Golden Retriever vs Labrador Retriever – Dog vs Dog Which is Better?

Golden Retriever vs Labrador Retriever – Dog vs Dog  Which is Better?

You’re Watching Animal Facts! So, you’re looking for a lovable family
companion. Retrievers are some of the most popular breeds
in and make a good choice. But how do you choose between a Labrador or
a Golden? They’re both incredibly similar, sharing
intelligence, athleticism, and a goofy personality that dog lovers love! Let’s find out what these two amazing retriever
breeds have in common and their difference and decide which breed might be best for your
home. Let’s get started, but before we start,
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notification squad. History The Labrador Retriever descends from the Saint
Johns Water Dog, a now extinct breed (or just renamed, depending on how you look at it)
that originated in Canada, bred to help fishermen drag their nets across the ice and retrieving
fish, beginning in the 1700s. The Saint Johns dogs were exported to England
sometime in the early 1800s to be used as hunting retrievers. It’s in England where the Earl of Malmesbury
was the first to use the name Labrador, after the Labrador region of Canada. In Newfoundland, the Saint Johns breed disappeared
because of government restrictions and tax laws. Families were allowed to keep no more than
one dog, and owning a female was highly taxed, so girl puppies were culled from litters. In England, however, the now Labrador breed
survived and thrived, and the Kennel Club recognized the Labrador Retriever as a distinct
breed in 1903. Today, the Labrador breed is the most popular
dog breed worldwide. While no single person can take all the credit
for creating the Golden Retriever, the main person attributed its creation was a Scottish
aristocrat and avid hunter named Dudley Marjoribanks the 1st Baron Tweedmouth. Lord Tweedmouth live in the Highlands of Scotland
and it is here that the Golden Retriever arose as an independent and separate breed of dog. Marjoribanks was looking for a Retriever that
excelled in retrieving from water as well as on land. He also wanted the dog to be loyal and even-tempered
in the home. His original cross was a yellow colored retriever
and a now extinct Tweed Water Spaniel. In 1868, this cross produced a litter that
included four pups; these four became the basis of a breeding program which included
the Irish Setter, the Bloodhound, the St. John’s water dog of Newfoundland, and two
more wavy-coated black Retrievers. The bloodline was also inbred and selected
for trueness to Marjoribanks’ idea of the ultimate hunting dog. Golden Retrievers were first accepted for
registration by The Kennel Club of England in 1903, as Flat Coats-Golden. They were first exhibited in 1908, and in
1911 were recognized as a breed referred to as Retriever (Golden and Yellow). In 1938, the Golden Retriever Club of America
was founded. Golden Retrievers are ranked number two for
American Kennel Club Registrations. As with the Labrador, the Golden is consistently
in the top five most registered breeds by the AKC. Personality Enough about their history, let’s get to
the stuff that makes these dogs so popular, today! Although both breeds were born to be skilled
hunting dogs, their intelligence and gentleness have brought them into the home as loving
family companions. As a matter of fact, both breeds are among
the most utilized breeds as service dogs, today. You can check out more about that in the playlist
on the card. The Lab is truly “man’s best friend,”
and at their happiest when engaged in family activities. Loyal, lovable, happy and friendly to all
he meets, the Lab has the reputation of being one of the most sweet-natured breeds. It’s outgoing, eager to please, and friendly
with both people (all people) and other animals. They make an excellent choice for first-time
dog owners. The Labrador Retriever not only loves kids,
but it also enjoys the commotion that kids bring with them. If a Lab has had plenty of exposure to other
dogs, cats, and small animals, and has been trained in how to interact with them, he’ll
be friendly with other pets, too. Golden Retrievers need people and are best
suited for large, active families. This is one of the finest family dogs in the
world: cheerful, demonstrative, trustworthy with everyone, and forgiving of any mistakes
made by inexperienced owners. The Golden Retriever is the classic family
pet. They are obedient, playful, intelligent, well-mannered,
great with kids, and friendly to strangers. They are good watchdogs, but make lousy guard
dogs as they love people far too much to be effective. Personality wise the Golden Retriever can
be a bit more in tune with his human’s emotions and needs than the Lab, but both breeds are
excellent family companions. Coats and Colors Get ready for dog hair. The Golden Retriever comes in all colors,
as long as that color is Gold, in all shades of gold, from light to dark gold. Golden Retrievers have a dense, water-repellent
outer coat with a thick undercoat. Some coats are wavy, some are straight. The fur feathers on the back of the front
legs and underbody, with heavier feathering on the chest, back of the thighs, and tail. If you live with a Golden, you’ll need to
adapt to a certain amount of dog hair in your house and on your clothes. The Golden’s thick coat means lots of grooming. Daily brushing is recommended to prevent tangling,
and once a week is the very bare minimum. Your Golden will also need a bath at least
once a month, often more frequently, to keep down his noticeable doggy odor. You can find the Lab in Chocolate, Black,
and Yellow. Its sleek and easy-care coat also has two
layers: a short, thick, straight topcoat, and a soft, weather-resistant undercoat. These two-layer coats protect the dog from
the cold and wet, a good trait to have for a water retriever. Grooming doesn’t get much easier than with
a Lab, but like the Golden, the Lab does shed — a lot, a really, really lot. Buy a quality vacuum cleaner. Labs also need a bath every month or so to
keep them looking clean and smelling good. Of course, if your Lab or Golden rolls in
a mud puddle, which it’s apt to do, it’s fine to bathe him a bit more often. Size Both breeds are of comparable size and are
considered large dog breeds. The Golden Retriever weighs between 55-75
pounds at 20-24 inches tall, while the Labrador Retriever weighs between 65-80 pounds at 21-25
inches tall. Trainability As I mentioned before, both breeds are highly
selected for assistance dog work. Besides their people loving personalities,
these breeds possess a high level of trainability. They both have an intelligence and eagerness
to please that make them a breeze to train. And, training is definitely necessary because
they both have a lot of energy and exuberance, and are easily bored. But, these dogs are always at the top of their
obedience classes and are often the champions of sporting competitions. Activity Levels Just be aware that you are looking at a highly
active dog. They need to run, they love to play and they
really like water. They can both be successfully housed in an
apartment or other small homes, but you’re going to have to get out of the house with
him several times a day and take frequent visits to the dog park. These are not couch potato dogs. If you are a highly active person who enjoys
outdoor activities, this is the dog for you. If you’re not up to the task, there are
many other breeds to fulfill your needs. A bored Golden or Lab is not a happy dog. Health and Lifespan Both breeds generally live between 10-12 years,
about average for dogs their size. Though some do live considerably longer. Adjutant the Labrador was born in 1936 and
died in 1963, some 27 years and three months later. The oldest known Golden was nearly 20 when
he died. • Health concerns that golden retrievers
and Labradors share: High cancer risk, Obesity, Hip dysplasia, and ear infections. Some health concerns specific to the Labrador
include: • Entropion: an abnormality of the eyelids
in which the eyelid rolls inward, irritating the cornea. • Malformation of knees and elbows. • Laryngeal paralysis: an illness affecting
older Labs that partially paralyzes the voice box, resulting in a muffled bark and difficulty
breathing. Health concerns specific to golden retrievers: • Elbow dysplasia
• Seizures • Skin issues such as hot spots So with all the similarities, how do you choose
between these lovable breeds? Since both breeds are so popular, it shouldn’t
be too hard to find one at the dog park or a local meetup to spend time with, you may
even have a friend that has one. No matter which you choose, you’ll be gaining
a lovable family member. Remember, if you’re considering one of these
dogs or any other breed for that matter, there are breed specific rescue organizations all
over the world that are usually a simple Google search away, or being so popular, you may
just find one in your local shelter. So, which of these amazing retriever breeds
would you pick? Let us know in the comments. If there are other breeds you’d like us
to compare, shout them out, we’ll give them a look. If you like this video, you can check out
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  1. I have a black lab called Gunnar and a golden retriever called tank because he is strong like a tank. But if I had to pick between Gunnar and tank I would Gunnar. So I like labs better than golden retriever

