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Golden Retriever vs Labrador Retriever vs Huntaway Comparison - Dog breed selector: Yellow Retriever or Labrador or New Zealand Sheepdog? Find the right dog for you

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Name Golden Retriever Labrador Retriever Huntaway
OriginsScotland England Canada New Zealand
Group Gun Dog Gun Dog Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity Rank31280
Reviews733
User Ratings

Other Names Yellow Retriever, Golden Flat Coat Labrador, Lab New Zealand Sheepdog
New Zealand Huntaway, NZ Huntaway
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1925 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1917 as a Sporting breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group 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 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
Dog Registry of America Inc.
New Zealand Kennel Club
Price $1000-$2000 $1000-$2000 $300-$400

Golden Retriever vs Labrador Retriever vs Huntaway General Appearance Comparison

Size Large Large Large
Weight 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) 40-65 pounds (18-30 kg)
Avg. 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) 52.5 pounds (24 kg)
Height 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) 20-24 inches (51-61 cm)
Avg. 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) 22 inches (56 cm)

Golden Retriever vs Labrador Retriever vs Huntaway Hair & Care Comparison

Coat Silky
Wavy
Shiny
Straight
Dense
Waterproof
Hard
Short
Smooth
Rough
Colors Golden
Light
Yellow
Chocolate
Black
Black & Tan
Grooming
Average: The Golden Retriever requires average grooming effort.
Effortless: The Labrador Retriever requires minimal grooming.
Average: The Huntaway requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Golden Retrievers shed moderately.
Labrador Retrievers shed moderately.
Huntaways shed moderately.

Golden Retriever vs Labrador Retriever vs Huntaway Characteristics Comparison

Temperament Confident
Intelligent
Reliable
Friendly
Kind
Trustworthy
Affectionate
Cheerful
Friendly
Intelligent
Loyal
Playful
Social
Alert
Energetic
Gentle
Loving
Going
Responsive
Friendly
Energetic
Active
Intelligent
Trainable
Vocal
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Golden Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Outstanding: Labrador Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Smart: Huntaway's has great intelligence.
Trainability
Golden Retrievers are easy to train.
Labrador Retrievers are very easy to train.
Huntaways are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Golden Retriever is a highly playful breed.
The Labrador Retriever is a highly playful breed.
The Huntaway is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Golden Retrievers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Labrador Retrievers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Golden Retrievers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Labrador Retrievers may seem unfriendly sometimes due to their independence.
Huntaways are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
Golden Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
Huntaways are a social breed.
Barking
Low to Average: The Golden Retriever rarely barks.
Average: The Labrador Retriever barks occasionally.
High: The Huntaway is a very vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Golden Retrievers are average watchdogs.
Labrador Retrievers are average watchdogs.
Huntaways are not the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Golden Retrievers are average defenders.
Labrador Retrievers are average defenders.
Huntaways are not the best to protect their territory.
Biting Potential Moderate
The Golden Retriever has an average chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Labrador Retriever has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Huntaway has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Golden Retrievers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Labrador Retrievers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Huntaways have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Golden Retrievers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Labrador Retrievers have average wanderlust potential.
Huntaways are not the biggest explorers.
Prey Drive
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.
Labrador Retrievers have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Huntaways don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Apartment Friendly
Golden Retrievers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Labrador Retrievers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Huntaways are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
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.
Huntaways adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
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.
Huntaways 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.
Fighting 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 Huntaway Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
Golden Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
Huntaways are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Golden Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Huntaways are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Golden Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
Huntaways are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Golden Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Huntaways are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly 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
Huntaway is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Golden Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Labrador Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Huntaways are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Golden Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Labrador Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Huntaways are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Golden Retrievers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Labrador Retrievers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Huntaways are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Yes
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Yes
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Yes
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Yes
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Yes
Golden Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
Yes
Labrador Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Huntaway breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Golden Retriever vs Labrador Retriever vs Huntaway Health Factors Comparison

Health Issues
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.
Very healthy dog breed.
Health Problems 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
No data available
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 10-12 years 12-14 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Golden Retrievers are high energy dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are high energy dogs.
Huntaways are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Golden Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
Huntaways need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Golden Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
Labrador Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
Huntaways don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 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
High: The Golden Retriever breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
High: The Labrador Retriever breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Tolerates warm and cold weather. Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The Golden Retriever has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The Labrador Retriever has a high chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Huntaway has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
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.
The Labrador Retriever is an average drooler.
The Huntaway is an average drooler.

Golden Retriever vs Labrador Retriever vs Huntaway Reproducibility Comparison

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 5-10 puppies 5-10 puppies 5-7 puppies

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