One Dozen Breeds You Won’t Believe!
Having a Golden Retriever is incredibly rewarding. If you’ve ever met or owned this breed, you know the characteristics that make them so unbelievable lovable.
But have you ever considered the mixed breeds that blend best with Retrievers, and what makes them so special?
What to breed Golden Retrievers with includes:
- Golden Cocker
- Golden Hound
- GoldenDoxie/ Goldendox
- Golden Shepherd
- Golden Husky (AKA Goberian)
- Golden Doodle
- Golden Mountain Dog
- Golden Chi
- Golden Setter
- Golden Dalmation
- Box Retriever
Each of these breeds will be very active and will require proper physical activity to function at full health.
If you’re a dog breeder or are planning to become one, there is a lot to know. Since you already know you’re interested in Golden Retrievers, we’ll cover twelve insane mixes you have to see to believe, facts about each, the basics of breeding, and mistakes to avoid!
By the end, you will know every fascinating thing you could imagine about how to get more of these adorable fur-babies in the world!
What to Breed a Golden Retriever With
There’s a reason that people love Golden Retrievers. They are known for being some of the most loving pups known the man, highly intelligent, loyal, and a true best friend.
Breeding dogs can be a wonderful way to make a living, but there is more to the position that you may imagine. Are you up for the job?
A few questions to ask yourself are:
- Do you know which dog breed you’re leaning towards breeding?
- Do you have startup money to invest upfront?
- Are you ready to meet high standards for breeding and do it in a precise/ethical manner?
- Will you be able to market yourself online and social media?
- Do you love dogs enough to work with them/nurture them each day?
Anyone can breed dogs and sell them on Craigslist, but to do this properly and ethically, registering with the American Kennel Club and doing it right – will be a much more complex process.
Before exploring the twelve fascinating breeds, I quickly want you to be knowledgeable on the negative behavioral propensities of Goldens so you can determine if they’re the right type of dog to breed with.
Golden Retriever Tendencies to be Aware of
Goldens are such sweet and wonderful pets, more loving than almost any breed I’ve met with years of experience in shelters.
I am not trying to bash the breed or talk you out of breeding with them. I believe there are important qualities to consider before being overwhelmed by the cuteness of these mixes!
I don’t want to call these the ‘disadvantages’ of the Golden breed, but more like possibilities that could arise in your Golden if they are not getting what they need from you as their breeder and caregiver.
There are important tendencies you ought to be aware of about Goldens that may pop up in any dog you breed them with, regardless of what usually comes out from other breeders.
The qualities solely on the Golden side to be aware of are:
- Goldens tend to shed. A lot! So this could come out in any dog breed, even if the other party is bald. Doesn’t matter when it comes to recessive genes, so don’t try to breed with the intention of a low shed as that is always a possibility with a Golden parent.
- Goldens tend to get depressed if they’re not getting proper exercise or attention from you. Some of the ways you’ll be able to determine that this is the issue include:
- The home was torn up
- Chewing shoes or nervous habits
- Acting anxious or stir crazy
- Incessant barking
They are communicating their frustrations with you in the only way they know-how. As a breeder, you need to be home with them most of the time anyway, so being at the office all week should not be an excuse.
Goldens do have some health issues. They are not known for living the longest, and like many larger dogs, they get hip and joint pains later in life. Breeding them improperly will cause these health issues to become active much earlier in life than they should. It is up to you to breed consciously and responsibly.
Goldens don’t function well as outside dogs. They need to be with the family and not thrown the backyard each day. This will cause the annoying barking that will drive your neighbors mad.
Goldens don’t like loud environments. That is to say, if your family keeps music blaring, TV’s loud, and likes to yell and fight – that’s fine. “Do you,” as they say. But Goldens are very sensitive and will become nervous wrecks in this environment. Please don’t confuse them this way unless you plan to adapt your home to their needs. They can’t adapt their instincts to your needs, so it will be up to you.
Goldens are not guard dogs.They are known for licking the burglar’s hands and giving strangers love, so they will not be bred as guard dogs of anything. Be sure owners know this when they adopt from you and don’t let anyone leave with the belief that they’ve purchased a security dog.
First off, they may not be adopted for the right reasons. But secondly, when the Golden fails this test, they will probably be thrown out and not fare well on the streets. Always be honest with your clients and help them educate once you’ve taken the time to self-educate.
I would recommend you always familiarize yourself with each dog breeds’ tendencies so that you can prepare yourself for any personality characteristics that may arise.
