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Golden Retriever Vs German Shepherd Appearance: The Golden Retriever is a medium-sized dog with long golden fur and small triangular ears that flop down. They stand up to 24 inches tall and can weigh up to 75 pounds. They have kind dark eyes and often wear a friendly expression. Their coats are always long and are water repellent. The Golden comes in varying shades of gold, from cream to deep gold with some red pigment. The German Shepherd is also considered a medium-sized dog. Weighing up to 88 pounds and standing up to 26 inches tall. The breed has a long narrow muzzle and ears that stand up on the top of their head. Traditionally, black and tan are the favored coloring from this breed, but they also come in solids, piebalds, and sable colors. Their coats come in a "stock" length like a medium length and long coats. Golden Retriever Vs German Shepherd Exercise Requirements And Grooming Requirements: Both of these breeds require their fair share of grooming. Even though some GSDs have shorter coats that the Golden does, they both have dense undercoats, which cause most of their shedding. They also blow these undercoats twice a year when the season change, which will drastically increase the amount of loose hair. The Golden and the GSD should be brushed a few times a week and possibly even once a day when they are blowing their coats. The Golden and the GSD are both active dogs from working backgrounds. This means they will require regular exercise to keep them from getting themselves into trouble to expend that energy on their own. Though they can be okay with a play session in the back yard and a good, long walk each day. It should also be mentioned that GSDs bred for work will have much higher energy, in which case these lines will require much more of a physical outlet. Golden Retriever Vs German Shepherd Life Expectancy And Health: For health matters, the GSD is only a little more healthy. The life span of the GSD and the Golden is the same at 10 to 12 years.  Health issues are where the scales start to tip in the GSDs favor. The Golden has problems with Hip Displyisa, Elbow dysplasia, heart problems, eye problems, and Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis 10, a genetic condition that affects the dogs' nervous system and can lead blindness, lack of coordination and seizure. The breed also has very high cancer rates. The GSD also has its fair share of issues, including hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, Bloat, Degenerative Myelopathy, Hyperuricosuria, Multidrug Sensitivity, and Von Willebrand's Disease Type I- which is a blood clotting disorder. And blue colored GSDs can also suffer from Colour dilution alopecia, which can cause hair loss.  Golden Retriever Vs German Shepherd Temperament and Social Needs: As we go forward with the rest of the video, it will be with the assumption that the dog has been given proper socialization and training from a young age. It will also be assumed that the dog is of correct temperament and disposition for its breed.  The Golden is a lover, not a fighter. This breed loves people, and they are incredibly friendly and often make friends with all. They are devoted to their people love to be around them and a part of the family. This breed is one that may be more likely to try and make buddies with a stranger person rather than be on their guard around them.  The GSD is both a lover and a fighter. They are incredibly loyal to their families, but they are reserved with strangers. They are incredibly loyal and bond closely with their families. However, they tend to pick one person who is their favorite. Unlike the Golden, the GSD will boldly face a threat to their family and defend them with their lives. Golden Retriever Vs German Shepherd Intelligence And Trainability: Both of these breeds are highly intelligent, and they are people-pleasers. They want and need to make their people happy. This makes both breeds very easy to train and highly versatile. The GSD and Golden alike find themselves in various jobs as they pick up new behaviors quiet quickly. Golden Retriever Vs German Shepherd Child, Small Animal, and Other Dog Friendliness: These breeds can both succeed in homes with small children. However, the Golden is maybe a little bit better suited as they have a calmer disposition. While a GSD can get overprotective of "their children," especially when they are not properly socialized with other children. The Golden also does a little better with small animals. Even though they come from a background as gundogs, they are friendly, affectionate, and patient. While the GSD can be excellent with small animals, they need a large amount of socialization with them as they can have the instinct to chase and try to seize small animals.  Both the Golden and the GSD do well with other dogs. The Golden is a friend to all, especially if they are well socialized from a young age. While the GSD usually does very well with other dogs they live with, they can become aggressive towards dogs that are strangers to them- especially is that strange dog comes into their territory. 

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