The Golden Retriever German Shepherd Mix is a combination of two of the United States’ most popular dog breeds. The German Shepherd is the second most popular dog breed in the USA, And the Golden Retriever is the third most popular breed. Making this crossbreed and excellent mix.
As the Labrador Retriever takes the top spot for most popular dog breed in the United States. A German Shepherd Lab Mix is also a winning combination.
Not only are the German Shepherd and Golden Retriever two of the most popular dog breeds, but they are also two of the most intelligent.
The German shepherd is the third most intelligent dog breed and the Golden Retriever comes in on the list at number four!
The Golden Shepherd do not normally bark excessively, yet they will let you know if strangers are around. Protective of their family and friendly with children and others, making them a great family guard dog.
Full of energy, homes with large gardens are ideal but not essential, as long as they get plenty of exercises. They like to be around people, and as such, tend to become destructive if bored or left for long periods of time.
The coloration of their coat will sometimes match one parent exactly and other times be a mix of both parent’s coats. They have a straight back, a thick chest, and muscular legs. The shape of the face will match one parent or the other. Their ears will stand up like the German Shepherd or droop down, like the Golden Retriever.
A Golden Retriever German Shepherd Mix isn’t the largest dog breed, but they can get quite large at 26 inches tall and weigh in at 85 pounds. Females are usually smaller than males but not always.
The color of a Golden Shepherds coat is normally a combination of the most common colors of its parents, which are gold, black and tan. Often, a Golden Shepherd pup has a golden coat with black ears and muzzle. Whatever the color of the coat, it is always long and double, with it being rough or smooth, depending on which parent it takes after.
Golden Retriever German Shepherd Mix puppies are always unique, you can never predict what they will come out looking like. Some have more Golden Retrievers in them and some have more German Shepherd in them, all in varying degrees.
German Retriever, Golden German Shepherd, Golden Shepherd, Golden Retriever German Shepherd, German Shepherd Golden Retriever
20 – 26 Inches (50 – 66cm)
55 – 85Ilb (25 – 38kg)
10 – 14yrs
Dog Breed Group
Mixed Breed Dogs
Tendency to Dig
Tendency to Snore
Tendency to Bark
Tendency to Drool
With a crossbreed, you never know for sure what their temperament or personality will be.
The Golden Retriever is a very affectionate and easy-going breed that loves to play and is almost always fantastic with children and friendly with everyone if socialized properly as a pup.
(It is always recommended to supervise any dog when around children).
The German Shepherd is a confident, alert, intelligent, and very active breed of dog which responds well to training if done correctly. They are loyal and protective of the one they love, which makes them ideal guard and protection dogs.
Looking at the traits of these two breeds, there is a good chance that if properly socialized, a Golden Retriever German Shepherd Mix puppy will be: Highly Energetic, playful, affectionate, and protective.
However, don’t expect them to guard the same as a German Shepherd. They may inherit their guarding instincts from their Golden Retriever parent and just give any intruders a good licking!
Along with these possible traits, Golden Shepherds don’t like being left alone. Leaving them alone will lead to separation anxiety, which will lead to destructive behavior.
If you can’t stay home with them, look into getting them a dog sitter, dog walker, or even getting them into local doggy daycare.
Golden Shepherds are very mouthy dogs, they are never happier than when they get to carry something around in their mouth, so it may be worthwhile having some sturdy chew toys available at all times.
Exercise and Training
When mature, a Golden Shepherd needs one to two hours of exercise per day. This can be a walk, hike, jog, run, swim, agility, catch, or whatever gets them letting off some steam. They’ll love whatever exercise you provide. As long as they can do it with you, they’ll be happy.
Don’t go over-exercising your puppy though, as larger dog breeds are more likely to develop hip and/or elbow dysplasia when over-exercised as a pup.
As a general exercising rule, walk your dog for no more than 5 minutes every month of age. Therefore, if your dog is 6 months old, you should walk it for no more than 30 minutes.
Exercising your puppy on hard surfaces such as concrete or paving should be avoided until they are at least 2 years old, to avoid joint damage while they are still developing. Obviously playing on softer surfaces such as grass will be fine.
Not only will a Golden Retriever German Shepherd mix need a lot of exercise, but they also need a lot of mental stimulation to stop them from becoming bored. Training sessions, teaching new tricks will help as will puzzle toys with hidden treats.
Luckily, as both sets of parents are super intelligent, the Golden Shepherd will be too. Being eager to please makes them easy to train if done correctly. Training should be an ongoing process and reward-based. Never use harsh training methods.
