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Name Golden Retriever Labrador Retriever Belgian Malinois
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Other Names
What other names do they have?
Golden Flat Coat
Yellow Retriever
Lab
Labrador
Malinois
Breed Type
Which dog is purebred or crossbreed? Golden Retriever vs Labrador Retriever vs Belgian Malinois breed type comparison:
Purebred Purebred Purebred

Golden Retriever vs Labrador Retriever vs Belgian Malinois Price and Availability Comparison

Price
Which is cheaper, Golden Retriever or Labrador Retriever or Belgian Malinois? Which is more expensive?
$1000-$2000 $1000-$2000 $1200-$1400
Availability
Which is easier to get, Golden Retriever or Labrador Retriever or Belgian Malinois?
Very frequent: The Golden Retriever is quite easy to get.
Very frequent: The Labrador Retriever is quite easy to get.
Very frequent: The Belgian Malinois is quite easy to get.

Golden Retriever vs Labrador Retriever vs Belgian Malinois Size Comparison

Size
Which is bigger, Golden Retriever or Labrador Retriever or Belgian Malinois? Which is the smallest dog, Golden Retriever or Labrador Retriever or Belgian Malinois?
Large Large Large
Weight
Which is heavier, Golden Retriever or Labrador Retriever or Labrador Retriever? Golden Retriever vs Labrador Retriever vs Belgian Malinois weight comparison:
Male: 60-80 pounds (27-36 kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg) Male: 60-75 pounds (27-34kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg) Male: 65-75 pounds (29-34 kg), Female: 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg)
Average Weight
Which dog has a smaller / higher average weight?
Male: 70 pounds (31.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg) Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg) Male: 70 pounds (31.5 kg), Female: 65 pounds (29.5 kg)
Height
Which is taller, Golden Retriever or Labrador Retriever or Belgian Malinois? Golden Retriever vs Labrador Retriever vs Belgian Malinois height comparison:
Male: 22-24 inches (56-61cm), Female: 20-22 inches (51-56 cm) Male: 22-24 inches (56-61cm), Female: 21-23 inches (53-58 cm) Male: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm), Female: 22-24 inches (56-61 cm)
Average Height
Which dog has a smaller / higher average height?
Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 21 inches (53.5 cm) Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 22 inches (55.5 cm) Male: 25 inches (63.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (58.5 cm)

Golden Retriever vs Labrador Retriever vs Belgian Malinois Grooming, Hair and Care Comparison

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat/fur do they have? Golden Retriever vs Labrador Retriever vs Belgian Malinois coat comparison:
Silky
Wavy
Shiny
Straight
Dense
Waterproof
Hard
Short
Weather-resistant
Straight
Colors
What are the original Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever and Belgian Malinois color?
Golden
Light
Yellow
Chocolate
Black
Brindle
Cream
Fawn
Black
Grooming
Which dog is easy to maintain, Golden Retriever or Labrador Retriever or Belgian Malinois? Golden Retriever vs Labrador Retriever vs Belgian Malinois grooming comparison:
Average: The Golden Retriever requires average grooming effort.
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Effortless: The Labrador Retriever requires minimal grooming.
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Average: The Belgian Malinois requires average grooming effort.
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Shedding Level
Who sheds more Golden Retriever or Labrador Retriever or Belgian Malinois? Golden Retriever or Labrador Retriever or {name3 shedding:
Golden Retrievers shed moderately.
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Labrador Retrievers shed moderately.
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Belgian Malinoiss shed moderately.
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Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
Which dog should be bathed more: Golden Retriever or Labrador Retriever or Belgian Malinois?
2-3 weeks
Frequent. This breed has high-maintenance hair and may require a bath every 2-3 weeks.
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3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds.
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8-12 weeks
Very rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one.
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Golden Retriever vs Labrador Retriever vs Belgian Malinois Personality / Temperament Comparison

