Updated: Apr 12, 2022
I don’t think we’ve been shy about our stance on these phenomenal pups. We live, breathe and play with all doodle-kind. But there is one that stands head and shoulders above the rest. The Mini Goldendoodle has demonstrated time and time again that it is one of the most sought-after, popular breeds in the doodle community.
So why are Mini Goldendoodles in such demand? Let’s review a few points that might shed some light on this topic.
Personality goes a long way to being likeable
One of the dog breeds with the most personality is the Golden retriever. And not unlike Golden Retrievers, Mini Goldendoodles are playful and energetic (not hyper as these dogs are sometimes characterized). This is tempered by their lineage of the poodle who is also incredibly intelligent. These pups aren’t messing around.
Mini Goldendoodles are social beasts who fit into a family structure and love to play with their pack.
We would be remiss to mention their curious nature. If left at home to their own devices during the day, they’ll search and investigate every inch of your home. But, they’ll dart right to your side whenever you get back from your daily grind. Just another thing to love about them.
Size might be everything
Who says bigger is better? Whoever they are, they haven’t met a Mini Goldendoodle face to face. This pint-sized pooch has a ton packed into its petite physique. A smaller breed, the Mini Goldendoodle weighs under 30 pounds and stands somewhere between 13 and 20 inches tall.
There are some people out there who have all the space in the world. Acres and acres of land as far as the eye can see. But most of us live in a house or smaller apartment. That’s before we mention roommates or other family members. Space is limited. This is where the size of a Mini Goldendoodle comes into play.
They won’t take up a lot of space on your couch, only in your heart. They also love kids. If your kids are smaller and might be threatened by a larger dog, the Mini Goldendoodle wouldn’t be as intimidating as some of the larger breeds.
Some dogs couldn’t be harder to train. They don’t listen. They are slow to learn. Or they couldn’t care less what you have to say because they have their own agenda. Not so much with the Mini Goldendoodle.
Because of its heritage of Golden Retriever and poodle, both of which are exceptionally intelligent, the Mini Goldendoodle is smart. Golden Retrievers have been and are still used to recover land fowl. Poodles aren’t that different as they were used to collect waterfowl. It’s this same ability to appease and obey their owners that carries down through the Mini Goldendoodle line.
While Mini Goldendoodles will get to know the lay of the land for the first 6 months or so, they can start learning basic commands after about 8 weeks. Since these puppies have such a high level of retention, fewer repetitions are needed before they’re solidly recognized by a Mini Goldendoodle.
But as each of these doodles have their own personalities and temperaments, the mileage may vary from Mini Goldendoodle to Mini Goldendoodle. (You can read up on our training programs here.)
Helpful little fellows
Training is important. We’ve seen that above. Some of us need a little extra help. The Mini Goldendoodle is there to assist. Two of their main types of service are Emotional Support Animals (we’ll use ESA moving forward) and service animals. Let’s take a look at both.
The ADA doesn't have specific requirements for the size of the dog used as service animals but some are better suited than others. As Mini Goldendoodles are far easier to train than most dogs, they make fantastic service animals.
By the time they’re trained, these Mini Goldendoodles are ready to help those with disabilities. The ADA specifically outlines them saying the following:
“Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties. Service animals are working animals, not pets.”
An ESA is slightly different as the requirements for these dogs aren’t as stringent. The Mini Goldendoodle's positive outlook and playful nature make them the perfect candidate for this job as well. The U.S. Service Animals site, with whom you’d register these dogs, describes an ESA this way:
“Emotional support animals help individuals with emotional disabilities such as anxiety or depression by providing comfort and support. Any animal can be an emotional support animal. Federal law does not require these animals to have any specific training and you do not have to be physically disabled to have an emotional support animal.”
These responsibilities are in no short order and since the Mini Goldendoodles are incredibly intelligent, they’re ready and willing to fill in this void and take care of those who take care of them.
Mini Goldendoodles are popular but they might not be for you
Mini Goldendoodles are popular for good reason. But are they for you? There’s no single thing on this Earth that’s right for everyone.
Are you active? Or maybe not active enough? If you love going on long hikes or marathon runs on the weekend, your Mini Goldendoodle might want to keep up but simply can’t. Their little legs won’t allow it.
But if you’re a couch potato, the opposite could be true. As we’ve mentioned, the Mini Goldendoodle, while tiny, has a lot of energy. That energy will need to be focused in the right manner. Otherwise, your home might look like it was hit by a tornado of fur and teeth.
Ready to bring home a Mini Goldendoodle of your own? Start your application today! If the Mini Goldendoodles aren’t for you but you’re ready to begin your doodle journey, allow us to work with you on finding the right puppy. We have an extensive FAQ section about us and our phenomenal team.
Thanks for reading.
Jenna and the JLDD Team