Mini Golden Puppies
Mini Goldendoodle and Mini Irish Goldendoodle Puppies



Phone: 319-572-3479



We post reserve list announcements here for puppies after they are born and about a week before opening the list for reservations.


Please visit our mini goldendoodle puppies page and mini irish goldendoodle puppies page for information on planned availability.




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Welcome to Mini Golden Puppies


We are a family raising puppies to be pets as perfect as we can. In our relaxed rural setting in Southeast Iowa, we have cared for puppies for many years. Doodles are our focus. As you travel through our site, you will see why.


Mini golden doodles and mini irish golden doodles are some of the best pets for a wide range of settings and environments. On this page and our Mini Goldendoodle and Irish Goldendoodle pages we give detailed descriptions of these breeds. You can visit our Goldendoodle Puppies and Irish Goldendoodle Puppies pages where we will post information on our planned puppies. We will post information on this page when we get close to opening a reserve list.



Golden doodle puppies are dogs with golden retriever and poodle genetics that have been bred to increase the gene pool from the purebred breeds and to introduce beneficial qualities into the goldendoodle breed. Golden retrievers have long been known for being mild tempered, intelligent, and loving family pets while poodles have also been known for intelligence, trainability, and non shedding characteristics. Irish setters are well known for being family pets with a love for attention.


Types of goldendoodles we raise

We raise mini goldendoodle and mini irish goldendoodle puppies. Our miniature goldendoodle puppies are F1 (30-50 lbs), F1b (15-35 lbs), or multigen (10-25 lbs) and our mini irish goldendoodles typically range from 15-50 lbs, depending on parent size.


Mini Golden Breeding 

Mini Golden Puppies has extensive experience raising both standard and mini goldendoodles and labradoodles in the first generation and first generation backcross. We have taken further steps to improve our breeding by introducing multigen mini goldendoodles and mini Irish goldendoodles. Our puppies range in color from light golden to dark red, with mini Irish goldendoodles keeping the darkest red coloring. We no longer raise standard size doodles or labradoodles.



Our miniature goldendoodle puppies and mini irish golden doodle puppies typically range in size from 10-50 lbs. We normally get a 15-25 pound size range within each litter. We consider all our puppies mini goldendoodles since we use the mini size poodle in all our goldendoodle types. Our puppies in the 25-50 pound range are considered the medium size and puppies in the 10-25 pound range are miniature size.


Many breeders have different definitions for size and some use the terminology "petite goldendoodles" or "toy goldendoodles", which we don't use. We also don't use the smallest size of poodles, which are correctly called toy poodles (also referred to as teacup or tiny for the smallest toys). Some of our litters will have a size range that falls within both our classification of miniature and medium sizes, such as a 15-35 pound range. Litters that span both expected size ranges will be referred to by us as mini/medium size.


Mini Golden Philosophy

We concentrate our program on health, intelligence, social temperaments, and teddy bear appearances for our puppies. Puppies come well socialized in our relaxed rural environment and fit in well with families that have children. We put the most emphasis on our past experience rather than lists of requirements or guidelines set by another breeder or organization. We are not about to conform to a standard that we feel will adversely affect our focus on our doodle puppies and the specific teddy bear appearance, playful disposition, and health we strive for. We also have found most registrations to contribute nothing to the breed, especially our specific focus.


Where We Are

We are in Southeast Iowa, close to Burlington. We are about four hours from Chicago and St. Louis, five hours from Omaha, Kansas City, and Indianapolis, and six hours from Minneapolis. We do not offer shipping for puppies. Moline, IL (MLI) is our closest airport that is a little over an hour from us.


How To Purchase

We accept a deposit of $500 to hold a puppy when we have a list opened. Please view the respective pages from our mini goldendoodles and mini Irish goldendoodles for information on current or planned availability. We don't always have puppies available and spots tend to be reserved quickly when we open a list for deposits. A detailed outline will be provided when when we get close to opening a list that will include how to reserve a puppy.


Thanks For Visiting

Feel free to look through our site and email if you have any questions.


More Details


We have more details posted here on our puppies and goldendoodles and the goldendoodle breed in general.


Topics below include:


   Our recommendations


   Dog coat colors


   English goldendoodles


Other topics planned:


   Training tips


   Grooming tips


   Therapy training



Our recommendations: Click here for some of our basic recommendations

We give some of our basic recommendations for families getting our puppies, such as food, crate, training resources, and basic items you will want for your pickup day. Visit our new puppy information page for these details.



Dog coat colors:

We have done a great deal of study into the genetics of dog colors. Dog colors are very complicated and are affected by multiple sets of genes. Cream/red colors are in essence recessive dominant, if that makes sense, and the intensity of the red is a spectrum, not a this or that type of trait. Below we describe many more details on our understanding of dog color genetics.


In our quest to understand mini goldendoodle color genetics, we discovered more complexity to the mini goldendoodle breed color than we realized. We have done an in depth study into dog colors. Here is a little of what we have learned:


Dog colors are a complex set of genetics that give a wide range of colors. The poodle breed contains almost all dog colors while the golden retriever and irish setter breeds have a very defined color set. In short, golden retriever and irish setter colors are a recessive cream/red gene that will only produce these colors with parents that both are cream/red. Since the cream/red colors are recessive, the poodle color has the most effect on the color of offspring goldendoodle puppies. Goldendoodles can range in color as much as the poodle breed. This is a general genetic description and not necessarily a complete genetic study or completely correct genetic terminology.


For miniature goldendoodle puppies, the most common color is in the cream/red range.


