Golden Irish Dog Breed

  • Other names:
  • Golden Irish Setter
  • Irish Retriever

The Golden Irish is a hybrid dog which is bred by crossing a Irish Setter with a Golden Retriever. As a hybrid dog the Golden Irish will inherit the physical and behavioral traits of both its parent dog breeds, however, not all Golden Irish dogs will inherit the same characteristics (even if from the same litter).

It is recommended to familiarize yourself with both the Golden Retriever and the Irish Setter if you are planning on adopting a Golden Irish as the breed can have more characteristics of one parent breed than the other.

Golden Irish are known for being very loyal and affectionate dogs with exceptional agility. They are very friendly and should make a wonderful companion or family dog.

Golden Irish Breed Details

Breed Specs
Hybrid10-13 yrs.21-28 in.55-80 lbs
  • Friendliness
  • Overall
  • Family Friendly
  • Kid Friendly
  • Pet Friendly
  • Stranger Friendly
  • Maintenance
  • Easy to Groom
  • Energy Level
  • Exercise Needs
  • General Health
  • Shedding Amount
  • Behavior
  • Barks / Howls
  • Easy to Train
  • Guard Dog
  • Playfulness
  • Watch Dog
  • Ownership
  • Apartment Friendly
  • Can Be Alone
  • Good for Busy Owners
  • Good for Novice Owners
  • Intelligence
* The more green the stronger the trait.

Below are the details and specs for the Golden Irish dog breed.

Golden Irish Breed Description

The Golden Irish is considered a medium sized dog breed. The breed weighs normally 55-70 pounds and stands 22 - 26 inches from ground to shoulder. However, the weight and the height of hybrid dogs can vary depending on the size of the parent dogs.

Members of this breed are very affable, affectionate dogs. This makes them excellent dogs for families with children, but poor guard dogs. They love human interaction and will likely greet strangers with enthusiasm. As long as they are properly socialized, Golden Irish should not have issues with other pets.

You can expect the Golden Irish to be a low to medium maintenance dog breed. Their luxurious coat will need to be brushed regularly in order to maintain its sheen, but they are a low-shedding dog due to their lack of undercoat. These dogs are active and need daily exercise, but their energy requirements can usually be met with a 30 minute to one hour walk.

Golden Irish Breed History

The Golden Irish is a fairly new dog breed and because of this the breed does not have a very detailed history. It is likely that this type of dog was first intentionally bred in the 1980s when the popularity of hybrid dogs increased.

Golden Irish Appearance

As a crossbreed, the Golden Irish will inherit physical traits from both parent breeds. Not all will inherit the same traits, and therefore some may exhibit more Golden Retriever characteristics, while others may have more Irish Setter characteristics.

You can expect your Golden Irish to have a long and silky coat, floppy ears, and deep almond-shaped eyes. The head of the Golden Irish is round and wide between the ears.

Golden Irish Coloring

The coat of the Golden Irish typically comes in shades of red or yellow. Some variations include light brown, golden brown, and chocolate.

Golden Irish Size

This is a medium sized dog. Its weight is typically between 55-70 pounds, and it will reach a height of 22 to 26 inches tall.

Average Adult Height

21-28 in
*Height is measured in inches from the front paws to the top of the shoulder while the dog is standing on all four legs.

Average Adult Weight

55-80 lbs

Golden Irish Temperament

As with all hybrids, the temperament of the Golden Irish is dependent on the behavioral traits inherited from its parents. Some puppies will inherit traits from the Irish Setter, others the Golden Retriever, and some will have a mix of behaviors inherited from both parent breeds.

These dogs are intelligent and even tempered. Additionally, they are very loyal and affectionate, and love to be around humans. Golden Irish are generally good around other pets, but socialization is still required. Due to their exceptional friendliness and their lack of self-confident behavior, they do not make for good guard dogs. Golden Irish make up for this with their playful energy and loving attitude, making them great companions and family dogs.

Golden Irish and Children

Golden Irish are very friendly and do well with children. Like most dogs, they will do best with children if they are socialized with kids while they are still a puppy.

Golden Irish and Other Pets

Members of this breed generally get along with other pets without issues as long as socialization occurs. However, they will behave best if introduced to other animals at a young age. Since both the Golden Retriever and the Irish Setter have hunting instincts, they may see small animals such as birds, rabbits, etc. as prey and want to chase them.

Golden Irish and Strangers

Golden Irish, affable as they are, will typically treat strangers with enthusiasm. These dogs will view your guests and unfamiliar people as new friends so it is not recommended that you put him or her on guard duty!

Golden Irish Photos

Below are pictures of the Golden Irish dog breed.

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Golden Irish Maintenance

You can expect the these dogs to be a low to medium maintenance breed. They will need daily exercise and their coats require frequent care to stay in pristine shape, however, they are a low-shedding dog due to their lack of undercoat.

Grooming Requirements

Golden Irish dogs will need to be brushed daily with a solid hair brush to prevent mats and tangles and preserve their silky coat. A bi-monthly shampoo bath is also recommended, and the ears should be checked occasionally for signs of infection.

Exercise Requirements

This breed is an energetic breed and should be exercised daily to prevent their excess energy from being used to fuel unwanted habits such as chewing, digging, and barking. A 30 minute to one hour walk each day along with a play session or two will allow the Golden Irish to burn off extra energy.

Living Requirements

This breed adapts to a wide variety of environments. While they should be comfortable in an apartment as long as their daily exercise requirements are met, they will most likely feel best with at least a yard to play in due to their hunting ancestry.

Temperature Range

Golden Irish's can tolerate a wide range of temperatures making them suitable for most climates. However, if it is below freezing they should be provided with a warm shelter and if it is hot they will need ample water and shade to stay comfortable.

Golden Irish Health

The Golden Irish life expectancy is 10 to 15 years. As a hybrid dog breed, the they will have more genetic diversity than its purebred parents, which helps with the breed's health and hardiness. However, your pet can suffer from health issues common in both the Irish Setter and the Golden Retriever, most notably hip dysplasia.

  • Bloat
  • Epilepsy
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Osteochondrosis Dissecans
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
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Golden Irish Breed Recognition

The following dog breed registries and organizations recognize the Golden Irish as a dog breed:

  • American Canine Hybrid Club
  • Designer Breed Registry
  • Designer Dogs Kennel Club
  • Dog Registry of America Inc.
  • International Designer Canine Registry