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The Golden Retriever is a dog that many dog lovers immediately think of when looking for one of the more popular breeds. The puppies are some of the cutest around and the adults are gentle, loving family members that want to share their life with you.
The problem is that these dogs often grow to be bigger than some expect. They are good-sized dog, with the diet and exercise needs to match, and are certainly no good in a small apartment home. That is why we often find breeders that take the Goldie and breed it with smaller animals for a similar breed, but a smaller build.
One such mix is the Golden Cocker Retriever – mix with the Cocker Spaniel. This may be hard to imagine at first, but there are many fans of this alternative Retriever cross.Continue reading
The idea of a Miniature Golden Retriever is something that many dog lovers are keen on. They love the pure bred Golden for its look and temperament, but find it is much too big a dog and too difficult to take care of.
Creating Golden Retrievers that stay small sounds like a tall order, to pardon the pun. So are there Miniature Golden Retrievers and, if so, what can owners really expect from them?Continue reading
There are many doodle dogs out there that have been bred to ensure a strong blend of the very best gene of the hypoallergenic Standard or Miniature Poodle and another, perhaps more common dog.
The German Shepherd Poodle mix is a prime example of two very different dogs that should create an interesting hybrid.
There are high hopes over intelligence, athletic ability, loyalty and a gentle spirit. Also, as with pretty much every Poodle cross, there is the assumption that this will be a non-shedding, hypo-allergenic cross. As we know from other dogs, this perfect 50/50 split isn’t always a guarantee, so what can dog lovers expect here?Continue reading
There are many “doodle” dogs around these days – Labradoodle, Goldendoodle, Aussiedoodle and more – all of which get their name because of the cross breeding with a Poodle, usually for a better quality of coat, or a slightly more intelligent dog.
The name Sheepadoodle may sound a little alarming at first, but this is another of those interesting poodle hybrids rather than some strange form of livestock.
They are a fairly new hybrid, but one that breeders are keen to promote and export. This is because they are seen as such a perfect mix – according to those breeding them anyway.Continue reading
The Dachshund Lab mix, also known as the Dachsador to its loving owners, is one of those dogs that has to be seen to be believed.
The two parent breeds are such contrasting animals, in so many ways, that it is difficult to imagine the results.
Some expect a Labrador on tiny legs, or a more athletic dog with the face and features of a dachshund. The reality isn’t usually quite as extreme as that – although there are some reports of genetic mixes gone wrong.
So what can new owners expect here?Continue reading