Labradoodles vs. Goldendoodles

Macie (goldendoodle) and Dillon (labradoodle)
Macie (goldendoodle) and Dillon (labradoodle)

What is the Difference between the Labradoodle and the Goldendoodle some people ask…

As far as genetics go…A Labradoodle is the result of a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle. A Goldendoodle is a cross of a Golden Retriever and a Poodle.

In my opinion there is NOT a HUGE difference between these two dogs besides appearance. All dogs are born with different personalities and it is up to you to socialize them and train them and help them to be all that they can be. Both dogs can be amazing companions, love children and are all around great family dogs.. One is not better then the other.

Hershey the Multigen Labradoodle
Hershey the Multigen Labradoodle

Best known for their friendly and outgoing nature, Labradoodles and Goldendoodles are a sweet-natured and enthusiastic breed. These dogs thrive on strong and dependable relationships with humans, and require alot of attention,  stimulation and love human company. These breeds are very intelligent and generally quite easy to train. As a pet, Labradoodles and Goldendoodles are both obedient, loyal, loving, and affectionate. These dogs are not suited for full-time indoor or apartment living, as they enjoy spending time outdoors, playing games such as fetch and tug-of-war, and taking long walks.

Charlie Chocolate Multigen Labradoodle
Charlie – Chocolate Multigen Labradoodle

There are many benefits to owning a Labradoodle or Goldendoodle. This active breed is always on the go, and often quite amusing and entertaining to watch while at play.

When properly socialized from a young age, they get along well with small children and other pets, often making friends quickly due to their social nature.

Due to their need for human attention and eagerness to please and impress its owner, Labradoodles and Goldendoodles generally responds well to basic training and commands. These bright dogs have the ability to learn to perform most any task their trainer is willing to take the time to teach.

Big Goldendoodle!

Standard Goldendoodles tend to be larger then the Standard Labradoodles. 

Some Standard Goldendoodles have grown to more than 100 pounds but average at 60-75 while Labradoodles average at 50-65 with males being larger then females in most cases but not always… there is no always when it comes to dogs.

The size of the Doodle like all dogs depends on its parentage.  A general rule of thumb is to add both the parents weights together and divide by 2 to get an average adult weight on the puppies.  Within any litter there may be puppies that fall above or below the projected adult weights. Make sure the Poodle in your Doodle is a size you can handle because they might be as tall or taller.

Finn the Multigen Labradoodle
Finn the Multigen Labradoodle

The difference in temperament…

Some say.. if you’re a Lab person then you’ll like the Labradoodle better and if you grew up with a Golden then the Goldendoodle is the one for you. I believe they’re so similar that either dog could make a loving companion. 

Reece - Daisy's Labradoodle daughter jumping the fence with her "boy"! Such an awesome picture!!
Labradoodle jumping the fence with her “boy”! Such an awesome picture!!


One Labradoodle breeder who lives close to a Seeing Eye Dog training school was curious as to why 90% of the dogs being trained were Yellow Labs.   When she called, they explained that all the puppies in their program must pass a series of tests to qualify.

One of the tests is a stress test, which includes a variety of loud noises, such as honking car horns, back-firing cars, gun shots, screeching brakes etc. They said most breeds will panic and run at some or all of these kinds of sounds.

The Yellow Labs consistently did the best in these stress tests for staying calm and in control and remained the most stable and dependable. This obviously is extremely important to the ultimate owner, who must depend entirely on his dog for his life when he is making his way thru busy traffic. It was the mix of poodle to labrador that was originally developed for Seeing Eye Dogs in Australia that started the whole story of Labradoodles.

F1 LabradoodleF1 Labradoodle – First


When discussing a F1B Labradoodle or Multigeneration Labradoodle’s coat there is a pretry big difference comparison to an F1 Labradoodle.

The F1 has a higher incidence of shedding while the higher generations are closer to non-shedding.. or as close as its gonna get in a dog.  The F1 and higher generations also look completely different as well.

They have more of that “Teddy bear” look and the F1 look more like the “scruffy dog”. Some people really love the look of the F1 Labradoodle while some prefer the Teddy Bear look of the higher generations like the F1B and the Multigens. Both are cute to me. 

Most Labradoodle breeders no longer breed the F1 generation Labradoodle due to the higher incidence of shedding so they are harder to find. 

More information on Labradoodle generations.

F1b Labradoodle
F1b Labradoodle – Labradoodle bred to Poodle Generation

A Labradoodle Playdate

Labradoodle Playdate

Retriever folks like to say: “You tell a Lab; you ask a Chessie; and you negotiate with a Golden”.

The Goldendoodle

The Goldendoodle when they reach their adult coats, their hair is going to grow 4 to 6 inches long and has a wavy look or a curl to it because of the poodle. It’s the same formula, more curl equals less shedding and more wave equals higher shedding.

