In the Doodle world, most breeders will call any doodle under 22″ at the shoulder a miniature . We do try to narrow the size range to be a bit more accurate.
Toy/Small Miniature 11″-14″@shoulder, under 25lbs Aussiedoodles Only (I do not recommend this size for families with children under 10yrs old, they can get injured too easily.)
Larger Miniature Medium This is the normal sizes for our Aussiedoodle’s >(Moyen/Medium Sizes) 14-19″ at the shoulder … avg 25-45 lbs Aussiedoodles Only (Moyen) Some Goldendoodles have potential to be under 19″ no guarantees
Standard Over 19″ at the shoulder 45 lbs & UP // Goldendoodles & Aussiedoodles
Q: Do Goldendoodles come in different sizes?
A: The short answer is “No.”
While there are breeders who claim that they can guarantee sizes for a Miniature Goldendoodle, the reality is that even if the sire is a toy poodle the “large breed” gene can crop up at anytime. A breeder could have pups from the same litter come out in all different sizes. Also if any breeder tries to claim that they can guarantee the size because of artificial insemination, do not believe him. Could you imagine if your doctor told you that he could guarantee the size your baby would be if you were artificially inseminated? Size is determined by Mother Nature, and you can’t fight her!
Goldendoodles are after all, hybrids between a large breed and various sized Poodles. For another matter, there are numerous dangers to the health of the pups. Aside from possible growth issues, Mini-Goldendoodle’s physiology could be disproportionate, with longer backs and shorter legs, which will cause health issues.
If someone tries to sell you a miniature (or the latest trend “micro”) Goldendoodle, run the other way! Many breeders are infusing the doodle-mix with spaniels and terriers, which have temperaments that are ill-suited to public service or therapy work (or even as family dogs!).
A breeder that tells you, “I have bred down to get my goldendoodles this size”, means they have bred back to the smaller in the litters, breeding doodle to doodle, which can cause even more issues- too numerous to address here.
Bottom Line, in the long run and in my opinion, there is no reason to pollute this wonderful breed, simply for the sake of breeding a smaller dog. Be sure to visit our Goldendoodle Page for more information on this wonderful breed.
Q: What about Aussidoodles, are they more consistent in size?
A: Yes, definitely. Australian Shepherds come in 3 sizes (Toy, Miniature & Standard).
When we were breeding Mini-Australian Shepherds 20 years ago, it is simply a matter of breeding a smaller female with a smaller male. The average size ended up around 20-30 lbs and 13″-15″ at the shoulder. While we breed all sizes of Aussidoodle, our Mini/Medium Aussidoodle puppies mature to 25-45 lbs and 14″-18″ at the shoulder. The perfect size! (See our Aussidoodle page for more information on sizes.) Join Our Aussiedoodle Group on FB too!
Toy/Small Miniature// 11″-16″@shoulder, under 30lbs Aussiedoodles Only (I do not recommend this size for families with children under 10yrs old, they can get injured too easily.)
Medium/Larger Miniature (Moyen/Medium)// 16-20″@shoulder avg 30-45 lbs Aussiedoodles Only (moyen)
Some Goldendoodles have potential to be under 19″ – no guarantees!
Standard// over 20″ at the shoulder 50lbs & UP Goldendoodles & Aussiedoodles come in this size
If you have size restrictions that you need to meet where you live, we recommend an Aussiedoodle. Their shoulder height and weight are much easier to predict.
Q: What is a Moyen size?
A: We use Moyen poodles in our breeding program. The Moyen Poodle falls in between the Minature and the Standard Poodle in size. They are not an official AKC size variation, however they are a CKC size and are popular outside the United States. Normally one parent is a miniature the other a standard.