Golden Shepherd

55-60 lbs
17-20"
United States
Golden Retriever
German Shepherd

The Golden Shepherd  is a mixed breed dog. Its parents are the athletic Golden Retriever and the stately German Shepherd. This hybrid generally has a long rough coat like the German Shepherd, or it may be smooth and soft like the Golden Retriever. He will need a good deal of maintenance depending upon the coat type. He is not given to barking, but he does not like being left alone for long periods of time. He is an excellent watch dog, and a loving family pet. He is not prone to wander, and he can live in an apartment if he is given appropriate amounts of exercise. He is easy to train and loves to please his family.

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Golden Retriever and German Shepherd

Golden Shepherd Health

Average Size
Male Golden Shepherd size stats
Height: 23-25 inches Weight: 75-80 lbs
Female Golden Shepherd size stats
Height: 17-20 inches Weight: 55-60 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Bloat
Minor Concerns
  • Allergies
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • CT Scan
  • Physical Examination
  • Blood Work
  • Lab Tests
  • Allergy Testing
  • Hip

Golden Shepherd Breed History

Lord Tweedmouth, a Scottish nobleman who raised animals of all kinds, is often credited with developing the Golden Retriever to be the excellent helpmate and companion we now know. Thankfully, he kept detailed records regarding his breeding program. He enjoyed waterfowl hunting, and, according to his notes, he wanted to develop a superior retrieving dog. His goal was to obtain a dog with a keen nose in addition to the propensity for staying attuned to his human hunting companion. Loyalty and a great personality were two other traits that Tweedmouth was aiming for. To achieve this, Tweedmouth bred his dog Nous to a Tweed Water Spaniel, a dog known for being extremely calm and loyal in addition to being an excellent retriever. The result was the direct ancestor of the Golden Retriever of today. The German Shepherd finds its origins in Germany near the end of the nineteenth century. A Captain Max Stephanitz decided to create his own breed by interbreeding a variety of German dogs. Stephanitz had studied British breeding techniques, and chose the dogs he wanted to interbreed by visiting dog shows across Germany. In 1899, Stephanitz found what he thought was the perfect dog to begin his breeding program. The dog is described as “wolfish” looking. Stephanitz interbred this dog with sheep herding dogs. When sheep herding began to become less common, Stephanitz introduced his breed to police work and to the military for service. The German government listened, and used the breed during World War II. Because of this, some United States soldiers were able to obtain German Shepherd puppies, and the German Shepherd was brought to America, where he remains a popular service dog and family pet.

Golden Shepherd Breed Appearance

The Golden Shepherd is a very attractive dog with a gorgeous coat and a majestic stance. He can come in a variety of colors including light to dark gold, black with tan trim, black, black and cream, blue, gray, liver, white, and sable. His coat will be medium to long and quite dense. He may have feathering on the underbelly, legs and tail; the tail will be long with a slight curve and will be thick. The ears of your Golden Shepherd may be large and upright as seen in the German Shepherd, or large and folded over as is common in the Golden Retriever. Many characteristics of hybrid canines will differ. Parental genetic dominance plays a big role. Your Golden Shepherd will be strong and even majestic as mentioned, but his carriage can look more like that of the German Shepherd or the Golden Retriever; it is really hard to determine. His muzzle will be long and his eyes will most definitely have an air of keen intelligence.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Golden Shepherd eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Golden Shepherd nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
black Golden Shepherd coat
Black
blue Golden Shepherd coat
Blue
gray Golden Shepherd coat
Gray
sable Golden Shepherd coat
Sable
white Golden Shepherd coat
White
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Golden Shepherd straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Golden Shepherd Breed Maintenance

The Golden Shepherd has a medium-length double coat that was meant to protect his skin from snow and rain and allow him to swim in cold water, and it also is resistant to dirt. Some Golden Shepherds are long-haired, but generally, he will have a medium-length coat. Sometimes the outer coat will be wiry to the touch. They shed year-round; he will also have a “blow” in which he will have a major shedding twice a year and this is typically seen in the spring and fall. Brush him two or three times a week with a pin brush and only bathe him as needed.It is suggested that you take advantage of the fact that the Golden Shepherd loves to chew – give him dental chews to keep his teeth clean (in addition to regular brushing) and promote overall dental health. Keep an eye on his nails - do not neglect them as they may tear or break if not trimmed when needed.

Brushes for Golden Shepherd
Pin Brush
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Golden Shepherd requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Golden Shepherd Temperament

The German Shepherd parent has a reputation for aggression; much of this is undeserved. When combined with the docile Golden Retriever, the personality of the hybrid can be toned down. Still, he is highly alert and may be reserved around strangers, so he makes for a great watchdog. It may take a while for him to make friends, but once he does, he is immensely loyal. He is eager to please, extremely clever, and is easily trainable. However, he does not do well being alone for long periods of time. He needs companionship from his family, and may bark excessively or chew if he is bored. Early socialization is also recommended for the Golden Shepherd in order to allow him to feel comfortable in all situations. 

Golden Shepherd Activity Requirements

The Golden Shepherd is a fairly active dog. It is recommended that he gets ample exercise to ensure that he maintains a healthy weight. He may have a tendency to gain weight if he is not exposed to regular activity. He will do better in a home with a large yard that he can be allowed to run and play in. He will also enjoy joining you for a leisurely walk or a jog around the block. Head in the direction of the dog park; it is a great place for the Golden Shepherd to interact with other dogs, practising his social skills. Obedience and field trials will be ideal activities to allow him to use his keen mind. Additionally, this extra form of exercise will ensure he does not chew or bark excessively. 

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
12 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes

Golden Shepherd Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00

Golden Shepherd Owner Experiences

Tyyne
2 Years
3 People
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She is very keen on people, especially her own family and children. Very friendly to other dogs especially little ones. Strong character, occasionally own headed, but obedient.
4 months ago
Serenity
8 Weeks
1 People
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Run
Playdate
She is so good and super sweet I’ve had her for a couple of days and she’s really good with going potty outside!!
7 months, 1 week ago
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Pweeeze!
Sketch of smiling australian shepherd