Fun Golden Cocker Retriever Facts For Kids

Divya Raghav
Jan 14, 2023 By Divya Raghav
Originally Published on Aug 05, 2021
Edited by Monisha Kochhar
Fact-checked by Chandan Shukla
Golden Cocker Retriever facts about the mixed-breed puppy of the Golden Retriever and the English Cocker Spaniel.
Age: 3-18
Read time: 11.7 Min

The Golden Cocker Retriever is simply one of the cutest dog breeds there is today, earning the monicker, 'Forever Puppy'. This is because the Golden Cocker Retriever is a mixed breed derived from the breeding of Golden Retrievers and the English Cocker Spaniels, making it perfectly sized to be one of the cutest puppers in the world.

Golden Retrievers are famous for their talent for incredible agility and competitive obedience, making them the best choice for dog shows and to be aid dogs, search and rescue dogs, and therapy dogs.

Cocker Spaniels are known for being gentle and timid creatures with an elevated sense of smell and an adorable personality that comes with a lot of empathy.

The Golden Cocker is, therefore, a very good-natured, playful, active, and empathetic dog breed that is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club and the International Canine Designer Registry.

The names under which it is recognized are English Comfort Golden or Dakota Sport Retriever and also Cogol, which is a much more practical way to refer to the breed.

A highly playful yet compact-sized, Golden Cocker Retriever puppy makes for a great pet as they more or less stay small even as they grow.

They're medium-sized dogs with individual puppy sizes that could go either way – they get either a little bigger than an English Cocker Spaniel or nearly as big as a Golden Retriever but don't quite achieve the girth or height of the latter.

Read on to learn all about the adorable Golden Cocker Retriever. For more animal facts, visit our articles on English cocker spaniel and miniature golden retriever.

Golden Cocker Retriever Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a Golden Cocker Retriever?

The Golden Cocker Retriever is a mixed-dog breed that comes from the crossing of Golden Retriever and Cocker Spaniel (English Cocker Spaniel). They are a fairly new designer dog breed, possibly having come into origin before the last two decades.

What class of animal does a Golden Cocker Retriever belong to?

The Golden Cocker Retriever belongs to the mammal class of animals.

How many Golden Cocker Retrievers are there in the world?

Since the breed has been around for a shorter period of time, there is currently no telling how many German Golden Cocker Retrievers are there in the world.

Where does a Golden Cocker Retriever live?

The Golden Cocker Retriever typically lives in a house or on a farm along with its family of humans that may include other pets of similar temperament or another type of family pet altogether.

What is a Golden Cocker Retriever's habitat?

The Golden Cocker Retriever's usual habitat includes a fun environment where they can exercise daily and live indoors with their dog parent. This is a dog breed that enjoys attention and does tasks with great ease, so the environment must be equally conducive and spacious enough to allow these activities. They are perfectly cooperative around children.

Who do Golden Cocker Retrievers live with?

Golden Cocker Retrievers live with their human family and possibly along with a few or more of its kind. They are predominantly family dogs. The Golden Cocker Retriever pups are extremely gentle, friendly, and playful and are great with kids!

They will be the best play buddies your kids can ever ask for. These mixed-breed dogs also fancy company. They do not like being left alone for long periods during the day.

They always want to accompany you on your long walks. They are also an extremely smart breed. Therefore, you have to ensure that you keep their wits up by making them practice obedience and fetching related tasks on a daily basis.

How long does a Golden Cocker Retriever live?

Golden Cocker Retrievers are usually healthy dogs that live from 12-15 years of age. Mixed breed puppies usually have the added advantage of a longer lifespan as compared to their parent breeds.

Golden Retrievers have an average life span of up to 10 years, Cocker Spaniels have an average span of 12 years. The mix, however, can live up to 15 years.

How do they reproduce?

Female Golden Cocker Retrievers, like other female dogs of the species, will have their first estrous cycle (reproductive or heat cycle) when they reach puberty, and each cycle consists of a few stages. The stage that is called estrus refers to the stage when the female can reproduce and become pregnant. Delivery of pups follows about 63 days later.

What is their conservation status?

Being a mixed-breed that has recently developed only within the last two decades in domestic environments, the Golden Cocker Retriever's conservation status is not of much concern and hence is currently not evaluated.

Golden Cocker Retriever Fun Facts

What do Golden Cocker Retrievers look like?

