Are Labs Good Dogs – And Is A Labrador The Right Dog For Me?
Labrador Retriever Vs Golden Retriever: Which One Should I Get?
The Best Labradors To Adopt From Rescue Or Breeders
What Makes A Great Pet Puppy or Adult Labrador?
How Long Does It Take To Train My New Puppy/Adult Labrador?
Do You Need To Be Able To Jump High Enough To Handle A Frisbee?
Can I Have Another Dog When I Adopt Your Animal?
A dog’s personality is what makes him special. They have their own unique way of looking at things and reacting to situations. There are many traits that make them different from each other. Some of these include: Size, Temperament, Health Issues, Lifestyle Choice (e.g. Hunting), etc. If you’re thinking about getting a new pet, it’s always best to do your research first before making any big decisions. That being said, there are some obvious differences between the two breeds that will help you decide which one is better suited for your lifestyle and needs.First off, let’s start with size:Golden retrievers tend to be bigger than most labradors because they were bred for hunting purposes and their body type is built for that purpose. They’re also heavier than labs, weighing about 70-80 lbs. at the most; whereas labs typically fall in the 55-70 lb. range. This may or may not be an important feature to you, and you’ll have to make that decision for yourself.Temperament-wise, both breeds are known to be friendly, lovable family pets that enjoy playing around with children and other animals. However, hunting and tracking breeds like the golden tend to be more energetic and busy than the typical lab, who is content with lounging around the house all day. Whereas labs like to swim, retrievers were actually bred for hunting purposes and enjoy the outdoors more than their lazy lab cousins.Health-wise, both breeds have similar lifespans and are susceptible to similar hereditary conditions. The main difference between the two is their allergy tendencies. Labs can suffer from various skin allergies, but it’s not very common. Golden retrievers on the other hand tend to suffer from various skin conditions such as skin fold pyoderma and atopic dermatitis more often. Their ears and stomach are also prone to infection if they constantly get wet or dirty. They’re also susceptible to eye conditions like Progressive Retinal Atrophy and Cataracts. Ears and eyes are sensitive areas for retrievers so you have to keep an eye on their health conditions in these areas.Both breeds are known to be intelligent, but labs tend to be easier to train because of their eagerness to please their masters. Labs are often used as seeing-eye dogs or law enforcement dogs because of this quality. Goldens on the other hand, tend to be slightly more independent in this area. However, they are still intelligent enough to carry out duties like hunting if trained for it.All in all, both breeds make for great pets and hunters and it really just depends on what you want from them. If you want a pet that is easy to train and can be indoors more often than not, then a labrador would be a better fit For those that want a pet that can get its hands dirty and go hunting with them, the retrieving breed is the answer.
You’ve seen what makes them both different and similar. It’s now up to you to choose which one would fit you best.
Please tell us which breed you decided to get! For science, of course)
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- Labrador Retrievers for Dummies (J Walton, E Adamson – 2011 – books.google.com)
- Research methods for the behavioral sciences (FJ Gravetter, LAB Forzano – 2018 – books.google.com)
- Labrador Retrievers (S Frank – 2019 – books.google.com)