Owning a Goldendoodle is a big decision whether you’ve been a pet parent or this is your first time. These designer dogs require a lot of maintenance upfront and throughout their entire lives.
In this post, we’ll go through the costs associated with owning a Goldendoodle from the average Goldendoodle prices to average yearly expenses.
Let’s dive in.
How Much Does a Goldendoodle Cost?
Goldendoodles are bred with 4 general sizes in mind; toy, mini, medium, and standard. While it’s impossible to calculate how big or small your Goldendoodle will be, these sizes provide a general guide and act as a standard measurement.
That being said, each of these sizes is priced differently. Smaller Goldendoodles tend to attract a higher price than larger Goldendoodles. This is usually due to factors such as the doodle quality, the breeder’s reputation, demand among others. We’ll talk about this in a minute.
The average price of a standard Goldendoodle will range from $1,800 to $2,100. Mini and Toy sized doodles will range from $3000 to $6000. The prices may go higher if you’re looking for a unique Goldendoodle such as a multicolored one or one that has a unique color.
If you’re keen on adopting from the shelter, this will cost you $200 to $600 depending on how old the Goldendoodle is. Puppies tend to be priced higher while senior dogs are priced lower.
What determines the price of a Goldendoodle?
Now that we’ve gone over the average cost of Goldendoodle, let’s take a look at the factors at play.
Goldendoodles come in all generations, colors, and sizes. We’ve already talked about sizes before so we won’t dwell on it here.
If you’ve been browsing for a Goldendoodle, you have probably come across the terms “multigen” “F1B” “F2” and so forth. These terms refer to the generation or ancestry the specific Goldendoodle is. They help you and me to get a good idea of the Goldendoodle’s personality, physical characteristics, and potential health issues it may have.
The letter “F” stands for “Filial Hybrid” which means the dog is a hybrid of two purebred dogs. In this case, that’s the Poodle and the Golden Retriever.
The numbers such as “1”, “2”, and “3” say which generation the Goldendoodle is. That is, how many generations away is it from the initial breeding of the two purebreds.
The letters at the end such as “b” refer to backcross. Backcross, simply put, is breeding the present doodle generation to a purebred parent such as Poodle. If you see two b’s, it means the doodle’s generation was backcrossed twice with a purebred parent. In most cases, this will be a poodle.
“Multigens”, on the other hand, will refer to Goldendoodle generations past F2. Your breeder should be able to tell you which exact number it is.
At this point, you’re probably wondering what’s the deal if it’s an F1b, F2, or a Multigen. The answer is simple – the appearance differs (straight, wavy, or curly coat). It is also said that Multigens are more predictable in size and do better healthwise. We don’t know this for sure even though some Multigen owners swear by this. It may be this premise that some breeders can use as an angle to price.
Let’s talk about colors. Goldendoodles come in a rainbow of colors from brown, apricot, red, black, cream, parti, sable, black and white, merle, phantom to tan. Every once in a while, rare colors such as multicolored, silver, gray, and blue will show up. These colors tend to be priced higher as demand for them is very high.
There are two classes of breeders; professional and backyard breeders.
Professional Goldendoodle breeders are experienced and have built a good reputation in the industry over the years. They have extensive knowledge of the Goldendoodle breed, genetics, and bloodline.
Due to their reputation, expertise, experience, and work – they charge higher. You can expect to pay an average of $2000 to $6000 for a Goldendoodle from this breeder. You can also expect to have good health guarantees (2+ years) and lifetime support. An example of a reputable breeder is Central Illinois Doodles who charges $4,995 for each mini Goldendoodle.
Backyard breeders tend to have limited experience and breed Goldendoodles as a part-time gig to earn more money.
They don’t usually allow visitors in their breeding area/facility and tend to cite weak reasons. This type of breeder doesn’t have health guarantees in place and may not be part of breeder clubs such as GANA.
You may also notice some are not keen to know you or if you’re adequately prepared to take care of one. This class of breeder charges between $1000 to $2000.
If you live in an expensive state, you can expect to pay more for your doodle and vice-versa. This is because the cost of breeding is higher.
Initial cost of owning a Goldendoodle
Aside from the initial $2000 to $6000, you can expect to pay for a couple of items. Most of these items are recurring expenses.
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Potential expenses for a Goldendoodle
Aside from the above expenses, you should also plan for these expenses.
- Dog Walking – Your Goldendoodle will need daily exercise to keep them in tip-top shape. If you’re a busy person, you will need to hire a dog walker which will cost you $25 to $35 per walk.
- Insurance – If you want to plan for a rainy day, pet insurance will cost you a monthly fee of $25 and above depending on which coverage you’re going for.
- Pet sitting or shipping – If you travel a lot, you can either hire a pet sitter or go with your dog. A pet sitter will cost $75 to $85 for an overnight stay. If you decide to go with your dog, check airline prices and calculate the number of trips per year.
As you can see, the total expenditure for a Goldendoodle grows over time depending on various factors such as healthcare. Before purchasing a Goldendoodle, we advise you to calculate the costs and at least have 2 years’ expenses covered beforehand.