With a happy, grinning face and coat like a teddy bear, a Goldendoodle is hard to resist. As if their adorable appearance wasn’t enough, they are also very intelligent, non-aggressive, easy to train, and exceptionally affectionate.
The playful Goldendoodle is usually well tolerated by those who suffer from mild allergies and is an excellent choice for active families looking for a loyal, loving companion dog who will delight in taking part in a variety of activities – everything from lounging on the couch to enjoying a swim on a hot summer day.
How much do Goldendoodle puppies cost? Though prices can vary greatly depending on location, demand, and quality, average prices are: Standard – $2,300; Medium – $2,300; Miniature – $2,600; and Petite (Micro) – $3,600. The average price of adopting a Goldendoodle runs between $200 – $400.
You may have heard they are not cheap. Maybe even expensive! Of course, that’s all relative. Like most things, it depends on the details of what you’re looking for. Let’s take a look at some actual prices, learn about the various factors that can affect cost, and discover how to identify a quality breeder.
We thought it would be easiest to judge the actual costs by giving you some real-world examples. Below we’ll detail the numbers we got back from what we consider good, solid, reputable breeders who care about their Goldendoodles and want them to find a good home.
Actual Goldendoodle Puppy Prices
When considering purchasing a Goldendoodle, many people factor cost into their decision. Knowing what pricing to expect can aid in the decision-making process. Here is a table of several Goldendoodle breeders located across the country to give you a general idea of actual prices and how varied they can be.
|Doodles of NC||North Carolina||—-||$2,300||$2,300||—-|
|Yankee Doodles and Poodles||Pennsylvania||$2,200||$2,200||$2,200||$2,200|
|Mini Doodle Dogs||Utah||—-||—-||$3,000||$3,400|
|Beyond Bliss Doodles||New York||$1,950||$1,950||$2,250||—-|
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Goldendoodles are a crossbreed, so there aren’t really any set breed standards. Different breeders sometimes classify their dogs according to their own standards and unique terminology – which is fine but can lead to some confusion. For instance, one breeder may refer to a 20-pound dog as miniature while another would call it petite.
To further add to the confusion, the terms petite and micro are sometimes used interchangeably, and other times are used to refer to two separate sizes. The majority of breeders use petite for dogs between 10 – 25 pounds and micro for dogs weighing less than 10 pounds.
What Impacts Cost Differences in Goldendoodle Puppies?
You most likely noticed that prices can vary quite a bit among breeders. The question is, why? There are actually several factors that are responsible for the price irregularities.
The location of the breeder can greatly influence the cost for Goldendoodle puppies. Breeders in or near big cities have a larger number of people (who tend to earn higher wages) to market their puppies to as compared to those living in more rural areas.
Most of the time, Goldendoodle breeders struggle to keep up with the demand for their puppies, and many breeders have a waiting list for future litters.
Of course, no reputable breeder will jeopardize their dogs’ health by over-breeding just to fill standing orders, but many will increase their prices when the demand is high.
Remember: Since Goldendoodles are in high demand and have limited availability, if you find a breeder with a significantly lower price, ask questions. The goal is happy and healthy puppies. Be careful of breeders who might be cutting corners
A Goldendoodle’s size category also impacts price. Generally, the smaller the dog, the higher the price tag. This is due to the extra time, cost, and effort required to produce the smaller versions.
First-generation Goldendoodles (F1) are usually the least expensive. They are easily produced by breeding a Golden Retriever to a Poodle. A breeder must wait for subsequent generations until the F1 is old enough to be bred to either another F1 or a Poodle.
The process would then be repeated to produce more generations. The time required and the complexity involved justify the higher price of other generations.
Different generations of Goldendoodles have different characteristics such as coat type and shedding tendencies which can also affect price. For example, there is often a high demand for F1B Goldendoodles because they shed very little and are usually well tolerated by those with allergies. Their price is naturally going to be higher.
