If you are wondering how big your Goldendoodle will get, you’re in the right place. Here, I’ll discuss the common sizes of Goldendoodles and try to predict the size of your dog.
Goldendoodles come in three sizes. They can be Petite (15 to 25 lbs.), Miniature (35 lbs.), and Standard (50 to 90 lbs.). They’re hybrid dogs — the result of mixing the Poodle and Golden Retriever. Like most hybrid dogs, they grow into similar height and weight to their parents.
In this article, I’ll talk about whether there’s a difference in personalities, the costs involved, and common health complications and injuries related to Goldendoodles of a specific size. This way, you’ll know what Goldendoodle size is best for your situation and how to care for a Goldendoodle of a specific size.
Why Knowing the Size of Your Goldendoodles Is Important
If you’re planning to take care of a Goldendoodle, it’s important to know its size so you can provide a suitable home for the dog, one that’s not too small or too crowded.
Placing them in an area that keeps them from moving freely is a bad idea. If their environment makes them uncomfortable, they’ll develop common problematic behaviors. Examples are unnecessary barking, excessive chewing, and more.
Three Common Sizes of Goldendoodles
For most people, Goldendoodles are a great breed. They’re smart and playful. And soon enough, you’ll realize this once you’ve welcomed one to your home. Here are the three common sizes of Goldendoodles:
Also referred to as “toy Goldendoodles”, these Goldendoodles live up to their name. From a distance, you can mistake them for toys. They’re so small that sometimes, these Petite dogs are smaller than the cats that wander around your block.
Compared to other sizes of Goldendoodles, the Petite Goldendoodle is easy to look after. Their height and weight make them convenient to have around. They stand at about 15” tall. Both male and female Petite Goldendoodles weigh about 25 lbs.
Living in a tiny house, an apartment, or in an RV? Then you’ll find these Goldendoodles to be the perfect companion. Because of how small they are, they don’t need a spacious area to move around in, as long as they get their outdoor needs met.
They’re medium Goldendoodles. They don’t grow up to be too tall, neither do they weigh much once they’re fully grown.
Miniature Goldendoodles are generally easy to handle. They stand at about 20 inches tall (from ground to shoulder). They don’t weigh more than 50 lbs.
These Goldendoodles are the perfect size for most people, and especially for first-time dog owners. With these, you don’t have to worry if the size of your home is too small and whether a dog would be uncomfortable in it.
These Goldendoodles are the largest of their kind. The full-grown ones are tall. They usually measure about 22” or higher (from ground to shoulder).
Male Standard Goldendoodles are heavy. They weigh about 55 lbs. to 70 lbs. Meanwhile, the females weigh slightly lighter, around 50 lbs to 60 lbs.
Because of this, you need to accommodate them in a more spacious area compared to the Petite or Miniature Goldendoodle so that they can move around more freely. If they aren’t able to move around as they wish, they can get restless and may even show signs of aggressive behavior.
The Standard Goldendoodle is the ideal dog for you if you live in a large house. Let them loose in a backyard where they can run around to their heart’s content and they’ll be in bliss!
Is There a Difference in Personalities? Petite vs. Miniature vs. Standard Goldendoodles
There isn’t a difference in the personalities of Goldendoodles regardless of their sizes. Whether they’re Petite, Miniature, or Standard Goldendoodles, they’re still as delightful as ever, no matter the size.
It’s understandable, however, to raise this question. Most Goldendoodles behave well and don’t cause any troubling behavior. Unfortunately, there are some Goldendoodles who show aggressive or problematic behavior.
The primary cause of this, though, has nothing to do with their size. Rather, you can trace signs of misbehavior back to their dog parents. It depends on whether their parents are caring for them properly.
A Standard Goldendoodle, for example, won’t show signs of unpleasant personality or cause any trouble if their dog parent is caring for them well. However, the same dog can misbehave if its parent isn’t.
Are Larger Goldendoodles More Expensive Than the Smaller Ones?
The cost of Goldendoodles depends on two factors. And none of these factors are related to these dogs’ sizes.
First, the cost depends on whether you adopt or buy a Goldendoodle. If you adopt a Goldendoodle, the processing fees from a shelter are usually all you have to cover. If you buy this dog breed from a reputable breeder, you may have to pay more.
The second factor has to do with the type of Goldendoodle. Multi-colored Goldendoodles — ones that are fancied as designer dogs — are more expensive. Next to plain Goldendoodles, these multi-colored ones cost more because they’re more pleasing to look at.
Are There Common Health Complications Associated to Goldendoodles of a Specific Size?
The common health complications and injuries that can affect Goldendoodles of a specific size are often the same illnesses that affect all dogs of specific sizes, for the same the Petite Goldendoodle may experience the same health complications as another small dog, while the Standard Goldendoodle may experience health complications that bigger dogs more often are having issues with.
Petite Goldendoodles are at a higher risk of developing illnesses linked to petite or small dog breeds such as the Chihuahua and Shih Tzu. Patellar Luxation (a displaced kneecap), Mitral Valve Disease (a heart disease), and Tracheal Collapse (breathing issues) are examples of these.
Meanwhile, Miniature Goldendoodles are often affected by illnesses that can trouble medium-sized dog breeds such as the Siberian Husky and Basset Hound. These illnesses include auto-immune disorders and eye diseases.
Standard Goldendoodles are considered large dog breeds, therefore they are, just like Labradors and German Shepherds, susceptible to obesity and issues with their hip.
Plus, Goldendoodles (in general) are prone to ear infections and skin allergies. However, as long as you care for these dogs well and consult with your veterinarian regularly, you lower the risks of anything negatively affecting your dog’s health.
More and more people are taking an interest in Goldendoodles. And an increasing number of reputable dog breeders are also open to the idea of breeding Goldendoodles. Since you’ve read this long, you should know by now why this is the case, the reason is simple:
Goldendoodles are great to have around! They have a caring nature. They’re also intelligent, loyal, and loving. So whether you’re a new or experienced dog parent, a Goldendoodle in the right size can be the perfect companion.
Just don’t forget that Goldendoodles come in different sizes. They could be of Petite, Miniature, and Standard size, and that can affect not only how they perform physically but also the common injuries that might affect them. Therefore, choose the size that fits your needs in the best possible way.
I’m Tanya. I currently live in the Philippines with 5 dogs, Jackielyn, Alex, Casey, Esteban, and Miss Cathy. When I’m not with them, I write content about them.