Here in North Carolina yesterday’s weather had us singing “Nothin’ could be finer than to be in Carolina!” Temperatures in the low 70’s and a cool, gentle breeze reminded us that Spring will soon be in bloom.
One of the happiest times for our Goldendoodle mamas is when they are off-leash and bounding around in the backyard with the girls. Squeals of excitement and yelps of glee fill the air. But yet, these same Goldendoodles eagerly curl up with us on the coach and snooze away on a rainy afternoon.
So, how much exercise is right for a Goldendoodle?
As most of these seemingly “easy” questions turn out, the answer is - it depends. However, a blanket statement is that most people with a fenced in backyard will find that their Goldendoodle will get all the exercise they require. But, let’s dive deeper into this answer.
According to size
The first thing to consider when determining an exercise regimen is the size of your Goldendoodle. Standards run 45+ pounds, Medium F1-B Goldendoodles range from 30 - 45 pounds and Mini-Goldendoodles can be as small as 10 pounds at full adult weight!
Just like traveling a mile to an ant is like a person walking clear across the state of New York, mini goldendoodles require far less room for exercise than a standard.
Depending on age
The second thing to consider is the age of your Goldendoodle. Puppies through the first two years of life will crave more exercise time. So, aim for at least 15-30 minutes of exercise three times a day. But, as they age, this exercise time will change from playing catch and soccer to a gentle stroll around the block.