Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.

Goldendoodle – The Complete Guide

Rachel Poli Author
Jul 6 ·

A Goldendoodle sounds exactly like what it is. It’s a Golden Retriever Poodle mix. This hybrid is the second most intelligent dog breed. They’re quick learners, family-friendly, and utterly adorable.

So, let’s dive deeper into this mixed breed and see if the Goldendoodle is right for you.


The Goldendoodle is a real-life teddy bear. But, of course, their coat, color, and size will depend greatly on genetics. The Poodle can be in three different sizes, so depending on which size your Goldendoodle came from, they may be standard, miniature, or toy-sized.

In other words, if your Goldendoodle is standard size, it may grow to be about 20 to 24 inches tall and weigh between 50 to 90 pounds. A miniature Goldendoodle can grow to be about 17 to 20 inches tall and weigh between 40 to 50 pounds. Finally, a toy Goldendoodle can grow to be 13 to 20 inches and weigh about 15 to 35 pounds.

This hybrid will have drooped, fluffy ears with a different body type depending on their genetics. For example, they may have a muscular body like the Golden Retriever or be more slender like the Poodle.

Their tails will vary as well. Some Goldendoodles have them sticking up, others laid straight back, while others are curled upward.

Their coat colors will vary in color as well. They’re not always golden, despite coming from a Golden Retriever and their name. Instead, coat colors may be black, white, brown, cream, or mixed. In addition, their coats may be curly (most like their Poodle parent), wavy, or straight (which is rare).


Goldendoodles will make an excellent family dog. They’re highly intelligent, eager to please, and easy to train. They are also gentle and adore young kids. They’ll enjoy running around and playing with older kids but will be kind and gentle with the little ones.

This doggo will need early socialization to really be okay around younger kids. The kids will need to be taught how to be around and play with dogs as well properly.

However, Goldendoodles absolutely love people and strive to be around their families at all times. If you leave the house for too long and they’re home alone for a while, you will most certainly come home to some piece of furniture destroyed. 

With that said, this pup will need plenty of physical and mental stimulation throughout each day. Their high intelligence needs this stimulation for them to stay sharp and not have too much pent-up energy. Intelligent dogs like Goldendoodles will make awesome service dogs or therapy dogs.

If you’re an active family, then your Goldendoodle will surely love to join in some activities with you. This includes swimming, hiking, jogging, and more. 

Caring for your Goldendoodle

No matter what sie your Goldendoodle is, their lifespan will typically be between 10 and 15 years. With proper care through exercise and the right dieting, your pooch will live a long, happy, healthy life.


Since Poodles are typically hypoallergenic, then your Goldendoodle will most likely be hypoallergenic as well. However, there’s no guarantee, so if you have allergies, be wary. Also, due to the three different coats this pooch may have, grooming will vary. All coat types are fairly easy to maintain, though.

For example, a curly coat will be the toughest to keep up with due to mats and knots. However, brushing your doggo once every couple of days will keep that at bay. Wavy hair isn’t as bad, but you’ll need to brush your doggo at least once a week.

Straight hair is the easiest to maintain, but it’s also rare. Plus, this coat type might shed more since the straight hair comes from the Golden Retriever side of the family. 

To keep your Goldendoodle as clean as they can be, then bringing them to a professional groomer once every two to three months will be ideal. 


Since Goldendoodles are active and energetic, they’ll need a diet that curbs their energy. In addition, they’ll need something rich in protein. Depending on their size, you should feed your pooch about one to four cups of high-quality kibble per day.

Of course, every dog is different, especially with its weight, size, and dietary needs. So, be sure to talk to your veterinarian, and together, you guys can come up with the best meal plan for your dog’s diet.


Goldendoodles need at least 30 minutes of active play and exercise every day. So they’ll need something a little more physical than a quiet stroll around the block.

Health problems

Unfortunately, like all dogs, they can have some health issues. Bring your pooch to the vet at least once or twice a year for a check-up, and they should be alright.

However, some health concerns to keep an eye out for are:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Gastric dilatation (bloat)
  • Ear infections
  • Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
  • Von Willebrand Disease
  • Cancer

Where to find a Goldendoodle

You most likely won’t find a Goldendoodle in a pet store, but you can search around for reputable breeders. A good breeder will know a lot about Goldendoodles and their parent breeds. They’ll know about their family history and won’t sell you any puppies until they’re at least eight weeks old. Plus, they’ll want to meet you and will allow you to meet the puppies and their parents.

Alternatively, you can find Goldendoodles through rescues and shelters. This is a great opportunity to give a homeless pup a forever home.

How much does a Goldendoodle cost?

If you decide to go through a breeder, you can expect your Goldendoodle to cost at least $1,000 to $2,500. On the other hand, if you go through a rescue or shelter, you expect to spend just a couple of hundred dollars.

Should you bring home a Goldendoodle?

No matter who lives in your house, whether it’s adults, elderly, or young kids, the Goldendoodle will fit right now. Of course, they’ll do better with an active family, but they’re gentle, loyal, and affectionate. 

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Rachel Poli Author
Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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