So you’re looking for a new dog, and wondering which direction to head in? You may want to consider getting yourself a Golden Retriever mix breed, combining the loveable loyal nature of a Golden Retriever, with all sorts of traits from other dog breeds that could fit your family. We’ve put together a list of 20 of the most popular Golden Retriever mixes going, in the hopes that we help you find your future pup.
What Is So Special About Golden Retriever Mix Breeds?
Golden Retrievers rank #3 on the American Kennel Club chart of popularity. With that in mind, it’s not surprising that people are looking to cross the much-loved breed with their other favorites.
The dominant traits in Golden Retriever personalities are their eagerness to please, and outgoing personalities.
Golden Collies or Gollies, are a Golden Retriever mix breed which is half Border Collie. Combining the super friendly nature of the Golden Retriever with the energy and drive of a Border Collie. This is the ideal bread for someone looking to get a working dog that can also make a suitable family pet.
Collies are an extremely hardworking and intelligent breed, usually used for demanding work such as shepherding. Whereas the Golden Retriever is usually used for focussed work such as being guide dogs, hearing dogs, or even companion dogs. Meaning you’re likely to get an incredibly intelligent, focused, and hardworking dog with a lot of energy if you decide to go for a Golden Collie.
Made up the mix between Alaskan Malamutes and Golden Retrievers, the Alaskan Godenmute can get quite large, anywhere up to 90 pounds in weight. This is a mixed breed that requires plenty of grooming, as both parent breeds have double coats. Not only that but the larger the breed, the more exercise they require, so best believe an Alaskan Goldenmute would need a lot.
Malamutes are working dogs, historically used for pulling heavy weights over long distances, and so those working characteristics will likely be passed down, alongside the kind, family-oriented personality of the Golden Retriever.
A Goldador is a mix between a Labrador Retriever & Golden Retriever. The key personality traits of both parents are their eagerness to please, their love of their owners, and their intelligence. This particular Golden Retriever mix would make a fantastic family pet, as they are a joyful, easy-to-train, affection breed dog.
The mixing of the Golden Retriever with Labrador Retrievers was an ingenious move that provides families with a dog breed that produces loyal companions. Additionally, they can be quick and easy to train, thanks to their receptive and responsive nature. Goldadors are actually the most common Golden Retriever mix thanks to their almost indistinguishable parents.
A Golden Husky is about as majestic as it sounds. Golden Huskies are a cross between the Siberian Husky and Golden Retriever and make for one of the more striking crossbreeds. If you’re very lucky, your Golden Husky puppy might just inherit the clear blue eyes of its Husky parent dog.
This beautiful medium-sized crossbreed has a long, soft coat that will require plenty of grooming. And whilst they are one of the mix breeds that can make fantastic family pets, this will need a confident owner. Siberian Huskies are known for their stubborn and argumentative personality, meaning they can be a bit tricky to train. If your puppy takes after their Golden Retriever parent then you may not have an issue, however, that stubborn streak has proven to be quite dominant in other Golden Husky mixes.
So what if you’re looking for something a little smaller? The Golden Chi is a cross between the Golden Retriever and Chihuahua. As you can imagine, this Golden Retriever mix is quite a bit smaller than your typical Golden Retriever, growing to be anywhere between 15 and 30 pounds.
Golden Chi mixes often take more strongly after the Chihuahua parent breed when it comes to their looks and size. However, the more fierce personality of the Chihuahua is often diluted by the Golden Retriever’s much gentler characteristics. This crossbreed would make a great family pet, as both parents are known for their love of being around people, as well as being very playful and obedient.
As the name would suggest, the Box Retriever breed is the result of breeders crossing the Golden Retriever breed with Boxers. They are more on the large side and are considered to be designer dogs. They are an impressive dog breed, with their tall, broad stature and muscular build, mostly taken from the Boxer parent breed.
Fortunately, their coat is typically quite short and thick, which means minimal grooming, except for during shedding season when this coat will need a little extra care. This is a breed that requires a lot of exercise, owing to the Boxer being a working dog with a lot of excess energy, and Golden Retrievers being naturally quite boisterous. Of all the Golden Retriever mixes we have listed here, the Box Retriever would not make the top of the list as family pets, purely owing to the stubborn, scatterbrained characteristics of the Boxer. This would mean your dog requiring more focus and extra training if your Box Retriever takes after their Boxer parent, so it would be better suited to someone with a bit more experience with raising large dogs.
