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Everything You Want To Know About The Miniature Golden Retriever - PawSafe
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Everything You Want To Know About The Miniature Golden Retriever

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Written by Tamsin De La Harpe

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Miniature Golden Retrievers, also known as Comfort Retrievers, Mini Goldens, or Petite Golden Retrievers are a relatively new designer breed that has gained popularity among dog lovers in recent years. These gorgeous dogs are a smaller version of the beloved Golden Retriever, and they have captured the hearts of many with their charming looks, friendly demeanor, and trainability.

But one always has to do their research before deciding on a designer dog like the Comfort Retriever. Because this is a new breed, factors like temperament can still vary wildly. So decide if this is the dog for you, let’s take a thorough look. 

Are Miniature Golden Retrievers dwarfs? (Types of Mini Goldens)

Dwarfism in Golden Retrievers is extremely rare (if it exists at all). A type of dwarfism does exist in their cousins, the Labrador, but you’re not likely to find it in a purebred Golden Retriever. This means that mini Goldens are usually a cross with a smaller dog. Some of these crosses are with dogs like Corgis, Bassets and Dachshunds that do actually have dwarf genes that give them short legs.

But these kinds of mini Golden Retrievers usually go by other names, depending on the breed they are mixed with. These include:

  • The Golden Corgi (A Golden Retriever X Corgi)
  • Basset Retriever ( Golden Retriever X Basset)
  • Goldendoodle (Golden Retriever X Poodle)
  • Beago (golden Retriever X Beagle)
  • Golden Cavalier (golden Retriever X Cavalier King Charles Spaniel)
  • Golden Dox (Golden Retriever X Dachshund)
  • Goldenshire (golden Retriever X Yorkshire Terrier)
  • Golden Chi (golden Retriever + Chihuahua)

All of these will give you a smaller version of the Golden Retriever (unlike the giant Golden Mountain Dog). 

But in this article, we are talking about the type of mini Golden that is specifically bred to look like a smaller version of the Golden Retriever. This dog, also called the Comfort Retriever, is mostly bred with smaller poodles. But they usually also have spaniel in their background for that classic retriever look. Otherwise they would just be Goldendoodles. 

History of the Mini Golden Retriever

The miniature Golden Retriever is not an officially recognized breed by the American Kennel Club (AKC). They are a mixed breed that is typically produced by crossing a Golden Retriever with a Cocker Spaniel and/or a Poodle. The exact origin of the miniature Golden Retriever is not clear, but it is believed that the breed was developed in the United States in the 1990s.

To understand this dog a bit better, we need to look at its parent breeds.

Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever is a breed of dog that originated in Scotland in the mid-19th century. They were developed as a hunting dog, specifically for retrieving game from water and land. The breed was created by crossing a variety of dogs, including the Tweed Water Spaniel, the Irish Setter, and the Bloodhound. The first Golden Retriever was introduced to the United States in the early 1900s and quickly gained popularity as a companion and hunting dog.

Cocker Spaniel

The Cocker Spaniel is a breed of dog that originated in Spain in the 14th century. They were originally bred as hunting dogs, specifically for flushing out woodcock, hence their name. The breed was later developed in England and eventually made its way to the United States, where it became a popular family pet. The Cocker Spaniel is known for its long, silky coat and friendly, outgoing personality.

Poodle

The Poodle is a breed of dog that originated in Germany in the 16th century. They were originally bred as water retrievers, specifically for retrieving ducks and other waterfowl. The breed was later developed in France, where they became popular as a companion dog among the wealthy. The Poodle is known for its distinctive curly coat and its intelligence and trainability. Today, Poodles are used for a variety of purposes, including as guide dogs, therapy dogs, and show dogs.

From this history, we can see that all the Comfort Retriever’s parent breeds are highly sensitive and intelligent hunting dogs. This means they love to chase, have quite high energy levels, are trainable, but may be prone to anxiety issues and snappiness.

Appearance of the Mini Golden Retriever

As their name suggests, miniature Golden Retrievers are smaller than their full-sized counterparts, weighing between 20 and 50 pounds and standing about 14 to 20 inches tall at the shoulder. They look a lot like the Golden Retriever, with a golden coat that is typically straight or wavy, and feathering on their legs, chest, and tail. Their eyes are round and dark, and their ears are pendant and set close to their head.

Their colors are usually white, cream, red, or golden. Though it’s possible that they can be black, liver, or bi-colored.

Comfort Retrievers may be marketed as hypoallergenic because of their Poodle background, but because their coat is likely to be closer to a Spaniel or a Retriever, claims of being hypoallergenic should be viewed with skepticism.

Personality & Trainability

Miniature Golden Retrievers are known for their friendly and outgoing personalities, making them great family pets. They are intelligent, loyal, and eager to please, which makes them easy to train. They are also affectionate and love to be around people, making them great companion animals.

However, they are prone to being nervous and anxious dogs. Be extremely careful during the socialization phase that they don’t have a bad experience with other dogs, as this can cause fear-based reactivity. Also, take steps to avoid problems like separation anxiety. These dogs do better when somebody is home most of the day.

Miniature Golden Retrievers are highly trainable dogs that excel in obedience, agility, and other canine sports. They are eager to please their owners and respond well to positive reinforcement training methods. They are also intelligent dogs that can learn quickly, making them ideal for novice dog owners. 

Sociability with children and other pets

These dogs may be a bit too sensitive or anxious for very big or loud households. Smaller households with older children who can play gently are better suited to these dogs. They can get on well with other pets with socialization, but may want to chase small animals. 

