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What’s the Difference Between Labradoodles and Goldendoodles?

What’s the Difference Between Labradoodles and Goldendoodles?

At first glance, these two popular hybrid breeds might look and act very similar. But there are quite a few important differences between these dogs that might influence your buying decision.

If you’re looking for a new addition to your family—but aren’t sure whether a Goldendoodle or a Labradoodle is the perfect fit—read on to find out.

What is a Goldendoodle?

Goldendoodles are a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle, also called Curly Retrievers, Groodles, and Goldenoodles. The breed is extremely playful, sometimes excessively so. Their coats are wavier, longer, and shed slightly less than Labradoodles.

What is a Labradoodle?

Meanwhile, Labradoodles are a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle. The first Labradoodles were bred in Australia back in 1988, and is known to be quieter and more reserved with strangers than the Goldendoodle. Labradoodles also have shorter, more wiry coats than Goldendoodles.

Goldendoodle vs. Labradoodles

Here’s a quick rundown of some of the most prominent differences between the breeds:

  • Both hybrids have poodles as one of their parents—the difference lies in the second parent, which is either a Golden Retriever (Goldendoodle) or Labrador Retriever (Labradoodle).
  • Both dogs are hypoallergenic, and shed relatively little. However, the tradeoff is that Labradoodles shed slightly more, but their coats are easier to groom. Goldendoodles shed less, but have coats that are more difficult to groom.
  • Labradoodles are more guarded around strangers, and take more time to warm up to new people. Goldendoodles are more friendly, but sometimes to the point of bouncing off the walls.
  • Both breeds are similar in size and height.
  • Both breeds are great dogs for families, however Labradoodles tend to be more loyal and protective.

Goldendoodles have a tendency (if poorly trained) to jump on strangers. Labradoodles are the totally different, standing on opposite ends of the room from newcomers until the dog is able to size them up.

That’s not to say Labradoodles are mean or shy, though—the dogs are full of energy and love playing with people, it just takes a little while for strangers to pass the ‘sniff test.’

Which breed is best?

Personality and physical differences between Labradoodles and Goldendoodles are very subtle, and the dogs have much in common. There’s a reason why both hybrids have become extremely popular, and that’s because they’re sweet, smart, and just love people.

The reason we chose to breed Australian Labradoodles is simple—after spending a long, long time interacting with dogs from both breeds, we fell in love with Labradoodles.

They’re a perfect fit for families big and small, love to play, and are super easy to train. For us, and thousands of happy Labradoodle owners, they’re the perfect dog.

About Katie Schmidt

Hey everyone I'm Katie. If you couldn't tell already, we LOVE Doodles. We've been breeding Doodles for a while now, and that's because they're our favorite dogs by far. Subscribe for more great content on all things Doodles. :)