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  • Activity Level: moderate
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  • Shedding Level: moderate
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  • Grooming Level: moderate
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  • Trainability: high
  • Good for Novice Owners: high
  • Adaptability: high
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  • Kid/Pet Friendly: often
  • Prey Drive: high
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  • Watchdog: aware
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  • Average Size: Large
  • Average Lifespan: 10-15 years

Irish Golden Mountain Dog Dog Breed Information





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An Irish Golden Mountain Dog is a cross between a Golden Irish and a Bernese Mountain Dog or an Irish Setter and a Bernese Golden Mountain Dog. This designer breed is meant to enhance all the best traits of the Golden Retriever, Irish Setter, and Bernese Mountain Dog and bring them together into one dog.

Irish Golden Mountain Dogs are a mix of some of the friendliest and most affectionate dog breeds. So, it’s no surprise that they tend to be loving and affectionate dogs that love nothing more than being around their families. Their playful and happy-go-lucky personalities tend to win everyone over.

As long as they are well-socialized and trained, they tend to get along with just about everyone. They do well with children and other dogs. They can have a high prey drive, but tend to be okay with smaller pets in the household, especially if they were raised together. They even tend to be open and friendly with strangers.

An Irish Golden Mountain Dog is a highly adaptable dog breed. Although they can be high-energy dogs, they can adapt to apartment living as long as they get enough daily exercise and mental stimulation.

They do well in most climates, but are sensitive to heat and extreme cold. Their fluffy coats only offer some protection in the winter and they may need some winter dog products to stay warm if temperatures fall too much while out on walks. Because they bond so closely with their families, 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 and good breeding practices make a big difference. Potential health concerns to be aware of in an Irish Golden Mountain Dog include elbow dysplasia, hip dysplasia, and heart issues.

Reputable breeders will screen their dogs to avoid passing issues to puppies, so make sure you are asking about the health of the parents and any tests that have been done. As a large dog breed, an Irish Golden Mountain Dog is at a higher risk for bloat. Because bloat in dogs can be dangerous, it’s important to know how to reduce the risk and to know the symptoms so you can get help as soon as possible.

Irish Golden Mountain Dogs are highly trainable dogs that are intelligent, pick up on things quickly, and are eager to please. As long as commands and expectations are clear and consistent and they are rewarded positively, these dogs strive to be obedient and please their owners.

This makes them a good fit for owners of all experience levels. Even if you don’t need them for training help, there are still many other benefits of puppy training classes including opportunities for socialization, bonding time, and more.

Irish Golden Mountain Dogs have a medium to long, sometimes wavy, coat that will shed moderately year-round and heavier as the seasons change. Brushing a few times a week, daily brushing during seasonal shedding, and the occasional bath are usually enough to keep this dog’s coat healthy and looking great.

In addition to coat care, you will also need to take care of your Irish Golden Mountain Dog’s nails, ears, and teeth. Cutting your dog’s nails once or twice monthly is usually enough to keep them from growing too long, splintering, or causing issues. Weekly ear checks and careful cleanings as needed can help prevent ear infections.

Because gum disease is one of the most common health issues in dogs that often leads to more serious health issues, it is important to practice good dental care for dogs early and throughout your dog’s life. Daily brushing plus cleanings at the vet when needed are ideal to prevent painful dental diseases later in life.

An Irish Golden Mountain Dog tends to sit in a more moderate activity range, but individual dogs can sometimes be high-energy dogs instead. Daily walks plus some playtime, time to run, and other activities are usually enough to keep this dog happy and healthy. They will probably be up for more activity if you are and tend to just be happy being active with you.

A fully-grown Irish Golden Mountain Dog usually stands 21-28 inches tall and weighs 50-90 pounds.

Irish Golden Mountain Dogs generally live for 10-15 years.