German Shepherd Golden Retriever Mix Guide

Golden Retriever German Shepherd mix

The German Shepherd Golden Retriever Mix is an exciting blend between the friendly Goldie Retriever and the energetic German Shepherd. They are protective, highly intelligent, and trainable hybrid dogs, generally weighing between 55 and 85 lbs and stand at between 22 and 26 inches tall at the shoulder.

This intelligent dog is also known as the “Golden Shepherd.”

They may inherit different tendencies, the retrieving instincts of the golden retriever, or the guarding abilities of the German Shepherd.

These mixed dogs have been increasing in popularity in recent times are now one of the most popular crosses.

So, what else should you know about this Shepherd and Golden Retriever mix?

Stay with us as we cover all the essentials about his canine friend.


Golden German Shepherd summary

German Shepherd Golden Retriever Mix Summary Table
Size 22-26” in height
Weight 50-90 pounds
Lifespan 10 – 14 years
Breed Type Mixes and more
Purpose Companions and service dogs
Suitable For Families with large homes
Color Variations Black and tan, black, white, golden, dark golden and brown
Temperament Intelligent, trainable, athletic, playful and affectionate
Other Names Golden Shepherd

Golden Shepherd
Golden Shepherd dogs

The Golden Shepherd at a glance

When properly bred, the Golden Retriever German Shepherd Mix should be smart, athletic, trainable, and sociable. They should be loyal companions and would be eager to please.

The Golden Shepherd was first registered as a breed in 2009. It is recognized by the International Designer Canine Registry but not registered with any Kennel Club.

The Golden Retriever is usually loved for its sociability and easy-going nature.

Combine that with the German Shepherds intelligence and athleticism, you could even argue that this is the perfect large breed dog mix.

Let’s take a look at each parent breed from the German Shepherd Golden Retriever Mix, so you can see what to expect.

German Shepherd Dogs

German Shepherd
German Shepherd Dogs Being Trained

This is one of the most popular dog breeds ranking at number 2 according to AKC rank.

German Shepherds can stand as high as 26 inches tall at the shoulder.

The German Shepherd as the names suggests started as sheepherders in Germany. People valued these dogs more for their hard work as such their looks.

Dog lovers are fond of the German Shepherd dogs as they are amazingly versatile, excelling at most things that they’re trained to do.

German Shepherds are popular amongst the police and military as a guide and assistance dog, search and rescue dog, and detector dog. Their abilities go beyond herding sheep.

German Shepherd can weigh up to 90 pounds with heights of about 5 inches. Males are usually larger than females.

In the late 1800s, a German captain by the name Max von Stephanitz decided to breed the perfect German herding dog.

After 35 years of working hard, the German shepherd that you know today was created.

As a result of herding sheep and other livestock German Shepherds got the famous qualities that you know for today. These qualities include versatility, intelligence, and other qualities.

Did you know the German shepherds were once known as Alsatians?

These dogs have a relatively small history. This is because they are a relatively new breed.

At the start of the 19th-century, German Shepherds became famous in the US mainly due to Hollywood stars like Rin-Tin-Tin and Strongheart.

Although their use as herding dogs reduced as technology took over cunning nature and intelligence remained. They are now used as the first choice for police and the military.

Other popular German Shepherd mixes 

  • Shug is an odd mix of the two: German Shepherds and Pugs.
  • Siberian Shepherd. Also known as the Gerberian Shepsky, the German Shepherd, and Siberian Husky mixes both intelligent and obedient.
  • Shollie is a mix between the German Shepherd and a Collie.
  • Corman Shepherd is a mix between Corgies and German Shepherds.
  • Shepadoodle is a mix between Labradoodles and German Shepherds making together a very intelligent breed.
  • Wolf Shepherd is as close as you can get to a wild animal.
  • Shepkita is a mix between Akitas and German shepherds.
  • Shepherdpit is a cross between a Pitbull Terrier and a German Shepherd.
  • Labrashepherds is a combination of Labradors and German shepherds.
  • Chow Shepherd is a mix between the Chow Chow and the German Shepherd.
  • German Shepherd Rottweiler mix

Golden Retriever Dogs

Golden Retriever
Golden Retriever Dogs Being Trained

The Golden Retriever was named ‘retriever’ because of their ability to retrieve without doing much damage due to their soft mouth.

Golden Retriever is a large-sized gun dog that retrieves shot waterfowl, such as ducks and upland game birds, during hunting and shooting parties.

They are a great family pet but some dog lovers who are allergic may find it difficult to live with them.

Golden Retrievers are not hypoallergenic. They are a breed that sheds and are not suitable for people with allergies. As no dog can be 100% hypoallergenic, some dog breeds are better suited for persons with allergies.

