Hi Everyone! My husband, and I would like to purchase a new puppy. We have been looking at Labs, but I love the way Golden Retrievers look. Can anyone give me a + or - for both breeds? We are looking for a family dog. We have 3 Children. 19,13,6. Have a large fenched in yard. Any info would be great. Thanks, Susan
Pros of Goldens: -Loves people, all people -Very trustworthy -Easily adapts to new situations -Highly trainable -Eager retrievers -Friendly, outgoing, exuberant Cons of Goldens:-they shed A LOT -They're a medium/large sized dog -They eat around 3-4+ cups a day -They are high energy until around 2+ -They play in ANY water source
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Try www.petfinder.com there is lots of goldens and labs there.Both breeds shed buckets,very hyper until two or three years.They love water,if you get mad at them coming in wet from splashing in puddles.A retriever is not for you.A backyard si great for them but they still need exersize outside of the yard.They both usually are veyr good tempered.
Goldens have hip problems,knee and elbow problems,get cataracts when they are older and do not over feed this breed they get fat very easy.Theya re all around good dogs.
Labs are basically the same the same with health problems and they love the water also and are usually very friendly.You may wnat an young adult or an adult because of your kids.the goldens and labs are high energy and will knock over kids very easily.If your kids dont mind getting knocked over go for it!!!
The shelters are full of goldens and labs and you will find many on petfinder.com of all ages and temperments.
If you go for the lab and you dont want to adopt one get a English lab.They are calmer and IMO are prettier than the american.