Goldendoodle vs Labradoodle Complete Comparison

Labradoodle Vs Goldendoodle Poodle Mix Breeds – what is the difference? Which is the best breed of dog? Here is the definitive showdown between these two breeds.

Find out which breed is perfect for your family!

Goldendoodle Vs Labradoodle
Comparing ALL the traits of Goldendoodle Vs Labradoodle puppies.

Both Poodle mix breeds make family friendly, energetic and healthy pets. So which breed is a better dog for your family?

Both breeds share the following traits

  1. Friendly to humans, kids and other dogs
  2. Trainable and well behaved including toilet training
  3. Can be low to non-shedding (and approaching hypoallergenic)

The two breeds differ in temperament and health. There are also different grooming requirements despite having similar coats. The Labradoodle and the Goldendoodle each have unique behavioral challenges.

A Goldendoodle is a mix between a purebred Golden Retriever and a purebred Poodle. The Poodle might be Toy, Miniature, or Standard sized. Goldendoodles are sometimes called ‘Groodles’ in countries like Australia.

A Labradoodle is a mix between a purebred Labrador and a purebred Poodle. They were originally bred as an alternative hypoallergenic guide dog. Note that the Australian Labradoodle refers to a different specific breed of dog with unique genetics.

Despite both being great dog breeds and sharing much in common – there are enough differences to make a decision about which breed suits your family better.

At-a-glance: Labradoodle Vs Goldendoodle

HeightMiniature 13-17" (33-43 cm), Small Standard 17-20" (43-51cm), Large Standard 20-24" (51-58cm)Miniature 14-17" (35-40cm), Medium 18-20" (45-51cm), Standard 21-24" (52.5-58cm)
Lifespan10-15 Years10-15 Years
PurposeCompanion Dog, Service Dog, Assistance DogCompanion Dog, Service Dog, Assistance Dog
Suitable ForFamilies, Young Children, Active Couples, Active Singles, Stranger FriendlyActive Families, Active Couples, Active Singles,
Color VariationsGold, Caramel, Red, Cream, Phantom, ApricotBlack, White, Red, Chocolate, Cream, Golden
TemperamentSocial, Happy, Sociable with Other Dogs, Zest for Life, TrainableLoyal, Obedient, Willing to Please, Friendly in Familiar Circumstances
Other NamesGroodle (Australia), Golden Doodle

Goldendoodle Vs Labradoodle – Which is more Popular?

For the past few years, Poodle Mixes (Oodle dogs, Doodle dogs) have become one of the most popular choices for many new puppy owners. 

The Labradoodle and the Goldendoodle are the most famous of the Poodle mix crossbreeds. They are the two most popular Poodle Mix breeds in 2022.

Labradoodle vs Goldendoodle History

A Poodle mix breed (or crossbreed) is also known as a ‘hybrid’, or ‘designer dog’. Many of the defining characteristics of Labradoodle and Goldendoodles come from their two parents.

Hybrid breeding is unpredictable. In a perfect world, the Poodle mix Labradoodle or Goldendoodle puppy will inherit the best genetics from each parent breed. You can try to predict the final coat type of a Goldendoodle, but there will always be an unpredictable element of genetic luck.

A mixed-breed like the Labradoodle and Goldendoodle can end up very similar to either parent breed. This can mean an abundance of Poodle traits or lots of Labrador or Golden Retriever traits. We are hoping for genetic balance, but a great deal of Poodle Mix breeding comes down to genetic luck.

This means that when deciding between a Labradoodle or a Goldendoodle, understanding the traits of the parent breeds that might be inherited is a must.

Labrador History

The Labrador (Labrador Retriever)  originated in Canada. They were used by hunters to retrieve ducks. They were brought from Canada to England in the early 19th century.

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Some Labradoodles will look more like Labradors than Poodles. Straight and wavy hair often looks more like Labradoodles.

The breed boomed in popularity around the world. This breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1903 and registered for the first time with the AKC in 1917. (AKC Labrador)

Most important Labrador Traits

  1.  Obedient and trainable
  2.  Can be trained to be calm and supportive
  3.  Very loyal to owners

Golden Retriever History

The Golden Retriever was originally bred by a chap named Lord Tweedmouth in Scottish Highlands. He intended to make a new breed of dog that was comfortable in the rough Scottish terrain and the wet Highland climate.

golden retriever smiling

 To get this, he crossed a Tweed Water Spaniel with a Yellow Retriever. He created what we now call the Golden Retriever.