High-quality breeders will routinely test their dogs for hereditary conditions and shedding genes in order to produce the healthiest and lowest shedding puppies possible. The costs of these tests quickly adds up and is reflected in the puppies’ price.
Although Goldendoodles can’t be registered with organizations such as the American Kennel Club, they should still have a pedigree detailing their ancestral history. Goldendoodles whose pedigree shows purebred ancestors with champion titles and other bragging rights will cost more.
How to Find a Quality Goldendoodle Breeder
It might be tempting to blindly purchase a cute little Goldendoodle from the first nearby breeder that you run across. However, proximity is not nearly as important as quality when it comes to dog breeders.
So, how can you tell a good breeder from a bad one? Well, it really isn’t hard if you know what to look for and are familiar with common red flags.
A quality breeder will:
- Ask you questions to determine if a Goldendoodle is right for you.
- Raise the puppies indoors and allow them to stay with the mother as long as possible.
- Test their dogs regularly for genetic conditions and be willing to discuss the results.
- Allow you to meet the parent dogs and view the puppies’ living area.
- Educate you on puppy care, vaccine and deworming schedules, and Goldendoodle temperament.
- Provide you with a certificate of health for your puppy from a licensed veterinarian.
Red flags include:
- Adult dogs present are in poor condition or are kept in small cages.
- Puppies appear to be uncomfortable or scared in the presence of people.
- Breeder is not willing to let you see where the puppies are kept.
- No health screenings performed.
- Unusually low price.
- Pressure for a quick sale.
- The presence of foul odors.
- No paperwork.
Take your time when looking for a Goldendoodle breeder and search until you find one that exudes confidence and professionalism. To aid in your search, the Goldendoodle Association of North America has put together a list of reputable breeders grouped by state.
Can I Adopt a Goldendoodle?
Unfortunately, Goldendoodles sometimes find themselves in less than ideal conditions, are no longer able to be cared for, or worse, are no longer wanted. These poor dogs often wind up in shelters to await their fate. The lucky ones may be rescued by kindhearted people from rescue organizations.
Goldendoodles are often said to be hypoallergenic, but that doesn’t really mean nobody will be allergic to them. It’s just a greatly reduced amount of dander compared to other breeds. Given that, you may find a Goldendoodle who needed to be re-homed because someone did in fact have an allergic reaction to them.
If you are looking to adopt a Goldendoodle in need of a loving home, you have several options available.
You may have luck at your local animal shelter. It certainly can’t hurt to try. If they do not currently have one available, they may be able to refer you to nearby rescue groups or other shelters. Your veterinarian may also have some helpful information.
Online resources like Petfinder or Adopt-a-Pet.com might have Goldendoodles up for adoption. Poo-Mix Rescue is another site worth looking into as they specialize in helping people find Poodle mixes to adopt.
Goldendoodle groups on Facebook and other social media sites may be the fastest way to locate a Goldendoodle up for adoption.
Members of these groups are usually dedicated Goldendoodle lovers and may go out of their way to locate an available Goldendoodle for you. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right? So, ask!
Are Goldendoodles called anything else?
Goldendoodles are often referred to as Groodles, Golden Poos, Goldie Poos, Doodles and Doods. No matter the name, these super sweet crossbreeds are the perfect combination of Golden Retrievers and Poodles. How much does a Groodle cost? Expect to pay approximately $2,000 – $3,000.
Do Goldendoodles like to cuddle?
Yes! Goldendoodles are exceptionally affectionate and love to cuddle. They are very people-oriented and have become quite popular because of their sweet dispositions and loving personalities. They make known their love and devotion with lots of sloppy kisses, tender snuggles, and precious cuddles.
The Heart of the Matter
Although the initial cost of buying a Goldendoodle puppy may at first seem rather steep, with most prices running between $2,000 – $3,000, the joy of sharing your life with one of these amazing dogs is priceless and worth every penny.