If you have been considering adding a family dog that is smart, loyal and just plain gorgeous, then you are probably looking at Goldendoodles — or at least you should be. This wildly popular hybrid breed comes from crossing Poodles with Golden Retrievers. There are three sizes of Goldendoodles to choose from.

Standard Goldendoodles

Measuring from the floor to shoulder, these dogs are around 22″ and higher when full grown. Females range from 50 pounds to 60 pounds while the heavier males weigh in from 55 pounds to 70 pounds, with some tipping the scales at even more. These are the largest of the Goldendoodle varieties and as such, need the most space to maneuver around in.

Standard Goldendoodles are wonderful companions for those who enjoy the comfort and security of a larger dog. This size works very well for owners who have homes with large fenced yards for running around and being active. (Be sure that your fence is in good shape.) Even if you don’t have a fenced yard or abundant room, you can have your local dog parks all scoped out so that you provide plenty of socialization options.

Miniature Goldendoodles

This medium-sized dog ranges from 35 pounds to 50 pounds once full grown. Males and females come in at a similar weight. Measuring from the shoulders, Miniature Goldendoodles stand approximately 16 to 20 inches high.

This size doodle is the sweet spot — popular with people living in larger homes with fenced yards, as well as those in smaller accommodations such as condos or townhomes.

Petite/Toy Goldendoodles

These little cuties may be smaller than some of the cats in your neighborhood! Females and males weigh in between 20 pounds and 35 pounds. Measuring at the shoulder, they are approximately 15 inches high. Individuals who live in smaller spaces such as pet-friendly apartments and even full-time RV travelers enjoy this size Goldendoodle as the perfect companion.

Minimal shedding

Goldendoodles have gained popularity all over the world for a host of reasons including their “allergy friendliness.” It is life changing for a family who has previously been unable to enjoy a family pet to have the opportunity to share their home with a wonderful new Goldendoodle. The doodle’s minimal shedding comes from the Poodle genes. You will be much more likely to snuggle with your puppy, let it sleep with the kids and lounge on the furniture — i.e., be a fully integrated member of the family — when there is minimal shedding involved.

Coat variations

Thanks to the hybrid nature, the coat possibilities are varied. Some people prefer a super curly puppy, while others are attracted to a mildly wavy coat. The myriad of color options is also exciting as there are numerous possibilities including: amber, chalk white, sandy brown, red, apricot, black, parti, brindle, sable, chocolate and silver.

Determining your needs

It is easy to fall in love with these amazing dogs. After you spend some time with a puppy, you will wish you could purchase one for all of the pet lover’s in your life. However, adopting a family dog is a huge commitment.

Prior to making a decision, walk the perimeter of your yard and try to see it through the eyes of a dog. Are there any broken fence boards or gaps under your gate? Are there sinkholes or areas that are super soft and ripe for digging? Perhaps there is a pile of renovation garbage waiting to go to the dump full of nails and rotting wood? Making a few minor adjustments now can save you from headaches and even heartaches in the future.

For more than a decade and a half we have been breeding second-to-none puppies here at Blue Ridge Goldendoodles. Our reputation is nationally respected and our results speak for themselves through the healthy, intelligent, well-socialized dogs we produce time and again for our satisfied owners.

If you are interested in making a Blue Ridge Goldendoodle puppy the newest member of your family, fill out our online Application for ownership to start the process. We look forward to helping you find your new best friend.