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Common nicknamesGoldador Retriever
Foundation stockLabrador Retriever and Golden Retriever.
Variety statusNot recognised as a standardised breed by any major kennel club.
Weight 60–80 lb (27–36 kg)[1]
Height 22–24 in (56–61 cm)[2]
Color Mostly yellow, shades of gold, red or black[3]
Life span 10–15 years[4]
Domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris)

The Goldador, also known as Golden Lab, is a hybrid dog that is the product of breeding a purebred Golden Retriever with a purebred Labrador Retriever.[5][6] Bred for its ability to serve as guide, search-and-rescue, and drug-detection dogs, the Goldador is growing in popularity as a social and easily trained dog.[7]

Just like the Labrador, the Goldador has a short double coat that can range in variety of colors and does not require a grooming regimen.[8] The Goldador is a large, athletic dog, it measures 54 to 60 cm tall at the top of the withers and normally weighs 60 to 80 pounds.[9][10] This type of dog can be smart and sensitive enough to work with anti-narcotics and bomb detection squads.[11] The name ''Goldador'' is a portmanteau from the word ''golden'' and ''Labrador'', in the names of the parent breeds, Goldadors are also called glabs.[12]

Dogs, such as goldadors, that are created from two existing dog breeds is called designer dogs, since that they were invented or designed by people.[12]


First introduced as a designer dog over a decade ago, the Goldador was bred when breeders decided to cross Golden Retrievers with Labrador Retrievers.[13][14]



Generally, a Goldador's coat color ranges from yellow to gold to reddish gold, but because it is a crossbreed, it can sometimes inherit a black coat but rarely dark brown. The coat may be long and silky like that of a Golden Retriever, or may be shorter in the style of the Labrador Retriever.[15] The Goldador often has a noticeable "racing stripe" along its spine that is a little darker than the rest of its coat.


The Goldador is a medium-sized dog with size and build range of a purebred Labrador Retriever or Golden Retriever, its weight can grow on average between 60 to 80 lb (27 to 36 kg).[16] Heights wise the Goldador can reach up to 2 feet (0.61 m) tall at the shoulders.[16]


Goldadors, like Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers, do not have as many health issues as most designer breeds.[17] Although hybrids have a reputation of having fewer health issues, Golden Retriever and Labrador Retrievers have some significant health problems that can be common within their breeds.[18]

Some of the common health problems of the Goldador include hip and elbow joint arthritis, the dog will also have problems with their eyes eventually.[19] the Goldador may inherit any of the health issues that is in its parent breeds.[20]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Goldador | Leashes and Lovers". Retrieved 2018-04-07.
  3. ^ "Goldador, Goldadors, Breed". Retrieved 2018-04-07.
  4. ^ "Goldador : Golden Retriever and Labrador Retriever Mix". Retrieved 2018-04-07.
  5. ^ Riffee, Caitlin (2017-12-09). "Goldador - The Labrador Golden Retriever Mix Breed". The Labrador Site. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  6. ^ "Their calling: Helping others — one guide puppy at a time". 2015-08-24. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  7. ^ Dummies, Consumer (2010-03-04). Dogs All-in-One For Dummies. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 9780470635940.
  8. ^ "Goldador - Canna-Pet®". Canna-Pet®. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  9. ^ "Goldador Breed Information, Characteristics & Heath Problems |". Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  10. ^ "Goldador designer dog breed - Golden Retriever Labrador mix - hybrid dog". Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  11. ^ "Goldador | Golden Retriever Lab mix The Ultimate Golden Labrador Breed Information | Hybrid Dog Breeds". Hybrid Dog Breeds. 2017-05-31. Retrieved 2018-04-07.
  12. ^ a b Owen, Ruth (2014-07-15). Goldadors. The Rosen Publishing Group. ISBN 9781477770429.
  13. ^ "Goldador Dog Breed Information and Pictures - PetGuide". PetGuide. 2013-12-04. Retrieved 2018-04-07.
  14. ^ "Goldador Dog Breed Information, Buying Advice, Photos and Facts | Pets4Homes". Pets4Homes. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  15. ^ "The extremely personable Goldador dog | Pets4Homes". Pets4Homes. Retrieved 2018-04-07.
  16. ^ a b "The Goldador AKA Retrievadors Facts | Retriever Bud". Retriever Bud. 2017-01-22. Retrieved 2018-04-07.
  17. ^ "Goldador Dog Breed Profile". Top Dog Tips. 2017-09-30. Retrieved 2018-04-07.
  18. ^ "Goldador: Golden Retriever Labrador Mix - Dogable". Dogable. 2015-09-25. Retrieved 2018-04-07.
  19. ^ "Ultimate Cheat Sheet Hybrid Breed Goldadors Dogs". Sitters4Critters, LLC. 2015-01-29. Retrieved 2018-04-07.
  20. ^ "Goldador: Golden Retriever and Labrador Retriever Mix". Retrieved 2018-04-07.