Esperanza Kennels - Golden Retrievers

The Miniature Goldendoodles Of Esperanza Kennels

Goldendoodles come in three different sizes - Standard, F1 Miniatures and F1B Miniatures.  The standard goldendoodles mature at about 50 - 60 lbs and the F1 mini's at 25-40 lbs and the F1B mini's mature between 12 - 25 lbs - I can give closer estimates on the F1B's once they are a little older.  Other than size, there is no temperment difference in the standards and the minis, all are very intellegent, gentle, loving and easy to train.  We no longer breed standards and the Miniatures are $1500.00 due to the difficulty in breeding the different sizes of parents.  On our website, there are pictures of past litters are in the Photo Gallery under "Yankee and AJ" for F1B's and "Jazz and AJ" for F1's  As well, there is a great website that goes through a whole lot of information about the breed as well as pictures and has the differences in F1 and F1B and the mini's vs standards.  Our F1B's are actually a double mini which is why they are quite a bit smaller, a miniature poodle is used in both breedings (a different poodle but a miniature).   

    When you get a puppy from us, your puppy comes with the complete vet check (you are given the business card and contact info of our vet for if you or your vet needs to contact them at any point,) first shots, dewormer, revolution treatments.  This is all recorded on a personalized vet record.  Your puppy also comes with some food for transition, as well as a blanket and teddy to help with the first couple of nights and the loss of siblings.  We are a registered business so you get a written receipt with our business and GST number on it (GST is included in the price) and we have a book that goes with each puppy with training tips, health tips, pictures of parents and siblings, "taking a puppy home information".  I spend a lot of time with each new family going over this information and answering any questions.  There is a written one year health guarantee as well that I go over and explain to the new owners.  Then, we go over the basics of grooming and I show you how to trim nails, clean ears, brush, etc.     


    As for deposits, I don't take deposits until I know the dog is bred and has the puppies.  There is no worries about missing out on a puppy, even without a deposit, I hold your spot until puppies are viewable and one can be chosen.  That is usually about 5-6 weeks old, they are old enough to be developing a very distinct personality which I like to make sure blends with what the new family is looking for in a companion.  In the meantime, I send pictures and let you know how they are doing.  They will be very accustomed to kids as they will have my 6 playing with them.


F1 Miniature Goldendoodles

F1 Miniature - F1 stands for First Filial or First Generation in which both parents are purebred dogs of different breeds.  In this case, mom is a purebred Golden Retriever 55 lbs and dad is a 12 lb miniature poodle. 

From past litters, we can estimate the size to be between 25 and 40 lbs and about knee high for height.  They have been recommended for people with mild to moderate allergies because the poodle, who is non shedding and hypo allergenic, blends with the Golden Retriever to reduce the allergies and shedding of the Golden breed.

The coat type varies between the puppies in a range from very poodly and therefore more non shedding, hypoallergenic to more Retriever straight.  Depending on what look is desired and what family requirements are, will determine what coat type suits a family best.

Poodles are the second smartest breed and so bring intelligence and non shedding to the Golden Retriever.  Golden’s are the fourth smartest breed and are easily trained due to their willingness to please. The puppies will also benefit from the genetic “Heterosis Effect” in which offspring of two purebred parents are far healthier than other dogs.


F1B Miniature Goldendoodles

F1B Miniature - F1B puppies are those in which one parent is a (F1) First Generation Miniature Goldendoodle (Golden Retriever Mom and miniature poodle Dad) and the other parent is a miniature poodle.  This method of breeding back “B” to a poodle means the puppies are more hypoallergenic and non shedding and are recommended for families with moderate to severe allergies. 

From past litters, we can estimate the size to be between 12 and 25 lbs.  Because of the two miniature poodles in their genetics, they tend to be smaller than the F1 miniatures.

Their Parents – The Dad is a miniature poodle with many successful litters of various crosses and many happy owners of his puppies.  Poodles are the second smartest breed and so bring intelligence and non shedding to the Golden Retriever.  The Mom is an F1 miniature, one of our own puppies that we raised and so we know the temperament of not only the mom but the grandparents as well.  The puppies will also benefit from the genetic “Heterosis Effect” in which offspring of two purebred parents are healthier than other dogs.

The coat type varies between the puppies in a range from very poodly and therefore more non shedding, hypoallergenic to more Retriever straight.  Depending on what look is desired and what family requirements are, will determine what coat type suits a family best.


                                 Goldendoodle FAQ

 Origin A Goldendoodle is a Golden Retriever and Poodle cross.  Goldendoodles, also called Golden Poos, Goldie Poos, or Groodles, have been bred in North America and Australia since the mid-1990's.  As the smaller poodle hybrids had been such a success in filling the niche for small, allergy friendly family pets, Golden Retriever breeders decided to try a breeding with a standard poodle for a larger family pet.  The quick rise of the popularity of Goldendoodles is due to the dogs themselves.  They are a most marvelous hybrid.  