Just like you have the Goldens’ side of the story here, you’ll need to dive into the opposite part of the breeding party to understand their tendencies as well. You don’t want surprises, so in-depth research will be key.
If you’re up for the challenge and know that caring for animals is your passion, let’s dive into the cute part!
|Mixed with Golden Retriever||Fun Fact About Them|
|1. Cocker Spaniel||Surprisingly, part of the ‘Sporting Category’ of dog|
|2. Basset Hound||One of the calmest breed combinations on this list|
|3. Dachshund||Known for being ‘the cutest’ and a bit stubborn|
|4. Shepherd||One of the better protectors to mix Goldens with|
|5. Husky||More beautiful than any human you’ve ever seen|
|6. Poodle||Not always hypoallergenic – don’t rely on this|
|7. Bernese Mountain Dog||Are great working dogs and need lots of exercises|
|8. Chihuahua||One of the more unpredictable outcomes to breed|
|9. Labrador||Used to sniff out bombs and drugs, great detectives|
|10. Red Setter||The mix is ‘designer’ and very trendy right now|
|11. Dalmatian||The origin of Dalmatians is still a mystery today|
|12. Boxer||Have incredible instincts and need to be kept outside sometimes to get out some of their energy|
#1 The Golden Cocker
This small version of a Golden Retriever mixed with a Cocker Spaniel is adorable but will require some grooming on your part!
They are super intelligent and fun-sized, who love to socialize with others. This pup may be the perfect pet for a family with small children. Each of these dogs is in the ‘sporting’ dog classification which means they love to run around and be active!
The mother will usually breed between 5-10 puppies in each breed, and it will depend on the mother’s size.
Some health issues to be aware of with this mix are tumors, eyesight issues, and help/elbow dysplasia.
The price on these will be between $750-$2,500 depending on quality.
#2 The Golden Hound
This Basset Hound mix is as calm as they come and great if you don’t want a petite dog.
Perfectly medium-sized and usually weigh an average of 20-40 pounds, these unique looking dogs are very loyal and friendly.
They’ve even been used as working dogs and seeing-eye dogs as they are so easy-natured and easy to train. Their intelligence and peaceful way make them a real chart-topper on this list.
Health issues with this mix include cancer, cataracts, and hip dysplasia (the most common health issue for Golden Retrievers).
The price for one of these little gems will run between $500-$2,000 each.
#3 The GoldenDoxie/ Goldendox
These little dachshunds are overwhelming in preciousness with tiny little legs that make them more endearing than you can imagine.
Such a perfect pet for families with children, they are very loving but will be a bit sassy sometimes (as all smaller dogs tend to be). I think it’s a side effect of their Napoleonic complex, but that’s just a guess!
They will shed a bit, so it will require some weekly grooming. They also will need some exercise despite their tiny stems, and it will help them strengthen their weaker backs.
Health issues with this breed are slipped discs, obesity with lack of exercise, ear infection, and hip dysplasia.
The average price for one of these pups is around $1,000, making it one of the more affordable breeds due to its popularity.
#4 The Golden Shephard
Be still my heart. They are too perfect! First bred in 2009, this mix is relatively new and will make a wonderful hiking buddy!
I mentioned that Goldens tend to make terrible guard dogs. This is still true, and you cannot guess which parent will have predominant genes influence. However, Shepherds are, in fact, wonderful guard dogs.
You won’t know for certain, so I don’t want to make promises, but there is certainly a better chance of this mix being a home’s protector.
This breed is fun and playful and a bit larger than other mixes. You’ll want to get them socializing early, so they are comfortable around other dogs and don’t become too protective over you. This could result in an aggressive dog that can’t distinguish friend from foe.
The health issues to educate yourself on with this mix include cancer, low thyroid, and hip dysplasia.
Price has quite a strong variation with a puppy from a reputable breeder running about $300-$1,000. However, if you’re looking at show-dog quality for any breed, that is what raises the price substantially. For this breed, it can increase to $6,000-$8,000 per puppy.
#5 The Golden Husky (AKA Goberian)
You know how stunning each of these dog breeds is alone, but look at them combined! Usually turning out a bit larger than medium-sized, these dogs will need some occasional baths and grooming.
Those piercing eyes are enough to make them the prettiest dog knew the man. Wonderful with families, but each of these breeds does shed a lot, so prepare yourself for that.
They will require as much exercise if not more than the other mixes on this list, so be certain you have the time to commit.
