Can a Golden Retriever mix be better than a purebred Golden Retriever?
Have you ever wondered if adopting a Golden Retriever mix can be better than a purebred? There can definitely be some advantages to owning a Golden Retriever mix but, as always, there are some pros and cons to owning a hybrid dog.
By adopting a Golden Retriever mix, you can find a way to fix some of the breed’s typical problems. For example, Goldens shed a lot, making the breed not very suitable for allergy sufferers. But Golden mixed with Poodle gives us Goldendoodle. This hybrid sheds little to nothing and is ideal for allergy sufferers while still retaining the best characteristics of both Poodle and Golden. But at the same time, it makes grooming more complicated and demanding.
Goldendoodle is one of many examples of Golden Retriever mixes. Goldens can be mixed with Labradors, Boxers, German Shepherds, Beagles, Irish Setters, etc. And all of them have their specific traits. But things are not that simple when crossing different races. There are a few quirks and downsides to be aware of if you decide to adopt or breed a Golden Retriever mix.
First of all, hybrid dogs are typically not recognized by AKC or other major purebred registries. Some hybrids may eventually be recognized by registries should they become very popular, but it can usually take years and even decades before that happens.
Second, it is difficult to achieve a consistent result in the first generation. For example, breeding Purebred Golden with Purebred Poodle, you do not need to receive non-shedding Goldendoodles. Puppies within a litter can suffer from molting to not molting because they inherit traits from both parents not equally. To preserve a certain trait, dogs will have to go through a careful selection process and the trait will only remain after several generations. Keep this in mind if you are also adopting a hybrid.
Third, you must be very careful when choosing the other dog for your Golden. The breeding of Goldens with other canines with a similar character (Labrador, for example) can enhance the original characteristics of the Golden Retriever such as intelligence, obedience, love of people, children and pets, etc. But breeding Goldens with, for example, aggressive breeds can result in puppies with unstable character that is not much fun to have.
Health is another issue to consider. It goes without saying that both parents should be screened for all common inherited diseases in their breeds. Crossing can be detrimental between breeds that are prone to the same health problems (for example, hip dysplasia is common for Golden, Labrador, and Poodles) as the risk of such diseases can be increased. It is another reason for an even more careful health check than usual. But to cover the whole picture, it is necessary to mention that there are cases where crossbreeding can positively contribute to the health of hybrids.
Finally, as with any other dog, if you have decided to adopt a Golden Retriever mix of some kind, you should seek out a breeder rather than going to a pet store. And if you’ve decided to breed your own Golden Retriever mix, you should study both breeds carefully and be ready to invest tons of time and money in this hobby.