The Golden Shepherd is a mixed-breed dog that is a cross between a Golden Retriever and a German Shepherd. Large, vivacious, and devoted. The exact date of the original Golden Shepherd’s creation is unknown, however, he is thought to have originated in America. Although the Golden Shepherd mixed breed has been around for a long time, it was only in 2009 that it began to gain popularity.
Breeders hoped to combine the two parent breeds to reduce the health issues that plague many purebred dogs while also creating the ideal family companion and watchdog. As the demand for mixed breed puppies grew, they continued to breed Golden Shepherds. Since 2009, owners and breeders have been able to register him with the International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR), Designer Breed Registry (DBR), American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), and Dog Registry of America, Inc. (DRA).
Golden Shepherd Mix has a big body, a deep chest, and a strong frame. He is slightly longer than he is tall, but he does not have the German Shepherd’s sloped back. His Golden Retriever father will be more wild-looking than the German Shepherd Golden Retriever mix. His ears will be trapezoidal in form and huge. They’ll either stand up straight or flop down next to his jawline. He has a long and thick tail, as well as huge paws.
He’ll have enormous dark eyes and a lengthy muzzle that reaches all the way to his broad cranium. From paw to shoulder, the Golden Shepherd is a huge dog that stands between 21 and 26 inches tall. He’ll be between 60 and 90 pounds when he’s through.
The length of their double coat will range from medium to long, and it will be thick and dense. If his German Shepherd parent is a long-haired German Shepherd, he will most likely have long-haired fur as well. He is a moderate shedder due to his thick double coat, and as a result, he is not considered a hypoallergenic dog.
The coat of the German Shepherd Golden Retriever hybrid will be black and tan, golden, dark golden, solid black, solid white, or solid brown; he will eventually adopt the color of either parent, and there does not appear to be a normal hue. He may also have inherited his German Shepherd parent’s facial markings.
- The Golden Shepherd mix is a sociable and friendly pup who enjoys being at the center of the family’s activities. Unlike his GSD parent, he gets along with everyone in the family and isn’t solely focused on his master.
- Golden Shepherds make wonderful watchdogs and family companions. They are naturally protective and will alarm you if strangers approach.
- When it comes to those who aren’t relatives, they can seem aloof. Once they befriend you, though, you have a lifelong friend.
- The Golden Shepherd is a noisy and energetic dog, which can lead to destructive behavior if he is left alone for an extended period of time or becomes bored and restless. However, as long as you meet his fitness requirements, he is entertaining.
Training and Caring
This mix has a strong personality and will not learn orders until you educate him and continue to train him. If he’s going to be a family dog, make sure everyone in the family knows what to expect. This will ensure that his training is consistent and not perplexing. There’s still a chance he’ll get this trait from his father.
It’s critical to begin socializing with him at a young age. Early on, expose him to strange people of various sexes and sizes. The Golden Shepherd is a high-energy breed that requires at least 60 minutes of daily activity. If you want to exhaust him, this exercise must be rigorous, not simply a leisurely stroll.
When it comes to grooming, the Golden Shepherd is a little picky. Brushing this mixture 2 to 3 times a week is required. You’ll want to stick to this practice to maintain their medium to long coat looking healthy and lustrous. He sheds moderately, especially during shedding seasons. He’ll need daily combing throughout this period to maintain his coat manageable.
The Golden Shepherd mixed breed is prone to some of the same health issues as its parents. While most Golden Shepherds are usually healthy, some may be prone to a few health concerns. Some of the more prevalent health conditions that Golden Shepherds face include:
- hip and elbow dysplasia
- Degenerative Myelopathy and a heart problem
His life expectancy is 10 to 13 years on average.