Golden Retriever Lab Mix – Have You Discovered the Goldador Dog?

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The Golden Retriever Lab Mix breed, also known as a Goldador, is a cross between two of the most popular and well-loved dog breeds in the world. This mixed-breed tends to inherit their parent’s good temperament. They are friendly, energetic, and highly trainable.

The Labrador Golden Retriever Mix is a large and athletically built dog with a short, dense, water-resistant coat. They range in size from around 59 to 84 pounds (on average) with the females on the lower end of the spectrum.

This mixed breed is generally a healthy one with a few potential health issues to keep in mind. The average life expectancy is about 10 to 12 years based on the average lifespan of the parent breeds.

Being born from two large and bouncy breeds, the Goldador makes a good pet for active families who will have plenty of time to play with their four-legged friend.

In this article, we’ll talk about the Goldador’s lineage, expected general appearance, and behavior, as well as possible health problems.

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Golden Retriever Lab Mix: Breed At A Glance

  • Popularity: A designer breed, mixing two of the most popular dogs in America
  • Purpose: Service dogs, therapy dogs, show dogs, hunting dogs, family pet
  • Weight: Averages of 55 to 70 pounds (females), 65 to 80 pounds (males)
  • Temperament: Friendly, smart, and loyal

Golden Retriever Lab Mix Breed Review: Contents

Origin Of The Golden Retriever Lab Mix

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Origins Of The Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever breed hails from England and Scotland, where medium-sized retrieving dogs were needed for bird hunting both on land and in the water.
There is some debate as to the exact origins of the Golden Retriever, however, historical documents of Lord Tweedmouth indicate that he bred the Golden Retriever in Brighton in the late 1800s.

The American Kennel Club (AKC) formally recognized the Golden Retriever as a member of the sporting group in 1925.

While they still make good hunting dogs, they also excel in obedience classes, field trials, and as guide and service dogs.

We’d also be remiss if we neglected to mention the Golden’s popularity as a family pet.
They are normally wonderful with children and other dogs.

Origins Of The Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever breed was first developed in Newfoundland, Canada, where smaller, waterfowl hunting dogs were mated with Newfoundland dogs.
The resulting offspring led to the development of the Labrador Retriever that we know today.

The Lab was recognized by the AKC as another sporting breed in 1917. Today’s Labradors are still used as hunting dogs, but they’re also often used as service dogs.

Like Golden Retrievers, they make amazing seeing-eye dogs, search and rescue dogs, and therapy dogs.

Also, similar to Goldies, you’ll find many a Labrador as a beloved family pet. After all, there is a reason that Labradors are the most popular registered dog breed in the United States!

The Origins Of The Golden Retriever Lab Mix

There is no specific record of the Golden Retriever Labrador origins, but we do know that these dogs have been being mixed for a long time, at least informally.

As two working breeds, gamekeepers and those involved in field sports have been mixing the two working dogs for generations.

What we do know is that there has been a deliberate breeding program, at least among service dogs, for a few years now.

The Golden Retriever Lab Mix is a popular cross between these two amazing breeds, not just with pet owners, but with Guide Dog societies too.

Fun fact: The Guide Dogs For The Blind Association state that they are the most successful guide dog of all! You can’t get much higher in praise than that.

What To Expect From A Golden Retriever Lab Mix

A Goldador is a mixed breed dog that is the product of breeding a purebred Golden Retriever with a purebred Labrador Retriever.

Both parent breeds are considered to be gentle, friendly, loyal, and highly trainable. We’re not sure that you’ll find a more suitable family dog than a Golden Retriever Lab.

You’re also not likely to find a better working dog, for many roles. Both Goldens and Labs are known for their excellence in hunting, therapy, and service work.

With mix breeds, you can never be certain what physical or temperament characteristics your dog will inherit from which parent, and there are no guarantees as to how your dog will turn out.

In the case of the Golden Retriever Lab mix, both parent breeds are quite similar in size, appearance, and personality, so there may be fewer variations within this particular mix breed.

Golden Retriever Lab Mix Appearance

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If you’re not prepared to handle a medium to large-sized dog, then this dog is not for you.
Based on the expected height and weight of the Golden Retriever and Labrador Retriever, a Golden Lab Mix can weigh up to 80 pounds.

Both breeds are almost identical in size with the females being a bit smaller and weighing 55 to 70 pounds. The males tend to range from 65 to 80 pounds.

Golden Retriever Lab males can measure up to 24.5 inches tall at the shoulder. Females will most likely mature to 23 inches or less.

