Are you feeling puzzled by the range of Goldendoodle sizes out there? Don’t know your Micro Mini from your Moyen Goldendoodle?
Don’t worry, we’re here to help demystify this dinky Doodle! Whether you’re thinking about adding a tiny fur baby to your family or you simply want to know more about the different sizes and types of Goldendoodles, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about these miniature dogs.
Table of Contents
- 1 What is a Micro Mini Goldendoodle?
- 2 Micro Mini Goldendoodle Size
- 3 Micro Mini Goldendoodle Pros and Cons
- 4 FAQs
What is a Micro Mini Goldendoodle?
A Micro Petite Goldendoodle is a darn cute breed that has a particularly small size but makes up for that in personality and intelligence!
The Micro Goldendoodle breed (like other Goldendoodles) is part Poodle and part (small) Golden Retriever. They’re usually F1b dogs, which means they have a Goldendoodle parent and a Poodle parent. So, their genetic ratio is 75:25 in favor of the Poodle. They get their small size from their Miniature Poodle parent – you can’t use just any old Poodle if you want the tiniest Doodle!
As you might expect, the smaller the parents, the smaller the pups. So, many Goldendoodle breeders will use the runt of the litter to try and further reduce the size of future litters. It can take many generations before the ideal size is achieved – earlier generations might fall under the Teacup Goldendoodle category instead.
Some breeders find the practice of creating these tiny dogs somewhat unethical. The smaller the dog gets, the more likely it is to suffer from genetic defects and health issues. Think about it – Golden Retrievers are pretty large dogs, so it doesn’t make sense for their offspring to be able to fit into your hands!
Despite the small size, this breed generally isn’t good for apartment living due to its vocal nature and bursts of energy that are better suited for those with a small backyard.
Micro Mini Goldendoodle Size
As you might know, these hybrid dogs come in different sizes; some are a few inches taller than others, whereas others fit the title of being among the smallest dog breeds out there. Due to Micro Goldendoodle sizes varying a bit, this breed can often be mistaken for other types of small Goldendoodles.
However, it is not a Micro Mini Doodle if it’s bigger than 7–9 inches tall at the shoulder. Anything more than that could be a Toy Goldendoodle, Mini Goldendoodle or even a Standard Goldendoodle, if it’s between 13–20 inches tall.
These tiny dogs weigh just 6–7 pounds when fully grown – that’s even smaller than many cats! To put things into perspective, a Mini Doodle will weigh 25–50 pounds as an adult, while a Standard Goldendoodle can be as heavy as 50–90 pounds. Even Toy Goldendoodles are considerably heavier than Micro Minis, at 10–25 pounds.
Micro Mini Goldendoodle Pros and Cons
Before buying a Micro Goldendoodle, knowing what you’re bargaining for is important. All breeds have their peeves – guess that’s why they’re called pet peeves. With that said, it makes sense to assess whether or not the pros outweigh the cons. Here are a few quick facts about this breed to help you decide:
Goldendoodles of all sizes are known to have an easygoing personality and high trainability. These personality characteristics make this pup a great choice for families with children, and just about anyone else!
This Toy Poodle and Goldie mix has some of the good characteristics of its parent breeds, especially from the Toy Poodle side. Although Toy Poodles are technically not hypoallergenic, they come pretty close. Micro Mini Goldendoodle pups are great for pet parents suffering from allergies thanks to their tightly curled coats and low dander production.
Manageable energy levels
Since the Micro Mini Goldendoodle is tiny, it will tire out easily. If you are expecting to go on jogs and hikes with this pup, you might be in for a rude awakening. On the other hand, if you want a pup with manageable energy levels, Petite Goldendoodles could be the best choice. They don’t need long, two-hour walks every day like bigger Doodles.
Due to the effort required to breed these dogs to a tiny size, they do cost a small fortune. Expect to pay 2-3 times more for Micro Mini Goldendoodles than other sizes of Goldendoodles. That means you might be forking out up to $5000! On the other hand, their tiny tummies don’t take as much to fill as a 90-pound dog, so you’ll save on food costs in the long run.
Prone to health issues
As one of the smallest dogs, this breed can suffer from respiratory problems and other developmental issues. When compared to larger dogs and Standard Goldendoodles, this small dog is quite prone to health problems. The following are common in Micro Goldendoodles:
- Heart defects
- Collapsing trachea
- Respiratory problems
- Patella luxation
- Dental problems
- Liver shunts
- Digestive problems
Fortunately, barksinthepark.co has compiled all the guides you could need for taking care of your cute little pup.
Do Micro Mini Goldendoodles bark a lot?
Micro Goldendoodles, Teacup Goldendoodles, and even Medium Goldendoodle pups are quite vocal. These pups bark a lot to communicate their needs, frustration, and excitement. When adopting a Micro Goldendoodle, be prepared for this breed’s vocal nature. Apartment living and dog owners with complaining neighbors might not be the ideal fit for a Micro Goldendoodle.
Do Micro Goldendoodles shed?
Luckily for Micro and Toy Goldendoodle owners, this breed does not shed as heavily as its Golden Retriever parents. Thanks to their higher percentage of Poodle genes, these small dogs are much more likely to have curly coats than Standard Goldendoodles. It’s almost hypoallergenic (no dog is completely allergy-proof!) and better than other types of Goldendoodle in this particular regard.
Micro Goldendoodle eyelashes might need to be trimmed on rare occasions if they get too long, and they need a lot of other care in the grooming department too!
Do Micro Goldendoodles have high anxiety?
Most Goldendoodles often grow attached quite easily, as a result, they do experience bouts of anxiety when left to their own devices for too long. This might be more prevalent during the first few days of bringing this breed home.
Depending on the specific living environment this pup has been subjected to, a Micro Goldendoodle might exhibit lifelong separation anxiety as well.