The Golden Retriever has never met a stranger while the Doberman is often viewed as an aloof and dangerous dog. Can these two dogs make beautiful, friendly puppies together?
As it turns out, hybrid dog breeding might just be the best thing that has happened to the Golden Retriever and the Doberman dog breeds.
Hybrid dog breeding holds the potential to bring out the best traits of each parent dog while minimizing the less desirable attributes.
In this article, learn everything you need to know about the smart, strong, and super vigilant Doberman Golden Retriever hybrid dog mix.
Doberman Golden Retriever Mix
The Doberman Golden Retriever mix is often called the “Golderman” as is common with hybrid dog breeds today.
Hybrid dog breeding is a time-honored pathway to creating new purebred dog breeds with desirable traits and improved genetics. The reason being, anytime you add genetic diversity into a breed line, you potentially improve the health of the puppies.
However, not everyone is a fan of “designer” dog breeds. In this article, find out if the Doberman Golden Retriever mix might be the perfect next companion canine for you.
Watch a Doberman and a Golden Retriever Playing Together
This sweet video shows a Golden Retriever playing happily with a Doberman dog.
It is easy to see how these two dogs have similar energy levels and similar sizes, which can make them great playmates as well as a complementary pairing for hybrid dog breeding.
The History of the Doberman and the Golden Retriever
Many purebred dog breeds today have extensive histories, including being hybrid or cross-bred dogs at some previous point in the breed development.
The Doberman and the Golden Retriever dog breeds are no exception. Each dog breed has its own fascinating history that is worth learning about.
As a bonus, taking time to learn about the history of each parent dog can give you more insight into the possible traits and temperament of your Golderman puppy.
The Doberman is the 17th most popular (out of 195 American Kennel Club registered dog breeds) purebred dog breed in America today.
The Doberman was originally developed to provide protection and guarding for tax collectors making their rounds in Germany.
These dogs take their breed name from their creator, a gentleman named Louis Dobermann (his name did have two “n’s”), who was a part-time dog breeder and part-time tax collector.
Louis Dobermann crossbred German Pinscher dogs with terriers, herding dogs, and even Rottweilers to get the tall, stately and fearless dog we call the Doberman today.
Golden Retriever history
The Golden Retriever is the 3rd most popular (out of 195 American Kennel Club registered dog breeds) purebred dog breed in America today.
The Golden Retriever was not bred to protect or guard but rather to retrieve and hunt. These dogs were bred from a now-extinct dog called the Tweed Water Spaniel.
Other breeds that were crossed to produce the Golden Retriever include the Bloodhound and the Irish Setter.
Golden Retrievers, or “Goldens” as fans often nickname them, love the water and are at home working as gun dogs and retrievers alongside humans.
Doberman Golden Retriever Mix: Personality and Temperament
While the Golden Retriever is famously friendly, the Doberman often gets a bad rap due to their aloof appearance.
It is true these dogs are fearsome-looking to outsiders, but their people know them as affectionate, loving, and sometimes truly goofy!
At the same time, since some breeders have deliberately tried to breed for more aggressive personality traits, it is important to learn about the individual personality and temperament of each parent dog to be sure your puppy will be friendly.
Doberman personality and temperament
Overall, the Doberman personality and temperament include both a strong protective and guarding trait and also an intense loyalty and bond with “their” people.
The most important trait to understand about the Doberman is that these dogs were bred to work. They really need a lot of daily exercise and activity to stay happy and healthy.
Dobermans that get bored will likely become destructive. Similarly, Dobermans that get lonely will likely act out.
A Doberman that has a lot of exercise, activity, training, canine athletics to participate in or a job to do is likely to be a happy, healthy, well-socialized, and productive member of any family and community.
Golden Retriever personality and temperament
Golden Retrievers are nearly synonymous with friendliness as their ready canine “grin” easily attests.
However, Goldens are also known to become destructive when they get bored or lonely. These dogs have been bred through generations to live and work closely with people and cannot tolerate boredom or too much alone-time, even if they have other dogs around.
The key to a happy, well-adjusted Golden Retriever is a busy and active Golden Retriever. In this, they are nearly identical to the Doberman dog.
