Mini English Goldendoodle puppy in the middle of a blue decorative blackground

Mini English Goldendoodles 101: Complete Breed Guide

The Mini English Goldendoodle is a mix between an English Golden Retriever and a Mini Poodle. They are similar to the standard Goldendoodle but have a few notable differences.

In this guide, you’ll find information on the history of English Golden Retrievers, Poodles, the difference between English Goldendoodles and American Goldendoodles, and so much more!

What is a Mini English Goldendoodle?

F1b Mini English Goldendoodle puppy with a green hoodie
An adorable Mini English Goldendoodle puppy rocking a green sweatshirt (image: @fluffboy_benji).

The English Goldendoodle is a designer dog, better known as a Doodle dog. One parent is an English Golden Retriever while the other is a Poodle.

For the Mini English Goldendoodle, the Poodle parent is often the smaller-sized Miniature Poodle.

This is a super cute and informative video about Mini English Goldendoodles.

Addie the English Goldendoodle Puppy

How are they different than other Mini Goldendoodles?

Mini English Goldendoodles are bred using an English Golden Retriever instead of an American Golden Retriever. English Golden Retrievers are generally lighter in color and have more of a slightly relaxed temperament compared to their American counterparts.

Due to their light color, they are sometimes referred to as English Cream Golden Retrievers. As a result, English Goldendoodles can also be referred to as English Cream Goldendoodles (or English Crème Goldendoodles).

Teddy bear Mini English Goldendoodle from California posing for a picture
Beau (aka master of cuteness), a Mini English Goldendoodle from California (image: @lil_beau_bear).

Besides a lighter-colored coat, English Golden Retrievers do not share much of a difference in temperament, size, or disposition with the standard Golden Retriever.

Some kennel clubs and breed-specific organizations assert that there is no such thing as an ‘English’ Golden Retriever. I will address this more in-depth in a later section.

American Goldendoodle

The American Goldendoodle, or standard Goldendoodle, is a Doodle breed that is bred between an American Golden Retriever and a Poodle. Their coats are generally a little darker than English Goldendoodles.

Mini American Goldendoodle laying in a dog bed
Mini American Goldendoodle

Even though their coat colors may be slightly different, both Goldendoodle types inherit the redeeming attributes of both parent breeds. These include but are not limited to, loyalty, loving affection, and intelligence.

American Goldendoodles can also be bred in various sizes. The Miniature Goldendoodle is often bred with a Mini Poodle and the American Golden Retriever.

Standard sizes are bred using a Standard Poodle and American Golden Retriever.

All About the Parent Breeds

You can’t breed a Mini English Goldendoodle without an English Golden Retriever and a Poodle. This section is devoted to learning about both parent breeds so you can get a better idea of the Mini English Goldendoodle’s ancestry.

English Golden Retriever

English Golden Retrievers sitting side by side

History

Since the English Golden Retriever is not a separate breed, it shares the same history as the standard Golden Retriever.

Lord Tweedmouth is credited as the founder of the Golden Retriever breed. In the mid-1800s, he bred a Yellow Retriever with a Tweed Water Spaniel. At the time, hunting was becoming a very popular sport in both Scotland and England.

This particular mix was bred with the intent to aid hunters in the retrieval of waterfowl and upland hunting. Upland hunting refers to the hunting of upland game, which are non-waterfowl birds such as pheasants, quail, grouse, etc [1]www.orvis.com/what-is-upland-hunting.html.

Although Goldens have become a popular household pet, many still are trained and used for hunting today.

Appearance

The English Golden Retriever looks nearly identical to the American Golden Retriever. However, there are some minor differences.

The English variant tends to have a broader head and deeper chest. The American Golden Retriever has a longer, leaner build.

Size

Overall, the breed is medium-sized with a lean, athletic build. Its proportional and balanced body lends itself to an excellent profile as a gun dog.

Goldens stand between 21-24 inches high. They generally weigh between 55-75 pounds [2]www.akc.org/dog-breeds/golden-retriever/.

Coat Color

English Golden Retrievers are usually cream-colored. Their coat has a lighter hue when compared to the standard Golden.

Golden Retrievers can be red, golden, yellow, and white. Their coat colors span a spectrum of gold, which is why some are darker and others are lighter.

The English Golden Retriever is Not a Separate Breed

The Golden Retriever Club of America (GRCA) made a statement that the English Cream Golden Retriever is not a separate breed. The club goes on to state that the lighter (“cream-colored”) coat has been a recognized color of Golden Retrievers ever since the breed was established.

