Are Mini Goldendoodles High Maintenance? 13 Must-Knows Before Deciding

When two of the most fun breeds meet, they produce wonderful partners that combine the best of both worlds; Mini Goldendoodles are a mix between a purebred Golden Retriever and a purebred tiny or small Poodle. 

It’s a tiny dog breed that stands between 13 and 20 inches in height and weighs 40 to 50 pounds. The Miniature Goldendoodle has a lifetime of 10 to 15 years. 

Now that you know a bit about the breed, of course, you’d be wondering,

Are Mini Goldendoodles High Maintenance? Mini Goldendoodles are not a high maintenance breed; They are moderately active dogs who adapt easily to most hot and cold weather conditions, are highly intelligent, and remarkably easy to train; the hypoallergenic breed also requires little grooming, just regular brushing.

If you are thinking of becoming a mini Goldendoodle pet parent or are generally interested in them, keep reading to explore all the ways a mini Goldendoodle is low maintenance breed.

Are mini Goldendoodles high maintenance? 

mini goldendoodle puppy to show why are mini goldendoodles high maintenance dogs

Mini Goldendoodles are a crossbreed between Golden Retrievers and Toy Poodles; despite the fact that they are not a purebred dog breed, Mini Goldendoodles are extremely popular worldwide.

Mini Goldendoodles may appear to be a high-maintenance breed that isn’t for everyone, with their small teddy bear features and tightly curled coats, but the fact is quite the contrary.

Mini Goldendoodles are moderately active dogs who adapt well to most hot and cold weather situations, are extremely clever, and amazingly easy to train; the hypoallergenic breed also requires minimal maintenance, just regular brushing, which many people find surprising.

13 Reasons why mini Goldendoodles are high/low maintenance dogs 

  1. They Seldom need grooming

The Miniature Goldendoodle does require only a little bit of grooming, usually, they need brushing at least two to three times a week. 

A professional groomer may be needed only once every two to three months just to tidy up the coat and keep it looking its best. 

Their ears need to be examined for dirt or infection on a regular basis, and their teeth will need to be brushed to preserve dental health. If necessary, finish the grooming with a nail clip.

  1. They can live in the tiniest spaces

Regarding their miniature size, there is no doubt that this breed doesn’t need a huge space to live in.

  1. They can adapt to any weather condition

Unlike breeds that don’t tolerate either the hot or the cold weather, the mini Goldendoodle can actually adapt to almost any weather condition.

  1. They are not prone to many severe health issues
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Von Willebrand’s Disease
  • Bloat

This is the list of health issues mini Goldendoodles are most prone to, and let me tell you that: compared to other breeds, this list is quite short and preventable

  1. They are affectionate and loveable

If you are looking for a partner that will love you unconditionally and be your affection provider, the mini Goldendoodle is the right breed for you, although they are tiny in size, yet they hold an enormous amount of love and care especially to their owners.

  1. They don’t shed a lot

Mini Goldendoodles are low to average shedders, meaning that they will save you the hassle of “dog hair everywhere”; it is worthy of notice their coats can matt easily, yet this is totally prevented if brushed regularly. And professionally groomed every 2 – 3 months.

  1. They don’t have a doggy odor

There is no characteristic “doggy odor” in Mini Goldendoodles. They can be almost scent-free and will not irritate even the most sensitive of noses.

If your Mini Goldendoodle gets wet, he will, like any dog, smell a little, but if you dry him well and brush him out, he will be fine and smelling great. You can learn how to make your dog smell even better here.

  1. They are intelligent and easy to train

Don’t underestimate this breed, as they have the intelligence of golden retrievers and poodles combined, so they are extremely trainable, eager to please, and obedient to commands.

  1. They are hypoallergenic

Some Mini Goldendoodles are hypoallergenic (to be clear, just some), however, this should be checked before purchasing and is dependent on breeding.

  1. They are not destructive (at all)

We all fear returning home to find anything torn, broken or destructed; based on their tiny size, the mini Goldendoodles cause low to no damage to their surrounding environment.