But, don’t let their larger size intimidate you or your family. If you end up with a 24.5 inch tall, 80-pound Goldador, you are getting a lot of love and affection!

Golden Retriever Lab Color And Coat

Like any mixed-breed dog, Golden Retriever Lab puppies may come out looking more like a Labrador than a Golden Retriever, or vice versa.

These puppies could come out looking like a black, yellow, or chocolate colored Lab, or they could be born with a light or a dark golden coat of a Golden Retriever.

Some puppies will come out looking like an equal mix of each parent.

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If Golden Retriever Lab puppies closely resemble their Labrador parent, then they may be born as one of the following:

  • Black Goldador
  • Chocolate Goldador
  • Yellow Goldador

If the puppies closely resemble their Golden Retriever parent, then they may be born as one of the following:

  • Dark Golden Goldador
  • Golden Goldador
  • Light golden Goldador

Although the Golden Retriever has a longer coat with some feathering, the Labrador Golden Retriever Mix always inherit the Lab’s thick double coat.

The double coat has a soft undercoat below a rough top coat that is water resistant.
Golden Retriever Labrador mixes may have their Lab parent’s short coat length. Or they may exhibit a slightly longer and wavier version of their Golden parent’s coat, but without as much feathering as a purebred Golden. Either way, their coat will be fairly low maintenance.

Golden Retriever Lab Mix Temperament

Since this is a hybrid or mixed-breed dog, it’s almost impossible to predict the exact temperament of every Goldador puppy.

With designer breeds like the Golden Retriever Lab, you can only make an educated guess about their temperament based on the general demeanor of their parents as well as the temperament of the parent breeds as a whole.

This means that one puppy may more closely favor the Labrador’s temperament. While another puppy from the same litter may have a happy mix of each parent breed’s personality traits.

However, as the Golden Retriever and Labrador Retriever have very similar temperaments, it’s generally safe to make a few assumptions.

Golden Retriever Lab Mix Personality

Golden Retriever Labrador puppies will grow into high-energy adults with a love for playing and a passion for retrieving! (If you don’t love playing fetch with your dog, this breed will not be right for you.)

As highly sociable dogs, neither Labs nor Golden Retrievers do well in isolated settings.
If they are left alone a lot, they have the potential to become very destructive to your home. They will chew out of boredom or anxiety.

Another thing to keep in mind if you’re looking to get a Golden Retriever Labrador is that they can inherit the Lab’s excitability.

As many Lab lovers know, these dogs do not know a stranger and also aren’t afraid to show how excited they are about meeting new faces!

Not only will this dog greatly benefit from obedience training to keep them from jumping on guests, but their highly intelligent and “aim to please” nature will also allow them to excel in the obedience arena.

Finally, let’s not forget that because both Golden Retrievers and Labradors are retrievers, their noses (and desire to chase after small and fleeting creatures) could lead them into mischief if they aren’t kept in a confined space when allowed outside.

We recommend that you have a fenced-in yard or a place that you can let your pooch safely roam and explore.

Golden Retriever Lab Mix Socialization

Socialization from an early age is important for any breed, including the Golden Retriever Lab. Even though it hails from overly friendly and sociable breeds, there are still no guarantees to the temperament of your dog.

Since training and socialization are both best started early on, puppy training classes can be a great way to both train and socialize your puppy at the same time.

Take a look at our articles for more information on socialization:

Training And Exercising Your Golden Retriever Lab Mix

Golden Retriever Lab Mix Training

This breed has an easygoing and eager to please temperament that helps make them highly trainable. The parent breeds have a long history as service dogs, bomb detection dogs, hunting dogs, and now therapy dogs.

It is advised to start training early, right from 7 or 8 weeks old. Obedience classes can not only help create a well-mannered dog but also strengthens the bond between the dog and owner.

For more training tips take a look at these articles:

Golden Retriever Lab Mix Exercise

Your Goldador is going to need plenty of exercise. Both breeds are highly active with tendencies towards destructive behavior when they get bored or have pent up energy.

As a very social breed, they do best as indoor dogs, but with a large, fenced in yard to run around. In addition to self-exercise, they need walks or other forms of daily activity with their owners.

A Labrador Golden Retriever Mix makes a great companion for jogging, hiking, or cycling. This is a breed that also loves to swim.

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Canine sports, like agility, obedience trials, and tracking, are a great way to keep your dog physically active, mentally stimulated, and out of trouble.

Exercise is especially important for the health of this breed since both Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers have a tendency to develop elbow and hip dysplasia. Weight management is one way of combating these joint problems.

