Miniature Golden Retriever – The definitive guide

mini-golden retriever

The Miniature golden retriever is a relatively new crossbreed dog. 

This dog retains all the good qualities of the golden retriever but it’s smaller in size.

Well, you must be wondering by now how they manage to do this and it’s simple, they cross a Golden Retriever with a smaller dog breed. 

What this means is that the Mini Golden Retriever is not a purebred dog but rather a designer dog.

 We all know golden retrievers have a great personality but have you ever wished you he was smaller.

In this article you’re going to cover all that you need to know about the miniature Golden Retriever this is including their personality temperament and even have to care for them.

So, let’s get right into it. 


About the Miniature Golden Retriever

Mini Golden Retriever is also known as comfort retrievers and is a mix of the golden retriever and a poodle and they’re sometimes mixed with the cocker spaniel.

The mini golden retriever Is also known as little Golden Retriever, small Golden Retriever or the Petite Golden Retriever. 

Comfort retriever is only given to mini golden retrievers that are bred from poodles. 

Not just any Poodle is used but a Miniature or Small Poodle.

Cocker spaniels avoided because sometimes they end up having behavior issues. 

By doing this the gate to share about 50 to 70% of their DNA if the standard golden retriever but with their great personality still intact. 

So, by getting this charming dog, you expect a clam, loving and loan pooch meaning they’re perfect for the family. 

The American Kennel Club does not recognize the mini golden retriever because it is a designer dog.

A designer dog is I mixed or crossbreed dog.

This dog has become popular they appeared in the 2000s.  a person by the name Kathy Burgess is claimed to be the first person to breed this dog to make the golden retriever into a manageable size. 

The breeder also aimed to create a healthier version of the popular Golden Retriever that we all know today.

From the year 2007 Golden retriever I’ve been crossed with what does because of their stable temperament and smaller size.

Some of you may think that the mini  golden retriever is a dwarf but that is not the case

Dwarf dogs are not bred because of the health issues that they may suffer from.

Dwarfism results from the abnormal development in the cartilage and bone which can cause pain to the dog. 

General Characteristics and appearance of the Mini Golden Retriever

Mini Golden Retriever summary table
Height 14 to 18  inches
Weight 20 to 55 pounds
Lifespan 10 to 12 years
Breed Type mixes and more
Purpose companion dog and therapy dog
Suitable For families that have kids too
Grooming requirements moderate to high grooming
Color Variations His coat can be blue or a combination of blue with tan/black or sable
Health concerns skin allergies, eye problems, and Joint Dysplasia
Temperament intelligent, affectionate, friendly, devoted, loving and gentle
Other Names comfort retrievers, small Golden retrievers or petite Golden Retrievers

These are small to medium-sized dogs and their size is dependent on the parent breeds that are used. He may be small but he has a lot of love to give. 

Mini golden retrievers standard has an average height of 14 to 18 inches and weighs about 20-25 lbs. 

Below are some of the features that the mini golden retriever can inherit from the parent breeds;

  • A broad skull with the straight muzzle just like the golden retriever.
  • Brown eyes are slightly slanted and have a friendly and intelligent expression.
  • They may also inherit the round and expressive eyes of the Cocker Spaniel
  • In rare cases, they may inherit the amber Blue eyes of the Poodle.
  • Most of the crossbreeds have long and floppy ears just the parent breeds
  • They usually have a well-balanced and compact body with their shoulders being study and muscular. 

The ears from Miniature Golden Retrievers from the Spaniel line are usually longer than the ones from the Poodle lines.


The coat appearance

When it comes to the coat this is where you will notice the poodle genetics. 

At most times they usually have slightly wavy coats. 

You may have noticed that most golden retrievers have got coats that are long and sleek but the mini golden retriever has slightly shorter and curly coats in a way retaining the poodle appearance. 

Something else that you may expect is a double coat with the dense undercoat and a firmer outercoat.

These dogs have their colors mostly gold or cream but some of them have white markings on their chest

And thanks do the poodle genes these dogs shed less than the standard golden retriever. This is one thing that will be proud of for getting a mini retriever. 

They are also known to trigger fewer allergies as compared to golden retrievers and may be considered hypoallergenic

However, you should note that the exact coat appearance will depend on which dog the comfort retriever takes after the most.

