In the event that you have been thinking about getting a Goldendoodle, they are great dogs that are loyal, intelligent, non shedding, and hypoallergenic. This crossbreed receives these genetics traits from the Poodle and Golden Retriever. However, the downside is there are several sizes of both Poodle and Golden Retriever which also creates several different Goldendoodle sizes. So which Goldendoodle size is right for you?
Goldendoodles have been bred in an assortment of sizes to fit every dog owners needs. There are three main sizes of Goldendoodles that are most widely recognized. From smallest to largest the sizes are a mini Goldendoodle, medium Goldendoodle, and standard Goldendoodle. There are also two unofficial sizes of Goldendoodle within the mini Goldendoodle class: Teacup Goldendoodle and Toy Goldendoodle. We will explain all the different Goldendoodle sizes for you.
You can also read our full Goldendoodle Guide to learn more about this breed.
Mini Goldendoodle Size
The mini Goldendoodle size is the smallest out of the three most popular Goldendoodle sizes. The mini Goldendoodle size is a Goldendoodle that is under 30 pounds. The most common fully grown mini Goldendoodle size will be around 25 pounds with a height of around 16 inches.
These adorable fur balls can be the perfect decision for the individuals who live in smaller living spaces such as a condo, apartment, or RV. Generally speaking, the smaller the dog is the less exercise they will need. Don’t get me wrong, Goldendoodles are a very active dog breed and will still need lots of exercise outside, but the living space doesn’t need to be as big.
Within the mini Goldendoodle size bracket, there are two “smaller” versions that are becoming extremely popular. These two sizes are called the Teacup Goldendoodle and Toy Goldendoodle.
Teacup Goldendoodle Size
A Teacup Goldendoodle is the smallest Goldendoodle size and falls under the mini Goldendoodle category. So how big does a Teacup Goldendoodle get? You can expect a Teacup Goldendoodle to weigh less than 13 pounds and stand around 11 inches tall. This will approximately be the size of a piece of paper!
Teacup Goldendoodles can be held in one hand or under one arm. They are becoming more common, but there are some genetic downsides of a Teacup Goldendoodle. Since this Goldendoodle size is extremely small, they do suffer from more genetic defects like hypoglycemia, patella luxation, heart defects and many more issues. Basically, a Teacup Goldendoodle is originally bred from a Toy Poodle and small Golden Retriever. The runt is then selected and bred with other runts to create this tiny dog.
It should be noted that Teacup Goldendoodles come with a hefty price tag. I’ve seen several instances of people selling Teacup Goldendoodles for $5,000+ due to the rarity of such dogs. It seems that the smaller the sizes of the Goldendoodle, the more expensive they are.
Toy Goldendoodles are the second smallest size of the mini Goldendoodle. These little cuties are larger than Teacup Goldendoodle, but are still small compared to the average mini Goldendoodle size! Toy Goldendoodles are typically around 20 pounds and stand around 14 inches in height. You can think of a Toy Goldendoodle as approximately the size of a larger laptop.
People that live in smaller living spaces like an RV or apartment would be able to accommodate a Toy Goldendoodle pretty easily assuming you are able to walk a dog outside. This small size of Goldendoodle is great because you’ll still be able to pick them up, and they won’t get extremely big.
Medium Goldendoodle Size
Medium Goldendoodles are the most popular size of Goldendoodle because it is a sweet spot for a small dog, but it isn’t too large. Medium Goldendoodles usually weight between 30 and 40 pounds once fully grown. They also stand anywhere from 16 to 20 inches in height.
Medium Goldendoodles are small enough that they are easy to control, and great partners to exercise with. They aren’t too big that people will be scared of the size of your dog and the medium-sized Goldendoodle could even work if you live an apartment or condo. The medium Goldendoodle is also one of the more common sizes amongst breeders so you won’t be paying an arm and a leg for your dog.
In general, a medium-sized female Goldendoodle will be smaller than a medium-sized male Goldendoodle. So if you’re trying to get a smaller sized medium Goldendoodle, I would opt for a female dog as opposed to a male dog.
Standard Goldendoodle Size
The standard Goldendoodle size is the biggest size of Goldendoodle. Generally speaking, a standard Goldendoodle size is anything over 40 pounds. The standard Goldendoodle size once fully grown is usually between 50 and 60 pounds and stands 22 inches tall. This is the biggest of the Goldendoodle sizes and will need plenty of room to run around in.
Standard Goldendoodles are a great size dog for those that want the security of a larger dog and enjoy exercising with a dog. If you have a large house with a fenced yard, then a standard Goldendoodle might be the right dog for you. Alternatively, if you like exercising outside and need an outdoor companion than a standard Goldendoodle size would be a great pick.
How big will a Goldendoodle get?
The best indication of the size of your Goldendoodle is going to come from how big the parent dogs are. Typically, the size of a Goldendoodle puppy will fall between the weight of the parent dogs. That being said, there are certainly outliers to this curve. I tracked my Goldendoodle’s % size vs Age in weeks as a Goldendoodle growth curve for a mini Goldendoodle. In general, by the time we picked him up, he was already 25% of his total body weight. He was about 50% of his body weight by week 14, and virtually stopped growing at 10 to 11 months.
Your Goldendoodle is going to be growing fast in the beginning, but they will taper out by around 10 months. So don’t worry if you think your Goldendoodle is growing too fast.
What size Goldendoodle should I get?
In general, you should realistically evaluate how much space you have for a dog. Also, you should gauge the type of lifestyle that you live. In general, Goldendoodles are a very active dog breed since they come from a working dog background. If you own or rent a house with a large yard, you can likely get a standard Goldendoodle size. If you live in a small apartment or condo, the largest sized Goldendoodle that you should get would be a mini Goldendoodle.
In general, because of the health issues that come with a Toy sized Goldendoodle and Teacup sized Goldendoodle, I would recommend not getting those sized dogs.
Conclusion: Which Goldendoodle Size? Teacup, Mini, Standard, etc.
There are three Goldendoodle sizes that are widely recognized across the breeding community: mini Goldendoodle, medium Goldendoodle, and standard Goldendoodle. Within the mini Goldendoodle size, there are also the Teacup Goldendoodle and Toy Goldendoodle which are smaller variations of the mini Goldendoodle. In general, the bigger the dog, the more energy that it will have so you should plan accordingly based on your living situation. We hope that you learned something and found the right sized dog for your lifestyle!
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Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the average size of a Goldendoodle?
This highly varies based on the parent dog height and weight. Toy sized Goldendoodles can get below 10 pounds while standard sized Goldendoodles can exceed 70+ pounds. In general, I would say the average size for a Goldendoodle would be around 38 pounds and stand around 22 inches tall.
What is a Goldendoodle’s full size?
A Goldendoodle is generally 95% of its full size by around month 10 to 11. These dogs grow exponentially fast, and they will reach approximately 50% of their size by month 3. A Goldendoodle’s full size can be gauged based on the weight of the parent dogs.
Can you get smaller than a Teacup Goldendoodle?
I wouldn’t go smaller than a Teacup Goldendoodle because of the significant health issues of the Teacup size. While it’s certainly possible to repeatedly breed the runts of each litter together to get smaller dogs, it’s not recommended.