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“Comfort” or Miniature Golden Retrievers

More and more breeders are cross breeding goldens to get a miniature version trademarked with the name “Comfort Retrievers.” The adult average weight of a Comfort Golden is 20-45 lbs.

These dogs are a cross of a poodle or cocker spaniel with the primary poodle/cocker characterstics bred out so they look just like goldens instead of golden doodles.
Breeders of miniature goldens are popping up all over the country. The problem with this new golden seems to be many of these hybrids tend to have aggression issues that have carried over in the cross breeding with the cocker so they don’t have the typical golden gentle disposition and there have been serious bite issues.l

Definitely something to be aware of if you come across extra small goldens.


1 kathy burgess { 09.25.11 at 2:09 pm }

Please be aware that comfort retrievers have no poodle in them and they are not the dogs with the temperament issues. It is the golden retriever x cocker crosses that have the temperament issues. Cockers are known to have temperament issues and even breeding it with the loving mellow golden retriever doesnt seem to mediate the temperament problems.

2 Misty Burgess { 08.21.13 at 1:34 pm }

We are very interested in a miniature golden. We just lost our dog that we rescued. He had cancer. I want a miniature golden. Please contact me ASAP.

3 Rebecca Sanabria { 09.04.13 at 8:25 pm }

I am looking for a female short haired miniature golden retriever to adopted.

4 pat { 09.05.13 at 8:03 am }

Breed standard for a female golden retriever is 55 – 65 lbs and goldens have long hair. I think you are looking for a different breed of dog Rebecca.

5 Sherry { 03.04.14 at 9:15 pm }

Our comfort retriever (with poodle background, 4 generations back) has just turned 1 years old and is wonderful! We loved our previous golden, Amber, 72 lbs, but we wanted a smaller dog with a similar personality. Griffin is 48 lbs, looks like a golden and has the golden personality, but smaller. We got him from the Goldenquest/ Doodlequest Kennels in Lexington, KY.

6 Red { 04.22.14 at 1:10 pm }

It truly seem reckless to dabble into genetics by trying to shrink any breed. Perhaps when there is no need for rescue organizations anymore because all dogs have stable loving homes, then we should consider creating new “breeds.”

7 Jerry Gold { 05.13.14 at 7:34 pm }

Have a 7 year old cocker /golden mix,got him when he was 5 weeks. Beautiful loving,smart,healthy dog, BUT, he does & always did have the cocker macho,agressive issues.He is very smart & thru love & training they have been very controlled. He is very possessive about food & toys,but after a quick reminder he shares well.Gets along with other dogs very well if he is not first barked at in an aggressive mode.A wonderful dog & friend,but not your “Oh Well” retriever!!!

8 Kevin { 05.31.14 at 5:15 pm }

Hey Sherry I am currently looking to get a “Comfort” Retriever from the same Kennel in Lexington… I have just reached out to them. Did you have a good experience? I was looking for an female english cream colored.. Thanks Kevin

9 Cindy Trowbridge { 07.22.14 at 7:27 pm }

Our family is also looking for a miniature retriever, and or comfort retriever. The breeder is KY, is extremely expensive. Are there any available to adopt? We are a loving family with 2 kids! I just wished, they were a bit more obtainable? $1500? Many thanks. WE ARE READY NOW 🙂

10 Donna Melarangeli { 12.17.14 at 4:17 am }

I am in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and would like to adopt or purchase a mini golden retriever (Cocker and Retriever) cross…If you can give me any info on where they are available I would appreciate.
We are a quiet elderly 60ish couple…we have cat pets of our own but have owned a Collie, Pom, German Shorthaired Pointer in the past. All we with us from puppyhood and died of old age with us… We are very loving and can afford vet expenses and good food for our adoptee…Thank you….

11 Emily McCoy { 01.15.15 at 11:46 pm }

We have a 33 lb Comfort Retriever from Lexington. Yes, they are expensive……. So is other stuff.
She is delightful and has the loving temperament of a golden. She is extremely smart and has a coat of velvet. Well worth it for us. We have had 3 goldens, all of which were with us from puppy to old age. In our 60’s now, we wanted a smaller dog. These little sweeties are a treasure!

12 yomi { 06.06.15 at 7:25 pm }

The mini golden retriever is a cross of 3 different dog breeds. These are the golden retriever, cocker and poodle. They are still lovely dogs even with the cocker temperament and i think this is way training can also help for the min golden retriever.

13 Lynne Davis { 01.06.16 at 9:15 pm }

Looking for a minature Golden around Chicago area……

14 jamie { 01.24.16 at 8:19 pm }

I am looking for a small haired golden retriever thank you if you could send me some pictures of some that would be nice.

15 Joyce { 02.29.16 at 11:25 pm }

Would like mini golden retriever rescue dog female

16 fay { 03.07.16 at 11:20 pm }

Looking for a mini golden retriever

17 nancy smith { 03.21.16 at 2:34 pm }

any good honest miniature golden retriever breeders in the northwest or northern California? interested in a female 8 week old pup

18 pat { 03.23.16 at 6:08 pm }

Nancy, “comfort goldens” are mixed breeds. Go to your shelter and look for a golden mixed with a cocker or beagle.

