How many Golden Retriever mix breeds can you think of?
People love mixing this popular family dog with other amazing breeds to create their perfect companion!
So let’s take a look at some of the different Golden Retriever mix breeds out there!
The Golden Retriever
Golden Retrievers are loved by most dog fanatics. In fact, it is the third most popular dog breed on the AKC website!
It’s important to know all about the Golden Retriever when you’re getting a Golden Retriever mix.
Golden Retrievers measure between 21 and 24 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh up to 75 pounds when fully grown.
The Golden Retriever requires weekly brushing and occasional bathing.
This dog isn’t for families that want to spend all day indoors! Golden Retrievers need a lot of exercise.
This breed is great for those that want an outdoor companion, and will love anything from a game of fetch, to canine sports like agility or tracking!
Golden Retrievers are an intelligent breed that love pleasing their owners. This makes training a lot easier!
Golden Retrievers can have elbow and hip dysplasia, eye problems like cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy, and heart problems.
Not only are they known for being great family dogs, but they are also often used as service animals.
So, that’s the Golden Retriever – but what mixes can you get?
Golden Retriever Mix
If you’re a fan of the Golden Retriever, you might be wondering why anyone would want to change this lovable breed and get a Golden Retriever mix!
A mixed breed dog can inherit the qualities of either parent breed. Some studies suggest that purebred dogs are more likely to experience certain health conditions than mixed breed dogs.
They suggest mixing dog breeds increases the genetic diversity of the gene pool. Therefore, some people choose mixed breeds as a way to try and avoid nasty hereditary health conditions.
However, it is important to remember mixed breeds can inherit any characteristics from either parent breeds. So don’t be disappointed if you don’t get exactly the dog you hoped for!
Let’s take a closer look at some of the Golden Retriever mix breeds you can get!
#1 Poodle Golden Retriever Mix
The Golden Retriever Poodle mix is known as a Goldendoodle. This is a really popular mixed breed.
They are a medium to large sized breed when fully grown – depending on the size of their parents. A major reason people like Poodle crosses is their curly poodle fur.
Mixed with the Golden Retriever’s color, your cross can have a beautiful coat! However, it is important to remember you cannot guarantee the coat your Goldendoodle will have.
And if you’re looking for a Poodle cross in the hopes of getting a hypoallergenic dog, you must remember you aren’t guaranteed the low-shedding Poodle coat. If your Goldendoodle does inherit the Poodle coat, you will have more grooming needs on your hands!
Both Poodles and Golden Retrievers are energetic dogs that will love active play time with you. Goldendoodles need plenty of exercise.
Both parent breeds are also very intelligent and eager to please. This should make training your Goldendoodle a little easier!
Start training and socialization as early as possible to ensure a happy, well-behaved adult.
Unfortunately, some of the health conditions your Goldendoodle may inherit from the Poodle lineage include
- hip dysplasia
- von Willebrand’s disease
- luxating patellas
- and bloat.
#2 Dachshund Golden Retriever Mix
This breed is known as the Golden Dox.
People who want a smaller dog may be interested in this mix, as Dachshunds are known for their short legs.
This mix is likely to need brushing weekly and bathing occasionally, but shedding will depend on the coat it inherits.
This cross will need regular exercise, despite its shorter legs!
Regular activity helps the Golden Dox stay slim, and strengthens its long back, which is vulnerable to damage.
This is a really sociable mix, that will do well in families that have lots of time to spend with it.
Although it is independent, it may inherit the Dachshund’s stubborn streak! So start training and socialization as early as possible for best results.
Unfortunately, this cross will be prone to
- ear infections
- and serious disc damage in its back, which can be costly at the vets!
#3 Bernese Mountain Dog Golden Retriever Mix
The Bernese Golden Retriever mix is a large breed! Both parent breeds have a double coat, although the fur length and color could vary.
This cross is likely to shed a lot, and will need weekly grooming.
Bernese Goldens need lots of exercise, and love coming with you on hikes or outdoor activities.
However, this is also a cross that will love relaxing at home with you after a tiring day.
Because this breed will be larger than most, socialization and training should be started as early as possible.
Some health conditions this mix is prone to includes
- elbow and hip dysplasia
- progressive retinal atrophy
- and histiocytic sarcoma.
#4 Cocker Spaniel Golden Retriever Mix
This small to medium sized mix is a Golden Cocker Retriever.
This cross may need grooming several times a week if it inherits the Cocker fur. It will also need occasional bathing.
The Golden Cocker Retriever needs regular exercise. They will love playing active games like fetch with you or going on long walks. This cross breed is intelligent and really eager to please its family.
This mix responds well to training, but should still be trained and socialized as early as possible for best results.
Some health conditions to watch out for include hip and elbow dysplasia, tumors, and eye problems.
#5 Golden Retriever Boxer Mix
This mix is a Golden Boxer. It is an athletic, medium sized cross.
If it inherits the Boxer fur, it won’t shed often and will require only weekly grooming. However, you cannot guarantee your mix will inherit this.
The Golden Boxer love exercising and needs active time every day. If the mix inherits the Boxer’s chase instinct, it can be hard to control when it starts chasing something.
Therefore early training and socialization are important.
Golden Boxers left to play outside should be kept in enclosed areas.
This breed excels at canine sports like obedience and agility.
Unfortunately, there are some health issues to watch out for. These include
- hip dysplasia
- heart problems
- and thyroid deficiency.
