Golden Labrador Dog Breed

Goldador - Golden Labrador
  • Other names:
  • Golden Labrador
  • Golden Lab
  • Golden Labrador Retriever
  • Goldador Retriever
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The Golden Labrador, also known by the more debonair sounding moniker "Goldador", is a hard working yet sensitive hybrid dog suitable for many households and purposes. They can excel as successful therapy, assistance, hunting, search and rescue, and even bomb detecting dogs. Many will simply choose them for, quite possibly, being one of the top choices for families. They are gentle yet playful with kids, get along well with other pets and are friendly towards almost anyone. They are easily trained and easily groomed but do require daily outdoor exercise. Typically healthy, these dogs often live up to 15 years.

Golden Labrador Breed Details

Breed Specs
Hybrid10-15 yrs.22-24 in.60-80 lbs
  • Friendliness
  • Overall
  • Family Friendly
  • Kid Friendly
  • Pet Friendly
  • Stranger Friendly
  • Maintenance
  • Easy to Groom
  • Energy Level
  • Exercise Needs
  • General Health
  • Shedding Amount
  • Behavior
  • Barks / Howls
  • Easy to Train
  • Guard Dog
  • Playfulness
  • Watch Dog
  • Ownership
  • Apartment Friendly
  • Can Be Alone
  • Good for Busy Owners
  • Good for Novice Owners
  • Intelligence
* The more green the stronger the trait.

Golden Retriever and Labrador mixes produce puppies that are versatile enough to prove themselves in many different arenas. They were originally bred as working dogs that would combine the physical capabilities of the Labrador with the Personality of the Golden Retriever. Some Goldadors are assistance or therapy dogs, some are hunters, some detect bombs, and some are simply devoted family companions. This breed is for everyone, as long as they get daily outdoor activity and plenty of attention.


  • One of the best family dogs for kids of any age
  • Willing exercise partner
  • Typically lives peacefully with other pets
  • Easy to groom
  • Generally free of major health concerns
  • Easily trained


  • May be too large for small apartments and condos
  • Ideally needs around an hour of daily outdoor activity
  • Not hypoallergenic
  • No guard dog capabilities

Golden Labrador Breed Description

Golden Labradors, as hybrid dogs, will inherit characteristics from both parents but not always equally. We recommend prospective owners read up on the traits of both Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers before adopting one of these mixes. The following information for this breed can be supplemented by visiting our parent breed pages.

Intelligent and biddable, the Golden Lab will be pretty easy to train, even by a first time owner. Both parent breeds are notoriously easy to train and excel in obedience. They are sensitive to your tone and gestures so encouragement, affection and treats will get you much farther than excessive firmness. This breed is so trainable, they often find jobs as assistance, therapy, search and rescue, and explosive detection dogs as well as hunting partners (naturally).

Notably, these dogs are prime choices for families. They were bred for the purpose of keeping the physical strength and endurance of the Labrador while also retaining the affable, happy-go-lucky nature of the Golden Retriever.

This breed is energetic will, ideally, have a fenced yard along with an hour of daily outdoor activity. They enjoy doing anything whether you are an avid hunter or simply enjoy taking a long walk each day. Goldadors love toys, games and even swimming so it shouldn't be hard to find an activity to keep them in good shape. It's also important to note that training (obedience, agility, task) is an important way to exercise both the body and mind.

Golden Labrador Coloring

As a mixed breed, the coat color of the Goldador varies much more than does that of the parent breeds. Black, brown, golden, yellow and red are all common colors for them. The inheritance of genes from both breeds even allows the coats of these dogs to be black and tan!

Golden Labrador Size

A Golden Retriever and Labrador mix will be a large sized dog that may not be ideal for apartments and small condos. Although hybrid dogs tend to vary more in size than purebreds, the Golden Lab often reaches 22-24 inches at the shoulder and weighs 60-80 pounds.

Average Adult Height

22-24 in
*Height is measured in inches from the front paws to the top of the shoulder while the dog is standing on all four legs.

Average Adult Weight

60-80 lbs

Golden Labrador Variations

Most often, these dogs are Standard size but it is likely that some breeders will attempt to create Mini Golden Lab puppies; this is likely done by crossing Miniature Retrievers with Standard Labradors. They typically have low maintenance coats that are shorter and more similar to the Lab's, however, they may inherit a medium-long coat somewhere in between the Lab's and Golden Retriever's.

Golden Labrador Temperament

It is difficult to speak of a hybrid's temperament in definitive descriptions, however, your Golden Labrador's temperament will most likely best best described as happy, enthusiastic, hard working and family oriented. They are very dedicated to their owner and family so they will be eager to please and pretty easy to train; these factors make harsh tones and training methods unnecessary and counter-productive.

Goldadors make willing exercise buddies and will participate in any activities you enjoy, even swimming! Games, toys, the dog park-- it's all good as long as they get an hour or so of outdoor time daily. They also often find work as hunting companions, rescue dogs, therapy dogs and participate in bomb detection.

This breed is gentle and loving, yet playful with kids. Their large size necessitates a watchful eye is present when very small children are involved. A well socialized member of the breed will also fit in peacefully with other pets. These dogs are not ideal choices for those looking for watchdogs or guard dogs since they are typically friendly to all.

Golden Labrador and Children

Golden Labradors are perfect additions to families with kids; both parent breeds have long been considered some of the best family dogs. They are naturally gentle and loving, yet playful; in fact, they can play tirelessly for as long as your children can keep up. These guys are obedient, eager to please and will receive as much attention as kids will bestow upon them. Due to sheer size they shouldn't be left unsupervised around small children or babies.

Goldador Photos

Below are pictures and images of the Goldador/Golden Labrador dog breed.

Goldador - Golden Retriever Labrador Mix
Goldador - Golden Labrador
Golden Labrador - Goldador
Goldador - Golden Labrador

Golden Labrador Health

Labrador and Golden Retriever mixes result in puppies that should be healthier than the parent breeds, especially first generation crosses. Choosing a reputable breeder, combined with routine trips to your veterinarian, can help prevent some issues. It is recommended you read up on all possible health issues of both parent breeds before adopting one of these dogs. Typically, this breed will live from 10-15 years with few problems.

Although the Goldador is a healthy breed and is at a lower risk for hip dysplasia and cancer, a few issues that may be passed from its purebred parents include: diabetes, cataracts, and PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy).

  • Bloat
  • Cancer
  • Cataracts
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Osteochondrosis Dissecans
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
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Goldador Breed Recognition

The following dog breed registries and organizations recognize the Goldador as a dog breed:

  • American Canine Hybrid Club
  • Designer Breed Registry
  • Designer Dogs Kennel Club
  • International Designer Canine Registry