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Labrador Retriever vs Golden Retriever vs Flat-Coated Retriever – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Labrador Retriever vs Golden Retriever vs Flat-Coated Retriever" Compare Labrador Retriever and Golden Retriever. Which is better: Labrador Retriever or Golden Retriever or Flat-Coated Retriever?
Name Labrador Retriever Golden Retriever Flat-Coated Retriever
OriginsEngland Canada Scotland United Kingdom
Group Gun Dog Gun Dog Gun Dog
Popularity Rank1396
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Other Names Labrador, Lab Yellow Retriever, Golden Flat Coat Flatcoat, Flattie, Flatte
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 1915 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 Retrievers 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 $1000-$1200

General Appearance - Labrador Retriever vs Golden Retriever vs Flat-Coated Retriever

Size Large Large Large
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) 60-70 pounds (27-32 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) 65 pounds (29.5 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) 22-23 inches (56-58 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 inches (58,5 cm), Female: 22 inches (56 cm)

Hair & Care - Labrador Retriever vs Golden Retriever vs Flat-Coated Retriever

Coat Dense Waterproof Hard Short Silky Wavy Shiny Straight Thick Shiny
Colors Yellow Chocolate Black Golden Light Liver Black
Grooming
Effortless: The Labrador Retriever requires minimal grooming.
Average: The Golden Retriever requires average grooming effort.
Easy to groom: The Flat-Coated Retriever doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Labrador Retrievers shed moderately.
Golden Retrievers shed moderately.
Flat-Coated Retrievers shed moderately.

Characteristics - Labrador Retriever vs Golden Retriever vs Flat-Coated Retriever

Temperament Affectionate Cheerful Friendly Intelligent Loyal Playful Social Alert Energetic Gentle Loving Going Responsive Confident Intelligent Reliable Friendly Kind Trustworthy Friendly Devoted Outgoing Confident Optimistic Intelligent
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Labrador Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Outstanding: Golden Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Very smart: Flat-Coated Retriever is an excellent dog breed.
Trainability
Labrador Retrievers are very easy to train.
Golden Retrievers are easy to train.
Flat-Coated Retrievers are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Labrador Retriever is a highly playful breed.
The Golden Retriever is a highly playful breed.
The Flat-Coated Retriever is a highly 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.
Flat-Coated Retrievers 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.
Flat-Coated Retrievers 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.
Flat-Coated Retrievers need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Average: The Labrador Retriever barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Golden Retriever rarely barks.
Average: The Flat-Coated Retriever barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Labrador Retrievers are average watchdogs.
Golden Retrievers are average watchdogs.
Flat-Coated Retrievers are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Labrador Retrievers are average defenders.
Golden Retrievers are average defenders.
Flat-Coated Retrievers are average defenders.
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 Flat-Coated Retriever 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.
Flat-Coated Retrievers 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.
Wanderlust potential of the Flat-Coated Retriever is strong enough to escape from home.
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.
Flat-Coated 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.
Apartment Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Golden Retrievers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Flat-Coated Retrievers are not 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.
Flat-Coated Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all 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.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
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 - Labrador Retriever vs Golden Retriever vs Flat-Coated Retriever

Stranger Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
Flat-Coated Retrievers are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Flat-Coated Retrievers are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
Flat-Coated Retrievers are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Flat-Coated Retrievers are 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
Flat-Coated Retriever 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.
Flat-Coated Retrievers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Golden Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Flat-Coated Retrievers 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
Flat-Coated Retrievers 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.
Yes
Flat-Coated Retriever 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 - Labrador Retriever vs Golden Retriever vs Flat-Coated Retriever

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.
Very healthy dog breed.
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 Cancer
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 10-12 years 10-13 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Labrador Retrievers are high energy dogs.
Golden Retrievers are high energy dogs.
Flat-Coated Retrievers are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
Golden Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
Flat-Coated Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Labrador Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
Golden Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
Flat-Coated Retrievers 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. 3-4 cup high-quality commercial dog food (that is formulated for large-breed dogs), 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 cold weather conditions
The Flat-Coated Retriever can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness High
The Labrador Retriever has a high chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Golden Retriever has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Flat-Coated Retriever has an average 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 Flat-Coated Retriever is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Labrador Retriever vs Golden Retriever vs Flat-Coated Retriever

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 4-8 puppies

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