19 Michelle { 04.21.16 at 12:50 pm }

I have a 4 month old golden/cocker, I’ve had him for 2 months now. He presently weights 16lbs, so not sure about the 40lbs average. He’s extremely smart and must be around people all the time. Presently he’s got the bad bitting habit but everyone (including the vet) tells me it will stop, he’s a puppy! He is the most georgous dog I’ve ever seen and we wouldn’t trade him for the world. Those that have full grown golden/cocker, do they have a bad habbit of bitting still?

20 pat { 04.23.16 at 3:13 pm }

Cockers are known biters which is why they aren’t popular any more. When your puppy nips you, yell “Ouch!” and QUIT playing or giving attention for a couple of minutes. He will learn. Don’t let him mouth you.

21 Patti { 08.03.16 at 9:33 am }

I have a 4 year old Comfort Retriever. I love my dog, as most owners do, but I have had dogs my entire life and this one is so smart, so people oriented and loving, it is truely remarkable. We count ourselves lucky to have him. He is a cross of miniature poodle and golden retriever. He is 34 lbs. chases ball, competitive with retrieves (we have another dog, but he stands no chance of getting ball first) and agile. He dives in our pool after ball, and he sails with us on sailboat. He is also a therapy dog, makes visits at nursing homes. So he has had extensive obedience training. He loves to please and loves to focus and use his brain. His only issue I can’t seem to train out of him, is loud barking whenever someone is approaching our house or entering. He settles down once they say hello. he just insists on being a warning siren! But he is fine meeting others outside while we walk etc. Very, very friendly.

22 Aimee { 09.07.16 at 6:25 pm }

Hi. I live in Belleville, Ont and would really like a female min. Golden Retriever puppy. Please send me the info on where in Ont. I may find one?

23 Paige { 09.13.16 at 11:10 am }

I am looking for 2 miniature golden retrievers. I had two full size goldens that had passed in the last year, one due to old age and the other from cancer. Both beautiful and loving dogs. Entering my 60s and would like a smaller version of the sweetness I am missing. I live in Southern California. Can you tell me where I might find rescues or a nurturing breeder – don’t want the dogs shipped but willing to travel a ways to get them. No pup mills please.

24 Ellen Barry { 09.18.16 at 3:57 pm }

Hi, We are looking to adopt an older dog, ideally a mini golden retriever who has been a breeder dog, had had her puppies and is now ready to “retire” to a family that will love her and take care of her in her adult years. We do not have a huge amount of space, which is why we are looking for a smaller dog, and we are hoping to find a dog with a “mellow” personality.Ideally 4-5 years old. Thanks! Ellen Barry and Tony Barry-Florio

25 Hilda Martini. Very interested { 09.20.16 at 6:09 am }

Very interested fits me like a glove just lost my golden to cancer and can’t live without my golden

26 Diane MacLean { 10.18.16 at 10:43 pm }

I am looking for a Comfort Golden or a miniature Golden that is about 25 – 29 lb when full grown as I live in a condo and that is the limit in size. I love their look, personality and think she would be wonderful to have in my aging years. I live in Nanaimo BC. and have had German Shepherds over my lifetime while working and riding Quarter horses. Now I just want loving and walking on the beach with a little swimming thrown in. I hope she will be my best friend!

27 Diane MacLean { 10.18.16 at 10:46 pm }

I am looking forward to hearing from you and hope you can send a dog to BC

28 Braden { 10.31.16 at 11:48 pm }

Hi, I’m in Calgary Alberta and am looking for a mini golden retriever. Need to know where is the closest place to adopt or purchase from.

29 Dawn { 11.08.16 at 2:53 pm }


I am in Alberta, Canada and Im looking for a mini golden retriever. How do I go about finding one please?

30 pat { 11.12.16 at 9:59 am }

Dawn, there is no such breed as a mini golden retriever. Breed standard for a male is 65 – 75 lbs and for a female 55 – 65 lbs. “Mini” goldens are mixes and can be found in your local shelter sometimes.

31 Autumn Hartje { 02.21.17 at 11:34 pm }

Hi, we are looking for a 7 year old and up female miniature golden retriever. Does anybody know any websites or people who are selling them?

32 karen { 05.07.17 at 10:56 am }

I have a shelter dog who DNA shows mostly cocker, some greyhound and retriever. She looks a lot like a mini golden (with a longer thin body like greyhound) and has a super sweet, mellow personality. No aggression or biting. Soft mouth (so I’m surprised by all the comments about cockers being bad).
That said – I would love to have a male mini golden with a similar sweet smile to join us. On the rare occasion I find one online at a local shelter/rescue it is gone in a snap.
All the breeders seem too far from texas for us to meet/greet puppies. Any suggestions?

33 pat { 05.07.17 at 6:07 pm }

There is no breed called “mini golden retrievers”. There are mixed breed pups that might look like a golden. Recommend going to your local shelter and finding one of those. If someone tries to sell you a mini golden, cockapoo, morkie or any other made up breed, you are being taken for a ride.

