender will stand between 15 to 24 inches.
However, there are also Miniature Poodles and Toy Poodles.
These are not separate breeds, but rather two smaller varieties of the Poodle.
They all have the same characteristics in terms of personality and appearance, with the exception of size.
If Goldendoodle size is an issue, then a Miniature Goldendoodle may suit you and your living situation better.
Let’s find out by taking a closer look at Goldendoodle size and other aspects of this popular crossbreed.
The Goldendoodle History
The Golden Retriever dates back to the early 1800s when a yellow retriever was crossed with a Tweed Spaniel to create the ultimate gundog.
Poodles came into existence as duck hunters about 400 years ago in Germany.
In the late 1990s, the first Goldendoodles appeared in the U.S.
Crossing the Golden Retriever with the Poodle was likely inspired by the popularity of the Labrador Poodle cross commonly known as the Labradoodle, famous for their curly, low shedding coat.
This mixed breed quickly became popular and demand grew for different Goldendoodle sizes.
According to the Goldendoodle Association of North America, there are four versions of the dog, including petite, mini, medium, and standard.
A medium Goldendoodle is the result of crossing a Golden Retriever with a Standard or Miniature Poodle.
Miniature Goldendoodles are produced by mixing a Golden with a Miniature or Toy Poodle.
Petite versions are a hybrid mix of the Golden Retriever, American Cocker Spaniel and a Toy or Miniature Poodle.
You may also see teacup Goldendoodles advertised.
There are several methods used to shrink a dog down to extremely diminutive proportions.
One way is by breeding the Goldendoodle with a smaller breed. Another is to introduce the gene for dwarfism.
This typically creates a dog of the same body size, but with shorter legs.
The final way is to repeatedly breed runts together.
Needless to say, this can produce some very unhealthy animals.
The Goldendoodle Personality
Whenever two different breeds are crossed there’s no guarantee which parent the puppies will take after.
Luckily, the Goldendoodle combines two highly intelligent breeds, which can make them very amenable to training.
Some even work as service and therapy dogs.
Goldendoodles are prized for their affectionate nature and outgoing personality.
Kind, gentle, and friendly to one and all, these dogs should also get along well with other pets, as neither parent breed has an overly strong prey drive.
However, like any social animal, they’ll need plenty of affection, attention, and proper training and socialization to avoid destructive behaviors.
The Goldendoodle Appearance
With their soulful eyes, endearing expression, and overall ragamuffin look, the Goldendoodle is truly adorable.
These medium-sized, sturdy dogs come in a rainbow of colors.
The Golden Retriever brings shades of cream, apricot, and red to the mix; colors that are all controlled by the same gene.
Poodles add black, chocolate, silver, blue, or gray, as well as patterns to the kaleidoscope.
Coats can be curly, wavy, or straight.
The Goldendoodle Coat
Golden Retrievers have long been hugely popular as family dogs due to their exceptional temperament.
One downside to the breed is that they’re big-time shedders, making them ill-suited for homes with allergy sufferers.
Crossing the breed with the Poodle created a friendly dog with a minimally shedding coat.
Like the Labradoodle, these dogs became known for being hypoallergenic.
In reality, there really is no breed that is truly hypoallergenic.
It’s true that some people with allergies will have fewer symptoms due to the Goldendoodle’s tendency to shed less.
However, it’s actually not the dog’s coat, but airborne protein molecules found in the saliva, urine, and dander in all dogs that cause an allergic reaction in some people.
This means it’s often the individual dog more than a specific breed that can cause allergy symptoms.
How Big are Goldendoodle Puppies?
Although Goldendoodle size can vary depending on the parents, a standard Goldendoodle will typically weigh approximately 11 pounds at eight weeks of age.
This is the youngest that a puppy should leave its mother and littermates.
There are also mini Goldendoodles, and you can expect them to weigh from four to nine pounds at eight weeks of age.
The medium version of the dog will likely be somewhere in the eight to ten-pound range at this point.
Feeding them a good quality puppy food right from the start is essential so that they grow to be strong, healthy, and free from health problems that can affect this mixed breed.
This includes hip and elbow dysplasia, luxating patella, heart conditions like aortic stenosis, and eye conditions such as progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts, and glaucoma.
It’s important to not overfeed a puppy as this can impact his health for the rest of his life.
Obesity, skeletal problems, joints issues, and diabetes are just some of the problems caused by overfeeding.
Like many breeds, these dogs will do most of their growing during the first six months of their life.
Generally speaking, the larger the dog, the longer it takes for them to reach their adult Goldendoodle size.
While mini Goldendoodles can reach half of their adult weight by the time they’re four months old, the standard version will take roughly a month longer to get to the halfway point.
At seven to ten months, a mini Goldendoodle will start to reach the adult stage.
Standards will continue to grow anywhere from one to two years.
By the time they are one year old, they should be at their final height.
However, they can continue to fill out for months afterward.
Golden Retrievers generally grow at a slower rate than Poodles do in terms of height, but they fill out quicker.
Poodles can take up to two years to be done growing.
Goldens are typically at their adult height and weight by the time they’re 14 to 18 months old. What is the Average Goldendoodle Size?
No matter what size of Goldendoodle you’re interested in, the adult size can vary depending on both parent dogs.
For this reason, it’s important that you buy a puppy from a breeder who allows you to see each parent.
It’s the best indicator of what a puppy will grow to look like in size as well as overall appearance.
A standard Goldendoodle will stand over 21 inches tall.
A medium Goldendoodle will be between 17 and 21 inches tall.
A miniature Goldendoodle will measure between 14 and 17 inches.
Finally, a petite Goldendoodle stands below 14 inches.
A standard Goldendoodle weighs over 51 pounds.
Their weight can vary greatly as some will tip the scales at close to 100 pounds.
Medium Goldendoodles are in the 36 to 50 pound range.
Miniature Goldendoodles weigh between 26 to 35 pounds.
Petite dogs are 25 pounds or less.
Males tend to be on the larger end of the scale for height and weight. However, there are no significant differences between the genders.
As you can see, there are plenty of options when it comes to Goldendoodle size. Goldendoodle size is less predictable than purebred Poodle size.
Are you interested in the standard Goldendoodle or something smaller?
Whichever Goldendoodle size is the right one for you, choose a puppy from a reputable breeder who has health tested their breeding stock and allow you to see the parents.
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References and Resources
Goldendoodle Association of North America
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