This dog breed requires more frequent bathing.

The more frequent bathing and grooming are done on can help make a non-hypoallergenic dog like a golden retriever easier on your allergies by eliminating some of the dander responsible for allergic reactions in the first place.

Other popular Golden Retriever Mixes

  • Golden Retriever Corgi mix is a good-natured pup with the genes of both the Golden retriever and a Corgi.
  • Combining a Poodle and a Golden Retriever gives you a Golden Poodle. 
  • Beagle Golden Retriever Mix is also called Golden Beagle
  • Bull Mastiff Golden Retriever Mix is also called Golden Mastiff
  • Labrador Golden Retriever Mix is also called Golden Labrador
  • Chihuahua Golden Retriever Mix is also called Golden Chihuahua
  • Great Dane Golden Retriever Mix is also called Great Golden Dane
  • Chow Chow Golden Retriever Mix is also called Golden Chow
  • Border Collie Golden Retriever Mix is also called Golden Collie
  • Australian Shepherd Golden Retriever Mix is also called Golden Australian Shepherd
  • Dachshund Golden Retriever Mix is also called Golden Dachshund
  • Pug Golden Retriever Mix is also called Golden Pug
  • Cocker Spaniel Golden Retriever Mix is also called Golden Cocker Spaniel
  • St. Bernard Golden Retriever Mix is also called Golden Bernard
  • American Bulldog Golden Retriever Mix is also called Golden American Bulldog
  • Shar-Pei Golden Retriever Mix is also called Golden Shar Pei

German Shepherd Golden Retriever Puppy

Golden Shepherd Puppies
Golden Shepherd Puppy

Golden Shepherd Puppies are very cute Puppies, they will melt your heart

If your Golden Shepherd Puppy is the first-generation mix, their temperament and appearance are harder to predict. German Shepherds are often born with floppy ears, they eventually become erect when they grow, chances are that your Golden Shepherd puppy will too.

The puppies may differ in appearance, some of the puppies may have a black and tan coat; just like the German Shepherd parent and some may inherit the golden color tones of the Golden Retriever parent.

If your puppy is a second-generation mix, its appearance will be a bit easier to predict, but if you have a first-generation mix, you really can’t be sure what you will end up with as it is difficult to predict.

How much is a German Shepherd Golden Retriever mix?

A Golden Shepherd puppy would cost anywhere ranging from $500 – 800 USD, depending on the breeder you find.

As both parents are quite similar in size, it doesn’t matter which parent is the sire (male) or dam (female) when mating.

Your puppy will not be fully matured until at least the age of 18 months since they are both considered to be from the large dog breed family. It is important not to over-exercise the puppies during this time.

German Shepherd Golden Retriever Mix Temperament

Characteristic Rating
 5 stars
Ease of Care
 4 stars
 5 stars
Exercise Requirements
 1 star
Social Tendencies
 5 stars

The German Shepherd Golden Retriever mix is loved for its adaptability to a family home due to its strong inherited traits, the sociability of the Golden Shepherd and the trainability of the GSD this makes for the perfect breed mix.

The Golden Shepherds are eager to please, playful and affectionate.

There is a good family dog that is easy to train as they are intelligent, mirroring the intelligence of the GSD.

They can tolerate all family members, young kids, teenagers, and even the small furries as they inherit the friendly nature of the Retriever dog make them a good family dog with kids.

They require regular exercise hence they would do well in an active family home, where they would be able to easily reach their daily exercise quota.

Preferable a place with kids or where there would be someone to play ball in the yard or practice some training.

Remember that the German Shepherd x Golden Retriever Mix is a hybrid, they may have also inherited other qualities from their parent breeds. They may have inherited the protective nature from their GSD parent, which means they will be alert and may be more likely to bark.

Both of these dog breeds are hard workers (the Shepherd was a herder and the Retriever was a hunter), even though the German Shepherd Golden Retriever Mix is generally a friendly dog, there is a chance that they will chase or herd other small animals.

Golden Shepherd anxiety

German Shepherd and Golden Retriever Mix do not usually cope well with being left alone for too long, due to their different natures, the German Shepherd being wholeheartedly loyal, and the Golden Retriever being seriously people-orientated these breeds are happy when they have company around.

They may suffer from separation anxiety.

You may need to source for a dog daycare center or a dog walker if you are planning to be away from home for a couple of hours.

The Golden Shepherd is an intelligent adaptable dog breed. The German Shepherd Golden Retriever Mix is best suited for families that have experience with large dog breeds. They are a good dog to have around kids because of their ever-lively mood and upbeat energy.

German Shepherd Golden Retriever mix appearance and size

Golden Retriever
Golden Retriever

They range in appearance, hence you could have the German Shepherd and Golden Retriever Mix be more German Shepherd than Golden or vice versa.