If a Golden Shepherd is to be a family dog, then the whole family needs to know and maintain the same expected commands, otherwise, training will become confusing for your dog and you will not get the best results.
If you struggle with training your dog, it may be worth having some training sessions or investing in a dog training course such as the one in the link below.
Shedding and Grooming
Both sets of parents of the Golden Retriever German Shepherd Mix have double coats, which although great for being outside, not so for inside the home.
They will shed all year round and more so in spring and fall. I recommend having a good vacuum cleaner. Ideally, they would be brushed daily to prevent matting and if you don’t like dog hair everywhere, these are not the right dogs for you.
Check their ears regularly as both parent breeds tend to suffer from wax building up, as well as checking their nails and clipping when needed, as these grow pretty quickly.
Ideally brushing their teeth will be carried out daily to maintain good oral hygiene and reduce the risk of tartar building up.
As both parent breeds are prone to hip dysplasia, it is best not to over feed Golden Shepherds, because being overweight or obese will cause further problems in later life.
Be sure to feed a kibble specifically for active large breeds, with plenty of nutrients to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.
However, their diet will depend on other factors such as your dogs age and whether they have any health conditions.
Aim for two or three meals per day and try to wait at least one before exercising.
Golden Retrievers are known for eating whatever they can get, so to avoid over eating, keep all food out of their grasp.
If you are unsure of how much you should be feeding your dog, ask your veterinarians advise on meal portion sizes.
Socializing any puppy in their first three months of life is essential to their future behaviour, even more so with a Golden Retriever German Shepherd Mix puppy. Ideally you want to expose them to as many different sights, sounds and smells as you can, but all in a positive scenario and ideally build up the exposure each day. Don’t go introducing your puppy to a crowd of people on the first day. This may have an adverse effect!
The more you socialize your dog with different children, adults, dogs, other animals and places, the less problems you will have with guarding issues, and making for a more friendly, happy companion.
Remember that dogs are masters at reading emotions. If you come across a big dog for instance and you are nervous. Your puppy will pick up on that nervousness, possibly nervous, fearful or aggressive towards that breed of dog in the future.
Don’t forget to praise your dog while socializing if he is behaving well.
Hip and Elbow Dysplasia – More common in larger dog breeds, but can affect smaller breeds too. This condition is when the hip or elbow joint do not fit or have not developed properly. Instead of sliding smoothly within the socket, the bones rub and grind together. A painful condition which often reduces the dog’s quality of life. However, with treatment, dogs with a form of dysplasia often lead long happy lives.
A healthy diet and the appropriate amount of exercise will help to prevent the onset of hip and elbow dysplasia.
Allergies – Both parent breeds of the Golden Shepherd are predisposed to various allergies. Symptoms include runny nose, sneezing, itchy/red/watery eyes, nasal congestion, shortness of breath, hives, constant licking and more.
Bloat – Also known as Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus. This is a serious medical condition in which the stomach fills with gas, and can twist in such a way that it stops blood from flowing to the gut. This also stops food and the gas from escaping. The spleen can twist, stopping blood flow as well as blocking veins which carries blood to the heart.
Bloat is certainly one of the most serious medical emergencies in dogs which veterinarians face and can kill a dog within hours if not treated.
Degenerative Myelopathy – A progressive disease, affecting mostly older dogs. It weakens the hind legs of dogs and eventually leads to complete loss of use. Onset of this disease usually begins at eight to fourteen years of age. The only blessing of this devasting illness is that it is not a painful disease.
It is recommended your dog has regular health checks with your veterinarian to detect any health concerns as early as possible. If you have any health concerns regarding your dog, raise these concerns with your vet as soon as possible.
Important Questions To Ask Before Buying A Puppy
Are you able to see the puppies with their parents?
Was the parent’s health tested and what were the result?
Does either parent have any health conditions?
What are the parent’s temperaments like?
Do the puppies have any health conditions?
Will the puppies be vaccinated and dewormed?
At what age will you be able to collect the puppy? (Shouldn’t be less than eight weeks old)!
Will the puppies be microchipped?
How are the puppies being socialized?
What food are the puppies eating?
A Golden Retriever German Shepherd Mix dog makes an amazing pet.
Having two Brainiac sets of parents makes them easy to train and if you have the time and lead an active lifestyle, then a Golden Shepherd could be the perfect pooch for you and your family.
They love to be around people and have a very sweet, playful nature and are extremely affectionate which makes them great with kids. If trained and socialized properly as a pup.
May even make a great watch dog if a protective nature is inherited from their German Shepherd side of the family!