The Colors of Mini Goldendoodles

The breed is a combination of Poodles and Golden Retrievers which means their coat comes in a variety of colors.

Cute, sweet, smart, and playful is the perfect way to describe Mini Goldendoodles

Common coat colors for Mini Goldendoodles are tan, brown, apricot, black, and cream. Depending on DNA, on rare occasions some coats are multi-colored.

What Determines the Color of a Mini Goldendoodle?

Generally, the color of the coat is determined by the parents. Research has revealed the Poodle parent has dominant genes when it comes to the color of the coat. So, whether the Poodle parent is the male or female does not matter, because either way, the genes are dominant.

Typically, the color of the poodle parent is passed down to their pups. Basically, a white Poodle parent will have white pups and a brown Poodle parent will have brown pups. However, there is an exception when Golden Retriever parent has a red coat. The red coat mixed with a white color Poodle often results in a tan or apricot color Mini Goldendoodle.

Officially, the American Kennel Club (AKC), says that the Golden Retriever has three standard colors: dark golden, golden, and light golden. Compare that to the Poodle, which has far more, with seven official colors: apricot, blue, brown, café-au-lait, cream, grey, and silver. 

The exciting part about the color of Mini Goldendoodles is nature can’t be controlled and the color of the puppy’s coat is always a surprise. Sometimes, a litter of puppies can vary which means there can be a few black puppies, a few white, or any other color depending on the parents.

Mini Goldendoodle Colors & Patterns

Apricot Goldendoodle

A Mini Goldendoodle

The most common and popular mini Goldendoodle is the apricot Goldendoodle. Perhaps because it somehow appears to be the cutest, kind of like your teddy bear from childhood.

Black Goldendoodle

black goldendoodle
Image courtesy of Dave Haygarth

Another often seen color is the pure black Goldendoodle. This type of mini Goldendoodle comes when it has a black gene and no other gene to change its appearance.

Black Goldendoodles may appear boring to some, but they are much loved!

cream goldendoodle

White Goldendoodle

For those who want the purest Goldendoodle color of all, try a white Goldendoodle.

Cream Goldendoodle

Another simpler color is seen on the cream Goldendoodles. Cream Goldendoodles have a coat color from the Labrador parent, not the Golden Retriever, where cream is quite common.

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Parti Goldendoodle

A parti Goldendoodle is a mix of colors where white is the predominant coat color pattern and there are patches of another color all over the mini Goldendoodle. This is a recessive gene and requires multi-generational breeding to acquire.

Partis can be black and white Goldendoodles, Of all the Goldendoodle colors and patterns this one is one of the best!

Merle Goldendoodle 

Merle Goldendoodles are often bred by crossing a Poodle with a Border Collie or an Australian Shepherd. One issue to consider is that the Merle gene can cause issues like blindness, so this type of coat color on a Goldendoodle is rare.

Phantom Goldendoodle

Phantom Goldendoodles are one of the rarest Goldendoodle colors of all. This coat color is a combination of two colors. One is the dominant or base color, while the other is scattered around the dog, often around the eyes, muzzle and legs.

Does the Coat Change Colors as the Mini Goldendoodle Grow Older?

Yes. The coat gradually lightens as the pup grows older. Most coats will eventually become a shade of cream. Goldendoodle puppies with apricot coats will also lighten up but they will always remain a shade of apricot throughout their lifetime. Dark brown or black coats usually remain dark but have the potential to gradually change to a lighter shade of black or brown.

However, there usually isn’t much of a difference. An excellent tip when choosing your Goldendoodle puppy from a litter is to vision their coat a few shades lighter.

Caring for a Mini Goldendoodles Coat

Caring for A Mini Goldendoodle coat is easy since they inherit their Poodle parent’s coat. As a pet parent, you can expect to brush and groom your Mini Goldendoodle frequently to help remove loose hair from the undercoat and prevent hair from matting.

Always keep in mind that as your pup gradually grows into an adult there is a chance the color of the coat can lighten to a degree. A great way to determine the future color is to look at the Poodle parent.

Mini Goldendoodles are excellent companion dogs that have soft fluffy coats that come in a variety of Goldendoodle colors.