A Vet Nurse of many years, I am blessed with an amazing family who understand my love of all things animal! Although not nursing any more, Yarra Valley Groodles has been a long held dream for me. Blessed with a beautiful big home nestled at the start of the Yarra Valley, Victoria, and a family who share my love of animals, I was fortunate enough to find Holly our beautiful Golden Retriever. She started me on the road to breeding and Yarra Valley Groodles was started.

Holly and Marley are our beautiful Golden Retrievers who live with us. They have the run of our home inside or out. They enjoy the Yarra Valley sunshine by day and share our beds by night. Their pups are born in our lounge room and learn all about family life, listening and sharing in the hustle and bustle of four kids. Our pups are raised with an enormous amount of love and are completely spoilt rotten before we hand them over to their brand new families.

We also run a Guardian Program, where we offer local families the opportunity to part own one of our Groodles or Golden Retrievers. You can read about this unique opportunities in the pages below.

Here at Yarra Valley Groodles we consider ourselves a boutique breeder of mini and medium Groodles. On the odd occasion, we also have Standard Groodles. Our gorgeous mums are Holly (a pure bred Golden Retriever) and Stella (Holly’s daughter an F1 Groodle). Dad Rusty and Teddy are pure bred mini poodles who live on the peninsula with their Mum. Stella lives in the gorgeous Yarra Valley with her best friend Storm and her beautiful family.

What style of Groodle is suited to you?


There are a number of generation types available across all Oodle breeds.

F1 – is a first generation. In the case of the Groodle, this means that your Groodle has a Golden Retriever mother and a Poodle father. Chase the gold pup above, is an example of an F1 Groodle.

F1b – is a second generation. In the case of the Groodle, this means that your Groodle has an F1 Groodle mum and a poodle Dad. Milo (the chocolate Groodle above and Albert the black Groodle above and right) is an example of an F1b Groodle.

F2 – is a second generation Oodle. In the case of the Groodle, this means that both parents are F1 Groodles. Here at YVG, we breed only F1 and F1b Groodles.


Groodles come in three different sizes. These include:

Mini – Can reach up to 45cm at the shoulder and up to 15kg in weight.

Medium – Range between 45cm and 55cm at the shoulder and between 15 to 20kg in weight.

Standard – Over 55cm at the shoulder and over 20kg in weight.


Fleece coat – You will find that the F1 Groodle will most likely always have a fleece coat. This coat can be wavy and/or wiry and loose and not usually too curled. Fleece coats require regular grooming and brushing. It can be prone to matting in the soft furred parts of the body (often behind the ears). During summer, or if you live in hot and humid parts of Australia, your Groodle will need regular grooms and clipping, sometimes as often as every six to eight weeks. F1 Groodles are low shedding, but can still shed a little.

Wool coat – Most F1b Groodles will have a wool coat, this is due to the heavy influence of the poodle parentage. This coat can be heavily curled and soft to touch. Wool coats also require regular grooming, with summer trims and clips a must. Brushing your F1b Groodle once a week will also keep your F1b Groodle soft and knot free. F1b Groodles shed next to no hair, but you may occasionally find “tufts” of fur around the place. They are suited to those prone to dog allergies.


Groodles are happy, and fun loving souls. They are certainly affectionate, friendly and intelligent. Just like the Golden Retrievers they are bred from, they love to please! Groodles are easily trainable and we highly recommend that you start your Groodle journal with your local Puppy Pre-school and move on with obedience training. Due to their love of all things social, these dogs are NOT suitable to be left in a backyard by themselves all day every day and will become destructive if left to their own devices for long periods of time too often. A lack of socialisation within the family unit and an absence of obedience training will cause behavioural issues such as jumping, barking and fear related issues.

Join the YVG guardian program!

We offer a chance for a select few local families to share with us the opportunity to own one of our babies within our breeding program. It is very important that our pups know loving, warm and inclusive homes. They are first and foremost our pets.

If you think you may be interested in becoming a Guardian Family, just hit the Guardian Family Application available below. There are a few conditions, in that you must live within one hours drive of the Yarra Valley in Victoria, you must offer our pup a secure and loving home, our pups MUST be allowed to be inside or outside at their leisure and you must not have another un-desexed dog in your home. There is a purchase fee of $500, we then share ownership of your pup with you until they are desexed by us (usually around 4 to 5 years of age).

You are required to vaccinate your pup yearly and ensure that all intestinal worming, flea treatment and heart worming are kept up to date.

Our pups have a maximum of 3 litters and we are more than happy for you to share in the birth of their pups. All pups are born in our home, where Mum will stay for approximately 8 to 9 weeks. If you are interested in this program, please email me and we can have a chat. I only have one to two Groodles and/or Golden Retriever pups available per year for this program, so it is very limited. It is not first in best dressed.


Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia.