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So-called designer breeds have gained much popularity in recent years. We are witnessing interesting breeding combinations suited to meet the demand of potential customers. One of the latest in the line of designer breeds is the Mini Golden Retriever.
The Mini Golden Retriever is a crossbreed mix between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. In some cases, breeders will also mix in a Cocker Spaniel. Other names for Mini Golden Retrievers are also Petite Golden Retrievers and Comfort Retrievers.
The latest name is the invention of Kathy Burgess, a breeder who claims to have developed the first Mini Golden Retriever.
American Kennel Club has not yet recognized Miniature Golden Retrievers as a breed. However, breeders have already started to work on the recognition of the breed and the establishment and standardization of the best breeding practices.
Mini Golden Retriever: Main Characteristics
You could say that Mini Golden Retrievers are simply Goldens in a smaller package. However, there are distinctive differences between mini and standard Golden Retrievers.
As their name suggests, Mini Goldens are smaller and lighter than their Golden counterparts. The average height of the Mini Golden Retriever will be between 14 and 20 inches. For example, standard Goldens measure between 20 and 24 inches in height.
The weight of Mini Golden Retrievers is between 20 and 45 pounds. On the other hand, standard Goldens weigh between 55 and 75 pounds.
However, these proportions may vary with Mini Goldens based on the amount of genetic material they inherited from their parents. If a Mini Golden inherits more of the Golden Retriever genetic material it will be a bit bigger. On the other hand, if the Poodle genetic material prevails, it will be smaller.
When it comes to temperament, there are no substantial differences between Mini and standard Golden Retrievers. Mini Goldens are as affectionate, kind, loving, and playful as their bigger cousins. They crave attention and are willing to please their owners just as much as Golden Retrievers. Mini Goldens are also very good with children and make excellent guard dogs.
Mini Golden Retrievers are another proof that the size of the breed is directly correlated with the length of the lifespan. Golden Retrievers as a breed have a lifespan between 10-12 years, while Mini Goldens are expected to live between 10 and 15 years. However, Mini Goldens are still predisposed to inherit health issues that are troubling Golden Retrievers such as eye issues and hip and elbow dysplasia.
Hair and shedding
We all know how much Golden Retrievers shed, especially during spring and autumn. On the other hand, Mini Goldens will shed more or less based on the proportions of Poodle genetic material. Those Mini Goldens with larger input of Poodle genetics will shed less than those that have inherited the shedding gene from Golden Retriever. The hair of Mini Goldens is a mix between straight, short locks of Golden Retriever and the soft, curly, and wavy hair of Poodle.
Training and exercise
Just as Golden Retrievers, Mini Goldens need everyday exercise and physical activity to stay healthy. They will generally need between 30 minutes and an hour of exercise every day. Mini Golden Retrievers are as intelligent as their bigger cousins. Therefore, it will be easy to train them. However, you will still need to devote your time and energy to train them.
Should I Buy A Mini Golden Retriever?
Mini Golden Retrievers are quite expensive. The average price of Mini Golden is somewhere between $700 and $6000. These prices, coupled with other everyday expenses and potential medical bills, can put a big strain on your budget. If you have the financial means and time to properly care for a Mini Golden Retrievers then you should consider getting one.
A personality of a Golden Retriever packed in a smaller dog was always going to be a big hit in a canine world. Therefore, it’s no surprise that Mini Goldens are becoming so popular around the world. You basically get a perfect family pet and a life companion. Who would refuse such a deal?