Goldmation

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
Great Britain <> Croatia -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen
This breed is also known as
Goldmation Retriever

A brief presentation of the Goldmation

Hard-working, willing and playful, the Goldmation is a medium-to-large breed hybrid that's a cross between the versatile Dalmatian and the happy-go-lucky Golden Retriever. These adorable hybrids are highly active and motivated dogs, and are best suited to active families and homes with lots of space. They are moderate maintenance dogs as they can be constant to seasonal excretors and, therefore, will need regular brushing and bathing. These dogs are excellent companions for households with young children and other pets because of their friendly, gentle nature.

History of the Goldmation

The Goldmation specific crossbreed status refers to the fact that it was "developed" nearly 30 years ago, when breeders began crossing two or more pure breeds to produce a healthier, often shed-free, smaller and sometimes gentler dog than many other popular breeds of the time. Along with the Goldmation, its parent breeds are the Golden Retriever and the Dalmatian, and despite its relatively young lineage, it actually comes from two breeds with quite impressive histories.

 

        

A little of the Golden Retriever

        
The origins of the Golden Retriever date back to the 1800s in Scotland, when a man named Lord Tweedmouth, who was a viscount, adopted a dog named Nous. Nous was a young yellow puppy with wavy hair from a litter of black puppies. It is thought that Lord Tweedmouth wanted to create an excellent hunting and retrieving companion and so he crossed Nous with a Tweed Water Spaniel, now extinct, resulting in a puppy that was then crossed with breeds such as other Retrievers, another Tweed Water Spaniel, and a Red Setter. The Golden Retriever gained recognition as a sporting dog with the American Kennel Club in 1925.
Standard of the Golden Retriever

A little of the Dalmatian

The Dalmatian is a mysterious breed believed to have originated in the Mediterranean country of Dalmatia. The Dalmatian is a breed renowned for its speed and agility. Throughout history, these dogs have played many important roles and served many purposes. Tasks have included being avid hunters, shepherds, war dogs, chariot protectors and draught dogs. Today, in popular culture, they are best known as firefighters' mascots due to their history in clearing a path for firefighters to cross fires. The Dalmatian was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888, classified as a non-sporting dog.
Standard of the Dalmatian

Appearance of the Goldmation

The Goldmation coat can vary in length, it can be medium to longer if your hybrid inherits more Golden Retriever, or it can be short and close to the skin if more Dalmatian is seen. The coat is usually a mixture of colors ranging from white to golden and often the characteristic Dalmatian spots will be visible, with patches sometimes visible on the tongue. The hybrid will have a medium-sized, even skull and muzzle. The eyes are rounded and may be brown or blue. Ears are large, folded back and generally wide. The nose may be black or liver-toned with spots. The neck is medium-sized, while the chest is deep. The overall body of the Goldmation tends to be long and muscular, with a long, slightly curved tail.

Temperament of the Goldmation

Exuberant, playful and intelligent all describe the Goldmation lover. This intelligent breed is easy to train, and when socialized at an early age, will do well in households with children and other pets. With strangers, these dogs will bark non-aggressively to warn their owners of an approaching person. Because of this quality, these hybrids make excellent watchdogs rather than guard dogs. The Goldmation is a breed that needs regular training and mental stimulation, they don't tend to do well on their own, and if they get bored, they can be quite destructive around the house.

Needs and activities of the Goldmation

These dogs will thrive in busy environments that allow participation in obedience training, agility classes and trick training. They are intelligent hybrids that need to be mentally stimulated to meet many of their activity and energy expenditure needs. Walking, running and playing with them may simply not be enough to satisfy their needs, so they are recommended to experienced owners who will have the time and commitment to train them to the best of their abilities. Goldmations can do well in all areas, urban and rural, as long as they don't get bored. Provide them with a safe, enclosed backyard space to play and explore, and be sure to accompany them when they're outside. They can display destructive behaviors if left alone for too long.

Maintenance of the Goldmation

The Goldmation is a hybrid that can be quite excretory. These dogs can be prone to moderate amounts of drool and doggy odor, which are two traits present in the Golden Retriever. As such, be prepared to bathe and brush your hybrid regularly. Bathing should be done once a month and when necessary. Brushing should be done once a week, especially if they have a long coat like the Retriever. A pin brush will work fairly well, and during shedding season, the use of a shredder can help. As with all dogs, make sure his ears are checked and cleaned regularly, especially if he likes to swim, as moisture can get trapped. Ideally, teeth should be brushed once a week to prevent dental disease, and nails trimmed as required.

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