34 Brian Jackson { 08.18.17 at 8:39 am }

Hello my family is looking for a mini or comfort golden retriever female. Doesnt have to be a young or obediant. We would take it regardless. We train our dogs and give them a loving home.

35 Christine Dowell { 10.24.17 at 5:12 pm }

We had a cocker spaniel/ golden retriever for 12 1/2 years. He passed a year ago and was the best dog ever -temperament wise, size wise, and all around behavior. He became trained to be my husband’s therapy dog and went everywhere with us- even to see movies and never caused a problem. If anyone knows of anyplace we can find another one we would be interested. We adopted a rescue Dec of 2016 who is 12 yrs old and he’d love a friend!

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37 Lisa Seymour { 08.02.18 at 9:13 pm }

I am looking for a mini retriever.
Do you have any available?
Thank you

38 John DeSola { 08.26.18 at 11:27 pm }

I want a mini golden retriever so so bad. I’m 52 yrs old with health problems. I’m home everyday and have so much love and attention to give the dog. I would give him the best food there is. My larger golden retriever that I loved with all my heart died two weeks ago and my ex never told me and still hasn’t to this day. I was very hurt by him. I’m the one who nursed her back to good health when we got her. She needed antibiotics when we took her home. I wtay s downstairs and slept on the couch until she was house broken. We used the crate method. I made sure she knew I was right there. I’ve been wanting a smaller version of a golden retriever for so long now. I’m not just looking to fill her void and replace her. I really could use the company and unconditional love they give. Please oh please if you can find one I can adopt that would be
awesome. It would brighten my spirts and give me a reason to get up in the morning and he would receive a whole lot of love and attention. Please keep me in mind. Even if I have to pay some money I just don’t have a lot of it. I’m on ssd. My phone is 631-608-3019

39 David Rumbaugh { 11.24.18 at 12:06 am }

Thirty-one years ago our pedigreed cocker spaniel presented us with one puppy. As he grew, he looked more and more like a golden retriever. As a puppy he was small and cuddly and had big feet. I wanted to name him Short-round and call him “Shorty.” No one would hear of such a thing, because of his feet and they swore he would be a big dog, so he got the name Little Running Bear. Eighteen years later, Bear was laying in my lap; he looked up at me and smiled, took one last breath and exhaled. He was gone. During his adult life his weight varied between thirty and forty pounds. He was the best buddy I have ever had. I had never heard of a golden cocker retriever, but Bear was the image of the breed. Sure wish I could rescue one.

40 Emma House { 01.03.19 at 9:26 pm }

Hello, my partner and I are very interested in getting a comfort retriever, the price at the Kentucky Breeder just isn’t in the cards for us right now despite being very financially stable. Is anyone aware of other breeders, and if adoption is ever an option please consider contacting us. Thank you

41 Maureen Gerner { 04.01.19 at 5:05 pm }

I am an owner of a two year old Comfort Retriever, aka “mini golden retriever”. Please educate yourself on what these dogs actually are before making any judgements or assumptions about the breed. First of all, it is a breed in development; that is to say, it is being developed but not perfected for consistency, nor recognized by the AKC or CKC at this time. Secondly, there is only one true breeder of Comfort Retrievers and it is in Versailles, KY. “Comfort Retriever” is a copywritten brand and for anyone else to use it is illegal. The breeder, who is/was a breeder of golden retrievers and golden doodles, has gone to great cost, time and trouble to develop a dog that looks like a miniature golden retriever and has a golden temperament but which has the increased intelligence and slightly increased hypoallergenic quality of the poodle. There is NO COCKER SPANIAL IN A COMFORT RETRIEVER. None. The breeder in Versailles has worked with veterinary geneticists in the area (it is in the heart of KY’s thoroughbred horse country) to weed out the genetic diseases in both the goldens and poodles so the comforts retrievers are healthy. They dogs are 70% golden retriever genetically and are inbred only to the 1/16 and she continually brings in new golden retriever bloodlines to keep the breed strong and to refine the look. The dogs are outrageously expensive but you could not ask for a better dog. They do discount the puppies as they age, and they have a “guardian program”, a owner/breeder co-breeding program through which an owner can purchase a dog at an extremely discounted rate if they agree to breed the dog twice. You have to live within an hour of Versailles to participate in that program, however.
My dog was an unexpected purchase as he “picked” me and it has been a love affair from day one. He is incredibly sweet, extremely intelligent, devoted, great with kids, easy to train, was easy to house break and is a beautiful dog at a “comfortable” size. He loves to fetch (24/7) and if he can do it in the pool, so much the better. He can dock dive more than half way across the swimming pool. My only complaint is that he did not inherit that “low shedding” tendency from his poodle ancestors. He sheds terribly!
I do not endorse any other breeder who claims to produce comfort retrievers or “miniature golden retrievers”. If you want a golden retriever my advice would be to contact a rescue and adopt an older one that has already calmed down–some are are the smaller side—or go to the shelter and look for a dog that picks you. My belief is that when the dog picks his human, the relationship is usually a great fit.

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