Hybrid Vigour

& Goldendoodles
 Goldendoodles are a first generation cross, and as such they exhibit  hybrid vigour.  This is a phenomenon in animal breeding referring to the fact that the first cross between two unrelated purebred lines is healthier and grows better than either parent line.  The hybrid cross between these two parent breeds are terrific family dogs, friendly, intelligent, affectionate and easy to train.
 Description The Goldendoodle's ancestry along both parent lines is as hunters and water dogs. The physical appearance of the Goldendoodle runs anywhere from a shaggy-looking retriever to a curl-relaxed poodle, but usually it falls somewhere inbetween.  The length when left unclipped grows to about  4-8 inches.  The color of the coat can be cream, gold, apricot, chocolate, gray and black. Most Goldendoodles have a Standard Poodle as a parent, and are standard sized.  Those with a miniature Poodle as a parent, are about 25-45 pounds and are called miniature Goldendoodles.   Like many poodle crosses, most Goldendoodles are light to non-shedding, and most live easily with families with MILD allergies. - see Dood Database    Families with moderate to severe allergies often find that Goldendoodle backcrosses can work well.
 GenerationsThe first generation (F1) standard size Goldendoodle was the first to be bred. It is the product of a standard Poodle crossed with a Golden Retriever.  Most first generation Goldendoodles either don't shed or shed lightly, and are compatible for most families with mild allergies.

 The backcross (F1B) Goldendoodle is produced by crossing an F1  Goldendoodle with a  Poodle. These dogs will have a higher success rate for non-shedding, and are recommended for families with moderate to severe allergies.

 A few breeders are breeding second generation (F2) Goldendoodles which are the product of a Goldendoodle crossed with another Goldendoodle.

 Registries At present there is no Goldendoodle registry.  99% of all Goldendoodles are first generation hybrids or backcrosses and there is no need.  The few around may be more about publicizing or legitimizing the registries themselves than serving any useful function to the Goldendoodle community.

 Few Goldendoodle breeders breed on, but most who do breed with integrity and keep good records.  When the breeders themselves decide on a breeding plan and the need for a registry, then they will likely form an entirely new organization, including a registry, perhaps following the example of the Australian Labradoodle breeders and the IALA.

 Temperament Goldendoodles are an intelligent and obedient family companion. They are everybody's friend and devoted to their family. They are friendly towards children, other dogs and pets, and easy with strangers.  They are social dogs, happiest when with people. Goldendoodles are likely to get into mischief and develop behavior problems if they spend most of their lives alone. Their intelligence, eagerness to please, and love of learning make them very easy to train.  They are medium-to large sized family dogs with easy dispositions.
 Height, WeightStandard Goldendoodles are a medium to large sized dog about the size of a Standard Poodle, perhaps more robust.  

 Height: Males 21-29 inches.  Females 20-25 inches.

Weight: Males 55-90 pounds.  Females 45-65 pounds.

 While the average Goldendoodle seems to be in the range of the above sizes, some have been known to grow to over 100 pounds.

Miniature Goldendoodles are a small to medium sized dog, depending on the Poodle used to sire the litters.  Toy Poodles will produce smaller litters than Miniature Poodle studs.  There can be a large difference in size of the pups.  

Height: 13" - 21" tall

Weight:  25 - 45  lbs
 Health Concerns As a hybrid cross they grow healthier and live longer than either parent line. The only genetic diseases they can be prone to would be those shared by both the Golden Retriever and the Standard Poodle. No Major Concerns. Minor Concerns - CHD, PRA, VonWillebrand's, Elbow and patella disorders.
 Living Conditions &Exercise Goldendoodles require a moderate amount of exercise and their coats are generally low maintenance. They can live in the city or on a farm. They are social dogs and they are happiest when they are with people.
 Life Expectancy About 15 years
 Grooming As a hybrid cross, Goldendoodles will inherit fur that looks retriever-like, or poodle-like, but usually something in-between. Unclipped Goldendoodles will have hair about 4-7 inches long, shorter on the face and longer on the body, tail and legs.  They require combing every few weeks.  Depending on how often the dog is groomed, clipped Goldendoodles are groomed several times a year.
 Group Service dogs, field dogs


A backcross pup is the result of a hybrid bred back to one of its breeds of origin.  From a genetic standpoint a backcross pup is a first generation cross.  As breeders are breeding towards nonshedding and allergy friendliness, a backcross Goldendoodle is generally the product of a Goldendoodle bred to a Poodle.  The resulting dog is, on average, 1/4 Golden Retriever and 3/4 Poodle.  


Although there is less vigour in this crossing than in the original hybrid,  the first generation backcross still is close enough in the breeding tree to benefit from hybrid vigour.  With each successive generation vigour is lost. It takes 7 generations to come back down to the same health level as a purebred dog.

Coat Maintenance:  moderate to high care

Coat Description: Coat continues to grow in length although similar in appearance to a first generation Goldendoodle.  Coats are wavy or curly.

Shedding:  very light to nonshed

Allergy Friendliness:  recommended for families with moderate to severe allergies.