Doberman Golden Retriever personality and temperament
With any hybrid breeding between two energetic working dogs like the Doberman and the Golden Retriever, you know in advance that you will be bringing home an active, energetic dog that needs your time and attention and a lot of play and exercise.
It is so important to consider whether you can provide your dog with enough activity to keep problem behaviors from showing up! If you can, you won’t find a more loyal or loving dog than the Golderman.
Doberman Golden Retriever Mix: Size, Height and Weight
When you take the time to learn more about the size, height, and weight of a crossbreeding between a Golden Retriever and a Doberman, it is easier to plan for all possibilities as your puppy grows up.
Doberman size, height, and weight
The Doberman typically weighs anywhere from 60 to 100 pounds as an adult, with adult males usually outweighing the females by at least 15 pounds.
Dobermans are tall, stately looking dogs with long, slender legs. They can stand 24 to 28 inches tall from paw pads to shoulder tops and will often look taller than that.
Golden Retriever size, height, and weight
Even though they actually weigh less, Golden Retrievers tend to have a slightly stockier appearance than do Doberman dogs.
These dogs can weigh anywhere from 55 to 75 pounds and stand 21.5 to 24 inches tall when they reach adulthood.
Here again, adult males tend to be a bit bigger and taller than females, although this is not always the case.
Doberman Golden Retriever size, height, and weight
No matter what genetics your Golden Retriever Doberman puppy inherits, you know you are going to be bringing home a big dog breed.
Your Golderman may weigh anywhere from 55 to 100 pounds and stand 21.5 to 28 inches tall. Likely, your mix dog puppy will fall somewhere in between those numbers. Meeting the parent dogs can give you a better guesstimate of the maximum size you can expect.
Doberman Golden Retriever Mix: Training and Exercise Needs
As you just learned in the previous section here, the Doberman Golden Retriever mix dog is a hybrid mix of two hard-working dog breeds, the Doberman and the Golden Retriever.
Both dogs have been bred through many generations to work hard at their jobs on a daily basis, usually for many hours at a stretch and often in difficult climate and weather conditions.
This has created a mental and physical toughness in these dog breeds that is likely to be inherited by your Golderman puppy.
In fact, according to Science Alert, Golden Retrievers and Dobermans rank in the top 10 smartest dog breeds (at numbers four and five respectively) for learning and replicating commands – out of 79 dog breeds!
So what can you expect to need to provide in terms of training and exercise? Let’s look at that now.
Doberman training and exercise needs
Dobermans are very sensitive and intelligent dogs. They have to be in order to be effective in their primary job guarding and protecting their people.
But Dobermans have also been bred with strong territorial and protective instincts and so they need help figuring out when there is a genuine threat versus when all is well.
The key to training a smart, sensitive, and observant dog breed like the Doberman is positive training methods.
Praise, pats, playtime, treats, and praise is all great ways to gain and keep your Doberman’s trust during training and play.
Dobermans do need to be able to run and romp and play daily and they make amazing canine athletes. However, you don’t necessarily need a large yard as long as you can find a place to take your Doberman every day to get exercise.
Golden Retriever training and exercise needs
Like the Doberman, the Golden Retriever has been bred to work hard, long days and to do so in very close company with people.
These dogs are highly attuned to their people and also make amazing canine athletes. They can run, swim, jump, track – they can do it all.
Because Golden Retrievers are highly intelligent like Dobermans, you only want to use positive reinforcement training with these dogs. Pats, praise, playtime, and treats are your pathways to get the results you want in training.
Because Golden Retrievers are so famously friendly, they tend to have the opposite problem to Dobermans and can’t tell the difference between friend and foe.
Training can help them learn to distinguish when to be welcoming and friendly and when to alert their people about a potential threat. With proper training and socialization, Golden Retrievers make very reliable guard dogs.
Doberman Golden Retriever training and exercise needs
From this overview, you can predict that your puppy is going to need your help figuring out when to guard and protect you and when to be welcoming.
Your dog is also going to need lots of daily play, exercise, attention, and praise to stay happy and healthy as a companion canine.