Conceptually, Golden Retrievers influence the Goldendoodle making them more energetic. They’ll come into your space immediately. They don’t sit back; they’re happy to visit with you. They are happy, affectionate, and love to roll on you. They don’t have the delay of making a decision. They make their decision well before they decide to come to you.” Goldendoodles are mouthier.

Their mouth is more active when they are puppies and you have to train them not to be mouthy, because they’ll use it on you somewhere! That’s where they get their information. I have trained my Goldendoodles not to put their mouths on people by simply taking one of their other natural tendencies (retrieving) and replacing the mouthing with retrieving a toy. Their natural desire to retrieve keeps their mouths occupied with a toy.”

“I referr to the Goldendoodle as a very zestful and happy with life kind of dog. Labradoodles have a sense of loyalty and appreciation, whereas Goldendoodles have a wonderful, life of the party, personality.”

English Goldendoodle – Baby

Which is Better – Labradoodle or Goldendoodle?

I feel Labradoodles and Goldendoodles are so similar in their personalities that not one or the other is better.

Both doodles share similar temperaments (smart, family-friendly,easily-trained). Both doodles come in various sizes (mini, medium and standard) and many colors. Both are loyal, loving family members.

As for which doodle would work best for you… we find is that people who are loyal to labrador retrievers generally want a labradoodle and folks who have grown up with golden retrievers typically want a goldendoodle.

The great thing this is, you get to choose and enjoy seeing as many puppies of each type of dog as you want. Enjoy!

In intelligence and allergy friendliness, both Doods are about par. Both are half retriever and half poodle and are intelligent and moderately active dogs. Read the breed descriptions for each of these breeds, and believe the breed descriptions.

Either is gonna be a low energy lapdog.

For an insightful article on the differences between a Goldendoodle and a Labradoodle in training and temperament, please read the article by Gwendy Joysen, author of  The Balanced Canine – Link to Article

Me and my Doods at the dog park..
Me and my Doods at the dog park..

Both Breeds:

  • Both can have health issues- ALWAYS buy from a reputable breeder who does all health and genetic clearances
  • Do NOT get a Doodle from a field bred dog unless you are very active
  • Do NOT let the dog become overweight. The chunky look is more than ugly- it’s deadly. This is vital with these breeds. Almost all Goldens and Labs I see out and about are fat. Don’t add to this. A correct specimen is rarely over 75 pounds for a large male, unless the dog is over sized
  • Feed a high quality dog food
  • Clean the ears regularly, and again, feed good food- both breeds tend towards ear issues

Health Concerns in both breeds:
As a hybrid cross they both grow healthier and live longer than either parent line. The only genetic diseases they can be prone to would be those shared by both parent breeds. The Goldendoodle and Labradoodle both tend to be a rather healthy dogs, but Poodles, Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers are all susceptible to hip and elbow dysplasia. They can also suffer from a number of inheritable eye disorders, so it is important that annual CERF (Canine Eye Registration Foundation) exams are performed before breeding. Both are prone to ear infections (and yeast infections in the ears) from moisture in the ears. It is important to make sure to pluck out the hair in their ears and keep them dry.

Health Concerns in short – Hip dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, CHD, PRA, VonWillebrand’s, Addison’s Disease, Inherited Heart Disease, Sebaceous Adenitis (SA), Ear infections, Allergies and hot spots

More detailed list of possible health issues

Doodle Generations:

Generations is also something that makes a HUGE difference in picking a Doodle. It’s a little confusing at first but to make it simple… the First Generation Labradoodle or what’s call an “F1” Labradoodle is half Labrador and half Poodle but and then the F1b generations would be half Standard Poodle and half Labradoodle. So 75% Poodle…. the F1b generation basically means when you breed the labradoodle or the goldendoodle back to the poodle.

The F1b Generation in the Labradoodle is much curlier and less likely to shed. There are however straighter F1b Labradoodles as well. So it all depends on what you like in regards to curl and how much grooming your willing to pay for.

Are allergies a concern?

First Generation Goldendoodles and Labradoodles have proven to live successfully with most families with mild dog allergies. For families with moderate to severe allergies or asthma, the F1b or Multigen Labradoodle/Goldendoodle is recommended.

(see the stats in the Dood Database)

Dogs 101 Videos

The Goldendoodle

The Labradoodle

We can’t forget the Poodle….

What is the difference between Goldendoodle, Aussiedoodle and Standard Poodle?

If you wanna see the difference between a Goldendoodle… A standard Poodle and an Aussiedoodle? Watch this.. the biggest guy is a Goldendoodle.. the Medium guy is an Aussiedoodle and the little chocolate girl is my standard Poodle Daisy.. Their almost the same temperment wise in my humble opinion. Haha! They all LOVE to play together. This was after not seeing eachother for awhile. They were overly excited for sure. They grew up together and love each other.

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