Golden Irish

The Golden Irish is a designer breed produced by crossing a Golden Retriever and Irish Setter. The breed is sometimes also called the Irish Golden, Golden Irish Setter, Irish Retriever. When working with a mixed breed, it’s important to know the characteristics of both parent breeds, since the puppies can inherit any traits from either parent breed. Some puppies may have more Irish Setter characteristics, while other are much more like the Golden Retriever.

Many puppies are a fun mix of both breeds; but before you decide that a Golden Irish is right for you, make sure you are prepared to handle any traits from either parent breed, as there is no guaranteeing what combination of genetics you will get in your puppy!


Both parent breeds are very friendly and intelligent, and they generally do well with families, children, and other dogs. Irish Setters can’t always be trusted with birds and other small animals, since they have a strong hunting drive. The biggest variable in temperament is that Irish Setters tend to be more independent and excitable, while Golden Retrievers are more dependent, loyal, and eager to please.


This is a large breed dog. Our Irish Setters are smaller than average, weighing about 45 pounds. Our Golden Retriever weighs about 65. Most puppies will grow somewhere in between that range.


Golden Retrievers have long, thick fur. Irish Setters have long fur, as well, but it is thinner and silkier. Golden Irish puppies will have fur with varying thickness and long feathering on their legs, tail, chest, and belly. The color can range from a medium golden to a deep red.


You can expect this breed to have a high energy level. Both parent breeds are energetic and require a lot of exercise. Irish Setters have a high intensity, and they like to have a job to do. They do best in a very active home. Golden Retrievers are active, as well, but they don’t have the intensity and drive that Irish Setters do. Golden Retrievers are very eager to please and excel in obedience training. Both breeds are very intelligent and highly trainable.

Health Problems

The most common health concerns for this breed are bone and joint problems (such as hip dysplasia), cancer, and cataracts.


This is a fun, family-friendly breed. Be ready to provide a lot of exercise and obedience training. This breed thrives in an active home with clear and consistent training.