Goldendoodle Growth Stages

Have you been wondering where your Goldendoodle puppy goes from here? Goldendoodle puppy development comes in many stages, and we’ll walk you through everything you need to know to be exceptionally prepared.

What are a Goldendoodle’s main growth stages?

Without sounding like we’re stating the obvious, there are three significant stages of your Goldendoodle’s life. These are:

  • Puppy (from birth – 1 or 2 years)
  • Adult (the middle of their life)
  • Senior (approximately seven years until passing)

However, many growth stages for puppies go within these main stages. Let’s take a look:

Goldendoodle growth stages in depth: how many are there?

Stage one

This is between birth – three weeks of age. Your puppy will get most of its care from its mother, as it’s born deaf, blind, and without teeth! During this stage, your cute little puppy needs its sleep if you want your puppy to be healthy and developed. By the end of this stage, they’ll be ready to interact with other dogs and do what a young puppy does: bark!

Stage two

This is between 3 to 7 weeks of age. At this stage, your puppy will begin to understand how they play with their litter. Young Goldendoodle puppies will start to learn basic manners from their mother and will start to become more social.

Once your puppy reaches the end of this stage, your Goldendoodle puppy will be eating puppy food, running around, and getting its first set of vaccines!

Stage three

This is between 7 to 12 weeks. You now have your new puppy! During this stage, your Goldendoodle is ready to go to its new home. Your Goldendoodle puppy’s growth needs to enforce positive training techniques and teach them dog manners. They are extremely willing and excited to learn at this age.

Events such as obedience classes can help your puppy reinforce dog manners, promote socialisation and learn about the world.

During this phase, there may be a fear imprint period, when your Goldendoodle puppy might be scared of their surroundings. This is okay.

As a puppy interacts with new and fun things, it must trust its surroundings first. That’s why taking your pup out to see the world will only benefit and turn them into a well-adjusted dog.

Stage four

This is 3 to 4 months, and here we have the toddler stage of dogs. So if anyone has children reading this, we’re sure you’re rolling your eyes, potentially crying, possibly running away. But don’t worry, we’ll give you some helpful tips.

As your puppy starts to teeth, they will want to chew on anything they can get their teeth into. This can sometimes be your hair, finger, or brand-new bag! To avoid this, purchase relevant chew toys for your Goldendoodle.

Some people think of ignoring misbehaving dogs, but this act will only enforce and encourage the dog’s behaviour. You must say no, even if it feels like that’s all you’re saying, as eventually, your puppy will catch on. It’s all a part of puppy development.

So expect them to ignore you and potentially disobey you. But it’ll be worth it in the end!

Stage five

This is four to ten months. This is a much bigger stage of the Goldendoodle growth chart. As we had the toddler stage, we now have the teenager stage. We’re not sure what’s worse! You can expect your puppy to continue challenging you as they learn your boundaries and what they can and cannot do.

They may start to play aggressive games as they hit the 6-month mark. This means they’re ready to be sprayed or neutered.

Stage six

This is ten months to a year. During this stage, a mini Goldendoodle won’t grow anymore, whereas a medium Goldendoodle and a large one will still have a bit of growth. Although they may look like adult dogs, they are certainly still developing. Pet owners must remain vigilant and provide their puppies with lots of exercises.

Stage seven

this is between 1 year and over. Now that your Goldendoodle has shifted from the puppy stage, it can exercise more to its full potential.

Goldendoodle vaccination stages for puppies

Six weeks

They’ll receive a vaccine for Parvo and Kennel Cough. As a pet owner, you shouldn’t worry about this; it’s the breeder’s responsibility.

Nine weeks

They’ll get a booster for the Parvo and Kennel Cough vaccine.

Twelve weeks

You’ll need Parvo, Canine Influenza and Leptospirosis vaccine.

Fifteen weeks

They’ll receive the above and a rabies vaccine.

Goldendoodle vaccination stages for adults

Please be sure to constitute pet medical advice if you’re concerned about your Goldendoodle’s vaccination stages.


They still need booster vaccines as adult dogs, even though they got the vaccine as a puppy.

Kennel cough

This cough is extremely contagious and is an important vaccine to have.


This will depend on your local laws. Some places require it once a year, whereas, for others, it could be longer.

Flea, Tick, Heartworm

You can get this prevention as a monthly subscription. Whichever provider you choose will deliver this to your house.

Final woofs

So you’ve seen the Goldendoodle growth chart. Do you feel that bit more confident about raising your baby into being a well-behaved, healthy adult dog? Remember, if your dog misbehaves around other dog breeds, you can always take them to puppy kindergarten class – yes, it’s a thing!


How big will my Goldendoodle become?

Well, this can depend on many factors. However, we do have a rough guide here for you:

  • Miniature Goldendoodle at eight weeks old: 4 – 9 pounds.
  • Standard Goldendoodle at eight weeks old: 9 pounds.
  • Medium Goldendoodle at eight weeks old: 10 pounds.

What if my Goldendoodle puppy becomes sick?

If your Goldendoodle puppy is sick, you must seek veterinary advice immediately. There could be many reasons for this. Although it doesn’t necessarily make it a life-or-death situation, it’s always best to treat it like it is in case they’ve congested something poisonous.

What are common problems in a senior Goldendoodle?

A senior Goldendoodle may experience joint pain and arthritis, eye problems and hypothyroidism.