Exercise is also important for a mix of two breeds that enjoy eating, as they are both prone to weight gain. Weight gain does not benefit compromised joint health.

Golden Retriever Lab Mix Health And Care

First off, all pedigree dog breeds are inbred to some extent. There is a measure of the level of inbreeding present in any population of animals. That measure is called the coefficient of inbreeding COI.

The higher the COI, the greater the risks of health issues arising specifically from inbreeding. In general, health problems start to emerge if the COI is much greater the 5%.

In a crossbreed such as the Goldador, the COI is usually much lower than it is in a purebred dog, and this is a good thing

To begin to look at the health and care of a Goldador we first need to consider the inherited health risks from both breeds (Labrador and Golden Retriever):

Labrador Health

Labrador Retrievers are prone to a few hereditary health conditions and joint problems, as well as some health issues common to most dogs. Some of these common, general health conditions include ear infections and dermatitis.

Labs are more prone to ear infections due to the amount of wax-producing cells they have in their ears. Scratching, sensitivity, and redness are all signs of infections, and can generally be treated with medication from your veterinarian.

Skin issues like dermatitis, are also common in many breeds. If your dog is biting, licking, or scratching at an area incessantly, they may need a special shampoo or skin treatment from your vet.

Let’s take a look at some of the hereditary health issues know to the Labrador.

Hip And Elbow Dysplasia

Labradors have a high risk of developing hip or elbow dysplasia.

Joint dysplasia is caused by structural problems within the joint and can lead to pain and inhibit mobility.

Elbow dysplasia occurs when a piece of bone or cartilage breaks off and floats around in the joint. This condition can affect dogs of any age, even puppies 4 to 6 months old. In turn, elbow dysplasia can lead to osteoarthritis.

Hip dysplasia is caused when the joint does not fit together correctly, causing friction and grinding in the joint. With time, the hip joint wears down and impedes mobility.

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Signs of dysplasia include lameness or looseness in the affected leg(s), decreased ability to run, jump, or climb stairs, pain, stiffness, and decreased range of motion. This condition is genetic, but weight management and exercise play a role as well.

Hip Dysplasia cannot be corrected, but treatment may make your dog more comfortable or prevent further deterioration of the joint. Treatment can include anti-inflammatories, weight management, specific exercise requirements, surgery, and physical therapy.

Both elbow and hip dysplasia can be diagnosed by X-ray imaging, so the parents can be screened for this condition. Use a breeder than conducts thorough health checks and adheres to ethical breeding practices.

Gastric Dilation (Bloat)

This condition occurs when the stomach balloons up to three times its normal size and twists in a way that obstructs blood flow and the exit paths from the stomach. Therefore, food and gas get trapped in the stomach.

This is a painful and serious condition that requires immediate medical attention. Death can occur within hours if left untreated.

Signs of bloat include pacing or inability to lie down, distended stomach, inability to vomit, foamy saliva, and panting. If you notice any of these, contact your veterinarian immediately.

There is no genetic test that can identify this condition. As a Lab owner, it is important to know the signs of this condition so you can recognize the issue quickly in your pet.

Progressive Retinal Atrophy

Labrador Retrievers are genetically predisposed to an eye disease called Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA). This disease is degenerative and will eventually lead to blindness.

Signs often start from 3 to 9 years of age and within 1 to 2 years from onset, most dogs are completely blind. PRA is not a painful condition and is difficult to detect early on.

There is no cure, however, genetic testing is available and a good breeder will not breed a dog with this disease. Ask a breeder for evidence of PRA testing.

Cataracts

Labs are a breed prone to cataracts. Cataracts occur when the lens of the eye clouds over, resulting in vision impairment or blindness. This can be caused by a genetic predisposition, an eye injury, or diabetes.

Cataracts can usually be removed with surgery. Watch for a cloudy film over the eyes and if your dog starts to bump into things or walk into furniture.

Hereditary cataracts can be screened for, so check with your breeder for proof of breed parent optical examinations.

Exercise Induced Collapse (EIC)

EIC is another concern with Labrador Retrievers. This condition can exist in healthy looking, fit dogs and is only evident with intensive bouts of exercise.

These dogs can handle mild to moderate exercise, but after only 5 to 15 minutes of intense activity, they start to experience extreme weakness in their back legs and can collapse. If a dog collapses they are awake but unable to move.

Symptoms above will continue to worsen for 3 to 5 minutes, but most dogs recover after about 10 to 20 minutes of rest. This condition may not be evident right away and can take up to five years to present itself.

