Thinking about adding an adorable Goldendoodle to your family? You probably have many questions about their temperament, care requirements, and training. Keep reading to find the answers to these questions and to discover how to recognize reputable breeders.

Things to know before adopting a Goldendoodle

The Goldendoodle is a very loving, loyal, and active dog. This dog is a mix between a golden retriever and a poodle. Because this breed inherits traits from both parents, they are intelligent and known for their eagerness to please. They require a lot of exercise and attention and love to play. The Goldendoodle is the perfect family dog because they interact well with children. They thrive best in an active family with frequent outdoor exercise. 


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Average size

There are two sizes of Goldendoodles, Miniature and Standard. The average size of the miniature is 15-35 pounds and is 13-20 inches tall. The standard weighs between 45-100 pounds and is 20-24 inches tall.

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The Goldendoodle requires moderate grooming because they have a thick shaggy, low-shedding coat. If their coat is longer, it will require more frequent brushing. Your puppy may take after its frequent shedding golden retriever parent; however, most goldendoodles have a low-shedding coat. 

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The Goldendoodle needs at least 30 minutes of exercise daily. The Goldendoodle is the perfect dog for an active family. They will enjoy walks or hikes. It is best to have access to a fenced yard for your puppy to play. 

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The Goldendoodle is intelligent, obedient, and highly active. While they can take after either parent, these dogs are usually fun-loving and playful. They love people, so they would not make good guard dogs; however, they can be trained as excellent service dogs. 

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Goldendoodles are incredibly intelligent. They can become excellent service dogs if they receive proper training. However, because they are so active, it may be difficult for Goldendoodles to complete the extensive training to become proper service dogs. They can still qualify as an emotional support animal. Read this post to learn the difference between emotional support animals and service dogs. 

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Goldendoodles are prone to several inherited health issues they can receive from their golden retriever and poodle parents: hip dysplasia, skin disease, heart conditions, Addison’s disease, and several eye diseases. After they are grown, it is best to
have them vet-checked annually to maintain optimal health.

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It is best to give your puppy high-quality dog food. It is also not recommended to give your puppy table scraps. Dogs can snack on select human foods such as apples, carrots, cucumbers, and eggs. Contact your vet if you have any questions about how to feed your puppy. To learn more about the best food for your Goldendoodle, check out this article at Goldendoodle Advice.

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The Goldendoodle requires training to prevent unwanted behaviors.  It is critical to socialize puppies from 8-16 weeks to different sights, sounds, people, and animals. They are intelligent, eager to please, and can be trained to do many things if given the proper motivation. Check out this article on Goldendoodle Advice to learn the best ways to train your puppy.

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About Playful Puppies LLC

The Best for Your Pet!

We’re a small family-based business located in New Haven, Indiana. We started raising puppies in 2016 and are passionate about doing what is best for our puppies and their parents. We’re USDA and BOAH licensed as well as a member of ICAW (Indiana Council of Animal Welfare). All of our puppies and parents are vet checked. Our vet and his staff are an essential part of our kennel. They are available to us 24/7 and provide us with the best health care possible.

Playful Puppies' Adoption Package

How We Work

Pet Adoption Process


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Find your pet

Once the deposit is made, your full name, phone number, address, and email are collected to create your receipt and sales contract stating our health guarantee.


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Know your pet

We send weekly updates and pictures of your puppy so that you can watch them grow! We wait to register your puppy until he/she is ready to go home and we know the new name of your pup!


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Take your pet home

Your puppy will be sent home with a vaccination record to show your veterinarian, a small bag of food, and a blanket to help your puppy’s transition. The remaining balance can be paid upon or before pick up. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I register my Goldendoodle with the AKC?

Because Goldendoodles are a mixed breed, they cannot join the American Kennel Club’s purebred registry. However, they can join the American Kennel Club’s Canine Partners Program. 

AKC Canine Partners Program Benefits:

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What should a breeder give you?

According to the American Kennel Club, a reputable breeder should give you a contract to sign. They should also strive to produce healthy puppies. Remember to purchase from reputable breeders when searching for puppies to adopt. Otherwise, you could be funding an organization that mistreats the dogs that are bred. 

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Do you have any other questions?

If you have any other questions about our adoption process or our available puppies, feel free to give us a call! We would be happy to help you find the perfect puppy for you or your family. 

Can’t find your question?

No dog is completely hypoallergenic. However, because Goldendoodles can be low shedders, they are a better choice for those who suffer from allergies.

Yes, the Goldendoodle is a mix between a golden retriever and a poodle.

Most standard Goldendoodles can live around 10-13 years. 

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