- Activity Level: high
- Grooming Level: moderate
- Trainability: high
- Adaptability: moderate
- Kid/Pet Friendly: often
- Average Size: Medium
- Average Lifespan: 10-14 years
- Prey Drive: moderate
- Watchdog: aware
- Registered?: other
Golden Shepherd Breed Profile
The Golden Shepherd is a cross between a Golden Retriever and a German Shepherd. The Golden Shepherd tends to be a friendly, energetic, and affectionate dog that is loyal to their family and tends to be protective of them. Although they are not recognized by the American Kennel Club, they are recognized by other notable organizations like the American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Breed Registry, and more.
A Golden Shepherd tends to bring the all-around friendly personality of the Golden Retriever and the intelligence and devotion of the German Shepherd into one dog. They love their families and tend to get along with everyone including children.
As long as they are socialized properly, they’ll even get along with other smaller pets in the household despite their prey drive. These dogs are not necessarily suspicious of strangers, but they are alert and will tend to bark if they see something they feel you need to know about.
Golden Shepherds are moderately adaptable dogs. Because they are high-energy, they tend to do better in homes with yards where they can run. They can adapt to apartment living as long as plenty of time is dedicated to giving them the daily exercise they need.
They tend to do well in most climates. But, as with any dog breed, they are sensitive to heat. Because Golden Shepherds are devoted to their families and thrive on spending time with them, they do not like to be left alone for long periods of time.
Although mixed-breed dogs can sometimes be healthier than purebred dogs, it’s not a guarantee. A mixed-breed dog can inherit the potential health issues common to one, both, or neither of their parent breeds.
For the Golden Shepherd, potential health concerns include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, cataracts, and Von Willebrand’s disease. Reputable breeders will screen their dogs to avoid passing issues on to puppies, so don’t be afraid to ask them about the health and genetic history of both of the parents.
As a larger, barrel-chested dog breed, the Golden Shepherd, like their parent breeds, is also at a higher risk for bloat. Because bloat in dogs can become dangerous and even fatal if gastric torsion occurs, it’s important to know how to reduce the risk and the symptoms so you can get help as soon as you see them.
The Golden Shepherd is a highly trainable dog breed. They are intelligent, eager to please, and pick up on things quickly. This makes them a good fit for owners of all experience levels. Puppy training classes can still be a great idea because they offer opportunities to socialize a puppy while also strengthening your bond with them.
The Golden Shepherd will have a thick double-coat that sheds moderately year-round and more heavily twice a year as seasons change. A quick daily brushing, especially during seasonal shedding sessions, will help remove loose fur to make your dog more comfortable and also help keep more fur contained to a brush instead of everywhere else. Bathing is on an occasional, as-needed basis.
Regardless of coat type, you will also need to care for your Golden Shepherd’s nails, ears, and teeth. Monthly nail trims are usually enough to keep nails from growing too long or causing issues. But, you may need to cut your dog’s nails more often if they grow quickly or just aren’t wearing down as much between trims.
Although floppy ears are more prone to ear infections, you want to check your Golden Shepherd’s ears on a weekly basis regardless of what type of ears they have. By checking regularly and carefully cleaning your dog’s ears as needed, you can help prevent ear infections. Plus, if anything is starting to happen, you can get the vet before it gets more serious.
It’s also important to practice good dental care for dogs. Because many dog owners overlook this, gum disease is one of the most common health issues in dogs. With good dental care early on and throughout your dog’s life, you can help prevent these painful dental diseases later in life. Brushing teeth or using an enzyme toothpaste every day is ideal.
The Golden Shepherd comes from two high-energy dogs, so they require a lot of daily exercise to be happy and healthy. Daily walks plus playtime and time to run are the minimum. But, a Golden Shepherd will likely be up for more activity if you are.
A trip to the dog park for some off-leash time, playing frisbee or chasing a ball, hiking, swimming, running, and more can all help this dog expend some extra energy. You want to keep their activity low-impact as they are still growing, but once they finish growing, try different activities to see what you both love doing together. You could even try training them for dog sports!
A fully-grown Golden Shepherd usually stands 20-26 inches tall and weighs 60-75 pounds.
A Golden Shepherd generally lives for 10-14 years.