The Golden Cocker Retriever is a hybrid between the Golden Retriever and the Cocker Spaniel. Country of Origin: Golden Cocker Retrievers originate in the United States of America. Original Purpose: The Golden Cocker Retriever is a great family companion. Breed Characteristics: Golden Cocker Retrievers generally are friendly towards all people with proper socialization at a young age. Golden Cocker Retrievers tend to be intelligent and good natured. Some Golden Cocker Retrievers have be used as therapy dogs because of the gentle nature. Life Expectancy: Average life expectancy for the Golden Cocker Retriever is 10 - 13 years.