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Hovie Gold Retriever

Hovawart / Golden Retriever Mix Breed Dogs

Information and Pictures

Front side view - A black Golden Retriever/Hovawart mix is laying outside in grass next to a stone walkway. Its mouth is open and its long tongue is hanging to the right side.

"My mix breed dog is from a Golden Retriever father and Hovawart mother. I call him a ’Black Forest Retriever.’"

"His name is MoJo and he is 8 months old in this picture. His coloring is pure black with tinges of beet red around the ears and mane. This gives him a devilish look.

"He has the playfulness of the Golden along with the guard dog instincts of the Hovawart. He is a very good mountain dog; hiking and swimming are his favourite pastimes. In winter he goes cross-country skiing. He is very playful outdoors and very calm and quiet in the house."

"I have trained him to walk on a loose leash. This dog loves to learn things, and is very willing to please his owner. He is friendly to children and other dogs. He is tops in agility but does not yet dive from a dock into the water. He is still a puppy."

"He never wanders far from his keepers and he can stay outside the house, just lying on the front lawn. He is very wise for his age. He can find us by using only his nose."

"He is the best of both breeds and I would never get a purebred again after knowing him."


The Hovie Gold Retriever is not a purebred dog. It is a cross between the Golden Retriever and the Hovawart. The best way to determine the temperament of a mixed breed is to look up all breeds in the cross and know youcan get any combination of any of the characteristics found in either breed. Not all of these designer hybrid dogs being bred are 50% purebred to 50% purebred. It is very common for breeders to breed multi-generation crosses.

  • DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.
Close up head and upper body shot - A black Golden Retriever/Hovawart mix breed puppy is laying under a coffee table.

MoJo the Golden Retriever / Hovawart mix breed dog as a young puppy