Do you prefer an obedient working dog that has minimal coat shedding? Goldendoodles were bred to fit exactly those criteria.
A designer dog created by crossbreeding the loyal, diligent Golden Retriever and the intelligent, hypoallergenic Poodle, Goldendoodles are ideal household companions for big and small families.
Goldendoodles, also called Groodles for short, have been used as therapy dogs, guide dogs, and sniffer dogs, thanks to their Golden Retriever parent.
Because they got the gentleness of the Poodle, Groodles rarely growl or bark to friends and strangers alike, making them terrible watchdogs.
What’s the Price?
Goldendoodles are not that rare. In fact, you just might be able to get one at the local shelter. Adopting can only cost you $50 to $330; about three times lower than if you buy it from a breeder at about $950 to as much as $5,050.
The price varies according to the following factors:
Physical Attributes – Goldendoodles come in different sizes: miniature, small, and large. Mini Groodles can stand up to 20 inches in height and can weigh up to 35 pounds. Small ones are at most 20 inches in height as well but can weigh as much as 50 pounds. Finally, the large standard Groodle can go up to 25 inches in height and 90 pounds in weight.
As for the coat, Goldendoodles can either have wavy hair which can come from the straight coat of the Golden Retriever and the curls of the Poodle, or curly hair through and through. Of course, the more beautiful the coat, the pricier it gets since it could only come from a champion bloodline.
Goldendoodles come in a variety of colors: black, gray, white, cream, apricot, golden, or red. Groodles can either be a solid black, a bicolor, or a tricolor. The more colors they have, the more expensive they are since it is difficult to breed and produce such color.
Breeder’s reputation – Just like any other brand, you are essentially paying for the quality and experience of the breeder you plan to get your puppy from. Sherry Rupke, the pioneer of Bernedoodle breeding, said that her prices reflect her investment, knowledge, skills, credentials, and track record as a reputable breeder.
While getting a puppy from a new breeder is not really a bad idea, buying from a reputable one can guarantee that your Goldendoodle is given the best care and maintenance it can get.
Generation Type – Unlike purebreds, mixed breeds are a bit trickier to understand. The percentage of each purebred parent must be known in order to know which qualities were passed on to the Goldendoodle.
Groodles are divided into three generation types:
- F1 generation Groodles are bred from a purebred Golden Retriever and a purebred Poodle. They have 50% chance of becoming either non-shedding or moderately shedding.
- F1B generation Groodles are bred from an F1 Goldendoodle and a Poodle of any size, making them 75% Poodle and 25% Golden Retriever. Because the former is more dominant, F1B Groodles have a non-shedding coat which is perfect for allergy sufferers.
- F2 generation Groodles can either come from a mix of two F1 Goldendoodles or an F1 and F1B Goldendoodles. These are relatively cheaper than the two previous ones despite the fact that very few breeders make them.
Packaging costs – Goldendoodle price may also depend on what is included in the package. In one kennel, a Goldendoodle price starts at $1,400 and it already includes a registration certificate from Continental Kennel Club, initial veterinary care (vaccination shots and deworming treatment), health warranty, bill of sale, a small package of food the pup used to eat, and a blanket with the mother’s scent in it.
Other One-time Expenses
Buying a Goldendoodle is not the only one-time expense you might encounter as you purchase a dog. Here are more of them.
Goldendoodles prefer to be indoors with their human family rather than being tied up outside or left alone in the yard. To prevent them from destroying your furniture, make sure to give them crate training.
The size of the crate depends on the size of your Groodle. The rule of thumb when choosing a dog crate is that it must not be too small that it could not stand or move around inside, nor too big that it can excrete food wastes on the other side and it can get away with it by staying on the other far side.
For mini Groodles, crate prices start at $25. They can go higher depending on the materials used. For small and large Goldendoodles, a crate with a reasonable size can go as low as $60. Prices can go higher as the size of the crate increases.
- Transportation Costs
Some kennels already offer transportation service to bring your Goldendoodle to your home. Prices can go from $200 to $595 depending on the dog size. The package includes a veterinary flight health certificate and a crate. These prices are applicable within the continental US only.
If you do prefer having a separate transport system for your pet, or you are from overseas, pet travel services charge from $350 to about $3,500 depending on the destination. It commonly does not include travel perks yet.
Mixed breeds are a bit more complicated to certify since famous clubs like American Kennel Club and United Kennel Club do not accept designer dogs.
Thankfully, there are other clubs that do so, like the International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR), Designer Breed Registry, and The Goldendoodle Registry. The registration fee usually costs $25 to $30.
The Costs Pile Up
Of course, once you purchase or adopt a Groodle, you have a responsibility to give it a good quality of life. It starts by providing the basic needs in order to survive and thrive.