Golden Cocker Retriever
The adorable Golden Cocker Retriever is a mix between Cocker Spaniels and the Golden Retriever. The Cocker Spaniel is a very regal breed, well known for its hunting ability and packed full of energy. These two dog breeds come together to form a floppy-eared, medium-sized dog that invites affection.
This is a relatively new mix breed, with the Cocker Spaniel often being the more dominant breed in terms of looks, and often in personality. This means that the Cocker Spaniel side of this Golden Retriever mix can give your new pup an almost hyperactive disposition, needing more exercise than you might think. And whilst their grooming needs are not too demanding, their ears will need more attention, as the longer fur on them can become easily tangled.
A Golden Hound (otherwise known as a Basset Retriever) is a mix between a Golden Retriever and a Basset Hound. These two parent breeds combine to create a fluffy, gentle, mellow, loyal, and obedient dog. Whilst their Basset Hound parentage can cause them to be easily distracted by interesting smells, generally speaking, a Golden Hound is great to train.
Basset Hounds are easily one of the most soulful faces in the dog world, with dark, drooping eyes that capture the heart of anyone they look at. Fortunately, Golden Hounds often inherit this feature, along with the long sagging ears and stocky build of the Basset Hound. Remember when trying to work out whether this is your kind of dog; Golden Retriever dogs are loved for their loyalty and kindness, where Basset Hounds are loved for their easygoing nature. This means that Golden Hounds can make ideal family dogs if you’re looking for something on the low maintenance side.
The Miniature Goldendoodle is a semi-hypoallergenic, tiny Golden Retriever mix, where breeders have combined the Miniature Poodle with the Golden Retriever. A Goldendoodle often has the curly hair of its Poodle parent, however, it can be longer than your standard Poodle coat, and is likely to shed more than usual, though significantly less than a Golden Retriever purebred.
Though they are bred from the 10-inch tall Miniature Poodle, the Miniature Goldendoodle can grow to be as tall as 20 inches if they take after their Golden Retriever parent. This loveable Golden Retriever mix is not known for being overly vocal and is considered great family dogs, as they thrive off the company of humans and are highly affectionate. Miniature Poodles are actually well known for suffering from separation anxiety when left alone for long periods of time, and so they are best suited to active households.
Beagos are an adorable crossbreed that result from mixing the Golden Retriever with the Beagle. If they take after their Beagle parent, you can expect to have a highly active dog, with a great drive for work and exercise. Beagles were historically used as hunting dogs, and so they do extremely well in working environments as they are incredibly smart, and are extremely eager to please, much like the Golden Retriever.
Whilst certain aspects of their personalities match, it is a bit of a lottery whether you get a gentle companion dog, or an active working dog, as that is entirely dependant on the parent this Golden Retriever mix takes after. It is advisable that anyone looking to get a Golden Retriever mix considers whether or not they are capable of providing their new puppy with plenty of exercise, as this will be vital with a Beago. They often have short, wiry coats, and so grooming isn’t high maintenance, however, you must always take good care of their ears, which can be prone to infection.
Extremely striking and beautiful to look at, the Goldmation is a Golden Retriever mix that comes from crossing a Dalmatian with a Golden Retriever. Both parent breeds are typically healthy, meaning they have a good life expectancy of around 14 years. Dalmatians have quite a high activity level, and so exercise is high on the priority list for this medium-sized pooch.
The combination of the Golden Retriever and Dalmation personalities results in a boisterous, happy-go-lucky pup, that lives for the company of its family. They naturally tend to get on well with other pets and are great with kids, with their playful attitude and sweet nature. These two breeds mix very well and become an easy-to-train, eager-to-please breed that would settle well in any home. The main thing to remember is to take care of that stunning spotted coat, as it will likely be longer than your average Dalmatian.
Great Golden Dane
An impressive crossbreed, to say the least, the Great Golden Dane is a mix between the Golden Retriever and Great Dane. This large (dare we say giant) Golden Retriever mix can grow to be up to 200 pounds thanks to the combined DNA of its parent breeds. The Great Dane does not have a very long life expectancy, with it only sitting at around 6-8 years owing to its heightened risk of several incurable health problems such as Cancer, Dilated Cardiomyopathy, and Bloat.
Both parent breeds are extremely friendly, playful, and intelligent, which makes the mix of the two a flattering combination. And fortunately, the Golden Retriever in this particular breed does generally help them to live a little bit longer, giving them an extra 2-3 years on their expected life span. And if you’re wanting to go big or go home, this would be a great way to do it.
