The Golden retriever Lab mix is a dog that combines the qualities of America’s two most loved family dogs, the Labrador Retriever and the Golden Retriever to create a striking and adorable mix also known as the Goldador.
Do not get me wrong, all dogs are great and amazing but who would not want a dog this adorable that is also energetic and loyal.
You could get a Golden Retriever or a Labrador retriever but with Golden Retriever and Lab all in one package you do not have to choose.
This dog is also known as the “Golden Labrador” and is a dog that loves having fun and a crossbreed of the 1st and 3rd most popular dogs in the US.
Putting all this into consideration, this makes the Goldador a popular crossbreed.
How would the Golden Retriever Lab mix fare as a part of your family? And would you want him as part of your life?
Read this article and get to know if this mix is the right fit for you and if not get to know of other mixes from these two wonderful dogs.
You will also learn how to take care of this pooch once you have decided to make him part of your family. It is all-comprehensive because we are “Mydogsinfo.”
Let us get right into it.
About the Golden Retriever Lab mix
The Goldador is a designer dog which is a crossbreed.
This Golden retriever and Labrador mix is a large and athletic dog that has a short and water-resistant coat. He is also a friendly dog, has a lot of energy, and is highly trainable.
These dogs should be the first choice for anyone that is eyeing for a family dog.
Goldador was originally bred in to be used as a guide dog.
Some of the Golden Labradors have been used to assist therapy dogs, some have also been used to detect bombs and for hunting but the biggest percentage of these dogs are just family companions.
Being a hybrid dog means that you do not always get a 50-50 split. The dog may lean towards one parent more than the other.
You can get a dog that is more of a Golden Retriever or a Labrador.
There can even be variations in puppies that are in the same litter and that is not something that should get you worried.
The pros and cons of a Golden Retriever lab mix
✓ Their large size makes them unsuitable for apartment living.
✔ They need regular exercise.
✓ He is not a good guard dog
✘ They have a friendly and affectionate nature
✗ These dogs are easy to train
✘ They are low maintenance dogs
Goldador General Characteristics
|Golden Retriever Lab mix summary table|
|Height||Ranges from 22-24 inches for males and 20 to 22 inches tall for females at the shoulders|
|Weight||Male Goldadors can weigh from 65 to 80 pounds and the females 55 to 70 pounds depending on the genes of the dominant parent|
|Lifespan||10 – 15 years especially when in good health|
|Breed Type||mixes and more|
|Purpose||Companion and family dog|
|Suitable For||They are best suited for everyone|
|Grooming requirements||May require low to moderate grooming|
|Color Variations||these dogs can be golden or yellow, however, in rare cases they can be black, White, Cream, Golden, red or brown.|
|Health concerns||skin allergies, eye problems, and Joint Dysplasia|
|Temperament||Friendly, Loving, Cheerful, Playful, Social, Outgoing, Sweet, Affectionate, smart, and loyal|
Just like any other mixed dog breed the Golden Retriever Lab mix traits and appearances may be hard to predict but we will give you the possible outcomes.
Height and weight
A fully grown Golden Retriever Lab mix is of a height that can be anywhere from 20-24 inches.
This mix weighs between 55-80 pounds, females weigh slightly less than the males do.
One thing that all the Goldadors have is their cuteness overload. They will never disappoint you when it comes to this.
In most of the cases, this dog has a large head that is square with floppy ears and an athletic body with long legs.
They may also have the large Golden Retrievers eyes that most people describe as being loving. However, they have blue eyes but this is very rare.
Some of you ay note that the Golden Retriever lab mix may have a stripe along their neck. This stripe is dark and runs along their spines from their necks to their tails.
Goldadors may have black noses and long tails.
Mix coat appearance and shedding
In general, the Goldador has a short, dense coat that is often straight but can also be wavy at times.
However, you should note that the appearance of this hybrid dog can vary massively. You can never be too sure what you are going to get as far as the appearance of the coat is concerned.
Some puppies may come out looking like a good equal mix of both of the parents while some may look more like one parent more than the other.
The mix is also most likely going to inherit the Lab’s double coat.
This double-coat has a soft undercoat below a weather-resistant upper coat. You do not also want to eliminate the chance of the mix having a short coat.
The good news is that the coat does not shed much and you will not have to deal with so much dog fur in your house.
Most of the time, Golden Retriever lab mixes are yellow but they can also have other colors such as gold, black, white, brown, or even red.
If the Golden Retriever lab mix resembles the labrador more you may get one of the following:
- Yellow Goldador
- Chocolate Goldador.
- Black Goldador.
If the puppies resemble more of the Golden Retriever then you are most likely going to get the following:
- A Golden Goldador
- A dark golden Goldador
- Light Golden Goldador
What is an F1 Goldador?
An F1 Goldador is the first generation of puppies that are produced when you mix a purebred Golden Retriever with a purebred Labrador.
