9 Facts About the Mini Golden Retriever (Golden Cocker Retriever)

Miniature Golden Retriever puppy thinking about something

Here is a question for you, folks: what’s cuter than a Golden Retriever? A Miniature Golden Retriever, of course!

This beautiful pooch is a tinier, cuter version of the original Golden Retriever, and it will definitely melt your heart as it did mine. This dog is quite a new designer dog breed, and it is usually the result of crossing a Golden Retriever with either a Miniature Poodle or a Cocker Spaniel. Since we have already talked about the Golden Retriever Mini Poodle mix, this article will be about the Golden Retriever Cocker Spaniel mix.

As I always say, diversity is good, and this is even truer when it comes to dogs. Mixed breeds dogs are known to be healthier and live longer than purebred dogs. They are also way more interesting, as each mixed breed (or hybrid dog, or mutt, or whatever you want to call them) is unique in his way.

So, let’s learn about this beautiful pooch, shall we?

Buckle up, this is going to be a nice ride. You might want to get comfortable and make yourself some tea because this is going to be long (but not boring… I hope).

First, let’s learn about this adorable mixed breed’s purebred parents. Here we go.

Ready, set, GO!

Who are the Miniature Golden Retriever’s parents?

The Miniature Retriever is the mix of two of the cutest, most adorable dogs ever: the famous Golden Retriever and the beautiful Cocker Spaniel. Both of these breeds are known for their good-looking physique, which makes the Miniature Retriever a real looker.

Let’s learn more about these two, shall we?

The Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever with his tongue out

It's no surprise that the Golden Retriever is one of the most popular dogs in the United States of America, maybe even in the world. With this beautiful pooch, nothing can go bad: he is extremely smart intelligent, sociable, good-looking, and most importantly, loyal.

He is also quite the lively pet. It takes longer for the Golden Retriever to mature. And even when he does, he doesn't lose his silly, playful personality, which is at the same time delightful and annoying. Many keep their puppyish traits into old age.

The Golden Retriever was first and foremost bred to retrieve ducks and other water prey for hunters, this means that this dog is extremely active and needs daily exercise: a walk or jog, free time in the yard, a run at the beach or lake (Goldens love water), or a game of fetch.

And, just like other intelligent dogs who were bred to work, the Golden Retriever can’t thrive without having a job to do. A bored Retriever is a destructive one. Keep your Golden Retriever busy, and he will definitely be happy.

The Golden Retriever is an amazing family dog, this means that you will have to include him in all activities. Your Golden Retriever is, after all, a companion, and he needs to be with you, the people he considers his "pack." So, my advice here would be: don’t get a Golden Retriever unless you're willing to have him in the house with you, following you around, every single day.

One last thing about the Golden Retriever though: he is definitely not a watchdog. He might bark when strangers come around, but he will most likely start wagging his tail and asking for belly rubs instead.

All in all, the Golden Retriever is one of the friendliest dogs you'll ever meet. Beautiful, playful, and full of energy, he is sure to turn your life into an eternal summer.

If you wish to learn more about the Golden Retriever, click here.

The Cocker Spaniel

Cocker Spaniel looking at the camera

The Cocker Spaniel is first and foremost a companion dog breed, who is usually bred to be a family dog. Beautiful, kind, and gentle, he is the perfect best friend. The Cocker Spaniel is an easy dog, he only wants to hang out with you on the couch or play in the yard with the kids, nothing more.

The Cocker Spaniel is a terrific dog to adopt. Charming and merry, his temperament makes him one of the most beloved dogs throughout history. His beautiful coat makes him extremely handsome and nice to look at. Loving and gentle, this beautiful dog wants nothing more than to make his family happy.

The Cocker Spaniel is quite a small dog, weighing between 20 to 30 pounds. This means that this beautiful dog can live pretty much anywhere. He can comfortably fit into a tiny apartment, a condo, or a small home. He is, first and foremost, a companion dog. But, you can easily train the Cocker Spaniel for obedience and agility competitions, as well as fieldwork. He also makes a great therapy dog.

The Cocker Spaniel looks a bit like the English Cocker Spaniel, one of his peers in Sporting Group. Before, these two breeds were seen as one. However, in 1946, the American Kennel Club recognized the two breeds as separate.

Typically, the Cocker Spaniel is gentle, loving and loyal. He is the perfect trustworthy family companion. He is good with everyone, from children to other pets, and the elderly.

