Golden Retrievers vs. Labrador Retrievers

By Miranda Moore | Monday Monday Staff -    2016-10-11

We’re up to the last article in what I call my “versus” series. Basically, after doing some research, I found out what breeds the public wants to look into and be compared to the golden retriever. So, if you have any breeds you would like to see here, just leave me the breed in the comments. Otherwise, the series won’t go on. Now, we’re looking at Labrador retrievers. But before that, we have to do our standard golden retriever recap. In case you forgot what you were comparing.

Golden Retrievers

Golden Retriever
Golden Retriever

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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 as 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 breed of dog. 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 novice dog owners.

This beautiful breed is also known for being highly sensitive. The sensitivity also plays a part in the fact that golden retrievers do not like 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 a high energy level. Golden retrievers also have a high risk of cancer and don’t have the best overall health.

Labrador Retrievers

Labrador Retriever
Labrador Retriever

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The Labrador retriever was bred to be both a friendly companion and a useful working dog. Historically, he earned his keep as a fisherman’s helper: hauling nets, fetching ropes, and retrieving fish from the chilly North Atlantic. Today’s Labrador retriever is as good-natured and hard working as his ancestors. These days the Lab works as a retriever for hunters, assistance dog to the handicapped, show competitor, and search and rescue dog, among other canine jobs.

One thing that the Labrador retriever has in common with the golden retriever is that neither adapts to apartment living very well. If you live in an apartment, think before you consider getting one of these breeds. The Labrador is an okay starter dog, but the golden has it licked in this one. The Labrador is also just as sensitive as a golden, but the lab deals with being left alone a bit better.

As for friendliness, the Lab loves everybody. This includes family, kids, other pets, and strangers. A Lab sheds just as much as a golden, but they are actually much easier to groom. Their general health ranking is also much better than a golden. Labs are very intelligent and easy to train.

However, the breed is also very sassy and has a potential to mouth off to owners. They also have a high energy level. Do you have a Labrador retriever or a golden retriever? Tell us about them in the comments below.

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