If you are thinking of getting a dog and you are a fan of hybrid dogs, Mini Goldendoodle can be the perfect choice of dog breed, since it is one of the most popular mixed breeds today.
With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at this interesting breed.
A Brief History of Mini Goldendoodle
Like most modern mix breeds or, as they are popularly called, designer dogs, Mini Goldendoodle doesn’t have a long history. In fact, designer dogs are also relatively new.
The first designer dog was Labradoodle created in 1955. The goal was to develop a dog that combined the desired traits of both parent breeds – the personality of Labrador Retrievers with the hypoallergenic coat of Poodles.
The Birth of the Mini Goldendoodle
Like the Labradoodle, the first Goldendoodle rose to fame due to its hypoallergenic coat. Goldendoodle was a mix between the Golden Retriever and Standard Poodle.
But for Monica Dinkens and many others, the Standard Goldendoodle was too big. In 1969, Monica bred the first Mini Goldendoodle – a mix between a Golden Retriever and a Miniature Poodle. Thanks to the rise in popularity of designer breeds in the past couple of decades and promoted by a few celebrities like Usher, Tiger Woods and Blake Lively, the Mini Goldendoodle is one of the most popular poodle mixes today.
Basic Information about the Mini Goldendoodle
Despite the fact that Goldendoodles have become quite popular recently, it is still not recognized by the American Kennel Club. However, there is an official breed club for Goldendoodles – The Goldendoodle Association of North America (GANA).
If you are thinking about getting a Mini Goldendoodle, make sure to find a reputable breeder first. Also, a good breeder will be able to provide you with a certificate that proves that both parents were fully healthy.
Not all Miniature Goldendoodles look alike – their appearance depends on the generation they belong to.
- The first generation of this breed is a 50/50 split between a Mini Poodle and a Golden Retriever. These dogs may or may not be hypoallergenic since there is 50% chance of each outcome. They can weigh between 30 and 40 pounds and be quite stocky.
- The second generation is a mix between a Mini Poodle and a first generation Mini Goldendoodle. This means that there is an increased chance for the dog to be hypoallergenic since it is 75% Poodle and only 25% Golden Retriever. These dogs can weigh between 20 and 30 pounds and have a bit shorter hair than the first generation.
- The third generation of this breed has both parents that are Miniature Goldendoodles. And while this dog isn’t 100% hypoallergenic, they are pretty close to that elusive number. They are also of a smaller size than previous generations (14-17 inches tall), more slender (15-30 pounds) and also shed less due to the shorter coat, so you won’t need to use your pet hair remover as much.
Mini Goldendoodles are naturally fond of people and eager to please. They are also smart, friendly and great around kids and other pets, which makes them great family dogs. However, they often suffer from separation anxiety if left alone for too long.
In addition to being great family pets, these dogs have had a lot of success as guide dogs and therapy dogs, since they are intelligent and easy to train. This is not so surprising considering that they have genetic material of a Golden Retriever. Using positive reinforcement is a good technique.
It is hard to know the long-term health prospects when it comes to mixed breeds. That being said, Mini Goldendoodles are generally healthy and have a solid lifespan of 10-15 years. And while the long-standing belief that mixed breeds have better health than purebred dogs is not completely true, it is true that mixed breeds are less likely to suffer from certain genetic diseases.
Meanwhile, both Golden Retrievers and Poodles are quite prone to hip dysplasia, so the risk of this problem is quite high in Mini Goldendoodles as well.
Other potential problems include some genetic skin conditions and epilepsy, as well as an increased risk of eye problems, such as progressive retinal atrophy and breathing difficulties caused by the miniaturization of the breed.
Caring for the Mini Goldendoodle
Since Mini Goldendoodles are quite adaptable, caring for them is not that difficult. These dogs can live in most climates, they can thrive in both rural and urban areas and they don’t require a lot of exercise despite having a decent energy level. Some 20 minutes of moderate exercise per day is enough to keep your Mini Goldendoodle healthy and happy.
Mini Goldendoodles need a diet that is rich in protein and fats. Make sure to get high-quality, all-natural dog food that is made without artificial colors, flavors and preservatives. Try to avoid dog foods with grains like corn and wheat since Retrievers are often allergic to grains. You should also avoid other common allergens like soy and dairy.
If you have a Mini Goldendoodle puppy, you should feed him only dog food that is specifically made for puppies since it is rich in nutrients that growing puppies need.
Mini Goldendoodles that eat dry kibble will usually need about 2 cups of dog food per day. Split this into 2 or 3 meals, or even more since the breed is susceptible to bloat, and try to feed your dog every day at same times.
Although Mini Goldendoodles shed only rarely, they still require some grooming. You can clip your dog’s coat to keep it low-maintenance but if you decide to let it grow, make sure to brush it once or twice a week. Even if you clip the coat, you should still brush the coat every couple of weeks.
Mini Goldendoodles don’t need to be bathed often – you should do it only when it is necessary. In fact, bathing them too often can be bad for their skin and coat health.
Dental care is very important for Mini Goldendoodles. You should brush your dog’s teeth with a dog toothbrush two or three times a week to remove tartar and bacteria. If possible, daily brushing is an even better option since it can prevent gum disease and keep your dog’s breath fresh.
You should remember to trim your dog’s nails on a regular basis. Once or twice a month is perfectly fine if you want to prevent potential injuries. If you can hear your dog’s nails clicking on your floor, it means that they are too long.
Check your dog’s ears every week for potential infections but remember to wipe them with a cotton-ball dampened in an ear cleaner. Make sure to avoid the ear canal and only clean the outer ear.
Mini Goldendoodles are one of the most popular designer breeds today. Thanks to its unique mix of Golden Retriever and Poodle, these dogs are hypoallergenic in most cases but that also depends whether it is a first, second or third generation.
These dogs are easygoing, comfortable around people and kids and eager to please. They are intelligent and easy to train, which is why they are often used as therapy and guard dogs.