They caution that breeders are using their lighter color as a means to showcase them as “rare” and charge more. Beware for this can be a common tactic that reeks of puppy mill to me.

Modern Popularity

Golden Retrievers are normally in the top 5 most popular dogs. They often hover around position #3 [3]www.akc.org/expert-advice/dog-breeds/the-most-popular-dog-breeds-of-2020/.

Poodle

Black mini Poodle laying on the ground with a white background
Miniature Poodle

History

Poodles originated in Germany in the 1600s. They were bred to be water-fowl hunters and retrievers. This enabled them to evolve as strong, athletic, and intelligent dogs.

Many people associate Poodles with France. However, these wonderful dogs originated in Germany. The name “Poodle” comes from “pudel,” a German word that means “to splash in” in English.

Poodles slowly migrated from the hunting grounds to people’s homes. Many Europeans, especially the French, took a liking to Poodles and the breed began to spread across the continent.

Because of their intelligence and athleticism, they became popular circus performers in Europe. This led to selective breeding techniques to create a smaller-sized Poodle, which is referred to as the Miniature Poodle.

Mini Poodles were as intelligent as Standard Poodles but lighter, smaller, and easier to travel with. Mini is now the most popular Poodle size [4]vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/dog-breeds/miniature-poodle.

In America, Mini Poodles were bred down to an even smaller size to create the Toy Poodle. The Toy Poodle was the perfect match for city-dwellers who had limited space but still wanted a family dog.

Appearance

Poodles have a lean, athletic build. Their average adult size is dependent on whether they are a Toy, Mini, or Standard. They have long, curly fur that comes in a variety of different colors.

Size

The largest Poodle, known as the Standard Poodle, is between 18 to 24 inches tall and weighs 71 pounds. The Miniature Poodle grows up to 14 inches tall and weighs between 26 and 31 pounds.

The Toy Poodle is the smallest in the group and only grows up to 10 inches and weighs between 4 and 6 pounds [5]www.akc.org/dog-breeds/poodle-toy/.

Coat Colors

There are many colors to choose from when it comes to Poodles. They can come in different variations of apricot, black, brown, cream, silver, grey, red, blue, and a few other colors.

Their coat can be one solid color or a mix of different colors.

Low Dander

Poodles are known to have a low-allergen coat which makes for a great pet for those who suffer from dog allergens.

Since they are low dander, they are classified as hypoallergenic. This means they have little to no shedding due to their type of hair, which is perfect for those with dog allergies.

Mini English Goldendoodle Appearance

Depending on the generation of your Mini English Goldendoodle, it can have a good mix of both parents, look more like the Poodle, or look more like the Golden Retriever parent.

A first-generation (F1) Mini English Goldendoodle means that both parents were purebred dogs. A purebred Poodle and a purebred Golden were used.

If you have a second-generation mini English Goldendoodle, it is more likely to take on the wavy curls that we are all familiar with when we think of the beloved breed.

Miniature English Goldendoodle puppy laying in the grass
Miniature English Goldendoodle puppy laying in the grass (image: @taylorthedoodle).

Coat Type

As stated previously, their coat type depends on their generation and their genetics. Some Miniature English Goldendoodles have straight hair, while others have wavy, spring-like coils.

The curlier the hair, the lower shedding the dog will have.

Their wavy-curly coat is generally 2 to 3 inches in length. Even though this breed is considered to be a low shedding breed, it is recommended they are groomed every so often to ensure their coat stays healthy.

Hypoallergenic

Mini English Goldendoodles are considered to be a hypoallergenic dog breed. Since they are light to non-shedding they make great pets for those that have allergies to dogs.

This is great news for all the allergy sufferers out there!

Colors

Mini English Goldendoodles can come in a variety of colors. The more common colors are cream, light golden, golden, and dark golden. But they can also come in brown, black, silver, white, and a few other colors.

Cream colored Mini English Goldendoodle standing in front of flowers
Louie, a stunningly cute F2b Mini English Goldendoodle, posing in front of some flowers (image: @ashlyncarter).

Their coat can be one solid color or it can be a mix, such as a parti-color. Additionally, they can have unique coats such as red merle, blue merle, chocolate merle, or phantom. Merle Mini English Goldendoodles are relatively rare.

Size

A survey from breeders across the United States showed that adult Mini English Goldendoodles range in weight between 15-45 pounds with an average weight of 28 pounds.

