Murphy is the most adorable 7-month-old Golden Retriever/Cocker Spaniel mix. He has the face and the ears of a Cocker, but the build and personality of a Golden Retriever.
He is a loving, sweet boy and is just a typical, mischievous puppy. He is such a joy each and every day!
Murphy came into RAGOM from a commercial breeder, so much is not known about his early life. He has been with us for over six weeks now, though, and I can tell you that this boy loves any and all attention and will melt to the floor when he gets pets. Additionally, he loves to curl up beside us on the couch for nap time.
Because of his background, Murphy is somewhat undersocialized. While in our home, he is a wonderful, confident dog, though he does still startle outside at loud or sudden sounds. With each day and exposure to the outside sounds, he is getting more and more confident.
Murphy is a very playful boy. He will do best in a home either with another young, playful dog or a home where he is able to consistently play with other dogs.
Also, Murphy is still a puppy and explores everything with his mouth, so everything he is not allowed to chew must be kept out of his reach, and that includes everything on the floor and on counters. If you would love to welcome this special boy into your home, all things must be picked up and set outside of his reach.
The most important thing for Murphy's home is a family committed to exercise. We walk once in the morning with just him and again for about 2.5 miles in the afternoon with him and our senior dog. Days when this routine have not been followed are days we find him with an excess of energy.
Murphy is completely housetrained, but does exhibit some submissive peeing when scared or excited. Also, Murphy is a bit concerned in cars and on car rides. He will drool excessively, but with many outings to really fun places and to our cabin, this is getting better. However, I do think he would do best in a home where he is not consistently asked to endure long car rides.
Finally, due to the COVID-19 restrictions in Minnesota, Murphy has not spent much time by himself at home. While he does great crated to sleep every night in our room, he barks continuously if crated during the day.
We have left him gated in smaller areas of the home for various periods of time up to 2 hours, and he is just fine, but he may need a bit more work to be home alone for a full work day.
The ideal home for Murphy would be one where:
- he is not left home for a whole work day
- there is a younger, playful dog to help him expend his energy
- his family is committed to long walks and exposure to new environments
- there are no young children under the age of 8