The American Kennel Club first registered the breed Golden Retriever in 1925. The popularity of the Golden Retriever skyrocketed in the USA and Canada in the 20th century. They are firmly in place amongst the most popular breeds in the world from the 1970s onwards.

The English Golden Retriever standard is different from the American Golden Retriever standard. As a result, English Goldendoodles are stockier and heavier than American Goldendoodles.

They are medium-sized dogs and weigh in at 65-75 pounds (male), and 55-65 pounds (female). That is 29-34 kilograms (male), and 25-29 kilograms (female).

Most important Golden Retriever Traits

  1. Kid friendly
  2. Can be trained to be stranger and dog friendly
  3. Upbeat demeanour and zest for life

Poodle History

Poodles are frequently associated with France, where they are the national dog. However, they originated in Germany, where they were bred to chase and retrieve ducks. (Library of Congress)

Poodle fur was prized for duck hunting as they felt it shielded them from the cold water and also let them have good movement. The purpose of the breed was later changed to that of a companion dog and the breed standards changed with this new venture.

Most important Poodle Traits

  1.  Intelligent
  2.  Excellent health and longevity (one of the reasons that breeds like the Goldendoodle live so long)
  3.  Non-shedding and approaching hypoallergenic

Goldendoodle Vs Labradoodle Puppy Comparison

CharacteristicGoldendoodle PuppyLabradoodle Puppy
Popularity in 2020
Puppy Exercise Requirements
Puppy Sociability

As puppies, these guys can look *very* similar. The layperson who does not know much about dogs can easily confuse a Goldendoodle vs Labradoodle. 

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A Labradoodle puppy. Or is it a Goldendoodle?!

In 2020 the Labradoodle and the Goldendoodle are the most in-demand Poodle mix breeds worldwide.

The likelihood of being able to rescue either dog is high due to this popularity! Look first to a shelter when finding a new dog to join your family. (Check out the Best Labradoodle rescues and our top Goldendoodle rescues)

Note: Knowing the exact history and confirming non-shedding for rescue dogs is difficult. Spend time with the rescue dog to ensure it is a comfortable fit for your family.

There are many established and well-reviewed ethical breeders. There still are typically waitlists for the most hypoallergenic Labradoodles and Goldendoodles. Toy Goldendoodles and Teacup Goldendoodles tend to have long waiting lists.

If you happen to live in California check out our list of the best Californian Goldendoodle breeders (think ethical and long histories of hypoallergenic dogs).

Note: If you are after a unique Labradoodle color you will typically have a longer wait.

The Labradoodle 101 – fast facts about a Labradoodle. See more dog videos on our Oodle Life YouTube channel.

Appearance and Size of Goldendoodle Vs Labradoodle

There is no major size difference between Goldendoodles and Labradoodles.

white labradoodle dog
White Labradoodles can be cream or pure white Labradoodles are very social animals and cannot live outside alone.

Goldendoodles come in a variety of sizes, from standard, miniature and super small Teacup or Toy Goldendoodle. Labradoodles come in Standard, Medium, and Miniature.

Labradoodles tend to be a little larger than Goldendoodles. Gauging parent size is a better indication of overall size than reading any breed standards.

Both Poodle mixes have similar coats – a variation of curly and wavy non-shedding coats. The puppy coat of a Goldendoodle is softer than its adult coat.

Goldendoodles in general have fewer coat colors that skew mostly towards the classic golden range –  most commonly

  • Gold
  • Caramel
  • Red
  • And sometimes black
English cream Goldendoodle puppy
The puppy sitting inside a playpen. (Image: Instagram/@poppy.doodledog)

English creme Goldendoodles tend to have white or golden coats.

It is possible to guess what kind of coat your Goldendoodle puppy will have by looking at their nose furnishings.

Labradoodles have greater color variation and come in a variety of shades and parti colors. Common Labradoodle fur colors include

  • Black
  • White
  • Golden
  • Red
  • Chocolate
  • Cream

Goldendoodle Vs Labradoodle Furnishings and Snouts:

The distinct teddy bear look is one of the defining features that has made Goldendoodles and Labradoodles the most popular Poodle mix dogs.

labradoodle furnishings
Furnishings for Labradoodles roughly translates to… a mustache!

Much of this appearance comes from the coat and facial hair. The distinct facial appearance is known as furnishings.

Labradoodle and Goldendoodle furnishings: The hair that grows around the puppy’s mouth in order to make it look like a teddy bear.

