Goldendoodle next to an English Setter.

Goldendoodle English Setter Mix: The Golden Setterdoodle!

It is no secret that the Goldendoodle has become wildly popular in the dog world. This comes with an increased occurrence of Goldendoodle mixes.

One particular mix in question is the Goldendoodle-English Setter mix.

What kind of dog can we expect, given the parent’s traits? Will they be the next big thing in the designer dog world?

Let’s explore the answers in this post!

Breed Summary

The Goldendoodle-English Setter mix, also known as a Golden Setterdoodle, is a Doodle breed that crosses between a purebred Golden Retriever and a purebred English Setter.

They’re medium, usually weighing 45 to 80 pounds, and about 20 to 27 inches tall.

Their coats can be wavy or curly and come in pretty colors like golden with white or black with white.

English Setter-Goldendoodle mix looking at the camera.

Since they’re full of energy, they must play and exercise daily. This keeps them from getting bored and helps them stay fit.

They’re also smart cookies, so teaching them tricks and playing games that make them think are great ideas.

They pick up on training well, which means they can also do well in dog sports.

Golden Setterdoodles are super friendly and loyal and love cuddles. They’re great with kids and other pets. They can also help people feel better as therapy dogs.

They’re happiest when they have company, so they’re perfect for homes where someone is around most of the time.

Histories of the Parent Breeds

The Goldendoodle and the English Setter are two distinct dog breeds with unique histories.

Understanding the history of each breed can help you better understand what to expect from a Goldendoodle-English Setter mix.


The Goldendoodle is a newer type of dog that came about in the 1990s in the U.S.

The idea was to make a guide dog that wouldn’t bother people allergic to dogs.

Breeders mixed the friendly Golden Retriever with the intelligent and curly-haired Poodle to do this.

Since Poodles are known for shedding less and being closer to allergy sufferers, this mix aimed to bring the best of both worlds – the Golden Retriever’s charm and the Poodle’s allergy-friendly coat.

These dogs can come in different sizes, depending on the Poodle parent’s size. They can be standard, medium, or miniature.

This means some Goldendoodles are small enough for lap cuddles, while others might be better suited for a run in the park.

Their coats also vary a lot. They can be straight like a Golden Retriever, wavy, or curly like a Poodle.

And the color? It can be just about any color that Poodles and Golden Retrievers come in, from cream to apricot, golden, red, and sometimes even black.

What’s cool about Goldendoodles is that they have some of the best traits from both parent breeds.

They’re usually super friendly and intelligent and love being part of a family. That makes them good guide dogs and fantastic pets and companions.

Plus, they can be great for active owners because they love to play and need regular exercise to burn off their energy.

It’s important to remember that “hypoallergenic” doesn’t mean 100% allergy-free. All dogs produce some dander and saliva, which can cause allergies.

English Setter

The English Setter has a rich background that goes way back, and they’ve been around for several centuries.

They started in England, where they were bred specifically to help out with hunting birds.

Hunters needed a dog that could handle different types of land, from the wet marshes to the rolling hills, and the English Setter was up to the task.

Their job was to find birds, like quail or pheasant, and then “set” –they would crouch down low near the birds to show the hunter where they were without scaring them away.

This is how they got their name – they were the dogs that “set.”

Over time, they weren’t just known for their hunting skills, good looks, and friendly nature.

They have a unique long, silky coat, and sometimes a bit wavy, which adds to their elegance.

Their coat pattern, called “Belton,” can be a mix of white with different colored speckles like orange, lemon, blue, or even tricolor.

But what makes them unique is their personality. English Setters are known for being gentle, kind, and great with families.

They’re social dogs that bond closely with their people and tend to have a sweet and patient temperament.


The coat of a Goldendoodle-English Setter mix, also known as a Golden Setterdoodle, can be a surprise package because it can look like either a parent or a blend of both.

Let’s break it down:

The Goldendoodle side brings in a coat that is often wavy or curly and feels soft. It can be short or long.

This type of coat is a hit with people who are often sneezy around dogs because it doesn’t shed much and is known for being more allergy-friendly.

Now, the English Setter is famous for its classy, silky coat. It’s usually longer than the Goldendoodle’s and needs a good brush regularly to stay smooth and free from knots.

So, if you get a mix of these two, your pup might have waves or curls, or they could inherit the Setter’s silky style.

Their fur could be anywhere from medium to long, and no matter what it looks like, it will need some care to keep it looking good.

This means brushing a few times a week to avoid tangles and maybe even a trip to a professional groomer occasionally.

And just a heads-up, even though they’re often called low-shedding, it doesn’t mean they’re 100% hypoallergenic.

People with severe dog allergies might still have problems, so it’s a good idea to spend time with the dog first to see how you react.


The Goldendoodle-English Setter mix can come in a beautiful array of colors!

Thanks to their Goldendoodle parent, you might see various shades, from light cream to rich gold, apricot, deep red, or even chocolate.

The English Setter side usually adds a lovely white coat with black or brown spots or patches.

