Like their purebred origins, Labrador-Golden Retriever mix dogs make amazing furry companions. Here are some facts about this dog breed mix also known as Golden Labrador Retrievers.
#1 The Golden Labrador Retriever was developed more than a decade ago
As a mix of Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers, the Golden Labrador Retriever was developed over a decade ago, although there are no specific records about the origin of this hybrid. Golden Labrador Retrievers are bred in an attempt to create a great working dog – and it proved to be successful. Since their creation, these dogs have been loved and accepted as both family pets and working dogs in various fields.
There is currently no kennel club that formally recognizes the Goldador as a specific breed. No special breed club is also established to formally create a breed standard for the Golden Labrador Retriever. However, these dogs are recognized by the following organizations.
- Designer Breed Registry
- Designer Dogs Kennel Club
- American Canine Hybrid Club
- International Designer Canine Registry
Although the Golden Labrador Retriever is gaining popularity, there is no formal breeding program that aims to develop these hybrid dogs. Organizations dedicated to producing service dogs are the only known bodies that have deliberate breeding programs for these dogs.
#2 The Labrador-Golden Retriever mix has many nicknames
Because they are the product of crossing the Labrador Retriever and the Golden Retriever, the mix has earned many nicknames, such as Goldador, Golden Labrador, Goldador Retriever, and Golden Labs.
The American Canine Hybrid Club recognizes these dogs as “Golden Labradors.” On the other hand, the Designer Dogs Kennel Club and Designer Breed Registry call them “Golden Labrador Retrievers,” while the International Designer Canine Registry registered these dogs as “Goldador Retrievers.”
#3 Golden Labrador Retrievers make amazing family pets
Like Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers, the mix is friendly and lovable. Goldadors are generally good for children. They are happy, smart, energetic, and affectionate dogs. Sometimes called “velcro” dogs, these Golden Labrador Retrievers love keeping their owners company.
#4 They make amazing working dogs as well
Labrador-Golden Retriever mixes also make amazing working dogs. Like Labradors and Golden Retrievers, they are active, intelligent, and very eager to please. These traits make them easy to train.
Nowadays, many Golden Labradors work as guide dogs, emotional support assistance dogs, diabetic alert dogs, search and rescue dogs, bomb-sniffing dogs, narcotics-detection dogs, hunting dogs, and more.
#5 Labrador-Golden Retriever mix as the most successful guide dog for the Blind
According to The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, Labradors, Golden Retrievers, and German Shepherds are some of the best breeds for guiding blind people. But the cross between Labradors and Golden Retrievers has produced the “most successful guide dog of all.”
#6 Most Goldadors have a golden coat but some are black or chocolate
Most Golden Labrador Retrievers have yellow to reddish gold coats. But because Labradors come in 3 colors – yellow, black, and chocolate – some Goldadors inherit their black coat too. Chocolate mixed dogs also exist although they are rare.
#7 Labrador-Golden Retriever mix dogs do not have one specific look
Although Labradors and Golden Retrievers are similar in many ways, mixing these breeds does not result in one specific look. The appearance of Goldadors varies. Some of them look more like Golden Retrievers, while some look a lot more like Labradors.
The length of their coat varies as well, although generally, they can be short to medium in length. Like their parents, the Labrador-Golden Retriever mix dogs have water resistant and dense coats.
Both Labradors and Golden Retrievers have blocky heads so the Goldador is very likely to inherit that trait. The Golden Labrador Retriever has long and floppy ears and brown eyes. Black and yellow Goldadors have black noses while the rare chocolate Goldadors with brown or liver noses.
#8 Goldadors are medium to large in size
Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers are medium to large in size. For this reason, crossing the two breeds produce an offspring that grows up to the same size. Full-grown Goldadors are generally 22 to 24 inches high at the shoulder. Their weight ranges from 60 to 80 pounds.
#9 They are prone to a number of genetic diseases
Goldadors are mixed breed dogs so they are generally healthy. However, both Labradors and Golden Retrievers are prone to genetic issues, such as hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, and progressive retinal atrophy. For this reason, it is best to get a Goldador whose parents have passed health screenings for those genetic issues.
If you have a Golden Labrador Retriever, it is a good idea to have him health-screened when he is one-year old.
#10 It is hard to find a reputable breeder of these dogs
Goldadors are mixed breed dogs. For this reason, it is relatively hard to find a reputable breeder of these dogs. As mentioned earlier, the only groups that deliberately breed Labrador-Golden Retriever mixes are service/guide dog organizations.
Except for service dogs, many Golden Labrador Retrievers are results of unintended breeding.
If the litter is planned, there is a good chance that the breeder is just trying to make a few bucks.
Some scammers even sell dogs with similar appearances as that of Goldadors and pass them off as real Labrador Golden Retriever mixes.
All dogs are wonderful regardless of their breed. But when getting a dog, it is best to get one from reputable breeders or adopt one from shelters. Avoid getting pets from big pet shops that are likely to procure from puppy mills.