Dwarf Golden Retrievers

Some people may confuse dwarf golden retrievers with mini golden retrievers.

Achondroplasia is also known as dwarfism  is defined as the underdevelopment of bones

It is a condition when suffered by golden retrievers results in Bones not growing to the expected size.

It is an abnormality in the growth and development of either the bone or cartilage or even both.

Dogs that suffer from this condition can suffer pain depending on how severe the condition is.

In some cases, the golden retriever may be required to undergo surgery.

Several hereditary factors can cause dwarfism and can be passed from either gender. It just takes one parent to pass the gene to an offspring. 

You must understand this before making a purchase.

You should be careful when getting a miniature golden retriever because some breeders may introduce the Gene that causes dwarfism to create the mini golden retriever.

This type of  breeding is not good and can cause the dog to suffer from a lot of health issues because of this gene

So, what are some signs that a dog may be  suffering from dwarfism:

  •  poor growth or stunted growth
  •  short legs with a long body
  •  abnormal shape of the bone
  •  enlarged joints
  •  a large and wide head
  •  because of the short jaw, the dog may have crooked teeth
  •  Bowed legs

These signs can be visible on the dog is 2 to 3 months of age.

One way you can ensure that your dog does not suffer from this condition is by making sure that you get your dog from a reputable breeder.

A reputable breeder should be able to provide you with the necessary documents to show you that the parent breeds have been cleared of this condition. 

The difference between a Mini retriever and a Goldendoodle

You may expect the mini golden retriever to be the same as the Goldendoodle because they come from the same parents but that is not the case.

Goldendoodles have more poodle genes in them while miniature golden retrievers have more golden retriever genes in them. 

Comfort retrievers have more fur that is sleeker and wavier rather than being curlier. 

They may be the same size but you can spot the difference between them. 

To learn more about Goldendoodle visit this article that we had prepared just for you.

Temperament and personality of the Mini Golden retriever

Just like the standard golden retriever, the mini golden retriever is friendly happy and easy-going

These are some of the traits that made the standard golden retriever so popular. 

If you are looking for a family dog then this is the right dog for you. 

Petite Golden retriever dogs thrive on human attention and will take every opportunity to make the family happy.

Although it’s rare they may suffer from separation anxiety especially if they come from the spaniel line. 

Mini golden retrievers are known to be playful and are gentle with kids forming a strong attachment to them. 

These dogs love everyone and will tolerate other pets and humans alike this is as long as you socialize them from an early age. 

Have you ever wondered why dogs have a strong attachment to humans? This is because of a love hormone known as the neuroreceptor oxytocin.

Dogs experience the rush of this hormone when they interact with us giving them a happy feeling. 

Petite golden retrievers may be small but they’re full of energy. 

If the breeder has brought the miniature golden retriever from cocker spaniel they inherit some behaviors that you may not like such as nipping and biting and are less friendly. You may want to avoid mini retrievers from this line but that does not make them bad. 

Overall the temperament and personality of these dogs will depend on each specific dog. You could end up getting a pooch that has less favorable traits if the parent breeds. 

Enough of that, now let us take a look into each dog. 


An overview of the Golden retriever

In the 19th-century bird hunting was a popular sport for the wealthy and so the Golden Retriever was bred. 

The breeders not only wanted a hunting dog but also a dog that enjoyed running and swimming. 

 golden retrievers were perfect at this as they will get their bird without harming them and that is how they got popular. 

Today the Golden Retriever is not only one of the most popular dogs in the US but also the world. 

A fully grown golden retriever could weigh 75 pounds and measure about 24 inches. 

This is a large dog and might be too much for some people and it may not come as a wonder why many people prefer a smaller one.

Golden Retriever

An overview of the Cocker Spaniel

The cocker spaniel was created in the 14th century as a hunting dog. 

This was done by breeders that wanted a smaller version of the golden retriever. so do not be surprised if you see so many similarities between the Golden Retriever and cocker spaniel. 

Both the American and the English Cocker Spaniel are known for their happy and playful nature and also their beautiful appearance. 

These dogs rose to fame after the Disney movie Lady and Tramp come out in the 1950s.

