Golden retrievers might be the poster dog for, well, dogs! They are smart, friendly and hopelessly devoted to their humans. Their intelligence and attentiveness make them excellent therapy and guide dogs. Breeders love them because when you combine golden retriever genetics with other breeds, the result is often a more obedient and outgoing pup. Golden retriever mixes—as with any crossbreeds—are more uniquely colored and have more varied personalities than purebreds. However, since mixed breed personalities are more difficult to predict, you never really know what a dog is like until you’ve lived with him for a bit.
In addition, some purebred dogs pass down specific health issues to their progeny. For example, purebred goldens are prone to hip dysplasia and cancer. Mixing breeds lessens the chance either breed’s common health issues will cause severe problems down the road.
Some of the pups on our list are recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club; others are common combinations developed by breeders for specific purposes. If you are interested in a specific breed or mixed breed, be sure to do your research on the breeder! VCA Ark Animal Hospitals provides a checklist you should follow to determine if a breeder is treating their dogs well.
And now, the moment we’ve all been waiting for, 30 golden retriever mixes that are too cute to handle.