Golden Retriever Pitbull Mix: A Friendly and Playful Companion

It goes without saying that by combining two of the most friendly and playful dog breeds in existence, you get an even friendlier hybrid to say the least. In fact, the resulting crossbreed is by far one of the friendliest dogs out there.

It would be best that we begin by acknowledging that these hybrids almost never engage in aggressive behavior towards their owners or other pets. While this also has a lot to do with how the dog is trained and socialized, their friendly predisposition certainly helps a lot.

In many ways, combining a Golden Retriever with a Pitbull Terrier is a sure way to get the best of what each breed has to offer in regards to personality, behavior, and temperament. This, however, does come with high maintenance requirements.

What Is A Golden Retriever Pitbull Mix?

Although not a common hybrid by any means, people who have had the pleasure of owning a Golden Retriever Pitbull Mix swear by the dog’s friendly and dependable nature. This should come as no surprise given the reputation of both parent breeds.

To address the obvious elephant in the room, know that mixing a Pitbull with a Retriever is a sure way to tone down the dog’s impulsive temperament. Nobody knows if this was intended when first mixing the two breeds but it’s definitely to think about.

As long as you understand that nurture and training have more to do with a dog’s behavior than genetics alone, you are sure to find your experience owning a Golden Retriever Pitbull Mix quite pleasant. In many ways, this makes for an excellent companion provided that you show it the affection and care it requires.



Like most hybrids, a Golden Retriever Pitbull Mix doesn’t really have a specific look. If anything, the dog inherits physical traits from both of the parent breeds and it can be rather hard to predict what a pup would look like just by observing the parents.

Because of their unpredictable looks, getting a pup is always a lottery to some extent, which some people seem to like. One thing is for certain, these dogs grow to be taller than most Pitbulls and heavier than most Retrievers.

Also worth mentioning is the muscular build these dogs have, a muscular physique they inherit from the Pitbull. Also, some of these dogs can get quite thin, an unusual look for any dog that draws its genes from the Golden Retriever.

Height & Weight

On average, a Golden Retriever Pitbull Mix grows to about 22 to 23 inches tall, with some reaching 24 inches in height. It is the males that actually reach this height, while the females usually grow up to around 17 to 22 inches tall.

In regards to weight, these dogs seem to inherit the body type of one of their parent breeds. As such, a Golden Retriever Pitbull Mix can weight anywhere between 30 to 75 lbs, although the weight differs from one dog to another on account of their diet and lifestyle.

Coat & Colors

Needless to say, this is a dog of many colors on account of its mixed heritage. In some cases, the pups take after the Golden Retriever and boast a light-colored coat with a solid golden color that may fluctuate in brightness across a specific spectrum.

In other cases, the dog may inherit a bi-colored or even tri-colored coat that mixes colors from both of the parent breeds. It is rare in this regard for the dog to inherit a Pitbull’s coat alone, so it’s usually a golden coat or a mixed one.

As for the coat type, know that the coat is usually double-coated with various hair lengths. In some cases, the coat is thin and furry whereas in other cases, the coat is either shaggy or wavy. Sometimes, the dog may also come with a curly coat but this is quite rare.


Golden Retriever Pitbull Mix Personality & Temperament

When we first started our analysis of this wonderful hybrid, we established that it makes an excellent family dog by most standards. In this respect, the Golden Retriever Pitbull Mix has a very friendly attitude and a temperament to match.

Bear in mind that this is a friendly, confident, and very loyal companion, a dog that thrives on affection and compassion more than any other breed. In a way, this is a sporting dog that prefers an active lifestyle to being a couch potato, yet a dog that will gladly chill on a sofa with its owners whenever it gets the chance.

That said, know that this dog has a rather mixed personality and behavior, based on genetics more than anything else. Like most hybrids, the dog’s temperament and personality usually come down to a luck of the draw in many ways.


This is a dog that enjoys playing around as often as possible, so having an active lifestyle is bound to help the dog in the long run. Failing to meet your dog’s demands for activity is sure to cause it a lot of stress and grief long-term.

Friendly by nature, these dogs love to make new friends, be them dogs or people. This is due to their friendly and social nature, a good nature that makes them dependable pets in more ways than one. While they mostly prefer their owners, they’ll spend time with anyone as long as they’ve been introduced.

Keep in mind that because of how sociable they are, these dogs hate to be left by themselves for extended periods of time. If you lack the capacity or willingness to show them the affection they require, these dogs are likely to develop serious mental issues and end up trashing things around the house out of sheer boredom.


Despite the Pitbull genes, a Golden Retriever Pitbull Mix should not be considered a dangerous or violent dog by any means. If anything, any excess of aggression they might display should be blamed on socializing and training alone.

Due to the dog’s boundless energy, it requires a specially calibrated routine to match its impulses. It is best with these dogs that you incorporate a lot of running into their daily exercise routine, not just to avoid the dog becoming apathetic but also to avoid any outbursts over time.

Now, it has to be said that when it comes to hybrid dogs, you cannot really know for sure how the dog will turn out to be beforehand. So fixating on a specific temperament that the dog may or may not possess would be pointless until you actually adopt one in the first place.


Is A Golden Retriever Pitbull Mix A Good Family Dog?

Being bred from two very sociable and affectionate breeds, you can expect a Golden Retriever Pitbull Mix to also showcase great affection and attachment for its owners. It goes without saying that these dogs are more or less bred for companionship so you can expect them to be quite friendly overall.

On the subject of friendliness, know that these dogs make good family dogs and that they enjoy spending time around children. Given their size, however, you might want to supervise them during their first interactions with small children.

Also worth mentioning is the dog’s unbridled loyalty. This is the type of dog that always keeps close to its owners and rarely gets distracted in the face of danger. Although not a guard dog, these dogs are very protective of the people they care about.

Caring For A Golden Retriever Pitbull Mix

When it comes to caring for a Golden Retriever Pitbull Mix in the general sense, you really shouldn’t worry about the specifics. In many ways, looking after this type of dog is easier than caring for either one of the parent breeds.

Although some of these dogs have long shaggy coats, most of them inherit a shorter coat similar to that of a Pitbull. For the most part, you will have to worry about bathing the dog because of their energetic nature and thus, an inclination to get themselves extremely dirty on a regular basis.

Along with giving the dog regular baths, you will also have to get its nails regularly trimmed. This is also because of how energetic the dogs are, mainly on account of their predisposition to get their paws caught in various obstacles if the nails are too long.


You want to exercise a Golden Retriever Pitbull Mix as often as possible to keep up with the dog’s high energy drive. To be more accurate, you will have to take the dog for 30-minute walks about two or three times a day depending on the dog’s health, age, and energy level.

Bear in mind that this dog prefers running and fetching as its favorite activities, a trait that most of these hybrids seem to share. The dog also loves to jump and play around, so you would do well to develop a playtime routine for the dog that both of you can enjoy.

On average, you want to exercise the dog for about 60 to 90 minutes a day. You do that and you ensure that the dog won’t get anxious or stressed at any given time. While you’re at it, you can also take the dog with you camping or hiking because these dogs love to be out in nature.


Grooming & Shedding

While the dog sheds to a lesser degree than a regular Retriever, it still sheds more than a Pitbull to some extent. Then again, the shedding is mainly dependent on what coat type the dog inherits and how well you groom the dog overall.

I mentioned earlier that you should look into giving the dog regular baths and I meant it. However, these ‘regular’ baths shouldn’t happen too often because of the dog’s coat. You see, too many baths are sure to wash out the protective oils in the dog’s fur, thus causing it more harm than good in the long run.

Feeding & Diet

Being the active dogs that they are, most of these dogs require lots of high-protein food on a daily basis. While some of them adhere to a more relaxed lifestyle, most of these dogs inherit the energetic nature of the Retriever.

You want to feed a Golden Retriever Pitbull Mix around 1,600 calories a day split into two meals. Between meals, however, you are advised to also feed the dog 3 or 4 cups of kibble if you have the possibility and if the dog seems to need it.

Known Health Problems

Just like many hybrids out there, a Golden Retriever Pitbull Mix suffers from issues specific to most crossbreeds. Other than that, the Retriever genes also make the dog more susceptible to cancerous tumors, more so than pretty much any other dog.

The dog can also suffer from Hip Dysplasia and a series of joint-related problems. Furthermore, it needs to be said that these are energetic dogs with a big appetite. Failing to exercise the dog properly will likely result in the dog getting overweight.

How To Train A Golden Retriever Pitbull Mix

Because of the parent genes, this dog is tireless, impulsive, and very energetic. This means that it is more or less mandatory that you train the dog well from an early age. Being the energetic dog that it is, you don’t want to chase it around every time the dog gets distracted.

In essence, you want to focus on obedience, socialization, and housebreaking more than anything else. You also want to introduce the dog to other animals and pets from an early age to prevent any potential mishaps as the dog matures.


Quick Breed Summary Table

Breed Information
Size 17 to 25 inches
Weight 30 to 80 lbs
Lifespan 10 to 15 years
Color Golden, black, brown, and white
Coat Single or double depending on heritage
Shedding & Grooming Little shedding if the dog has a short coat
Temperament Loyal, protective, affectionate, athletic, energetic
With Other Pets They prefer people to other pets
People Skills Great with people
With Children They tolerate children and can develop strong bonds with older children and teens
Exercise Needs At least 60 minutes a day
Food High-protein food needed, around 1,600 calories a day
Known Health Problems Hip Dysplasia, predisposition for Cancer, Obesity

All Things Considered

This is a decent family pet by most accounts, a dog that stands out through its friendliness, loyalty, and affectionate behavior. Provided that you have the means to look after it, you are sure to earn a lovable family member the second you bring it into your home.

Know that even though these dogs aren’t aggressive, they are very energetic by nature. As such, they can easily cause bodily harm to a small child just by trying to play with them. In this regard, supervision is required to avoid any foul play.

Caroline Jones

Caroline has been a dog lover since she was only 6 years old, when her parents got her a rescue Boxer. Since then her love for dogs has lead her to study Dog Behavior & Welfare. She now educates people on how to properly raise and care for dogs, through her online site, Bark Friend. Now, she's a proud owner of a beautiful German Shepherd.

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