Labrador or golden retriever: how to separate them?

Average size, drooping ears, relatively long muzzle… Lots of physical similarity that doesn’t help differentiate the Labrador from the Golden Retriever. However, these two dog breeds are very different. How to identify them?

the Labrador and the Golden retriever is among the favorite French dog breeds in 2021. Praised for their adaptability and their loving nature, the Labrador and the Golden Retriever dog breeds belong to the same group: game retriever dog, game retriever dog and farm dog.

Origin: where did they come from?

Especially with the convenience of a water environment, they are good at waterfowl hunting. Stock .adobe

The Labrador and the Golden Retriever belong to group 8, which includes 6 dog breeds:

  • the golden retriever
  • the labrador (or Labrador retriever)
  • the chesapeake bay retriever (or chesapeake bay retriever)
  • Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
  • the flat-coated retriever (or flat-coated retriever)
  • the curly coated (or curly coated retriever)

The Labrador and the Golden Retriever are known to be obedient and loving dogs. Agile and durable, they can be used as a watch dog, help dog or even as a search and rescue dog.

Endowed with an excellent skill and a strong hunting instinct, the Labrador and the Golden Retriever are dogs that are very popular with hunters. Especially with the convenience of a water environment, they are good at waterfowl hunting.

Unlike the Labrador, which is native to Canada, the Golden Retriever is a dog with the origin is still debated. Its first appearance was from a dog show in 1909.

Characters: very compassionately

Sweet, intelligent, easily educated, attentive to their masters, honest and serious, the Labrador and the Golden Retriever do not lack in qualities.

Their attitudes make them pleasant companions for families. If the two can live in town, they should be taken regularly, so that he does not add any excess weight.

Even though the Labrador is known to be more stubborn than the Golden Retriever, each animal remains unique in its own personality, experience and education.

Labrador needs a solid education. The golden retriever is said to be more sensitive. Don’t hesitate to ask your veterinarian for advice, there are, in fact, many ways to educate your pet to be calm according to its variety.

Physics: how do they differentiate?

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

The Golden Retriever and the Labrador are medium-sized dogs. The Golden Retriever is usually taller and slender and the Labrador is shorter and stockier. The physiology of these dogs in strong constitution remains even more similar: bent ears and medium size, a broad head with a stop mark, a black nose and a large tail. .

List of differences between the two varieties
Labrador Golden retriever
CUT OFF 53 to 59 cm 51 to 61cm
Weighted 28 to 35 kg 24 to 34 kg
Expected in life 10 to 12 years old 12 to 14 years old
Price 1000 to 1500 euros 500 to 1000 euros

However, one notices one difference in hair color. The Labrador can be black, saber or chocolate (brown), while the golden retriever wears a light coat, which can be saber, white, cream or orange fawn. So it is impossible to find a black golden retriever.

Finally, another physical difference between the two breeds: the Labrador has short hair and the Golden has long, slightly curly hair.

Adopting an animal reassures you, it’s a decision you need to think about very carefully. Don’t hesitate to contact your veterinarian or the residence nearest you before starting. They can give you their advice on which dog breed is best for you.

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