The Australian Goldendoodle – The Ultimate Simplified Guide

The Australian Goldendoodle is a mix between an English Goldendoodle and an Australian Labradoodle, and they are considered by their owners to be the ultimate poodle mix, and In this article, you are going to see why this may actually be true.

You can say that the Australian Goldendoodle has the best of both worlds, their size is quite perfect even though it can vary greatly, and there are many unique things about them that really do make them quite the special breed.

The Australian Goldendoodle is quite friendly and easy to train, they have a great nose for retrieving things and love swimming. They are also intelligent and can learn new tricks easily but at the same time, they are sensitive dogs so praise is essential.

The breed is quite adorable, they are affectionate, and love spending time with their owners, you can learn more about the breed if you just keep reading.

Here is a quick overview of the Australian Goldendoodle:

Other Names None
Weight 15  to 80 Pounds 
Height17 to 24 inches 
Lifespan 10 to 15 years 
Colors White, cream, apricot, black, red, and gold.
Health 9/10
Grooming Needs8/10
Exercise Needs8/10
Shedding 8/10
Kid Friendliness 9/10
Pet-friendliness 8/10
Protectiveness 8/10
Good for apartments Maybe
Average puppy cost $1,500 to $3,500 USD 

Now, let’s get to know this amazing dog in detail:

Australian Goldendoodle Characteristics 

Australian Goldendoodle dog on bed with white background

Size: 17 to 24 inches

Weight: 15 to 80 pounds 

Colors: White, cream, apricot, black, red, and gold.

Coat Type: Double coated/ Curly, wavy, or straight.

The Australian Goldendoodle is the result of crossing a Goldendoodle with an Australian Labradoodle, so it’s basically two poodle hybrids mixed together.

When it comes to size, the breed can vary quite dramatically because there are three different sizes of Poodles, which is why it’s almost impossible to determine the size of an Australian Goldendoodle.

They can range anywhere from 17 inches in height, and 15 pounds in weight, to 24 inches in height, and 80 pounds in weight.

The Australian Goldendoodle’s coat can be wavy, curly, or straight and it will depend on the coats of the parent breeds. You can learn more about the types of coats Goldendoodles can have here.

Goldendoodles have a variety of colors including white, cream, apricot, black, red, and gold.

Also, their coat type could vary significantly as well because there are double-coated Goldendoodles and single-coated Goldendoodles, same goes for Australian Labradoodle coats.

Parent Breeds

English Goldendoodle parents: Australian Labradoodle (your left) and the English Goldendoodle (your right)

The parent breeds of the Australian Goldendoodle are the English Goldendoodle and the Australian Labradoodle and in order to understand the temperament of the mix, you need to know a little bit more about their parent breeds.

So, let’s start with English Goldendoodle, which is a mix between an English Cream Golden Retriever and a Standard Poodle. They are intelligent, playful, affectionate, and gentle dogs that love spending time with their owners.

They are very loyal to their family, and they also love children, which is why they make such great companions.

As for the Australian Labradoodle, it’s a mix between the Labrador Retriever and a Standard Poodle. They are very energetic and affectionate dogs, they also love spending time with their owners.

The breed is extremely intelligent which makes them a great choice for service or therapy dogs. They are considered to be one of the most intelligent dog breeds and they are also one of the easiest dogs to train.

Labradoodles are known for being friendly, social, and loving towards both people and other animals.

Also, The Australian Labradoodle is a very affectionate dog that loves playing with their owners or other dogs. They are also great family companion dogs because they love children and get along well with them.


The temperament of the Australian Goldendoodle is a mix between two different breeds, so it can vary greatly, but as with any other dog, with training and socialization, they all become good boys and girls.

Since both parent breeds can be quite similar when it comes to temperament, you can expect your doodle to have a temperament that is quite similar as well.

This means they are usually intelligent, playful, and loving dogs that make great companions for both children and adults alike.

