Updated: October 14th, 2020
The Golden Retriever Lab mix is a highly sought after designer dog with an impeccable work ethic and desire to please. A cross between a purebred Golden Retriever and a purebred Labrador Retriever this mix is often used as a guide or service dog.
However, due to their affectionate, friendly, and loyal nature, Goldadors are becoming increasingly popular family pets. Being gentle and loving makes this mix ideal for families with children or any other dog lover!
Highly energetic and playful, this mix needs an active owner who can match its energy levels and love for play. Although suitable for apartment living, don’t get a Goldador if you can’t commit to long walks and an occasional jogging session.
In this article, I’ll tell you everything you need to know about this adorable mix and help you decide if Goldador is the right dog for you.
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What Is A Goldador?
The highly popular Goldador is a designer dog that was developed crossing a purebred Golden Retriever with a purebred Labrador Retriever. Created to be sensitive and having a strong work ethic, Goldadors excel at working as guide dogs, service dogs, therapy dogs, search and rescue dogs, and bomb detection dogs.
To understand this mix, let’s look at both its parenting breeds.
Originally used as a waterfowl hunting dog, the Labrador Retriever is nowadays a bellowed family pet and a great service dog.
Hailing from the Highlands of Scotland, the Golden Retriever was bred to be a gundog and retrieve small game. Today, Goldens are often used as service dogs and are one of the most popular dog breeds.
When you combine the two, you get a Golden Lab mix – an affectionate, patient, and people-loving dog with a strong work ethic.
Lab Golden Retriever Mix Appearance
The Goldador is one of the few designer breeds with a fairly predictable appearance, as both Labs and Goldens are similar in size and shape. You can expect your Lab Golden Retriever mix to have an athletic body and long legs. They usually have large square heads, floppy ears, and brown eyes.
Size, Height & Weight
When it comes to size, a fully-grown Goldador can be a medium or a large dog. They are usually 22 to 24 inches high at the shoulders and weigh from 60 to 80 pounds. Female Goldadors are generally slightly smaller than their male counterparts.
Coat & Color
Goldadors should have a double coat with a short, thick, straight topcoat and soft dense undercoat; however, the coat can also have a slight wave. They generally have a darker stripe that runs along their spine from the base of the neck to the tip of their tail. However, this trait might not be visible in Black Lab Golden Retriever mix dogs.
Most commonly seen colors are:
Labrador And Golden Retriever Mix Temperament
It’s hard to predict the exact temperament and personality of any mixed-breed dog since there is no way to tell if your Goldador will take more after his Lab parent or vice versa. However, meeting the puppy’s parents can help you gauge their temperaments and give you a better idea of how your Golden Retriever Labrador mix is going to be.
Due to its desire to please and work, the Lab Golden Retriever mix will be one of the most obedient dogs you are going to own, ever! This means that they are very easy to train and an excellent option for first-time owners.
The Goldador will excel at anything you throw his way, including obedience training, potty training, or learning tricks. Note, Goldadors are sensitive dogs that don’t respond well to harsh corrections, so don’t use physical punishment while training your dog. Instead, focus on positive reinforcement techniques and use treats, praise, and cuddles to reinforce your dog’s natural desire to be obedient.
The Labrador and Golden Retriever mix is a fairly lively, energetic, and active dog that needs a lot of exercise and mental stimulation. Exercise your mix for about 30 minutes every day to keep his energy levels in check and maintain his weight. If not properly exercised, your Goldador will become bored and destructive, chewing and clawing your furniture and belongings.
These highly-energetic dogs love to be outside and make ideal jogging partners, although they also love to swim and will take a dip whenever they can. While energetic, this mix can live in apartments and condos if properly exercised. Otherwise, they will need a large yard for your dog to run and play as much as he likes.
Considering that both Goldens and Labs are people-oriented and friendly, it comes as no surprise that their mixed offspring will be the same! It’s in Goldador’s nature to get along with everyone – people, children, cats, dogs, or guinea pigs will become your dog’s best friend at first sight. Due to this trait, Golden Lab mixes are poor guard dogs and will, in the best case scenario, lick the intruder senseless!
However, being highly social, the Lab and Golden Retriever mix likes to have company at all times and can develop separation anxiety if left alone a lot. Thus, don’t get one if you have long working hours or have to travel a lot.
The affectionate and enthusiastic Goldadors love to interact with their people and form strong bonds with their owners. Being gentle and loving, this mix is an ideal choice for families with children or people of all ages.
They love to be cuddled and petted and, in turn, you can expect to be licked and greeted by the front door with a hug when you come home from work. Your fun and enthusiastic mix will return all the attention tenfold and be around whenever you need a friend.
Golden Retriever Labrador Mix Health Problems
While mixed-breed dogs are generally healthier than their purebred counterparts, the Goldador is prone to certain health problems that affect Goldens and Labradors.
The most common health problems seen in this mix are:
- Hip dysplasia
- Elbow dysplasia
- Progressive retinal atrophy
The best way to avoid these issues from arising is to get your Goldador puppy from a reputable breeder. Make sure to check if both parents have clearances from the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals for hips, elbows, heart, and thyroid. Additionally, ask the breeder to show you clearances from Canine Eye Registry Foundation showing that the eyes are healthy and normal.
This mix has an average life span of 10 to 15 years, so don’t get one if you aren’t ready for a long-term commitment.
Feeding A Golden Lab Mix
The ideal diet for a Labrador and Golden Retriever mix is the one that contains lots of proteins, fat, wholesome carbs, and essential vitamins and minerals. You should find high-quality food for large breed dogs and feed your mix two times a day and avoid free-feeding.
Please note, Goldadors have enormous appetites and will eat everything that is offered to them, which puts them at risk of obesity. Hence, don’t overfeed your dog and don’t give him table scraps if you want to keep him at an ideal weight.
Golden Retriever Lab Mix Grooming & Care
Although they have thick double coats, Golden Lab mixes are moderate shedders and won’t fill your house with loose hair. However, regular grooming is still necessary and you should brush your mix three times a week with a curry brush. Your mix will shed more during the shedding season at which time you’ll have to brush him every day.
When it comes to bathing, do it once every two months or as needed to keep your Goldador’s coat clean and shiny. For bathing, use only dog-approved shampoos that won’t dry up or irritate your dog’s skin. Furthermore, be sure to rinse your dog any time he goes swimming to prevent skin infections.
The rest is basic care and includes regular teeth brushing, nail clipping, and ear cleaning. The Goldador can be prone to ear infections due to its floppy ears so make sure to check and clean the ears weekly. And whenever in doubt, take your dog to the vet who can show you how to clean your dog’s ears at home.
The Golden Retriever Lab mix is a very popular mixed-breed that is more often used as a guide or service dog than kept as a pet. However, this trend is beginning to change as more and more dog lovers are attracted by all the things the Goldador has to give. The breed’s selling points are:
- People-oriented and friendly
- Easy to train and obedient
- Ultimate family dog
As a bonus, if you get one, you won’t ever be alone because this cuddly pooch will never leave your side!