How much is a Goldendoodle?
That’s the question you’ll need the answer to if you’re thinking of taking on one of these gorgeous dogs.
Of course, it’s not just the Goldendoodle price to consider. What about the cost of insurance, food, vet’s bills, and grooming fees, plus all the day-to-day comforts that your pet needs to keep him happy and healthy?
Read this guide to discover the true cost of buying and maintaining a Goldendoodle.
What Is The Price Of A Goldendoodle?
That’s the question most would-be Goldendoodle owners ask, but there’s no simple answer!
However, the price of these dogs is high simply because they are sought after, and the demand for Goldendoodles is high.
Essentially, you can expect to pay anywhere from $500 to $4,000 for a Goldendoodle puppy from a reputable breeder. Regular, standard-sized Doodle puppies are in the price range of around $2,000. However, if you want a multicolored or toy-sized dog, you could pay between $3,000 and $5,000.
What Determines The Price Of A Goldendoodle?
There are several factors that determine what price you pay for a Goldendoodle.
Perhaps the main influencing factor on the price of designer breed puppies is the reputation of the dog’s breeder.
All the breeders listed and approved by the Goldendoodle Association of North America (GANA) are duty-bound to carry out various health testing requirements on their breeding stock. That’s to make sure that the dogs are healthy and free from common, hereditary conditions that could be passed onto their puppies.
Health testing includes:
Although nothing is 100% guaranteed, you have a much better chance of buying a healthy puppy if you buy one from a reputable, registered dealer.
The veterinary fees for treating any of the conditions mentioned above are extremely expensive, and a puppy with congenital health defects won’t live as long as a healthy animal. So, it makes sense to buy your Goldendoodle from a GANA-registered breeder, even if the price seems very high.
Where you live can have quite a bit of influence on the cost of a Goldendoodle puppy. Prices are generally influenced by the cost of living associated with the location.
For example, puppies bred in the midwest of the country are generally significantly less pricey than those raised in California.
However, although you might be able to find a cheaper puppy from a midwest breeder, that saving will largely be offset by the costs you’ll incur to transport the puppy from the breeder’s location to yours. Also, I recommend that you always visit the breeder’s kennels to inspect the puppy’s parents and pick out the puppy you want, which might not be possible if you live a distance away.
Goldendoodle Coat Color And Type
Goldendoodles come in many different coat colors and types, and the price of the puppy depends on how unusual or “rare” his coat coloring is.
For example, a solid-color golden puppy will be considerably cheaper than a Tuxedo pup. If you have your heart set on a particular multicolored mini Goldendoodle, you might end up paying an extra $1,000 or more, depending on where you buy your puppy.
When it comes to coat types, Goldendoodles have three main coat types:
The demand for straight-coated dogs is lower than that for curly coats. That’s partly because people want a dog that has the characteristic teddy bear look of all Poodle hybrids. Also, wavy and curly coats shed less, so are reputed to be hypoallergenic.
Goldendoodle coat types are heavily influenced by the amount of Poodle genetics that the puppy has. Generally, the more Poodle influence the puppy takes, the curlier the pup’s coat will be. The curlier the coat, the less it will shed, which is great news for those with pet allergies and for you if you don’t enjoy vacuuming!
Therefore, F1B, F1BB, F2B, or F2BB Goldendoodle puppies are much more expensive than F1 animals.
Usually, smaller Goldendoodle puppies tend to be quite a bit more expensive than larger ones. That’s because tiny pups are much more difficult to breed than larger dogs. Also, pint-sized pups are extremely popular with buyers.
There are a few reasons for that, including:
- Petite dogs can live in a smaller house or apartment
- Small dogs are cheaper to feed
- Little pups have lower exercise requirements
- Toy dogs are easier to transport
- Teacup and Toy Goldendoodles have super-cute looks
However, while mini Goldendoodles are just as healthy as their larger counterparts, toy and teacup dogs can come with serious health problems, depending on how they are produced, so bear that in mind before you buy one.
Supply And Demand
Goldendoodles of all sizes are in high demand right now, and the basic law of supply and demand applies.
Out of respect for their breeding dogs’ welfare, reputable breeders will only produce a limited number of top-quality puppies every year.
As so many people want those puppies, the breeders increase the price to capitalize on the current market demand. So, although the Goldendoodle is essentially just a crossbreed dog that should really be of modest value, the demand for puppies is driving up the price.
Buying A Goldendoodle – Top Tips
Do Your Research
Research the breeder you’re considering buying from before you arrange to visit them.
A quick Google search is usually all it takes to bring up the reviews that the breeder would rather you didn’t see, but that could save you a lot of heartaches and expense in the long run.
Always View Before Buying
Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for people to simply buy a puppy online without seeing it “in the flesh.” Don’t fall for video viewings. Puppy farms often use that tactic to dupe buyers, but the puppy in the video is often not the one you actually get.
Instead, visit the breeder’s kennels and ask to see the puppy’s mother and its littermates. Genuine, reputable breeders typically advertise their puppies a few weeks before the pups are ready to be sold, so you should have a week or two to visit and choose your puppy before you collect him.
If the breeder is unwilling to let you visit and view the puppies, walk away.
Ask Lots Of Questions
Take a checklist of questions with you when you go to view the puppies so that you don’t forget to ask something important when you’re distracted by those cute little bundles of fluff, all vying for your attention!
