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

Acute 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.”

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.”