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Labrador Retriever vs Golden Retriever vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Comparison - Dog breed selector: Labrador or Yellow Retriever or Cav? Find the right dog for you

"Find similarities and differences between Labrador Retriever vs Golden Retriever vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel" Compare Labrador Retriever and Golden Retriever. Which is better: Labrador Retriever or Golden Retriever or Cavalier King Charles Spaniel?
Name Labrador Retriever Golden Retriever Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
OriginsEngland Canada Scotland England
Group Gun Dog Gun Dog Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank1319
Reviews375
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Other Names Labrador, Lab Yellow Retriever, Golden Flat Coat Cav, Cavalier, Cavie
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 1995 as a Toy 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 Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the English Toy Spaniels 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
Price
Which is cheaper Labrador Retriever or Golden Retriever or Cavalier King Charles Spaniel? Which is more expensive?
$1000-$2000 $1000-$2000 $1200-$1500

Labrador Retriever vs Golden Retriever vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel General Appearance & Basic Info Comparison

Size
Which is bigger Labrador Retriever or Golden Retriever or Cavalier King Charles Spaniel?
Large Large Small
Weight
Which is heavier Labrador Retriever or Golden Retriever or Golden Retriever?
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) 10-18 pounds (5-8 kg)
Avg. Weight
Which dog has a smaller / higher average 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) 14 pounds (6.5 kg)
Height
Which is taller Labrador Retriever or Golden Retriever or Cavalier King Charles Spaniel?
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) 12-13 inches (30-33 cm)
Avg. Height
Which dog has a smaller / higher average 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) 12.5 inches (31.5 cm)

Labrador Retriever vs Golden Retriever vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Hair & Care Comparison

Coat / Hair Types Dense
Waterproof
Hard
Short
Silky
Wavy
Shiny
Straight
Feathered
Colors Yellow
Chocolate
Black
Golden
Light
Tan
Blenheim
Tricolor
Ruby
Grooming
Effortless: The Labrador Retriever requires minimal grooming.
Average: The Golden Retriever requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Labrador Retrievers shed moderately.
Golden Retrievers shed moderately.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels shed above average.

Labrador Retriever vs Golden Retriever vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Characteristics Comparison

Temperament Affectionate
Cheerful
Friendly
Intelligent
Loyal
Playful
Social
Alert
Energetic
Gentle
Loving
Going
Responsive
Confident
Intelligent
Reliable
Friendly
Kind
Trustworthy
Affectionate
Courageous
Intelligent
Cheerful
Gentle
Social
Polite
Quiet
Active
Graceful
Fearless
Friendly
Nonaggressive
Sporty
No tendency towards nervousness
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Labrador Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Outstanding: Golden Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Átlagos: Átlagos intelligenciájú Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
Trainability
Labrador Retrievers are very easy to train.
Golden Retrievers are easy to train.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Labrador Retriever is a highly playful breed.
The Golden Retriever is a highly playful breed.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, like any other dog breed, like playing.
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.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
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.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels 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.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average: The Labrador Retriever barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Golden Retriever rarely barks.
Average: The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Labrador Retrievers are average watchdogs.
Golden Retrievers are average watchdogs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are not the best watchdogs.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Labrador Retrievers are average defenders.
Golden Retrievers are average defenders.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are not the best to protect their territory.
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 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 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.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have an 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.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels tend to escape less than other breeds.
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.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels 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
Nem ajánlott lakásban tartani Labrador Retriever kutyafajtát.
Nem ajánlott lakásban tartani Golden Retriever kutyafajtát.
Kimondottan lakásbarát kutya Cavalier King Charles Spaniel fajta.
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.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Which dog can be left alone: Labrador Retriever or Golden Retriever or Cavalier King Charles Spaniel?
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.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels 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.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Labrador Retriever vs Golden Retriever vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly
Which one fits better in the office?
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
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Which dog is good for elderly people?
Labrador Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Golden Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Which dog breeds get along well with other animals/pets?
Labrador Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Golden Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Which dog is good for the first-time owners: Labrador Retriever vs Golden Retriever vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel?
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
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels 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.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect 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
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 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.

Labrador Retriever vs Golden Retriever vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Health Factors Comparison

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.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
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
Dry Eye
Episodic Falling Syndrome
Hip Dysplasia
Mitral Valve Disease
Patellar Luxation
Syringomyelia
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 10-12 years 10-14 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Labrador Retrievers are high energy dogs.
Golden Retrievers are high energy dogs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
Golden Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Labrador Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
Golden Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
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. 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
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. Tolerates warm and cold weather.
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 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 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 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Labrador Retriever vs Golden Retriever vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 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 3-5 puppies

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