Boxer vs Golden Retriever

Compare the Boxer to the Golden Retriever. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Boxers and Golden Retrievers.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Golden Retriever is a good choice for new owners, whereas the Boxer is not recommended for new/inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the Boxer and Golden Retriever are great with children.
  • Grooming - The Boxer is easier to groom than the Golden Retriever.
  • Barking - Both breeds will bark frequently, but the Boxer has the highest tendency to bark between the two.
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Boxer vs Golden Retriever
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Golden Retriever
Breed NameBoxerGolden Retriever
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan10-12 yrs.10-12 yrs.
Height21-25 in.21-24 in.
Weight53-70 lb55-80 lb
IntelligenceAverageHigh
History
Origin CountryGermanyUK (Scotland)
Origin Year1894 AD1865 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyGoodVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardNoYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹60°F to 80°F30°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredHighMedium-High
Top Running Speed27 mph25 mph
StrengthHighHigh
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMediumMedium-High
SheddingHighMedium-High
DanderLowMedium
Drool AmountNoneNone

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameBoxerGolden Retriever
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyYesNo
AverageNoNo
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionAverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingVery LowBelow Average
ChasingAverageHigh
Follow CommandsBelow AverageHigh
FightingAverageBelow Average
GuardingHighBelow Average
HerdingVery LowBelow Average
HuntingAverageHigh
ProtectionAverageBelow Average
Remove VerminVery LowBelow Average
SleddingVery LowBelow Average
WatchAverageBelow Average
Health Comparison
Breed NameBoxerGolden Retriever
Lifespan
Lifespan10-12 yrs.10-12 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesYesYes
Aortic StenosisYesNo
BloatYesYes
Boxer CardiomyopathyYesNo
CancerYesNo
CataractsNoYes
Corneal DystrophyYesNo
DeafnessYesNo
Demodectic MangeYesNo
Elbow DysplasiaNoYes
EpilepsyNoYes
HemangiosarcomaNoYes
Hip DysplasiaYesYes
HypothyroidismYesYes
Osteochondrosis DissecansNoYes
OsteosarcomaNoYes
Progressive Retinal AtrophyNoYes
Subvalvular Aortic StenosisNoYes
Von Willebrand's DiseaseNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameBoxerGolden Retriever
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Single CoatYesNo
Double CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesNo
WavyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesNo
MediumNoYes
Coat Color(s)
BrindleYesNo
FawnYesNo
WhiteYesNo
Dark GoldenNoYes
GoldNoYes
Light GoldenNoYes