A fully grown Cocker Spaniel could weigh up to 30 pounds and measure about 13 inches. This is about half the size of the golden retriever. 

Their manageable size and temperament make them an ideal breed for the creation of the mini golden retriever. 

A Golden Cocker Retriever is a mix between a Cocker Spaniel and a Golden Retriever. To learn more click here.


The charming Poodle

It may come as a surprise to many that although Poodle is referred to as the French Poodle he is actually of German descent.

There is no French Poodle as Poodles originated from Germany about 400 years ago where they were bred to hunt waterfowls.

The poodle comes in three sizes:

  • Toy poodle
  • Miniature Poodle
  • Standard Poodle

Poodles are talented and charismatic dogs that make elegant and friendly family dogs.

This pooch is ranked as the second most intelligent dog in the world.

They excel at being therapy dogs and are used in dog competitions a lot.

What sets the poodle from other breeds is their coat which is said to be hypoallergenic.

With all these qualities it is no wonder that Poodles’ popularity continues to grow by the day.


Other Golden Retriever mixes

  • Golden Retriever Corgi mix is a good-natured pup with the genes of both the Golden retriever and a Corgi.
  • Combining a Poodle and a Golden Retriever gives you a Golden Poodle. 
  • Beagle Golden Retriever Mix is also called Golden Beagle
  • Bull Mastiff Golden Retriever Mix is also called Golden Mastiff
  • Labrador Golden Retriever Mix is also called Golden Labrador
  • Chihuahua Golden Retriever Mix is also called Golden Chihuahua
  • Great Dane Golden Retriever Mix is also called Great Golden Dane
  • Chow Chow Golden Retriever Mix is also called Golden Chow
  • Border Collie Golden Retriever Mix is also called Golden Collie
  • Australian Shepherd Golden Retriever Mix is also called Golden Australian Shepherd
  • Dachshund Golden Retriever Mix is also called Golden Dachshund
  • Pug Golden Retriever Mix is also called Golden Pug
  • Cocker Spaniel Golden Retriever Mix is also called Golden Cocker Spaniel
  • St. Bernard Golden Retriever Mix is also called Golden Bernard
  • American Bulldog Golden Retriever Mix is also called Golden American Bulldog
  • Shar-Pei Golden Retriever Mix is also called Golden Shar Pei

Miniature Golden Retriever puppies

The cost of a mini golden retriever is between $700 to $6000  but it will depend on the breeder. 

However, you must make sure you get A reputable breeder if you are looking for a good puppy. 

If you were looking for a very family-friendly dog you would avoid breeders that are used the cocker spaniel and go for the ones from the Poodle line. 

Don’t get a purebred or crossbreed dog that you do not have enough information about.

Ask a groomer, veterinarian and other dog lovers that own this dog to direct you to the reputable breeder that they know.

Get to know about the breeder’s history and experience breeding the same dog. Know how long he has been doing this for.

Ask about the history of the parent breeds that he/she is going to used to breed the puppies. It is important that you know whether the parents have been screened for diseases that are associated with them.

The breeder should be able to answer questions concerning the temperament of the parent breeds.

Reputable breeders should be able to do the following:

A reputable breeder should also ask questions about yourself and how you live. He may also ask to visit your whole family if that is okay with you.

The same breeder should be able to follow up on the puppy even after you have already taken the dog home.

You should allow your breeder to keep the Mini Retriever puppies until they are at least 6-8 months old.

The breeder should also be able to provide information on how you should raise the puppy, train it and even how you should feed the Puppy.

Good breeders have a refund policy and should be willing to replace or refund your money in case some genetically linked illness occurs when you are with the Mini Golden Retriever.

Avoid Puppies that have the following:

  • Too many hereditary diseases in the puppy’s family history.
  • Signs of aggression from either of the mixes parents.
  • No certification was issued by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals for both its parents.

Mini Golden retriever pup


Mini Golden Retriever grooming requirements

These dogs have moderate grooming requirements. 

Brushing their coat is an important part of this process and two to three brushes a week will keep their coat in great condition. This is also important at it as it will help the hair stay tangle-free. 

You might need to also bath the dog once in a while is the coat can sometimes get smelly due to the length of the coat.

A professional groomer around your area could help trim the dog’s coat to a manageable length. 

