A Mini Golden Retriever or Small Golden Retriever is a hybrid breed of dog when a Golden Retriever (Golden) and a Cocker Spaniel or a Poodle. These dogs have gained popularity in recent years. They must possess the friendly and cheerful nature of the Golden Retriever but are smaller in size, making apartment and condo living easier. Personalities of a Goldendoodle vary from dog to dog. Smaller Goldendoodles tend to take after their poodle heritage more, often being a bit more shy and uptight. Older Goldendoodles take after their Golden Retrievers laterally, resulting in softer, busier dogs.
- Find a good breeder in your area, who deals with Miniature Golden Retriever Puppies. As with any breed, you may have to travel a bit to find a dedicated Goldendoodle breeder. The parents of the litter must include a purebred Poodle and a purebred Golden Retriever. For a true Goldendoodle, you will need to adopt a first-generation dog.
- Contact local pet stores. Due to the popularity of hybrid designer breeds, more pet stores are veering off the purebred route and carrying these hybrids. As Goldendoodles are one of the most popular hybrid breeds, pet stores often carry them.
- Interact with the available Miniature Golden Retriever Puppies. You will be able to tell which puppies take after their respective Poodle or Golden Retriever parents the most. In general, Goldendoodles are very people-oriented and should respond well to you. If a given pup appears sluggish or lethargic, he may be sick.
- Take your new Mini Golden Retriever to the vet for a health check. The vet will make sure that your puppy has all the necessary vaccinations, including worms, rabies, and other common parasites in your area. Goldendoodles are prone to elbow disorders, hip dysplasia, and eye infections. Your vet will run tests for all of these issues.
- Groom your Mini Golden Retriever regularly. Apply your dog’s coat a few times a week to prevent tangles in his medium-length coat. Like most poodle mixes, Goldendoodles shed minimally, so they work well for those with light allergies. Take your puppy in for a grooming session every month to have facial hair and nails trimmed.
- Train your Goldendoodle. These dogs respond very well to training, they are eager to please their masters. Repetition and positive reinforcement are key to rapid learning. They do not respond well to extreme training practices.
Above all, exercise your Mini Golden Retriever daily. If you have a patio, your dog will enjoy romping through it for exercise. If you live in an apartment or condo, be sure to walk your Mini Golden Retriever daily. The breed also enjoys a swimming pool.