  2. My roommate had a lab/ mastive dog that he would leave and not take care of. I would take her on runs on the beach and hiking. She was the best dog. On the beach she would carry her own leash and wait for me when I went for a swim. I would look back to the shore and she would just be waiting for me. Sometimes he would leave and not tell us, and we would find her in his room. She was so quiet and good we did not even know the poor thing was there. She would cuddle with me at night.😢 I was so sad when he took her away. Its been 22 years and I am still sad and miss her! I have always wanted to find a dog exactly like her, but now I am wondering if I would like a golden retriever…I don't know. Someday I will get one!

  3. Golden or lab doesn't matter they are better than ur human friend.. You loved them they love u more and most of all they will NEVER BETRAY AND BACKSTAB YOU

  4. You probably love your kid, but keep him off narration until he's old enough to not sound like a chipmunk.

  5. I just adopted a female black lab. She's hyper like me!😂💗she has no training but gets along with me pretty is our first day together. My old dog Peanut is a PugShire(14years old) and my new lab(1-2years old) is getting attached to him already. That's what I wanted. Also a jogging buddy for me since I'm in special Olympics for track and field. I need to go through more training with her and I think that will be fun to.thanks for this video. I love black labs!😊💗

  6. I've had both a golden (my previous dog) and a lab (chocolate lab, current dog). My golden was super calm, and was very affectionate, but never in a clingy/annoying way. He was a perfect dog, never chewed a thing in his 13 years, NEVER made in the house, and only ever barked if a stranger approached the house. The only issue was the constant shedding and hot spots in the summer (not his fault). My chocolate lab is a very different dog, sometimes he's super hyper, and can get very nervous, he gets weird with his affection (jumping and pawing at your face if you're sitting on the couch), he's scared of children (weird), sometimes refuses to go outside for unknown reasons and refuses to go into unknown areas (parts of the house he just will NOT go into, we tried to move his crate 10 feet from it's location and he refused to ever go into it, we moved it back). The lab is cleaner, we don't notice any hairs around the house and he has almost no noticeable smell and doesn't get hotspots. We still love the lab (he's 7 now), but we'll probably get another golden the next time around, at least based on our experience.