Temperament
Which one has a better personality? Which is a better family dog, Golden Retriever or Labrador Retriever or Belgian Malinois? Golden Retriever vs Labrador Retriever vs Belgian Malinois behavior/temperament comparison:
Confident
Intelligent
Reliable
Friendly
Kind
Trustworthy
Affectionate
Cheerful
Friendly
Intelligent
Loyal
Playful
Social
Alert
Energetic
Gentle
Loving
Going
Responsive
Active
Alert
Confident
Friendly
Hard working
Protective
Stubborn
Watchful
Intelligent Rank
Which is the smarter dog? Which is best? Golden Retriever vs Labrador Retriever vs Belgian Malinois intelligence:
Outstanding: Golden Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
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Outstanding: Labrador Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
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Very smart: Belgian Malinois is an excellent dog breed.
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Trainability
Golden Retriever vs Labrador Retriever vs Belgian Malinois trainability comparison.
Golden Retrievers are easy to train.
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Labrador Retrievers are very easy to train.
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Belgian Malinoiss are very easy to train.
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Playfulness
Golden Retriever vs Labrador Retriever vs Belgian Malinois playfulness comparison:
The Golden Retriever is a highly playful breed.
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The Labrador Retriever is a highly playful breed.
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The Belgian Malinois is a highly playful breed.
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Sensitivity Level
Which dog is more sensitive? What's the difference?
Golden Retrievers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
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Sensitive: Labrador Retrievers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits.
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They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
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Affection Level
Which is the more affectionate dog breed: Golden Retriever vs Labrador Retriever vs Belgian Malinois?
High: Golden Retrievers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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Slightly Below Average: Labrador Retrievers may seem unfriendly sometimes due to their independence.
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Slightly Below Average: Belgian Malinoiss may seem unfriendly sometimes due to their independence.
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Social Needs
Golden Retriever vs Labrador Retriever vs Belgian Malinois social needs comparison:
Golden Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
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Labrador Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
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Belgian Malinoiss are a social breed.
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Barking
Which dog barks more/less: Golden Retriever vs Labrador Retriever vs Belgian Malinois?
Low to Average: The Golden Retriever rarely barks.
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Average: The Labrador Retriever barks occasionally.
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Average to High: The Belgian Malinois is a vocal breed.
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Watchdog Ability
Which is the better watchdog: Golden Retriever or Labrador Retriever or Belgian Malinois?
Golden Retrievers are average watchdogs.
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Labrador Retrievers are average watchdogs.
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Belgian Malinoiss are one of the best watchdogs.
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Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Which is a better guard dog Golden Retriever or Labrador Retriever or Belgian Malinois? Which dog is most likely to protect its owner? Which is the best dog to use for protection?
Golden Retrievers are average defenders.
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Labrador Retrievers are average defenders.
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Belgian Malinoiss strongly protect their territory.
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Biting Potential
Which breed of dog is most likely to bite? Biting potential comparison:

Moderate

The Golden Retriever has an average chance of biting somebody.

Moderate

The Labrador Retriever has an average chance of biting somebody.

Low 🔽

The Belgian Malinois has a low chance of biting somebody.
Bite Force
Which bite is stronger: Golden Retriever or Labrador Retriever or Belgian Malinois?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Golden Retriever bite force: Ordinary.

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Labrador Retriever bite force: Ordinary.

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Belgian Malinois bite force: Weak.
Mouthiness
Which is the better dog? Golden Retriever vs Labrador Retriever vs Belgian Malinois mouthiness comparison:
Golden Retrievers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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Labrador Retrievers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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Belgian Malinoiss have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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Impulse to Wander or Roam
Which dog has a greater roaming instinct?
Golden Retrievers tend to escape less than other breeds.
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Labrador Retrievers have average wanderlust potential.
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The wanderlust potential of the Belgian Malinois is strong enough to escape from home.
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Prey Drive
Which dog has a higher prey drive? Which can be better for hunting?
Golden Retrievers have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
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Labrador Retrievers have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
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Belgian Malinoiss have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
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Apartment Friendly
Which dog is more apartment friendly Golden Retriever or Labrador Retriever or Belgian Malinois?
It is not recommended to keep the Golden Retriever breed in the home.
It is not recommended to keep the Labrador Retriever breed in the home.
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep Belgian Malinois indoors.
Adaptability
Which dog has a higher adaptability potential? Which is the better dog?
Golden Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Labrador Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Belgian Malinoiss adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Which dog can be left alone: Golden Retriever or Labrador Retriever or Belgian Malinois?
Golden Retrievers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Labrador Retrievers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Belgian Malinoiss do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

Golden Retriever vs Labrador Retriever vs Belgian Malinois Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
Which dog is more stranger friendly Golden Retriever or Labrador Retriever or Belgian Malinois? Which dog is more friendly?
Golden Retrievers are very stranger-friendly dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are very stranger-friendly dogs.
Belgian Malinoiss are not the most stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Which dog breeds get along well with other animals/pets?
Golden Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Labrador Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Belgian Malinoiss are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Which dog is more child/kid friendly Golden Retriever or Labrador Retriever or Belgian Malinois?
Golden Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Belgian Malinoiss are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Which dog is more cat friendly Golden Retriever or Labrador Retriever or Belgian Malinois?
Golden Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
Belgian Malinoiss are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Which dog is more dog friendly Golden Retriever or Labrador Retriever or Belgian Malinois?
Golden Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Belgian Malinoiss are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Which dog is good for the first-time owners: Golden Retriever vs Labrador Retriever vs Belgian Malinois?
Yes
Golden Retrievers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
Labrador Retrievers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
Belgian Malinoiss are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Which one fits better in the office?
Yes
Golden Retriever is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
No
Labrador Retriever is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Belgian Malinois is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Which dog is good for elderly people?
Golden Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Labrador Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Belgian Malinoiss are usually recommended for elderly people.

