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Golden Retriever Vs. Labrador Retriever Comparison

Labradors and the Golden retrievers,– two popular dog breeds ,are different in many ways. The Golden Retriever and the Labrador Retriever are the two very different kinds of breeds. They are different as far as their physical characteristics goes, their attributes and their behavior. Despite, all these differences, one thing that is common among them is their loyalty and love towards their owners and both dogs are worth cuddling. They are quite gentle in their temperament and unless goaded, they are not aggressive. Both the dogs are popular for their incredible athletic dexterity, mild temperament and unmatched loyalty. These features do make them similar, but hereafter there are no similarities. The following factors and the parameters make them dissimilar.


Basis Golden Retriever Labrador dog
Common names Also known as a Golden flat coat, or Yellow retriever or simply Goldens Also known as Labs, or Labrador
Origin UK and England (Scotland) US and Canada
Introduction or Description Primarily a large breed, the Golden Retriever is used as a gundog and also used for small games. It is distinguished from its glossy (golden) light brown coat, which is also double layered and offers them sufficient warmth during the cold weather. Golden Retrievers are amusing and gifted and they respond very well to the basic as well as advanced training that makes them apt for a lot of roles such as hearing dogs, seeing-eye dogs, hunting, search and rescue, and an affectionate, amiable extroverted family canine companion. The Labrador Retriever is the kind of retriever which belongs to the hunting type breed. Extremely intelligent and loyal, Labs are one the most famous pet breeds in several countries, such as the United States. They were initially bred for the purpose of retrieving small downed waterfowl. Although they serve that purpose but they have also adapted to other different jobs such as, acting like hearing dogs, leading the blinds, military and police work. Their obedience, kind nature, and love to play and stay with children lets them win the sobriquet of a perfect pet breed.
Average dog price $1500 $750
Breed origin British Isles It is a dog breed which was originally bred in Canada.
Physical characteristics A golden’s body type is sleek as well as graceful. The lovely Labradors are usually more muscular and stocky.
Tail The golden retriever’s have an eye catching featherlike tail. The Labrador retriever’s have short- haired, practical, flat-shaped tail.
Facial type Soft facial features Solid and strong jaw line
Grooming Bushier, longer coats with fair feathering. So, they require more grooming. Straight short hair that is easier to maintain. They usually shed their hair twice regularly or annually all through the year in temperate climates. They possess coarse hair.
Size or Height For Golden retrievers-3 months height is 13 inches

6 months height is 16 inches

12 months height is 23 inches

For precious Labs-3 months height is 14 inches

6 months height is 17 inches

12 months height is 24 inches

Life span 10-12 years 12- 13 years
Weight Males: 30–34 kgFemales: 25–35 kg

Minimum weight- 65 pounds

Maximum weight-75 pounds

Males: 30–35 kgFemales: 25–30 kg

Minimum weight- 65 pounds

Maximum weight- 80 pounds

Maintenance Moderate Maintenance A Labrador is easier to maintain. So, low maintenance
Shedding Moderate Moderate and seasonalNone of the dogs shed more than a Labrador.
Temperament They are friendly, reliable, confident, kind, intelligent, playful, alert and trustworthy.Being calmer, Golden Retrievers are more inclined towards humans all the time, and yearn for a lot of attention. The Golden always desires to delight its owner. This essential trait makes the furry golden quiet easy to train. They are intelligent, kind, agile, gentle, affectionate, energetic, loyal, playful, cheerful, even tempered, and outgoing.Labradors are extremely independent in nature, which makes it harder to train them. They are also more curious about each and everything, translating them into better explorers.


Watch dog ability Golden retriever does not have better watch dog ability than the Labs. As far as watching the intruders are concerned, Labs are better. They will bark and make their owners alert of a stranger’s presence.
Adaptability Golden retriever does not have better power of adaptability and responsiveness than the Labs. The Lab possesses better adaptability skills. It will respond as well as adapt itself better to the surroundings and environment.
Coat differences Golden retrievers are famous long-hair dogs having solid golden yellow fur. In short, the coat is thick, dense and water repellent. The coat of Labrador retriever’s is dense, shiny and short. The coat of the exquisite Labrador retriever might have a black, yellow or chocolate colouring. In short, the coat is dense, rough, harsh, short and water repellent.
Life expectancy Minimum life expectancy- 10 yearsMaximum life expectancy- 13 years Minimum life expectancy- 10 yearsMaximum life expectancy- 12 years
Major health concerns Golden’s have following major concerns-

  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Cataracts
  • Canine hip dysplasia
Labs have following major concerns-

  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Canine hip dysplasia
  • Gastric Torsion
  • Skeletal Dwarfism
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Muscular Dystrophy
Minor health concerns Minor health concerns include-

  • Cataracts
  • Distichiasis
  • Trichiasis
  • Pyotraumatic Dermatitis
  • Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis
  • Entropion
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Osteochrondritis Dissecans
Minor health concerns of a Lab include-

  • Cataracts
  • Pyotraumatic Dermatitis
  • Osteochrondritis Dissecans


Litter size Usually, five to ten puppies Usually five to thirteen puppies
Personality They are prettier because they have long coats but are more sensitive. They are cleaner because they have short coats. They also demand less brushing.
Training Goldens can not undertake harsh training sessions, although there are some goldens having tough skin as well. They are a much superior breed for harsh field training sessions as they are not very sensitive and can assume harsh training sessions.
Barking They do not bark at all. Even if you have forty of them. You can actually count the number of times your golden retriever will bark. They bark more, especially if a door bell rings and they are very loud when they bark. 


The blog editor of Pets World is a pet aficionado and fervently follows her pet-obsession. A pet parent to animals big and small for the past two decades. The sum of all experiences gathered is an amalgamation of useful knowledge and research.

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