Questions to ask include:
- When was the pup weaned?
- When did the puppy have its first vaccination? (You should be given a certificate)
- Is the puppy microchipped? (It should be)
- Does the breeder have any health screening paperwork for the puppy’s parents?
A good breeder will ask you if you have experience in keeping dogs. Some breeders insist on a home visit before they will part with a puppy.
Don’t be tempted to buy a cheap Goldendoodle puppy that you see advertised online or in the classified section of your local free paper. The chances are that the ad is for a puppy mill.
Puppy mills or puppy farms, as they’re sometimes called, are commercial operations whose sole purpose is to churn out as many puppies as possible as quickly as possible, often to take advantage of increased demand for a particular breed.
Dogs used for breeding in puppy mills are usually kept in poor conditions with little regard for their welfare. The dogs are typically not health screened for genetic defects, and the puppies are often not vaccinated. Many times, an unwary buyer gets their new pet home, only to find that they have bought a very sick puppy, often with tragic consequences.
How Much Does It Cost To Adopt A Goldendoodle?
Despite their popularity, many adult Goldendoodles end up in rescue centers or shelters.
Adopting a dog from a shelter is much cheaper than buying a puppy. You will typically pay from $300 to $500 as an adoption fee as opposed to a few thousand dollars. However, you may also need to pay for additional vaccinations, neutering, or medication for the dog, which will increase the cost.
Always try to find out why the dog was placed in the shelter. Although most Doodles have a good temperament, there are exceptions, and you don’t want to bring home a whole lot of trouble.
Finally, you most likely won’t find a puppy for adoption, as most rescue Goldendoodles are adults.
Other Costs Of Owning A Goldendoodle
When you buy a Goldendoodle puppy from a breeder, the pup should have had his first vaccinations and deworming treatment. You may also get a blanket, some food, and the puppy’s favorite toy. Reputable breeders usually also provide a health warranty.
But the cost of Goldendoodle ownership doesn’t end with the cost of buying the puppy. Here’s an overview of what you can expect to pay over the course of your new furry friend’s lifetime.
- Around $500 per year
The cost of food for your pet will depend on the dog’s size and energy levels.
On average, you should expect to spend around $500 per year on food for your Goldendoodle.
- Around $400 per year
Goldendoodles don’t shed very much, and although you’ll brush your dog frequently, Goldendoodles generally need grooming and clipping on average every four to six weeks, too.
Grooming includes haircuts, bathing, ear care, and nail trimming and costs around $400 per year.
- Around $400 per year
Although it may seem like a big expense, pet insurance can be a lifesaver if your Goldendoodle has an accident, needs expensive physiotherapy, causes damage to a third-party’s property, or injures someone or their pet.
A good pet insurance policy will set you back around $400 per year.
- Around $700 to $2,000+ per year
Even the healthiest dog needs regular veterinary care, including vaccination booster shots, dental care, and annual health checks.
Add to that the cost of treatment for occasional illnesses and accidental injuries, and you’re looking at the cost of around $700 plus every year.
Like people, all senior dogs tend to suffer from age-related conditions such as arthritis, eye problems, and other minor health problems as they age, adding to the cost in your pet’s later years.
Deworming, Flea, And Tick Treatments
- Around $300 per year
You’ll need to deworm your dog every few months, depending on what treatment you use. Flea and tick treatments are also necessary to protect your pet from these pests.
Dog Training Classes, Doggy Daycare, Boarding Kennels
- Around $700+ per year
Goldendoodles need socializing and training from puppyhood to ensure that the little one grows into a well-behaved, obedient adult.
If you’re out at work during the daytime, you’ll want someone to come and walk your dog, or you might prefer to place him in doggy daycare.
Finally, if you enjoy an annual vacation abroad, you’ll need to put your Goldendoodle in boarding kennels while you’re away.
On average, the cost of all those activities is likely to be around $700 per year or slightly more.
Here are some of the things you’ll need to buy for your Goldendoodle. Mostly, these are one-off expenses, although some items will periodically need replacement due to wear and tear.
- Around $300 to $500
Most states require you to have your dog spayed or neutered before you can apply for a dog license.
The cost of desexing varies depending on your location and the gender of your pet. Generally, spaying a female dog is more expensive than neutering a male animal because the surgery is more lengthy and complicated.
Crate training is a good way of providing your puppy with security and teaching him to be obedient in the house.
A good quality dog crate will set you back around $100.
When your Goldendoodle is a puppy, you may find that you go through several dog beds, as these dogs are known to be chewers. On average, you can expect to spend at least $100 on dog beds for your pet.
- Around $500
Your dog will need a number of other accessories, including:
- Food and water bowls
- Collar and ID tags
Again, many of these items will need replacement at regular intervals.
It’s not only the initial outlay on buying a Goldendoodle puppy that you need to consider when deciding whether to go ahead and get a dog; there are lots more expenses to take into account.
The average cost of a puppy from a reputable breeder is around $2,100 for a standard size dog, and you will pay more for a petite pup or one with unusual, sought-after coloring.
On top of that, you’ll need to pay for annual upkeep expenses, including vet fees, parasite control treatments, grooming, doggy daycare, etc. Then there are one-off costs too, such as desexing, toys, dog beds, etc., to be considered.