Mini Goldendoodle good mood
The dog is in a good mood today! (Image: Instagram/@chewie_mini_goldendoodle)

Labradoodles inherit shorter muzzles than Goldendoodles. The furnishings present on both Goldendoodle and Labradoodles often hide the actual shape of the snout.

Backbred F1B Goldendoodles and F1b Labradoodles end up with a more refined and Poodle-like muzzle. Again this is usually disguised by the furnishings.

Grooming for Goldendoodle Vs Labradoodle

One of the most desirable traits of these two popular Oodle dog breeds is their non-shedding coat.

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Wavy and Straight coat Labradoodles are difficult to differentiate.

In general, the Goldendoodle will have a slightly longer coat if left untrimmed. The Goldendoodle coat will be straight, wavy, or curly. (You can sometimes tell what coat a Goldendoodle puppy will have by looking at its nose).

The Labradoodle coat left untrimmed tends to be shorter. The Labradoodle coat will be wavy, wiry, or curly. There can be straight fur types too.

Note: Not all Goldendoodles and Labradoodles are non-shedding. The higher the percentage of Poodle in the cross mix the less likely to shed.

For both breeds, the straight coat is associated with the highest shedding. Typically the curlier the Poodle Mix coat, the less the shedding.

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A dog loving her newly trimmed coat. (Image: Instagram/@stellabear_goldendoodle)

Goldendoodles and Labradoodles inherit Poodle ears. This means they are predisposed to ear hair growing in the canal. This ear hair can trap bacteria or wax and cause bad smells or infection.

Regular grooming can prevent ear issues in Poodle Mix dogs. Find out more about how to clean Labradoodle ears.

Find out more about what can make a Goldendoodle smell (besides stinky ear wax)

Non-shedding coats require regular maintenance.

Regular grooming is important for Goldendoodles and Labradoodles. The type of coat will determine the frequency of grooming more than the breed.

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Goldendoodles will require regular grooming and upkeep.
  • F1 First generation crosses (50% Poodle) are more likely to shed for both breeds
  • Both breeds are commonly found with higher Poodle genetics due to the desired non-shedding coat
  • F1b Goldendoodles (75% Poodle) and F1b Labradoodles (75% Poodle) inherit more Poodle characteristic

Because of the higher Poodle genetic makeup – Poodle-specific grooming requirements need to be followed for most non-shedding Labradoodles and Goldendoodles.

  • Having a regular appointment with the groomer will keep the dog ears in good condition.
    • Poodle mix breeds are prone to ear hair and wax build up
  • The fur between the toes of both breeds needs to be trimmed because this is where ticks and other debris can gather unnoticed.
  • Both dogs need daily brushing, the curlier the fur, the more you have to brush it.
    • For the best results, you should choose a Poodle Mix appropriate brush to match the coat type and 
  • Brushing will help prevent the formation of mats in curly fur.
    • It will help release the hair that has fallen out from the curls
    • Helps keep hair shedding isolated to grooming sessions

Labradoodle Vs Goldendoodle Size

The adult size of the Goldendoodle or Labradoodle depends on the size of both parents. There is also a strong component of genetic luck.

Toy Goldendoodle VS Labradoodle
Toy and Teacup Goldendoodles are exceptionally tiny!

If you know the weight and height of the parent dogs a ‘back of the napkin’ guide is simply add them together and divide by two to determine the average.

Labradoodles come in a few sizes. Standard, Medium and Miniature.

There are three common sizes of Goldendoodle – miniature, small standard, and full (large) standard. You can get incredibly small Teacup and Toy Goldendoodles too – but these sometimes feature genetics from a third breed.

Poodle Mix HeightWeight
Miniature Labradoodle14-16 inches at shoulder (35-40 centimetres)15-25 pounds (6.5-11 kilograms)
Medium Labradoodle18-20 inches at shoulder (45.5-51 centimetres)30-45 pounds (13-20  kilograms)
Standard Labradoodle21-24 inches at shoulder (52.5-58 centimetres)50-65+ pounds (22.5-30+ kilograms)
Miniature Goldendoodle13-17 inches at shoulder (33-43 centimetres)15-35 pounds (6.5-16 kilograms)
Small Standard Goldendoodle17-20 inches at shoulder (43-51 centimetres)40-50 pounds (18-22.5  kilograms)
Large Standard Goldendoodle20-24 inches at shoulder (51-58 centimetres)50-90 pounds (22.5-41 kilograms)

Goldendoodle Vs Labradoodle Temperament

The statement “dogs are man’s best friend” is absolutely true for these breeds. Both the Labradoodle and the Goldendoodle are perfect pets for families looking for a new furry family member.  

