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

"Find similarities and differences between Labrador Retriever vs Poodle" Compare Labrador Retriever and Poodle. Which is better: Labrador Retriever or Poodle?
Name Labrador Retriever Poodle
OriginsEngland Canada Germany France
Group Gun Dog Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank17
Reviews37
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Other Names Labrador, Lab French Poodle, Caniche, Barbone, Chien Canne, Grosse Pudel
Breed Type Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1917 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1887 as a Non-Sporting & Toy breed.
FCI Group 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 Poodle 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
Canadian Canine Registry
Price $1000-$2000 $1000-$1500

General Appearance - Labrador Retriever vs Poodle

Size Large Medium
Weight Male: 60-75 pounds (27-34kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg) Male: 45-70 pounds (20-32 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: 57.5 pounds (26 kg), Female: 52.5 pounds (23.5 kg)
Height Male: 22-24 inches (56-61cm), Female: 21-23 inches (53-58 cm) 15 inches (38 cm) or more
Avg. Height Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 22 inches (55.5 cm) 15 inches (38 cm) or more

Hair & Care - Labrador Retriever vs Poodle

Coat Dense
Waterproof
Hard
Short
Curly
Colors Yellow
Chocolate
Black
Apricot
Brown
Gray
Silver
White
Fawn
Blue
Cream
Red
Beige
Black
Grooming
Effortless: The Labrador Retriever requires minimal grooming.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Labrador Retrievers shed moderately.
Poodles shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Labrador Retriever vs Poodle

Temperament Affectionate
Cheerful
Friendly
Intelligent
Loyal
Playful
Social
Alert
Energetic
Gentle
Loving
Going
Responsive
Active
Faithful
Intelligent
Alert
Instinctual
Trainable
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Labrador Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Outstanding: Poodle is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Trainability
Labrador Retrievers are very easy to train.
Poodles are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Labrador Retriever is a highly playful breed.
The Poodle is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Labrador Retrievers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Labrador Retrievers may seem unfriendly sometimes due to their independence.
Poodles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
Poodles need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average: The Labrador Retriever barks occasionally.
Average to high: The Poodle is a vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Labrador Retrievers are average watchdogs.
Poodles are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Labrador Retrievers are average defenders.
Poodles strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Moderate
The Labrador Retriever has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Poodle has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Labrador Retrievers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Poodles 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.
Poodles 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.
Poodles have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Poodles are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Labrador Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Poodles 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.
Poodles 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.

Good With - Labrador Retriever vs Poodle

Stranger Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
Poodles are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Poodles are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
Poodles are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Poodles are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Labrador Retriever is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Poodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Poodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Poodles are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Labrador Retrievers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Poodles 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.
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.
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.
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
Poodle 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.

Health Factors - Labrador Retriever vs Poodle

Health Issues
The Labrador Retriever is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Poodle 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
Addison's Disease
Allergies
Bloat
Canine Atrial Septal Defect (asd)
Cataracts
Cushing's Syndrome
Ear Infections
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Legg-perthes Disease
Neonatal Encephalopathy (news)
Optic Nerve Hypoplasia
Patellar Luxation
Premature Graying
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Runny Eyes
Sebaceous Adenitis
Von Willebrand's Disease
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No Yes
Energy Level
Labrador Retrievers are high energy dogs.
Poodles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
Poodles need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Labrador Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
Poodles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption Recommended daily amount: 2.5 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 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.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness High
The Labrador Retriever has a high chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Poodle has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Labrador Retriever is an average drooler.
The Poodle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Labrador Retriever vs Poodle

Gestation Length 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.
Litter Size 5-10 puppies 2-4 puppies

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Reviews

  • Susan

    Mar 29, 2020, 2:22:28 AM:

    Great comparison. Have had 2 out of the three dogs and their descriptions are spot on