So, imagine a pup with a primarily white coat sprinkled with black or brown – that’s one look this mix can have.

Or they might have a cream and brown coat or gold and white, which can be striking. Some might even be one solid color, like a warm cream or a vibrant red.

Predicting the exact color or mix of colors can be tricky because it all depends on the combination of genes they get from their mom and dad.

But no matter what color they end up being, their coat will be soft and fluffy, making them super huggable.

Just remember, the color of their coat doesn’t change how much love and fun they’ll bring to your home!


The English Setter brings in a silky coat that’s usually flat and sometimes has feathery fur on the ears, chest, belly, and tail.

The Goldendoodle side might give you curls, waves, or straighter fur.

When it comes to colors and patterns, you might see solid black, white, cream, or golden, but there are also parti-colors where white is mixed with another color.

Tri-colors are another possibility, with a mix of black, white, and tan patches that can look really neat.

In one litter of Goldendoodle-English Setter pups, some could have straight coats while others could have curlier ones.

And as they grow up, their coats can change so that the puppy fluff might look different from their adult fur.


The Golden Setterdoodle is medium to large in size. The size of the parents will ultimately determine their adult size.


A Goldendoodle-English Setter mix is a dog that’s not too small but not super big. They usually grow to be about 20 to 27 inches tall when you measure them from their paws to their shoulders.

How tall they get depends on how big their mom and dad are and what generation of mix they are.

If their Goldendoodle parent was mixed with a Standard Poodle, these pups would likely be on the bigger side.

But they might be a bit smaller if their Goldendoodle parent was combined with a Miniature Poodle.

When we talk about ‘generations,’ it’s like talking about a dog’s family tree. First-generation mixes are the direct kids of one Golden Retriever parent and one Poodle parent.

These first-gen mixes are often the tallest.

If the mix is second or third-generation (meaning their grandparents or great-grandparents were the ones who were Golden Retrievers or Poodles), they might be a little shorter.

Even brothers and sisters in the same litter can be at different heights. That’s the thing with mixed breeds – they can be full of surprises in their appearance!


The Goldendoodle-English Setter mix is a dog that’s not too light and not too heavy, with most weighing between 45 and 80 pounds.

How much they’ll actually weigh when they’re fully grown depends on how big their mom and dad are and whether they’re a boy or girl dog.

Looking at their parents, male English Setters are usually between 65 to 80 pounds. The girls are a bit lighter, typically between 45 to 55 pounds.

On the Goldendoodle side of the family, the boys range from 50 to 90 pounds, while the girls can be between 40 to 80 pounds.

So, if you’re welcoming a Goldendoodle-English Setter mix into your home, you can expect them to be somewhere in that range, but know that every dog is unique and might end up a bit lighter or heavier.

It’s all part of the fun mix you get with this breed!

Traits & Characteristics

An infographic showing the different traits of the English Setter-Goldendoodle mix.


The Goldendoodle-English Setter mix is an absolute sweetheart of a dog with a personality packed with friendliness and love.

They’re super smart, so teaching them tricks and good doggy manners is usually a breeze. This makes them a top-notch pick for people who’ve never had a dog.

These dogs are social butterflies and love hanging out with people, so they fit right into family life.

They’re especially good with kids, patient and kind, making them excellent buddies for little ones.

But remember, no matter how friendly a dog is, it’s always a good idea to watch over playtime with younger children.

Looking for a tough guard dog? Well, there might be better candidates than a Goldendoodle-English Setter mix.

They’re more likely to welcome a stranger with a happy tail wag than a fierce bark. But they’re still on the ball and can let you know when someone’s coming up to your door.

If you’re looking for a dog that’s all about love and companionship and a quick learner, the Goldendoodle-English Setter mix could be the perfect addition to your home.

Health Issues

Goldendoodle-English Setter mixes are usually healthy pups, but there are a few health issues to look out for:

  • Ear Infections: They have floppy ears that can trap moisture and dirt, which might lead to infections.
    Prevention tip: Regularly clean and check their ears to keep them free of infections.
  • Hip Dysplasia: This is when the hip joints are not formed properly, which can be painful and cause problems walking.
    Prevention tip: Keep them on a healthy diet, and keep the exercise manageable when growing.

Other health concerns:

  • Allergies: Just like people, dogs can have allergies, too.
  • Eye Problems: They can inherit eye issues affecting their sight.
  • Certain Cancers: Some dog breeds have a higher chance of developing cancer.

To keep your Goldendoodle-English Setter mix in tip-top shape, remember to:

– Schedule regular vet check-ups.
– Keep an eye out for any changes in their behavior or appearance.
– Make sure they eat a balanced diet and get the right amount of exercise.

Keeping up with these health tips can help your furry friend stay healthy and happy!

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Kevin is a proud Bernedoodle owner and Doodle dog fanatic. Read how a chance encounter with two Bernedoodles spurred a lifelong passion here. If you want to get in contact with Kevin, you can send him a message.