Apart from the first generation puppies, you can also have other generations of puppies.
For example, when you breed two F1 Goldadors you get F2 puppies. When you breed two F2 Goldadors you then get F3 puppies.
You can also have an F1B Goldador which is an offspring of an F1 Golden Labrador with a purebred Golden retriever or a Labrador.
Golden Retriever Lab mix personality and temperament
Making an exact prediction of how your Goldador will turn out is difficult.
You can only make an educated guess about their personality and that is exactly what I am going to help you do.
This dog has endless energy and a lot of enthusiasm.
The mix is a perfect choice for first-time dog owners that are looking for a family dog.
You will be surprised how patient this dog is and how much he loves the company of children.
The Golden Retriever Lab mix never loses patience and can put up with a great deal of rough play and are incredibly good-natured when they are around kids.
When they are socialized from the time they are puppies these dogs show affection to other dogs and animals.
They simply love everyone.
Apart from their patience with kids, these designer dogs are also great guides, service, and therapy dogs.
The Golden Labrador is a trustworthy and reliable dog that makes him a great option for rescue teams, emergency services, and even anti-narcotic detection.
|Ease of care||
Goldadors have great watchdog capabilities because they are loyal and alert.
You should not confuse the Golden Labrador for a guard dog.
The Golden Labradors’ friendly nature is extended even for strangers. You should not be surprised to see them cuddling with people that they have never met before.
However, they can be very vocal when they are bored, barking, or howling just to pass time.
Even when they get too excited they could still end up making noise and this may be something you would want to consider, especially if you have close neighbors.
Golden labs love affection, and if you do not give them enough they could end up throwing tantrums.
These dogs do not do well in isolation and could potentially become destructive if they are left alone for long and also suffer from separation anxiety.
Golden retriever lab mixes can live in different environments and climates.
They can handle the cold weather better when they inherit the double coat of the Labrador retriever.
Goldadors tend to be heat sensitive, but they can get used to warm weather. It would be better if your dog stayed indoors when the weather is extremely hot.
Though he is a large-sized dog, the golden lab can live in an apartment happily as long as you give them enough physical and mental activities.
History of the Golden Retriever Lab mix
Designer dogs have been in existence for some time now.
There are no records to show where exactly the Golden Labrador came from or who was the first person to breed the mix, but it is known that he has been around for some time now.
For a few years now there have been deliberate breeding programs, at least for service dogs.
The Guide dogs association For the Blind has named the Goldador as the most successful guide dog.
The parent breeds have been in existence for some time now and a lot is known about them.
So, it would be a great idea if we looked into their history too.
Golden Retriever brief history
They were first developed in Scotland at the estate of Lord Tweedmouth. The name retrievers come from their ability to retrieve shot game undamaged.
At around 1868 and 1871, Tweedmouth bred female Tweed Water Spaniel to a Golden Retriever for a loyal and efficient hunting partner.
They are one of the most popular dog breeds today. These dogs are medium-sized, sturdy dogs with a golden lustrous coat hence the golden name.
The Golden Retriever was named ‘retriever’ because of their ability to retrieve without doing much damage due to their soft mouth.
Other popular Golden Retriever Mixes
- St. Bernard Golden Retriever Mix is also called Golden Bernard
- American Bulldog Golden Retriever Mix is also called Golden American Bulldog
- Shar-Pei Golden Retriever Mix is also called Golden Shar Pei
- The German Shepherd Golden Retriever Mix
A brief history of the Labrador retriever
The sweet-faced lab is one of America’s most popular dogs.
Labs are friendly, outgoing, and have more than enough affection to go around the family looking for a medium to large-sized dog.
The Labrador retriever hails from Newfoundland off the Atlantic coast of Canada.
He was originally called St John’s dog which was the capital of Newfoundland.
Labs mainly served as companion dogs and they were used by fishermen as their helpers in the 1700s.
They were used to retrieve fish that had escaped hooks.
Although their heritage is unknown many believe that the st John’s dog was interbred with the Newfoundland dog and other small local water dogs.
English noblemen that had visited Canada then spotted the dog and returned home with the finest specimens of Labradors Retrievers.
British breeders then refined and standardized the dog to the pooch that you know and love today.
In America, the dog almost went extinct in the 1880s.
He was recorded as one of the most popular dogs in the US in 1991. Today this dog serves many purposes from being used as therapy dogs, for search and rescue and even for drugs and explosive detection.
Other popular Lab mixes
- The multicolored Aussiedor is a combination of a Lab and an Australian shepherd.
- Cuteness in the form of a Bullador which is a Labrador and American bulldog mix.
- A union between a Lab and Akita results in this stunning Labrakita.
- The American Lattle has the mixed genes of a Lab and Australian Cattle Dog.
- An amber eyed Borador, a hybrid of a Labrador and Border Collie.
