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Labrador Retriever vs Golden Retriever vs German Shorthaired Pointer – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Labrador Retriever vs Golden Retriever vs German Shorthaired Pointer" Compare Labrador Retriever and Golden Retriever. Which is better: Labrador Retriever or Golden Retriever or German Shorthaired Pointer?
Name Labrador Retriever Golden Retriever German Shorthaired Pointer
OriginsEngland Canada Scotland Germany
Group Gun Dog Gun Dog Gun Dog
Popularity Rank1310
Reviews322
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Other Names Labrador, Lab Yellow Retriever, Golden Flat Coat Deutsch Kurzhaar, Kurzhaar, GSP, DK, Deutscher Kurzhaariger Vorstehhund
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 1930 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 Pointing Dogs group, in the Continental Pointing 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 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 Kennel Club Canadian Kennel Club Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain Australian National Kennel Council New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club
Price $1000-$2000 $1000-$2000 $600-$800

General Appearance - Labrador Retriever vs Golden Retriever vs German Shorthaired Pointer

Size Large 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: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg), Female: 45-60 pounds (20-27 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: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg), Female: 52.5 pounds (23.5 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: 23-25 inches (59-64 cm), Female: 21-23 inches (53-58 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: 24 inches (61.5 cm), Female: 22 inches (55.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Labrador Retriever vs Golden Retriever vs German Shorthaired Pointer

Coat Dense Waterproof Hard Short Silky Wavy Shiny Straight Dense
Colors Yellow Chocolate Black Golden Light Roan Liver White Black
Grooming
Effortless: The Labrador Retriever requires minimal grooming.
Average: The Golden Retriever requires average grooming effort.
Effortless: The German Shorthaired Pointer requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Labrador Retrievers shed moderately.
Golden Retrievers shed moderately.
German Shorthaired Pointers shed moderately.

Characteristics - Labrador Retriever vs Golden Retriever vs German Shorthaired Pointer

Temperament Affectionate Cheerful Friendly Intelligent Loyal Playful Social Alert Energetic Gentle Loving Going Responsive Confident Intelligent Reliable Friendly Kind Trustworthy Affectionate Bold Intelligent Boisterous Cooperative Trainable
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Labrador Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Outstanding: Golden Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Very smart: German Shorthaired Pointer is an excellent dog breed.
Trainability
Labrador Retrievers are very easy to train.
Golden Retrievers are easy to train.
German Shorthaired Pointers are very easy to train.
Playfulness
The Labrador Retriever is a highly playful breed.
The Golden Retriever is a highly playful breed.
The German Shorthaired Pointer 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.
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.
German Shorthaired Pointers are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
Golden Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
German Shorthaired Pointers need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Average: The Labrador Retriever barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Golden Retriever rarely barks.
Average: The German Shorthaired Pointer barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Labrador Retrievers are average watchdogs.
Golden Retrievers are average watchdogs.
German Shorthaired Pointers are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Labrador Retrievers are average defenders.
Golden Retrievers are average defenders.
German Shorthaired Pointers 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 German Shorthaired Pointer 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.
German Shorthaired Pointers have a higher 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.
German Shorthaired Pointers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
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.
German Shorthaired Pointers have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Golden Retrievers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
German Shorthaired Pointers 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.
German Shorthaired Pointers 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.
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 German Shorthaired Pointer

Stranger Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
German Shorthaired Pointers are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
German Shorthaired Pointers are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
German Shorthaired Pointers are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
German Shorthaired Pointers 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
German Shorthaired Pointer 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.
German Shorthaired Pointers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Golden Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
German Shorthaired Pointers do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
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
German Shorthaired Pointers 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.
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.
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.
Boat Dog Yes
Labrador Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
Yes
Golden Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
German Shorthaired Pointer 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.

Health Factors - Labrador Retriever vs Golden Retriever vs German Shorthaired Pointer

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.
German Shorthaired Pointers are commonly healthy dogs.
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 Gastric Torsion Hypothyroidism Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHD) Osteochondrosis Dissecans Von Willebrand's Disease Entropion Pannus Lymphedema Cardiomyopathy Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 10-12 years 12-14 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Labrador Retrievers are high energy dogs.
Golden Retrievers are high energy dogs.
German Shorthaired Pointers are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
Golden Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
German Shorthaired Pointers need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Labrador Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
Golden Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
German Shorthaired Pointers 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 to 4 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.
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.
Medium
The German Shorthaired Pointer 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 German Shorthaired Pointer is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Labrador Retriever vs Golden Retriever vs German Shorthaired Pointer

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 7-12 puppies

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