Mini Golden Retriever: 6 Things To Know Before Buying

The Mini Golden Retriever is all of the fun and the love of a Golden Retriever packed into a small and convenient size.

Their smaller size makes them more convenient for apartments and urban living.

These lovable little dogs offer the same friendly and playful personality of a full sized Golden. This is not just a Golden Retriever bred to a smaller size but a distinct breed created by crossing other breeds.

If you are looking to bring this dog home you must understand that this breed is different from what you might expect.

Read on to learn about these differences before you buy one…

Comfort Retriever

What is a Mini Golden Retriever? (Overview)

A Mini Golden Retriever is the cross between a Golden and a Cocker Spaniel, or a Golden and a Poodle.

This creates a smaller dog that looks like a Golden Retriever.

They are also known as Comfort Retrievers by their original breeder. The exact genetic makeup of a Comfort Retriever is not known as the original breeder has kept this a secret.

However we do know that to produce a Mini Golden (rather than a Goldendoodle) the puppy must have inherited most of its genetic code from its Golden Retriever parent.

It is classified as a hybrid and is bred to be a lovable companion.

They will have the built in smile typical of a Golden Retriever and the same playful and sweet personality.

  • Overview: Hybrid (Golden Retriever/Cocker Spaniel).
  • Purpose: Companion.
  • Weight: 20-50 pounds.
  • Size: 12-16 inches.
  • Temperament: Cheerful, friendly and playful.

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Friendly and even tempered.
  • Playful and fun to be around.
  • Thrive in most lifestyles.
  • Good first pet for children.

Cons:

  • Very expensive to buy.
  • Can suffer from anxiety.
  • Temperament can be hard to predict.
  • Not hypoallergenic.

Mini Golden Retriever Appearance

Miniature Golden Retrievers

As mentioned earlier this mix should look just like a small Golden Retriever.

Whilst the official Comfort Retriever has a breed standard many of these mixes are not ‘official’ so their appearance can be varied.

According to the official breeder a Mini Golden must resemble a Golden Retriever more closely than a Poodle or Cocker Spaniel.

Mini Golden Retrievers should have the same angles and proportions as a full sized Golden Retriever, but stand at a maximum of 16 inches tall.

They can weigh between 20 and 50 pounds.

Breed Colors and Coat

As you might have guessed this pup’s primary color is gold.

Your mix may have the classic yellow gold or it may be a light cream or a deep rust color.

Again as they are a hybrid they could have a variety of coat types.

Their coat can be anything from straight to wavy to wiry. They can even have a single or a double coat. If your dog has a single coat they will not shed as much as a double coated dog. Still you can expect your pup to drop some hair no matter their coat type.

6 Fun Facts About The Miniature Golden Retriever

  1. This breed was first established in 2003 and since then many copycat hybrids have began to appear.
  2. The Dwarf Golden Retriever is another smaller Golden Retriever variant, but it is not related to this Mini. Dwarfs are purebred dogs selected for a gene that causes dwarfism.
  3. It is very likely that this pooch will love swimming.
  4. Goldens were originally bred to retrieve hunted game and Cocker Spaniels also have history as hunting partners. The Mini is a household companion but you can watch these old instincts come to life when you play fetch.
  5. In the breeding process the larger dog must always be the mother of the hybrid puppies.
  6. The name Comfort Retriever is trademarked by the original breeder. However it is now used as a general term to describe any Mini Golden.

Mini Golden Retriever Personality and Temperament

Mini Golden Retriever Playing

The best case scenario here is a dog that is as friendly and playful as a full sized Retriever.

However since this is a hybrid there can be no guarantee.

Occasionally these mixes can inherit the Cocker Spaniel’s moodiness, or the stubborn attitude of a Poodle.

Either way they are energetic and fun loving dogs that are ready to greet the day with a cheerful vigor.

Since they are so small they can play indoors or out.

Small Golden Retrievers that come from a Poodle parent can be a little less active and more inclined to be a lap dog.

These dogs are social butterflies that tend to get along with everybody. However mixes will more Cocker Spaniel can be a bit anxious around strangers.

As a hybrid you must understand that this dog will come with personality traits that do not occur with a regular Golden. So as your puppy develops you will need to pay attention to their personality and understand their needs.

Is The Mini Golden Retriever A Good Family Dog?

This breed makes the perfect family dog and is bred to be a companion dog.

Their small size and friendly nature makes them a great first pet for children.