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Goldendoodles have a zest for life and are super family-friendly.

The two breeds both have a Poodle parent and share some similar characteristics. Both dogs are intelligent breeds, are similar in size, and are very easy to train, plus they are perfectly friendly with familiar kids and teenagers. 

The Goldendoodle is an intelligent, friendly, and playful dog with a sunny personality. It is hardly ever aggressive especially if properly socialized. Goldendoodles are great with kids, though there are sometimes problems with Goldendoodles barking excessively.

Goldendoodles are considered to have higher energy than the Labradoodle. The Goldendoodle is more independent than the Labradoodle and is more open and trusting with strangers. They have a zany zest for life! In fact, if your Goldendoodle is lethargic, there may be a problem you need to fix.

Owners report a slightly calmer dog than the Labradoodle. Episodes of aggression are rare. This trait makes it a perfect pet for children and people with disabilities. 

The Labradoodle is a friendly, active, and very loyal dog. It is known for its calm temperament and eager-to-please attitude. They are also known as easily trainable dogs. 

The Labradoodle is a more protective dog than the Goldendoodle and it shows great loyalty to its owners.

Labradoodles are often more reserved and cautious when compared to Goldendoodles. 

Both dogs can be heavy chewers especially when teething. Tough chew toys for Goldendoodle and Labradoodle puppies are a must.

Whichever breed you pick. you will need to keep your dog mentally enriched and entertained. We made a list of 35 indoor dog games and activities to play with your dog. Many are DIY or free – and you can keep your dog entertained for hours.

Goldendoodle Vs Labradoodle Toilet Training

The Goldendoodle and the Labradoodle are both eager to please. This positive mindset is common across most dogs. Most owners report with dedicated training a happy and obedient dog.

The best DIY porch potty projects start with a plan. See more dog videos on our Oodle Life YouTube channel.

When it comes to toilet training, these dogs are open to training to either

  • Urinate and toilet outside when walking
  • Let themselves out into a secure backyard
  • Be trained to use a porch potty or DIY apartment balcony toilet

When it comes to peeing accidents, you may need to have patience. The higher percentage of Poodle does give rise to a Poodle trait. Excited peeing.

When the puppy is very excited (for example when you come home) up till the age of one year it is not unusual for Labradoodle and Goldendoodles to urinate a little when excited.

Consider this separate from your toilet training techniques. Do not despair if this trait does occur when the Goldendoodle or Labradoodle is a puppy.

Which is friendlier?

Generally, Goldendoodles tend to be more “zeal for life” than Labradoodles. This is a common characteristic of Golden Retrievers, as it is often said that Golden Retrievers are relentlessly happy.

This often manifests as a welcoming and friendly demeanor to strangers. In fact, Goldendoodles make friends very easily. They can be friendly to strangers, smaller dogs, and even cats. 

Some Labradoodles take more time than the Goldendoodle to open up to strangers. Once they do however they are also very friendly dogs

Which is smarter? 

Both dogs can be very intelligent. It has been said that the Labradoodles temperament is shown through increased thoughtfulness. You see this with their conservative approach and wariness with strangers.

Rather, they should be socialized and allowed to spend as much time outdoors as possible. 

This wariness and caution is the primary intelligence difference when comparing Goldendoodles Vs Labradoodles.

Labradoodle or Goldendoodles would NOT make good guard dogs. They might raise a noise by barking when a stranger arrives, but they are famously friendly and are unlikely to deter intruders.

What are the energy requirements of a Goldendoodle Vs Labradoodle?

Both the Labradoodle and the Goldendoodle are active dogs that will require some exercise daily.

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Even the cutest Labradoodle puppy will grow up quickly!

The Labradoodle is a very energetic dog and will usually need more exercise and play time than the Goldendoodle. 

Despite being energetic, both breeds will sleep for up to 50% of the day. Even longer when they are puppies! Find out all about dog sleep and the answers to questions such as Why do dogs sleep at our feet?

Lifespan and Health of Goldendoodle Vs Labradoodle

Labradoodles are generally very healthy, but their common health problems include 

  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Hip and elbow dysplasia
  • Some tendencies to cancer. 

Goldendoodles are also a healthy breed in general. Common health problems include 

  • Eye problems, 
  • Heart disease, 
  • Predisposition to some cancers
  • Hip and elbow dysplasia

Both the Goldendoodle and Labradoodle have a similar life span of between 10 to 15 years.

