Goldendoodle vs. Labradoodle: What's The Difference?

Posted by Christy Caplan

Both the Goldendoodle and Labradoodle are poodle mixes that have been very popular for many years. Yet, what's the difference between these two poodle mixes? Do you want a working dog or a hunting dog? Or maybe you just want a lap dog! explains that the difference between the two depends on the type of dog you're looking for when it comes to companionship:

"If you're looking for a working or hunting dog, a Labradoodle may be better because of its slightly bigger size and higher energy level. Labradoodles are often chosen for service dog work, too. However, Goldendoodles are very popular for therapy dog work, thanks to their outgoing, sunny personalities."

Regardless of which dog you choose, both are adorable.

Breed Origin: Goldendoodle vs. Labradoodle

The Labradoodle:

In 1988, Wally Conron was living in Australia, where he served as head of the Royal Guide Dogs Association. Conron crossbred a standard poodle with a Labrador Retriever, hoping to create a new breed of hypoallergenic guide dogs.

Thus, the Labradoodle was born!.

The Goldendoodle:

Dogtime explains that the Goldendoodle ranges in size from small to large, depending on the variant of Poodle that the Golden Retriever is crossed with.

"Originally bred as a larger alternative to the already popular designer breed known as the Cockapoo, the Goldendoodle has proven to be an excellent family dog."

Coat types

The Labradoodle:

They have two coat types; There is a fleece coat type and wool coat type. Both labradoodle breed coat types are beautiful!

The Goldendoodle:

Goldendoodles are typically very light shedders, making them potential matches for people with allergies. They require regular brushing to those coats shining.

Overall Temperament

The Labradoodle:

They are known for their intelligence, calm temperament, and affection. The Labradoodle is a fantastic dog for folks that just want to hang out at home. Experts say they often need to be trained given their zest and excitement for life.

The Goldendoodle:

This dog is highly social and easy to train. They are great for first-time owners and must be properly socialized when they're puppies so they don't portray any fearful behaviors.

Activity level

The Labradoodle:

Labradoodles are high-energy dogs that need at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. Like with many breeds, they need exercised so that a bored dog doesn't become a destructive dog.

The Goldendoodle:

They require a moderate activity level, around 20-30 minutes of exercise a day, but are well suited for city or country living. Goldendoodles don't require as much exercise as Labradoodles. Both would be a great addition to your therapy dog team that visits nursing homes. However, they're not great guard dogs!

What about health issues or health problems? Make sure to talk with your breeder about allergic reactions to anything in the environment, progressive retinal atrophy,  elbow dysplasia, and hip dysplasia. Many purebred dogs have possible health issues and mixed breeds do as well.

Like with any doodle breeds, the trainability of both of these dogs is off the charts. They are lovable, sociable, trainable, and wonderful family pets.

Are other dogs similar to these dog breeds? What about a mini Labradoodle or mini Goldendoodle? Check out Australian Labradoodles and Standard Labradoodles, too.

These dogs make fabulous family members so work with a reputable breeder to determine which breed you want to bring home. Either will be the perfect dog.

Do you live with either breed? Share them at our Wide Open Pets Facebook!

This article was originally published August 19, 2020.

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Goldendoodle vs. Labradoodle: What's The Difference?