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Toy Golden Retriever
Golden Retrievers are classified as medium-sized dogs given their huge body structure. They might seem adorable and helpless as little puppies but once they mature, you will be surprised at how big they can grow at a short span of time. There may be variations in the average size of a regular Golden Retriever but the occurrence of one having stunted growth similar to toy dogs is nil unless this is a result of a rare hereditary condition. However, there may be what could be referred to as toy Golden Retrievers but the process that led to the emergence of this hybrid is more of an effect of man’s interference in the natural breeding way of this particular dog breed.
Man is naturally curious and enjoys dabbling into the unknown. The initial success reaped in cross-breeding specific dog breeds have made breeders more confident in performing other combinations. What may fall under the category of toy Golden Retrievers would be the so-called Goldendoodles. As can be inferred from its name, a Goldendoodle is a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. It is a hybrid that attempts to combine the endearing qualities of the two aforementioned dog breeds. This novel breeding procedure begun in the middle of the 20th century and the popularity of Goldendoodles is fast catching on to other dog breeders as well as interested owners.
You should not be quick to assume that all Goldendoodles are toy Golden Retrievers. The characteristics of each litter will be determined by the parents that sired the puppies. The factor of height will be primarily determined or influenced by the genes inherited from the parents. Below are the possible combinations and the litter expected to be produced:
A Golden Retriever and a Standard Poodle will have Standard Goldendoodles.
A Golden Retriever and a Miniature Poodle will have Mini Goldendoodles.
A Golden Retriever and a Toy Poodle will have Toy Goldendoodles.
One of the reasons why the Goldendoodle was bred was to address the demand of prospective dog owners who suffer from allergy. A normal Golden Retriever sheds, which could pose a major inconvenience for those people that have an adverse reaction to hair. This problem has been remedied by Goldendoodles as shedding has been greatly reduced and in some cases, it is possible to have a non-shedding pet. Therefore, families where one of the members has mild allergy might still be able to keep this hybrid for their pet.
As to its appearance, a Goldendoodle is a fine mix of its parents with the coat color ranging from apricot and chocolate, to cream or black, just to mention a few possible shades. As regards its temperament, a Goldendoodle is likely to exhibit the same well-mannered behavior of its parents. This animal makes for an intelligent and loving companion and is a great pet. As opposed to a pure Golden Retriever that is considered a medium maintenance dog that requires high amounts of exercise and grooming, a toy Golden Retriever is a low maintenance one. In terms health conditions, hybrids are usually deemed to be healthier than their pure bred parents.
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