Saint Bernard Retriever
Another large Golden Retriever mix breed, this intriguing-looking dog is a mix between the Golden Retriever and Saint Bernard. Generally, they inherit many of their physical attributes from their Saint Bernard parentage, however, they are often downsized by the Golden Retriever in them. Saint Bernard Retrievers are one of the larger breeds, weighing in anywhere up to 100 pounds.
This tan and golden mountain dog has a regal air about it, with its proud stance, whilst still appearing gentle and approachable thanks to its soulful eyes. Both parent breeds are well known for their patience, kindness, and playful natures. Though the Saint Bernard breed may have what you might consider to be a “grumpy” face, they are, in fact, very bubbly dogs, bordering on goofy.
A rather large pup as the result of having giant and large parent breeds, the English Goldstiff is an English Mastiff and Golden Retriever mix, which can tip the scales between 100-120 pounds! English Mastiffs may be big, but they’re not overly energetic. This means that this muscular Golden Retriever mix will only require the usual 1-2 hours a day of exercise that you can expect a standard large breed dog to need.
English Goldstiffs make fantastic family pets owing to their playfulness and kind-hearted nature. Though when they are puppies they will not be as aware of their size, so just be wary that your new Goldstiff doesn’t knock any little children over. Typically English Mastiff is a bit warier of strangers, however, so you might find that your English Goldstiff displays a protectiveness over your home.
The Golden Sheepdog is an Old English Sheepdog and Golden Retriever mix, which more closely resembles its Sheepdog parent. The Old English Sheepdog has an extremely long, shaggy coat that requires constant grooming to avoid matting. But if you’re willing to put in the work, they are worth the effort, because this is a stunning breed.
Golden Retriever dogs and Old English Sheepdogs are both notorious for their family-friendly personalities, making them the ideal parent breeds to mix. fortunately, both breeds are low maintenance when it comes to exercise, only requiring around 45 minutes to an hour a day. Though the Golden Retriever is more playful and requires more mental stimulation to keep it occupied, so keep that in mind.
A kind-faced, medium-sized mix, the Golden Pei combined the Chinese Shar-Pei with the Golden Retriever. The characteristics of the two parent breeds are somewhat contradictory, but the end result is beautiful. Where a Shar-Pei can be aloof and stubborn, the Golden Retriever is sociable and interactive, so the mix lands somewhere in the middle.
There is every possibility that your Golden Pei could be soft and playful, just as much as there is a possibility that they take on the Shar-Pei characteristics and grow up to be elusive and awkward. These dogs are not really suited to family homes as they don’t tend to agree with other pets or children. However, if you are happy to put the effort into training one, Golden Peis bond well with their trainers and are incredibly loyal.
An English Springer Spaniel & Golden Retriever mix, Spangold Retrievers are constantly growing in popularity. The parent breeds of this particular dog combine to make a highly sociable and energetic pooch that is easy to train, loyal, and determined. Both the Springer Spaniel and the Golden Retriever are known for being highly intelligent, however, the Springer Spaniel characteristics have a tendency to be more curious than the Golden Retriever.
The Spangold Retriever is a reliable dog, that would be well placed as a guard dog, thanks to its protective nature. This dog breed is also ideally suited to families that live active lifestyles so that they can enjoy the outdoors and stretch their legs. The coat of a Spangold Retriever is thick and of a medium length, which means they will need brushing several times a week in order to maintain it, especially during shedding season.
Another surprising combination, the Golden Malinois is a cross between the Belgian Malinois and the Golden Retriever. Golden Malinois have the power of a Belgian Malinois with a softened face, thanks to the Golden Retriever in them. They are another classic example of a dog perfectly suited to a confident handler, as opposed to a family.
The Belgian Malinois characteristics to be quite strong in this particular breed, resulting in a stubborn streak. Belgian Malinois are often used for police and military work, and so having a Golden Malinois means committing to regular intensive training and exercise to keep this sharp-witted dog engaged and entertained. They have a short, easy-to-manage coat, which only needs brushing once a week, and can weigh anywhere up to 60 pounds.
The parent breeds of the Goldenweilar are the Rottweiler and Golden Retriever. Their fur is typically a stunningly even mix of the two parents; with the color of a Rottweiler, and the long flowing, wavy locks of the Golden Retriever. These dogs are intelligent, determined, easy-to-train, and can weigh in at over 100 pounds when fully grown.
