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Petite Goldendoodle

Nicole Cosgrove

June 18, 2021
The Petite Goldendoodle is a mix of the Poodle (toy) and a Goldendoodle mix of a Golden Retriever, Spaniel (often a Cocker) and a Poodle (miniature). She makes a great therapy dog and also does well in other service areas. She is a small to medium mixed breed also known as a Toy Goldendoodle, Petite Groodle, Petite Goldenoodle, Petite Goldenpoo and Petite Curly Retriever. She is a perceptive and clever dog with a life span of 10 to 15 years.
Here is the Petite Goldendoodle at a Glance
Average height 14 to 16 inches
Average weight 12 to 25 pounds
Coat type Medium, Wavy to curly,
Hypoallergenic? Can be – Poodle is
Grooming Needs Moderate
Shedding Low
Brushing Two to three times a week at least
Touchiness Quite sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Low
Barking Occasional
Tolerance to Heat Excellent
Tolerance to Cold Very good
Good Family Pet? Excellent
Good with Children? Very good to excellent with socialization
Good with other Dogs? Very good to excellent with socialization
Good with other Pets? Very good to excellent with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Average
A Good Apartment Dweller? Excellent due to size
Good Pet for new Owner? Very good to excellent
Trainability Easy to train
Exercise Needs Quite active
Tendency to get Fat Above average
Major Health Concerns PRA, Von Willebrand’s Disease, bloat, Patellar Luxation, Hypothyroidism, Eye problems, AIHA, Epilepsy,
Other Health Concerns Ear infections, Joint Dysplasia, Allergies, Skin problems,
Life Span 10 to 15 years
Average new Puppy Price $1000 to 2200
Average Annual Medical Expense $460 to $560
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $680 to $780

Where does the Petite Goldendoodle come from?

The Goldendoodle is a popular designer dog, a cross between the Golden Retriever and the Standard Poodle. Since small breeds seem to be very popular lately it did not take long for breeders to look at this awesome mix and think about how to get it smaller. This led to the Miniature Goldendoodle, but apparently that wasn’t small enough and with some work breeders then reached the Petite Goldendoodle. There are actually several ways the Goldendoodle can be downsized this much so once you have seen the possibilities here it is worth discussing with the breeders you are looking at so you know which options they follow. It will also give clear indications whether they sound knowledgeable and have experience. In the design dog range there are a lot of bad breeders and puppy mills to be avoided.

First of all breeders downsize the Golden Retriever female by crossing it with a spaniel, usually a Cocker Spaniel but it can also be a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel or a Boykin Spaniel for example. Since most breeders use the Cocker Spaniel the downsized dog is called a Golden Cocker Retriever or a Petite Golden Retriever. Then the Golden Cocker Retriever is bred with a Miniature Poodle, sometimes naturally and sometimes using artificial insemination. This leads to the Petite Goldendoodle, a dog that is ½ Poodle, ¼ Golden Retriever and ¼ Spaniel. If you buy from a breeder that uses artificial means you are going to be paying higher prices to cover those costs.

Here is a look at the three purebreds involved in creating this popular designer dog.

The Poodle

The Poodle is a very old breed, at least a couple of thousand of years old. He comes from Germany and was used as a waterfowl retriever for hunters. When he came to France he was bred further into something more distinct and closer to what we know today. There were and still are three sizes of Poodle, a standard, the miniature and the toy. The French continued to use the standard for hunting waterfowl, they used the miniature to sniff for truffles in the woods, and the toy became a favorite companions French nobility carried around with them. The unusual cuts and decoration for their fur was copied by the French when the Poodle was taken in to the circus as a performer and they gave him some unique trims.

Today the Poodle is a clever and popular dog with an appearance of aloofness that really hides a goofy clown when you get to know him. He is very loyal and playful and loves people. He is eager to please, easy to train and has a calm nature. He tends to be protective and has a very good memory.

The Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever was bred when a Lord Tweedmouth in Scotland wanted a dog who was more even tempered, loyal and attentive but still an excellent retriever of waterfowl. He was bred in the late 19th century but was not officially named until 1920. He was recognized in America in 1932 and became one of the most favorite purebreds.

Now this dog is a great family dog, eager to please, intelligent and loves to be with people. He has a great disposition and is a devoted pet, great with children and pets. They can be boisterous in a bumbling kind of way and love to eat so watch them gaining weight!

The Cocker Spaniel

The Cocker Spaniel come from a Spanish line of dogs, and was named for his favored ability in woodcock hunting. It was not untie 1892 that he was recognized as a breed in England as for a few hundred years before that to the English spaniel was a working category rather than an indication of breed. In the 1870s he came to America where he grew in popularity and where there became a division in English Cocker Spaniels and American Cocker Spaniels.