If you wish to learn more about the Cocker Spaniel, click here.

So, now that we know about the two purebred parents, let’s learn about their mix, the Miniature Golden Retriever.

Who is the Miniature Golden Retriever?

The Miniature Golden Retriever is one of the cutest dogs you will ever encounter. Cute, happy, and completely adorable, he will definitely make your heart melt, and you won’t be able to resist.

The Miniature Golden Retriever is a bit like a dream in the body of a fluffy, tiny dog. He has the temperament of the Golden Retriever with the size of a Cocker, and that makes him amazingly appealing to dog lovers.

But, who is the Miniature Golden Retriever, really?

1. The Miniature Golden Retriever is a small and beautiful dog

Miniature Golden Retriever puppy

Well, first of all, this mixed breed is called the Miniature Golden Retriever because it is exactly that. This dog simply looks like a smaller version of the bigger Golden Retriever. Still, the Miniature Golden Retriever takes physical traits from both his purebred parents, the Retriever and the Cocker.

Usually, this dog’s eyes are deep-set and shaped like almonds. They sit on a face that is slightly broader than the Cocker Spaniel’s. The dog’s tail is curved, long, and usually points upwards (this is how you know your dog is happy and healthy). The Miniature Golden Retriever’s ears resemble the Cocker Spaniel’s ears, long enough to touch the dg’s cheeks. Usually, the eyes are either brown, blue, or green.

The Miniature Golden Retriever weighs between 35 to 45 pounds and is between 15 to 17 inches tall, which is smaller than the Golden Retriever and slightly bigger than the Cocker Spaniel. As with all dog breeds, the female is usually smaller than the male.

Most often than not, the coat of this beautiful breed is smooth and silky. Depending on which parent’s DNA is stronger, it might either be curly (like the Cocker Spaniel’s coat) or straight (like the Golden Retriever’s coat). Usually, it's water-resistant and this dog has an undercoat that keeps him warm during the winter and cool during the summer. The coat can come in various colors, though the cream and golden shades are the most common ones. But, you can also get a Miniature Golden Retriever in other colors, such as chocolate, red, white, black, and merle.

Here is a video that shows how to groom a dog with curly hair:

2. The Miniature Golden Retriever is low-maintenance, grooming wise

Sad Miniature Golden Retriever puppy outdoors

The Miniature Golden Retriever is usually not a heavy shedder. Still, his coat needs to be brushed at least three times a week (so, once every two days). Your best friend might need more brushing during shedding season, but usually, it doesn’t take long, and it’s a good way to bond with your pooch.

As for bathing, you should only give your four-pawed friend a bath when it’s required (read, when he gets dirty). As always, we don’t recommend using a normal shampoo used for humans. Those are too harsh on dogs’ sensitive skin. Instead, use a shampoo made for dogs. If you don’t know what brand to go for, take a look at our review here. This is bound to give you an idea on what’s on the market. And, of course, take your vet’s opinion first, you never know if your dog is allergic to anything that the shampoo contains.

Clip your dog’s nails when needed, using special clippers that you can purchase online or at the closest pet store. If you are not confident enough to clip your dog's nails, it is better to hire the services of a professional. Doing this once every six weeks should be enough unless you notice that your best friend's nails are getting too long too quickly.

Brush your dog’s teeth three to four times a week using a special toothbrush. Use either a commercial dog toothpaste or make your own toothpaste following our recipes here (it’s easy, cheap, and organic, so, what’s not to like, am I right?)

Last but not least, make sure to check your Miniature Golden Retriever’s ears at least once a week. This will help prevent all sorts of health issues, from ear infections to mites or wax buildup. Clean your dog’s ears using a cleaner that you can purchase online or at a pet store.

3. The Miniature Golden Retriever is a good-natured dog with a gentle personality

Miniature Golden Retriever

The Miniature Golden Retriever is famous for being an absolutely sweet and loving dog. He loves being around people, and he doesn’t hide his excitement when someone is trying to play with him.

By nature, the Miniature Golden Retriever is not an aggressive dog. When he is properly socialized, he can get along with pretty much every person and every pet. He is famous for being an entertaining pet with an extremely friendly personality and a gentle temperament. Smart and easily trainable, the Miniature Golden Retriever is a beautiful dog with a heart of gold. This, though, means that he is not a good watchdog. Sure, he might bark to let you know that something is wrong, but he will not go out of his way to protect you or make sure that you’re safe.

