Are you thinking about getting a Goldendoodle puppy? If so, you’re in for a treat! Goldendoodles are great dogs – friendly, intelligent, and easy to train. Not to mention, Goldendoodle puppies are just the most precious little things! But what to know about Goldendoodles before you adopt them?
In this article, we’ll provide you with everything you need to know before adopting a Goldendoodle puppy. We’ll cover everything from their personality, size, to their care and grooming needs. What’s more, we’ll also provide you with a checklist with every single item you’ll need before bringing home your new pup. So read on for all the info you need to make the best decision for you and your new Dood!
Table of Contents
- Goldendoodle Puppies 101: Essential Information & Facts
- Is A Goldendoodle Puppy The Right Dog For You?
- Goldendoodle Puppies: Checklist Before Bringing Your New Pup Home
- Resources For Taking Care Of Goldendoodle Puppies
- Where Can You Find Reputable Breeders For Goldendoodle Puppies?
- Goldendoodle Puppies 101: Frequently Asked Questions
Goldendoodle Puppies 101: Essential Information & Facts
Obviously, before you commit the next 10 to 15 years of your life to a new companion, it’s crucial you’ve carefully considered all the pros and cons that come with Goldendoodle ownership. So, here are some key things to consider before adopting a Goldendoodle puppy.
Goldendoodle Puppy Size
If you’re already looking into Goldendoodle puppies, you likely know that these adorable Doods come in various shapes and sizes. After all, as we combine the Golden Retriever with the Poodle, we can never know for sure what we’re getting. But, since the Goldendoodle is already an established crossbreed, there are size standards by which they are categorized.
Goldendoodles come in three sizes – Standard, Medium/Mini, and Toy. Standard Goldendoodles can weigh anywhere from 50 to 90 pounds, while Medium/Mini Goldendoodles typically fall between 25 and 50 pounds. Mini Goldendoodles usually fall on the lower end of the spectrum, whereas Medium Goldendoodles are slightly larger. And finally, the smallest of the bunch, Toy Goldendoodles, usually weigh in at 10 to 25 pounds.
Obviously, Goldendoodle puppies will weigh much less at the time you bring them home (usually around 8 weeks of age). Let’s take a look at the Standard Goldendoodle as an example.
If your Goldendoodle’s estimated adult weight is 56 pounds, they’ll likely weigh around 10 pounds as an 8 week old Goldendoodle puppy. By the time they’re 16 weeks old, they’ve more than doubled their weight to 25 pounds. At 24 weeks, or 5 and a half months, they’ll weigh around 40 pounds, and at 32 weeks or 7 months they’ll be nearing their full-grown weight with a whopping 50 pounds.
For more information on this topic, be sure to check out our full Goldendoodle size guide.
Temperament Of Goldendoodle Puppies
One of the best things about Goldendoodles is their personality. They are incredibly friendly and outgoing dogs who love nothing more than spending time with their humans. They are also intelligent and easy to train. To be fair, they’re simply perfect!
The same goes for Goldendoodle puppies – they’re sweet, loving, adorable little pals. However, as they’re technically still babies, they’re likely to be much more active, silly, and get a little bit mischievous once they reach their adolescence stage. Younger Goldendoodle puppies also tend to be much more excitable than adult Goldendoodles who have already matured a bit.
Goldendoodle Puppy Energy Guide
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Goldendoodles and Goldendoodle puppies both are high energy dogs. They love to go for walkies, play with you (or anyone for that matter), romp around, and do just about anything as long as they’re with their humans.
Of course, like all dogs, Goldendoodles will need plenty of exercise to stay healthy and fit. The amount of exercise your Dood needs really depends on their age, size, and overall health. However, as a general rule of thumb, most adult Goldendoodles need at least 60 minutes of exercise every day. This can come in the form of walks, runs, playing fetch or other games outside, swimming – really anything that gets them moving and burns off some energy.