They are also incredibly loyal to their family and will protect them at all costs. In general, they are intelligent, friendly, playful dog that loves spending time with their family.

Australian Goldendoodles get along well with people in general, they are social dogs that like to be around other people.

However, they can be shy at first so you need to introduce them properly if you want them to get along well. They are also one of the most social dog breeds, so they don’t do well when left alone for long periods of time.

If you need to leave them alone for more than a few hours then it would be best if you got another dog as a companion or had someone check in on them.

Health and lifespan 

The Australian Goldendoodle is a relatively healthy breed, however, they are still prone to certain health conditions.

Some of the health conditions that they are susceptible to include hip dysplasia, Addison’s disease, epilepsy, and patellar luxation. All of which can be costly to treat if not caught early on.

To know what you’re getting into when adopting the breed, it would be best if you familiarize yourself with their most common health conditions. 

Some of them include;

  • Patellar luxation
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Allergies
  • Hip dysplasia.
  • Sebaceous adenitis
  • Subvavular aortic stenosis
  • Progressive retinal atrophy
  • Addison’s disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Cataracts
  • Ear infections
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Epilepsy
  • Bloat or Gastric Torsion
  • Flea allergy dermatitis (FAD)
  • Hot spots 

To prevent any unanticipated illnesses or parasites, make sure your dog gets all of his vaccinations up to date and that you take them for regular checkups once or twice per year.

The average lifespan of the breed is 10 to 15 years. If you want them to live as long as possible, then make sure that they get enough exercise, maintain a healthy diet, and get regular trips to the vet.

Nutritional Needs 

Just like any other breed of dog, the Australian Goldendoodle has certain nutritional needs that need to be met in order for them to stay healthy.

Their diet should consist of high-quality dog food that is appropriate for their age, size, and health. Always check the product packaging to ensure that protein and fat are listed first.

Any diet should include protein, fats, vitamins, minerals, fibers, and carbohydrates. You should also avoid overfeeding them, as this can lead to obesity or other health issues.

If you’re not sure which food would be best for them, you can check out our guide to the best dog foods here, or consult with your vet for dietary advice that’s specific to your dog in case they have any specific nutritional needs.

Never cut down on their meal portions just to save a few bucks, as this can make them weaker, depressed, and eventually they will start to eat anything in front of them and it can harm them.

They need between 1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality food a day (divided into two portions).

You also probably know that adults Australian Goldendoodle need different portions of food than the puppies, plus the puppies can eat up to four times a day to help them grow up properly but adults can eat two times a day.

As a rule of thumb, they need about 20 calories for each pound of body weight every day.

The most important thing is to always keep your Australian Goldendoodle hydrated, in the winter you can keep the water a little warm to help them with the low temperature, and in the summer, you can put an ice cube in their water so they can deal with the summer heat.

There are some foods that you should avoid giving your Australian Goldendoodle because they can harm them such as chocolate, grapes, raisins, onions, garlic, corn, nuts, avocado, artificial sweetener, and caffeine. Find the complete list of the foods your dog should never eat here.

If you noticed that your pup is eating any of the things listed above then you need to stop them immediately and take them to the vet because some of them can be poisonous for your dog.

Grooming Needs & Shedding

The Australian Goldendoodle is a high-maintenance dog when it comes to grooming. They need regular brushing and bathing in order for their coats to stay healthy and shiny. 

If you decide to brush them, then ensure that you use a wire pin or soft bristle brush and start from their head and work your way down towards the tail.

If you don’t like the idea of brushing them on a daily basis, then you might want to reconsider adopting one as your pet and give them a bath whenever they get too dirty. You can learn how often your Goldendoodle needs brushing and how to do it more efficiently here.

You should also check them out for any ticks, fleas, and other parasites before going to bed at night because they can cause your pet discomfort or even transmit diseases to them.

Goldendoodles also shed heavily, especially during the shedding season which is spring and fall.