The two dogs that make up this lovely breed oppose each other just enough to make a balanced pup. Goldenweilers are often more approachable and friendly than a purebred Rottie, but also both bolder and more protective than a purebred Goldie. Goldweilers do not need an excessive amount of exercise, requiring only 30 minutes to an hour a day.
The Golden Catahoula is a fascinating mix that crosses the Golden Retriever and Catahoula Leopard Dog. Golden Catahoulas are extremely active and benefit from getting at least 45 minutes of exercise a day, though ideally closer to two hours a day would suit them better. This is owing to the fact that the Catahoula Leopard Dog is a sporting dog, and so they are capable of continuous exercise for long periods of time.
They make great family pets, but can be a little strong-willed in their early years, so you’ll want to exercise some patience whilst driving home that initial obedience training. The Golden Catahoula is another breed that has the chance of inheriting blue eyes from one of its parent breeds. Additionally, they average around 60-65 pounds and are a muscular build, hidden under dense, soft fur, so you’d need to be sure to keep on top of grooming by brushing them 2-3 times a week.
And these are only a few! There are so many other stunning Golden Retriever mixed breeds, and since we can’t fit them all in, we feel it is only right to give them an honorable mention. So listed below are 14 more gorgeous Golden Retriever mixes well worth looking into:
- Golden Mountain Dog: Bernese Mountain Dog & Golden Retriever mix.
- Golden Cavalier: (Petite Golden Retrievers) Cavalier King Charles Spaniel & Golden Retriever mix.
- Goldendale: Airedale Terrier & Golden Retriever mix.
- Golden Shepherd: German Shepherd & Golden Retriever mix.
- Golden Chow: Chow Chow & Golden Retriever mix.
- Golden Corgi: Corgi & Golden Retriever mix.
- Golden Aussie: Australian Shepherd Dog & Golden Retriever mix.
- Golden Heelers: Blue Heeler & Golden Retriever mix.
- Golden Pugs: Pug & Golden Retriever mix.
- Scolden Terriers: Scottish Terrier & Golden Retriever mix.
- Golden Dox: Dachshund & Golden Retriever mix.
- Great Pytreiver: Great Pyrenees & Golden Retriever mix.
- Golden Bullmastiff Retriever: Bullmastiff & Golden Retriever mix.
- Goldenshire: Yorkshire Terrier & Golden Retriever mix.
Q. How do I feed Golden Retriever Mix Puppies?
A: Fortunately, feeding a Golden Retriever hybrid is quite simple. They do not have over complex digestive system, and so the standard Golden Retriever suitable foods should do you just fine. Though it may be worth double-checking the dietary requirements of the breed the Golden is crossed with, as some can have strong allergies or intolerances that may not have fully diluted with the crossover.
Q. Are Golden Retriever cross breeds friendly?
A: This would be entirely dependant on the crossbreed you go with! That’s not to say that they would be nasty; but some breeds are more aloof and independent, and so those characteristics may shine through, alongside the loyalty of a Golden. It’s always worth researching both the Golden Retriever, and the breed you are looking to have it crossed with to familiarize yourself with the two possible personalities you may end up with.
Q. Are Golden Retriever mixes better than purebred Golden Retrievers?
A: It is impossible to say whether one dog is better than another, as it is entirely up to the prospective owner as to what type of dog they are wanting. As a companion, Golden Retrievers are considered among the top of the field, however, Goldens crossed with other companion dogs could be just as effective. Alternatively, if you are looking for a dog that would do well in a manual labor situation, it is possible that a Golden crossed with an active working dog would be better suited to the task than a purebred Golden Retriever. Always do your research to figure out what breed would be best for you.
Q. Do Golden Retriever Mixes Have Many Health Issues?
A: Fortunately, Golden Retrievers themselves aren’t known for having many inherent health problems. There are the usual health concerns that most dogs can experience, such as eyesight issues, joint problems, and ear infections, which you should always look out for. The main health issue Golden Retrievers tend to face is the fact that as they grow older, much like Labradors, they struggle to maintain their weight. This is something that can be remedied by a carefully monitored diet.
Q. Are Golden Retriever Mixes High Maintenance?
A: The Golden Retriever breed on its own is not overly high maintenance in terms of personality, as they are quite good at occupying themselves with a good toy. However, other breeds such as the Belgian Malinois and Dachshund do have reputations for being a bit more of the difficult side, and so if a mixed breed takes after a more high maintenance parent, they may require more of your attention. The same goes for their coats, it is entirely dependant on whether or not your Golden Retriever mix is crossed with a long-coated dog or a short-coated one.