A Cocker Spaniel today when well bred is affectionate and sweet and loves to cuddle. He also likes to be in the center of any family activity and loves to play. He enjoys being active and is alert but he also quite sensitive and does not do well when treated harshly. He can also snap if he is pain or scared. Early socialization will bring out he best side of him.


The Petite Goldendoodle is an affectionate and loving dog with a very happy and friendly nature. She loves to be social and around people all the time, this means she prefers not to be left alone for a long time and can suffer from separation anxiety. She is a smart dog too, very perceptive and also attentive. She is a sweet and gentle dog who enjoys cuddling with you, getting lots of attention and being wherever you are in the house. She is an easy dog to love and brings a lot of joy to any home she is in.

What does the Petite Goldendoodle look like

She is a small to medium dog weighing 12 to 25 pounds and standing 14 to 16 inches tall. She has a soft, dense, medium length coat that can be wavy to curly and colors tend to be yellow, apricot, white, golden, red, grey, cream and black. The hair on her head is shorter but the ones on her tail, ears and legs are longer. Her body is compact and strong, she is certainly not a fragile small dog.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Petite Goldendoodle need to be?

The Petite Goldendoodle is of a size where she can happily live in an apartment without a yard as long as she gets daily walks and has plenty of toys to rotate through for indoor play. She should be given about half an hour a day walking, this could be two 15 minute walks for example. She would also need some time where she can run free like a dog park, and that would also be a place she could socialize and you can play some doggy games with her.

Does she train quickly?

This is an easy dog to train as she is smart, she is eager to please, she listens and wants to do whatever you want her to. In fact with the right approach she may even need less repetition than many other dogs meaning she will train quicker. She house trains quickly too and responds best to positive training techniques like rewards, treats, praise and encouragement. Early socialization and training will mean she is a dog to be trusted in different situations and places and she will be happier and more confident too.

Living with a Petite Goldendoodle

How much grooming is needed?

In terms of shedding the Petite Goldendoodle tends to have a coat like a Poodle’s so it is low shedding and could be hypoallergenic. It can tangle easily though so brushing regularly is important and then take her to a groomer every 6 weeks or so for trimming or stripping. While there you could also have her nails clipped if they are getting long as this is certainly something best done by someone with experience. When it comes to keeping the coat clean you will need to use a dog shampoo and give her a bath but just when she really needs one. Bathing too often can dry out her skin and cause itching and so on. Brush her teeth two to three times a week at least and also check her ears for infection and wipe them clean once a week.

What is she like with children and other animals?

Based on her having early socialization she can then be excellent with children, happy to play with them, happy to offer affection and is gentle and sweet even with smaller ones. She also gets on great with other pets and other dogs. Just be aware that some lines of Cocker Spaniel can be snappy, there has been a lot of bad breeding and that has led to some issues with some Cocker lines. Make sure you check with the breeder about the line they use.

General information

The Petite Goldendoodle is alert and makes a good watchdog, you can expect her to bark when strangers approach or intruders try to get in. She can be protective so while she is small she may even try to act to defend you. She will bark rarely to occasionally and needs to be fed a good quality dry dog food. ¾ to 1 1/2 cups a day split into two meals.

Health Concerns

Health issues she can be prone to including ones she can inherit from her parents are PRA, Von Willebrand’s Disease, bloat, Patellar Luxation, Hypothyroidism, Eye problems, AIHA, Epilepsy, Ear infections, Joint Dysplasia, Allergies and Skin problems. Ask the breeder to show you health clearances for the parents and visit the puppy before you buy to increase the odds at having a healthy pet.

Costs involved in owning a Petite Goldendoodle

A Petite Goldendoodle is not a cheap designer dog, you are looking at prices that currently range from $1000 to 2200, remember breeders that use methods like artificial insemination are going to pass on the higher costs of breeding onto the buyer. Other initial costs like collar and leash, crate, carrier, blood tests, vet examination, spaying, micro chipping, deworming and shots come to between $455 and $500. Annual basic medical costs for shots, check ups, flea prevention and pet insurance come to between $460 to $560. Other annual costs for things like a license, training, grooming, food, toys and treats comes to between $680 to $780.


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The Petite Goldendoodle is a wonderful small version of a great designer dog. It is popular for a good reason, she is sweet and loving, smart and loyal, easy to train and a joy to have around. She will need some walking so needs her owners to be able to go out for two 15 minute walks, and because she is smart she will also need a certain level of mental stimulation too.

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Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.

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