Golden Retrievers are by far, one of the most popular dog breeds among dog owners, however, probably even more people would own a Golden retriever, if not for its size. Regular Golden Retrievers are a large breed of dog and can reach a peak weight of 65-75 pounds, which is quite large for a lot of dog lovers. Mini Golden retrievers only reach a peak of 20-45 pounds. Golden Retrievers have so many amazing qualities for a dog, but the biggest reason people are drawn to them is their amazing personality and temperament. These dogs also highly intelligent and loveable. They are family dogs and are loyal to a whole family as opposed to being simply, a one-person dog and companion. They are great with children, elderly people, other pets, and strangers.
Large-breed Golden Retrievers are hunting dogs and used by hunters, mostly, for retrieving water fowl, but today, they are used in many more areas. Because of the great sense of smell, they are often used in military jobs, such as bomb sniffing. They are also used as seeing eye dogs, therapy dogs, and more. For those who have always dreamt of having a Golden Retriever, but did not think they could handle the standard size, there is a way to have the best of both worlds. There are mini-Golden Retrievers that are more compact and easy to house and handle. Here are 7 things you didn’t know about the mini-Golden Retriever.
1. Same temperament
Mini Golden Retrievers are essentially the same dog as the original Golden, just smaller. Many times, smaller, or toy breeds of a type of dog, can exhibit differences in the breed’s temperament and personality traits, however, the mini-Golden Retriever doesn’t have that problem. The mini’s personality and disposition matches their bigger counterpart. They have the gentleness, loving, loyal and intelligence of their bigger version, it’s just all packaged in a smaller, fur-covered body.
2. They can be utilized as work dogs, the same as the larger breed
Many people have started to realize that the mini’s are capable of being the same as the bigger breed, in the work force. Because they are highly intelligent dogs, they can be trained for obedience, therapy dogs, among other tasks. They love to be active and feel needed. Because this breed has a keen sense of smell, which makes them ideal for jobs that require use of the sniffer. Because of their gentle, loving and calm nature, these are great therapy dogs. The mini-breed is a great size of dog to use as a therapy dog for the elderly who like dogs, but are intimidated by big dogs, or children who are in need of comfort or therapy dogs who may also have a fear of big breeds.
3. Mini Golden Retrievers are not registered with the AKC
Although these are essentially the same exact dog as the bigger version of Golden Retrievers, the mini Golden Retrievers are not recognized with the AKC, nor are they recognized as their own breed. They are considered a hybrid and therefore, have not been accepted into the registry. Mini Golden Retrievers are a product of mixing a Golden Retriever and a poodle or a Golden Retriever and a Goldendoodle, which is a Golden Retriever and a poodle mix.
4. Have a cleaner bill of health
In general, bigger, and full breed Golden Retrievers can have health issues as they get older. This is partly due to the fact that full breeds generally have a lineage of health issues that get passed down from one generation to the next. When breeds are crossbred, some of the genetic health issues get bred out of the dogs. Other health concerns that are less often an issue with the minis, are hip and joint problems. Large breed dogs are predisposed to developing hip and joint dysplasia and other issues, due to their size. Smaller breeds are not as prone to this, which many people like about the smaller breed dogs. They also have the ability to live a little longer life. Standard Goldens have a typical life span of 10-12 years, while the smaller breed has a 10-14 year life span.
5. Less shedding
Large Golden Retrievers are notorious for their shedding. It’s just part of owning this breed and for those who love the breed, but don’t want the shedding, the smaller version, the minis, are not as prone to shedding. This can be a better fit for those who are sensitive to dog dander and fur.
6. Still need plenty of exercise
Many people believe that smaller breeds of dogs do not require much exercise. That may be true in certain breeds, who are known to be couch potatoes, however, mini Golden Retrievers are not that type of dog. Despite their smaller size, this breed is still need of adequate, and daily exercise. They love to be active and use their minds. Exercise keeps them happy and healthy, both physically and mentally. Plan to exercise your mini Golden for a couple of hours each day in order to meet his physical needs and keep him fit.
7. Standard Golden Retriever runts are not minis
There can be a misconception that standard Golden Retrievers that are born small, due to genetics or the “runt” of the litter, may be considered a mini, however, this is not true. A runt can be born in any breed of dog and with any litter. Even mini Golden Retrievers can give birth to a runt, which is typically the result of the positioning of the placenta for the puppy, and where it attached to the mother’s uterus that causes the puppy to be born smaller than his siblings.