Health problems that may arise with this mix are cataracts, skin diseases, and hip/elbow dysplasia. This dog has a low risk of disease, which makes it a very desirable choice.
The price for each puppy will be between $250-$2,500.
#6 The Golden Doodle
This painfully cute name is for the Golden Retriever mixed with Poodle, gets us – the Golden Doodle!
If you’ve never heard of this breed, it’s not a surprise as they’re quite popular. Grown to about Medium size, people love this dog for the sweet personalities of each breed, as well as the curly fur of the poodles.
You can never guarantee what color your pup will come out, so know it will be a beautiful coat. Many owners also want this dog because they are often hypoallergenic.
What I want to stress to you here is that you can’t guarantee that each puppy will not shed a lot. It may inherit more of the Golden Retriever’s genes, which means they will shed a ton!
These are the kinds of factors that will be out of your control as a breeder, and you can’t depend on qualities such as these.
Some health conditions to be aware of with this cross-breed include luxating Patellas, hip dysplasia, Von Willebrand’s Disease, and common bloating if given improper food to their sensitive tummies.
The price of the charming Golden Doodle will run between $1,500-$2,500 per pup.
#7 The Golden Mountain Dog
Don’t be deceived by this teeny pup’s picture that is so cute it hurts. This baby will be a big one!
One of the largest breeds on our list, they will also have that thick mountain fur that can be difficult to brush through and clean skin. They will shed a lot so mentally prepare yourself.
With proper grooming, many skin conditions can be avoided, and this pup will need plenty of outdoor time. With their history being in the mountains and snow, they do wonderfully in colder environments and want to be apart of your outdoor activities.
Like many larger dogs, when they’re not getting exercise, they’re quite calm and relaxed. The perfect cuddle bug and family member for kids.
Do make sure your little ones are not too small or they could be knocked over by a young/untrained Golden Mountain Dog.
Some health issues that this breed is prone to include histiocytic sarcoma, bloat, retinal atrophy, and the tried and true hip dysplasia.
The price will be between $500-$1,500 per puppy.
#8 The Golden Chi
You’ve got two breeds here that couldn’t be more opposite. The Retriever is known for being gentle and kind, while the chihuahua is known for being loud and sassy.
Because of this, it’s hard to predict what the personality will be like in your Golden Chi pup, but you can know with certainty that it will be adorable!
Health issues to be aware of in this mix are gum diseases, low blood sugar, and the common hip dysplasia.
The price of these pups is usually between $2,000 and $3,500 per canine.
#9 The Goldador
Known for commonly being drug-detector dogs and have wonderful noses on them, the Goldador is a combination of a Golden Retriever and Labrador. They are devoted and incredibly intelligent, even being used to sniff out bombs.
This breed makes a wonderful watchdog, but again – don’t expect them to attack. Loving and friendly, this dog will be cool with everyone and not be prone to making enemies.
They will need socialization to function as they are intended to and will get depressed without proper attention and devotion.
Some health issues to know about include cataracts, diabetes, and hip/elbow dysplasia.
The price for one of these expert sniffers will be a bit lower since Labradors are still a type of retriever, costing between $400-$800 per pup.
#10 Golden Setter
This breed combination of Irish Setters and Goldens are known as a designer dog. They usually have soft straight hair and come out medium to large sizes, usually growing to about 70 pounds.
Known for being very attentive and aware of the others around him, this is an intuitive and intelligent breed that will connect with you.
Because of this, they are wonderful family dogs and won’t shed as much as a standard Golden, most of the time.
Some health issues to keep in mind will be eye problems, OCD, a tendency for overweight that hurts joints and can lead to hip dysplasia.
The price for one of these little tots as puppies will be between $800-$2,500 apiece because they are ‘designer’ and trendy right now.
#11 The Golden Dalmatian
There is a reason that people love dalmatians. Many reasons! They are active and fun but will require your time. If you are a busy person that works 50+ hours a week, this dog will get depressed without your time and affection.
The original origin of Dalmations is a mystery, and some believe they could have been around as far as 4,000 years ago in Greece or Egypt. This mixed breed was developed around three decades ago. This mix was crossed to make a healthier Golden that doesn’t shed as much.
They are known for howling and barking, so be aware of this, and it will only worsen if you don’t offer them your time. This is the perfect family breed for that reason because more people giving love to the dog will make it the happiest it can be.