Golden Cocker Retrievers are adorable-looking, medium-sized, silky, fluffy-coated, intelligent, and curious dogs. They have the general appearance of a typical darker-colored Golden Retriever but also have the occasional fuzz of the curly Cocker Spaniel.

It is quite the warming sight to see, much like seeing a Golden Retriever that's slightly shrunk in size but also mimics the visuals of an English Cocker Spaniel. People say it is much like how anyone would imagine the progeny of these two wonderful breeds should be.

Golden Cocker Retriever puppies are as tiny as Cocker Spaniel pups and have gently folded, floppy ears and a medium-length snout like a Golden Retriever.

They have a mixed coat that could once again, go either way – you could have a pup that has a smooth coat but is slightly frizzy like that on a Cocker Spaniel or could have one that has a glistening and bouncy coat of a Golden Retriever.

Oftentimes, this is a perfect blend of both, resulting in the most cuddly-looking pup with a long mane and shorter legs and the classic puppy dog eyes.

Their coat colors range from golden yellow to golden brown, to slightly red, to amber, to ginger, to near black. Their snouts are dark and their paw pads are dark as well.

Golden Cocker Retrievers may have a longer tail than a conventional Cocker Spaniel and slightly shorter than a Golden Retriever, with the fur on the tail being a little long and curly.

One crucial difference to note is that the Cocker Spaniel we are talking about here is the English Cocker Spaniel and not the American Cocker Spaniel.

The American Cocker Spaniel is smaller with a shorter black muzzle, while the English Cocker Spaniel is taller than his American counterpart with a narrow head and longer snout and so the Golden Cocker Retriever is a medium length dog.

Golden Cocker Retriever

*Please note the main image is of golden retrievers, one of the parent breeds. If you have an image of a Golden Cocker Retriever, let us know at

How cute are they?

Exactly what you think the answer is! Golden Cocker Retrievers are one of the most adorable pups ever.

These Golden Cockers can be the most fun and social animal to communicate with and they score full marks on the cuteness meter, being extremely cuddly and playful in nature. They make great companions for children, who find them mighty cute and match their energy levels quite well.

If you are looking for a great playmate for your kids, you know which puppy to get!

How do they communicate?

Golden Cocker Retrievers usually communicate when excited or in need of something, which is attention, all the time. They use their snouts to boop young ones and old alike and have barks that resemble a Cocker Spaniel more, but can also get deeper to resemble that of a Golden Retriever.

They can get slightly anxious if left alone for too long and need significant reassurance when this happens.

This is when their bark gets slightly higher-pitched and louder.

Once given their treats or if trained to be alone for longer, they are completely okay in their solitude and will be their curious selves or will play with their toys too. They are very expressive with emotions that can match a human baby and therefore, the language which they communicate with is nearly unspoken, but well understood.

How big is a Golden Cocker Retriever?

The Golden Cocker Retriever can be 20-24 in (50-60 cm) tall and can be 24-29 in (60-73 cm) long. This makes it roughly half the size of a Golden Retriever and slightly larger than a Cocker Spaniel.

How fast can a Golden Cocker Retriever run?

The Golden Cocker is a fast dog breed capable of achieving speeds of over 30-35 mph (48-56 kph).

How much does a Golden Cocker Retriever weigh?

The average Cocker Spaniel-Golden Retriever mix of a Golden Cocker Retriever weighs roughly around 30-45 lb (13-20 kg) which is slightly more than that of the average English Cocker Spaniel.

What are their male and female names of the species?

The male Golden Cocker Retriever is referred to as dog and the female is referred to as bitch.

What would you call a baby Golden Cocker Retriever?

A baby Golden Cocker Retriever is either called a pup or a puppy. It could also be called the breed tagline of 'Forever Puppy' that is so-called because of its adorable puppy looks even at full growth.

What do they eat?

Golden Cockers are known to eat a lot of fresh food to keep up their active and energetic lifestyle. Their diet includes high-quality fresh meat, fresh fish, fresh vegetables and fruits, broccoli, carrots, apples, spinach, and blueberries.

The diet of a Cogol or a Golden Cocker can be switched up according to the region that it resides in, but still needs to follow the basic diet chart of this relatively new hybrid breed.

Are they hypoallergenic?

Golden Cocker Retrievers are not known to be hypoallergenic and can shed quite a bit, being the offspring of two breeds, Golden Retriever-Cocker Spaniel mix, with a thick coat of fur.

Would they make a good pet?

They are hands down one of the best kinds of pups to bring home to a loving family. They will love and care for, as they are loved and cared for!