If you want to minimize the amount of hair they leave around your home then it would be best if you invested in a good vacuum cleaner or other cleaning tools that can help with this problem. You can also check out my complete guide to managing your dog’s shedding here.

When bathing them, only use dog shampoo and conditioner, you should look for a shampoo that can be used for your Australian Goldendoodle whether they have curly, wavy, or straight fur.

Human shampoo and conditioners can be too harsh for their skin and fur, also, they can irritate them, so avoid using them.

Soak their paws in a tub of warm water with a mild dog shampoo. Clean any dirt and grime off the nails and trim them to your pup’s size.

Trim their nails every three weeks or whenever you believe they are too long, especially if your puppy usually wears them down, it can be unpleasant and inconvenient for them.

The ears of the Australian Goldendoodle require cleaning with a dampened cotton ball after every bath, as they are dirty darkness that must be washed.

Exercise Needs 

The Australian Goldendoodle is a high-energy dog that needs lots of exercise in order to stay healthy and happy.

They love going for walks, hikes, playing fetch, and swimming. If you can’t provide them with enough exercise then they will become bored which could lead to them destroying your belongings or becoming aggressive.

It is recommended that they get at least one hour of exercise a day, and you will need to adjust accordingly, so if you find that they are still pretty active or even hyper after their daily walk, you should increase either the duration of their exercise (say, try 90 minutes instead of one hour daily) or the intensity of the exercise (make it a jog instead of a run).

They love nothing more than to be included in activities with their family because they tend to bond with family members during these activities.

If you live in an apartment then this might not be possible because they won’t have enough space to run around and burn off their excess energy so it’s not recommended that you get this breed if you live in an apartment unless you are quite active and will be able to get them their daily exercise outside every day without fail.

Your Australian Goldendoodle will need to be exercised daily which means that if you work for a living, you probably need a family member or a friend who can take them out for walks or play with them outside when you can’t.

Make sure to provide them with enough toys and puzzles when they are alone to keep them mentally and physically stimulated, you can also get them in pairs to keep each other entertained if you can’t provide them with the amount of exercise they need daily.


The Australian Goldendoodle is a very intelligent dog and they are relatively easy to train. It’s important that you start training them as soon as possible so that they can get used to following your commands.

It’s also important to socialize them with other people and animals from an early age.  Some of the commands that you can train them on include sit, stay, come, down, and leave it.

They are usually very food-motivated so using treats as a form of positive reinforcement will help speed up the training process.

This will make them easier to control when they are around others and it will also help prevent aggressive behavior towards strangers or animals that they don’t know well enough yet. 

Australian Goldendoodles make great family pets because they are loyal and protective of their families, but don’t expect them to be the mainline of defense for your house or family.

They are good with children and will defend them from bullies if necessary, but if what you need is a guard dog, you should look for a Pitbull or a German Shepherd instead, for example.

However, they don’t do well with other dogs because they have a tendency to be aggressive towards them if not socialized or trained.

You should always use a positive reinforcement system when training your dog, such as treats or praise because this has been proven to be more effective than any other training method.

It’s important to start training your pup as soon as possible so that they can get used to following commands and responding well when people come over or if there are other dogs around, but it’s also important to do spaced repetition with them and go over the commands as if you are training them for the first time every couple of months, this way their recall will always be sharp.

You should always be consistent and patient when you train them and never yell at them or hit them because they will only get more stubborn or will be fearful and unresponsive, both are bad outcomes and will only make training them more difficult than it needs to.

However, if you don’t have the time or you just can’t train your Australian Goldendoodle properly, you can take them to training classes or to a professional trainer.

As Family Dogs 

The Australian Goldendoodle can be a great family dog because they are intelligent, friendly, and playful.

They also have a gentle nature which makes them perfect for families with children or other pets in the house as well. 