You will not have to deal with a lot of hair around your home because these dogs don’t shed much. 

More grooming requirements

Apart from taking care of the coat, you might also need to check the ears for any infections. 

Dip a cotton bud into an ear cleaning solution after which you will use it to clean the dog’s ears.

Make sure that you are cleaning the outer area as you do not want to damage the dog’s ears. Visit a groomer if you are not comfortable doing it by yourself.

Clipping the nails is also an important part of grooming.

Start gradually when your pooch is a small pup. Make an effort to calm your dog when you are clipping his nails and reward him for every time he stays calm and relaxed.

By doing this you help him get used to his nails being clipped when they get long.

You should also brush their teeth regularly as you check for any signs of dental illnesses.


Feeding requirements

Being smaller than a standard golden retriever the miniature golden retriever will also feed less.

The recommended amount of food that you can give to your dog is about 30 calories per pound of the dog weight. 

Taking into account the average weight of a Mini golden retriever which is about 50 pounds * 30, this will give you 1500 calories per day. 

 the amount that you give your dog will depend on the activity level, if your dog is more active we need more energy thus more calories. 

Ensure that you meet your dog’s nutrient requirements feeding him on high-quality food.

In terms of kibble, this is about 3 cups of kibble per day. You should divide the meals into two, one meal in the morning and the other in the evening.

Once you have taken your Mini Golden Retriever from you breeder make sure that you stick on the same diet that was being given to the dog to prevent him from getting stomach upset.

You can then gradually change the dog’s diet.

Protein is an essential part of every dog’s diet.

Your mini retriever will also need fats where they can get most of their energy from.

Fatty acids help to keep the dog’s coat shiny and healthy.

You will also need to avoid artificial fillers which can sometimes be harmful to your dog. Artificial fillers are mostly found in dry foods and are high in carbs.

Water is also an essential part of the diet that you will need to include as dehydration can be a very serious issue, especially in hot climates.


Exercise requirements

These dogs may be small but they are energetic and love a lot of activity and play. This helps to provide them with physical and mental stimulation.

Ideally, 30 to 60 minutes of exercise will be enough for the dog keeping him in shape.

Take your dog for a walk or a jog in the local park. It is also a great way to make sure that your dog does not get bored and destructive.

Before you take your dog out for a walk make sure you have a leash on him till you can get comfortable with him obeying your commands.

Golden retrievers love to play fetch after all they are retrievers. This is a great way to provide them with bored the mental and physical stimulation that they need to stay healthy.

Training a Miniature Golden Retriever

The Mini Golden retriever is an easy to train dog because he is intelligent and eager to please.

Once you have brought your new puppy home start training immediately.

Positive reinforcement is the best way to get around training.

This is a reward-based training where your pooch gets a reward for everything that he gets right.

Give them a treat and praise them if they follow your command and just ignore them if they don’t because they love the attention.

You should never punish your dog as it has been proven to cause more harm than good affecting the bond between you and your furry friend.

Punishment has also been found to increase stress and anxiety.

Socialization is also part of training and when we are talking about this we are focussing on other humans, pets and environmental changes. Everything that the present-day world has to offer.

The more exposure your dog gets the more he will learn not to react to them with hostility and not to be wary about them.

One of the best ways to socialize your Miniature Golden retriever is by doing it in a controlled way that is safe to the dog.

Their brains get wired to learning if something is positive or negative.


Miniature Golden Retriever health concerns

Despite hybrid dogs being generally healthier, you will notice that the Mini Golden Retriever may inherit some of the health issues from the parent breeds.

The dog may inherit issues like hip dysplasia, sebaceous adenitis, luxating patellas, sebaceous adenitis, juvenile cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy, and Addison’s disease just to mention but a few.

However, these health problems are not likely to occur because of the mixed genetics and it is not something that should stop you from getting this dog.

Just make sure that your breeder is responsible enough to give you the health certificates of both the parent breeds.

With all these in mind, you need to know that the Miniature Golden Retriever has an average lifespan of 10 to 15 years.


The Mini Golden retriever is a lovable, easy to train and friendly dog.

This is a perfect addition for your family if you cannot cope with the large size of the Golden Retriever.

The whole family will love to be involved in taking care of this dog.

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