If you’re a Golden Retriever fan but your apartment is too small to meet this large breed’s need for space, then the Miniature Golden Retriever is the perfect dog for you. These dogs usually weigh from 20 to 50 pounds (9-22 kg) and are between 14 and 20 inches (35-50 cm) tall.
Also known as a Mini Golden Retriever or Small Golden Retriever, this little girl will have anywhere from 37% to 75% Golden Retriever genes, with the rest being a crossbreed with Poodle genes, or in some cases Poodle and Cocker Spaniel.
Mini Golden Retriever Photos
Sometimes puppies are the result of breeding two Miniature Golden Retrievers instead of two purebred parents, as part of the process of establishing standards for this new mix.
You might also hear them called Comfort Retrievers, but according to Kathy Burgess, the breeder who registered it, this one refers strictly to a crossbreed with no Cocker Spaniel in its blood.
It seems, though, that most breeders tend to stay away from this third parent breed, as they’re considered aggressive dogs, and this can have negative effects on the new puppies’ temperaments. If you want a dog with less chance of developing behavioral problems, ask the breeder about your future puppy’s family history, and don’t buy a dog with Spaniel ancestors.
Generally, these Small Golden Retrievers are loyal, friendly, affectionate and good with children and other pets. Thanks to their Poodle parent they shed less than a purebred Golden Retriever, which can be a good advantage when you’re working a lot, and have little to no time for grooming and cleaning.
However, you still have to brush your dog for about 15-20 minutes, twice a week, to maintain her beautiful coat.
Mini Golden Retriever puppies tend to be a golden or cream color, and in some rare cases their coats have been known to have white spots or pale brown shades.
Just like their Golden Retriever parents, they’re intelligent and like to please their owners, so you can train your dog easily without having to pay a professional trainer. On the other hand, they need mental stimulation, so start thinking about clever games to keep your dog busy.
As these dogs have high levels of energy, they’re more suited to active families. They like running or going for long walks, and they’ll never say no to play sessions in the park. But be warned - if your dog doesn’t get enough exercise she can develop destructive behavior, excessive barking, or depression.
Miniature Golden Retriever Cost
So what’s the bad news about this breed? These cute little fellows can cost as much as $6,000, if you plan on getting one with a good family history and a 2-4 year health guarantee.
However, you can find Mini Golden Retriever puppies for prices starting around $700, if you’re ready to accept something less than a perfect miniature of a Golden Retriever.
And why not? They have a good chance of growing into beautiful dogs, even when you choose to spend a little less.
Mini Golden Retriever Video
Just take a look at the great things this dog can do: