German Shepherd Golden Retriever Mix: FAQ Guide


People who may want a German Shepherd Golden Retriever Mix often have a few questions and queries about the dog itself, or the two different breeds.

This is a short guide that aims to answer a few commonly asked questions about the mix, and the individual breeds.

Let’s take a look!


(NOTE: this is a general information guide only, and is not professional advice, or a substitute for professional advice. A qualified vet or animal expert is the only person qualified to give you expert advice in regards to your pet/s)


German Shepherd Golden Retriever Mix Guide


First, A Note About Mix Breed Dogs…

The reality with a mix breed dog is that you don’t get to pick and choose the characteristics and features that you get from each individual breed.

Although some traits from either parent may be more dominant than others and some breeders may breed for certain traits and characteristics in particular, offspring can possess different breed traits in different balances.

Additionally to breed traits, offspring may also show individual traits from either parent that are dog specific and not breed specific e.g. personality traits.

So, if you want to be sure of what you’re getting, it’s important to not only have done some research on the breeds, but also:

– go check out the individual parents, breeder, other litter mates

– or, go see the dog at an adoption, rescue or foster home 


What Is A German Shepherd/Golden Retriever Mix Called?

Golden Shepherd


What Is A German Shepherd/Golden Retriever Mix?

A mixed dog with each of a German Shepherd and Golden Retriever parent


German Shepherd/Golden Retriever Mix Size, Weight, Height & Life Expectancy

German Shepherd

Can be anywhere from 1 foot 10 inches, to 2 foot 2 inches in height

Can be 75 to 95 lbs in weight

Can live 10 to 14 years




Golden Retriever

Males are 23 to 24 inches tall and weigh 65 to 75 pounds. Females are generally 21.5 to 22.5 inches tall and 55 to 65 pounds

Lifespan is generally 10 to 12 years




German Shepherd/Golden Retriever Mix Physical Traits – What Do They Look Like?

German Shepherd

A medium to large sized dog breed with ears that stand up, and straight, short to medium length coats.

Different lines of German Shepherds may have different coat markings and different structures to their heads, back and hips.


Golden Retriever

A medium size dog breed with floppy ears, and fine fur with curls or waves on the end, particularly around their chest and stomach.


German Shepherd/Golden Retriever Mix Temperament 

German Shepherd

German Shepherds can be wary of strangers, but tend to be incredibly loyal and obedient to their owner.

Having said that, some German Shepherds are incredibly loving and don’t have any of that aloof or standoffish nature that harder drive GSDs might have.

German Shepherds have deviated over time from their original breeding lines, but some breeders still preserve some of the characteristics of the East and DDR or Czech German Shepherds.


Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers tend to be friendly and loving with their both owner and strangers. They are generally happy to interact with and give attention to anyone.


German Shepherd/Golden Retriever Mix Coat Colors

German Shepherd

German Shepherds traditionally have a gold, black and white coat. But, do come in a range of other colors like white, black and more.


Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers can commonly have a light golden and white/cream appearance, or can have a more dark golden and brownish coat. 


German Shepherd/Golden Retriever Mix Price – How Much Do They Cost?

It really depends. 

Rescues, adoption centres and shelters might be cheaper than a breeder, but usually still charge a fee to cover their costs, time and to filter out unsuitable potential owners.

Breeders might sell puppies and young dogs from anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars – depending on a range of factors.


German Shepherd/Golden Retriever Mix Adoption – Where To Find A Rescue Or Shelter?

Type in the following searches:

German Shepherd Golden Retriever Mix Rescue

German Shepherd Golden Retriever Mix Adopt

German Shepherd Golden Retriever Mix Shelter

German Shepherd Golden Retriever Mix Foster


Alternatively, you could make some calls to shelters and adoption centres in your State or country and ask for their expertise or knowledge on a location that might have one of these mixes available.

Make sure you go see the dog in person first.


German Shepherd/Golden Retriever Mix For Sale – Where To Buy From A Breeder?

Type in the following searches:

German Shepherd Golden Retriever Mix Breeder

German Shepherd Golden Retriever Mix Buy

German Shepherd Golden Retriever Mix For Sale


Same thing – make sure you go meet the breeder and see the dog, parents, and breeding conditions in person.


Adopting & Buying Ethics

It’s generally better ethics to go to a adoption or shelter first because of the number of homeless dogs out there, and because it’s not always possible to tell what you are getting exactly from a breeder online.

A few guides we have written about adopting and buying pets that might help are:

Things To Consider When Adopting or Rescuing A German Shepherd

Where To Find A German Shepherd Rescue or Shelter Near You

What To Look For When Buying A German Shepherd Puppy: Ethical Step By Step Guide

Where To Find The Best German Shepherd Breeders Near You


German Shepherd/Golden Retriever Mix Photos & Pictures

Three of the best places to view photos are:

Google searches

Go to a breeder’s or adoption centre’s site online – they usually have photos you can view of current puppies available

Social media pages of breeders or adoption/shelters


More Information & Facts About The German Shepherd Dog Breed

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