How Much Do Goldendoodles Cost?
A goldendoodle, as the name implies, is a mix between a golden retriever and a poodle. This combination and name was created in 1992 and have greatly risen in popularity since then. Most goldendoodles have the color of a golden retriever with the coat of a poodle. When purchasing a Goldendoodle, you might see letters and numbers such as F1, F2, F1B and F2B. An F1 stands for “first generation” and means that the puppy is 50% golden retriever and 50% poodle. The F1B refers to as a “backcross goldendoodle” and means that an F1 goldendoodle has been bred with a golden retriever, making the puppy 75% poodle and 25% golden retriever. F2 and F2B mean the same thing, but mean a second generation rather than first. Second generation means that a goldendoodle is bred with another goldendoodle rather than a poodle with a golden retriever. Like any other breed, the cost of a goldendoodle can depend on the age, size, geographical location and other factors.
How much is it?
- On average, a goldendoodle puppy that is under the age of 12 weeks can cost anywhere from $700 to as much as $1,800. The cost will depend on the age, quality, breeder, inclusions with the adoption and geographical location.
- According to PuppyFind.com, they have over 600 classifieds that range anywhere from $700 to as much as $1,800. The average puppy here is around 5 to 8 weeks old.
- BarCKennels.com, located in South Carolina, has goldendoodle puppies available that range from $900 to $1,200 for a F1.
What are the extra costs?
- Of course, with any dog, you have to be prepared for additional maintenance expenses such as health bills, dog food, toys, shelter and accessories.
- If the dog is going to be shipped through a shipping company or through the air, be prepared to spend anywhere from $75 to $400. This will include the shipping and the crate used during the shipping.
- Common health problems that exist with this breed can include hip dysplasia, which can cost as much as $3,000 to treat.
- Female puppies may cost more than males. The reason for this is that females can be used to breed more goldendoodles.
What is going to be included?
- Goldendoodles can vary in size, shape and colors. On average, there are three distinct coat colors that include a straight coat that resembles a golden retriever coat, a wavy coat that mimics a poodle and a curly coat that is also closer to a poodle’s coat than it is the a golden retrievers.
- Coat colors are going to include white, gold, red, cream and a sand brown that resembles a retriever.
- This breed can weigh anywhere from 40 to as much as 75 pounds.
- The standard height can be anywhere from 22 to 28 inches.
- Reputable breeders will include the proper registrations, a health guarantee, vaccinations and any other miscellaneous paperwork.
- To learn more about the Goldendoodle, Goldendoodleworld.com offers a lot of information in regards to sizes, health issues, insurance and more.
- Goldendoodles can have different generations. To get a good idea what the generations stand for, F1BDoodles.com has a good write up.
- The dew claws may be removed depending on the breeder. The puppy may also be neutered.
- Some breeders require that their puppies are microchipped before being adopted. A microchip is a device that is implanted under the dog’s skin and can be used to find a lost dog more easily.
Tips to know:
- Usually bred for families, these breeds can make great therapy and guide dogs. They also are fantastic for those that have mild dog allergies.
- If you want a golden retriever but do not care for the shedding that comes with that breed, a Goldendoodle is known to shed considerably less than the purebred golden retriever. Keep in mind that it will shed a little and the results will vary depending on the parents.
- Goldendoodles are highly intelligent and are very easy to train. They can also be very affectionate with other pets and humans.
- The AKC and other breed associations will not recognize this breed since it is deemed to be a hybrid. Because of this, make sure that you ask the breeder what the parents were like.
How can I save money?
- Health procedures can cost a lot of money if your dog is not insured. For as little as a few dollars a month, pet insurance policies can save you a great deal of money.
- Since this breed really is not that rare, try to find a breeder that is local. That way, you can avoid paying shipment fees. It also gives you the opportunity to visit the dog in person and make sure that it was bred in a good environment.
- Be very wary of cheaper dogs. Goldendoodles that cost less than $400 should be questioned. There could be a good chance that the dog was not bred the way it should be.
- There could be a good chance that older dogs end up at the shelter. If you do not mind adopting an older dog, they can be adopted for less than $150.
- Because goldendoodles are currently in higher demand, you could purchase a female and male and breed them to make second generation goldendoodles. You could potentially even make money by doing this and selling the puppies.