Goldendoodle Breed Information Guide: Photos, Traits, & Care

Written by: BARK

May 31, 2022

Sweet, jolly, and full of spunk, the goldendoodle breed has been making headlines since it first hit the scene in the 1990s. Eager to please their owners, these hybrids of poodles and golden retrievers are family pets through and through. If you’re looking for a canine to keep you company and thoroughly entertained, these pooches make a perfect choice.

Obedient Goldendoodle Dog Relaxing in the Sun

They may be called “golden,” but these dogs sport a range of colors from wheaty yellow to chocolate brown and everything in between. With curly hair, floppy ears, and adorable mugs, the goldendoodle puppy is awfully aww-worthy, not to mention outgoing and intelligent. From their soaring popularity and rising adoption rates, it’s clear that these spirited dogs are just plain charming— from their bark down to their trot. It’s no wonder the adorable goldendoodles are one of the most popular poodle mixes.

Breed Overview

  • Height: 14–21 inches (mini), 21–24 inches (standard)
  • Weight: 26–35 pounds (mini), 50–90 pounds (standard)
  • Lifespan: 10–15 years
  • Breed Size: Medium–Large
  • Colors: Cream, tan, apricot
  • Good With: Kids, other dogs, cats
  • Temperament: Intelligent, people-pleasing, affectionate

Goldendoodles Also Known As…

Flops, Fluffy, the Golden Child, the doodle, the goldenpoo, and, in Australia, the Groodle—tomayto, tomahto. 

What Is The History Of The Goldendoodle?

Combining the friendliness and intelligence of a golden retriever with the graceful charms of a poodle seems like a no-brainer. Still, the relatively new mixed-breed dog didn’t have much of a presence until the 1990s. 

By the time the first goldendoodles were flopping away to their forever homes, the labradoodle had already burst on the scene—impressing dog owners looking for a smaller dog with minimal shedding. The goldendoodle doubled up on the previous cross-breeding success, merging the oh-so-cute and oh-so-manageable poodle coat with the easy temperament of a golden retriever. The result? A perfect companion for those with allergies.

Even in miniature sizes, goldendoodles vary in pattern types and coat length variations. There’s a goldendoodle for every lifestyle and preference. But one thing is constant: goldendoodles are sought out by dog owners across the globe for their endearing personalities and super-cute looks.

How Big Do Goldendoodles Get?

Goldendoodles’ sizes can vary widely. Obviously, a mini goldendoodle will be smaller than the standard size, so you can expect an adult to be:

Height: 14–21 inches (mini), 21–24 inches (standard)

Weight: 26–35 pounds (mini), 50–90 pounds (standard)

How Long Do Goldendoodles (Generally) Live?

Some say that these pups’ cross-breed status gives them extra vitality that helps them outlive both poodles and golden retrievers. On average, you’ll have 10 to 15 years with this playful pooch.

A Labradoodle Dog and woman outside on balcony

What Is A Goldendoodle’s Temperament & Personality Like?

It turns out that the intelligent, alert temperament of poodles and the trusting kindness of golden retrievers is a match made in heaven. goldendoodles are one of the smartest breeds on the planet, and despite their intelligence, they’re neither stubborn nor aggressive. Instead, they have a gentle nature and are highly affectionate with their owners (and even strangers). 

Goldendoodles are social butterflies, whether at home or the local park. They’re eager to build strong bonds with those around them, and their people-pleasing temperament makes them ideal service dogs. It’s not uncommon to find a goldendoodle lending a paw wherever they can help.

Are Goldendoodles Good With Kids? Cats? Dogs?

Like the pug dog and the Greyhound dog, you’re looking at a born-and-bred friend to kids, dogs, cats, and any other critters that happen to hang around. Goldendoodles are indiscriminate with their affection and have been known to strike up friendships with everyone in the household in record time. Yes, even the grumpiest grandpas. 

While doodles may not be your ideal guard dog, you can expect an unbreakable bond between these pups and their families—especially when it comes to kids. A low-prey drive combined with an extra friendly attitude means everyone should feel calm and safe around a goldendoodle. Introduce your pup to your other pets at a young age to build good relationships from day one, and trust us—it’ll be cute. (Don’t forget to send pics.)

Are Goldendoodles High Energy? 

Active but not hyperactive, goldendoodles are always up for some fun. You might think of goldendoodles as “goldilocks” dogs—agile and athletic, but not hyperactive. Their playful nature makes them fun and entertaining pals, but you won’t be falling over trying to keep up with this breed. 

Aim for 30 to 60 minutes of exercise per day. That should keep your goldendoodle engaged and in good spirits. Without enough activity, goldendoodles could become a bit nervous and destructive, so avoid suffering the wrath of your pup by making exercise a priority every day.

Are Goldendoodles Hard To Train?

Training can take time, patience, and a lot of practice. But then there’s the goldendoodle. This breed is highly obedient and eager to please—an absolute breeze to train. It’s no wonder they excel at service work. You’ve probably encountered a therapy dog or service dog that’s a goldendoodle. 

