Golden Cocker Retriever Dog Breed

Other names:
Dakota Sport Retriever

The Golden Cocker Retriever is cocker spaniel golden retriever mix breed. As a hybrid dog, the Golden Cocker Retriever will inherit traits from both parent breeds. It is important to note that not all Golden Cocker Retrievers will receive the same traits from their parents. Some offspring may have more Golden Retriever traits, some may have more Cocker Spaniel Traits, and others may show equal traits from both parent breeds.

The lack of consistent traits and characteristics makes it difficult to set breed standards, which is why the Golden Cocker Retriever is not considered a purebred dog. Even though there are physical and behavioral diversity between Golden Cocker Retrievers, this page will go over the most likely traits and characteristics of the breed.

Golden Cocker Retriever Breed Details

Below are likely characteristics and traits of the Golden Cocker Retriever breed.

11 - 14 yrs.
16 - 20 in.
40 - 60 lbs
OverallFamily FriendlyChild FriendlyPet FriendlyStranger Friendly
Easy to GroomEnergy LevelExercise NeedsHealthShedding Amount
Barks / HowlsEasy to TrainGuard DogPlayfulnessWatch Dog
Apartment DogCan be AloneGood for Busy OwnersGood for New OwnersIntelligence

Golden Cocker Retriever Breed Description

Due to the size differences between the cocker spaniel and the golden retriever, a fully grown Golden Cocker Retriever's weight can range between 30-60 pounds and the breed can be between 14-20 inches in height. The breed's size at adulthood is largely dependent on the size of the parents. Smaller than average parents can produce miniature, petite or toy Golden Cocker Retrievers, while larger parents will produce larger offspring.

The breed should have a loving, friendly, and sweet temperament as both parent breeds are known for their gentle nature. They make excellent family dogs and do well with children and other pets. Golden cocker retrievers love water and enjoy playing games such as fetch and frisbee. They make excellent running and jogging companions, and can even be trained to retrieve birds and waterfowl.

The breed forms a close bond with their family, so they are unlikely to wander off or run away if off the leash. They respond best to positivity and praise. Harsh commands should be avoided as it can negatively affect the breed's personality.

Golden cocker retrievers have long straight-haired coats, but should shed less than the golden retriever. The breed's coat can be a variety of colors, but cream and gold are most common.

Golden Cocker Retriever Breed History

Since hybrid dog breeds started gaining popularity in the 1980's, the breed doesn't necessarily have a history. Currently, the history of the golden cocker retriever is the breed originated in the United States.

Golden Cocker Retriever Appearance

The golden cocker retriever has a wide and broad head which resembles the shape of both parent breeds. The breed has long soft ears which are of medium length and fall to the cheeks. The eyes are deep and almond like in appearance.

The hair length is short on the head and is longer on the body and tail. The breed has a double coat which is silky to the touch and can range from smooth to wavy. The tail is long and commonly points upward with a slight twist. The breed has longer hair that grows between their toes which people say gives them the appearance of wearing slippers.

Golden Cocker Retriever Colors

The images below represent the coat colors and patterns associated with Golden Cocker Retrievers.

Additional Coat Colors

Golden Cocker Retriever Variations

Although there are apparently not many breeders who offer Golden Cocker Retrievers, producing this hybrid follows the same variations as any other hybrid: F1, F1B (or F1-B), F2, F2B, F3 and so on. Some breeders will choose to cross smaller individuals to create petite or toy puppies.

The F1 Golden Cocker Retriever is 50% Golden Retriever and 50% Cocker Spaniel (American or English). An F1 Golden Cocker Retriever's characteristics can vary greatly, even among a single litter. There are no guarantees that can be made regarding the F1 Golden Cocker Retriever's personalities, coat style, color, etc, a factor which is known as "instability."

An F1B Golden Cocker Retriever is an F1 bred back to a Cocker Spaniel — which makes the F1b 25% Retriever and 75% Spaniel. The reason that Cocker Spaniels — rather than Retrievers — are used when breeding back to an F1 is usually to make the Golden Cocker Retriever smaller and / or to have a longer coat. (Goldendoodles, which are Golden Retrievers crossbred with Poodles, are produced the same way albeit with the intent of making the Golden Cocker Retriever less of a shedder and more hypoallergenic.)

An F2 Golden Cocker Retriever is the result of two F1 Labradoodles being crossbred, and many of the same instabilities of the F1 tend to remain with F2s. To get to F3 and eventually F7 (which is the first stable multi-generational Golden Cocker Retriever that can be considered for recognition as a pure breed), however, F2s must be produced.

The F3 Golden Cocker Retriever is the first of the multi-generational (or multi-gen) hybrids. Two F2s crossbred produce an F3 and it is the F3 that is said to be the first of the stable generations. Experienced, knowledgeable breeders can exercise some control of multi-generational Golden Cocker Retriever personalities, coat colors and more.

If an F1 Golden Cocker Retriever is bred back to an F1B Golden Cocker Retriever, that is an F2B Golden Cocker Retriever.

Golden Cocker Retriever Temperament

Golden cocker retrievers are considered friendly dogs and should be welcoming to friendly guests. They are considered an intelligent dog breed and have a strong desire to please their owners making them easy to train. It is recommended to use positive training methods as the breed is sensitive to negativity.

Golden cocker retrievers are considered to be a very people oriented dog breed. They commonly generate strong bonds with one or multiple family members.

The breed does well with both children and other pets. Golden cocker retrievers should be calm, but may become startled by unexpected loud noises.

Golden Cocker Retriever Maintenance

Golden cocker retrievers a medium maintenance dogs. This means the breed requires moderate effort from its owners to meet their exercise and physical care requirements.

Grooming Requirements

The breed needs their coat to be brushed a few times each week to keep their coat tangle free and to remove loose hairs. The breed does shed, but shed less than the golden retriever. It is recommended to use a soft bristled brush and to be gentle when brushing to prevent unneeded pulling and tugging of hair.

Golden cocker retrievers can be bathed as needed or when their coat develops an odor. They can be clipped or trimmed twice per year to help avoid matting.

Exercise Requirements

The breed is slightly energetic and will need daily walks to meet their exercise requirements. Golden cocker retrievers enjoy games such as fetch and chasing frisbees and make excelling walking, jogging, running companions. Lack of exercise can lead to hyperactivity which may cause destructive or other unwanted behavior to develop.

Living Requirements

The breed makes an excellent indoor dog, as golden cocker spaniels prefer spending as much time with their owners as possible. The breed does well in small and medium sized yards, but homes with a large yard are unnecessary. They can live in apartments and condos as long as they meet their exercise requirements.

Golden Cocker Retriever Health

As a hybrid dog, the golden cocker spaniel should be healthier than either of it's purebred parents. However, health issues common in both parent breeds can occur in the breed. These health issues include:

Golden Cocker Retriever Health Concerns

Below are potential health concerns associated with Golden Cocker Retrievers.

Hip dysplasia
Progressive retinal atrophy

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Authored by:Dog-Learn
Updated:August 30, 2016