Golden Cocker Retriever Puppies
Have you been looking at Golden Cocker Retriever puppies? The Golden Cocker Retriever is a mixed dog, a cross between the Golden Retriever and Cocker Spaniel. If you’ve been looking for a new puppy to add to your family, this might be the perfect companion.
However, as with any breed or mix, you should do your research before fully committing. Here’s what you need to know!
Where to Get Golden Cocker Retriever Puppies
When looking for a mixed-breed dog, you may be able to go to a shelter. It’s much harder to find a purebred dog in a shelter since they’re highly desirable — especially responsibly bred ones, who usually have a contract in place to avoid this situation. However, most of the dogs in shelters are mixed. Skye…
Golden Retrievers and Cocker Spaniels are both popular breeds though, so you may have to compromise and get an older dog or more of a mix if you’re committed to adopting.
The other place to get a puppy is a breeder. If you do through this route, you should do your best to avoid backyard breeders and puppy mills. These awful practices produce unhealthy, unhappy, unsocialized pups and it’s important not to encourage the business. Your breeder should have a spay/neuter contract in place as well as health-tested parents and a willingness and openness to answer any questions. Responsibly bred pups do cost more, but it’s worth it in the end.
Because this is a mixed-breed dog, it’s hard to predict the exact cost. Most breeders, however, won’t sell a puppy for less than around $500 as with vet checks and socializing, this is how much they can cost to raise. If a breeder is selling a puppy for much less, it’s a red flag about their upbringing. Joschi…
Your dog may take on the golden coat of the Retriever, or the colors of the Spaniel! They’ll likely be a medium-sized dog (though they may veer towards large) with a longer coat and floppy ears.
These dogs fit well into most families. That’s because they’re friendly, sweet, and affectionate. As both of these breeds tend to love their humans and do well in social situations, you can expect your dog to do the same. However, you should still take time to socialize them and train them well to ensure they live up to their full potential. They can also get along well with other animals, provided you take introductions slowly and have them meet on neutral territory. Pieskie…
These dogs, however, are intelligent and energetic! That means they need a lot of physical and mental stimulation. They’ll need at least one long walk a day, and a fenced-in backyard would really help get out some of that energy. You can train them to do tricks and provide them with puzzles to really help wear their brain out as well as their muscles.
Golden Cocker Retriever Puppies’ Veterinary Needs
Because this is a mixed dog, it’s difficult to predict the health issues that might pop up. Golden Retrievers, for example, can be prone to hip dysplasia, and Cocker Spaniels can be prone to ear infections. All you can do is health-test the parents and keep up with vet appointments to ensure any issues are caught early. Billbear…
Other than that, your dog will have the same needs as any other. Get them all of their puppy shots, and keep them away from other dogs until they’ve had them. Remember, parvovirus can be picked up even just from the ground where other dogs have walked! Get their shoots boosted once a year, and keep up with flea and heartworm prevention medicine.
When choosing a kibble for your dog, you should do your research and remember that not all kibble is created equal. Some is full of more filler than nutrients, which can end up being detrimental for your dog’s health in the long run. Avoid grain-free food, which has been linked to heart disease in dogs. Pippa…
Ask your vet for advice and pick a reputable brand.
Some owners choose to feed their dogs a raw diet. While this has many benefits, you should do your research. Since your dog is an omnivore, they need more than just meat to survive, and raw meals should be prepared by an expert. Don’t attempt to do it yourself with no research.
Raw feeding can, however, get expensive.
Because of their medium coat, you can expect these dogs to shed quite a bit! You should brush them almost every day to get most of the hair out and ensure they don’t get matted. Mats can be difficult to remove and can even get painful. Bandeeto…
You should also make sure you trim or file their nails when they start tapping on the floor — around every six to eight weeks. You can use clippers or a Dremel. If your dog is intimidated by this process, provide lots of high-value treats and stay patient. It’ll soon seem like a positive thing!