Providing a spacious and clean environment is vital as these dogs have an incredible level of energy and the constant urge to run around and exercise.

That said, they can make for a great pet to have within a medium to large-sized apartment complex provided they can exercise daily in the form of walks and runs. In short, Golden Cocker Retrievers are excellent for a family dog and a comforting breed for first-time owners.

Did you know...

We've got a few Golden Retriever-Cocker Spaniel mix funny facts and information lined up for you. Did you know that Golden Cocker Retrievers are actually considered designer dogs today?

They are credited to be one of the handiest dogs to adopt today owing to their smaller size but high energy and the fact that they are easy to train makes them much more alluring as compared to other similar breeds. They must get enough exercise as otherwise, they turn into lazy, grumpy doggos with a disagreeable temperament.

This is also the reason why experts say that positive reinforcement really is the best method to train a Golden Cocker Retriever. The same goes for all other breeds of all shapes, sizes, and coat colors.

Getting your own Golden Cocker Retriever

When confused as to which is a better pet, Cocker Spaniel or Golden Retriever, a Golden Cocker Retriever becomes somewhat the most obvious choice as they merge the best of both these lovely breeds.

The Golden Retriever being the third most popular breed on the AKC's list of breeds is one of the finest dogs to bring home, especially to a family.

Similarly, the Cocker Spaniel too is one of the more popular breeds on the AKC's list albeit with the variations of the American Cocker Spaniel and the English Cocker Spaniel.

The Gold Cocker Retriever too, even though not featuring on any AKC lists, is quickly growing popular among the American youth as well as adults as the dog breed is both easily manageable as well as a challenge to efficiently deal with.

A Golden Cocker Retriever is usually assumed to be inexpensive since it is a mix of two common breeds and also that they aren't officially recognized by the American Kennel Club.

The truth is that the American Kennel Club does not officially recognize mixed-breeds but this is the reason that organizations like the American Canine Hybrid Club and the International Canine Designer Registry exist.

Golden Cocker Retrievers are recognized and named by both these organizations and have even been given other names as mentioned above.

A good Golden Cocker Retriever can be adopted at most shelters, or from the homes of people who have a mix of Golden Retrievers and English Cocker Spaniels. The designer dog can also be bought from specific breeders who have recognized the potential market for such a breed.

Golden Cocker Retriever prices range from anywhere between $300-$1600 for a pup that contains 50% genes of both the Golden Retriever and the English Cocker Spaniel.

Health and characteristics

The Golden Cocker Retriever dogs are a great family pet and considered to be a healthy breed in general and are very active. This Golden Retriever Cocker Spaniel mix has a longer life expectancy compared to pure breed dogs.

They can live up to 15 years. They are, although, predisposed to a few of the medical conditions and health issues that their parent breeds, Golden Retriever and American Cocker Spaniel, face. It is suggested that you take them on regular visits to the vet.

Some of their common health problems include hip dysplasia which is an abnormality in the hip joint, hypothyroidism where the thyroid glands do not produce enough of the essential hormones, and entropion which is a condition where the eyelids cause discomfort. This great family dog is unfortunately prone to lymphoma, blood cancer, bone cancer, and congestive heart failure.

They are also susceptible to vision loss that they inherit from their parent breed Golden Retriever.

The loss of vision is due to progressive retinal atrophy which is a degenerative disease. With regular checkups and boosters, your pup should face no such issues.

The large furry and floppy ears also cause them to be more prone to ear infections. Cleaning the ears of this family pet regularly is highly recommended as a preventive measure. A highly nutritious diet that is low in carbohydrates will also ensure that the infections are minimized as much as possible.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other mammals including Border Collie Lab mix, or Kunming wolfdog.

You can even occupy yourself at home by drawing one on our Golden Cocker Retriever coloring pages.

* The main image is of a cocker spaniel, one of the parent breeds. If you have an image of a golden cocker retriever, let us know at

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Written by Divya Raghav

Bachelor of Commerce specializing in Accounting and Finance, Master of Business Administration

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With a diverse range of experience in finance, administration, and operations, Divya is a diligent worker known for her attention to detail. Born and raised in Bangalore, she completed her Bachelor's in Commerce from Christ University and is now pursuing an MBA at Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Bangalore. Along with her professional pursuits, Divya has a passion for baking, dancing, and writing content. She is also an avid animal lover who dedicates her time to volunteering for animal welfare causes.

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