That said, a training routine is a must whether you’re training an easygoing pup or a super-stubborn one. Schedule—and stick to—consistent training and socialization sessions, especially during those critical early weeks.

Goldendoodle puppy smiling at camera

Do Goldendoodles Have Health Issues?

We’re all looking to keep our dogs healthy, happy, and energized. As with all dogs, it’s always good to look into your goldendoodle’s background to get a clear picture of their health risks.

Like all dog breeds, goldendoodles are prone to some specific health conditions. These include:

  • Addison’s disease – A hormonal disease that affects the adrenal gland, Addison’s disease can lead to weakness, weight loss, and other symptoms. Because poodles carry an elevated risk for this disease, goldendoodles can also be susceptible. The good news? Addison’s highly treatable and typically has a good prognosis.
  • Von Willebrand’s disease 1 (vWD1) – golden retrievers, and therefore goldendoodles, may face an increased risk for the mildest variation of this treatable blood-clotting disease. Dobermans are also susceptible to this disease.
  • Epilepsy – Epilepsy can affect poodles and doodles, causing seizures and confusion. The triggers for an epileptic seizure may vary, and should you notice any symptoms, it’s important to consult with your veterinarian immediately.

As a goldendoodle owner, early detection can help keep your goldendoodle healthy.

Do Goldendoodles Need To Be Groomed? 

Their coat type ranges from curly to shaggy with thick, fluffy locks. Therefore, doodles can benefit from visiting the beauty shop every few months.  A professional groomer can ensure that your pup looks fantastic, giving them a quick trim when the weather warms up. But the primping doesn’t stop there- a responsible dog owner will maintain a goldendoodle’s need for regular nail cutting, teeth brushing, and coat combing, either at home or a salon.

Goldendoodle dog sitting on grass with long hair

Are Goldendoodles Hypoallergenic?

Say goodbye to pet allergies with a goldendoodle. These no- to low-shedding dogs tend to be hypoallergenic, which means you can snuggle right up without sneezing, itching, or sniffling. You deserve a pup you can love without feeling like a freight train hit you.

How Much Does It Cost To Care For A Goldendoodle?

Goldendoodles are popular pups. Expect to pay between $200 and $1200 to adopt a goldendoodle. Additionally, you may spend between $80 to $150 per month taking care of your doodle after bringing them home.

How Much Dog Food Do Goldendoodles Need?

Due to the variation in goldendoodle size, your pup might eat anywhere between 1 to 3 cups of kibble per day. That could total up to $25–$75 every month in food costs.

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Routine Vet Care (Healthy Dog)

No matter how healthy your goldendoodle is, regular vet appointments once or twice per year are necessary. Expect to pay $50 to $70 for a standard checkup, with additional fees for any special screenings, bloodwork, or testing.

Goldens don’t typically require any special medical treatment, but if your pup has a genetic condition or chronic disorder, you may need to purchase regular medication to manage and treat their condition.

Preventative Medications for Goldendoodles

Your first vet bill might be a little higher than average, as your goldendoodle will need a variety of preventative treatments including:

  • Vaccinations ($20–$50)
  • Heartworm treatment ($100–$200)
  • Flea and tick protection ($50–$100)

You might also consider microchipping your doodle. This process usually costs around $50 and can provide peace of mind and assist you should your BFF ever go AWOL.

Goldendoodle dog puppy on a tree stump with green moss in the fall season

Goldendoodle Grooming

Brushes, clippers, trimmers, and shampoo shouldn’t make a huge dent in your puppy budget. Expect to spend $30–$60 per year on grooming supplies, so long as you opt to do everything yourself. 

You could be looking at $50 to $200 per session for professional grooming, depending on the services requested. Fortunately, doodles don’t need major haircuts, nor do they shed very much, so that could help cut down on grooming costs overall.

Toys, Treats, Beds, & Accessories

Your goldendoodle will be happy with just about anything. We’re talking about a breed that couldn’t be happier chasing a stick. That said, you could make playtime a little more special by splurging on some fun toys and treats. Besides, who wouldn’t want to spoil a face like that?

The best way to give your doodle what they crave is with BarkBox, the canine-approved monthly subscription that provides 2 toys, 2 bags of yummy treats, and a tasty chew, all for $23 a month. Plus, for the doodle that’s always wearing out their toys, there’s the Super Chewer box for $29 a month. This box includes 2 tough toys in addition to the Bark treats and chews you know and love. Ready to try? Double your first box for free.

Goldendoodle dog runs across a grassy lawn with a ball.

Whatever you bring home to your goldendoodle, they’re sure to appreciate it. Expect to spend anywhere from $50 to $200 taking care of the essential doggy accessories, including:

  • Leash ($10–$20)
  • Food and water bowls ($15–$30)
  • Collar ($10–$40)
  • Dog bed ($40–$120)
  • Crate ($35–$200)


Doodle Doods. An Overview of Doodle Health Issues, Diseases, and Genetic Conditions.

VCA. Addison’s Disease in Dogs.

Cornell University. Canine von Willebrand Disease.

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Written by: BARK

May 31, 2022


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