How Much Do Goldendoodles Cost?

Written by: Staff
Last Updated:  August 8, 2018

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 a “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 it means a second generation rather than first.  The second generation means that a Goldendoodle was 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, colors, size, geographical location, breeder and its bloodline.

Goldendoodle by nikoretro, on Flickr
Goldendoodle” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by  nikoretro

How much do Goldendoodles cost?

On average, a Goldendoodle puppy, younger than 12 weeks, can cost anywhere from $700 to as much as $1,800.   However, you may see some premium breeders listing show-quality puppies for $2,000 to $2,500.  This may include a premium English Goldendoodle, Merle Goldendoodle or Mini Goldendoodle.

According to, a popular online dog classified website, had close to 2,000 ads, with prices ranging anywhere from $700 to as much as $1,800.

What is going to be included in the adoption fee?

Reputable breeders will include the proper registrations, a health guarantee, vaccinations and any other miscellaneous paperwork.

The dewclaws may be removed depending on the breeder, and 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.

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.  For a healthy dog, be prepared to spend upwards of $800 per year and much more if your dog were to come down with a serious illness.

If the dog is going to be shipped through a ground transportation company or through the air, be prepared to spend anywhere from $75 to more than $400.  This will include the shipping and the crate used during the shipping.

Tips to know:

Goldendoodles can have different generations.  To get a good idea what the generations stand for, has a good write-up.

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 a golden retriever.

Coat colors are going to include white, black, gold, red, apricot, 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.

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.

To learn more about the Goldendoodle, offers a lot of information in regards to sizes, health issues, insurance and more.

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 and may have a poor lineage.

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; plus, by going this route, you’re going to offer a dog a forever home and you’re helping a great cause.  Consider checking a local shelter or rescue that only focus on Goldendoodles.

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Average Reported Cost: $1000

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How much did you spend?

Was it worth it?  

  1. Sarah (Lancaster,  Pennsylvania) paid $700 and said:

    We got ours from a breeder in Lancaster in 2010.

    Was it worth it? Yes

  2. Amy (Ashburn,  Utah) paid $1100 and said:

    Wonderful puppy. Samson has a curly golden coat. He is 3 ½ months old and learns quickly. We got him at 8 weeks of age and was very close to being completely house broken by the time we took him home. He is very loving and great with our other two dogs (a Maltese and what we call a Lusky; part Labrador/part Husky) as well as our kids. Our breeder is also our veterinarian and lives nearby. When we leave town, he always stays with them as they are his family and have always treated him as such. I would definitely purchase this type of dog again.

    Was it worth it? Yes

  3. Ben (old orchard beach,  Maine) paid $1250 and said:

    Our dog is the sweetest most beautiful little girl in the world and while she likes to dig we wouldn’t trade her for anything.

    Was it worth it? Yes

  4. Kayla (Due West ,  South Carolina) paid $950 and said:

    Cutest, sweetest puppy we’ve ever had!

    Was it worth it? Yes

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