This mix of the Golden Retriever and Border Collie has all of the energy and brains of both parents, making it an incredibly athletic hybrid that has strong herding instincts and a great work ethic.
These dogs are a great fit for active households, especially when they’re younger. These dogs are loving animals who simply need a lot of playtimes.
This hybrid is a mix of the Golden Retriever and the Siberian Husky, a mix that tends to be both intelligent and a little mischievous. Easier to train than a Husky but a little less obedient than a Golden Retriever, this is a hybrid that needs a fair bit of training and socialization.
Golden Cocker Retriever
A mix of the Golden Retriever and the Cocker Spaniel, this is a hybrid that fits into just about any household. Whether you have kids or live alone, this is an animal who loves to be around humans and adores affection. They’re a little rough when playing with younger kids but this hybrid is otherwise a sweetheart that needs a lot of care.
Golden Mountain Dog
This hybrid tends to take its coat and size from its Bernese Mountain Dog parent and much of its attitude from its Golden Retriever parent. A huge dog with a ton of energy, you’ll need to make sure to give this hybrid plenty of space and time to play if you want them to calm down. Unfortunately, though, the size of Golden Mountain dogs does makes joint issues very likely as the they get older, and the cross is definitely prone to a host of health issues that include some forms of cancer.
You might not think of this cross immediately, but the mix of parent breeds Yorkshire Terrier and the Golden Retriever is more popular than you might imagine. With a strong need for exercise and a boundless supply of energy, these dogs need a home that can dedicate plenty of time to them. In fact, these dogs don’t do well with kids and really need a dedicated adult who is going to put a lot of energy into making sure that these dogs get everything that they need.
This combination of the Basset Hound and Golden Retriever is definitely a much more laid-back animal than most on the list, with a lazy personality that is perfect for those who prefer to spend time inside. The Golden Hound might not mind going on a walk from time to time, but these dogs only need moderate exercise and don’t need a lot of maintenance to stay happy. They do, however, love to spend time with adults and children alike and are almost always at their happiest when they have someone around with whom to play.
This Irish Setter and Golden Retriever hybrid is a big, agile animal that can weigh up to seventy-five pounds but that still has an impressive amount of athleticism. A red-haired, graceful dog with a bright mind and plenty of muscle, these dogs need interaction and stimulation to stay healthy and non-destructive. They’re also great swimmers who tend to be very healthy, making them great fits for families who love the beach and for those who are looking for a long-term companion.
Golden Jack Retriever
What do you get when you cross parent breeds Jack Russell Terrier and Golden Retriever? You generally get a small dog who looks like a stuffed animal and who always has a fantastic disposition. With tons of energy and the personality to match, these dogs are prone to joint issues and tend to love to stick by the sides of the people who adopt them. A great little breed for apartment dwellers, you do need to plan on walking these dogs regularly.
The crossbreed of the Golden Retriever and German Shepherd is one of those hybrids that seemed to just be begging to exist. When you combine the affectionate nature of a Retriever with the loyalty and intelligence of a Shepherd, you’ll end up with an absolutely amazing dog.
Big people-pleasers, these dogs are very easy to train and love to be put to work. They tend to excel at doggie games like agility and they can even work in search and rescue thanks to their fantastic noses.
The Goldendoodle is one of the most popular hybrids among those with allergies, but it’s also just a popular mix. Poodles go well with just about every other breed, and they tend to work better with Golden Retrievers than average. These dogs are big and fluffy but don’t tend to shed much, with a personality that’s out of this world and just enough energy to make the hybrid a very interesting exercise companion.
Big dogs with huge coats, these animals are not for those who don’t want to spend time grooming their pets. With that said, these dogs have good personalities and can be excellent companions for those who have the time and patience to make sure that they are properly cared for.
The Golden Rottie, also known as the Goldenweiler, is an excellent mix of the Rottweiler and the Golden Retriever. With a significant protective streak and a personality that is perfect for cuddlers, these dogs tend to excel when they have plenty of room in which they can play as well as people who will give them something to do throughout the day.
A hybrid of the Vizsla and the Golden Retriever, this mix has gorgeous eyes when they’re young and tends to keep a puppy-like level of energy throughout its life. Incredibly fast dogs who are great hunting companions, they’re easy to train but still very good at being independent dogs. They love to participate in work and like anything that resembles hunting, so they can be incredible sporting dogs.
When you mix Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers, magic happens. The two breeds have great personalities and get along well with just about everyone, so this hybrid ends up being one of the friendliest dogs on the list. They do need plenty of exercise and attention, but these are among the ultimate family pets.
