Labrador or Golden Retriever: How to tell them apart?

Labrador or Golden Retriever: How to tell them apart?

Medium size, drooping ears, rather long muzzle… So many physical similarities that don’t help distinguish a Labrador from a Golden Retriever. However, these two dog breeds are completely different. How to recognize them?

in Labrador and Golden retriever are one of the favorite dog breeds of the French in 2021. Praised for their adaptability and affectionate nature, the Labrador and Golden Retriever belong to the same group: retriever dogs, retriever dogs, and farm dogs.

Origin: where are they from?

They thrive especially in the aquatic environment and excel at hunting waterfowl. Stock .adobe

Both the Labrador and the Golden Retriever belong to Group 8, which includes 6 dog breeds:

  • Golden retriever
  • labrador (or labrador retriever)
  • Chesapeake Bay Retriever (or Chesapeake Bay Retriever)
  • novo scotia duck retriever
  • flat-coated retriever (or flat-coated retriever)
  • curly-coated (or curly-coated retriever)

The Labrador and the Golden Retriever are known to be obedient and affectionate dogs. Agile and hardy, they can be used as a sheepdog, assistance dog, or even as a search and rescue dog.

The Labrador and Golden Retriever, endowed with a great sense of smell and a strong hunting instinct, are very popular among hunters. They thrive especially in the aquatic environment and excel at hunting waterfowl.

Unlike the Canadian bred Labrador, the Golden Retriever is a dog with origin is still debated. Its first appearance dates from a dog show in 1909.

Characters: Very loving

Lovely, intelligent, easy to train, attentive to their owners, loyal and serious, Labradors and Golden Retrievers are not without qualities.

Their temperament makes them pleasant family companions. If both can live in the city, it is necessary to take them out regularly so that he does not gain excess weight.

Although the Labrador is considered more stubborn than the Golden Retriever, each animal remains unique in its character, experience and upbringing.

The Labrador Retriever will need a solid education. The Golden Retriever is said to be more sensitive. Feel free to ask your veterinarian for advice, in fact there are many methods to calmly raise your pet according to its breed.

Physics: how to distinguish them?

Labrador can be black, yellow or chocolate (brown). Stock .adobe

The Golden Retriever and Labrador are medium-sized dogs. The Golden Retriever tends to be taller and slimmer, while the Labrador is shorter and stockier. However, the physiology of these heavily built dogs remains the same: drooping and medium-sized ears, a broad head with a noticeable transition, a black nose and an impressive tail.

Table of differences between the two breeds
Labrador Golden retriever
Cut from 53 to 59 cm from 51 to 61 cm
Weight from 28 to 35 kg from 24 to 34 kg
Lifespan 10 to 12 years old 12 to 14 years old
Price from 1000 to 1500 euros from 500 to 1000 euros

However, one can notice hair color difference. The Labrador can be black, sable, or chocolate (brown), while the Golden Retriever has a light coat that can be sable, white, cream, or orange-fawn. Therefore, it is impossible to find a black golden retriever.

Finally, another physical difference between the two breeds: the Labrador has a short coat, while the Golden has a long, slightly wavy coat.

Adopting an animal is a commitment, a decision that you will have to consider carefully. Before you begin, feel free to contact your veterinarian or your nearest shelter. They will be able to give you advice on the breed of dog that will suit you best.


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