Widely seen as one of the most friendly and goofy dogs in the world, the Golden Retriever ranks among the most popular dog breeds on the planet. Many consider the Retriever to be nothing short of the perfect pet and it’s easy to see why that’s the case if we are to consider its widespread popularity.
Armed with an outgoing personality, pleasant attitude, willingness to get along with other pets, and goody behavior, the Golden Retriever truly is a perfect family dog in more ways than one. Active and tireless, this amazing dog wants nothing more than to please its owners and have a good time doing it.
It should come as no surprise then that people have tried to mix the Retriever with other breeds in order to capitalize on its great traits and personality. Although the results have been mixed, the general consensus is that any pooch with Retriever blood running through its veins should be considered a decent family dog.
Over the next few minutes, we will try to take a look at some of the more successful attempts to mix the Retriever with other more or less popular breeds. This way, we stand to learn more about the Retriever as a dog and about the endless possibilities that sensible dog breeding can deliver.
Table of Contents
- Golden Shepherd – Golden Retriever German Shepherd Mix
- Goldmation – Golden Retriever Dalmatian Mix
- Golden Bullmastiff Retriever – Golde Retriever Bullmastiff Mix
- Golden Mountain Mix – Golden Retriever Bernese Mountain Dog Mix
- Beago – Golden Retriever Beagle Mix
- Golden Husky – Golden Retriever Siberian Husky Mix
- Golden Hound – Golden Retriever Basset Hound Mix
- Alaskan Goldenmute – Golden Retriever Alaskan Malamute Mix
- Box Retriever – Golden Retriever Boxer Mix
- Golden Chi – Golden Retriever Chihuahua Mix
- Goldendoodle – Golden Retriever Poodle Mix
- Golden Collie – Golden Retriever Border Collie Mix
- Goldador – Golden Retriever Labrador Retriever Mix
Golden Shepherd – Golden Retriever German Shepherd Mix
It would only be fair to start off with a Golden Retriever mix that combines all the goofy traits of the Retriever with the reliable nature of the German Shepherd. This cross showcases above-average intelligence, a pleasant attitude, and a reliability that cannot be matched by any purebred Retriever.
On account of their working dog background on the side of the Shepherd, these dogs love to solve tasks and maintain a sociable attitude while doing so. They are also very pleasant to look at on account of their double-coated hair that requires a lot of grooming.
Other than that, be aware that these dogs are fairly large and that they require a lot of space to roam. As such, they aren’t exactly apartment dogs suited for urban living but rather dogs that need access to a backyard of sorts.
Goldmation – Golden Retriever Dalmatian Mix
This mix between a Golden Retriever and a Dalmatian creates a happy and stunning dog, one that retains the round spots of the Dalmatian on a coat that resembles the coloring of the Retriever. Aesthetics aside, the dog is also very friendly and easygoing.
At the same time, the Goldmation stands out through its loyalty and protective nature, features that recommend it as the perfect watchdog. If we are to consider that it also enjoys the company of children and other pets, we begin to understand why this pooch is so popular in the first place.
It also has to be said that this dog is very easy to train and that it thoroughly enjoys learning new things. That said, bear in mind that the dog is prone to hip dysplasia, epilepsy, renal dysplasia, and a handful of other health issues you need to look after.
Golden Bullmastiff Retriever – Golde Retriever Bullmastiff Mix
This is a large dog by most standards, the type of imposing dog that catches your eye from afar. With such a large dog, it isn’t so much a matter of whether it behaves like a good watchdog but whether you can condition it to play the part at least in appearance.
Boasting an unusual coat color, the Golden Bullmastiff Retriever has a brindle, fawn, or red base color pattern that sometimes gets overlaid with stripes. The dog also sheds from time to time but to any extent that a weekly brushing can’t solve.
Now, keep in mind that despite their size, these gentle giants refrain from hurting anyone, even those they might have a problem with. Then again, these dogs are best known for their loving, gentle, and sociable temperament.
Golden Mountain Mix – Golden Retriever Bernese Mountain Dog Mix
If you are like most people, you will be in the dark about the nature and origin of the Bernese Mountain Dog. Well, rest assured that although rare, the breed is well-known for its intelligence, loyalty, and reliability, traits that the Golden Mountain Mix also inherits.
Because of how large both of the parent breeds are, the resulting mix is also a very large pooch, with the potential to reach 110 lbs in weight and a height of over 27 inches. In this respect, you can hardly call the Golden Mountain Mix an apartment dog.
As for the training, rest assured that the pup is not only energetic but also fairly intelligent and eager to learn, making it easier for pretty much anyone to train them well provided that they take the time to address the dog’s basic needs.
Beago – Golden Retriever Beagle Mix
The Beago represents a very economic alternative to owning a Golden Retriever while still getting all the benefits of what Retrievers bring to the table. This way, the Beago who is a smaller dog, showcases roughly the same traits of both the Beagle and the Retriever albeit in a smaller package.
That said, bear in mind that the Beago requires a moderate amount of daily exercise and can be trained to perform fairly complicated tasks. As per its genetics, the dog may sometimes get distracted for whatever reason, but this is something to expect from any mixed breed involving a Beagle.
Furthermore, the Beago can be quite restless as a pup so make sure to find ways to calm the dog down and pay attention. You can do that in a number of ways, mind you, just as long as you remember to employ positive reinforcement during the training process.
