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Do You Know How Golden Cocker Retriever Looks?

Do You Know How Golden Cocker Retriever Looks?

The world is full of fur balls created by mixing different breeds of dogs. Not being purebred doesn’t make them any less valuable or sweet. On the contrary, mixed breeds usually inherit the most beautiful from both sides.

This year the new puppy on the block seems to be the Golden Cocker Retriever.

With their parents being two of the most popular dog breeds in the world, the instant fame of these mixes was predictable.

What is a Golden Cocker Retriever?

The Golden Cocker Retriever is a fairly recent mix of the Golden Retriever and an American Cocker Spaniel.

Both of these parent breeds belong to the sporting dog group, and are friendly, active dogs that are a pleasure to train.

Although popular, these breeds are not without their issues. Generations of inbreeding have rendered them vulnerable to a number of inherited diseases.

Golden Cocker Retriever health

There are some health advantages to being a cross bred dog.  You’ll find lots of information on the underlying science behind this issue in our article Pedigree Vs Mutt –  Are Mixed Breeds Healthier.  But in general, mixed breed dogs or mongrels have a longer lifespan than most purebred dogs.

Although this mix should be healthier than either of their parents, they still may inherit some of the disorders that have occurred through years of inbreeding.

Golden retrievers for example, are prone to cancer. According to a study 40% of Goldens will die from the disease.

Your pet might inherit that risk, or might not.  It’s difficult to say as we don’t yet have a test for the gene or genes that cause cancer in Goldens.

Many  Cocker spaniels are prone to a range of health conditions, one of the most common being loss of vision due to progressive retinal atrophy.  Golden Retrievers suffer from PRA too so it is important that your puppy’s parents have certificates to show that they have been tested for this disease and are free from it.