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How Much Do Goldendoodles Cost? 2024 Price Guide

Written by: Krystal Facey

Last Updated on July 12, 2024 by Dogster Team

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How Much Do Goldendoodles Cost? 2024 Price Guide

The Goldendoodle has become an increasingly popular dog. This Golden Retriever and Poodle cross is friendly and loyal and makes an excellent companion for families and singles. Goldendoodles are expensive when they are not adopted from a rescue or shelter.

There are quite a few costs associated with caring for a Goldendoodle throughout their lifetime, like food, healthcare, regular checkups, toys, and more. The cost of purchasing a Goldendoodle can be as low as $300 when adopting or as much as $5,000 from a breeder. The monthly costs then range from $225 to $760.

If you’re thinking about choosing the Goldendoodle as your furry companion, continue reading to learn how much they will cost overall.

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Bringing Home a New Goldendoodle: One-Time Costs

There are one-time costs involved in bringing home a Goldendoodle, such as the adoption fee, a dog crate, collar, bed, and more.

Free

A free Goldendoodle is rare, and if you notice someone giving away free puppies, you should ask several questions. For example, you should ask about their vaccination status, how they were raised, and if a vet examined them. Shopping for free puppies online is risky, but you may know a friend you trust who can give you a free Goldendoodle.

Adoption

  • $300–$500

When you look for a Goldendoodle puppy from a shelter or rescue, the costs will be significantly lower than those of a breeder. Unlike most breeders, shelters usually include spaying/neutering, deworming, vaccines, microchipping, and more in the cost of adoption. Adoption centers usually have volunteers and experts who look after the animals and do everything they can to ensure their health.

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Breeder

  • $2,000–$5,000

Breeders charge more than shelters or adoption centers, and the price is steep since Goldendoodles are in high demand. On average, expect to pay around $2,000 for a Goldendoodle; however, depending on the breeder, you might see higher prices (up to $5,000). Goldendoodles are more expensive than some purebred canines, and it’s vital to use an experienced, reputable breeder.

Whenever a hybrid or purebred pup becomes more popular, unethical breeding practices and puppy mill operations proliferate. The AKC’s website provides information on reputable breeders, and you can also talk to your veterinarian or trainer for recommendations.

Initial Setup and Supplies

  • $865–$1,425
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If you are looking at the average cost of the initial setup and supplies for your Goldendoodle, it will be an average of a few hundred dollars at first to obtain some much-needed items. This includes buying them a leash and collar, food and water bowls, a crate and bed, toys, booties for walks in wet weather, and more.

List of Goldendoodle Care Supplies and Costs

ID Tag and Collar $15
Spay/Neuter $145
X-Ray Cost $100–$250
Ultrasound Cost $250–$500
Microchip $45–$55
Teeth Cleaning $150–$300
Bed $30
Nail Clipper (optional) $7
Brush $8
Leash $25
Collar $10
Toys $30
Crate $40
Food and Water Bowls $10

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How Much Does a Goldendoodle Cost Per Month?

  • $225–$760 per month

There are some ongoing costs associated with owning a Goldendoodle, including food, grooming, toys, and treats. The cost of food can also vary greatly depending on your dog’s size (e.g., a mini Goldendoodle or standard size) and changes in diet as they age.

Health Care

  • $100–$300 per month

Health care for Goldendoodles can include ongoing vet visits, medication, grooming, and more. The age and health of the dog will affect the monthly cost, and sometimes, the cost will be close to zero. For instance, you may have to buy tick and flea medication to protect your Goldendoodle, and although that increases your expenses, the medication is relatively affordable and includes a 3 or 6-month supply.

Food

  • $25–$100 per month
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Food costs for a Goldendoodle vary depending on the quality and quantity of food you purchase. For example, your food costs will be lower when your dog is a puppy,  but when your dog reaches adulthood, they will eat more each month. Your dog’s size will also affect the price of the food. Goldendoodles with standard Poodle genes will have the highest food bills.

Grooming

  • $40–$100 per month

Grooming costs for your Goldendoodle can cost $40 to $100 per month. This difference will depend on how often you take your dog to the groomer and the services they provide. For example, a monthly haircut is less expensive than a grooming appointment that includes trimming their coat, trimming their nails, and bathing them.

Medications and Vet Visits

  • $10–$30 per month

On average, veterinary care for your Goldendoodle shouldn’t be too costly because they only require annual checkups. However, your expenses will increase if your Goldendoodle has health issues requiring medications. Most Goldendoodles need flea and tick medication to stay protected when playing outdoors.

Pet Insurance

  • $30–$100 per month
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Pet insurance is an excellent option for pet parents who want to be covered financially if anything arises that they weren’t prepared for. Much like any other type of insurance (home, car, etc.), you pay a monthly premium and get reimbursed for veterinary services covered in the policy. Some plans cover accidents and illnesses, and you can buy add-ons for wellness services.

Environment Maintenance

  • $10–$100 per month

When it comes to a Goldendoodle’s environment, some items must be replaced regularly, including puppy training pads and items that get damaged or destroyed through play, such as a bed or a new chew toy.

Puppy Pads $20/month
Bed $30/month
Chew Toy $10/month

Entertainment

  • $10–$50 per month

Entertainment for your Goldendoodle includes toys and interactive games. You can sign up for a pet subscription box that sends you different toys and treats every month for $30 to $50.

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Total Monthly Cost of Owning a Goldendoodle

  • $225–$760 per month

If you look at the different cost factors when it comes to owning your own Goldendoodle, you’ll see how expensive they can be. The most commonly bought item when you have a pet is food. Grooming is probably the next most common cost for a Goldendoodle. An unexpected vet visit will also increase your costs.

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Additional Costs to Factor In

Additional costs can include training classes, dog daycare, and a pet sitter. Boarding your dog can cost up to $100 per day, but you may find a pet sitter who charges less to come to your house a few times a day. Taking your pup to training classes can also cost around $50–$100 depending on how their payment plans work (i.e., yearly payment or per class).

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Owning a Goldendoodle on a Budget

There are ways you can achieve your dream of owning a Goldendoodle without breaking the bank. You can adopt or rescue an older dog rather than purchase one from a breeder. This can cut your costs almost in half. You can also find budget-friendly alternatives for the more common and regularly purchased items that won’t affect their health, like accessories or bedding.

You can chat with other Goldendoodle owners to get budget-friendly tips and tricks! There are ways to enjoy dog ownership without putting yourself in a bad financial situation.

Saving Money on Goldendoodle Care

There are a few ways you can save money and be a great Goldendoodle owner at the same time. You can research which affordable dog food brands are suitable for your dog rather than instantly choosing organic-only and expensive options (unless otherwise recommended) and look for online discounts and newspaper coupons. Also, look at different plans when choosing pet insurance; don’t go for the most expensive level.

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Conclusion

Raising and caring for a Goldendoodle involves several one-time and ongoing costs. When you first buy your Goldendoodle, you must pay a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, depending on whether you use a breeder or shelter. If they aren’t already dewormed, vaccinated, and microchipped, your veterinary costs will increase. Then, they will need basic accessories like an ID tag and collar, a leash, a bed, food and water bowls, toys, and more. After these items are purchased, the ongoing costs involve food, grooming, medications, vet visits for a checkup, and more.

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