Golden Shepherds are classified as a large size dog, ranging between 21-26″ in height and weighing between 50-70 pounds. They have a variety of colors, they may be black and tan, tan, white, golden, dark golden and brown.

Some have floppy ears, some have erect pointy ears.

This dog has a thick double coat just like their parent breeds. Their coats can be longer if the German Shepherd parent had a long coat.

This breed mix requires regular grooming and bathing; the golden shepherd’s coat is renowned for becoming matted if grooming is neglected. During grooming, brushing, you should always check over their ears, teeth, and nails.

Frequently asked questions

What do you call a German Shepherd Golden Retriever mix?

A German Shepherd Golden Retriever mix is also known as a Golden Shepherd.

Is a German Shepherd Golden Retriever Mix Hypoallergenic?

Many dog lovers today are quite concerned about managing dog shedding to control pet-related allergies.

When it comes to shedding Golden retriever and German shepherd dogs are similar in how they shed. There is no 100% hypoallergenic dog but there are many breeds that do well with allergy sufferers.

The Golden Shepherd is not considered to be a hypoallergenic dog.

Golden Retriever Shedding and Grooming

Golden Retrievers have a lovely tea-colored coat. The coat is also thick wavy, double in the layer, the Golden Shepherd coat is water repellent. They are water-loving retriever dogs that used to retrieve shot waterfowl, (hence their name). The topcoat layer of the Golden Shepherd’s coat is water repellant and the undercoat is the insulating layer.

During shedding both the top layer coat and the undercoat layer need to shed to ensure each layer of the coat can serve its purpose. At least twice annually when the season change Goldens will “blow coat” (shed out profusely).

To keep their shedding under control they would need regular brushing, at least once or twice a week.

German Shepherd Shedding and Grooming

German Shepherds have a much shorter and straighter coat, their coat is also a double layer and water repellent.

Just like the Golden the topcoat layer of the German Shepherd’s coat is water repellant and the undercoat is the insulating layer that keeps the dog insulated against the elements.

GSDs will “blow coat” at least twice annually just like the Goldens. Like Goldens, they also will need brushing at least once or twice a week to keep their shedding under control.


How to Care for a Mixed Breed Dog

They are usually not high maintenance dogs but there is still much to consider when caring for a German Shepherd Mix daily; his food, exercise, and grooming are of importance to their happiness and general wellbeing.

Golden Retriever vs German Shepherd Eating

Different dogs consume food differently.

Golden retrievers can be eating machines as these guys always have the munchies.

You may need to monitor portion sizes, treats, and feeding frequency to not over-feed them. Balance it out with sufficient exercise and activity to avoid an overweight puppy.

German Shepherd’s are disciplined and self-regulating, so they rarely struggle with issues of being overweight.

Feeding a Golden Retriever Mix – Diet Requirements

You should always ensure that the food you are feeding your dog is of high quality and that it meets his daily nutritional requirements.

Since the Golden is a large breed mix, you should aim to feed him four times per day as a puppy, as he becomes an adult the intake is usually reduced to 2 meals per day – this is after he matures at around 18-24months.

Note: Feeding your puppy four meals a day will help to avoid stretching their stomach whilst they are still maturing.

The German Shepherd Golden Retriever Mix is an intelligent dog and is highly trainable hence the reduced need to use many treats during training.

Consider using low-calorie treats as obesity could be an issue in both breeds, so be mindful of what you are feeding your pooch.

Daily preferred food consumption for a Golden Shepherd would be 1,500 calories a day.

Exercising a German Shepherd and Golden Retriever Mix

Both of these breeds are historic workers, this means that the German Shepherd Golden Retriever Mix is most certainly an active dog.

They require at least 60 minutes of exercise a day, if not more. A mix that has high energy can require up to 120 minutes of daily exercise including some running and games.

They could be a good hiking companion for those that love hiking, this is after they have reached maturity (after 18 months), they are safe to walk those trails. As a dog owner, you should be careful not to over-exercise the puppies as large dog breeds are predisposed to developing hip and elbow dysplasia and over-exercise may be a risk factor.

Use the 5-minute rule for any dog. For every month of age, walk for a maximum of 5 minutes. Just be mindful not to over-exercise when they are a puppy

Being athletic and energetic dogs, the Golden thrives in busy and active homes where he has access to playmates.

You may find that your dog is a superb swimmer because of the hunting instincts of the Golden Shepherd. Swimming is a great way of exercising your dog. You can try introducing them at a young age in a safe manner.

German Shepherd Golden Retriever Exercise
German Shepherd Golden Retriever Exercise

How to Train a German Shepherd and Golden Retriever Mix

This dog is generally easy to train as they are highly intelligent dogs and they are eager to please.

