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Mini Golden Retriever Easy Care Guide

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The mini golden retriever is descended from a Golden Retriever and either a Cocker Spaniel or a Miniature Poodle. Sometimes called “comfort retrievers,” “mini goldens,” and “mini goldens,” this breed of dog is also known by a few other names.

Miniature golden retrievers resemble their larger ancestors in appearance. Small dogs can reach a height of 16 inches at the shoulders, weigh 20 to 50 pounds, and have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years. The breed’s adorable appearance and joyful disposition have made it a popular pet choice.

Miniature golden retrievers are perfect for city dwellers who want the companionship of a golden retriever but don’t have much space.

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In the early 2000s, the golden retriever was deliberately crossed with either the poodle or the cocker spaniel to create the mini golden retriever. The mini golden’s history is shrouded in mystery, but the breed has gained popularity as a smaller alternative to the traditional golden retriever.

The American Kennel Club does not currently recognize the mini golden breed (AKC). Taylormade Miniature Goldens is widely recognized as the primary source for miniature golden retrievers, and the breeder regularly offers puppies for sale.

Dogs that look more like their miniature poodle or cocker spaniel parents don’t belong in the golden retriever mini breed, which is defined by how closely they resemble the golden retriever.

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All the hallmarks of the larger golden retriever are present in the miniature variety: a broad skull, long muzzle, slanted brown eyes, floppy ears, and a double coat of medium length that is golden in color.

Mini golden retrievers are medium-sized dogs that range in size from 20 to 50 pounds and a height at the withers of 12 to 16 inches. In addition to the dog’s diet and level of exercise, the size and weight it matures to are determined by the size of its parents (the dominant parent gene for this feature). Miniature golden retrievers are bred specifically to be smaller and lighter than their larger ancestors.

Toy golden retrievers can be any shade of gold, but most commonly fall into the golden color category. Dogs are not found in black, white, or any other colors of their parent dogs because they are selectively bred to have the characteristic golden retriever colors.

Most miniature golden retrievers inherit their parent breed’s medium-length, wavy double coat. There are some comfort retrievers that look like miniature poodles with short, curly, single coats. The dog’s coat features a thick, dense undercoat and a thinner, wiry top coat. When compared to purebred golden retrievers, mini golden retrievers shed moderately.

Miniature golden retrievers maintain the breed’s signature broad head shape, which includes a broad muzzle, a large black nose, and large, dark eyes. The dog has a thick, muscular neck, and its ears are set on high, are of moderate size, and are folded ever-so-slightly.


Characteristics of the golden retriever and the miniature poodle or spaniel that produced the comfort retriever are passed on to the offspring.

The dog shares the friendly, laid-back nature of a golden retriever. In addition to the miniature poodle’s alert, playful nature, the mini golden may inherit the spaniel’s vivacious personality and propensity for separation anxiety. The mini golden retriever’s relaxed, affectionate behavior makes it an ideal pet for first-time dog owners and families with children.

Low barking is a common trait in comfort retrievers. The dogs have no protective instincts and bark for attention only, especially when they are young. A comfort retriever can be trained to bark less.


Miniature golden retrievers require about 2.5 cups of food per day. Feed your dog premium, high-protein food that meets all of his nutritional requirements. Select low-fat foods that feature lean meats, as Golden Retrievers are prone to weight gain.

The grooming requirements of a miniature golden retriever are average. Miniature golden retrievers, like their full-size ancestor, tend to pick up on doggy odors and benefit from a monthly bath. The dog needs to have his fur brushed every day to avoid mats. Once every 8-10 weeks, your pet needs to go to the groomer to have their ears cleaned and their nails trimmed.

Mini golden retrievers are extremely active and should be taken for a walk or run for at least 90 minutes every day. Get your dog out for at least an hour of daily exercise, and have fun with him or her by playing fetch, learning agility exercises, or taking him or her swimming. Because of its high exercise requirements, the comfort retriever is best suited to homes with a backyard where it can run around and play during the day.

Although these dogs are intelligent and eager to please, if their mental needs aren’t met, they can become noisy and disruptive. You should play games with your dog like fetch, tug-of-war, hiding, and seeking, and conduct training sessions with your dog at least once a day to keep his mind active. If you don’t want your dog to get bored while you’re busy, get him some treat-release toys or puzzle toys.