Golden Cocker Retriever

The Golden Cocker Retriever is a mixed dog breed, a combination between a Golden Retriever and a Cocker Spaniel. The resulting hybrid dog takes characteristics from both the father and the mother.

Since this is a mixed breed dog, the dog will have some of the characteristics of the Golden Retriever and some from the Cocker Spaniel. You might have a dog that looks mostly like a Golden Retriever, but with the drive and temperament of a Cocker Spaniel, or it could be the other way around.

The usual Golden Cocker Retriever is a dog that is around 16 inches tall, so not as large as the Golden Retriever is, though there are always exceptions. These dogs can be incredibly easy to train, so even a beginner can do it. They love to learn and to please their human friends.

Golden-Cocker-RetrieverIf you’re looking for a dog that does well with kids, this mixed dog is a very good choice. The kids will love Golden Cocker Retrievers because they’re so cute, and because they want to play and have fun, just as much as the kids do.

These dogs belong to the medium size category, so they do OK when kept in a house. Most people have them as house pets actually, not as yard dogs.

With big eyes, fluffy coat and a pretty face, you will love these dogs as soon as you lay eyes on them.

Since it’s a mixed dog breed, this dog doesn’t always mix two breeds perfectly. The dog might have only a quarter of the Cocker Spaniel, enough to get certain characteristics from the breed, but otherwise it might be closer to the Retriever dog.

How to Handle Golden Cocker Retriever Puppies

Did you watch the Westminster Dog Show? If you did likely you fell in love with a great dog and rushed out to purchase it without thinking about the potential problem of house training puppies and if your new friend fits your lifestyle.

A friend has always wanted a Chihuahua and after the show rushed out to buy the Taco bell dog as she calls it. House training Chihuahua puppies can be a bit of a problem if you don’t have time or aren’t patient. These small dogs are often high strung. Are they a bad dog? No way my mom had one for many years and it was a perfect pet for a person who can stay with a strict routine for a few months and has time to bond with their dog which helps this toy breed grow into a calm pet rather than a nervous snappy animal.

There are sporting dogs that also fit into the small dog area that are more fitting for a busy person who has a random schedule like my friend. These dogs are able to stay outside in nice weather for part of the day provided you give them food, water and shelter like a dog house or kennel run with a shed. Other small dogs are strictly inside dogs like Teddy Bear puppies. These guys do not shed are easy to paper train and make excellent house dogs and love walks so they do well both inside and outside but aren’t as adaptable to being left outside like a beagle would be.

How to paper train Golden Cocker Retriever puppies comes down to one thing choosing the right dog first so you avoid the potential problems later. What you can do is research what dog meets your lifestyle. Write out a list of how often you can be there to let your dog in and out to relieve themselves. Do you want a pet that can be left outside for a few hours? Can you set up a house training dog schedule and stick to it? Are you wanting a companion for long walks or short walks as all dogs need exercise. Do you want a dog that plays house games or one you can take to the park and play Frisbee? Remember there are all kinds of small dogs and these questions need answered before you can choose a potty training program.

House training Golden Cockers can also mean you want your pet to not chew on furniture or lay on the bed so looking for a breed that is content staying in a crate while you are gone may reduce training a problem dog.

House training puppies becomes a choice of what breed fits your life (do you want a Cocker Spaniel mix?) and then you can look at potty training, paper-training, or even training your dog to relieve themselves outside and controlling their bladder for several hours while you are at work. Remember with the teacup breeds this may not be workable and crate training your dog may be the answer.


  1. Jamie says:

    I love these guys. I’ve always been a fan of Golden Retrievers, but these Golden Cocker Retrievers are just as great. I’m seriously considering getting one.

  2. Daniel says:

    Thanks for the comment Jamie. You’re right, these are lovely dogs, one of the best breeds I’ve had, even if it’s mixed.

    • David says:

      hi guys! i’ve been looking for a GCR for a long time now.. and i still didn’t find a breeder..
      i’m from Belgium so i don’t want to ship the poor guy halfway across the world..
      would you know were i could find one in Europe?


  3. Golden Cocker owner says:

    They’re great guys. I’ve researched them quite a bit before getting one from a friend that had a litter coming. The little guy didn’t disappoint me and the expectations I had.

  4. Nicole says:

    I just rescued a GCR and I am IN LOVE with him. He’s an amazing animal and so good.

  5. Heather says:

    I have one named Charlie and he is 9 years old. He is a beautiful and faithful dog. He absolutely loves playing with children of all ages. He also is very obedient and easy to train.

  6. Toni says:

    I want a baby female. Blonde, or auburn red.

  7. Bibi says:

    Where do i find these in belgium

  8. Carrie wiggins says:

    Where do I find a cocker retriever.we live in western Kentucky

  9. Carrie wiggins says:

    Where do I find a cocker retriever

    • Rob says:

      I had my Golden Retriever for 15 years and had to just put her down. I was looking for a smaller dog and came across the Cocker Retriever, which seems like the perfect dog for me. I do not need a puppy, was hoping to find a rescue dog. If anyone knows about one in the Las Vegas area I would love to see about finding one.

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