Easy to train and happy dogs, this mix of the Golden Retriever and Beagle tends to be a dog that’s not always great at paying attention and can be distracted by just about any stray scent. Medium-size dogs who aren’t hard to handle or train, are great animals for apartment dwellers who don’t mind going out for a few walks every day.
The Golden Malinois is, as you might expect, a dog that takes after its Malinois parent quite a bit. That means that the dog is incredibly smart and a hard worker, one that requires a fair bit of activity. These dogs actually prefer to be working animals, so if you can find a job for them they’ll definitely excel in your household.
The Golden Boxer is a big combination of the Boxer and Golden Retriever, with a lot of energy and more hair to shed than you might imagine. Difficult to train for many, this Retriever mix tend to be a better fit for those who already have some experience raising dogs. While they might be a good fit for families, these dogs do tend to need a powerful leader figure in their lives to stay content and to stay out of trouble.
An odd little Retriever mix, this Golden Retriever and Chihuahua hybrid is a silly and playful little animal that looks like a slightly bigger and calmer Chihuahua. Long-lived and excellent for those who live in apartments, these dogs do an amazing job of combining all of the great personality traits of a Golden Retriever with the smaller size of the Chihuahua parent.
Golden Chow Retriever
Calm and reserved, this mix of the Chow and Golden Retriever is definitely for those who live a more laid-back lifestyle. You’ll need a lot of space for these lazy pups, though, as they routinely hit the seventy-five-pound mark. Still, this Retriever mix is an excellent choice for anyone who just wants a big dog with whom they can cuddle.
Easy to train and perfect for first-time dog owners, the Golden Corgi takes its size from the Corgi parent and its temperament from its Golden Retriever parent. Excellent for those who live in apartments or who don’t have big backyards, these dogs don’t need too much exercise. Be warned, though, because this hybrid will try to herd anything that moves.
The Golden Dox takes a lot from both its Dachshund and Golden Retriever parent, making a hybrid that’s actually much more active and friendly than the average Dachshund and much harder to train than the average Golden Retriever. Still, this Retriever mix is an excellent companion and really good with families, especially if those families will give them constant attention.
This mix definitely takes most of its coloration from the Dalmatian side, though it does tend to be as fuzzy as a Golden Retriever. Very friendly dogs who are honestly a fair bit nicer than most of their spotted parent’s breed, these dogs actually tend to be quite healthy and long-lived. Great for those who want an athletic breed, this hybrid is also one that does quite well when it has space to play.
The Golden Doberman is one of nature’s guard dogs, but one that’s much more friendly to its chosen people than you might imagine. As smart as a Doberman and as friendly as a Golden, this Retriever mix is great at keeping an eye on things as well as bonding with humans. These dogs do need some socialization to be friendly, but once that’s done they’ll be the perfect companion for just about any dog owner.
If you’re looking for a huge Golden cross, this might be the hybrid for you. The Golden Dane takes all of its sizes from the Great Dane parent, leaving a dog that’s just about big enough to ride but that’s as gentle as a well-trained Golden Retriever. It’s vital that this Retriever mix get enough training, though, as most of them just don’t understand how big they are. If you can socialize and train them, though, they’ll bond with every member of your household.
Finally, there’s this mix of the Golden Retriever and Great Pyrenees. Another dog with a big coat and a lot of personalities, these dogs don’t understand their own size and think that they are lapdogs. Great for families that have the time and inclination to train them, this Retriever mix is actually excellent with kids once they learn not to bowl them over.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the best golden retriever mix?
The best Golden Retriever mix depends on the person. If you need a dog that won’t set off your allergies, look at a Golden Doodle. If you’d like a tiny dog, look at the Golden Chi. Prefer a giant? The Golden Dane might be the best fit for you. Those who are just looking for something that’s a pure retriever, though, might like a Goldador.
2. Are golden retriever mixes healthier?
It depends on the hybrid. You’re always going to be looking back towards the health of the parent breeds, so most Golden Retriever mixes are going to have at least a few of the same problems as Goldens as well as some of the same problems as the parent. With that said, more diverse hybrids definitely tend to live longer.
3. Are golden retriever mixes hypoallergenic?
While no dog is truly hypoallergenic, there are some types of Golden Retriever mix that are easier on allergies than others. If you have severe allergies and want a dog, it’s usually recommended that you look at Goldendoodles. Since Poodles don’t tend to shed too much, as parent breeds they pass on those genes to their offspring and create a Golden hybrid that is much less likely to leave hair or dander lying about.
4. Are Goldadors smart?
Goldadors are actually incredibly smart. These dogs have all of the smarts of both parent breeds, which is fairly considerable. Though there is definitely a fair bit of room for divergence from the norm here, these dogs are smart enough to pick up most training cues quickly and they also tend to do well when exposed to new activities.