Goldendoodles are a cross between a poodle and a golden retriever. These dogs are intelligent, fun-loving, and beautiful creatures. Known as a ‘designer breed’, Goldendoodles were bred to inherit the good parts of their parents.
However, as they are mixed breeds, this makes it difficult to know what they will look like fully grown. So, what does a Goldendoodle look like?
The answer depends on a few things, which we’ll cover in this article. Keep reading to find out what Goldendoodles look like.
How To Tell What A Goldendoodle Will Look Like
There aren’t many dog breeds that can vary as much as doodles and poodles. They can have several different coats, colors, and sizes, which is all part of the fun of owning one.
Goldendoodles in particular can come in several colors and textures. Genetics plays a huge part in this, but some tips can help you predict what coat your Goldendoodle will have.
A Goldendoodle’s coat is always changing and developing for the first year of its life. During its puppyhood stage, you won’t be able to know exactly what coat it will have as an adult.
However, some breeders have been able to predict what they will look like using the following tips.
Look At the Snout
Have a look at your puppy’s nose and examine the hair around it. Some breeders say that its appearance could predict the texture of your Goldendoodles’ future coat.
If the hair looks like a mustache, this could be a sign of a curly coat. Wavy coats tend to follow if the hair looks like a shaggy beard. Shorter, tidier snouts are indicative of a straight coat.
Look At the Parents’ Coats
If you look at the parent dogs’ fur (as long as the Goldendoodle isn’t first generation), you may get a good idea of your Goldendoodle’s possible coats.
For example, if the parents are both Goldendoodles with straighter hair, your puppy will likely have the same coat. Conversely, if the parents are both fleecy and shaggy, then your Goldendoodle might also have a wavy coat.
A note on F1b Goldendoodles
F1b Goldendoodles occur when first-generation Goldendoodles are crossed with pedigree Poodles. These dogs are generally hypoallergenic, as their Poodle coat doesn’t shed often.
F1b Goldendoodles have a 75% chance of having Poodle ancestry, so they’ll likely have wavy or curly fur. If you have an F1b Goldendoodle puppy, it’s common for their fur to remain a similar texture as they get older.
They’ll get more fur that’ll increase in thickness as they age, but if your F1b Goldendoodle has curly hair as a puppy, it’ll probably have curly hair as an adult.
How Big Is A Goldendoodle?
Like many mixed breed dogs, Goldendoodles come in different sizes to meet different owner requirements. In most cases, you’ll see them classed in toy, miniature, standard, and medium sizes.
Toy or teacup Goldendoodles are extremely small. Their miniature size means that they can fit into a bag, which is ideal for those that want to travel with their dog.
They’re also great choices for those who live in small apartments. Toy Goldendoodles are very light, as they normally weigh between 10-20 pounds. They can stand 25-40 cm tall, which is about the same height as a laptop.
These Goldendoodles are easily trained and can be carried from place to place without issue. However, these smaller puppies do come with a risk.
Their food must be checked to minimize health issues. Small pieces of apple or carrots may be fine for bigger dogs, but your tiny puppy may choke on the small pieces.
Mini Goldendoodles are very small, making them a good choice for those who travel with their dog, live in small apartments, or just want a smaller companion. Males and females are similar in size and stature.
They are normally around 16 inches in height; roughly weighing 30 pounds or less when fully grown.
Medium-sized Goldendoodles are the most popular breed, as these can live in smaller houses but can handle multiple walks with several family members.
Medium Goldendoodles are normally between 15 and 20 inches in height. Both males and females weigh similar amounts, roughly between 30 to 45 pounds.
When it comes to Goldendoodles, the word ‘standard’ doesn’t mean medium in size. Standard Goldendoodles are the largest ones you can find. You should expect these dogs to need lots of exercise and enough space to live in.
Both Goldendoodle genders can weigh over 50 pounds, and they can be over 22 inches in height.
How Much Does A Goldendoodle Weigh?
Goldendoodles vary in weight, as they come in several sizes. In most cases, adult standard-size Goldendoodles weigh from 45 pounds up to 90 pounds.
After 4.5 – 5 months, they should reach half of their adult weight. They can reach their full adult weight anywhere from 12.5 – 16 months.
Medium Goldendoodles can weigh up to 45 pounds, while Mini ones can weigh up to 35 pounds. Both mini and medium Goldendoodles reach half of their end weight from 3.5 – 5 months.
As they reach 11-13 months old, their weight should start steadying out to its adult weight.
These are only guidelines, so your puppy may weigh differently at its fully grown size. Diet and exercise also play a huge part, as they may gain or lose weight without sufficient care.
If you want an idea of how much your adult Goldendoodle will weigh, have a look at the size of the parents. There isn’t any recognized formula that can work out what your dog will weigh, but this can help you figure out a rough weight estimate.
For example, if the parents were medium-sized dogs that weighed around 40 pounds, there’s a good chance that your Goldendoodle will weigh similar.
These tips may help you work out what your Goldendoodle might look like, but remember that nature can be unpredictable. Genetics is full of surprises, but this isn’t a bad thing!
A Goldendoodle’s coat is just one of the things that make this breed so lovable. It’s more important to focus on having fun and playing with your puppy!