Frequently asked questions
Does the Godador shed?
Yes Goldador shed throughout the year just as the Lab and Goldie parents. However, the amount of Goldador shedding will be affected by the weather and type of coat that the mix inherits.
Is the Goldador a breed?
The Goldador is a mixed breed that is not recognized by ay of the major kennel clubs.
How long can a Goldador be left alone?
Typically, a Goldador can be left alone for a maximum of about 7 hours but the recommended time is around 5 hours. When some Goldadors are left alone for more than this, they may become destructive and even suffer from separation anxiety. Remember that this is a people-oriented dog.
Golden Labrador mix Puppies
When this dog is a puppy he known to be very clumsy.
It is known that their big legs and paws are always getting them into trouble.
They may grow out of this when they are about 18 months old when they reach maturity, but that is not always assured because they can maintain their puppy-like nature for up to 3 years.
This mix can have a litter of between 4 to 12 puppies depending on the parent dogs.
The Golden Retriever Lab mix puppy is a premium puppy and you can end up paying anywhere from $1000 to $3000. The prices can, however, go as high as $5000 for puppies that are from pedigree parents or show ring parents and for superior lines.
When you are buying a Golden lab puppy you must talk to a dog breeder that is trusted before you buy one.
Note that the American Society for the prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) strongly discourages people from buying puppies online.
Good puppies do not come cheap but that does not that the most expensive puppy is the best puppy. The healthier the puppy is the more expensive he will be.
There is also the extra costs for taking care of the puppies that could up to $1000 per year. This is something that many people tend to overlook but I don’t want you to do the same mistake.
Each puppy in the litter has its traits and personality.
Be careful of Goldadors that come at a cheap price
You may come across a litter of puppies that have very low prices as compared to other puppies in the market.
As mentioned earlier mixed hybrid dog puppies do not come cheap and this is because they are not cheap or easy to breed.
So, if you see a breeder that is selling his/her puppies at an extremely low price they are probably not good.
They are also the chance that the puppies had been poorly bred, leaving you to deal with the consequences.
Grooming a Golden Retriever mixed with a Labrador
As mentioned earlier the Golden Lab is a moderate shedder and so you will need to have a consistent grooming schedule.
The grooming process should not be undermined as it helps keep your dog healthier and improves his general appearance.
These dogs shed mildly to moderately all year round and you will, therefore, need to brush their coat weekly.
During the shedding season, the dog should be brushed daily no matter the length of the coat.
Brushing is also essential to distribute oils around the dog’s coat and also helps to relax the dog. This will make him attractive and healthier.
You do not have to worry about trimming the hair as it will not grow as long and feathery like that of a Golden Retriever.
Bathing you Golden Retriever Lab mix
You should only give you Goldador a bath when it is needed, for example when the coat becomes too soiled or when he had a lot of activities during a hot summer day.
Note that the dog should not be bathed too often as this strips the coat of essential oils and minerals. Only bathe him when you notice that the dog is dirty or smelly.
As you are bathing the dog you want to make sure that the ears are protected. Water should not get into the dog’s ears as it is uncomfortable and can cause some health issues.
Use a good dog shampoo and conditioner to keep the coat shiny and healthy. Your vet can help you choose the shampoo that is best suited for your dog.
Other grooming requirements
Apart from taking care of the dog’s coat, you should also check the ears for any chances of ear infections. Cleaning the ears also gets rid of bad odor.
Clipping the nails is also an important part of grooming.
Brush your Lab and Golden Retriever mix teeth a few times every week to reduce the risk of periodontal diseases.
Feeding a Goldador
Several factors affect how much you can feed your dog:
- Level of activity
The Golden Retriever lab mix is a large dog that will need to be fed enough to keep up with his energy levels.
You must give him a high-quality diet that can meet his nutritional requirements.
So, make sure that you invest in the best food and healthies for your dog.
You need to meet the calorie requirements of your Goldador.
|Goldador Daily Food Consumption|
|Cups of Kibble||🍗🍗🍗|
Avoid foods that have the following;
Bulking agents such as peas and corn. This is important to make sure that your dog does not develop stomach sensitivity.
Bulking agents cause some digestive problems such as flatulence, vomiting, indigestion, and even diarrhea.
Chemical additives are something else that you should be careful of when you are getting food for your dog.
Avoids foods that have ingredients that you do not understand.
Golden Retriever Lab mix exercise requirements
Exercising Goldador is not a hard job as long as you are together. At least 2 hours of daily exercise should be more than enough.
This is one of the best ways to keep them happy and healthy.
If you do not have the time to exercise your dog then you should consider hiring a dog walker.
However, they can get a little lazy when they get older. But the important thing is to get them excited which will ultimately motivate them.
Your dog must get enough mental and physical stimulation or he will otherwise get involved in mischief as a way to self entertain.
