I want a golden retriever is a smaller body. Any suggestions?

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Future Service- Dog
Barked: Sat Jun 1, '13 9:19pm PST 
A Golden and a Toller look alike, but that's about it. If you want the LOOK of a Golden in a smaller, much higher-energy body, go for a Toller. Otherwise...
Addy, CGC

Let's go for a- walk!
Barked: Sat Jun 1, '13 11:35pm PST 
Really, if it's the personality you're looking for, it would be worthwhile doing the research to find a very good cocker spaniel breeder. A correct cocker spaniel is a wonderfully friendly, social, stable dog. Even a cocker of rather iffy breeding (but whose breeder did emphasize correct temperament) was an enormous help in rehabbing Addy, when I first got her.

Tiller knows good cocker spaniel people; talk to her.
Savannah Blue Belle

A Heart of Gold!
Barked: Mon Jun 3, '13 8:19am PST 
yep. Tiller recommended the rescue I got Cookie from. We love her and we love them.

Augusta,- CGC, RN

Such a Good Dog!
Barked: Mon Jun 3, '13 9:28am PST 
Just for variety's sake, I'm wondering what other breeds might fit the bill temperamentally? What about Lowchen, PBGV, a smaller English Setter, Bolognese, Pug, Bichon, Westie . . ..? Just throwing out smaller breeds known to be very people sociable, not necessary most GR like . . . . looks like some of the less common spaniels also rate people friendly ---Boykin spaniel, Clumber spaniel and English Cocker Spaniel.

There is something about that Golden Retriever lean into you for love that's pretty awesome . ..
Hershey Bear- (2003 - 2015)

Silly old bear
Barked: Tue Jun 4, '13 8:35am PST 
I'd still go with an adult rescue. The temperament and size will both already be there, rather than a puppy that will grow into something unknown. Puppies are cute, yes, but there's no guarantee on what they'll be when they grow up.

From my personal experiences with Cockers , I typically don't recommend them. Most I've met aren't very sound. silenced

Edited by author Tue Jun 4, '13 8:38am PST

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