Golden Retrievers vs. Goldendoodles

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We’re up to the seventh article in what I call my “versus” series. Basically, after doing some research, I find out what breeds the public wants to learn more about and compare to the Golden Retriever. So, if you have any breeds you would like to see here, just leave me a comment below.

Now we’re looking at an original breed vs. one of its mixes. But before that, we have to do our standard golden retriever recap. In case you forgot what we were comparing.

Golden Retrievers

Happy Golden Retriever
Happy Golden Retriever Credit: https://www.totallygoldens.com/

The breed is known to be friendly and their tolerant attitude makes the golden retriever a wonderful family pet. Golden Retrievers excel at retrieving game for hunters (hence the name), tracking, sniffing out drugs, and therapy and assistance dogs. They’re also natural athletes, and do well in dog sports such as agility and competitive obedience. So, if you want a hunting or show dog, you should definitely look into the golden retriever.

As mentioned before, golden retrievers make amazing family pets. But please remember that this is a large dog breed. Golden retrievers need lots of room to run around and get exercise. This breed does not adapt well to apartment living. If you are a new pet owner, this breed is pretty okay when it comes to temperament. However, their size may be a challenge to some newer dog owners. This beautiful breed is also known for being highly sensitive. The sensitivity also plays a part into these dogs not liking to be left alone. So, if you travel often and do not plan to take your pup with you, this may not be the breed for you.

Golden retrievers are beautiful dogs. A lot of them have long, beautiful coats. Which means they shed. A lot. The long hair also makes them much harder to groom and they have the potential for a lot of weight gain. That’s why it is important for them to get a lot of exercise. Of course, they also have high energy level. Golden retrievers have a high risk of cancer and don’t have the best overall health.  Take good care of them!

Goldendoodles

Running goldendoodle
Running goldendoodle Credit: http://www.dogtime.com/

The Goldendoodle is a “designer dog.” A designer dog is a hybrid dog breed. This breed is the result of breeding a Poodle with a Golden Retriever. Similar to the golden retriever, Goldendoodles do not adapt well to apartments. Both breeds are good starter breeds. The Goldendoodle is slightly less sensitive than the golden retriever and deals with being left alone a lot better.

When it comes to friendliness, the Golden Retriever and Goldendoodle are pretty much the same. They love their family, kids, other pets, and strangers. The Goldendoodle also sheds a little less than the Retriever and is much easier to groom. The Goldendoodle’s overall health ranking is better than the Retriever’s.

As for intelligence and easiness of training, they are more or less equal.

Do you have a goldendoodle or a golden retriever? Tell us about them in the comments below.