Soft Coated Golden

60-70 lbs
Golden Retriever
Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier
The Soft Coated Golden is a hybrid designer dog that is a cross between the Golden Retriever and the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. It is a large dog and typically stands 23 to 24 inches tall at the shoulders and weighs 65 to 75 pounds. His coat is soft and thick but unlike the Golden Retriever which tends to shed excessively, the Soft Coated Golden takes after the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier and only sheds moderately. This dog has an easy going disposition. He is a true people dog and loves everyone. The Soft Coated Golden has a true affinity for children. He is an ideal family dog.
purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Golden Retriever, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Soft Coated Golden Health

Average Size
Male Soft Coated Golden size stats
Height: 23-24 inches Weight: 65-75 lbs
Female Soft Coated Golden size stats
Height: 22-23 inches Weight: 60-70 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia
  • Seizures
  • Lymphoma
  • Mast Cell Tumors
  • Subaortic Stenosis
Minor Concerns
  • Skin Problems
  • Renal Dysplasia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Addison's Disease
  • Eye disorders and disease
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Blood Analysis
  • Wellness Check
  • Chest X-rays
  • Full Physical Examination regarding joint movement around the hip and kneecap
  • Cardiac and Hip

Soft Coated Golden Breed History

The Soft Coated Golden shares all of the delightful characteristics of his parents, the Golden Retriever and the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. The exact origins of the Golden Retriever is a bit foggy. It is widely believed that Dudley Marjoribanks first acquired the only golden puppy from a litter of black pups in the Highlands of Scotland around 1840. He started to breed the yellow dogs and created the first foundation Goldens. During the era, hunters required a dog that could retrieve game on both land and water because of the varied regional terrain. The Golden Retriever was bred to be a gun dog and readily retrieve waterfowl in Scotland during the 19th century.  In 1925, the American Kennel Club officially recognized the Golden Retriever and entered the dog into the Sporting Group. It has become a popular choice as a hunting dog, service dog, guide dog, tracker, and search and rescue canine. The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier hails from Ireland where it has been bred for over 200 years. It is considered an all-purpose farm dog. The Wheaten hunts, herds, guards livestock, hunts vermin, and is a companion. The feisty Terrier was considered to be the poor man's Irish Wolfhound because it was never owned by the gentry.  Historically, only aristocrats or gentry were legally allowed to own a hunting dog that stood over 19 inches tall at the withers or had a long tail. If anyone owned a dog that fit those specifications and was not gentry then a tax was levied on the person. To avoid the costly tax, common people made sure the Wheaten was short and sported a docked tail. In 1973, the breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club and entered into the Terrier Group.

Soft Coated Golden Breed Appearance

The Soft Coated Golden looks similar to the Golden Retriever but he has far softer fur which only minimally sheds. Most people think that this dog should be golden in color because of his parents but he is typically black when first born but as the dog matures his fur gets somewhat lighter. It can fade to a deep rich brown or remain black when the dog reaches adulthood. The fur is thick, dense, and water repellent. His ears are floppy and his face closely resembles the Golden Retriever. The dog’s body is stocky and muscular. His feet boast some webbing which enables him to effortlessly swim.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Soft Coated Golden eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Soft Coated Golden nose
brown Soft Coated Golden nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Soft Coated Golden coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Soft Coated Golden straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Soft Coated Golden Breed Maintenance

The Soft Coated Golden should be brushed daily to keep his hair smooth and tangle free. Use a slicker brush to work through the tangles and as well, this will remove clumps of fur that may be remaining within the coat. He does not shed excessively even though his fur is thick and dense with an undercoat. His fur is waterproof and can have a bit of a ‘doggy’ smell when it gets wet. His floppy ears should be cleaned once a week to remove debris. His nails require monthly clipping if his daily exercise routine does not wear them down naturally. His teeth should not be neglected; brush them a few times a week to keep them tartar free.
Brushes for Soft Coated Golden
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Soft Coated Golden requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Soft Coated Golden Temperament

The Soft Coated Golden is a dog that lives to please his family. He loves children and appears to share a special affinity for little ones. Like its parent the Golden Retriever, the Soft Coated Golden usually enjoys the water and is an excellent swimmer. His temperament is sweet and docile.  He tends to get along well with other animals and often makes close doggy friends at the dog park. If you want a fantastic family dog that doesn’t shed as excessively as the typical Golden Retriever, then the Soft Coated Golden is a good choice. He wants nothing better than to spend time with his family and please his owners. This dog is highly intelligent and excels at obedience.

Soft Coated Golden Activity Requirements

The Soft Coated Golden wants to be involved in all of his family's functions. He loves going for walks, playing ball or frisbee, and even going swimming at the lake.  His body is athletic and he thrives on physical activity. Ideally, you should have a large fenced yard to provide him with adequate activity. The Soft Coated Golden loves to play with children. He is the type of dog that will keep going and going just to make his owner happy.  In the evening, after a day of ample play, he is usually happy to lay down near his owner and relax.
Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
9 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes
activity minutes

Soft Coated Golden Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.00 - $2.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$30.00 - $60.00
food bag monthly cost

Soft Coated Golden Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Soft Coated Golden size stats at six months
Height: 19.0 inches Weight: 35.0 lbs
Female Soft Coated Golden size stats at six months
Height: 17.0 inches Weight: 30.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Soft Coated Golden size stats at 12 months
Height: 23.5 inches Weight: 70.0 lbs
Female Soft Coated Golden size stats at 12 months
Height: 22.5 inches Weight: 65.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Soft Coated Golden size stats at 18 months
Height: 23.5 inches Weight: 70.0 lbs
Female Soft Coated Golden size stats at 18 months
Height: 22.5 inches Weight: 65.0 lbs

Soft Coated Golden Owner Experiences

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