Infographic showing statistics for the weight of Mini English Goldendoodles

Temperament & Traits

The English Goldendoodle is generally more laid back than the American Goldendoodle [6]eurogoldendoodle.com/english-teddybear-goldendoodle. Although, they still enjoy a good romp around the yard and still have a decent amount of energy.

Between the qualities of both parents, they not only are more laid back, but they are also a very loveable, intelligent, easy-to-train breed.

They get along well with young children and don’t mind being held or snuggled for long periods. However, their overall temperament depends on their training and socialization.

Below is a comprehensive visual of all of the Mini English Goldendoodle’s traits and characteristics.

Visual summary of the traits and temperament of Mini English Goldendoodles

Health Issues

Mini English Goldendoodles are generally healthier than the American Goldendoodles due to their ancestry, however, they can still be affected by certain genetic diseases and ailments. One of the most common health issues found in both types of Goldendoodles is hip dysplasia.

According to Euro Goldendoodles, they are also susceptible to PRA (progressive retinal atrophy), ear infections, elbow dysplasia, Von Willebrand’s disease, Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus, hypothyroidism, and allergies.

Most breeders will provide a two-year health guarantee if a puppy you purchase from them ends up having one of these life-altering diseases.

Life Expectancy

Mini English Goldendoodles live on average between 12 to 18 years.

Mini English Goldendoodle Puppies

Mini English Goldendoodle puppy with a grey bowtie
A precious Mini English Goldendoodle puppy wearing a cute bowtie (image: @fluffboy_benji).

You can find breeders selling English Goldendoodles across the United States. However, be aware that there are several out there that will use specific terms to try and scam more money out of you.

Some of these terms are “white”, “platinum”, or “rare”. There are many light-colored English Goldendoodle puppies, but there aren’t any that are “white or platinum” [7](https://pethelpful.com/dogs/the-truth-about-English-Cream-Golden-Retrievers).

Other breeders claim that the English Cream Golden Retriever is a completely separate breed from the American Golden Retriever. Breeders use this tactic to make it appear that their puppies are unique and more valuable.

Just make sure to do your research when finding a reputable breeder.

Price

Mini English Goldendoodle puppies range in price based on size, breeder, and generation.

Through some research and looking at various breeder websites, I found that they are sold anywhere between $3000 and $4000.

Finding a Reputable Breeder

Finding the perfect breeder for you may be difficult. One of the easiest ways to sort through all the breeders in your area is to do a quick Google search of the top breeders in your area. Then sort them by their website and reviews.

A good breeder will have all of the information about their dogs readily available nor will they delete any unsightly reviews they may have received in the past, no matter how painful it may be to keep them on their website, social media pages, or Google account.

If you do have any questions about a breeder you are interested in, reach out as they should be more than willing to help. If they don’t, then I would take that as a red flag.

Many breeders will also share the different types of genetic testing they do to ensure they are providing the healthiest puppies for those that are interested in purchasing a Mini English Goldendoodle.

If you are unable to find any information on the genetic testing or guarantees they offer, reach out to them and see what they do to ensure the health of their pups.

Conclusion

The Mini English Goldendoodle is cute, friendly, playful, and affectionate. I firmly believe they will continue to grow in popularity. This is the trend that all Doodle breeds seem to be going in.

Now that you know everything there is about Mini English Goldendoodles, you can compare them with standard Goldendoodles.

FAQ

How big do Mini English Goldendoodles get?

Adult Mini English Goldendoodles can weigh up to 45 lbs and grow to a height of 20 inches

Are Mini English Goldendoodles good therapy dogs?

Yes, many English Goldendoodles and American Goldendoodles are often trained to be therapy dogs due to their mild and easy-going temperament. Several breeders will share that many of their puppies have gone on to be therapy dogs on their website.

Are Mini English Goldendoodles good service dogs?

Yes, similarly to the reasoning behind being trained as a therapy dog, many English and American Goldendoodles are used as service dogs. Several breeders will share that many of their puppies have gone on to be guide dogs on their website.

Are Mini English Goldendoodles hyper?

Due to the nature of both parent breeds, Mini English Goldendoodles are fairly energetic. However, they are not overly hyper and will be glad to spend time relaxing so long as they receive daily exercise.

Do Mini English Goldendoodles make good family pets?

Yes! They are excellent family dogs. They have a sweet temperament and are not aggressive. Their smaller size also makes them an ideal fit for any house, especially those with small children.

Do Mini English Goldendoodles like to swim?

Oh yeah! It is in their genes to be good swimmers. Both parent breeds of the Mini English Goldendoodle love the water.

Further Reading


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.