The Golden Shepherd is a hybrid between the German Shepherd and the Golden Retriever. Country of Origin: The Golden Shepherd originated in the United States of America. Original Purpose: The Golden Shepherd is a great family companion. Breed Characteristics: The Golden Shepherd tends to be a very intelligent dog that takes to training very easily. Golden Shepherds generally make great family dogs. Golden Shepherds tend to get along well with other animals with proper socialization. Golden Shepherds are active and require daily exercise. Life Expectancy: Average life expectancy for a Golden Shepherd is 10 - 13 years.