Petite Goldendoodle

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About Petite Goldendoodle

15-25 lb
10-18 inches
10-15 years
Not Applicable
Best Suited For
active families, first-time dog owners, those seeking a low-shedding dog
intelligent, sweet-natured, energetic, friendly
Comparable Breeds
Golden Retriever, Cocker Spaniel
Petite Goldendoodle Basics

The Petite Goldendoodle is a smaller, energetic version of the Golden Retriever who brings his eager-to-please personality together with the hypo-allergenic qualities of a Miniature Poodle and the sweet nature of a Cocker Spaniel to produce a family friendly, intelligent dog who is easy to train and gets along with everyone.

The Petite Goldendoodle is an adorable mash-up of Golden Retriever, Cocker Spaniel, Miniature Poodle and Toy Poodle.


The Petite Goldendoodle is a designer dog that likely dates back to the early 2000s when crossing popular breeds with Poodles resulted in a low-shedding variation. This dog is a much smaller version of the popular Goldendoodle and comes by breeding a Golden Retriever Spaniel (typically Cocker) with a Miniature Poodle. That dog is then bred with a Toy Poodle to produce an even smaller pooch.


As a designer dog, Petite Goldendoodles are not eligible to join the American Kennel Club (AKC). Their lineage however is quite impressive; the Poodle joined AKCs “sporting” group in 1887 while the Cocker Spaniel and Golden Retriever joined the same group in 1878 and 1925 respectively.


The Petite Goldendoodle is a small- to medium-sized dog and will need a high quality food that is suited to his size, age and activity level. Be sure his food is specifically geared to his age and activity level and avoid fillers such as carbs and grains that will make him want to eat more in order to feel full. Poodles can be prone to digestive issues so avoid high fat meals.

The Petite Goldendoodle is an active little dog that will require regular daily exercise.


The Petite Goldendoodle is a bright dog that is quick to listen to commands and loves to learn new tasks so an easy to train pooch. Both obedience and socialization training should take place when he is a puppy in order to bring out the best of this breed. As with most dogs, rewards-based training with lots of praise and treats of your choice will get the results you are looking for.


The weight of a Petite Goldendoodle will range between 15 to 25 pounds.


Petite Goldendoodles are a bright, friendly dog who gets along well with people, kids and other animals. His level of obedience and enthusiastic personality make him a great pick for first-time dog owners and his gentle nature means he is an ideal candidate for service dog training.

Common Health Problems

Health issues that present in purebreds can often bypass a Designer Dog however you should always be aware of what your new pooch may inherit. With the Petite Goldendoodle you have three breeds contributing and potential health problems could include joint issues, bloat, hypothyroidism and Von Willebrand’s disease.

Life Expectancy

The average life span of a Petite Goldendoodle is 10 to 15 years.

Exercise Requirements

The Petite Goldendoodle is an active little dog that will require regular daily exercise to keep him physically fit and mentally stimulated – and out of mischief. Because of his smaller size, walks are best to be short and frequent and a visit to the dog park where he can interact and play actively with other dogs would be a great addition to his exercise ritual.

The Petite Goldendoodle is a bright, friendly dog who is great for first time dog owners.

Recognized Clubs

Also known as Petite Groodle, Petite Curly Retriever, Petite Goldenoodle and Petite Goldenpoo, The Petite Goldendoodle is not recognized by the American Kennel Club however he is recognized by the Dog Registry of America, Inc. (DRA).


Your Petite Goldendoodle has a thick, dense coat that is soft and curly like a Poodle. While he is considered a non- or low-shedding dog, his coat can tangle easily so daily brushing is required with a visit to the groomer every couple of months for clipping. Bathing can be done as needed and because of his floppy ears, a weekly inspection and cleaning is needed to prevent infection.


Petite Goldendoodles are adorable but can grow up to have poor pooch manners if not properly socialized at an early age. They are bright little guys so get him into obedience training asap. Because this pooch comes from breeds that can experience joint issues you need to ensure his activity levels are sufficient to keep him trim but don’t over-exert his tiny bones and joints which may cause problems later in life.

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