Studies have determined this to be a recessive genetic disorder that can only be passed down when both parents are carriers. Since about 30% of Retrievers are carriers, it is important that you use a responsible breeder that has proof of testing for this genetic mutation the parents.

To help minimize the likelihood of hereditary health issues in your new pup, check that your breeder has followed the recommended testing for the Labrador Retriever breed:

  • Hereditary Nasal Parakeratosis (HNKP)
  • Centronuclear Myopathy (CN)
  • Hip and Elbow Evaluation
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Exercise Induced Collapse (EIC)
  • Hereditary Cataracts (HC)

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Golden Retriever Health

Golden Retrievers have some of the same hereditary health risks that Labradors do. They are also prone to hip and elbow dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, and hereditary cataracts. Golden Retrievers have a few other health conditions that are common to this breed.

Heart Disease

While not rampant in this breed, there is a small risk of Golden Retrievers having Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis (SAS).

This is a congenital heart disease that is the result of a narrow aortic valve, which puts additional stress on the heart as it attempts to pump out blood. This can lead to heart failure in the worst case scenarios.

One of the problems with SAS is that most dogs do not show symptoms. In mild cases, the only sign may be a heart murmur and in more severe cases the signs tend to include lethargy, fainting, exercise intolerance, and shortness of breath.

The condition can be diagnosed with chest X-rays, an echocardiogram, and an ECG. It is treated with medication or surgery. In mild cases, medication is often necessary.

A recent study in 2019 has concluded that this condition is recessively inherited in Golden Retrievers. It also determined that an echocardiogram was the most reliable diagnostic test for this condition and recommends breeders have a thorough cardiovascular examination, including an echocardiogram, done on all dogs intended for breeding.

Uveitis

This eye condition is caused by inflammation in the uveal tract of the eye. It can lead to blindness if left untreated. It’s an inherited condition in Golden Retrievers.

Signs are often minimal, and unfortunately, the disease goes undetected until more advanced stages. The subtle signs to look for are redness in the eyes and minimal drainage from the eyes. With early detection, the level of vision can sometimes be maintained.

Cancer

There has been a noticeable increase in the prevalence of cancer in Golden Retrievers and a study in 2018 found that 65% of the Golden Retrievers in their mortality study, had passed away from some form of cancer.

This has become a hot topic in the canine world with a lot of speculation as to why cancer is affecting the Golden Retriever to such a degree.

Some studies have looked at spay and neutering as a factor, while others have speculated it comes from the long history of close inbreeding.

There is no certain, single cause, or gene linked to this phenomenon at this time.

Some potential signs of cancer can include loss of appetite, unusual odor, masses or lumps, bloating, difficulty breathing, weight loss, and lethargy. If you observe these symptoms in your dog consult with your veterinarian.

Recommended testing for Golden Retrievers includes:

  • Hip and Elbow evaluation
  • Cardiac Exam including an echocardiogram
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Hereditary Cataracts (HC)
  • Ophthalmological exams (OFA & ECR)

Golden Retriever Lab Mix Health

Golden Retriever Lab mixes are at risk of inheriting health issues common to either parent breed. They are most likely to inherit health problems that are common to both parent breeds.

Ensure that your breeder has screened for PRA, hip and elbow dysplasia, and hereditary cataracts before you bring your new bestie home with you. These conditions plague both parent breeds and your puppy would be at high risk.

Choose a breeder that has proof of testing for all breed recommended tests for both parents to help increase the likelihood of bringing a healthy puppy home.

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Cancer and bloat are two conditions that your mix breed dog could inherit. Unfortunately, they cannot be screened for in the parents. Know the signs of these conditions and watch for them in your dog.

There is some evidence that the risk of bloat decreases with a varied diet and small, more frequent meals, rather than once a day feeding. Note that this was found to decrease, not eliminate the risk altogether.

Golden Retriever Lab Mix Life Expectancy

Designer breed dogs generally live about as long as their parent breeds. Therefore, a Labrador Golden Retriever Mix can be expected to live for around 10 to 12 years.

Chocolate Labradors have been found to have around a 10% shorter lifespan than other Labs and also a higher rate of ear and skin infections. A Chocolate Lab-Golden Retriever mix may have a slightly shorter life expectancy than other mixes within this breed combination.

Golden Retriever Lab Mix Shedding

Your new friend is going to shed, sometimes a lot. Both breeds shed and Golden Retrievers heavily shed their coat with the change of seasons twice a year. The rest of the year expect a moderate level of shedding.

Increased brushing during transitional times can help catch the loose hairs and stop them from spreading everywhere.

