Mini Goldendoodles have become very popular in recent years as a great dog breed for families and children. This breed is actually a hybrid between the Golden Retriever and the Miniature Poodle, and because of this, you won’t find any information about Goldendoodles on the American Kennel Club’s website. AKC doesn’t regard the Goldendoodle or Mini Goldendoodle as a purebred.
Fair enough, but even the Boxer, an AKC-recognized purebred breed, was originally a hybrid mix of the Old English Bulldog with the now-extinct Bullenbeiser breed. We say, give it time and before you know it, the Goldendoodle and Mini Goldendoodle will be considered “purebred.”
Fun fact, the first Goldendoodle was bred by Charles Dickens’ great-granddaughter, Monica Dickens in the late 1960s. And by the 1990s, this new breed was available in both Australia and the United States.
Goldendoodles and their smaller iteration, Mini Goldendoodles are especially beloved because they embody the gentle, intuitive nature of Golden Retrievers, and also because they produce minimal danger, making them nearly hypoallergenic. These loveable dogs have a “teddy bear” appearance and are very soft to the touch. Given their need for affection and desire to be close with their owners, Mini Goldendoodles have been melting hearts for over 20 years!
Mini Goldendoodles are among the easiest dogs to train. This is due to their good genes! Golden Retrievers are known for being smart and trainable, and for their eager-to-please nature. Poodles and Miniature Poodles are highly intelligent and actually require quite a bit of mental stimulation. Put those two breeds together, and you have a gentle, curious, and super smart puppy that can’t wait to learn the house rules!
Ask any Mini Goldendoodle owner and they’ll tell you, their Doodles always seem to know what their owners are thinking and feeling!
All dog breeds need daily exercise, but the amount of exercise varies greatly. If you’re considering buying a Mini Goldendoodle puppy, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn that this cuddly breed doesn’t need too much exercise, because they’re not super high-energy. They require a moderate amount of daily exercise, and the intensity and duration will change as they develop from puppies into full-grown dogs.
For Mini Goldendoodle puppies that are at least 8 weeks old, they really only need 10 minutes of exercise between 1 – 3 times per day. At this age, a Doodle will probably be spending most of his time sleeping. When he’s awake, he might sprint around to expend some energy, or perhaps a simple walk around the block will tucker him out.
At 3 months old, or 12 weeks, a Mini Goldendoodle will still only need 10 minutes of exercise between 1 and 3 times per day, but at 4 months, 5 months, and 6 months, that number increases by about 5 minutes, so that by the time a Doodle is 1 year old, they’ll need a solid hour of outdoor time to run around and burn off energy. And depending on the needs of a particular Mini Goldendoodle of 1 year, they may need to go outside twice per day for their hour of exercise.
Adult Doodles continue to need 1 hour of exercise twice daily. But by the time a Mini Goldendoodle reaches his senior years, he’ll only need about 30 – 45 minutes worth of daily exercise.
LIFE EXPECTANCY & HEALTH
Depending on the particular size of the Doodle, the life expectancy varies. The standard Goldendoodle tends to live between 11 – 14 years. Medium Goldendoodles average between 12 – 15 years. And traditional Mini Goldendoodles can live between 12 – 16 years.
In terms of overall health, Mini Goldendoodles are not known to have any genetic disorders common to the breed. But like all dogs, once they reach their older years, they’ll likely experience health problems. The most common health issues that a Mini Goldendoodle could develop is hip dysplasia.
Mini Goldendoodles have very soft fur and low dander, so you really shouldn’t bathe a Doodle more than once a month unless he gets dirty. In order to maintain a Doodle’s fluffy coat, he really only needs to be brushed thoroughly once or twice a week. And of course, there’s no downside to brushing a Mini Goldendoodle more frequently if he likes it!
Doodles that have longer hair will need their “bangs” trimmed regularly to ensure that they’re able to see at all times. Some owners choose to use a barrette or clip to keep the hair out of their Doodles’ eyes. As long as the dog can see, it will really be your choice as the proud parent of a Mini Goldendoodle!
It’s also recommended that you take your Mini Goldendoodle to the professional groomers twice a year. Once at the start of the summer and once at the end of the summer. This will ensure that your Doodle has a cool coat so that he doesn’t overheat during the summer. Then, once summer has passed, the furry coat might have gotten especially tangled thanks to all those months of fun in the sun, and so it’s a good idea to clean him up before winter.
Here at PuppyBuddy, we love our Mini Goldendoodles! If you’re in the Boca Raton, FL area and want to meet these cuddly teddy bears, then stop in and speak with our knowledgeable pet counselors!