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The Goldador is a fairly common crossbreed of the Labrador Retriever and the Golden Retriever. Usually already successful working dogs will be mixed to produce puppies who will be further suited to work as guide dogs, assistance dogs, search and rescue dogs or working gundogs.

The Goldador can be a first cross (with one Labrador Retriever and one Golden Retriever parent), can be bred back to one of the original breeds, or be two Goldadors bred together.

33 – 61cm
The Goldador can be any of the colours common to the Labrador or Golden Retriever including: black; yellow; liver; cream or chocolate
The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for owners with some experience
  • Basic training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Enjoys one to two hours of walking a day
  • Large dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming every other day
  • Quiet dog
  • Welcomes everyone happily
  • Generally friendly with other dogs
  • Gets along with other pets with training
  • Great family dog
  • Needs a small garden
  • Can live in semi-rural areas
  • Can be left occasionally with training
Generally healthy breed

There is often a degree of variation in the health conditions and issues that crossbreeds are predisposed to. This is because some individuals retain more of the characteristics of one breed over the other. 
For more information on the health problems that may affect this crossbreed, visit the Labrador Retriever and Golden Retriever breed pages.


Like most crossbreeds, the personality of a Goldador depends on the parents and how they have been bred and reared, but the breeds are very similar in their personalities.

Both breeds are active, friendly, loving dogs who thrive on human companionship, wanting nothing more than to please their owners (except perhaps eat and jump in any water they can find!). They are ideal pets where there are children about and they get on well with other household animals. Both are very happy breeds, extremely affectionate, constantly wagging their tails and always on the go. They are easily trained, being eager to learn and to please and can turn their paw to just about anything. They are total foodies however (possibly more so the Labrador Retriever) which helps with their training but not their waistlines!

It’s clear from looking at the two breeds that make up the Goldador that this is an extremely active gundog who needs a lot of exercise and input and being highly social, needs to be a part of the family.

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Grooming Goldadors

Training Goldadors

Suitability for Family Life

Did You Know?

  • Thanks to the Goldador’s kindly nature and intelligence they’ve been used as guide dogs, service dogs, search and rescue dogs, bomb detection dogs and even therapy dogs!
  • The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association states that the Goldador is their most successful guide dog out of all the breeds in their programme.
  • Despite their popularity, they’re not currently recognised by the UK Kennel Club as they’re a mixed breed.
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