Golden Retriever Lab Mix Grooming

As all Golden Retriever Labrador mixes have the Lab’s double coat, they will need weekly brushing, likely more during shedding season.

In addition to weekly brushing, you will need to regularly brush your dog’s teeth to help prevent dental problems and gum disease. Their nails should be trimmed regularly as well.

Do Golden Retriever Lab Mixes Make Good Family Pets?

Both parent breeds are popular family pets due to the friendly, loyal, and gentle yet playful nature of these dogs. They are known for getting along well with children and other animals.

Labrador Golden Retriever Mixes respond well to training and can be well mannered enough to work as service dogs and therapy dogs.

This mix breed makes a great family pet for those families with space and time to meet this dog’s exercise requirements. As a large and excitable dog, this may be a better pet for families with older children, as a rambunctious Goldador may unintentionally knock over smaller children.

Similar Breeds

Here are some other mixed dog breeds to consider if you are interested in a Golden Retriever Labrador mix.

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Rescuing a Golden Retriever Lab Mix

If you prefer to adopt or rescue your forever friends, then we suggest looking at your local animal shelters as well as various Golden Retriever and/or Labrador specific rescues.

Although some rescues focus on finding homes for animals of a single breed (usually in an effort to find homes for retired show or breeding stock), some rescues do take in mixed breeds related to their primary breed and place them for adoption.

It may be hard to find Golden Retriever Lab Mix breed puppies at a rescue. Many of the designer dogs that end up at rescues are adults or seniors, like a retired breeding stock that has been pulled from puppy mills.

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Finding a Golden Retriever Lab Mix puppy

Since the Goldador is a popular designer breed, you probably won’t have to work very hard to find a breeder near you with Golden Retriever and Labrador Retrievers ready to cross for puppies.

Goldador prices vary from breeder to breeder based on how much value they place on their dogs. Especially if their dogs are competitive and not exclusively bred as family pets.

Make sure you pick an experienced and ethical breeder that has carried out all the health tests relevant to both breeds and has looked for Golden Retriever lines that lived longer with lower than average rates of cancer.

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An older Golden Retriever stud dog may be ideal as he is more likely to have avoided the cancer gene.

A responsible breeder is your best option for a healthy puppy. Avoid pet stores and online ads where the dogs have a much higher likelihood of health issues and often have a more challenging temperament.

You can find out how to avoid puppy mills and how to buy a healthy puppy in the extensive puppy search guide on our sister site.  You can also find out how to buy a healthy puppy in Pippa’s book Choosing The Perfect Puppy.

Golden Retriever Lab Mix Breeders

There are always a number of unethical breeders with bad breeding practices. Especially for designer dogs. These breeders focus on financial gain rather than the health and wellbeing of the dogs they produce.

When you are looking for a breeder, look for someone who cares about the wellbeing of the puppies they are selling. Plus, they should ask you questions to make sure this breed is a good match for you.

Visit the breeder and see the environment your puppy lives in. Ensure that it is clean and well maintained and that the puppies all look active and healthy.

Ask to see the parents to ensure they look healthy and to observe their temperament. Well treated dogs should be friendly and not aggressive or anxious.

A responsible breeder should be happy and able to answer all your questions and show you evidence of all the health testing completed on both parents.

Golden Retriever Lab Mix Products And Accessories

Preparing for a puppy is a long process. You’ll want them to have something to chew on that isn’t your favorite pair of shoes. Here’s some helpful information on toys for large breeds and active dogs:

Is A Golden Retriever Lab Mix Right For Me?

A Golden Retriever Lab mix is a loveable but bouncy breed that has a few health concerns and breed-specific needs to consider.

Cons

  • A few potentially serious health issues
  • A sociable dog that doesn’t do well when isolated
  • Is prone to destructive behaviors without sufficient exercise and stimulation
  • A large and active breed that needs space to run around
  • Requires a lot of exercise
  • Shedding

Pros

  • Friendly, social, and loyal
  • Great family pet, service dog, or therapy dog
  • Gets along well with other animals
  • A good companion for active individuals or families
  • Highly trainable
  • Lower risk of health issues arising than purebred dogs

In conclusion, this breed is a bundle of energy and affection that is ideal for an active family with a yard and lots of time to walk and play with their furry family member. If you don’t mind a little hair, this gentle giant could be the pet for you!