The smaller the Poodle mix the longer the lifespan. Miniature Goldendoodles and Miniature Labradoodles can live for even longer than the 15-year average.

Food Consumption Comparison for Goldendoodle Vs Labradoodle

The decision of which diet to feed your puppy is for you to make. The advice of your vet or fellow breed owners may help guide you. There are no strict rules about which diet is best for your dog.

curly coat goldendoodle How To Tell What Coat Your Goldendoodle Will Have
If a Goldendoodle coat is curly, you can look for a few early signs to help tell the coat type of your Goldendoodle.

Breeders I interviewed believe that both dog breeds will do well with good quality dry food. It will meet all their nutritional needs. It will also help keep their teeth in good condition.

Healthy low calories snacks like dental treats or giving a puppy carrot should not make up more than 10% of the total diet.

Both dogs will have different requirements for total food volume based on their weight. Typically a Goldendoodle consumes 1-2 cups of dry food per day. Labradoodles have the same guideline.

Owners suggest that Labradoodles on average consume slightly more food than Goldendoodles of the same weight. Every dog is different however so I would not put too much emphasis on this factor when choosing a dog breed.

Both breeds tend to eat a lot if given the opportunity. It is important to observe your dog weight regularly to make sure they don’t get overweight. 

If you have a miniature dog then pick up the dog and step on your bathroom scales. Then weigh yourself again without the dog and figure out the difference. For large dogs visit a large pet store or your local Vet. They usually have a pet scale you can use for free.

Some owners report that their Goldendoodles are prone to food allergies. For these dogs creating a diet that is free from wheat, corn, soy, and dairy products is important. The best option for them is often dry grain-free foods. A key to consider is that the first ingredient on the list should be meat.

Food allergies often present with skin irritation for Goldendoodles. A commonplace for irritation and itchiness from allergies is the soft skin in-between the paws. If your Goldendoodle is licking its paws (or biting its paws) this can be a sign that a food sensitivity is occurring.

Which is better for families?

There is a reason why the two breeds are very popular, that is because they are intelligent, adorable, and family-friendly. 

Puppy at dog beach
This Mini Labradoodle puppy (named Max) LOVES visiting the beach.

We all want to get a perfect dog for our family, and it is natural to be concerned about making the wrong choice. The age of any children that the puppy will be in contact with can be considered when comparing Goldendoodle Vs Labradoodle dogs.

Although both breeds are similar – some owners of both breeds report the following

  • Goldendoodles may be better with younger children, particularly visiting toddlers and strange younger kids
    • Their enthusiasm and love for life suits active young children
  • Labradoodles can be an excellent energetic match for young teenagers and older teens

Goldendoodles are sometimes too energetic for shy children and this must be considered. Goldendoodles also sometimes share their excitement by barking – which can either startle children or disrupt sleep.

These traits are true of all dogs of any breed and should be taken with a grain of salt as anecdotal experiences (though a quick browse of the Goldendoodle Vs Labradoodle subreddits show the same trends repeating).

Are Goldendoodles or Labradoodles better with Separation anxiety?

Separation from owners is an issue in the busy modern world. Picking either a Goldendoodle or a Labradoodle requires a time investment. You need to be there for your dog or arrange some company.

Separation anxiety is common for both breeds.

It is a dead-tie between the two.

Both Labradoodles and Goldendoodles are prone to barking, panicking, crying or whining if left alone for long periods of time.

There are strategies to limit excessive barking from separation anxiety. The only real solution is keeping your dog company.

Labradoodles are social animals and should not be left outside for extended periods of time.

So Which Pet Is best? Goldendoodle Vs Labradoodle?

It is obvious that both Goldendoodles and Labradoodles are great pets for individuals and families. They are loyal, loving, intelligent, and friendly. They are willing to please, which helps enormously with training.

Don’t forget these breeds are hybrids and although they may come in a super cute package, there is no way you can tell exactly what is inside.

Each Poodle Mix will present different kinds of personality traits separate to the physical traits. Breeders may cross the best Poodle and Golden Retriever or Labrador, but they can’t tell exactly which traits the puppies will acquire.

These guides can help you make a decision between two very similar breeds.

Based on your experience – which dog is your preference? Who wins the Goldendoodle Vs Labradoodle showdown? Do you have thoughts on which would suit your family best? 

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References From the Text

  1. Goldendoodle Wikipedia
  2. Poodles : everything about purchase, care, nutrition, behavior, and training by Joe Stahlkuppe Library of Congress
  3. AKC (American Kennel Club) Poodle Standard