Common health concerns will be kidney stones, deafness, and was ranked 11th out of 3,000 dogs for thyroid issues. They usually live between 10-12 years, which is the average for larger pups.
The price for one of these adorable little spotties will be between $1,000-$5,000 depending on pedigree.
#12 The Box Retriever
Last but certainly not least, the Box Retrievers, which are combined with – you guessed it – Boxers! And look at that face, how could you not fall in love?
They won’t shed often, are active and fun, with great instincts. I think these pups are a wonderful choice to adopt or breed, but early socialization will again be quite important.
Any larger breed that tends to get possessive will need to learn as a puppy that other dogs are friends and not threats. But if you want a protector dog, they need to know which ones are threats too.
This dog is known for chasing things and having great prey instincts, which you may or may not like. They may need to be put outside in an enclosed space to run around and exert some of that powerful energy.
Unfortunately, as with many dogs, there are some health issues to keep an eye on, including heart issues, thyroid deficiency, and that pesky hip dysplasia.
The average price for these puppies is between $350-$1,500.
What To Know Before Becoming a Breeder
It will be your responsibility to breed healthy and intelligent puppies. You can’t take any of it lightly, or you could be setting up dogs to die prematurely, suffer pain from mal-breeding practices, and cause devastating pain to all of the families you’ve sold these puppies to.
It’s a very serious matter, so don’t take it as a light day job, take it as a responsibility. Caring for animals can be the most rewarding thing in the world, but honestly, ask yourself if you’re prepared for all that it entails.
Breeding responsibly will require hard work, love of animals, patience, and a little bit of luck! It can be especially hard because, unlike other jobs, you may have had, you’re on your own.
If you’ve been looking to be your boss, this can be your ticket to sovereignty. But I’m sure you’ve heard by now how much harder it is to run your own business than help someone else’s function.
The main things that are different about running your own business than working for someone else include:
- You are responsible for all licensing, research, HR, and any other position in your practice
- Accounting reported to IRS for all of your income/expenses
- If someone complains, you can’t pass them off to the manager. You’re the manager.
- All issues come back to you
- You can’t leave the office / leave your work at work. Everywhere you go is ‘the office’ and you’re never ‘off the clock.’
You may want to seek out a mentor to get you started, but If you can do it all properly, it will be such a rewarding position. You’ll be helping families be connected to their dream pet, helping loving homes for years to come.
Things Required as A Breeder
Some tips to get you started in your breeding will include the following but are not limited to:
- Familiarize yourself with every single thing about the breeds your working with
- Perhaps find a mentor or experienced breeder to teach you the ropes, ethically
- You’ll need to register your breeding kennel with the American Kennel Club, and your state
- Ensuring standards are met
- Always check healthy bloodlines and health for each dog before breeding them
- Consulting with experts and veterinarians
- Invest in healthy dogs from the start which may cost more, but will be important to avoid charges of unethical practice
- Make the kennel a cozy home for these dogs to feel safe during this time
- Always use the right breeding practices and educate yourself always
- Always check the homes your selling to are safe homes that won’t throw the pups out when they grow to full size (sadly common) and that they don’t want to use them for unethical practices
- Sign a contract with each buyer
- Price them high enough to cover expenses, but low enough to compete with similar breeders in your area. Pay attention to the demand and don’t price-gauge
- Market online and understand basics to social media
As you maybe have realized by now, there is more to the job than meets the eye. You want to be reputable, or you don’t want to do it at all.
My advice would be to start in bite-sized pieces and don’t allow it to overwhelm you. Training under someone who knows what they are doing and working with a few litters first may ease you into the process and make it overall more comfortable to you.
Resources for Dog Breeders
Lastly, I wanted to offer you some resources from the top Breeder foundations, and advice to get you started. Some of my favorite research links from National organization include;
- American Kennel Club– Breeder resources and education from the site that will require registration from your kennel
- American Kennel Club Registration Information– What they’ll expect from you to register
- USDA Animal Resource Guide– a PDF form that goes step by step
- Animal Legal and Historical Center– Commercial breeding laws per state
- Breeding Business.com– Great tips to get started
Do You Have What It Takes?
I hope this guide has helped teach you more about Goldens in general, the adorable mixes you can breed, and what it takes.
You’ll know by now if it’s a job you want to continue to pursue or if there are more simple ways to show your love for animals and work with dogs.
If I haven’t scared you off from the complexities and you still want to dedicate your life to these sweet fur-babies, then I think you’ve passed the first test and are well on your way!