Your Golden Retriever Lab Mix

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  1. As a volunteer for Atlanta Lab Rescue, I was told by the director I could have my pick of dogs. At the time I had a lab mix (kill shelter) that did not do well with other dogs. On a rescue day in Atlanta I brought my lab mix to see if he would do well with any of the rescues up for adoption. We met Theo that day, who was a 4 month old surrender due to a farm foreclosure. When the two dogs met, both tails were wagging vigorously and I told the rescue director I would like to take Theo home. Surprisingly she said “no…” because 6 other people that day listed Theo as their first choice. I used my trump card that day and it’s been a wonderful 10 years since. The best temperament, friendly to all, boundless enthusiasm for life. Field trained for upland birds and waterfowl. My best friend. Sadly, he was diagnosed with lymphoma this past week. He will see a canine oncologist for a definitive prognosis. In closing I will say that this dog couldn’t have been a better representative of the cross between lab and golden. I will without a doubt look for a “goldador” once again, perhaps black, so as not to ever compare with the best dog I’ve ever had.

  2. We have a wonderful boy named Ike, who just turned 2. The product of a golden mom and lab dad, he turned out black, with a beautiful coat that is medium length. He has a mane like a golden (but it’s white/brown/black), brown “feathered” hair beneath is ear area, white on his two back feet and brown tufts of hair between his toes. He’s very smart, was easy to train, affectionate, a great companion, gets along just great with kids of any age, loves to ride in the car, very active, loves to swim, fetch, and play soccer! He is very sociable and always gets along well with other dogs. He’s no pushover however. If another dog tries to bully him, he has no problem whatsoever in sticking up for himself (and at 85lbs, he definitely has a presence). He’s also a very good watch dog and will bark anytime a stranger enters the yard (and he’s so alert that he always knows when this happens). He’s a very “talkative” dog, in that he will voice one bark whenever he wants to go out or come back in. That doesn’t imply that he’s noisy however. He never responds by barking or howling in response to loud noises outside of the yard (like fire trucks, etc). We’ve always provided him with a variety of toys and other things (his favorite is a rope, as he would play tug-of-war all day long if he could), and he’s never chewed up any of our own things. Overall, this guy is just a fine dog and a very precious member of the family!

  3. My family has had the pleasure of owning 2 female Lab/Golden mixes. They were both rescues & appeared to be from crosses of yellow lab & golden retriever. We got our first one many years ago in 1992. Zelda was a light cream color (as both of these breeds can be )with a short coat but unusually soft. She was quite fine-boned and only weighed 43 lbs. as an adult. Zelda was very athletic, extremely intelligent and loved human approval. She was very easy to train and we competed in obedience, agility, and rally with much success. Everywhere we went she received a lot of attention. People came over to us often to meet Zelda and ask how they could get a dog like her. Since this was long before the designer breed era, I just told people to use PetFinder, like I did. Zelda died at age 15 of liver cancer & never lost her playful energy and love for everyone in our family.
    Since our family has only rescued our dogs, our second Lab/Golden mix came to us through rescue in 2007 from the website, kijiji.com. She was also short-coated but was the color of a Golden, and again her fur was softer than a Lab’s. She was also more fine-boned than a lab & weighed 52 lbs as an adult. I got Miley for my eleven-year-old daughter who was having a lot of trouble with having been adopted and needed a dog to bond with. I did not train this dog at all. Miley learned everything just from living with us. The first time I needed her to stay, I said the word, held up my hand like “stop”, and she stayed until I gave a come command. Surprisingly, she learned all by herself to ring holiday bells that I put on both sides of the door knobs on our front & back doors when she wanted to come in or go outside. Although Miley was very loving to everyone, Miley was my daughter’s constant companion and I believe she taught my daughter to experience empathy. Miley died just last 7/2/2018 at the age of 11 from dilated cardiomyopathy. Had she not been fed grain-free food, I believe she would have lived longer.
    Because we currently only have one American cocker spaniel, I am trying to find us another Lab/Golden This time finding a dog to rescue is proving much, much more difficult. Like Gary Bruner below, I live in Spokane, WA, and we now apparently have an over-breeding problem with pit bulls & pit mixes in our region. I can’t find hardly any other types of medium to large dogs to adopt both online and from visits to shelters. I went to 2 shelters & found that pit bulls + related mixes were as high as 21 of 25 adoptable dogs at one shelter and 18 of 22 dogs at the other. When I go to the websites, I find pits and their crosses are the vast majority of dogs that come up no matter what breed I search. I know this sounds unbelievable! We once submitted a shelter application about 4 months ago for a dog I suspected was a Lab/Golden. However, I was told that there had been 22 applications for that single dog and we were not chosen. So, I regret to report that Lab/Goldens are very hard to find in the Pacific Northwest at this time. I would encourage everyone out there who runs across one of these dogs to snap them up if they can. You can hardly make a better choice for your fur-friend.

