The Golden Shepherd breed is a medium- to large-sized dog. Male Golden Shepherds weigh between 34–36 kilos and grow around 58–63 centimetres tall. Female Golden Shepherds' weight can range from 24–27 kilos and measure approximately 43–50 centimetres in height.
As a medium-to-large dog breed, the Golden Shepherd is slow to mature. It takes around 2–2 ½ years for Golden Shepherd puppies to become fully grown.
The Golden Retriever German Shepherd mix’s appearance is a combination of his 2 parent breeds. In general, he has a long and muscular body with a deep chest. Having a sloped back, which his German Shepherd parent possesses, is regarded as undesirable in this mixed breed.
The Golden Shepherd’s head is large and broad. He has large, deep brown eyes and a long muzzle. His ears are large and can either stand upright or droop alongside his jawline. He has a long, thick tail and large paws.
Golden Shepherds are double-coated mixed-breed dogs. They have a rough outercoat and a downy undercoat. They can either possess a long or medium-length coat. It is dense and may create feathering on their legs, underbelly, and tail.
Some Golden Shepherds may inherit the facial markings of their German Shepherd parents. The Golden Shepherd dog breed's main coat colors are black, blue, cream, tan, and red. His coat can be either solid or a mix of colors.
The Golden Shepherd is a non-hypoallergenic and moderate-shedding dog. Although he has a thick coat, his grooming needs are relatively low. He needs brushing twice or thrice a week.
However, as the Golden Shepherd blows out his coat twice a year, daily brushing is necessary during those periods. It will help manage his shedding. Be sure to ready the vacuum too.
Bathing the Golden Shepherd should be done every 3–6 months. Avoid frequent washing as it can strip away the natural oils of the coat. Shaving double-coated dog breeds like the Golden Shepherd is highly discouraged. It can ruin his coat and weaken its effectiveness in protecting him during harsh weather.
Other grooming needs of this mixed-breed dog are weekly ear cleaning and nail trimming. Do not forget to brush the Golden Shepherd’s teeth daily too. If this is not possible, doing it 2–3 times a week will suffice.