General Care of a Miniature Golden Retriever

Energy Levels 

The Miniature Golden Retriever is an energetic breed that requires regular exercise to stay healthy and happy. They have a moderate energy level, which means that they are not as high-energy as some other breeds, but they still require daily exercise and playtime.

Exercise Needs

To keep a Miniature Golden Retriever healthy and happy, they need at least 30 to 60 minutes of exercise each day. This can include a daily walk or run, as well as playtime in a yard or park. These dogs also enjoy swimming, so taking them to a nearby lake or pond is an excellent way to provide them with exercise and mental stimulation.

Grooming 

Miniature Golden Retrievers have a thick, soft coat that requires regular grooming to keep it healthy and tangle-free. They should be brushed at least once a week, and more frequently during shedding season. Bathing should be done as needed, but not too often as it can strip the coat of its natural oils, so use a specialized canine shampoo

The ears should be checked regularly and cleaned with ear cleansers as needed to prevent infections. The nails should be trimmed regularly to prevent them from getting too long with pet nail trimmers. These dogs are extremely prone to dental issues, so don’t forget to add a dental additive to their water.

Diet Needs

The Miniature Golden Retriever has a moderate appetite and does not typically require a special diet. However, it is important to provide them with high-quality dog food that is appropriate for their age, weight, and activity level. The most important thing about their diet is that the Golden Retriever and the Cocker Spaniel are prone to taurine deficiencies that cause deadly heart issues. Make sure the Petite Golden Retriever is always on food with added taurine. 

A diet that is high in protein and low in fat is ideal for these dogs, as it can help them maintain a healthy weight and prevent obesity, which can lead to health problems later in life. It is also essential to provide them with fresh water at all times. Keep in mind, this breed is extremely prone to weight issues, so keep monitoring their intake.

How much does a miniature Golden Retriever puppy cost?

On average, a Miniature Golden Retriever puppy can cost anywhere from $1,500 to $3,500. Reputable breeders who have been breeding exceptional and health tested dogs for multiple generations may ask more. 

It is important to do research and find a reputable breeder that follows ethical breeding practices and provides proper care for their dogs. It is also worth noting that adopting a dog from a shelter or rescue organization can be a more affordable option, and it can also provide a loving home for a dog in need..

How much does a Mini Golden Retriever puppy cost?

How much does a Mini Golden Retriever puppy cost?

The cost of a Miniature Golden Retriever can vary depending on a variety of factors, such as the breeder, location, pedigree, and demand. On average, a Miniature Golden Retriever puppy can cost anywhere from $1,500 to $3,500. Some breeders may charge more for puppies with exceptional pedigrees or for those that have undergone health testing. It is important to do research and find a reputable breeder that follows ethical breeding practices and provides proper care for their dogs. It is also worth noting that adopting a dog from a shelter or rescue organization can be a more affordable option, and it can also provide a loving home for a dog in need.

Health issues and longevity in the miniature Golden Retriever

The Miniature Golden Retriever typically has a lifespan of 10 to 12 years, though some can live longer with proper care and attention to their health. As with any breed, there are some health issues that Miniature Golden Retrievers may be more prone to than others. Here are some common health issues to watch for in this breed:

  1. Hip Dysplasia: This is a common genetic condition in many breeds, including the Miniature Golden Retriever. It occurs when the hip joint does not develop properly, causing pain and discomfort for the dog.
  2. Elbow Dysplasia: Similar to hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia is a genetic condition that affects the elbow joint. It can cause pain and discomfort for the dog and may require surgical treatment.
  3. Eye Issues: Miniature Golden Retrievers are prone to certain eye issues, such as cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), and glaucoma. Regular eye exams can help detect these issues early and ensure that proper treatment is given.
  4. Allergies: Miniature Golden Retrievers may be prone to allergies, which can cause skin irritations, itching, and other uncomfortable symptoms. Identifying the allergen and providing appropriate treatment is important for managing this condition.
  5. Cancer: Unfortunately, cancer is a common issue in many dog breeds, including the Miniature Golden Retriever. Regular check-ups with a veterinarian can help detect cancer early and improve the chances of successful treatment.

It is important to note that not all Miniature Golden Retrievers will develop these health issues. By choosing a reputable breeder who performs health screenings on their breeding dogs and taking your dog for regular check-ups with a veterinarian, you can help ensure that your Miniature Golden Retriever lives a happy and healthy life.

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, the miniature Golden Retriever is a charming and lovable breed that has captured the hearts of many dog lovers. They are smaller in size than the Golden Retriever, but they have the same friendly demeanor and trainability. Although not officially recognized by the AKC, these dogs are becoming increasingly popular as companion animals, thanks to their loyal and affectionate personalities. If you are considering adding a dog to your family, the miniature Golden Retriever is definitely worth considering.

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Tamsin De La Harpe

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Tamsin de la Harpe has nearly two decades of experience with dogs in rescue, training, and behavior modification with fearful and aggressive dogs. She has worked closely with veterinarians and various kennels, building up extensive medical knowledge and an understanding of canine health and physiology. She also spent two years in the animal sciences as a canine nutrition researcher, focusing on longevity and holistic healthcare for our four-legged companions. Tamsin currently keeps a busy homestead with an assortment of rescue dogs and three Bullmastiffs.

Tamsin de la Harpe has nearly two decades of experience with dogs in rescue, training, and behavior modification with fearful and aggressive dogs. She has worked closely with veterinarians and various kennels, building up extensive medical knowledge and an understanding of canine health and physiology. She also spent two years in the animal sciences as a canine nutrition researcher, focusing on longevity and holistic healthcare for our four-legged companions. Tamsin currently keeps a busy homestead with an assortment of rescue dogs and three Bullmastiffs.