When you’ve decided that you want a family dog, and you’ve narrowed the field down to two choices, it may raise the question as to the differences between the Goldendoodle vs Labradoodle. The most obvious answer is that the Goldendoodle is the result of breeding a Golden Retriever with a Poodle while the Labradoodle is the result of breeding a Labrador Retriever with a Poodle. Blue Ridge Goldendoodles does not breed Labradoodles, however, we want you to be able to compare the two breeds.
When it comes to choosing between the two, it really comes down to what you want in a dog. If you desire a dog that is more calm, or if the dog is going to be used for therapeutic purposes, then you’ll probably want to choose a Goldendoodle. They tend to be more calm than the Labradoodle when taken into the hospital or nursing home. Both dogs are good choices when it comes to serving as guide dogs, although the Labradoodle might have a slight edge.
Both dogs are loyal to their masters and are extremely friendly, but sometimes the Labradoodle will be apprehensive about entering a new space, such as your home. They will tend to check things out thoroughly before they settle in. The Goldendoodle, on the other hand, feels right at home wherever he is. To enhance this innate sense of trust and balance, Blue Ridge Goldendoodles makes it their priority to continually breed for the best possible temperament.
When it comes to using the dogs for working, the Labradoodle is generally stronger than the Goldendoodle. If the dog might be needed to pull a load or be trained for other physical service, the Labradoodle would generally be the better choice. When it comes to looks and grooming, the Goldendoodle will typically have hair that is much longer than the Labradoodle. If you base your decision on the quality of the coat and the general beauty of the dog, you might give more consideration to purchasing a Goldendoodle.
Speaking of coats, both dogs are categorized according to their coat with regard to potential shedding. In either dog, those with an F1 coat might tend to shed a little more than those with an F1B coat. One final difference to note is that the Labradoodle tends to weigh more than a comparable sized Goldendoodle. If you are specifically looking for the more playful and active dog, the Goldendoodle generally fits the bill.
So, the question of Labradoodles vs Goldendoodles simply boils down to what you want in a dog and the purpose they will serve in your life. Both dogs are smart and easy to train. They are also similar in size, and the variety of sizes that are available. They are also both loving, loyal and make great family members. Just remember that either type will require plenty of exercise and play time.
Blue Ridge Goldendoodles will be happy to answer any questions you might have about Goldendoodles in general or more specifically about the Goldendoodle puppies we breed.
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