May 25, 2022
Miniature Golden Retriever

Dog Breeds – Miniature Golden Retriever Information & Pictures

Consider everything you adore about a Golden Retriever – their friendly disposition, unwavering loyalty, and playful nature – but in a smaller package. That sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?

Enter the Miniature Golden Retriever, a miniature version of the Golden Retriever. The Miniature is one of the newest ‘designer breeds’ that are sweeping the canine world, as prospective owners seek out their favorite dogs in a package that is more suited to their lifestyles.

 

What are Golden Retriever miniatures?

Contrary to their name, Miniature Golden Retrievers are not pedigree Golden Retrievers that have been selectively bred to be smaller. They are a cross between several different breeds of dogs, rather than a size variation on the breed standard.

The miniature Golden Retriever puppies are typically a cross between a Retriever and a Poodle.

Certain breeders also incorporate Cocker Spaniels, which can result in some undesirable characteristics, which we will discuss later.

This specialized breeding is intended to produce miniature Golden Retriever puppies that is genetically identical to a standard Golden – typically between a 50% and 75% genetic match. The goal is to create puppies with the same wonderful personality and temperament as a standard Retriever but in a smaller size.

Miniature Golden Retrievers are also referred to as comfort Retrievers and Petite Retrievers. The latter is a registered trademark for puppies bred by Kathy Burgess, who claims to be the inventor of the miniature Golden Retriever puppies.

 

Is their status officially recognized?

Although miniature Golden Retrievers are not recognized by the American Kennel Club, they are recognized by the Designer Dogs’ Kennel Club as a Retriever x Goldendoodle mix.

Responsible breeders are unambiguously committed to advancing the breed’s recognition and enforcing best breeding practices for Mini Goldens/small golden retrievers. This typically translates into puppies that have been neutered, microchipped, and come with an identification tag and a health certificate.

As with any breed of dog, it is critical that you purchase from a reputable breeder to ensure your new pup’s health and longevity.

 

 

How do they measure up to regular Golden Retrievers?

While the purpose of Miniature Goldens was to create a companion sized version of the standard dog, there are a number of distinctions and similarities between the two breeds. This is to be expected, given the Mini’s Poodle-like characteristics.

Although there is no breed standard for the Mini Golden, there is enough breeding activity at this point to accurately determine a breed standard.

Tiny Golden Retriever size

How big does a miniature golden retriever get? Well, standard Goldens typically weigh between 55 and 75 pounds (with females being slightly lighter and males being slightly heavier) and stand between 20 and 24 inches tall.

Miniatures, on the other hand, typically weigh between 20 and 45 pounds and stand between 14 and 20 inches tall.

Their exact sizes will vary according to the amount of genetic material inherited from their parents. Dogs with a higher proportion of Retriver’s genetics will likely be slightly larger, while those with a higher proportion of Poodle genes will likely be slightly smaller.

Tiny Golden Retriever lifespan

The Miniature Golden Retriever’s expected lifespan is between 10 and 15 years, while standard Golden Retrievers are expected to live between 10 and 12 years.

Larger dogs generally have a shorter lifespan than smaller dogs, as they are believed to age more rapidly.

Goldens, both standard and miniature, are susceptible to inheriting a variety of genetic diseases, including joint dysplasia and eye problems.

Always verify that your breeder can provide proof of the parents’ good health before purchasing a new puppy.

 

What about hair and excessive shedding?

Hair is one of the most obvious characteristics of Miniature Golden Retrievers that demonstrates their Poodle ancestry. It is typically between the straight, sandy short locks of a standard Golden and the wavy, curly, and soft-textured hair inherited from the Poodle parent.

Mini golden retrievers, like standard parent dogs, are notorious for being heavy shedders and requiring daily brushing, which is a significant benefit of purchasing a Mini.

However, it’s impossible to predict how much less your Mini Golden will shed because it varies from dog to dog due to each parent’s unique characteristics.

 

Miniature Golden Retriever

 

How to train your mini Retriever?

We are all aware that dogs require a lengthy commitment. Not only must owners ensure that their animals are fed, watered, and sheltered throughout the year, but they must also ensure that they receive adequate exercise and mental stimulation to remain happy and healthy.

Exercise and training are especially critical for Miniature Golden Retrievers, as they will develop behavioral problems and gain weight, eventually resulting in poor health. Mini Goldens are intelligent creatures who require daily mental and physical stimulation.

You’ll need to exercise your mini Golden Retriever for 30-60 minutes evryday, with plenty of time set aside for play, music, and attention.

Daily training should also occur to ensure that their behavior and command responses are refined enough to fit into a family home.

 

How is the temperament of the miniature Golden Retriever?

Golden Retrievers are renowned for their loving loyalty, friendly demeanor, and calm temperaments; the best breeders can instill these characteristics in a Miniature Golden Retriever as well.

Miniatures, make excellent family pets and do well with children. As with the majority of dogs, they enjoy all forms of attention, whether it’s playing fetch, getting some scratches behind the ears, or going for a long walk.

They do require plenty of exercise to maintain a healthy weight and to keep their minds and bodies stimulated. Miniatures are also relatively easy to train and socialize if you invest the necessary time and effort.

As with their larger counterparts, Miniature Goldens have an odd bark to alert their family to unfamiliar sounds or situations. When the doorbell rings, you’ll hear it if you live in a Mini! As such, they make excellent watchdogs.

Before purchasing a Miniature Golden Retriever, ensure that you have the time and energy to devote to exercising and training them.

 

FAQs

Where to buy a miniature Golden Retriever?

You can get one from a reputable breeder. Here is a short video of things to keep in mind before you buy one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2j3P0RpCqI

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