Flat-coated Retriever vs Golden Retriever

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Golden Retriever and the Flat-Coated Retriever are good for new owners, but the Golden Retriever is a slightly better choice.
  • Children - Both the Flat-Coated Retriever and Golden Retriever are great with children.
  • Grooming - The Flat-Coated Retriever is easy to groom while the Golden Retriever has moderate grooming needs.
  • Barking - Both breeds will bark frequently, but the Flat-Coated Retriever has the highest tendency to bark between the two.
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Flat-Coated Retriever vs Golden Retriever
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Breed NameFlat-Coated RetrieverGolden Retriever
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan8-10 yrs.10-12 yrs.
Height22-24½ in.21-24 in.
Weight55-80 lb55-80 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountryUnited KingdomUK (Scotland)
Origin Year1859 AD1865 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentNoYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹20°F to 75°F30°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredHigh-Very HighMedium-High
Top Running Speed24 mph25 mph
StrengthHighHigh
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMediumMedium-High
SheddingMediumMedium-High
DanderMediumMedium
Drool AmountNone-LowNone

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 NameFlat-Coated RetrieverGolden Retriever
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyYesNo
AverageYesNo
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageBelow Average
ChasingAverageHigh
Follow CommandsAverageHigh
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageBelow Average
HuntingHighHigh
ProtectionBelow AverageBelow Average
Remove VerminBelow AverageBelow Average
SleddingBelow AverageBelow Average
WatchAverageBelow Average
Health Comparison
Breed NameFlat-Coated RetrieverGolden Retriever
Lifespan
Lifespan8-10 yrs.10-12 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesNoYes
BloatNoYes
CancerYesNo
CataractsNoYes
Elbow DysplasiaNoYes
EpilepsyNoYes
HemangiosarcomaNoYes
Hip DysplasiaNoYes
HypothyroidismNoYes
Osteochondrosis DissecansNoYes
OsteosarcomaNoYes
Progressive Retinal AtrophyNoYes
Subvalvular Aortic StenosisNoYes
Von Willebrand's DiseaseNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameFlat-Coated RetrieverGolden Retriever
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
WavyYesYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesNo
LiverYesNo
Dark GoldenNoYes
GoldNoYes
Light GoldenNoYes