Positive reinforcement and reward-based training are the best tools for any pet-parent. Use plenty of praise and reward when he’s behaving how you want him and he may just as well stick to the routine expecting a reward.

The German Shepherd Golden Retriever Mix may inherit the protective traits from the German Shepherd making early socialization very important.

They excel with brain games and learning new tricks so is mental stimulation is key to keep their intelligent mind occupied. Daily exercise is also key for this mix and is highly recommended.

Known Health Problems

German Shepherd Health Problems

The German Shepherd has a life span of seven to 10 years. The most common health issue that can affect the GSD is hip and elbow dysplasia.

Epilepsy, back issues, digestive disorders, blood disorders, and allergies are also other health issues to watch out for.

Golden Retriever Health Problems

The Golden Retriever has a life span of 10 to 12 years. The most common health issues that can affect the Golden include hip and elbow dysplasia, and heart and eye issues.

Eye issues, allergies, skin problems, cancer, and thyroid dysfunction, are also common in Goldens and should be kept an eye on.

Known Health Problems with Golden Shepherds

There are health issues prevalent in this breed, unfortunately, they run the risk of inheriting a range of conditions from both parents including:

Hip Dysplasia 

This is an inherited condition where the bone at the thigh fails to fit the hip joint snugly.

Some dogs will show signs of pain on one or both of the rear legs but others may not show any sign that they are not comfortable.

To diagnose the best thing you can do is to get an x-ray screening. As the dog gets older he may develop arthritis.

Elbow Dysplasia

This condition is very similar to hip dysplasia but it affects the forelimbs of the dog.

Elbow dysplasia is an elbow joint malfunction that occurs at the connection between the ulna and the radius.

Just like hip dysplasia, this condition causes uneven wear and a loose connection at the cartilage that pads this two-move and rotate.

This results in severe arthritis and lameness as the dog ages and can be a really painful condition to your dog.

During the young stages of the dog, examinations should be carried out to determine if your dog has elbow dysplasia.


Dogs commonly suffer from allergies and the Husky Shepherd is one of them.

The most common forms of allergies are food allergies. You can treat food allergies by stopping your dog from eating certain foods.

Inhalant allergies are also common. They are caused by airborne allergens such as mildew, dust, and even pollen.

There are also contact allergies which are reactions to topical substances such as chemicals, dog shampoos, beddings, and powder to get rid of fleas.


The stomach fills up with gas and twits, this is often fatal. It is a common illness in large breeds

Degenerative Myelopathy

It affects the spinal cord in dogs, this is an incurable, progressive disease. There will be some weakness in the dog’s hind limbs, the may eventually lose mobility.


This is a condition that not only affects humans but dogs too.

It is the lead cause of death to dogs that are over the age of 10.

Husky Shepherd’s parents make this dog even more prone to the disease. You should monitor your dog for any signs of cancer in the dog.

Other health issues are:

  • Eye problems
  • OCD
  • Epilepsy
  • Von Willebrand’s Disease
  • Cancer
  • Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI)
  • HyperthyroidismOCD
  • Epilepsy
  • Von Willebrand’s Disease
  • Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI)
  • Hyperthyroidism

The pros and cons of owning a Golden Shepherd

German Shepherd Golden Retriever Mix pros

These are the reasons you should get a Golden Retriever and German Shepherd mix.

  1. This is a loyal and loving dog and is generally patient, eager to learn and work and is very attentive. Their affectionate nature makes them great companion dogs.
  2. The German Shepherd and Golden Retriever mix dog parents are both muscular and large, features that are then inherited by this dog. This then allows him to protect you and those that are around you.
  3. With the right and proper training, these dogs adapt very well. So, if you are planning to move around this dog is the right one for you. He will give you an easy time when you are moving around to areas that have different environmental and weather conditions.

Golden Shepherd Cons

These are the reasons not to get a German Shepherd Golden Retriever mix.

  1. Both of these dog’s parents have a thick and weather-proof coat and so their coats shed a lot. They, therefore, require a lot of grooming and maintenance. In addition to this, their ears accumulate a lot of wax because they are deep.
  2. A German Shepherd that is mixed with a Golden retriever can be very protective of his owner. This may result in them being aggressive towards strangers. However, this is an issue that you can fix through training and socialization.
  3. If you are not an active person then this dog is not dor you. He requires anywhere from 45 minutes to 90 minutes of exercise every day.

Breed summary

Golden Shepherds are dogs with a heart of Gold. They are best suited for active families with children and other pets.
On average you might see puppies going for anywhere between $500 to $800.
The Golden Shepherd is a people lover and pleaser with incredible intelligence and loyalty. They are good companions to have around the home.
There you go WOOFF!!
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