About Goldendoodles

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Goldendoodle Sizes

What do the sizes (Petite, Miniature, Medium, Standard) mean ?
Our estimates on the adult size of a litter of puppies is just that, an estimate.  We do have years of experience, and many times previous litters from the same parents, to go on.  However, the range can be quite large.  Consider the two male puppies from the same (medium) litter who grew up to be 35 pounds and 65 pounds.  That is not common, but it can happen.  Below are the general size ranges for Goldendoodles.  Dog height is measured at the withers (on the dog’s back, above the shoulders)


Standard: taller than 21,”  usually over 50 pounds.  

Medium: between 17” and 21," between 35 and 50 pounds. 

Miniature (aka "mini"): between 14” and 17,"  between 25 and 35 pounds.
Petite:  shorter than 14,”  usually under 25 pounds.

Goldendoodle Generations

What are the different types (generations) of Goldendoodles ?
According to the Goldendoodle Association of North America, a dog containing only Golden Retriever and Poodle, in any combination, is a Goldendoodle.  Below are the generally agreed upon terms for the various mixes.    

F1 Goldendoodle= Golden Retriever x Poodle
F1B Goldendoodle= F1 Goldendoodle x Poodle

F2 Goldendoodle= F1 Goldendoodle x F1 Goldendoodle

Multigen Goldendoodle= Two Goldendoodle parents

  • One parent has to be an F1B or multigenerational 
  • A Poodle bred to a multigenerational Goldendoodle also constitutes a multigen.

The generation can have an effect on shedding, size, coat type and temperament.  Please see the GANA website for more information.

Training your Goldendoodle

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Anyone on the following list will have excellent tips, advice, lessons and general information about raising and training your puppy.  They are our current favorites and we recommend anything they have written.


          Dr. Sophia Yin                               Patricia McConnel

          Pat Miller                                      Susan Garrett
         Karen Pryor                                  Jan Fennell

          Dr. Karen Overall                          Leslie McDevitt

          Jennifer Arnold                            Don Hanson

         Blog: Your Dog Advisor


At Acadia Goldendoodles, we spend so much time walking, caring for, and working with, our dogs that we using audio books to stay up-to-date on dog-related issues and pleasure reading.  We also use Kindles to save space when reading several books at once.  Please enjoy the authors above, no matter how you do your reading.  


Resources for those IMPORTANT first 16 weeks:

Avidog's FREE socialization e-book

All the other Good Stuff from Avidog

Dr. Yin's FREE Socialization Checklist

Avidog's Puppy Potty Training Solution

Puppy-Raising Books

Dog-Training Books

Other Great Resources

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