Miniature Goldendoodle appeared around the mid-1990s and is a hybrid of Golden Retriever and Miniature Poodle. It has the gentleness of the Golden Retriever and intelligence of a Miniature Poodle. They are also called Groodle or Doodle. This breed is successfully bred as therapy dogs, guide dogs, and assistance dogs.
The reason behind this hybrid breed was to create a larger Doodle that maintained the desired low-dander, low-shedding coat and that possessed the intelligent and friendly nature of the Golden Retriever.
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The Miniature Goldendoodle looks like a small ball of fluff and has resemblance with teddy bears. It has a dense and soft coat which is usually curly or wavy. The length of the coat is medium and it can have a variety of colors like fawn, cream, brown, Isabella, black, gray, or red.
They have a short black nose with a small to medium muzzle. This breed has large eyes with brown or amber color. Their head is round with floppy ears and there are areas on the face with long hair. The tail is long and fluffy.
The average height of a Male Miniature Goldendoodle is 18 inches [46 cm] whereas the average height of a female is around 16 inches [41 cm]. Their weight ranges from 15 to 35 pounds [7 to 16 kg]. A Goldendoodle is 95% of its full size by 10 to 11 months. They grow fast and reach 50% of their full size by 3 months.
The life expectancy of a Miniature Goldendoodle is between 10 to 15 years. Their lifespan is inherited from their golden retriever and poodle parents. There are different signs of aging that these dogs show such as hip dysplasia, Von Willebrand’s disease, or Progressive retinal atrophy.
For long life, they should be provided with great nutrition, regular exercise, and vet check-ups.
Like other dog breeds, Miniature Goldendoodle breeds shed and are considered as low shedders. Most of the Goldendoodles begin to shed their puppy fur when they are at the age of six and a half months to 10 months. However, shedding depends on which gene is more dominant from the parents. Shedding is natural cycle dogs go through. It even depends on their hormonal changes.
Shedding also depends on the type of coat. The curlier the hair the less it sheds. Skin irritation or infection, systemic stress, unbalanced nutrition, and allergies can increase shedding.
Miniature Goldendoodle needs grooming like other dog breeds. The coat should be brushed 2 to 3 times a week to prevent matting. It keeps the coat in excellent condition and prevents it from getting tangled. Brushing improves blood circulation and spreads the body oil evenly.
Nails should be trimmed once or twice a month to prevent painful tears. Dog nails have blood vessels in their toenails so you should trim them carefully. If you are not experienced at trimming dog nails, you should your dog to a groomer.
Ears should be checked weekly for red spots or bad odor as this breed is prone to ear infections. When you check your dog’s ears, wipe them out with a cotton ball dampened with gentle, pH-balanced ear cleaner to help prevent infections.
This breed is non-aggressive, loving, playful, and loyal. Their temperament is affected by a number of factors like heredity, training, and socialization. They thrive human companionship and love to play around humans. Like many other breeds, this breed needs early socialization to build confidence.
Enrolling them in a puppy kindergarten or inviting different people to interact with them helps in developing their social skills. They can be highly obedient if trained properly. They can be mischievous at times. Mini Goldendoodle is not a shy breed and interacts with anyone.
Miniature Goldendoodles are highly intelligent dogs. These dogs learn new commands very quickly owing to their intelligence. Their intelligence is not seen only in physical moves but emotionally as well. Their problem-solving skills are remarkable and this breed can solve puzzle toys.
The Miniature Goldendoodle has great agility. They are good at swimming with their agile legs. Agility training helps to maintain their physical and mental health. It strengthens their joint and bones.
Miniature Goldendoodles are average energy dogs. They need at least 20 to 30 minutes of exercise daily. These pups need exercise to strengthen their muscles, improve mobility, manage a healthy weight, and improve mood. There are many physical activities that you can incorporate in your Mini Goldendoodle exercise routine like hiking, walking, jogging, etc.
The duration of physical activities depends on the pup’s age. Older dogs prefer to sit in the sun rather than doing physical activity. For older dogs a 10-minute walk is sufficient. Mini Goldendoodles love to play in the water and enjoy swimming if given a chance.
Miniature Goldendoodles are highly trainable owing to their Poodle parent’s intelligence. This breed is active and enjoys training sessions however, they are sensitive to tone. Calm and positive instructions work the best for them. Tasty treats can also help in the overall training process.
These dogs learn through operant conditioning that is they are likely to repeat a behavior based on the consequences of that behavior. Repetition is the key to encouraging your dog to pick up a particular behavior. Their concentration levels might not be top-notch so it is best to keep the training sessions short.
Early socialization of the pups is important to expose them to unfamiliar sounds and sights. This helps to build their confidence and overall personality.
GOOD WITH FAMILY
This breed is an excellent family companion. It gets along very well with children and other pets. The Mini Goldendoodle loves to cuddle and show their affection. These dogs need to be with family most of the time.
Like their cousin Mini Labradoodle, they are considered a much better option for smaller homes. Mini Goldendoodles are a great breed for apartment living. They are adaptable and can live in any type of home.
This breed is prone to separation anxiety because they love to be around humans. These dogs develop a strong bond with their family members due to their affectionate nature. When left alone, they can develop anxiety and other behavioral issues.
Some symptoms of separation anxiety involve nervousness, depression, or destructive behavior. Other symptoms can include trembling, tail tucked, incessant howling, relieving himself in the house, withdrawal, and hiding.
There are different ways to prevent separation anxiety in dogs like distracting their mind by giving them pet puzzles or stuffed toys to play with.
Mini Goldendoodles are generally healthy however, they are prone to certain health issues. Some of the common health problems include hip dysplasia, ear infections, patellar luxation, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), etc.
Hip dysplasia is an inherited condition in which the thigh bone does not fit properly into the hip joint. In Goldendoodles, you should expect to see health clearances from the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) for hip dysplasia.
Like other dogs, Mini Goldendoodles are prone to allergies. There are three types of allergies food allergies, contact allergies, and airborne allergies.
This breed has floppy ears that can trap moisture and cause ear infections. Therefore, regular ear check-ups are necessary to prevent any infection. With proper care and attention, Mini Goldendoodles live a healthy and happy life.
We hope you enjoyed learning about these balls of fluff.