I don't have a Golden Retriever, but I do have a Lab and a Lab mix. My GSD and Lab are both females and get along well, but I too have heard that is rare. Mine may get along because my Lab is very submissive to my GSD so they really don't ever butt heads. My lab/basset/beagle mix sheds more than my GSD, but my lab sheds less, probably because she is on a special food for her skin/coat because of some issues in the past. I think the important thing is introducing them properly and teaching them what is/isn't acceptable. Also, vacuuming every other day at the minimum.