However, you should always supervise your pup when they are around people that they don’t know well enough yet because they can be too friendly and jump on them which might not be appreciated by everyone.

It is also recommended that you supervise your dog when they are around other animals such as cats or small dogs because they may try to play with them but then accidentally hurt the smaller animal if it tries to escape from their grasp. It’s recommended to always keep an eye on their interactions with your other pets for a few months at least until they learn what is okay, what is not, and how they should play with smaller animals.

Even though the Australian Goldendoodles are great with kids, they still need supervision because they may play too rough with each other, and one of them can end up getting injured or hurt.

You should teach your children how to treat dogs properly, and that it’s never okay to pull their ears or tails, sit on them or ride them because the pup may snap at them and bite them. That’s how accidents happen, and accidents with Goldendoodles do happen, just as they do with any other dog, regardless of how friendly the breed in general or the specific dog is.

If you have a baby or a small kid, it’s better to get the Australian Goldendoodle as a puppy so they can grow old together and get along better.

As Guard Dogs 

The Australian Goldendoodle can make great guard dogs because they are intelligent, alert and protective.

They will bark at anyone or anything that they don’t recognize, which can help to deter potential burglars or intruders from entering your home.

However, you should always train them properly on who is their friends and family and can be in your house and who isn’t because if they start to bark at every person that comes near your property then it will become annoying for those around you and your neighbors won’t like it either.

You should also teach them that it’s not okay to bite people unless they are protecting their family from harm or danger.

Overall, the Australian Goldendoodle is a great dog for families.

Just make sure to train them properly so that they know who is allowed into your house.

Where to find them? 

You can check your local animal shelters or rescue centers because you might be able to find a pup there as well.

It’s important to remember that not all of these dogs will come from good homes so it’s best if you take your time when looking for one.

You may even find a dog that has been mistreated and needs some extra love to help them heal from their past experiences, and there is no need to say, that these dogs need a home, love, and affection more than any other being on the planet.

There are many breeders that sell Australian Goldendoodles, and it’s going to cost about $3,500, but it can cost about $300 to adopt them.

If none of these options appeal to you then there are many other places where you can find puppies such as breeder websites or pet stores.

However, it’s important that when choosing a dog from one of these sources that they have been socialized properly so they know how to behave around people and other dogs.

All About the Australian Goldendoodle in a nutshell 

The Australian Goldendoodle is a mix between the English Cream Goldendoodle and the Australian Labradoodle, the breed is affectionate and they make great family dogs, they can get along with other pets and children they are energetic and need at least 1 hour of exercise a day, and they need to be groomed daily.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Is the Australian Goldendoodle A Good Family Dog? 

Yes, The Australian Goldendoodle is a great family dog because they are intelligent, friendly and playful. They also have a gentle nature which makes them perfect for families with children or other pets in the house as well, just make sure to socialize them and they are good to go.

Is the Australian Goldendoodle easy to train? 

Yes, The Australian Goldendoodle is easy to train because they are smart, eager to please and very receptive. They will respond well with a positive reward system such as treats or praise but you can also use a firm voice when needed if they aren’t listening to your commands. 

Is the Australian Goldendoodle good with kids? 

Yes, the Australian Goldendoodle is good with kids but you should always supervise them when they are around each other because they may play too rough with each other and one of them can end up getting injured or hurt, so you need to teach them both the boundaries, so they can play properly together. 

How much is the Australian Goldendoodle? 

The Australian Goldendoodle can cost around $3,500, however, it depends on the breeder and location. Always do your research before purchasing a puppy to make sure you are getting a healthy, well-bred dog, but adopting them can cost way less and it’s even better because you will give a puppy the home they need.

Is the Australia Goldendoodle smart? 

Yes, the Australian Goldendoodle is smart because they have a high IQ and are very receptive to training. They respond well with a positive reward system such as treats or praise, you can also use a firm voice when needed if they aren’t listening to your commands, and you should keep them mentally stimulated.

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