In more detail, black is the dominant color in dogs. The dominating genes that determine if a dog is black or not is either dominant black or recessive black (not black).  An allele is half of the gene received from one of the parents, so both alleles together make up a specific gene. A puppy with one black allele will always be black, no matter what the other allele is. Only if a dog has both not black alleles will the dog be able to be any other color. This is an abbreviated descriptions of the black dominant coloring, which is a little more complicated than this. There are a couple sets of genes that determine if the black/brown set of genes (also a dominant gene) is expressed as a solid color or if markings are allowed will be expressed with either black/brown as the background coloring. Black is also a recessive color in the fawn/sable/brindle set of genes.


Mini goldendoodle puppies can be black, but a black poodle parent doesn't give all black puppies.


Brown (also known as chocolate) is the recessive to black. If a dog is recessive black (not black for both alleles), then a dog will be brown, assuming the other genes allow this set of genes to be expressed.


Since the recessive cream/red set of genetics is dominant over the other colors, a black or brown poodle can give black or brown mini goldendoodle puppies, depending on the black/brown makeup of the golden retriever or goldendoodle parent.


In the fawn/sable/brindle expression, sable, phantom, and recessive solid are either expressed as solid in background and marking color or as brindled in the marking color.


We haven't seen these colors expressed in the miniature goldendoodle breed.


The cream/red set of genes is expressed as an intensity from white to red in color. The spectrum of colors points to subdominance in the intensity set of genes, so the more diluted a red is with white, the less likely the offspring will maintain a red color.


This intensity on the cream/red spectrum is the most difference seen in mini goldendoodle puppies coloring. We get many requests for "English" goldendoodle puppies. Due to much information on the "English" definition, we have a planned topic to cover the facts and myths of "English" mini goldendoodles. "English", more correctly labeled European, is the white/cream coloring known in the European golden retriever breed. European golden retriever genetics in mini goldendoodle puppies dilutes red coloring to a lighter apricot/golden/cream coloring; therefore, the term "red English mini goldendoodle" is contradictory.


Both the cream/red and black/brown sets of genes are also controlled by another intensity set of genes. These intensity genetics affect fading, where a cream/red dog will lighten from darker to lighter shade of red/apricot coloring, or black/brown dogs fade to a silver/blue/tan. Fading is also age dependent, and can proceed rapidly or longer term.


This fading is common for mini goldendoodle puppies since it is inherent in the golden retriever and poodle breeds. The irish setter breed does not exhibit the fading of most other breeds, except for facial fading at higher ages. With this, irish setters keep their deep red coloring throughout their life. With the introduction of the irish setter breed into mini goldendoodles, we aim to minimize the amount of fading from the red color a puppy is when young.


This is a brief description of the complexity of dog color genetics that only briefly touches on coat coloring. Points (nose and paw pads) and eye color are also effected by color genetics, some of which are connected to coat color. White markings and parti coloring are also genetic.


Our mini goldendoodle puppies almost always have black points and brown eyes instead of brown (liver colored) points and green or other colored eyes. They will sometimes have white markings that can be on the head, chin, chest, feet, and tip of tail.


In conclusion on coat coloring, we only raise puppies in the cream/red set of genes, therefore all our puppies will stay in this color range. With the introduction of the Irish setter to the goldendoodle cross, we are impacting the long term coloring of the red goldendoodles by introducing less fading tendency (intensity).



English goldendoodles

We often get the question: "are your puppies English goldendoodles?" Let us be clear up front that the foundation of this question is based on falsehoods propagated on the web. Breeders that use the terminology "English" goldendoodles are using a false term generated to suggest a superior or more rare type of goldendoodle. This could not be farther from the truth. We have researched the golden retriever breed breed for years and find no grounds on which we can professionally use the term "English" associated with the golden retriever or goldendoodle breed.


English is sometimes used to describe the cream coloring of golden retrievers. Golden retrievers raised in Europe are more likely to have a cream/white coloring than those raised in North America, but all white/cream/golden/red colors are within the same breed and are found on both continents. Since the cream coloring is more dominant in Europe, we feel the term "European Cream" coloring is a better fit than "English". This still should not suggest there are differences in breeding practices across the board or that there are different standards or exclusive colors or styles for either European or American golden retrievers.


There is also false information as to the body structure, health, and temperament between English and American lines. This goes along with our explanation above that this is not the case. We do not see a tendency for cream colored retrievers to be more blocky than golden colored golden retrievers, and health and temperament can range just as much in each color.


Our favorite request is: "a red English mini goldendoodle." You can laugh at that request for a couple reasons. First, "English," as we have already described above, should not be used in describing golden retrievers or goldendoodles. As we have also described above, white/cream are the dominant colors of the retrievers raised in Europe, so red doesn't fit well in a definition of European colored golden retrievers. You also can see from our description of dog colors above that red crossed with cream will most likely not give a dark red, but a light or medium golden color on average. There is a rare exception to the request for a red English mini goldendoodle, but we are not sure if it exists. Some European golden retrievers are more red in color, although not as common. A breeder in Europe could raise red mini goldendoodles. But we are not in London, or anywhere in the UK for that matter, so we should not ever get this request.


Our resources:


Visit our home page for general breed information, information on us, and additional topics


Visit our mini goldendoodle page for more specific information on our types of goldendoodles and their characteristics


Visit our mini irish goldendoodle page for more specific information on our mini irish goldendoodles


Visit our mini goldendoodle puppy page for information on mini goldendoodle puppy availability


Visit our mini irish goldendoodle puppy page for information on our mini irish goldendoodle puppy availability


Visit our more information page for general info that we would like you to know before reserving a puppy


Visit our past puppy page for pictures of older mini goldendoodles and mini irish goldendoodles




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