The American Kennel Club or the AKC’s most popular dog breed list shows that german shepherds are second, and golden retrievers are the third most popular dogs in the US. So it is no surprise that there is a dog, which is a mixed breed of these two dogs. Here’s your detailed guidebook about a German shepherd golden retriever mix.

Where did the Golden Shepherd come from?

It is said that the German shepherd golden retriever mix has been around since the 80s and originated in the Scottish highlands, there isn’t any proof to back up this information. There isn’t much clarity about the origin of these dogs, but they caught people’s attention around 2009-10. They have been growing in popularity since then.

The golden shepherd isn’t a recognized breed under the American Kennel Club, because it is a mixed breed. However other associations like the American Canine Hybrid Club, International Designer Canine Registry and the Designer Breed registry recognize it. 

Charascterisstics of a Golden Shepherd

German Shepherd Golden Retriever Mix

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Physical characteristics 

  • A broad face
  • Narrow snout
  •  An overall broad build from shoulder to tail
  • Hair length ranging from medium to long, depending on the parent. Both parent breeds are known to have long hair. 
  • The ears are dependent on the parents and the dog could have either pointed or drooping ears. 
  • Colour might depend on any of the two parents, or can be a mix. 
  • Generally big in size
  • A lot of shedding can be expected 
  • Large paws


So when it comes to the temperament of a mixed breed dog it is very difficult to predict which of the parent’s characteristics will show up more. The offsprings take a certain percentage from both the parents and pinpointing the exact temperament is next to impossible. 

Let us look at both the parents’ characteristics so that you can have a fair idea of what to expect in your tiny Golden Shepherd puppy. 

A golden retriever is known to be very affectionate. They are excellent family dogs. Golden retrievers are generally very energetic and need a lot of exercising to stay fit. They are also great as therapy dogs or dogs to have around kids. 

A German shepherd isn’t exactly famous for being affectionate, but they are highly intelligent dogs. These dogs respond really well to training and can be trained excellently. German shepherds are also extremely loyal and protective. However, they might be a little aggressive because of their overprotecting nature at times. If you train them well and teach them to socialize early on in their lives, this shouldn’t be an issue. 

The offspring of these two is generally a high-energy fun-loving dog. The Golden shepherd also responds really well to training as both the parents are intelligent breeds. Depending on how you train them, they can be a companion dog or even a work dog. 

One thing that you can surely expect from a German shepherd golden retriever mix is loyalty. Loyalty is a trait present in both the parents, and you can expect the same from your pup. They will be friendly, loving and loyal. 

Health Concerns in a Golden Shepherd

German Shepherd Golden Retriever Mix

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You might already know that larger dog breeds are more prone to health issues than smaller dog breeds. Since a golden shepherd is a mix of two large dog breeds, it might get a few health complications in its lifetime. A few common health concerns with these dogs are

  • Elbow and hip dysplasia 

This is a genetic disorder that causes the elbow and the hip to stop working properly. It can often cause pain and osteoarthritis later in the dog’s life. 

  • Degenerative Myelopathy 

This is a spine condition that generally affects older dogs. DM leads to bad coordination in the hind limbs of the dog. 

  • Heart issues

Bigger dogs are generally prone to heart diseases. It is best to go for regular vet trips to make sure your canine’s heart is doing well.

  • Allergies 

Since both the parent breeds are prone to many allergies, it is quite natural for the offspring to experience allergies too. 

Food and Nutrient requirements of a Golden Shepherd 

German Shepherd Golden Retriever Mix

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You can expect your large furry friend to have a large appetite too. A German shepherd golden retriever mix puppy should be fed four meals a day, with small portions. Try giving them puppy food that is specially made for larger breeds. 

In your full-grown Golden Shepherd’s diet, you should include 5% fat and at least 18% protein. Since they are big dogs, they need a healthy bone structure to support their body. So get fruits and vegetable that can help them maintain a healthy and strong skeletal frame. 

Do not overfeed your dog as it might cause another set of health issues. Overfeeding can also cause problems like bloating. Your full-grown dog doesn’t need more than two meals a day. 

If you want to change between different dog food brands or types, don’t rush it. Make it a gradual change and don’t do it often. A frequent change in your dog’s food can lead to health issues. 

If you notice that your Golden Shepherd isn’t eating, take it to a vet as this might be a sign of an underlying health condition. Also, give your dog enough water throughout the day to keep them hydrated. 

Is the Golden Shepherd a perfect match for you?

If you have enough space to have a big dog around, then there is no reason why a German shepherd golden retriever mix isn’t a perfect match for you. 

However, do keep in mind that fun-loving dogs like the golden shepherd don’t like being alone. They absolutely love company, long walks and meeting other dog friends in the park. So if you don’t have the time to play with your dog, or if you might need to leave your dog alone at home for long hours, it is best to avoid getting a Golden Shepherd as these dogs are prone to anxiety when left alone. 

If you can give love and attention to your dog, a golden shepherd is a perfect dog for you!

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