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Golden Cocker Retriever

Nicole Cosgrove

The Golden Cocker Retriever is a steadfast and warm medium to large sized dog the result of breeding a Cocker Spaniel and a Golden Retriever. She is also known as a Cogol or a Dakota Sport Retriever. She takes part in activities like competitive obedience and agility and has an expected life span of 10 to 15 years. She is a loyal, steadfast and friendly dog, intelligent and often used as a therapy dog because of gentle nature.
Here is the Golden Cocker Retriever at a Glance
Other Names Golden Cocker Retriever, Golden Cocker Retrievers, Golden Cocker, Cocker Retriever, Golden Cockers, Cocker Retrievers, Mix of Golden Retriever and Cocker Spaniel
Average height 15 to 17 inches
Average weight 30 – 45 pounds
Coat type Medium to long, dense
Hypoallergenic? No
Grooming Needs Low
Shedding Low to moderate
Brushing Couple of times a week
Touchiness Fairly sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Moderate
Barking Occasional
Tolerance to Heat Good to very good
Tolerance to Cold Very good
Good Family Pet? Excellent
Good with Children? Very good to excellent
Good with other Dogs? Very good to excellent
Good with other Pets? Very good to excellent
A roamer or Wanderer? Moderate
A Good Apartment Dweller? Good
Good Pet for new Owner? Good to very good
Trainability Very easy to train
Exercise Needs High
Tendency to get Fat High, measure her food and track treats
Major Health Concerns Heart problems, OCD, bloat, epilepsy, cancer, AIHA
Other Health Concerns Joint dysplasia, eye problems, allergies, hypothyroidism, skin problems, patellar luxation
Life Span 10 to 15 years
Average new Puppy Price $500 – $1500
Average Annual Medical Expense $485 – $600
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $500 – $600

Where does the Golden Cocker Retriever come from?

In the last 20 years there has been a surge in popularity of hybrid or designer dogs. This is when there is a breeding of usually two purebreds, though there are a few exceptions and three purebreds may be involved. Many even most of these created happened in America and the Golden Cocker is one of them. Not much else in known about the origins of this hybrid so to have a better understanding we can look at the traits of the parent breeds. Keep in mind though that not all Golden Cocker Retrievers inherit exactly the same traits, even in one litter there is a difference amongst the offspring.

The Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers are originally from Scotland where Lord Tweedmouth in the 1800s wanted to breed a better sort of retriever. He was a hunter of waterfowl in particular and was dissatisfied with the spaniels and setters as they were not attentive enough. He bred the Golden Retriever to be not just a great retriever but also a great companion at home, calm and loyal. They became a recognized breed in 1911 and in America in 1932 where he also became the second most popular purebred.

Today he remains a calm dog with a sweet nature. He still loves to be with people, working or playing. He is very much a people dog. He loves to please and has a great disposition. He does have his silly side and is slower to grow up than some other dogs, staying puppy like for 3 to 4 years.

The Cocker Spaniel

The Cocker Spaniel come from a Spanish line of dogs, and was named for his favored ability in woodcock hunting. It was not untie 1892 that he was recognized as a breed in England as for a few hundred years before that to the English spaniel was a working category rather than an indication of breed. In the 1870s he came to America where he grew in popularity and where there became a division in English Cocker Spaniels and American Cocker Spaniels.

A Cocker Spaniel today when well bred is affectionate and sweet and loves to cuddle. He also likes to be in the center of any family activity and loves to play. He enjoys being active and is alert but he also quite sensitive and does not do well when treated harshly. He can also snap if he is pain or scared. Early socialization will bring out he best side of him.


The Golden Cocker Retriever is a loving and playful and intelligent mixed breed. When inside she tends to be calm but when outside she loves to play and is more energetic. She forms strong bonds with her owners and is very affectionate and people orientated. This means while she can handle short times of being alone she may not be good at long periods. She is a social dog so tends to be friendly and good natured.

What does a Golden Cocker Retriever look like

On average she is a medium sized dog at 30 to 45 pounds but she can be bigger some getting up to 60 pounds. Height is usually 15 to 17 inches. She has a skull that is broad at the top with round almond shaped eyes colored blue, brown or green and ears that hang down. Her tail is long and either points up or turns over to the back. She has a coat that is medium to long in length and dense and comes in colors such as gold, back, tan, brown, cream, white and yellow. She also has an undercoat.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Golden Cocker Retriever need to be?

She loves to play, she loves the water and playing fetch or going for a long walk. She is quite active and needs regular exercise. The dog park is a good place to go, she will be happy to play fetch, or Frisbee. If she does not get enough exercises she can become destructive. She is likely to also hunt small animals and bring them to you! If you like to jog or walk or cycle take her with you. At least a good 30 minutes a day if not more. Ideally you also have a yard she can access for play time too. If you live in an apartment she can adapt as long as you get her out.

Does she train quickly?

She loves to please, has a strong desire to work and be active, is very intelligent and is inclined to listen to her owner. These combined make her a great dog to train, quick because she won’t need as much repetition as other dogs and it will be quicker. She will also enjoy the mental activity. Though she does have a nice disposition bred into her from both parents she should still have early socialization and training. Just keep it positive and offer rewards and praise to encourage, no harsh treatment.

Living with a Golden Cocker Retriever

How much grooming is needed?

She does not shed as much as a Golden Retriever but does shed a little. She will need brushing a few times week with a solid bristle brush and bathing when she needs it. She may need taking to a groomers twice a year to have ears trimmed to avoid matting, and to have her nails clipped roughly once a month. Clean her ears once a week by wiping them using just water or a solution recommended by a vet. She should also have her teeth brushed at least 3 times a week or daily if possible.

What is he like with children and other animals?

She is very good with children, other pets and dogs. She will play with children, be affectionate and is usually gentle. Socialization and training helps as does raising them together. Make sure the children also know how to play nicely with her i.e. no ear pulling or tail pulling or teasing.

General information

She is a good watchdog as she is very alert and will bark to let you know if there is an intruder. She is not a guard dog though. She will need 21/2 to 3 cups of quality dry food divided into two meals a day. She loves her food so try to measure it out and keep a track of her treats. She will be an occasional barker and is good in most climates just not so much extreme heat.

Health Concerns

The Golden Cocker Retriever can be affected by the same health issues that affect the parent breeds. In this case that includes heart problems, OCD, bloat, epilepsy, cancer, AIHA, joint dysplasia, eye problems, allergies, hypothyroidism, skin problems and patellar luxation.

Costs involved in owning a Golden Cocker Retriever

On average a puppy of this mixed breed will cost between $500 to $1500. She will need some basics like a collar and leash, a crate, spaying, blood tests, shots, deworming, a micro chip which will come to $450 – $550. Ongoing costs are medical and non-medical in nature. Medical covers health check ups, pet insurance, vaccinations and so on that will come to $485 to $600. Non-medical covers food, treats, license, training and toys that will come to $500 to $600.


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The Golden Cocker Retriever is a great dog, full of energy, but also steadfast and warm and loving. She will make you laugh, give you comfort and always be loyal and trustworthy. She needs to get plenty of exercise each day so needs an owner or family who can give that to her.

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Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.