Goldendoodles have become one of the top choices for dog owners in recent years, but it’s important to understand how big your doodle will get when adopting. In this article, we’ll give some background on the breed and break down what you can expect from goldendoodles in terms of size.
History and Traits
Goldendoodles were first bred in the 1960s but rose to popularity as a favorite designer breed in the 1990s. These fun, affectionate dogs are known to be sweet and patient with children and build strong bonds with their families as pups. A cross between a poodle and golden retriever, goldendoodles were initially bred to offer pet owners a larger alternative to the cockapoo (cocker spaniel/poodle mix), which was already popular at the time. Since goldendoodles are a comparatively new breed, many of the pups alive today are first-generation, meaning they are the offspring of goldens and poodles.
While goldendoodles are often just considered pets, they can also succeed in working roles, such as therapy pets, emotional support pets, guide dogs and scent tracking dogs. These lovable friends tend to do best in homes with some outdoor space, but it’s not recommended to leave them outside overnight. Goldendoodles can suffer from shyness or fear, so it’s best to begin socializing them to strangers as young pups, which we include as part of our training program. Goldendoodles are a more emotionally responsive breed, so your furry friend will soak up any extra time they get with you.
The Three Sizes of Goldendoodles
As with many hybrid dog types, goldendoodles have been bred to come in a variety of sizes to accommodate owner needs and preferences. The most common sizes for goldendoodles are standard, medium, and mini. Let’s look at the sizes and weights of goldendoodles in each class.
Standard-size goldendoodles are the largest of the three classes, so potential owners should be ready to accommodate them with more space to live and play. Female and male standard goldendoodles weigh 50 pounds or more. Expect an adult standard goldendoodle to measure around 22 inches or more from the floor to the top of the shoulder.
Medium goldendoodles are a popular choice as they are small enough to live in apartments and condos but large enough to serve as working dogs or substantial family pets. From floor to shoulder, medium goldendoodles typically stand around 15 to 20 inches as adults. Both genders stay in a comparable weight range when fully grown, coming in between 30 and 45 pounds.
These lovable furballs can be an ideal choice for those who live in small apartments, travel frequently in RVs or just want a loyal friend in a bite-sized package. Like medium goldendoodles, males and females are comparable in stature and weigh under 30 pounds as adults. They usually stand around 15 inches at the shoulder when fully grown.