Updated: October 14th, 2020
A very sought-after Australian Shepherd Golden Retriever mix isn’t a purebred dog, but a cute looking and energetic hybrid. Developed by crossing a purebred Golden Retriever with a purebred Australian Shepherd, this mix inherited the best of both worlds.
Loving and smart, this crossbreed is an excellent choice for families with children, active people, or first-time owners. Thanks to its affectionate and friendly nature, this mix gets along with everyone but is highly protective of its people and makes a great watchdog.
Stay with me till the end of this article to see if this energetic and adorable mix is the right dog for you!
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What Is An Australian Retriever?
The Australian Retriever, also known as Golden Retriever Australian Shepherd mix, is a highly popular designer dog. Although created by crossing a purebred Golden Retriever and a purebred Australian Shepherd, this mix isn’t recognized by any major canine organization.
To know what to expect from a Golden Aussie you will have to know a bit more about its parenting breeds.
Golden Retrievers originated in Scotland where they were used in hunting parties as gundogs to retrieve the shot waterfowl. Exceptionally friendly, smart, and energetic, the Golden is one of the most popular dog breeds and is a loyal companion or a great service dog.
Despite its name, the Australian Shepherd originated in the western US and was bred to herd livestock for ranchers and farmers. True working dogs at heart, Aussies are still used as herding dogs but also excel at being pets and are one of the most popular dog breeds.
When you mix the two, you get a Golden Aussie – a highly energetic, smart, and playful dog that is the happiest when it has a job to do.
Australian Shepherd And Golden Retriever Mix Appearance
It’s very hard to predict the exact appearance of any mixed-breed dog, and your Golden Aussie mix can take after either one of his parents or be a perfect mix of both. Expect your mix to have an athletic build, straight back, and a broad head. In terms of features, expect to see floppy ears, longer snout, and round eyes that can be brown, blue, or hazel.
Size, Weight & Height
In terms of size, a fully-grown Aussie Golden mix should be a large dog. They usually measure 19 to 24 inches in height and have a weight from 40 to 65 pounds. Keep in mind that female Australian Retrievers can be smaller than their male counterparts.
Coat & Color
When it comes to the coat, one thing is for sure, your Aussie Golden will have a straight or wavy, medium-long, double coat, and a ruff around the neck. The coat is usually coarse to the touch but this makes this mix adaptable to both warmer and colder weather. The coat can come in a variety of different colors and it’s common for every dog to have a unique mix of colors and markings.
The most commonly seen colors and patterns are:
Golden Aussie Mix Temperament
There is no exact way of knowing the personality and temperament of any mixed-breed dog, and the same is true for Australian Shepherds. The only way you can know what’s in store for you and how your mix is going to be is to meet both of his parents and get a sense of their personality and temperament.
As soon as you bring a Golden Retriever and Australian Shepherd mix home, you will notice that this is an exceptionally intelligent dog. Needless to say, but this mix is very easy to train, and will pass potty training and obedience training with flying colors.
Keep in mind, as such an intelligent canine, your mix will probably outsmart you more than once. So, don’t be angry or upset when all pieces fall into place and your dog’s genius master plan is finally revealed!
The Golden Aussie is a highly energetic dog that needs a lot of exercise, playtime, and training sessions to stay on top of his game. If you are active, this mix will fit right in and be a great jogging, hiking, or swimming companion. However, if you are more of a couch potato, your Golden Aussie will look like a drill sergeant with a goal to get you in shape!
Your mix will need at least an hour of exercise every day and several play sessions to stay physically and mentally stimulated. If not provided with an appropriate outlet, your Golden Aussie will use destructive chewing, barking, and digging to prevent boredom.
Both Goldens and Aussies are friendly and affectionate dogs, so it’s no surprise that their offspring is a super loving dog. The Australian Shepherd and Golden Retriever mix bonds strongly with its family and seeks out human companionship at all hours of the day and night.
This mix loves to be close to its people and is always in the mood for cuddles or petting sessions.
Your Golden Aussie will have a strong desire to be close by and involved in everything you are doing and might feel unwanted if ignored or left alone. Thus, consider how much time you have to spend cuddling and interacting with your dog before you bring the Golden Aussie home.
Since both Australian Shepherds and Golden Retrievers are working dogs, their offspring will inherit a strong work ethic and be the happiest when it has a job to do. Depending on how much your mix takes after its Aussie parent, he might try to herd and nip your family members, children, and smaller pets. This sort of behavior will work in your favor if you live on a farm; otherwise, you should discourage it with training.
You can use these working skills while training and exercising your mix and have him fetch and retrieve balls and freebies. This way your pooch will get a sense that he is doing some important work and get a workout at the same time.
Golden Retriever Australian Shepherd Mix Health Problems
Australian Retrievers are generally considered to be healthy dogs. However, this mix is prone to certain health problems that are seen in Australian Shepherds and Golden Retrievers.
The most common health problems seen in this mix are:
- Hip dysplasia
The best way to avoid these issues from arising is to get your Australian Shepherd Golden Retriever mix from a reputable breeder. You should also meet both parents and ask the breeder to show you their hip, elbow, and eye scores, and any other tests that he has done.
Compared to other dogs of their size, Golden Aussies have a fairly long life span and on average live from 12 to 15 years. So, be prepared for a long-term commitment and some vet bills down the road before you decide to bring this mix into your home.
Feeding A Aussie Golden Mix
The ideal diet for the Australian Retriever is the one that consists of a lot of protein, fat, healthy carbs, and all essential vitamins and minerals. Your mix should eat food formulated for large dogs with high energy. Since they are prone to bloat, you should feed two equally spaced smaller meals and avoid free-feeding your dog.
As a puppy, your mix will need calorie-dense puppy food suitable for large breed dogs and have to eat four meals a day. For start, you should continue using the same food the breeder was feeding and wait a month to slowly transition your pup to a different formula.
As always, whenever in doubt, talk with your vet or a canine nutritionist who will help you create a diet plan based on your dog’s individual nutritional needs.
Golden Retriever And Australian Shepherd Mix Grooming & Care
Golden Aussies have a medium-long, water-repellant double coat and are considered to be moderate to heavy shedders. To stay on top of all that loose hair, you should brush your mix two to three times a week. The coat will shed to some extent all year round, and your mix will go through a heavy shed during spring, at which time you might need to brush your dog every day.
Regular bathing can help you remove loose hair during the shedding season, but don’t overdo it. Bathing once every few months will suffice unless your mix likes to roll in the mud and has to be bathed more often.
The rest is basic care and involves regular teeth brushing, nail trimming, and ear cleaning. You should check your dog’s ears once a week and clean them when necessary to prevent waxy build-up and painful ear infections.
The Australian Shepherd Golden Retriever mix is a recent addition to the doggy world but is already one of the most sought-after and popular designer dogs. This isn’t much of a surprise when you consider that this smart and great looking pooch has an Australian Shepherd and a Golden Retriever as its parents. The breed’s selling points are:
- Very smart and easy to train
- Affectionate and loyal
- Cute looking
Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide if this mix is the right dog for you, but one thing is for sure, with a Golden Aussie, you won’t have to spend on a gym membership any time soon!