Extremely playful and loving, this mixed breed is easily excitable and will do anything to spend some time and play with you. He has no problems interacting with other dogs and even other pets that he lives with. You can't leave your Miniature Golden Retriever alone for a long time. This is a very sociable dog who will follow you everywhere asking for love. This means that he can easily suffer from separation anxiety, and thus, become destructive.

The Miniature Golden Doodle is perfect as an apartment dog. Sure, he is quite active, but he will still enjoy hanging out with you on the couch just cuddling. He is not too big, and thus, doesn’t take too much space. Still, make sure to have a proper bed for your dog if you don’t want him to sleep anywhere else (as on the couch or on your bed).

4. The Miniature Golden Retriever is excellent with children

Miniature Golden Retriever

This beautiful pooch is the perfect children’s companion. Smart and friendly, he loves nothing more than running around the yard playing with kids. He is extremely gentle and never gets aggressive, which means that your little ones are safe with him. Still, always monitor your kids’ interactions with the dog, especially if they’re still small. Always teach your children how to behave around dogs as well, especially small kids, since they could play rough with the dog.

5. The Miniature Golden Retriever is smart and easily trainable

Miniature Golden Retriever near a window

This mixed breed is extremely intelligent, which makes it easily trainable. The Miniature Golden Retriever doesn’t have a hard time learning or understanding voice commands or tricks. He is easy to housebreak as well, and obedience training this dog will be a piece of cake.

Starting training early, when your dog is still a puppy, is the best way to assure that he will have no behavioral issues later in life. Even though the Miniature Golden Retriever is a friendly dog, he still needs to be socialized. Take him to dog parks and have visitors every day. Not only does this teach your dog that strangers and other pets are not a threat, it also helps him stay calm in new situations and environments (some dogs freak out quite easily).

Always make sure to be assertive and firm while training your dog. This way, he will learn that you are the boss. As soon as your dog senses weakness from your side, he will try to take over. You have to show leadership and make your dog understand that you are the alpha, not him.

But, you should remember that this is first and foremost a family dog, and thus, is very sensitive. The Miniature Golden Retriever must be trained using positive reinforcement, praises, and treats. If you resort to violent methods, such as yelling at your dog or hitting him, you will traumatize your pooch, and no one wants that.

6. The Miniature Golden Retriever is highly energetic and needs a lot of exercise

A Golden Retriever and a Miniature Golden Retriever

This beautiful dog is quite active, and thus, needs plenty of exercise. This dog especially loves running, so going on a daily run with him is a must. If you can’t, or don’t want to run, a daily one hour walk or jog is enough.

Still, you will also need to make some time to play with your dog. This helps with his excess of energy and works as bonding time as well. Games such as frisbee, fetch, and catch are perfect for this dog. Trekking and hiking are good as well.

If your Miniature Golden Retriever doesn’t get enough exercise, he might start suffering from obesity, which, of course, will lead to more serious health issues. So, make sure your dog gets enough exercise daily, and he will be fine.

7. The Miniature Golden Retriever loves eating and is prone to obesity, so you will need to watch his weight

Miniature Golden Retriever sitting on the grass

You should that if you leave food around, your Miniature Golden Retriever will eat it. So, first of all, learn how to hide the food from this smart pooch, and hide it well, because he is a glutton. Two and a half cups to three cups a day of quality dog food are enough for this beautiful canine. Divide them into two meals daily, and he should be healthy.

Make sure to always measure out your best friend’s food and keep track of the treats you give him. As I said, this is a dog that is highly prone to obesity, so a little organization when it comes to his diet and food schedule goes a long way.

8. The Miniature Golden Retriever usually suffer from the same health problems as his purebred parents

Sad Miniature Golden Retriever puppy outdoors

Even though he is quite the healthy dog, the Miniature Golden Retriever can still suffer from some serious health issues. Here are the ones you should be on the lookout for:

9. The Miniature Golden Retriever can be expensive

Miniature Golden Retriever on a bed

Usually, a puppy of this mixed breed costs between 1000$ and 1500$. It all depends on his pedigree and the breeder you choose, so make sure to choose a reputable breeder.


The Miniature Golden Retriever is a beautiful and smart dog. Energetic, full of life, and friendly to a fault, he is the perfect family dog for anyone who wants a loving best friend for life.

About the Author Houda Laabadi

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