As for Goldendoodle puppies? Puppies have boundless energy and need several short walks or play sessions throughout the day to help them burn off all that energy. But, keep in mind that Goldendoodle puppies don’t have the same stamina as adult dogs. For this reason, you should never force your Goldendoodle puppy to exercise for too long, as they may simply get tired quickly.
Goldendoodle Puppy Grooming Needs
Goldendoodles are known to be rather high-maintenance dogs due to their grooming needs. Although their Poodle heritage has blessed them with low-shedding coats, this also means they’re prone to matting. For this reason, Goldendoodles have to be brushed daily and get their hair trimmed every once in a while to keep their coats healthy and gorgeous.
During puppyhood, things are much simpler. Goldendoodle puppies are all born with silky smooth coats. However, you’ll still want to start with different grooming activities early on so that your Goldendoodle puppy gets comfortable around various grooming tools. Other than that, it’s pretty much smooth sailing for the first few months.
Later on, some time around 6 months of age, they’ll blow their puppy coats and start growing into their adult coats. For some Goldendoodle puppies the transition happens gradually over time, whereas others experience changes in their coats rapidly. Then you’ll also be able to get a better idea of which coat type your Goldendoodle puppy has inherited, and adjust your grooming routine based off of that.
The great thing about Goldendoodles and other hybrid breeds is that they generally live long and healthy lives. That’s because crossbreeds often benefit from something called hybrid vigor, which indicates that hybrid breeds inherit the superior qualities of their purebred parents.
Nonetheless, Goldendoodles are still at risk of certain health conditions, so you should be aware of the risks associated with them. In addition to that, it’s also your responsibility to do everything on your part to keep your pup healthy and happy. By the way, choosing the right breeder will also go a long way in contributing to their lifespan and quality of life. More on that later.
All in all, Goldendoodles have an average lifespan of 10 to 15 years. As a general rule of thumb, smaller Toy and Mini Goldendoodles tend to outlive their larger Standard Goldendoodle counterparts. This is common across all dog breeds. Therefore, we can expect the average lifespan of Toy and Mini Goldendoodles to be around 12 to 15 years. Meanwhile, Medium and Standard Goldendoodles may have a slightly shorter life expectancy of 10 to 13 years.
By the way, we’ve created an in-depth guide on Goldendoodle lifespan, so be sure to check it out.
Is A Goldendoodle Puppy The Right Dog For You?
One of the most important aspects of owning a Goldendoodle puppy is making sure that you have the space, time, and energy to care for one. So, now that we’ve covered the basics, you can probably get a better idea whether or not you should get a Goldendoodle puppy. But, to make things easier, here’s a quick recap that’ll help you decide.
First, consider whether the Goldendoodle’s size is something that you can accommodate. For instance, if you live in a smaller apartment, it’s very likely that a Standard Goldendoodle or a larger Medium Goldendoodle wouldn’t feel comfortable in such a small space. Instead, you may want to consider getting a Toy or Mini Goldendoodle.
Second, make sure you carefully study the Goldendoodle’s personality and temperament beforehand. If you’ve already done some research, you’ve probably fallen head over heels with Goldendoodle puppies thanks to their wonderful temperament. It’s also important to note that Goldendoodles are highly active and energetic dogs, meaning that they require plenty of exercise and also mental stimulation. So, if you’re looking for a more reserved and calmer dog, a Goldendoodle may not be the best fit for you.
Third, carefully think whether or not you’re ready for daily, weekly, and monthly grooming activities that Goldendoodles require. Although Goldendoodle puppies are fairly low maintenance when they’re very young, they’ll start transitioning into adult coats around 6 months of age.
You may also want to try our simple quiz that’ll help you decide whether or not you should adopt a Goldendoodle puppy.
Goldendoodle Puppies: Checklist Before Bringing Your New Pup Home
If you’ve decided that the Goldendoodle is the right fit for you, you should make sure that you’re fully prepared before your new puppy arrives home. Be sure to also check out our full puppy checklist here.
Resources For Taking Care Of Goldendoodle Puppies
Needless to say, adopting a Goldendoodle puppy is a huge responsibility. It isn’t just about choosing a cute puppy from a litter and bringing them home. The real work begins the moment your Goldendoodle puppy arrives home. But before that, you want to make sure that you’re ready for Gotcha Day and have all the items you need for your new pup. You can also get your hands on our list of the 5 Ways to Prepare for the Arrival of Your New Doodle Puppy.
As the day gets closer, you should also be prepared for the first night with your new puppy. This way, both of you will have a much easier time adjusting to the new family dynamic. By the way, we’ve created an online course for new puppy parents that’ll teach you exactly how to care for a Goldendoodle puppy.
Once your new puppy gets home, you should start with potty training, crate training, obedience training, puppy socialization, and leash training as soon as possible. This will help establish good behaviors and also help your pup to grow into a well-rounded and confident adult. If you struggle with certain behavioral problems, this guide will surely help you out. Our guide on How To Stop A Puppy From Biting has also some helpful information for pups that go overboard with their mouthing habits.
In terms of grooming and personal hygiene, this step-by-step guide on how to groom a Goldendoodle at home would be an excellent resource. Likewise, you should learn the basics of line brushing, since Goldendoodles are quite tangle prone dogs. In addition to that, our ultimate guide to dog nail trimming covers everything you should know about the topic.
For more resources on caring for Goldendoodle puppies, be sure to check out all of our Doodle Puppyhood Survival Guides.
Where Can You Find Reputable Breeders For Goldendoodle Puppies?
As we briefly mentioned earlier, choosing a reputable breeder is crucial if you do decide to adopt your puppy from a breeder. First of all, reputable breeders follow responsible breeding guidelines. This means that they only use health and DNA tested parents in their breeding programs, provide genetic health guarantees, and utilize various forms of enrichment methods to raise healthy, well-socialized, and well-rounded Goldendoodle puppies.
Before you adopt your Goldendoodle puppy, we recommend you first read our article How To Choose A Responsible Doodle Breeder. It’s an excellent resource for any future Doodle owner. You may also want to check out this article on Doodle scammers and puppy mills – a growing problem all across the globe. Once you know the basics, you’re ready to start looking into all the different breeders.
In fact, to make things even easier for you, we’ve created a list of top ethical Goldendoodle breeders in the US, and you can also check out our Directory of Goldendoodle Breeders.
Goldendoodle Puppies 101: Frequently Asked Questions
Goldendoodle is such an amazing breed, we cannot stop raving about these Doods! Goldendoodles are affectionate, fun-loving, social, and intelligent pups. They also tend to get along super well with children, provided that your Goldendoodle puppy has been properly socialized from an early age. For this reason, Goldendoodles make excellent companions for families with children, but also singles and couples.
As intelligent and easily trainable as they are, Goldendoodles often have the tendency to be vocal. To be more precise, barking is a common problem that many Goldendoodle owners struggle with. Nonetheless, this seems to be less of a problem if you’ve provided plenty of mental and physical stimulation for your Dood, such as exercise and playtime. Training is also vital here, as teaching your Goldendoodle puppy from a young age will help establish good behaviors.
Indeed, some people would say that Goldendoodles are high maintenance when it comes to their coat care and grooming needs. Goldendoodles are prone to matting, which means that these pups need to be regularly brushed, bathed, and have their hair trimmed every few weeks or so. In fact, to prevent those knots and tangles from forming into full-blown mats, you should brush your Goldendoodle every single day.
Goldendoodle Puppies 101: Final Thoughts
Goldendoodles make wonderful companions, but before you adopt one of these cuddly pups, there are a few things you need to take into consideration. From their size and grooming needs to their energy levels and lifespan, Goldendoodles require quite a bit of care and attention. However, if you’re prepared to handle all that comes with owning a Goldendoodle, then you’re in for the time of your life! These furry little bundles of joy will fill your days with happiness, laughter, and unconditional love.
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