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The Medium Goldendoodle: A Complete Guide to These Cute Doods

What is a medium Goldendoodle?

photo red goldendoodle sitting on grass and title meet the medium goldendoodle

Medium Goldendoodle. Mini? Standard? There’s no need to zip around Google searching for answers to figure it all out. If you’re looking for the 4-1-1 on the medium Goldendoodle, you’ve come to the right place.

And, if you’re interested in all things Goldendoodle, Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe and I have that covered too!

As the mom of a medium Goldendoodle named Chloe, I’ve done my fair share of homework on these lovable and comical Doodle dogs.

By the end of this article, you’ll not only have facts about the medium Goldendoodle—size, height, weight—but you’ll also get a Doodle dog mom’s real-life perspective on what it’s like to love on a sweetheart of a Doodle.

What is a Goldendoodle?

First, let’s begin with a quick overview of these smart, loveable, slightly derpy dogs.

The Goldendoodle is cross between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. Some refer to these comical canines as “hybrids” or “mixed breeds” or “mutts.” I like to call them “Muppet dogs” or “laugh factories” or “teddy bear Goldendoodles “.

If you’d like to really get to know the Goldendoodle, please check out my companion articles: What is a Goldendoodle? and What the Fluff? All the Goldendoodle Stuff.

For more on the medium Goldendoodle, read on.

What is a medium Goldendoodle?

There are a variety of sizes of Goldendoodles ranging from petite to standard. The range of sizes is largely attributed to the Poodle “side of the family.”

According to the AKC’s facts about the Poodle, this alert and smart breed ranges in size from a toy (four to six pounds) to a miniature to a standard (up to 70 pounds). The Golden Retriever parent breed doesn’t bring this kind of size variation to the mix.

According to the AKC, the loyal Golden Retriever is about 55-75 pounds and 21″ to 24″ tall.

The Goldendoodle then ranges in size from standard to medium to miniature to petite. Let’s see how these sizes compare.

What size is a medium Goldendoodle?

Since a Goldendoodle is essentially a mixed breed dog, there is no guarantee of a Goldendoodle puppy’s adult size.

With that said, according to the Goldendoodle Association of America, there are four sizes of Goldendoodles—petite, mini Goldendoodle, medium, and standard—with the following approximate sizes and weights:

Petite Goldendoodleunder 14″ 25 lbs or less
Miniature Goldendoodle14 – 17″ shoulder to paw26-35 lbs
Medium Goldendoodle17 – 21″ shoulder to paw36 – 50 lbs
Standard Goldendoodle21″+ shoulder to paw50+ lbs

A medium Goldendoodle is about 17″ to 21″ tall from shoulder to paw and weighs about 36 to 50 pounds. As a comparison, a standard Goldendoodle is over 21″ tall from shoulder to paw and weighs 50 or more pounds.

Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe is considered a medium Goldendoodle. She stands about 21″ high and weighs 43 pounds.

And, at Chloe’s most recent veterinary check-up, our veterinarian was extremely pleased with her weight! Way to go, Chloe!

photo side view of a medium Goldendoodle and line showing 17 to 21" high
A medium Goldendoodle stands 17″ to 21″ tall from paw to shoulder. Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe, pictured here, stands 21″.

Oh, how they grow! Chloe’s growth rate the first year

If you’re thinking about bringing home a new Goldendoodle puppy to your family pack, you may be looking for some information about a medium Goldendoodle puppy’s size.

While every dog is different, here is a snapshot of Chloe’s weight from 8 weeks of age through adulthood:

Oh, how they grow!
Chloe’s First Year Growth Chart
 July 8 weeks8.56 lb
 September 16 weeks25.4 lb
November 6 months34.6 lb
January 8 months 36.6 lb
July 1 year 40.0 lb
Adulthood6 years42.0 lb

Helpful hints from Happy-Go-Doodle®:

Remember, take plenty of puppy pics and keep a record of your puppy’s height and weight. While we kept a record of Chloe’s weight at well-puppy vet visits, I wish I’d taken more pics and recorded her height on a puppy growth chart.

photo medium Goldendoodle puppy at 8 weeks old
Chloe, a medium Goldendoodle, weighed 8.56 pounds at 8 weeks old.