Golden Retriever vs Labrador Retriever vs Belgian Malinois Health Comparison

Health Issues
Golden Retriever vs Labrador Retriever vs Belgian Malinois health comparison. Which is the healthier: Golden Retriever vs Labrador Retriever vs Belgian Malinois?
Golden Retrievers are commonly healthy dogs.
The Labrador Retriever is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Belgian Malinois is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
Which one has more or less genetic/health problems: Golden Retriever vs Labrador Retriever vs Belgian Malinois? What are the allergies, genetic diseases and concerns for them? Golden Retriever vs Labrador Retriever vs Belgian Malinois health problems comparison:
Allergies
Bloat
Cataracts
Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Hemangiosarcoma
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Osteosarcoma
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis
Von Willebrand's Disease
Acute Moist Dermatitis
Bloat
Cataracts
Cold Tail
Ear Infections
Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Myopathy
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia
Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Eye Problems
Hip Dysplasia
Veterinarian Visits
Which one may need more or less veterinary visits?
Rare
The Golden Retriever should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year).
Average
The Labrador Retriever should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Average
The Belgian Malinois should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Life Expectancy
Golden Retriever vs Labrador Retriever vs Belgian Malinois lifespan comparison. How long do Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever and Belgian Malinois breeds live? Which one has a longer lifespan/life expectancy?
10-12 years
The average lifespan of Golden Retriever: 11 years
10-12 years
The average lifespan of Labrador Retriever: 11 years
12-14 years
The average lifespan of Belgian Malinois: 13 years
Hypoallergenic
Golden Retriever vs Labrador Retriever vs Belgian Malinois hypoallergenic comparison. Which dog is hypoallergenic or not?
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Energy Level
Who has more energy a Golden Retriever or Labrador Retriever or Belgian Malinois? Golden Retriever vs Labrador Retriever vs Belgian Malinois energy level comparison:
Golden Retrievers are high-energy dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are high-energy dogs.
Belgian Malinoiss are high-energy dogs.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
Golden Retriever vs Labrador Retriever vs Belgian Malinois exercise need comparison. Which dog needs more activity? Which dog needs the most exercise: Golden Retriever or Labrador Retriever or Belgian Malinois? Which dog needs the most walking? Which dog is the laziest?
Golden Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
Belgian Malinoiss need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Which one sleeps the least/most: Golden Retriever or Labrador Retriever or Belgian Malinois?
Golden Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
Labrador Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
Belgian Malinoiss don't need too much sleep.
Average daily food consumption
Which dog eats more: Golden Retriever or Labrador Retriever or Belgian Malinois?
3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 2.5 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
Which dog breed is more prone to obesity? Golden Retriever vs Labrador Retriever vs Belgian Malinois weight gain potential comparison:
High: The Golden Retriever breed has a strong tendency to be overweight.
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High: The Labrador Retriever breed has a strong tendency to be overweight.
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Low to Average: The Belgian Malinois has a low to the average risk for obesity.
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Weather and Climate
Which dog is best for hot or cold weather: Golden Retriever vs Labrador Retriever vs Belgian Malinois?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur.
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Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur.
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Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur.
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Stinkiness
Which dog breed smells the least? Which dog smells the most? Which is best, Golden Retriever vs Labrador Retriever vs Belgian Malinois?

Medium

The Golden Retriever has an average chance of bad smell.

High 🔼

The Labrador Retriever has a high chance of bad smell.

Medium

The Belgian Malinois has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling Tendency
Which dog drools the most? Which dog drools the least?
The Golden Retriever drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.
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The Labrador Retriever is an average drooler.
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The Belgian Malinois is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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Golden Retriever vs Labrador Retriever vs Belgian Malinois As a Working Dog Comparison

Service Dog
Which one could be a service dog?

Yes

This breed makes good as a service dog.
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Yes

This breed makes good as a service dog.
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Yes

This breed makes good as a service dog.
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Therapy Dog
Which one could be a therapy dog: Golden Retriever or Labrador Retriever or Belgian Malinois? Which is better for autism?

Yes

This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
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Yes

This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
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Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog.
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Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Which one could be a detection/sniffer dog?

Yes

After proper training, they can excel at this kind of work.

Yes

After proper training, they can excel at this kind of work.

Yes

After proper training, they can excel at this kind of work.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Which one could be a search and rescue dog?

Yes

This breed would make an excellent search and rescue dog.

Yes

This breed would make an excellent search and rescue dog.

Yes

This breed would make an excellent search and rescue dog.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Which one could be a boat dog: Golden Retriever vs Labrador Retriever vs Belgian Malinois?

Yes

Golden Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
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Yes

Labrador Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
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Not really

Belgian Malinois breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
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Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Which one could be a cart pulling or drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Fighting Dog / Military Dog

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Golden Retriever vs Labrador Retriever vs Belgian Malinois Reproducibility Comparison

Gestation Length 60-64 days See more. 60-64 days See more. 60-64 days See more.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

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Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Litter Size
How many puppies can Golden Retriever and Labrador Retriever and Belgian Malinois have?
5-10 puppies 5-10 puppies 6-10 puppies

Golden Retriever vs Labrador Retriever vs Belgian Malinois Recognition Comparison

AKC Group
Which dog is recognized by the AKC?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1925 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1917 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1959 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group
Which dog is recognized by the FCI?
Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers section. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers section. Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What other organizations and kennel clubs recognize these dog breeds?
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Canadian Canine Registry
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club

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