Maggie and the Mini Goldens

This is Maggie – born on the 24/5/2015 to Ralph and Daphne.

Maggie is a Golden Retriever X Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Daphne is a pedigreed dog and Ralph is our Blaze’s son so he has 1/8 coolie sheepdog

So Maggie is 1/2 Golden Retriever, 7/16th Cavalier and 1/16 Koolie Sheep dog.

That’s her  with one of her little sisters above – taken when the puppy was only 1 weeks old

And here is Maggie with her little sisters: Violet, Maisie and Marley

She has another sister called Frankie who lives with our neighbours Marcus and Margie.

Maggie at home.

WHY Maggie and her mini Golden sisters?

Maggie and her sisters are absolutely beautiful dogs with large brown eyes and sweet faces which match their temperament. Maggie is very relaxed, about life. She loves her family and lived in Glebe last year with my daughter Elle, but she is equally happy with doggy company, and she shows no sign of anxiety at all when left to live in the kennel for a while. She is a very confident, adaptable and laid back medium sized dog.  I will breed  more puppies like this in time – when my new Golden Retriever puppies grow up. They are lovely medium sized retriever and will be great for people who don’t care about hair in the house, love Golden Retrievers, but want a smaller dog.

BUT – I really bred these puppies so that I can breed medium sized Groodles, with my medium sized poodles, George Max and Rex, when they are old enough, and with Louie and Rufous in the mean time.

Maggie has a great temperament to cross with poodles because she is so laid back  (which small poodles notoriously are not). The combination should be similar to the F1 Groodles, and like the F1 labradoodles but perhaps not as “over the top” friendly as some of them can be (think the movie “Marley and Me”).

F1 Golden Retrievers and F1 Cavaliers are normally non shedding dogs (as long as the poodle genetics are right) and theoretically  Maggie and her sisters should also produce non shedding puppies – like Blossom’s beautiful puppies which inspired me to try this cross.

Then there is the eternal question in crossbreeding…… What will you call them?

In the US there are people breeding a “Mini Golden Retriever” which is based on crossing with Cocker Spaniel and Poodle. I really don’t want to be confused with them because

  1.  They are developing a breed (as breeders do) and my dogs are F1 crossbreds.
  2.  I don’t like what has happened to Cocker Spaniels: “Cocker Rage”, exaggerated coats, narrow heads and often hyperactive.  They don’t appeal to my breeding program.

My family have vetoed “O’Connell Sock Retriever” for Maggie and her sisters – and “O’Connell Sockoodles” for the puppies……. so until someone comes up with a better name I am calling Maggie and her sisters MiniGoldens and the puppies MiniGroodles.

Louie and Maggie’s long awaited first litter has arrived and here are some of her babies at 6 weeks old……

Time will tell how big they will grow but they are exactly as beautiful as I had hoped   They are a combination of 4 breeds so have a great deal of genetic diversity but have typical groodle/cavoodle coats – non shedding open and wavy. There will be some variation in their adult size as would be expected with their mixed background.

This is a lovely email about one of these puppies from an owner who has had three of our dogs:

Lola is fabulous. I think of all our beautiful puppies, Honey, Blossom and Poppy, she is my favourite. She has so much spirit but she also wants to make us happy so she comes when we call her, she sits when asked and she does the most amazing acrobatics. She’s a hoot!! Poppy loves her and is quite maternal but has dobbed her in a few times, particularly when she’s trying to get past the gate. They snuggle up to sleep and Lola seems to have gotten over the 10pm zoomies when, each night at bed time, she ran around like a crazy dude for about 30 mins. I think she’s gifted. I want to retire so I can stay home with her.