  7. Let's Play A Game
    If the likes are even that means your are on the side of a Golden Retriever If The Likes Are Odd it means your are not the side of Labs
    I'll start

  8. I own a lab so you know what side I’m on I have a YouTube channel based on my Labrador puppy he is yellow and is a male and super playful smart and protective of me me and my dad will be wrestling and he starts barking and starts to pounce on his arm go check him out his name is Bentley so watch some of his videos please

  9. I would love to get the facts and differences with the English Setter and the Irish Setter.
    I own an IS currently and he is my pride and joy and my whole life!
    I had to travel 10 hours to get him home through a reputable breeder and I would love another dog like him. I have a near by neighbor who breeds English Setters which I've done a bit of research on and learned some are gorgeous to me, while others just are close to gorgeous but they do come in a substantially wide variety of coat colors for sure!!

    I also love that you include the "Mutt" often in your wonderful and informative videos 😍🐕
    I completely agree and will also be seeking out a Mutt as I'm one of the many world's biggest dog lovers of every breed, mix and size.
    I own a 15 year healthy and active Chihuahua as well as had mix breeds growing up and they've all held a very special spot in their own special ways with me. Hehe.

    Now this request would just rock my word.
    Thank you so much! 🙂

  10. Love my black lab! She’s also my first dog, let alone guide dog. She’s retired now and I’m keeping her as a house pet. Not ready to bond with another Labrador quite yet. Second dog will be in either labrador or golden, wouldn’t be fair since the second dog is already going to have to meet pretty high standards. Maybe later on down the road for a third or fourth service dog a golden or a lab golden cross. My black lab did not take long to also pick up on my epilepsy . She wasn’t trained to be a seizure dog since the school only does guide dogs. She just made herself one. Such a close and cuddly sweetheart she is.

  11. I Luv Both Breeds 💙🐕💙🐕
    Both Breeds are Awesome, Smart & Wonderful Personality ❤️❤️❤️

  12. I have 4 dogs; an American Bulldog, a Rottweiler, a German Shepherd and a Labrador. My American Bulldog and Rottweiler just can't understand why my Labrador does goofy things and just try to completely ignore him whereas my German Shepherd joins in his goofyness and both just play like there's no tomorrow. I love them all, my house gets pretty crazy at times with 4 kids and 4 dogs but hey, I'm living the life.

  13. I grew up with a golden retriever so they get my vote. But it hardly matters, you'll be unconditionally loved by each breed.

  14. i personally like golden’s better because in my opinion they are more beautiful and much more active and really funny and good cuddle buddy’s

  15. My first golden retriever never harmed anyone when my dad accidentally stepped on my dogs foot (bare footedly) he just cried and hes really fluffy ahhhhh😍❤️☺️
    When he died i literally cried for a week 😥😢💔

  16. I have a golden retriever, German Shepherd, and a Siberian husky, all of them are so sweet and after school they always keep me happy , I love them soo much.

  17. I'm a cat person yet this was somehow in my recommendations… My cat is going to throw my out of his apartment when he finds out 🙁

  18. Labs are the sweetest. They’re the ones who usually come up to you at dog parks. Though they’re very active and probably more active than goldens. Almost all goldens I met are snob and just stay with their humans.

  19. I have a labrador and she is active every times,she is fast,she is 5 years old and I really love her,now I am in Indonesia because my father is working there and I miss her so much

  20. Both make wonderful companions and are extremely intelligent, but labs are practically maintenance free. I even had one black lab that chewed her nails so I didn't ever have to trim her nails.

  21. Had a golden lab she was the best after she passed I now have a black lab she’s my big old baby. Lots of love if she knows you don’t feel good.

  22. How about an Irish Setter and a German Shorthair Pointer?
    Or Irish Wolfhound and Great Dane?
    Doberman Pinscher and Rottweiler?
    American Staffordshire Terrier and American Pitbull Terrier?
    Fun Videos good research.

  23. I have a "Goldador" aka a mutt of a Golden and a lab but she is soooo beautiful, looks more like a Golden though. Both her parents were trained and won many awards for competitions and she is just as smart, so glad I found the pup, met both parents and were so smart. I use to have a black lab but he passed of old age, I wanted another lab but was always interested in a Golden as well, so I went with a 2 in 1 lol, problem solved

  24. I like both equally, but if I had to choose one it would be the lab because they come in a number of colors and my old teacher had three, and they were fun and entertaining dogs.


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