And if you can enroll in any kind of canine athletics, your dog will likely excel and will enjoy themselves thoroughly, as will you.
Doberman Golden Retriever Mix: Shedding, Grooming and Coat Care
Another area where new dog owners often have worries or concerns is in the arena of shedding and coat care
After all, dogs are fantastic. But shed hair all over your clothing, furniture, floor, and clothing isn’t so fantastic.
So what can you expect of a Golderman hybrid dog breed? How much will your puppy shed and what kind of coat care and grooming will you need to do?
Doberman shedding, grooming, and coat care
A great part of the Doberman’s intimidating appearance is the short, neat coat. They look like the Secret Service of dogs – not a hair is ever out of place.
Oddly, unlike most working dog breeds, Dobermans have a single-layer coat. They also have very short, flat hair that is easy to brush and maintain.
And Dobermans are not known for having “doggy odor,” which means you won’t need to bathe your dog very often.
Even better, the Doberman dog’s erect ears allow for plenty of natural airflows into the inner ear to reduce the risk of ear infection.
These dogs are pretty much as good as you will get in terms of low-maintenance coat care. They do shed, but not significantly. Brushing your dog regularly will keep the shed hair to a minimum.
Golden Retriever shedding, grooming, and coat care
Golden Retrievers, in contrast, have a double layer coat that sheds all year long and more profusely seasonally.
So you will need to brush your dog regularly and bathe if you notice any doggy odor.
Doberman Golden Retriever shedding, grooming, and coat care
It can be hard to know in puppyhood which parent dog will have the most influence over your puppy’s adult coat.
But either way, you know your dog will shed and will have a “wash and wear a coat.”
Doberman Golden Retriever Mix: Longevity and Health
Learning about the health of each parent dog is the best way to make sure you bring home the healthiest possible puppy.
Doberman longevity and health
On average, Doberman Retrievers have a life expectancy of 10 to 12 years.
According to the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) database, the Doberman has the following known genetic (heritable) health issues:
– Hip dysplasia.
– von Willebrand’s disease.
– Cardiac issues.
– Eye issues.
– Autoimmune thyroiditis.
– Working aptitude.
According to the Doberman Pinscher Club of America (Doberman Pinscher is the formal breed name for the Doberman), “working aptitude” means the dog can demonstrate certain key qualities such as loyalty and steadiness that a guard and protective dog should have.
Golden Retriever longevity and health
Golden Retriever dogs have an average life expectancy of 10 to 12 years.
According to the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) database, the Golden Retriever dog has the following known genetic health issues:
– Hip dysplasia.
– Elbow dysplasia.
– Cardiac issues.
– Eye issues.
According to the Golden Retriever Club of America (GRCA), one other highly concerning health issues you need to be aware of with Golden Retrievers specifically is a high incidence of canine cancer.
Sadly, Golden Retrievers are known to be particularly susceptible to two types of cancer: hemangiosarcoma and lymphoma.
Hemangiosarcoma is cancer that affects the lining of the blood vessels – the inner walls. In Goldens, it tends to attack the walls of the heart and the spleen.
Lymphoma is a cancer of the immune system that affects the lymph glands, spleen, thymus, and bone marrow.
Both types of cancer are very deadly and it is not known why Golden Retrievers are more likely to get these cancers than most other purebred dog breeds.
The Morris Animal Foundation has undertaken to fund the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study to investigate the causes of hemangiosarcoma specifically and, hopefully, to identify risk factors and work towards reducing the incidence.
Doberman Golden Retriever longevity and health
It is a hallmark of larger dog breeds that they tend to live less long lives than their smaller breed peers. Both the Golden Retriever and the Doberman Pinscher have a life expectancy of 10 to 12 years.
And both purebred dog breeds have some similar health issues, although the risk of canine cancer is greater with Golden Retrievers.
And here in fact is where hybrid dog breeding can help strengthen the Golden Retriever breed line so that maybe future generations may have lower cancer risk.
Doberman Golden Retriever Mix: Is This the Right Dog for You?
The Doberman Golden Retriever mix, or Golderman dog, can be a fabulous family guard dog and loving canine companion for the right person or family.
Could this be your next pet dog?