Labradoodles vs. Goldendoodles

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Which breed should you choose?

You might have heard a lot about Labradoodles and Goldendoodles; everyone has their favorite. But what are the differences? Should you choose one over the other? Is there a clear difference? Read on to find out!


When comparing Labradoodles vs. Goldendoodles, you'll find many similarities. Both Labradoodles and Goldendoodles are loyal, and friendly dogs. They are great family pets and play well with children. While neither breed is considered a good guard dog, they will bark when someone new approaches the house. Additionally, neither are considered aggressive breeds, despite their barking at newcomers. These breeds are also very smart and easy to train. Due to their intelligent nature, they tend to be curious and can get themselves into trouble with chewing. Toys make an excellent distraction to combat chewing. They love to play and need plenty of exercise. Both breeds are similar in size, and have similar size options, like standard, mini, and toy.


While these breeds have more similarities than differences, there are some differences to note. First, Goldendoodles are part Golden Retriever and part Poodle, while Labradoodles are part Labrador Retriever and part Poodle. Goldendoodles have a longer coat thanks to their Golden Retriever lineage, and therefore require a bit more grooming. Labradoodles have coats that tend to be more thick and wiry, with less color variations, and easier maintenance. Goldendoodles are generally more excited to meet new people, while Labradoodles tend to hesitate upon first meeting someone new. Like stated above, Labradoodles aren't considered good guard dogs but are more protective than their Goldendoodle counterpart.

Are the differences worth choosing one breed over the other?

Generalizations about dog breeds all go out the window when you meet your own puppy! You'll find that just like people, each dog has their own personality. You might find one labradoodle that barks every time someone enters your property, making a good guard dog, and another labradoodle that doesn't bark at all! One might crawl up in your lap to cuddle (all 60 lbs. of them!), while another could be content with regular petting and belly rubs.

No matter which breed you choose, and what characteristics they display, you will grow to love your puppy regardless!