#6 Husky Golden Retriever Mix
The Golden Retriever Husky mix is a Goberian! This is a medium sized cross.
Both Huskies and Golden Retrievers have an undercoat and shed seasonally, so you know what to expect with this mix! Weekly brushing and occasional baths are all that is needed to keep the Goberian looking its best.
This breed is great for families that are very active. The Goberian needs regular, daily exercise to stay happy and healthy.
This is another breed best kept on a leash or in an enclosed area when playing outside.
However, Huskies are also known for living in urban settings, as long as they get enough exercise. So even if you live in the city this Golden Retriever mix could be a good choice for you!
Socialization and training are key from puppyhood to ensure good manners in an adult Goberian.
Some health problems to be aware of include cataracts, and hip and elbow dysplasia.
#7 Labrador Golden Retriever Mix
Therefore, you can expect your Goldador to be between 21 and 25 inches tall as an adult. Goldadors usually weigh between 50 and 80 pounds. Females are usually smaller than males.
The Goldador will have a double coat that needs weekly brushing and occasional bathing. It is also likely to shed quite a bit, but grooming can help maintain this.
This is a very active Golden Retriever mix. Be prepared to give it lots of exercise every day to avoid destructive behaviors.
Fun retrieving games like fetch are a breed favorite, and canine activities like agility, obedience, or dock diving are other great choices.
Both parent breeds are known for being confident, friendly, and eager to please. This is good if you’re looking for a first-time dog, or are new to training, as the Goldador is very receptive!
Start training and socialization as early as possible to get best results.
Be aware of health conditions like hip dysplasia, heart problems, hereditary myopathy and eye conditions.
#8 Dalmatian Golden Retriever Mix
The Golden Retriever Dalmatian mix is a Goldmation. This is another medium sized breed.
The Dalmatian is loved by many for its striking spotted fur! Dalmatian fur sheds very frequently though, so be aware your dog may inherit this quality!
The Goldmation is likely to need weekly grooming and occasional baths to stay looking its best.
This is another active breed that needs regular daily exercise. The Goldmation will love spending time outdoors, whether playing an active game of fetch, or running or walking with you.
Generally this intelligent breed takes well to training. However, it may inherit the Dalmatian’s potential stubborn streak.
Start training and socialization as early as possible for a well-behaved, happy adult!
There are some health conditions to watch out for. These include deafness, kidney stones, and hip dysplasia.
#9 German Shepherd Golden Retriever Mix
This is likely to be a large breed.
The Golden Shepherd’s coat will depend on what it inherits. The German Shepherd has a medium length, thick, double coat.
Golden Shepherds will require weekly brushing and occasional baths. Although shedding will also depend on the individual dog.
This is an energetic mix that needs daily exercise to avoid undesirable behavior. So, the Golden Shepherd is also a great candidate for canine sports like agility, herding, and tracking!
Both parent breeds are regularly used as service dogs, which demonstrates how intelligent they are. However, training and socialization should be started as early as possible for a confident, well-behaved adult!
Health conditions to be aware of in this mix include bloat, elbow and hip dysplasia, osteoarthritis, and degenerative myelopathy.
#10 Bloodhound Golden Retriever Mix
Bloodhounds are large scent hounds with unmistakable ears and an unrivalled sense of smell.
A Golden Retriever Bloodhound mix is likely to be larger than a purebred Gold Retriever.
Since black and tan, liver and tan, and red are all acceptable Bloodhound colors, you can’t count on this mix being golden. It might also inherit the loose skin of a Bloodhound.
Historically, Bloodhound were bred to be single-minded in the pursuit of a scent.
This means that their modern ancestors are also easily distracted by an interesting smell. This can make it tricky to train them or rely on the commands they know in the presence of distractions.
You’ll need some stellar rewards up your sleeve to compete for their interest!
At home, Bloodhounds usually sweet, docile, and affectionate like Goldens. So this mix has lots to offer as a family pet.
Like Goldens, Bloodhounds are genetically predisposed to hip and elbow dysplasia, so it’s important both parents are screened for these conditions before they mate.
Besides the health concerns of Golden Retrievers, Golden Bloodhound mix dogs are prone to the following conditions which Bloodhounds are commonly predisposed to:
- ectropion and entropion – eyelids which roll outwards, and inwards, respectively
- eye disorders
- and hypothyroidism.
#11 Chihuahua Golden Retriever Mix
This smaller mix is a Golden Chi. Chihuahuas have two fur types – smooth coated and long haired!
Therefore, the fur on your Golden Chi will depend on what it inherits, and what type of Chihuahua is its parent. The grooming needs will also depend on this, with longer fur needing more frequent grooming.
Although a smaller mix than others on this list, the Golden Chi still needs regular exercise. Daily walks are a fun way to achieve this, but be careful not to tire your pup out!
Both parent breeds are intelligent dogs, however, Chihuahuas can have an independent streak.
To create a well-behaved adult, start training and socialization as early as possible.
Some health conditions to be aware of include heart problems, eye issues, idiopathic epilepsy, seizures, and patellar luxation.
Is A Golden Retriever Mix Right for Me?
There’s a huge variety of Golden Retriever mixes! There is truly something for everyone in the list we have here.
And this isn’t a complete list!
Can you think of any great Golden Retriever mix breeds to add to this list?
Or have you had any of these mixes?
Let us know all about them in the comments!
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