The Goldador is the clearest proof that you can rarely go wrong when you mix something great with something awesome – the end result is very likely to impress. A cross between Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers, the Goldador Dog Breed is a mixed breed that encompasses all the great qualities of its originators.
Goldadors are both highly intelligent and obedient, which makes them one of the easiest dog breeds to train. They are also exceptionally good-willed and loving, which makes them exceptional family members. They are great with kids and other pets, and they are even very good professional dogs, be it as guide dogs or service dogs.
Well, while Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers are two distinguishably different breeds, you will be forgiven if you find it a bit harder to distinguish Goldadors from Labrador Retrievers. They have the same short double coat as Labradors, and while their coloring usually ranges from yellow to reddish gold, they can often times have a black coat as well.
Additionally, since a lot of owners mix up Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers and Goldadors by themselves, there really isn’t much of a standard on how exactly the breed should be in terms of its physical appearance. Even more so, to this day there are still no official breed clubs for Goldadors. Regardless, since the Goldador’s two originating breeds are still very much with us, it is an official breed in and of itself.
If you’re thinking that the Goldador dog breed must extremely intelligent, because both originating breeds are very intelligent, you’d be correct! The intention behind the Goldador was for them to have the loving sensibility of Golden Retrievers, as well as the tolerance of Labrador Retrievers. And they do, which makes them excellent not only as family dogs but also as guide and service dogs, bomb squad dogs, search and rescue dogs and therapy dogs.
All that being said, Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers are definitely not “bad” either. Both breeds excel at the above professions as well, which is why they were mixed in the first place. So, while it’s really hard to put the label “better” anywhere, all three breeds are constantly winning different competitions and topping charts. The Goldador dog breed is definitely up to par with its originators in every regard.
Goldador Dog Breed Profile
Physical Characteristics and Personality
The Goldador is no small dog. With a height of 22 to 24 inches and a weight of 60 to 80 pounds, the Goldador is best suited for a country house with a big, fenced yard. These dogs are physically strong and active, so they require not just two short walks every day but at least 30+ minutes of full-on running without a leash in addition to two prolonged walks.
All that being said, the Goldador is an indoors dog. It can’t stand to be alone, so it should never be left outside by itself, and as an indoors dog it can very well live in an apartment without a yard. However, if that is the case, a responsible owner should still give the dog the exercise it needs.
These dogs are easy to train, as they are extremely intelligent. A typical Goldador will be happy to play practically anything with you, as long as it’s actually able to do it. Goldadors love fetch & retrieve games (that’s the essence of all Retriever breeds) – discs, balls, anything you can throw will be exciting for them. They enjoy hiking with their owner, and they are also eager and excellent swimmers.
Goldadors love mental games as well. As a particularly intelligent breed, you can give them puzzles and they’ll enjoy solving them, as long as you also make it interesting for them by adding some verbal praise, petting and a treat.
We’d honestly be struggling to find anything negative about the Goldadors personality. If we really try, the only “negative” characteristic would be things that aren’t intended for a Retriever dog anyway. For example, we can say that the Goldador, like any other Retriever, is a really bad guard dog. It’s simply too nice to get the job done. It’s an excellent watch dog, though, as it will inform you every time it sees someone new.
Most dog breeds don’t do too well alone, but the more social a dog is, the more it needs the human presence. If you’re living alone and you spend too much time at work or outside in general, the Goldador dog breed will simply suffer home alone.
Not to mention that if you don’t train it properly, your home might suffer a bit as well. When they’re young, these dogs love to chew and rough house. So, unless you can give your dog the attention it requires, it’s probably not recommended to get one of the most social animals on the planet for a pet, including the Goldador.
Goldadors, just like Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers, are one of the best family breeds out there. Very social, fun, intelligent, playful and gentle, a well-trained Goldador is sure to give all family members a ton of happy memories.
As far as toddlers and small children go, you’d do well to both instruct them and teach them how to play with the dog, and supervise them until they are older. The Goldador itself will love your kids, but if they tend to irritate it too much – pull its tail, ears, and fur, bother it when it’s tired and is trying to sleep, bother it when it’s eating – you can understand why the dog won’t react well. Generally speaking, if your kids…