Both the labradoodle and goldendoodle breeds are seeing a huge increase in popularity that has remained steady for months now and demand for the breed continues to grow with each passing month. Although we always see a large number of questions asked regarding both breeds by potential owners looking to add a new dog to their family but we have noticed more and more people specifically asking for a dedicated labradoodle vs goldendoodle comparison article.
Due to seeing so many people reaching out and asking for advice on both breeds as well as so many people asking for a direct comparison article, we have decided to make it the subject of this article. We are hoping that this article will not only help to answer as many questions as possible but also help people decide if either the labradoodle or the goldendoodle will be the better breed for them.
Although the breeds are very similar due to both breeds sharing the poodle lineage, there are some subtle differences that may make one breed better than the other for you and your specific situation. Before we go any further, we just want to quickly say that both breeds are excellent family dogs and either will likely make a great addition to the majority of families. The subtle differences between the two breeds are minimal so for most of our readers, they will be fine going with either dog.
Due to reputable breeders for both labradoodles and goldendoodles still being relatively rare, we have seen a number of people simply making the decision based around what breed has a registered breeder closest to where they live. Anyway, we will not be moving on to take a more in-depth look at both of the breeds, their traits, characteristics, their similarities, and what makes them different from each other.
The Labradoodle Breed
As you can probably guess from the Labradoodle name, the breed is a hybrid between the labrador retriever and the poodle lineage. Although there is some variation in the breed due to the poodle side being taken from the standard, miniature, or toy poodle bloodlines, in general, a labradoodle will grow to be a larger size than a Goldendoodle due to its labrador bloodline. The average labrador will grow to be between fifty-five and eight pounds being larger than the average golden retriever.
Although the labradoodle breed does tend to have a myth about being a hypoallergenic dog breed, this is not the case and no breed of dogs is fully hypoallergenic. The myth comes from the fact that many people who do suffer from dog allergies can often have a labradoodle in their home without suffering from allergy flare-ups. This tends to be due to the coat of a labradoodle catching most of its shed and not letting it fall around your home causing flare-ups.
We can’t stress this enough though, although one labradoodle from a litter may take its coat from the poodle line and have this advantage, another labradoodle from the exact same litter may take its coat from the labrador line have the same issue with allergies as a regular labrador. On top of this, due to the age that many Labradoodle puppies are purchased, it can still be too early to see if your Labradoodle will take its coat traits from its poodle or labrador lines and if it may cause your allergies to flare up or not.
Although the term labradoodle was first coined in 1955, the breed did not start to grown in popularity until around 1989 when the Australlian, Wally Conron started to breed them exclusively and try to remove the hereditary issues from the breed. Since then, the Labradoodle breed has increasing in popularity while seeing almost exponential growth over the last five years or so.
That said though, even though Wally Conron put a solid effort into trying to remove the negative areas of the breed, unfortunately, hereditary issues are still relatively common with labradoodles. Although these days the majority of labradoodle will be healthy, a small number can suffer from conditions such as hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, Addison’s disease, an endocrine disorder, and various eye diseases.
Another thing that seems to be common with labradoodles is that if your dog is going to have issues with hereditary problems then they seem to get most of them rather than just one or two. On the flipside of this though, if a labradoodle is healthy they tend to win the genetic lottery and have no issues with the hereditary problems and live a normal, fit, and healthy life.
Although the odds are stacked in your favor provided you get your labradoodle from a reputable breeder, if your pup does end up suffering from hereditary issues then it can result in some very expensive bills at your local veterinarians. Due to this, we would highly recommend that our readers consider purchasing pet insurance for their new labradoodle, at least for the first few years of its life until it becomes clear if your dog will have any of these problems. By the age of three, the eye and dysplasia issues have usually started to show themselves and give an indication of if the dog will have these problems or not.
The appearance and temperament of the labradoodle breed can vairy wildly depending on the characteristics that your particular labradoodle picks up from its parent breeds. That said though, this tends to only apply to earlier generations of labradoodle and not so much in a multigeneration labradoodle that will likley have more dependable characteristics from its direct parents. Just to be clear though, some breeders may not tell you if your labradoodle is a first generation with direct labrador and poodle parents or is a multigeneration pup with labradoodle parents so always try to find out.
