This kind of thing just kills me....people cross two breeds and pick the traits they plan to get, which of course are always the best traits of both breeds. I really don't understand why people assume they'll get trait ABC from the golden retriever and traits XYZ from the GSD. What if they get DEF from the golden and LMN from the GSD and end up with a dog with the worst traits from both breeds?They are definitely not purebred, just crosses. Here in New Zealand, the guide dog organisation I volunteer for has recently bred their first Golden Retriever/German Shepherd cross. It only resulted in one puppy but he is a cutie! The goal is to produce a guide dog that has the willingness and intelligence of the German Shepherd combined with the less energetic and non-foodiness and aloofness of the Golden Retriever. Time will tell!