Golden Husky – Golden Retriever Siberian Husky Mix
As you would expect from combining two gorgeous looking dogs, the Golden Husky incorporates all the beautiful features of both the Retriever and the Husky. These are, in fact, some of the most expensive designer breeds you can possibly own at this point in time.
Highly energetic and intelligent, these dogs require a lot of training on account of how active and stubborn they tend to be. It is also because of their energy level that they fare poorly in restricted environments like apartments and small rooms.
Other than that, it should be said that these dogs shed throughout the year and that they require constant grooming and brushing. Then again, it’s kind of all worth it considering how beautiful these dogs are and how spectacular their coat looks like when properly groomed.
Golden Hound – Golden Retriever Basset Hound Mix
Seeing how the Basset Hound is one of the most sociable dogs in existence, any mix containing a Basset bloodline is bound to be the same. This is also the case with the Golden Hound, a dog that isn’t just sociable but very friendly as well.
Due to its friendly nature, this dog gets along with children and other pets without requiring any special training to do so. Still, training the dog to do pretty much anything else may prove quite a challenge because of how easily distracted these dogs tend to be.
The dog also requires a moderate amount of exercise on a regular basis, which is to be expected from both the parent breeds as well. As for the grooming part, rest assured that this dog rarely sheds and doesn’t really require that you brush it more often than maybe once or twice a week.
Alaskan Goldenmute – Golden Retriever Alaskan Malamute Mix
This beautiful dog is the result of crossing a Golden Retriever with an Alaskan Malamute, both beautiful dogs in their own right. Because of their heritage, however, these dogs can grow rather large, weighing around 90 lbs as adults and measuring up to 25 inches in height.
Taking after the Malamute, the Goldenmute has a mostly black and tan coat with white markings, which occasionally includes a ‘masked’ face with a fair bit of tan. It has to be said that the pups rarely take after the Golden in this regard.
Seeing how big they are, these dogs require a lot of daily exercise if they are to be healthy and strong in the long run, so you should start them out while they’re young. Also, bear in mind that these dogs are heavy shedders, especially during the spring and fall when they blow their coats.
Box Retriever – Golden Retriever Boxer Mix
This large designer dog was created in an attempt to pacify the Golden’s restless nature and add a bit of patience to the mix. The result is yet another large version of the Retriever, one that can reach 23 inches in height and weight around 65 lbs or more.
The coat of this interesting dog depends on the parent genes more than anything, so it may be difficult to predict beforehand how a pup’s coat will look like. That said, bear in mind that they usually have a double coat that sheds throughout the year, thus needing a lot of grooming and brushing on a regular basis.
Even so, the high-maintenance requirements of this ingenious mix certainly make up for how friendly, loyal, and energetic these dogs tend to be. As such, they will immediately get attached to your family and display a great deal of affection whenever they’re around.
Golden Chi – Golden Retriever Chihuahua Mix
By mixing a Chihuahua with a Golden Retriever, you get a fairly new ‘designer’ breed, one that stands out through its loyalty and obedience. As a matter of fact, these charming dogs are easy to train and excel in solving tasks.
Relatively small in size, these dogs rarely grow past 15 to 30 lbs in weight, which makes them inexpensive to take care of. At the same time, they have a relatively long lifespan and are immune to many of the health issues that usually affect Golden Retrievers and Chihuahuas.
It would be best to point out that despite how easy they are to train, they can get a bit feisty at times on account of their Chihuahua heritage. This is why it’s very important to begin training them as pups, the moment you bring them into your home.
Goldendoodle – Golden Retriever Poodle Mix
This isn’t exactly a new breed but rather one that’s been around for almost 30 years now. It wasn’t until fairly recently, however, that the breed started to grow in popularity and it’s easy to see why considering how lively, friendly, and sociable these dogs can be.
Perfect for households in which one or more occupants suffer from allergies, these dogs rarely shed, and even when they do, you can easily deal with it with a good brushing. Then again, their unique coat certainly adds to their overall appeal due to how goofy they look.f
To expand on the coat issue, these dogs can commonly have one of three coat types – either straight, wavy, or curly. Regardless of the coat type, the Goldendoodle is easy to care for, especially due to how much these dogs like to be bathed and groomed. You might also want to check out the mini goldendoodle.
Golden Collie – Golden Retriever Border Collie Mix
If you’re looking for a sociable, intelligent, and affectionate dog, then maybe a Golden Collie is what you’re after. These dogs tend to incorporate the best traits of both the Golden Retriever and the Border Collie, which include loyalty, patience, and a quite inquisitive nature.
In regards to their physique, these dogs tend to grow between 19 to 22 inches in height and weigh between 28 to 50 lbs. This, of course, if the dog is well taken care of and provided with the exercise it requires on a daily basis.
Speaking of which, these dogs need a lot of exercise on account of their energetic nature, which also means that they don’t fare well in restricted environments. To put it bluntly, they are not meant to be apartment dogs as they require a lot of space to roam.
Goldador – Golden Retriever Labrador Retriever Mix
It’s often that people not only compare the Golden Retriever with the Labrador but some even confuse them altogether. This is partly because of how they look but also on account of their playful, goofy, and energetic behavior.
When mixed together, these sociable dogs showcase great affection for not only the people they know but also towards other dogs and pets. Highly intelligent, these dogs get along with everyone and can be trained to act as service dogs in some cases.
One needs to understand that these dogs have a lot of energy to spend and that they prefer an active lifestyle to laying around on a couch somewhere. They also have a fairly long lifespan and are known to be quite healthy as long as the owner takes an active interest in their well-being.