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

"Find similarities and differences between Labrador Retriever vs Golden Retriever vs Boxer" Compare Labrador Retriever and Golden Retriever. Which is better: Labrador Retriever or Golden Retriever or Boxer?
Name Labrador Retriever Golden Retriever Boxer
OriginsEngland Canada Scotland Germany
Group Gun Dog Gun Dog Working Dogs
Popularity Rank1311
Reviews351
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Other Names Labrador, Lab Yellow Retriever, Golden Flat Coat German Boxer, Deutscher Boxer
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1917 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1925 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1904 as a Working 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 Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type 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
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
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
Price $1000-$2000 $1000-$2000 $600-$1200

General Appearance - Labrador Retriever vs Golden Retriever vs Boxer

Size Large Large Medium
Weight Male: 60-75 pounds (27-34kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg) Male: 60-80 pounds (27-36 kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg) Male: 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg), Female: 53-65 pounds (24-29 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg) Male: 70 pounds (31.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg) Male: 65 pounds (29.5 kg), Female: 59 pounds (26.5 kg)
Height Male: 22-24 inches (56-61cm), Female: 21-23 inches (53-58 cm) Male: 22-24 inches (56-61cm), Female: 20-22 inches (51-56 cm) Male: 22-25 inches (56-63 cm), Female: 21-24 inches (53-61 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 22 inches (55.5 cm) Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 21 inches (53.5 cm) Male: 23.5 inches (59.5 cm), Female: 22.5 inches (57 cm)

Hair & Care - Labrador Retriever vs Golden Retriever vs Boxer

Coat Dense
Waterproof
Hard
Short
Silky
Wavy
Shiny
Straight
Waterproof
Colors Yellow
Chocolate
Black
Golden
Light
Brindle
White
Fawn
Grooming
Effortless: The Labrador Retriever requires minimal grooming.
Average: The Golden Retriever requires average grooming effort.
Effortless: The Boxer requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Labrador Retrievers shed moderately.
Golden Retrievers shed moderately.
Boxers shed moderately.

Characteristics - Labrador Retriever vs Golden Retriever vs Boxer

Temperament Affectionate
Cheerful
Friendly
Intelligent
Loyal
Playful
Social
Alert
Energetic
Gentle
Loving
Going
Responsive
Confident
Intelligent
Reliable
Friendly
Kind
Trustworthy
Brave
Confident
Fearless
Intelligent
Playful
Bright
Energetic
Friendly
Loyal
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Labrador Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Outstanding: Golden Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Average: Boxer's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Labrador Retrievers are very easy to train.
Golden Retrievers are easy to train.
Boxers are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Labrador Retriever is a highly playful breed.
The Golden Retriever is a highly playful breed.
The Boxer is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Labrador Retrievers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Golden Retrievers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Labrador Retrievers may seem unfriendly sometimes due to their independence.
Golden Retrievers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Boxers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
Golden Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
Boxers need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average: The Labrador Retriever barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Golden Retriever rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Boxer rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Labrador Retrievers are average watchdogs.
Golden Retrievers are average watchdogs.
Boxers are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Labrador Retrievers are average defenders.
Golden Retrievers are average defenders.
Boxers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Moderate
The Labrador Retriever has an average chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Golden Retriever has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Boxer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Labrador Retrievers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Golden Retrievers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Boxers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Labrador Retrievers have average wanderlust potential.
Golden Retrievers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Boxers have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Labrador Retrievers have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
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.
Boxers 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.
Apartment Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Golden Retrievers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Boxers are apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Labrador Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Golden Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Boxers adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Labrador Retrievers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Golden Retrievers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Boxers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
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.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Good With - Labrador Retriever vs Golden Retriever vs Boxer

Stranger Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
Boxers are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Boxers are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
Boxers are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Boxers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Labrador Retriever is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Yes
Golden Retriever is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
No
Boxer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Golden Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Boxers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Golden Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Boxers are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Labrador Retrievers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Golden Retrievers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Boxers 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
Labrador Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
Yes
Golden Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Boxer 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.
Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Labrador Retriever vs Golden Retriever vs Boxer

Health Issues
The Labrador Retriever is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Golden Retrievers are commonly healthy dogs.
The Boxer is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Acute Moist Dermatitis
Bloat
Cataracts
Cold Tail
Ear Infections
Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Myopathy
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia
Allergies
Bloat
Cataracts
Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Hemangiosarcoma
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Osteosarcoma
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis
Von Willebrand's Disease
Allergies
Aortic Stenosis
Bloat
Boxer Cardiomyopathy
Cancer
Corneal Dystrophy
Deafness
Demodectic Mange
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 10-12 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Labrador Retrievers are high energy dogs.
Golden Retrievers are high energy dogs.
Boxers are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
Golden Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
Boxers need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Labrador Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
Golden Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
Boxers don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption Recommended daily amount: 2.5 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
High: The Labrador Retriever breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
High: The Golden Retriever breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness High
The Labrador Retriever has a high chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Golden Retriever has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The Boxer has a high chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Labrador Retriever is an average drooler.
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 Boxer is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Labrador Retriever vs Golden Retriever vs Boxer

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 2-10 puppies, average 6

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