Caring for a Mini Golden Retriever

Mini Golden Retriever

These dogs are bred to be lovable and manageable companions for all walks of life.

They can adapt to pretty much every living arrangement (indoor or outdoor life, young or old people). Just be aware that they will require some physical activity every day.

Their exact care needs will depend on your pup’s specific breeding history, genetics and temperament. Every Mini Golden is different and there is no real way to predict what yours will be like. As your puppy matures their temperament will develop so you should pay close attention to them and learn from them.

However there are certain care requirements that are common to all of them.

Exercise Requirements

These small dogs have a lot of energy.

Miniature Golden Retrievers want to play more than they want to walk!

Two 15 minute walks every day is enough for them as long as they get plenty of play as well.

They can be trained to walk on or off the leash.

After their walks you can spend the rest of the day doing what they love best: playing.

Your dog will love running at your heels and chasing after you in the yard. Fetch and tag are among their favorite games.

  • Number of Walks Per Day: 2.
  • Total Exercise Needed Per Day: 45-60 Minutes.

Grooming and Shedding

Small Golden Retriever

Their exact grooming requirements will depend on their parents and lineage.

Mixes that come from Poodles will shed less than those from Spaniels.

Every Mini Golden Retriever will need to be brushed at least twice a week. Those with longer and thicker fur will need to be brushed 3 times a week.

Although these dogs are marketed as being low shed dogs there is no guarantee.

Also remember to get your puppy used to the toothbrush as early as possible and keep up with a weekly dental routine.

Feeding and Diet

These dogs have a big appetite packed into a small package.

Give them 2 cups of high quality kibble each day (split into a morning and afternoon meal).

If your dog is under 15 inches they may benefit from a formula for small active breeds. Their food should be nutrient dense (protein, vitamins, and healthy sources of carbs and fats) in order to keep them feeling full.

Dogs between 12-14 inches should weigh between 20- 40 pounds. Dogs above 14 inches can go up to 50 pounds.

Calories Per Day: Cups of Kibble Per Day:
800 2

How Long Does A Mini Golden Retriever Live?

You can expect this mix to live for 10 to 15 years.

How Much Does A Mini Golden Retriever Cost?

This is truly a luxury dog breed.

A puppy will cost about $5000 if purchased from the official breeder, but even a copycat breeder will charge around $2000.

How To Train A Miniature Golden Retriever

Comfort Retriever Chewing

These dogs are very smart and eager to learn.

But just remember they can also have a strong will so there will be times when they will refuse to learn.

Mini Golden Retrievers are still very trainable so long as their owner has a lot of patience.

This mix is motivated by their owner’s happiness so make sure you let your dog know when you are pleased with them.

Do not validate your pup when they act out. All puppies test their owners’ limits until they learn that it does not work. Any kind of attention (positive or negative) will count as validation.

These intelligent pups will need daily activities to keep their big brains occupied. Bored dogs are known for ruining furniture.

Engage your pup in games that the two of you can play together.

Fetch is the very best training game for any Retriever. Practice commands as your dog fetches balls, sticks and other toys.

Try drop, leave and sit as your dog brings the toys back to you.

Quick Breed Summary Table

Breed Characteristics
Size: 12-16 inches.
Weight: 20-50lb.
Lifespan: 10-15 years.
Coat: Medium length single or double.
Color: Golden.
Do They Shed: Yes.
Temperament: Social, playful, happy, affectionate and energetic.
Intelligence: High.
Socialization: Socializes well with people and other dogs.
Destructive Behavior: Biting, chewing and tearing.
People Skills: Gets along well with everybody.
Good with Children: Loves children.
Activity Levels: Moderate.

Summary

A Mini Golden Retriever is truly a dog for everyone. They can live in any kind of home and fit in to just about any lifestyle.

However they thrive with owners who love to play as much as they do.

These loving, friendly dogs will win your heart in no time at all.

Your new best friend will keep you on your feet with fun and games for days.

This dog may be a goofball but do not underestimate their intelligence. You will be surprised by just how smart they are and just how much they will learn from you.

If you are not ready for a full sized dog, a Mini Golden could be your best bet. Let us know in the comments section below…

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Thomas has been a dog lover since he was 6 years old when his parents got him a rescue Labrador. Since then his love for dogs has lead him to study Animal Behavior & Welfare. He now keeps a six year old English Bullmastiff and educates pet parents through his online publication Perfect Dog Breeds.

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