  4. We were recently given (from a friend who responded to an ad on Facebook but the mom said no, so either we took the dog or it was going to the pound) a 4 month old puppy that I was told was a yellow lab and black lab mix, however after looking online at pictures I see that she looks exactly like a black/chocolate “Goldador”. On Tuesday I will take her to the vet to get a checkup and shots, this is our first family dog (we have 4 kids ages 13, 10, 8, 6) and I’m having a harder time getting used to this then everyone else. Trying to train the dog, keep the apartment from smelling like dog/dog food, and yet knowing that this can be great therapy for my kids who have different physical, emotional, and mental issues. Any advice????

  5. We just lost our Lab/Golden mix a couple weeks ago. We know the mother was a pure bred Golden Retriever, not sure if the father was a pure black Lab, but ours looked like a black Golden Retriever. It was our 3rd dog, second of this mix, and she had all the best traits of both breeds. She was loving, obedient, friendly, extremely smart, and did not need to be fenced in or tied up. I showed her the yard boundaries when she was a puppy and she was very good at staying. She was SO well behaved, we had no problem getting friends or family to take care of her if we had to go out of town. She was obsessive about retrieving in the water, not on land, and she loved fetching grouse.

    We would love to possibly find another puppy with this mix in Minnesota, and we liked the dark color with long hair. She was a beautiful dog and she knew it. We always got comments and questions about her because of the unique look. Excellent with all ages. I would highly recommend this mix as an all around pet.

  6. I owned a full blooded black lab female and my neighbors owned a full blooded golden retriever that got under my fence and breed with my lab. She had about 9 puppies. 6 looked like full blooded black labs and 3 were black but had long hair like the golden retriever. There was one that had a lot of brown in his leg hairs and I kept thinking if I have to keep one I hope it is this one and I called him Scruffy. The mother and one other pup I was planning on keeping got out of my fence and I never was able to find them. Scruffy had tried to go under the fence once and the fence poked him in the head and left a little hole that healed ok but he was scared of going under the fence. He was the best dog I’ve ever had in my entire life. People always ask what kind of dog he was and I wasn’t sure he was an actual type of breed although I had heard maybe he was called a goldador. Now I have read and found this is a breed that a lot of people breed in order to get this perfect mix. He was smart like a lab and had the finesse of a golden retriever. I am thinking to get the color to be black it would have to be done as mind was female black lab mother and golden retriever father. The father was an older dog so that probably is why my dog had such a healthy life. He died last year after I had moved into a new home with a huge backyard. He and my little dog started digging like crazy and I think they were chasing moles. I had never heard of a whip worm but that is what he got and it caused him to be very anemic. He also had a weak stomach where he would drink water too fast sometimes he would throw up afterwards. I tried selling the puppies for $50 and was having no luck so I started giving them all away for free. One that looked like Scruffy I gave to a boy who played on the baseball team I coached and he died several years before my dog died. They told me his paw became unattached somehow and the next day they woke up too find him dead. My dog was so special to me and he was a one owner type of dog. Not that he would not show love to other people but he wanted to go every where with me and when I would leave everyone said he would stand at the door whining.

  7. I am looking for a female Goldendore pup. I live in Spokane Washington. Any recommendations would be appreciated.

    • Litter of them at the Puppy Place in Tucson AZ. I got a female that is reddish w the golden wavy fur. Very sweet.

  8. Lost my golden boy several years back at the age of eight – a neurological disorder overtook him and we had to put him down after exhausting all other possibilities. I have known many dogs in my life but none so intelligent, confident, and careful as he. Our house was full of flowers after he passed, tokens of love from the many people who got to know him in those eight short years. We took him home at the age of nine weeks and I rarely had to show him twice the proper way to do things – in any given situation he was the most woke person in the room. I miss him so.

  9. Live in North suburban IL and looking for a yellow goldador but having a hard time trying to find some in the area (WI included) – any suggestions on local reliable breeders? Thank you!

  10. We live on a small 13 acre homestead in extreme northern Michigan , off the grid, we chickens, goats, 7 months of the year 2 steers for beef, one 12 yr old beagle, 3 barn cats, will a goldador make a good farm dog , to help look over the farm and stock, Coyote’s , coons , fox , help keep deer out of the orchard and garden , we a river that cuts thru middle of the property , lots of room to run

  11. Jazz is almost 2 yrs old. She is a very intuitive dog, she really listens hard to everything you say, trying to hear a word she knows. Swims every day. She is very bossy and demand barks at us when we talk to each other and not her. We play catch with her fav frisby after swimming. She jumps and flips to catch it. If we did not give her that much exercise time and constantly strive to keep dominance she would easily be deemed a bad dog. But she isn’t at all, just full of energy and so loving. She does run away when we sneeze and brings us pillows. Cutest ever. She looks more like a black lab.

