Breed Spotlight: Golden Retrievers & Labrador Retrievers:

Breed Spotlight: Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers:


  • Temperament: Both Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers are renowned for their friendly, gentle, and eager-to-please personalities. They excel in family settings and are fantastic with children.
  • Trainability: These breeds are highly intelligent and very trainable. Their desire to please makes them receptive to positive reinforcement techniques.
  • Activity Level: Both are energetic and require daily exercise. They make excellent jogging companions or partners in fetch and other active games.
  • Shedding: Both breeds are double-coated and shed year-round, with heavier shedding seasons twice a year. Regular brushing is a must.
  • Size: They are similar in size, with Labradors slightly larger on average.


  • Coat: Golden Retrievers have a long, flowing coat that comes in various shades of gold. Labradors have a shorter, denser coat in three distinct colors: black, yellow, and chocolate.
  • Energy Level: While both are energetic, Labradors might have a slightly higher energy level and require more stimulation.
  • Personality: Golden Retrievers might be slightly more docile and sensitive, while Labradors can be more playful and goofy.

Choosing Between Them:

Consider your lifestyle:

  • If you prefer a luxurious, flowing coat, the Golden Retriever might be a better fit.
  • If you have a very active lifestyle and need a high-energy companion, a Labrador could be a good choice.

Additional Tips:

  • Regardless of breed, research reputable breeders and ensure proper socialization for your puppy.
  • Consider temperament testing to find a dog that best suits your family’s energy level.
  • Both breeds benefit greatly from dog training classes, which strengthen your bond and provide mental stimulation.

Remember, Zen Doggy Den offers training services, and has worked with many Labradors and Retrievers over the years. Their trainers can help with obedience, behavior modification, and other aspects of dog training that benefit both Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers. Zen has trained for public access and service type work as well.