However, for much younger puppies, you should stick to the 5-minutes rule. Meaning that every time your puppy gets a month older add 5 minutes of exercise a day until he reaches maturity.
So, if your puppy is one month old only exercise him for 5 minutes, and when he gets to 2 months of age increase this to 10 minutes.
If you are not much of a walking person then there are other activities that you and your furry friend could get involved in.
Why is exercise important?
- It eases boredom and thus prevents your dog from getting involved in destructive behavior.
- Exercise strengthens your dog’s immune system.
- It helps prevent health issues in later years such as cardiovascular diseases.
- Exercise keeps the brain of your Goldador clear.
Failure to provide your dog with the right amount of exercise could lower the quality of his life reducing his lifespan and that does not sound good.
Dogs are rarely at fault for not getting enough exercise, in most cases it the owner’s fault. Your dog may refuse to exercise to do it if they are not enjoying what you want him to do.
After an exercise session, you should give your pooch some time to rest.
However, if you are not a huge exercise fan then you can use play around with your dog as you both work out. In this way, you both benefit and create a better bond between you and your dog.
Keep consistency in your exercises but always be careful to make sure that your puppy does not overheat.
So, apart from walking your dog what other options do you have?
Playing fetch with your Goldador
This is one classic outdoor game to do with your dog in the summer.
You can challenge your Golden Retriever Lab mix by putting a twist to the game. For example, you can either use a Frisbee or a tennis racket to make the object fly faster and farther for you Golden Lab to get and retrieve it.
But when you are doing this you should avoid doing it too much as your Golden Lab may get over-excited when doing it.
The advantage is that your Goldador gets the exercise he requires while you just sit and relax.
Go Stairs climbing with your Labrador and Golden Retriever mix
You don’t need to create a difficult exercise routine for you and your Lab and Golden Retriever mix.
Climbing up and down with your Goldador can be fun and effective as well.
You will be amazed as to how much you can achieve with the simplest forms of exercise.
Running up and down the stairs is great if you notice that your dog is getting obese.
This is another fun activity that you and your Goldador can do.
The only thing that you have to do is throw a floating toy encouraging your dog to jump, swim, and retrieve it.
A lakeshore or a small pool can work great if you do have a dock nearby.
If you notice that your dog is good at this then you can upgrade and join a Dock Diving club and he can compete with other dogs.
And heck, you both get thrilled in the process.
Swimming with a Golden Retriever lab mix
Most of the dogs are afraid of water but once they get the hang of it they will fall in love with it.
Swimming is a very enjoyable form of exercise that you can do with your Golden Retriever lab mix.
Some toys encourage dogs to swim and if you are a big swimming fan you can search the internet for those.
Find out what motivates your pooch and reward him during exercise to keep him more active.
If you some other great exercise ideas you can share them in the comment section below.
Goldador training requirements
Both the Golden Retriever and the Labrador Retriever are known to be very obedient and people-pleasing.
Another thing that you should remember is that Labradors are very food-oriented and food-based training always works the best.
When you are starting your dog training it would be best if you tested different rewards to see what works the best for your dog.
Don’t be afraid to get help from a professional dog trainer.
The best way to train your Golden Lab mix puppy is through positive reinforcement that is mainly reward-based training.
- Never use negative methods such as punishment when training you Goldador mix as it could turn out to be problematic.
- Encourage the behavior that you want to see in your dog by praising and rewarding him with treats, toys, or attention and ignore the dog when he behaves in a manner that you don’t want.
Some of the rewards that you can use are:
- Verbal rewards
- Toy rewards
- Food-based rewards as mentioned above
If your pup does what you want then reward him. But if the training proves to be more difficult then you can use high-value food treats.
Golden Labrador known health concerns
There are always a few health concerns that you have to look out for even if the dog was crossed to outbreed any health issues.
The Goldador is no exception as he is also known to suffer from some health issues.
Luckily enough some of these problems can be treated as long as you keep a close eye on your dog.
You can schedule a test with your veterinarian to determine the possibility of any inherited health issues.
There are recommendations and diet requirements that you will require to follow to keep your pooch in a stable healthy state.
These are just concerns but it does not mean that your dog will suffer from them.
Some of the health concerns are;
- Hip and elbow dysplasia
- Diabetes is a condition that is common in these dogs that can be managed.
- Eye problems such as juvenile cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy
- Obesity is unlike other health conditions, as you can prevent your dog from getting obese by giving him the correct exercise and diet.
The Golden Retriever Lab mix is a perfect choice for anyone that is looking for an active family dog.
They are happiest when they are around family receiving love and affection.
Golden labs are always happy and playful dogs
Because of their renowned patience with young children, this dog does well with all members of the family no matter their age.
Have you had experience with the Goldador? If you have, give us your feedback in the comment section below.
There you go WOOF!!
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