The Golden Retriever German Shepherd Mix is a mixed Dog Breed between the German Shepherd and the Golden Retriever. It is in effect a Golden Retriever mixed with german shepherd also known as the Golden Shepherd. It depends on which personality shines through, this can actually be a very friendly and loving dog if the Retriever shines. Continue reading below to see more information on the german shepherd Golden Retriever mix puppies, temperament, and german shepherd Golden Retriever mix puppies for sale.
While we really recommend that you acquire one through a rescue, we understand that some people might go through a breeder to get their German Shepherd mixed with Golden Retriever puppy. That is, if they have any for sale. Always screen your breeders as much as possible to ensure that you are getting as high a quality dog as is possible. If intentionally bred, typically it is a German Shepherd Golden Retriever mix.
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Here is a brief history of both the Shepherd and the Golden Retriever. Being that this is a mixed breed dog, there isn’t a lot of history to it. However, we go more in depth to the history of both breeds.
As his name suggests, the German Shepherd originated in Germany, where he was created in the nineteenth century primarily by Captain Max von Stephanitz, who wanted to develop a dog that could be used for military and police work. The result was a dog that encompassed striking good looks, intelligence and versatility. World War I put a dent in the breed’s burgeoning popularity because the dogs were associated with the enemy. German Shepherds braved artillery fire, land mines and tanks to supply German soldiers in the trenches with deliveries of food and other necessities. After the war, movies featuring Rin Tin Tin and fellow German Shepherd Strongheart brought the breed back into favor. American audiences loved them. For a time, the German Shepherd was the most popular breed in the United States.
The story goes that this dog was developed by one good old Lord Tweedmouth in the 19th century. Lord Tweedmouth loved to hunt waterfowl and wanted a retriever more attentive than setters and spaniels. He also needed one that would be calm and loyal companion at home. They were born in a variety of colors, but he focused on yellow puppies as he liked the look and so the Golden Retriever was born. They are known for being an extremely calm and gentle dog today at home and he is very much a people dog. Don’t plan on leaving him alone as he loves to be a part of anything that is going on and is eager to please. They are extremely intelligent so they are highly trainable, but they are also very high energy. He will need a lot of exercise! If you are a couch potato you are going to want to avoid this mixed breed. He does not do well being alone for a long time, his humans are his pack and needs to be with them. He is trustworthy and thrives on mental challenges and needs a good hour of physical exercise a day.
Height: 20-24 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 55 - 75 lb.
Lifespan: 10 -12 years
Height: 22 - 26 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 75 - 95 lb.
Lifespan: 10 - 14 years
The Golden Shepherd is like the Golden Retriever in that she loves people and needs to be with them. The Shepherd has the same temperament, so this is a very social dog that wants to be around it’s pack. They don’t like to be left alone, but prefer to be right by your side. They can be extremely devoted and loyal. They can also be gentle and affectionate. She is also intelligent, alert and energetic outside. She is agile and great as a work dog or family dog. She is quite bold and is protective of her family. She loves to have fun and can be playful and is good with other pets and children.
All dogs have the potential to develop genetic health problems as all breeds are susceptible to some things more than others. However, the one positive thing about getting a puppy is that you can avoid this as much as possible. A breeder should absolutely offer a health guarantee on puppies. If they won’t do this, then look no more and don’t consider that breeder at all. A reputable breeder will be honest and open about health problems in the breed and the incidence with which they occur. Health clearances prove that a dog has been tested for and cleared of a particular condition.
The Golden Retriever mixed with German Shepherd might be prone to the following: Hip and Elbow Dysplasia
Do not purchase a puppy from a breeder who cannot provide you with written documentation that the parents were cleared of health problems that affect the breed. A careful breeder and one who truly cares about the breed itself, screens their breeding dogs for genetic disease and breed only the healthiest and best-looking specimens. One of the most common health problems with dogs is obesity. Keeping this under control is your responsibility.
Since both the Golden Retriever and the German Shepherd shed year round, you can expect your German Shepherd Golden Retriever mix to shed year round too. Make sure that you have a good vacuum around to clean up after them. You will also want to make sure that they are brushed several times a week to prevent shedding absolutely all over the place. Give them baths as needed, but not so much that you dry out their skin. The more that you get them used to being brushed the more they will enjoy it. Make sure that you comb from head to tail and take it easy on them.
A lot of times diet is done on a per-dog basis. Each one is unique and has different dietary requirements. Most dogs in the U.S. are overweight. A mix like this one that is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia should really be on fish oil and glucosamine and chondroitin supplements as soon as possible. Overfeeding any dog is not a good idea as that can really exacerbate health problems such as elbow and hip dysplasia.
A good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet.
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