Golden Shepherd

 

Country of Origin Germany
Breed Group Crossbreed
Breed Type Companion, Guard Dog
Other Names German shepherd Golden Retriever mix , German Shepherd Hybrid Dog
Coat Soft and Smooth, Long, Dense and Rough
Color Yellow, Black, Cream, Tan, White, and Golden
Height 20-26 inches
Weight 60-85 pounds
Size Medium
With pets Good
With other Dogs Very Good
Good for children Excellent with proper socialization
As family Pet Good
For first-time owners Yes
Intelligence High
Barking Occasional
Hypoallergenic No
Behavioral Traits Friendly, Intelligent
Life Span 10-14 years
Grooming Requirements Moderate to High
Shedding Moderate to High
Brushing Daily
Ideal Brushes Pin Brush, Wide-Toothed Comb
Sensitivity(Touchiness) Very Sensitive
Tolerant to Aloneness Low to high (Develops unwanted behavior if left alone for a longer duration)
Tolerance to Heat Moderate- Good (needs special care when exposed to extreme heat)
Tolerance to Cold Excellent
A Roamer Low
A Chaser Low
Good for Apartment Dwelling Moderate (require free space to play and run )
Exercise Needs High
Trainability Easily trainable
Tendency to Obese Medium to High
Major Health problems Allergies, Hip & Joint Dysplasia
Appetite Moderate
Feeding 3 cups dry dog food
Puppy Price $200-$550
Medical Expense $450-$650
Non-Medical Expense $900-$1100

Golden Shepherd

Amongst all the crosses, German Shepherd Golden Retriever mix is a devoted companion. This cross is commonly known as Golden Shepherd, it is a mix breed, and not much is known about its history.

It inherits most of its disposition from its parent breed, German Shepherd. It is smart, alert, active which makes them ideal watchdogs. They have a weakness for water sports and can spend long hours in water. They have a pleasing nature which makes them easy to train. Like other German shepherd crosses it is also an attention seeker and if left for longer durations, can suffer from separation anxiety or develop destructive behavior.

They need abundant exercises to use excess energy. Taking them to Dogs Park will offer them free space to play, run and walk freely. Apart from providing them adequate training, it will also socialize them. It is advisable to keep plenty of toys to keep it busy, as they become destructive sitting idle.

Their double medium length coat protects them from extreme climatic conditions and requires frequent cleaning. Brush them twice or thrice a week to maintain its shine and cleanliness. Bath them when necessary, clean ears once a week. They love chewing and offering them dental chews will serve both tasks of cleaning their tooth and chewing. Brush their tooth once a week to maintain oral health.  Trim their nails when they overgrow also clean their ears at regular intervals.

It is a healthy breed but can suffer from few diseases inherited from its parent.

Major Problems

  • Arthritis
  • Hip and Joint Dysplasia
  • Ear disease
  • Degenerative Spine Stenosis
  • Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Heart Problems
  • Cancer
  • Bleeding Disorder
  • Von Willebrand’s Disorder
  • Bloating

 

Occasional Tests

  • X-Rays
  • CT Scan
  • Blood Test
  • Allergy Testing
  • Physical Examination
  • Complete Body Checkup

They are easy to train as they can quickly adapt to new things quickly and also have a knack for learning new things. They require a firm and consistent trainer as their behavior can become a problem in the process. However, positive reinforcement will be helpful in teaching new commands.

Three cups of dry dog food will be adequate to keep up with their energy level. However, one can also provide homemade food rich in proteins.

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