Standard Poodle vs Goldendoodle [with Photos]

If you have your heart set on bringing home a Poodle or a breed with Poodle in it, you’ve come to the right place—I’ll help you understand the difference between the Standard Poodle and Goldendoodle.

Read on to discover the fascinating similarities and differences between these two breeds.

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Standard Poodle vs Goldendoodle [with photos]

Breed Appearance of Standard Poodle vs. Goldendoodle

The Standard Poodle is the largest variety of Poodle breeds. They have long, slender muzzles and a square-like frame with a straight back and short tail.

Standard Poodles come in many solid colors and a combination of colors. Examples include:

  • White
  • Black
  • Cream
  • Apricot
  • Grey

In contrast, the Goldendoodle is a mix of the Poodle and Golden Retriever. So, they typically have a golden to cream color. They also have a rounder appearance than Standard Poodles, dark brown eyes, a button nose, and a full-length tail.

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Standard Poodles and a Goldendoodle outdoors.

Coat Types of Standard Poodle vs. Goldendoodle

The Standard Poodle has a coarse, curly coat that people love for its anti-shedding properties. In fact, the Poodle is a hypoallergenic dog, which means there’s less of a chance of them causing human allergies since their coat catches dander.

Goldendoodles also have some hypoallergenic properties, and they shed less than Golden Retrievers. 

Unlike Standard Poodles, which always have a curly coat, a Goldendoodle’s coat can range from curly to wavy to straight. The variation comes down to genetics and the Golden Retriever parents’ fur.

That said, the majority of Goldendoodles have wavy coats. They typically don’t need as much grooming as Standard Poodles, but you’ll still need to brush them at least a few times per week to keep their fur from getting tangled. 

In contrast, you should aim to brush a Standard Poodle every day for dirt lodges in their curls, causing skin infections faster than Goldendoodles.

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A curly-haired Standard Poodle lying on her bed. (Image: Instagram/@poodlenamedlilly)

Size Difference in Standard Poodle vs. Goldendoodle

Standard Poodles range from 15-22 inches high and 45-70 pounds. Of these ranges, males are at the higher end.

In contrast, Goldendoodles with a Standard Poodle parent average a higher height, ranging from 20-24 inches. They can weigh anywhere from 50-90 pounds. 

That said, like Poodles, Goldendoodles can run much smaller, depending on the type of Poodle that breeders use to mix them. 

Should you purchase a Goldendoodle bred with a Miniature or Toy Poodle, your Goldendoodle may grow only 13-20 inches and weigh between 15-35 pounds.

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Two black Standard Poodles and a Goldendoodle both sitting in front of the brick wall.

Temperament and Personality in Standard Poodle and Goldendoodle

Standard Poodles make excellent family dogs since they’re loving and always want to be at their owner’s side. Furthermore, they’re an intelligent breed. So, don’t be surprised when your Standard Poodle excels in dog training class compared to other breeds.

There’s a reason that people wanted to breed the Poodle and Golden Retriever together aside from less shedding—the Goldendoodle embraces the qualities I talked about in the Poodle while also bringing in the temperament of the Golden Retriever.

As a result of their Golden Retriever blood, you can expect Goldendoodles to display the following qualities:

  • Affectionate
  • Playful
  • Loving other people and dogs

The bottom line? If you’re looking for a watchdog, you need to seek out a breed other than the Standard Poodle or Goldendoodle. 

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A light brown (Chocolate) Goldendoodle in the snow

Health and Longevity [Do Standard Poodles or Goldendoodles Live Longer?]

Standard Poodles and Goldendoodles have a similar lifespan, with it being common for both to live from 12-15 years.

That said, Goldendoodles may also die younger, with a considerable number of dogs passing away at ten or eleven years of age. Without a doubt, this is due to the Goldendoodle’s Golden Retriever lineage; Golden Retrievers have an average lifespan of only 10-12 years.

That said, both Standard Poodles and Goldendoodles can outlive their breed’s average lifespan with the help of good genes, proper care, and a dose of luck.

To help your dog live a long and healthy life, take them to the veterinarian after purchasing or adopting them. Then, bring them to annual vet appointments, ensuring they stay up-to-date on dewormer and vaccines.

Proper nutrition is also paramount to a Standard Poodle and Goldendoodle’s health. So, leave the table scraps on the table and buy them high-quality dog food instead.

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The Poodle enjoys walking by the riverside with her fur parents. (Image: Instagram/@bella_black_poodle)

Breed-Specific Health Problems

When comparing Standard Poodles and Goldendoodles, the Poodle typically has more health issues than Goldendoodles. That’s because Standard Poodles are purebreds.

According to research, purebreds have a higher chance of diseases and physical ailments because of poor breeding practices and genetics.

Nevertheless, the Goldendoodle is half Poodle, so they aren’t immune to the diseases that Standard Poodles commonly have. Examples include:

  • Addison’s disease
  • Patellar luxation
  • Epilepsy

Furthermore, hip dysplasia is a condition that Standard Poodles and Golden Retrievers share. Therefore, your Goldendoodle may have a higher chance of experiencing this issue.

Von Willebrand Disease and thyroid problems are other common health issues in Golden Retrievers. 

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A Chocolate Goldendoodle puppy snuggles asleep

Standard Poodle and Goldendoodle Needs and Training

Standard Poodles and Goldendoodles are a joy to train because they’re both brilliant. Furthermore, they love spending time with their owners. And when you pair that with treats for following a training command, they’re all the happier.

Young Standard Poodles and Goldendoodles often have a lot of energy. Therefore, to maximize the impact of your new training regime, it’s a good idea to let them exercise first.

Throwing a ball for them in the backyard or taking them to a park where they can socialize and play with other dogs are excellent options.

Poodles and Goldendoodles are so trainable that some people use them as service dogs.

Poodle under the sun
A Poodle standing under the sun. (Image: Instagram/@lulu_spoo)

Cost Comparison

Standard Poodles are the least expensive of the Poodle varieties, given that people are willing to pay more for smaller dogs. So, you can expect to pay an average of $500-$2,000 for a Standard Poodle.

Goldendoodles have a similar price range, starting at around $500.

Many factors influence the cost of Standard Poodles and Goldendoodles, including:

  • Size (the smaller they are, the more expensive they’ll be)
  • Color
  • Breeder’s reputation

While I’m on the subject of breeders, please do your due diligence about the breeder before buying your Standard Poodle or Goldendoodle. Read reviews to ensure they don’t run their business with a puppy mill-like mindset. 

If the prices listed here seem excessive to you, consider adopting a Standard Poodle or Goldendoodle from your local animal shelter. 

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The puppy looks like a teddy bear. (Image: Instagram/@mydoods_caymus_maverick)

Final Thoughts

Standard Poodles and Goldendoodles are both excellent breeds with a lot of love to give to their owners. 

If you love a dog with tight curls and a classy look, the Standard Poodle is an excellent choice. In contrast, Goldendoodles have an adorable teddy bear-like appearance. 

Regardless of which dog breed you choose, I’m willing to bet that it’ll be love at first sight for both of you.