Because Miniature Goldendoodles are a relatively new breed, you may find yourself having a lot of questions about them. I compiled a list of a few common questions and answers that I hope will give you a better understanding of these amazing dogs!
Q: What does F1 and F1b mean?
A: Many times, Goldendoodles (Miniature and Standard) are listed as F1 or F1b. This simply is to show what generation the dog or puppy is. An F1 is a first generation cross of a Golden Retriever and Poodle. An F1b is a first generation Goldendoodle back-crossed with another Poodle. For more information regarding the differences between the generations, click here.
Q: How big will my Mini Goldendoodle puppy be as an adult?
A: This is a difficult question to answer. Unlike pure bred dogs that have an expected adult weight range, Miniature Goldendoodles tend to surprise. The important thing to understand is that there is no way to guarantee what combination of Retriever/Poodle genes a puppy will get. There can be a lot of variation of looks, size, and color even in one litter! The best way to estimate adult size is to look at the weights of the parents. Most likely, the puppy’s size will fall somewhere in between their parents’ sizes. Also, the puppy’s overall looks can give you a hint of which parent breed genes are more dominant.
For example, these two siblings are very different. Their mama is 18 inches tall at the shoulder and 30 pounds. Their dad is about 12 inches tall and 11 pounds.
The female puppy has much curlier hair and is quite a bit smaller than the male. She definitely carries stronger Miniature Poodle genes. I would estimate her adult size to be around 14-15 inches and 15-20 pounds.
The male has the broader head and snout of a Golden Retriever and is stockier than the female. He will most likely be much closer to or even the same size as his mother, because he seems to carry more dominant Golden Retriever genes. My guess is he will grow to be 16-18 inches tall and 20-25 pounds.
Q. Will my Miniature Goldendoodle shed?
A. The best way to tell if a Goldendoodle will shed is by looking at their hair. If they have curly hair like a Poodle, they will not shed. If their hair is wavy or only loosely curled, then they will probably shed a little. Most Goldendoodles are much lighter shedders than Golden Retrievers, but they are not all guaranteed to be shed-free.
Q. What will my Miniature Goldendoodle’s temperament be like?
A. Both Golden Retrievers and Miniature Poodles are friendly and intelligent dogs. They are both very social and easy to train. Golden Retrievers tend to be more gentle than the high-strung Poodles, so Miniature Goldendoodles can have either or both of those traits. Whatever combination of genes a puppy gets, Miniature Goldendoodles are adaptable to nearly any kind of family. They are great with children and other animals, but they can also be happy in a quieter home.
Q. What are the grooming requirements for this breed?
A. These dogs do require quite a bit of grooming and maintenance. Frequent brushing is necessary to keep their fur clean and free from mats and tangles. They will need regular trimming around their ears and paws and haircuts to keep their overall look at whatever length you desire.
Q. What is a Miniature Goldendoodle’s energy level?
A. These are active and excitable dogs, but their energy needs are not as intense as some breeds. They will need regular play time and walks, and they enjoy spending time outdoors swimming and exploring. As long as they are given time to run and play, they can also be well-suited to apartment life.
If you have any other questions, leave a comment, and I will do my best to answer!