The majority of the reputable breeders of labradoodles will only sell pups that have been bred from labradoodle parents for four generations or more though with most implementing selective breeding to promote healthy, desired traits and characteristics in the dog. This can also apply for their coat with most breeders trying to encourage the wiry, curly, wavy coats of the breed to try and keep them as allergy-friendly as possible for any potential owner.
When it comes to their actual temperament, the vast majority of labradoodles are friendly, energetic, good with families, and extremely intelligent. This can result in some unique, hilarious experiences if you do choose to add a labradoodle to your family and unlike some dog breeds, labradoodles tend to absolutely love water so playing in the sea or a river will be commonplace but it also makes bath time much easier for you as your labradoodle will likely enjoy the process.
The Goldendoodle Breed
As you may have guessed from the goldendoodle name, the breed is descendent from a golden retriever parent and a poodle and with golden retrievers and labrador having a common ancestor too, it is not surprising that the goldendoodle and labradoodle are so similar. As we touched on above, a goldendoodle tends to be smaller than a labradoodle though due to most golden retrievers topping out at around 75 pounds and not growing to the size of your average labrador but depending on your situation, this may be an advantage.
The goldendoodle breed also has the same myth about it being a hypoallergenic dog breed when in fact it is not. Again, this is due to the exact same reason that the myth is so popular about the labradoodle breed. If your goldendoodle takes its coat from the poodle line then it is usually great at catching its shed and may prevent flareups of allergies for some people who own a goldendoodle. That said though, the breed does shed year round and if you have sever allergies then they still may flare-up.
The goldendoodle breed was started by Monica Dickens in England back in 1969 and did not see much growth in popularity until the early 1990s. Since then though, the goldendoodle breed has seen rapid growth and with popularity skyrocketing over the last five years or so. Unlike the labradoodle, the goldendoodle was specifically bred for a purpose to try and create an allergy-friendly dog breed to use as guide dogs. Due to trying to make the breed as hypoallergenic friendly as possible from the very start, the shedding of the goldendoodle lines is a little better than the labradoodle lines making them slightly better if you do suffer from dog allergies.
Unfortunately, there are some hereditary issues with the goldendoodle breed too and although the majority of goldendoodles will be healthy, some can be susceptible to hip dysplasia and a number of eye disorders. The goldendoodle is also at a slightly increased risk of having ear infections or yeast infection in the ear due to water usually not draining quickly and the breed loving to swim. Although much rarer, some goldendoodles can also suffer from Von Willebrands disease too. Due to this, we would also highly recommend that any of our readers looking to add a goldendoodle to their family consider getting some pet insurance to help with any potential veterinary bills in the future too.
Although the goldendoodle breed is not as old as the labradoodle breed, standards were set up from the very start by Monica Dickens and her team due to having a clear goal for the breed. This tends to result in a more consistent appearance and temperament throughout the goldendoodle lines provided you source your pup from a reputable breeder. Goldendoodles are extremely intelligent, loving, energetic, and friendly towards families making them an ideal family pet for most households.
When it comes to their appearance, goldendoodles are always a shade of yellow or gold due to not having the black or chocolate generics from the labrador breed in them. Their coat tends to always be wavy due to having been designed to catch its shed as efficiently as possible and help to reduce any allergy flare-ups too. This is largley due to many goldendoodles not actually being a 50/50 split between a poodle and a golden reteriver but usually being closer to sixty to seventy percent poodle.
There’s No Guarantee
After all that though, we just want to clarify that there is still no guarantee in the traits, characteristics, and temperament of your goldendoodle or labradoodle, especially if it is from a newer line or a first-generation with the two-parent breeds as its direct parents. As we touched on earlier though, the majority of reputable breeders will only retail pups that have at least four generations of parents from either the goldendoodle or labradoodle sub-breeds that have also had selective breeding carried out within the lines.
This helps to produce an excellent dog that will make a great new addition to the vast majority of families. If members of your household do suffer from allergies then the goldendoodle can often be the better option as a labradoodle has a higher chance of taking its coat from the labrador line and not being as allergy-friendly as most goldendoodle. If you do plan to breed either labradoodles or goldendoodle yourself then keep in mind that it is very hard to predict the characteristics of pups unless you know the direct parentage of the dogs you are breeding and even then there is no guarantee.