Golden Retriever and Spaniel Mix Goes Viral With His Unique Furry Features

A cute golden retriever–cocker spaniel mix has delighted TikTok users, with one person commenting, "This is too much. So cute."

"Ever wondered what a golden retriever cross spaniel looks like?" asks TikTok user OakleyTheRetrieverSpaniel, in a video that has amassed over 222,000 views.

According to a study by the University of New Hampshire from 2020 entitled, "Current Dog Breeding Practices Impacts on Health and Preservation of Purebred Dogs," "As sediments shift from viewing dogs as property to seeing them as family members, more attention has been placed on dog breeding."

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Many people believe that mixed-breed dogs are healthier and less susceptible to illness, genetic issues and disease than purebreds due to their mixed lineage. A study undertaken between 1995 and 2010 and published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association looked at 27,000 patient cases to ascertain the likelihood of the occurrence of 24 of the most common hereditary diseases in dogs.

The researchers found that out of the 24 disorders assessed, 13 were equally prevalent between purebred and mixed-breed dogs, and "many of those disorders that are often attributed to a specific breed are just as likely to be found in mixed-breed dogs, including common health problems such as lymphoma, mast cell tumor, specific cardiac issues, hip dysplasia, and lens luxation."

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Dog breeds. Stock Image. A study suggests that as dogs become more like family members than working animals or property, more attention has been placed on breeding. Getty Images

Responsible breeders are able to reduce the risk of some more prevalent diseases in dogs through specific testing before combining dogs of any breed.

Known as the golden cocker retriever, according to AnimalCorner.org, the breed "has two of the most popular dog breeds as its parents and this makes for a friendly, loving and sociable family dog. Perfect for first time pet owners, the Golden Cocker Retriever is an active and intelligent dog, with both parents belonging to the sporting dog group classification. They are also known for being loyal and they love to play outside, too."

They suggest that size and appearance can vary due to the difference between the two breeds, and a litter size can be anywhere between four to 12 puppies. A golden cocker retriever can cost between $800 and $2,000 due to the fact that they are a "designer dog."

One user commented, "What a beautiful combo."

Ollie And Belle said, "This looks just like my so called cocker spaniel. I've always said she's got retriever in her."

User Georgia Jeffers wrote, "I met one camping on the weekend. I normally don't like crosses but [it] was stunning."

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