The German Shepherd Golden Retriever Mix, also known as the Golden Shepherd, is a medium to large cross breed between a Golden Retriever parent and a German Shepherd parent.
This hybrid dog is very popular nowadays and in very high demand from people that love both the German Shepherd and the Golden Retriever, and have always dreamed of having a little bit of both worlds.
When you mix these two dog breeds together, you get a little bit of the traits and characteristics of both breeds
The German Shepherd Golden Retriever Mix is bred by breeders that try their best to find out the best “pros” in each of the two canines and breed for these positive points, as well as try their best to find out the “cons” in each of the two dogs and try to avoid breeding for their characteristics and traits.
Golden German Shepherd Recognition
As of this writing, the Golden Retriever German Shepherd Mix isn’t technically recognized as an official dog breed, it is however recognized as a designer mixed-breed by the following entities.
- American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC)
- Dog Registry of America (DRA)
- International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR)
Size, Height & Weight
This cross breed, much like its German Shepherd parent, is a fairly large-sized dog that weighs anywhere from 60-80 lbs and is 20-25 inches in height.
This cross breed’s coat is a fairly long one, very much like that of its Golden Retriever parent, meaning you’re going to have to deal with a little bit of excess shedding here and there.
The most common colors that this canine’s coat comes in are black, cream, yellow, tan, white, golden and blue.
A very common coat color they tend to come in is a coat dominated by the color sable and having a little gold color to it as well.
As we always point out whenever we discuss a mixed-breed dog, you can never determine what the exact temperament of a mixed-breed is going to be like.
This is because of the simple fact that mixed-breed dogs aren’t always equally bred among two parents in terms of percentages, oftentimes the dog is bred more from one parent than the other.
You always have to keep in mind that one mix-breed dog may get a certain combination of traits from its parents, while another mixed-breed dog may get another different combination of traits from its parents.
With that said, there are certain temperament traits that all Golden Shepherds share, no matter what parent they were bred to most.
This dog, just like its Golden Retriever parent, thrives on interacting with its owner, household family members and generally all the people it loves.
So just know that this canine is happiest when its among the people it loves, and it at its most miserable state when left alone with no company to enjoy.
They love to play around with young children that are as energetic and full of life as they are, as well as other household pets you may have at home that they will most certainly make immediate friends with.
You should just make sure that your Golden German Shepherd has been properly socialized and trained, and that anyone (children and pets alike) that interact with them have been taught how to do so and have been properly socialized as well.
This dog is fairly highly active and loves to play in outside spaces, just like its Golden Retriever parent, especially when it comes to playing around and having fun with young children and other household pets.
If you want to see this dog at its happiest, play some games with them such as fetch or Frisbee or get some exercise with them by doing activities such as going on a walk, jogging, running, swimming, hiking, or whatever else you’d like to do.
The point is, go outside and be active with them in order to see them at their happiest, most healthy mental state.
Speaking of swimming, they (just like its Golden Retriever parent) absolutely LOVE to swim.
This is a very positive thing because, besides swimming being an excellent form of exercise and physical activity for them to get, this is also a way of bathing them (or them bathing themselves).
So if you’ve got a pool as part of your property or have easy and fast access to one nearby, then know for a fact that this could very well make your German Shepherd Golden Retriever Mix as happy as can be.
At a bare minimum, you should give your Golden Shepherd physical activity opportunities for at least 60-90 minutes each and every single day.
If you’ve got something like a large backyard at home, then all the better because they can play around and be active by themselves over there when you don’t really feel like going outside the house to exercise them.
If you live in a small-spaced property like an apartment with no backyard in it, then this canine is going to have a real hard time adapting and fitting in.
You could possibly get by if you give them enough time outdoors to play around and get some exercise, but this isn’t always the case with a dog as large as this one.
This dog is one of the most intelligent canines out there, just like both its parents the Golden Retriever and the German Shepherd.
This means that they won’t give you such a hard time in training, and will be able to grasp what you’re trying to teach them real fast.
As you’ll undoubtedly hear from many Golden German Shepherd owners, they only need to be told a command or taught a new trick a few times before they master it by heart, unlike other dogs that need the command or trick to be repeated a million and one times before they master it.
Not only that, but this dog thrives on being a good boy/girl during training and doing exactly what’s asked of them, which they know will make you happy.
As long as you stick to the correct principles of dog training, such as positive reinforcement, establishing yourself as the firm leader, abstaining from scolding/spanking/physical harm and remaining consistent throughout it all, you’ll be more than fine and you’ll find that training this canine is actually a joy.
Just like every other breed out there, the earlier you train and socialize them, the better the results and the easier it will all be.
Dogs tend to best respond to training and socialization at a very young age, and the more they grow the harder it becomes, so always start at a very young age!
Depending on which of its two parents it takes up most of this trait from, this dog can either be a very good or weak guard dog.
If your mix takes up on this characteristic from its German Shepherd parent, then you can bet that it’s going to grow up to be an amazing guard dog that will do all it can to protect you and your family members.
However, if they take up on this characteristic from its Golden Retriever parent, then let’s just say that you should forget about all of this. 🙂
Besides being an excellent companion dog, this dog is also very well known to be an excellent working dog, being able to perform tasks such as search and rescue.
This dog is more prone to suffer from certain health conditions than other breeds, much of which they inherit from their German Shepherd and Golden Retriever parents.
The most common health problems that they are prone to suffer from are:
- Ear mites
- Joint dysplasia
- Von Willebrand’s Disease
- Eye problems
- Degenerative Myelopathy
Before you buy any Golden Shepherd puppies from any breeder, you should ask them to show you the veterinary records that the puppy has, as this will go a long way in confirming whether or not they suffer from specific health problems.
This will also go a long way in confirming whether or not their parents used to suffer from any health problems which they could only pass on to their offspring(s) as well.
This cross breed has an expected lifespan of around 10-14 years, which is excellent considering that such large sized dogs don’t generally go on to live such lengthy lifetimes.
Just as we established in an earlier section in this article, this cross-breed is a fairly heavy shedder due to its longer-than-average coat.
This means that besides having to brush their coat multiple times on a daily basis, you will also need to purchase a vacuum cleaner that’s able to take care of all the hair that they leave around everywhere.
Of course, if you brush their hair on a daily basis they won’t leave as much hair around everywhere as they would if you don’t brush their hair every day, but you’ll be needing a vacuum cleaner either way as there’s no running away from this issue no matter how much you take care of and brush their hair.
Golden Retriever German Shepherd Mixes have one of the most beautiful coats out there, coming from parents that have two very beautiful coats to them as well, so you’ll want to make sure you care for their coats as much as necessary in order to keep them in healthy shape.
Here are some helpful tips on how to brush your dog’s hair in the most effective way!
As for bathing this dog and brushing their teeth, you only need to give them a shower when the need arises and brush their teeth once a day (ideally).
Other grooming practices that we prefer you leave to a professional groomer to take care of are ear cleaning and nail trimming, both of which should be done on a frequent basis in order to avoid ear infections and nails growing way too long where they start to become problematic.