Food costs may vary depending on the activity level, age, brand, the feeding schedule, and amount of food you feed your Groodle per day. The more active your Goldendoodle is, the more food it needs for nourishment.
Goldendoodles are not picky eaters. They eat whatever you give them. However, remember to give them small meals instead of two large ones. Their parent, Golden Retrievers, are prone to gastric torsion or bloat, a condition wherein the pooch cannot burp the excess air inside the stomach.
These can cause problems in breathing and heart pumping and if left alone, can cause death. This medical condition can be passed on to Goldendoodles.
A bag of dry dog food from a reputable brand can cost you at least $30 for 12 to 15-lb. bag. This could only last for half a month.
Goldendoodles are so easy to train that even the timidest owners can teach them manners and walk them around the block with little difficulty. Bringing them outside and letting them socialize can further help them get used to people.
In this case, you must be able to give your Goldendoodle a proper and secure harness. The purpose of a dog harness is to remove the pressure from its neck and into its chest and shoulders as you pull the leash.
When looking for a harness, always ensure that it is the right fit. If you can, find one that is adjustable so that it can freely conform to the proportions of your dog. Prices for a good quality dog harness start at about $35.
Of course, your entertainment arsenal would not be complete if there are no dog toys. Toys are there to cure the boredom out while your Goldendoodle is inside your home and to stimulate its mind.
And the good news is that you do not need to shell out a lot of money to satisfy your Groodle’s entertainment needs. You can already buy a decent toy for $1 to $45 a piece.
- Grooming Supplies
Because Goldendoodles have a bit of Poodle blood in them, chances are they are non-shedding to minimal at most. However, because most of them grow up with wavy and curly coats, they are prone to matting and drying of hair.
To remedy this problem, you must brush their coat at least once a week using a dog hair brush. It only costs around $8 to $10 and it can last a long time if you keep it clean before and after using.
Goldendoodles must also be given special attention when it comes to ear health. Their ears are flappy, therefore trapping moisture and bacteria inside. If left unclean, it can cause ear infections and skyrocketing medical fees.
To avoid this, check your Groodle’s ears every week for funny odors and redness. Clean the outer ear with a hypoallergenic ear cleaner with a cotton ball and make sure that it does not drip inside the ear.
A good dog ear cleaner can set you back about $11, but it is a better investment than paying for medical bills.
- Veterinary Care
To prevent diseases from having a foothold on your Goldendoodle, you must subject him or her to regular visits with the veterinarian. That way, the good doctor can stop the ailment from coming and surprising you.
A routine checkup can cost more or less $60 per session. This amount may depend on the types of test given, the reputation of the clinic, and the expertise of your vet.
Following up on vaccination shots is also essential to keep your Groodle away from diseases that can be prevented in the first place. If you bought your pooch from a reputable breeder, you must have an initial health certificate stating the shots that your dog has received under his or her care.
It is essential that your vet knows and receives a copy of this certificate as well so that it can be part of your Groodle’s medical history. It also gives the vet an idea of the name of each vaccination shots, when it was given, and when should the next shot be.
Once the date of the next shot approaches, you must prepare to pay about $19 to $35 for each one.
Additional Tips Before Buying a Goldendoodle
If you do prefer having a Goldendoodle puppy that is in the best of health, make sure to remember the following:
- Every member of the family should all agree to have a pet at home. Goldendoodles, just like any other dog, can sense stress and fear from human beings. Everyone must be prepared to welcome the new member of the family.
- Research the expenses you might incur before and after buying one. Buying a Goldendoodle puppy means that you have the responsibility of giving it a good quality of life.
- Find reputable breeders. Most of them are searchable via Google now. What’s more, almost everyone posts their Goldendoodle prices so you can have an idea on how much you need to prepare.
- Ask for health clearances from the breeder. This gives you an assurance that the puppy you will get is free from genetic diseases passed on by the parents.
- If you can, visit the kennel or shelter where the puppies reside. If the breeder is legitimate, he or she will ensure that the litters will have the best care possible.
- Be specific in what you want for your Goldendoodle. Do you want a certain color? Do you prefer a mini Groodle? Do you want an F1? The more refined your choice is, the easier for the breeder to pick the suitable puppy for you.
- Collaborate with the breeder in choosing the right puppy for you. Do NOT choose based on your instinct or gut feeling. Ask help from the breeder. He or she is the one who knows the puppies on the house.
- Before bringing your new pup home, make sure that everything is ready. The food bowls, dog bed, and other stuff are placed where you want your pooch to find them.
- If you have other pets at home, it is best to hide them first instead of introducing them immediately. Give the newcomer enough time to acclimatize to the new environment.