  1. They have a moderate energy level

We know lots of breeds that have neverending energy and will actually exhaust you while trying to keep up with them. Mini Goldendoodles are active dogs who love their activities, yet they have a moderate energy level, so they would normally require 30 minutes of daily exercise.

  1. get along well with children, and other pets

You can worry about anything, but not how mini Goldendoodles at with other pets or children, this social and loving breed can get along with just about everyone. Goldendoodles even get along with chickens pretty easily.

  1. They are not too possessive

Although Mini Goldendoodles are emotional and tend to get most attached to the person giving them most care, yet this attachment doesn’t reach the point of possessiveness and jealousy, which is the best of both worlds.

Types of mini Goldendoodles

Mini Goldendoodle puppies are divided into two groups: “F1” and “F1b.” Here’s a short rundown of the many generations:

Mini Goldendoodle (F1) [50% Poodle + 50% Golden Retriever]

F1 Mini Goldendoodle

When a purebred Golden Retriever is mated with a purebred Miniature Poodle, the result is an F1 Mini Goldendoodle (or first-generation). Mini Goldendoodles are a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Mini Poodle.

Mini Goldendoodle (F1B) [(75% Poodle + 25% Golden Retriever]

Female F1b Mini Goldendoodle

When a Mini Goldendoodle is mated with a Mini Poodle, the result is an F1b Mini Goldendoodle. F1b Mini Goldendoodles are 75 percent Miniature Poodles, which means they shed less. F1b Mini Goldendoodles are better for people who have a lot of allergies.

Mini Goldendoodle (F2) [50% Poodle + 50% Golden Retriever]

When two Mini Goldendoodles are mated together, the result is an F2 Mini Goldendoodle.

Mini Goldendoodle (F2b) [ 62.5% Poodle + 37.5% Golden Retriever]

When an F1 (half Golden Retriever and half Mini Poodle) is mated with an F1b Mini Goldendoodle, the result is an F2b Mini Goldendoodle.

The most high maintenance dog breeds 

I know it is hard to believe, yet high maintenance breeds are not just a couple; you would be surprised to know that they are around 30

Here is a list of the breeds you shouldn’t consider if you won’t be able to keep up with their maintenance:

Here is a list of the most high maintenance dogs:

  • Australian Shepherd
  • Border Collie
  • Brussels Griffon
  • Cocker Spaniel
  • Labrador Retriever 
  • Jack Russell Terrier
  • Husky
  • Yorkshire Terrier
  • Irish Setter
  • German Shepherd
  • Akita
  • Boxer
  • Chow Chow
  • Old English Sheepdog
  • Poodle
  • Dalmatian
  • English Bulldog
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 
  • English Springer Spaniel
  • German Shorthaired Pointer

Still don’t know what is the best dog breed for you? Check out whether Golden Retrievers are high maintenance or not here, and whether Labradors are high maintenance here to find out what is the best breed that you can easily handle. I also have another guide on the care of Labradoodles here that is worth checking out as well.

Related Questions 

Do Mini Goldendoodles bark a lot? 

Yes, Mini Goldendoodles bark a lot; this breed, although so tiny, are evidently vocal, they may bark when they hear noises, when they are feeling happy or excited, when they sense danger, or whenever they are feeling anxious, this breed compensates for its small size with a big voice.

Are mini Goldendoodles easy to maintain? 

Mini Goldendoodles are easy to maintain; They are non-aggressive, clever, affectionate, lively, amusing, sweet, and eager to please; they are highly sociable and get along well with other companions, also their curly hair doesn’t need excessive grooming contrary to what most people think.

Are mini Goldendoodles expensive to maintain? 

Mini Goldendoodles are fairly not expensive to maintain; due to their miniature size, they don’t need as much grooming as regular-sized Goldendoodles, with moderate feeding, and medical-related expenses, the entire cost of owning a tiny Goldendoodle is less than $1000-$1100 each year.

Helpful Resources 

Goldendoodle Dog Breed Information

Living with a Retriever: Recommendations and Sources

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