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Golden Retriever vs Labrador Retriever vs Lagotto Romagnolo – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

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Name Golden Retriever Labrador Retriever Lagotto Romagnolo
OriginsScotland England Canada Italy
Group Gun Dog Gun Dog Gun Dog
Popularity Rank31117
Reviews432
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Other Names Yellow Retriever, Golden Flat Coat Labrador, Lab Romagna Water Dog, Lagotto, Water Dog of Romagna, Lagotti Romagnoli
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. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2015 as a Sporting breed.
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. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Water Dogs section.
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
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Continental Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
National Kennel Club
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
Price $1000-$2000 $1000-$2000 $500-$700

General Appearance - Golden Retriever vs Labrador Retriever vs Lagotto Romagnolo

Size Large Large Medium
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) Male: 28-35 pounds (13-16 kg), Female: 24-31 pounds (11-14 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) Male: 31.5 pounds (14.5 kg), Female: 27.5 pounds (12.5 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) Male: 17-19 inches (43-49 cm), Female: 14-16 inches (36-41 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) Male: 18 inches (46 cm), Female: 15 inches (38.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Golden Retriever vs Labrador Retriever vs Lagotto Romagnolo

Coat Silky
Wavy
Shiny
Straight
Dense
Waterproof
Hard
Short
Waterproof
Colors Golden
Light
Yellow
Chocolate
Black
Tan
Gray
Brown
White
Black
Grooming
Average: The Golden Retriever requires average grooming effort.
Effortless: The Labrador Retriever requires minimal grooming.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Golden Retrievers shed moderately.
Labrador Retrievers shed moderately.
Lagotto Romagnolos are low shedders.

Characteristics - Golden Retriever vs Labrador Retriever vs Lagotto Romagnolo

Temperament Confident
Intelligent
Reliable
Friendly
Kind
Trustworthy
Affectionate
Cheerful
Friendly
Intelligent
Loyal
Playful
Social
Alert
Energetic
Gentle
Loving
Going
Responsive
Cheerful
Loving
Trainable
Intelligent
Loyal
Social
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Golden Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Outstanding: Labrador Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Average: Lagotto Romagnolo's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Golden Retrievers are easy to train.
Labrador Retrievers are very easy to train.
Lagotto Romagnolos are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Golden Retriever is a highly playful breed.
The Labrador Retriever is a highly playful breed.
The Lagotto Romagnolo is a 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.
Lagotto Romagnolos have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
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.
Lagotto Romagnolos are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Social Needs
Golden Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
Lagotto Romagnolos are a social breed.
Barking
Low to Average: The Golden Retriever rarely barks.
Average: The Labrador Retriever barks occasionally.
Average to high: The Lagotto Romagnolo is a vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Golden Retrievers are average watchdogs.
Labrador Retrievers are average watchdogs.
Lagotto Romagnolos are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Golden Retrievers are average defenders.
Labrador Retrievers are average defenders.
Lagotto Romagnolos are average defenders.
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 Lagotto Romagnolo 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.
Lagotto Romagnolos have lower 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.
Lagotto Romagnolos have average wanderlust potential.
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.
Lagotto Romagnolos have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Golden Retrievers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Labrador Retrievers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Lagotto Romagnolos are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
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.
Lagotto Romagnolos adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
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.
Lagotto Romagnolos 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.

Good With - Golden Retriever vs Labrador Retriever vs Lagotto Romagnolo

Stranger Friendly
Golden Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
Lagotto Romagnolos are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Golden Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Lagotto Romagnolos are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Golden Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
Lagotto Romagnolos are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Golden Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Lagotto Romagnolos are average friendly towards other 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.
Yes
Lagotto Romagnolo is one of the best dog breeds 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.
Lagotto Romagnolos are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Golden Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Labrador Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Lagotto Romagnolos are generally with other pets.
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.
Yes
Lagotto Romagnolos are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going 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.
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.
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.
Yes
Lagotto Romagnolo breed usually likes 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.

Health Factors - Golden Retriever vs Labrador Retriever vs Lagotto Romagnolo

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.
The Lagotto Romagnolo is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
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
Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Juvenile Cataracts
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 10-12 years 14-16 years
Hypoallergenic No No Yes
Energy Level
Golden Retrievers are high energy dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are high energy dogs.
Lagotto Romagnolos have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Golden Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
Lagotto Romagnolos need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Golden Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
Labrador Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
Lagotto Romagnolos are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
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. 1 to 1.5 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.
Low to Average.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Lagotto Romagnolo can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Golden Retriever has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The Labrador Retriever has a high chance of bad smell.
Low
The Lagotto Romagnolo has a low 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 Lagotto Romagnolo is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Golden Retriever vs Labrador Retriever vs Lagotto Romagnolo

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 4-6 puppies

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