  12. I live in the beach areas in Southern California. I am looking for a yellow Labrador mix with golden retriever. Anyone know of a place I can find one here. I would Ike a female puppy.

    • Responsible breeder in Goodyear, AZ. Suburb of Phoenix.

      Search “Liberty Haven puppies”. The “puppies” needs to be included. Without “puppies” all you get is info on their Dude Ranch.

  13. I live in Ohio and recently lost my 9 month old goldador to a school bus that hit and killled him. I miss him so much. He was a very smart dog. I want to get another one. Can someone help me find one in Ohio? It doesn’t have to have papers. I would greatly appreciate any help I can get.

  14. I am looking for a Goldador female pup! I have been for months!! Please help! I’m in NC but and willing to do what it takes!

  15. We have a black goldador, which we were told (and met the ‘parents’) that Mum was a brown lab and dad a golden retriever. Obviously the Mum is not in question, but we’ve since been told that a brown lab and a golden retriever could not genetically make a black puppy, so the dads identity is now in question in our minds. Can anyone confirm if this is possible or not?

  16. I recently lost my loving beautiful lab/golden retriever. She was 11 1/2. She had been abused. I got her at age 5 And the lover affair began. OBiendient, loving, with me always. River runs daily. She died of a stroke. I want another one. Maybe 4 yrs. +, calm and loving. How do I find one?so lost. She would be provided the best

  17. Our “goldador” whom we have always referred to as a mutt is the best dog in the world. She is the product of a stud golden retriever and a working lab. We got her at ten weeks and she trained herself. As soon as her vaccinations were complete we took her out off-lead, with a bag of chopped up cooked chicken in my pocket (an advantage of greedy dogs is that they’ll do anything for food). She followed us, her pack, and soon learned her name, my whistle and I also clicker trained her although I’m not sure it was necessary.
    I have walking and balance problems which were worse when she was a youngster; she has never jumped up on me nor run into me: she once caught me on the back of the knees with an oversized stick; her spatial awareness ended at her whiskers, but only once.
    As a youngster she would walk for three hours in the morning and another half hour in the evening. She’s now nine and walks an hour and a half in the morning and an hour at night but it’s a middle aged plod rather than the mad dashes into the bushes and out again in which she used to indulge.
    On vet’s orders she is no longer allowed to chase and retrieve balls but she finds them all the time: lost by dogs with inferior noses, and I make her sit whilst I throw them into dense vegetation so that she has to use her nose and her brain to find them. She never fails.
    Until age 2/3 she chased squirrels and pigeons but she gave up on both: they cheat and work in three dimensions.
    What more can I say: I love her and she’s well worth the tumbleweed hair collections on my floors.

  18. I find this kind of cool that I have a boutique breed. I got her for half price since a chocolate lab somehow got in with a golden in heat. We joke to people about having a mutt with papers. The awesome thing is that she looks like a black golden which is great because I wear alot of black clothes so her shedding hair doesn’t show much. I have often said that there should be a boutique breed with this combination. She is beautiful, playful, very loving and the easiest dog to train (will do anything for food and approval).

  19. Our Goldador, Blake, is the most amazing family dog — at 2.5 years old, he is generally calm, but loves to play at the first indication. He is friendly to people and other dogs. And, like the comments above, he is a hugger, a snuggler, and great TV-watching friend who loves nothing more than laying on the couch with one of us. (But I have to laugh at the article saying 80 lbs — Blake is a very solid 95 lbs, not fat, just very solid.)

  20. I’ve lived with and cared for many different animals throughout my life, but my 1.5 year old lab/golden mix has probably been the easiest to train with the nicest, most easy going temperament I’ve ever seen. He’s a big snuggler, a great hiking partner, but also a good couch surfing, fellow Netflix watcher. As long as they get enough exercise, Goldadors are fabulous…at least in my experience.

    • I live in Indiana. I wondered if any of you could point me in the direction of a reputable breeder. I don’t want to “GOOGLE” and end up with a product of a puppy mill or run into anything less than someone who breeds the best in health and for the right reasons. This will be a family pet…not for breeding or showing or anything other than a companion that will be spoiled and loved! I thank you in advance for any information you can provide.

      • We got Blake from a breeder in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Don’t remember the name, but pretty easy to find. Blake is the best dog ever!

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