The nitty-gritty on a medium Goldendoodle’s size

Now that you have an idea of a medium Goldendoodle’s height and weight, let’s put it into context. Here’s a list of dog breeds that are comparable in size to the medium Goldendoodle:

  • American Water Spaniel: 18 inches high, 45 pounds
  • Beagle: 15 inches high, 30 pounds
  • Brittany Spaniel: 21 inches high, 30-40 pounds
  • Border Collie: 30-55 pounds
  • Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier: 30-40 pounds

And, if you’re contemplating what it’s like to lift a Goldendoodle into your car or carry your Dood across a hot sidewalk so she doesn’t hurt her paws, here’s a list of things that are comparable in weight to a medium Goldendoodle:

  • a 3-year-old child
  • a cinder block (33 pounds)
  • a mid-size microwave
  • a large bag of dog food (an average large-sized bag of dog food is 33 pounds)

Finally, here some things you may not have thought about when it comes to how a Goldendoodle is the “perfect fit” for many families…

red goldendoodle dog leaning on person's shoulder
What size is a medium Goldendoodle? The perfect size to put her head on your shoulder…or vice versa.
photo medium goldendoodle dog in a santa hat
How big is a medium Goldendoodle? Santa hat size…sorta.
photo medium goldendoodle dog in a hammock
What size is a medium Goldendoodle? Hammock sharing size!
photo medium goldendoodle dog in Hawaiian shirt
What’s great about a 40-pound Dood? She can borrow your Hawaiian shirt…and look stinkin’ cute in it!

Activity, exercise, and energy burns

So now that you have an idea of a medium Goldendoodle’s size, you may be wondering how much exercise a medium Goldendoodle needs. I can tell you that Chloe needs daily exercise or energy burns.

In fact, Goldendoodles of all sizes require exercise for their overall health and happiness, even mini Goldendoodles. Does this mean you have to be an athlete yourself? Of course not.

If Chloe gets in a daily walk, a game or two (or three) of fetch, or some outdoor time to run, she’s content. These family pets enjoy being part of the pack and will love exploring the world with you.

photo adult medium Goldendoodle dog with ball
Chloe, a medium Goldendoodle, loves daily games of fetch as part of her exercise routine.

What colors are medium Goldendoodles?

Like every size of Goldendoodle, medium doodle dogs are seen trotting around sporting a range of coat colors. Colors of Goldendoodles include:

Chloe is a red Goldendoodle and her cousin (pictured below) is a cream Goldendoodle. For more about the red Goldendoodle, please read our companion piece, The Red Goldendoodle: 7 Things You May Not Know About ‘Em.

If you’re wondering how to groom those lovely locks, here are tips for grooming a Goldendoodle’s face (shared by an award-winning dog grooming professional) and my recommendation on the best brush for a Goldendoodle.)

photo medium Goldendoodle dog lying on bed
Medium Goldendoodles like the one pictured here are fluffy Muppet dogs with comical personalities.

That’s it! We hope we’ve made your search for information about the medium Goldendoodle a little more fun and that we’ve shared more content than you expected.

Most of all, we hope that you enjoy a lifetime of happy adventures with a dog by your side.

What questions do you have about Goldendoodles?

Please comment below. We’d love to hear!

Laura weinstein

Thursday 30th of July 2020

Thank you so much for info. We definately want medium goldendoodle Can you suggest a few breeders for us in Colorado or near Colorado since no one specify medium size. I see mini or standard. Much appreciated.


Sunday 9th of August 2020

So happy that you enjoyed our blog post! Researching reputable breeders isn't my specialty. However, the Goldendoodle Association of America (an organization of Goldendoodle enthusiasts that supports responsible breeding and ownership) does have a list of reputable breeders by state: Also, they have a good overview of health testing: I hope this helps you in your search for the Goldendoodle that's a perfect fit for your family. Tail wags!

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