Goldador: A Complete Guide to America’s Favorite Family Dog

Attentive, affectionate and family-orientated all perfectly describe a Goldador; America’s favorite family dog.

The Goldador is the very best of two of America’s favorite family dogs:

  • Half Golden Retriever
  • Half Labrador Retriever

Making them sure to win your heart.

This good natured canine fits perfectly into any home: families with children, singles, couples and even seniors – just as long as they have a big back yard to romp and prance around in!

Goldador Feature

Welcome to our complete guide to the Goldador dog breed.

Here, we will share with you the history, temperament, exercise, health concerns, price and of course the breed appearance, so that you can decide if this dog is right for you.

What Is A Goldador?

What Is A Goldador

The Goldador is a hybrid between the Golden Retriever and the Labrador Retriever, two of America’s favorite dogs next door.

This breed is becoming increasingly popular worldwide due to their well-loved parents.

The Golden Retriever and the Labrador Retriever are both intelligent, fun-loving, affectionate and extremely loyal breeds which makes the idea of owning a combined breed all the more perfect.

As with any designer dog, it is important to understand the history of each parent breed to get a little glimpse into the Goldador’s bloodline.

Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever
The Golden Retriever is known as a friendly and loyal breed which was registered by the American Kennel Club in 1925.

The Golden Retriever breed was initially born in Glen Affric, Scotland in the late 19th century.

A Retriever was bred for the upper class as their job was to act as retrievers of birds for the hunters. They have soft mouths and love the water, making them the perfect hunting companions.

Today, the Golden Retriever is famous for being one of America’s most loved dogs, as well as being a go-to breed for families.

Labrador Retriever

Yellow Labrador Retriever
Originating in Newfoundland, Canada sometime in the 16th Century, the Labrador Retriever quickly became a well-loved breed. However, it wasn’t until 1917 that the breed was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club.

The Labrador Retriever has a very similar background to the Golden Retriever. This breed was also bred to be a retriever-gun dog.

Bred for their superb characteristics of loyalty, friendliness and intelligence.

The Labrador Retriever makes an amazing service dog. Their specialties include: police, military, rescue and detection dogs. They are also famous for being guide dogs for the visionally impaired.

This is truly a magnificent and well-natured breed.

Today, the Labrador Retriever is also known as America’s dog next door, and is famous for their hunting and companionship for both individuals and families.

It is no wonder that this breed is being increasingly mixed with other dog breeds!

Breed Origin

It is not known exactly when the first Goldador appeared. But it is assumed they were bred to be a well-natured companion, service and working dog.

This is due to their friendly, soft and loving nature along with their gorgeous, wavy and golden fur.

Goldador Breed Facts
Size 22-24″
Weight 60-80 pounds
Lifespan 10-15 years
Breed Type Mixes and more
Purpose Companion Dog
Suitable For Anyone! Families With Children, Individuals, Couples And Seniors
Color Variations Golden, Yellow, Light Gold, Deep Gold, Black Or Brown
Temperament Intelligent, Friendly, Loyal, Fun-Loving, And Athletic
Other Names Golden Retriever x Labrador Retriever, Golden Labrador

Goldador Puppies

Goldador Puppy

The average litter size for this dog between 7 to 10 puppies. However, this often varies!

A Goldador price tag can range from between $750 to $2,000 USD.

As a puppy, your dog will have plenty of energy. But don’t worry, they tend to settle down once they are about 12 to 18 months.

Each litter of Goldador puppies may have a range of different puppies, some having a stronger mix of Golden Retriever and others a stronger mix of Labrador Retriever.

Retrievers puppies are both famous for having a little extra baby fat, and the same is said for this puppy too!

These puppies are sure to put a smile on your face.

Goldador Temperament

Characteristic Rating
Prey Drive
Social Tendencies

If you are searching for a side-kick, best friend and perfect furry family member, then a Goldador is perfect.

They adore being right by your side, no matter the circumstance.

Whether it is a night by the fire, a day on the beach, or a stroll around your local neighborhood. A Goldador will happily be there right beside you.

This breed is highly loyal and extremely devoted to those who feed them! A food-orientated dog who is easy to train as long as those treats keep coming.

Compatibility with Families

Golden Labrador

Everyone loves a well-rounded and well-mannered family dog.

The Goldador is a social puppy who loves to be around everyone; other animals and small children included.

They genuinely love children! In fact, they have a high patience making them the perfect pet for your little human rascals.

A very athletic breed who will love running around your backyard keeping your children and guests entertained.

Remember, they enjoy company and especially from other puppies too. If you lead a busy lifestyle perhaps try Doggy Day Care?

Your Goldador will be forever grateful and a little less of a handful come the evening.

Due to their social nature, they may not be the best guard dog around, the most that they may do is lick your intruder to death with their kibble breath.


This dog loves to please and loves to learn, making training a breeze.

This dog is easily trained and therefore makes the perfect host for your family BBQs or gatherings.

Your Goldador will happily go around making his or her introductions. Just be sure to begin introductions and socialization as early as possible so that your pup will not develop any anxiety or aggressive behavior.

As puppies they may go through mouthing stages. This is common in Labrador Retriever puppies.

But don’t worry this doesn’t hurt! They are just tiny nibbles which your pup should soon grow out of. Stick to treats and praise to kick those little habits.

All in all, the Goldador is a very laid back, friendly and social dog who loves to please and loves to be around anybody.

Goldador Size, Appearance and Grooming

Goldador Appearance

Full Grown

This breed generally stands at 22 to 24 inches and weighs 60 to 80 pounds, with females often on the lower end of the scale.


There is no breed standard for the Goldador, as they are not yet a recognized breed. Therefore, puppies may come out looking more Golden Retriever than Labrador or vice versa.

Both are gorgeous breeds so either way, it is a win-win!

Their body is lean and athletic.

The Goldador usually has a short, thick double coat. This coat may be straight or slightly wavy, dependent on the puppy. Their coat is also water resistant which is perfect as they are usually water lovers.

Color Types

The Goldador is a very beautiful breed and is often mistaken for a “yellow Labrador Retriever”.

However, there is no pure breed of Labrador Retriever which is golden in color; just yellow.

Most of these dog’s coats range from yellow to light gold to a deeper gold. There are some instances of a black Goldador and some rarer brown Goldadors.

Grooming Guide

Labrador Mix

A large dog breed with a lot of coat to look after!

Luckily this is easier than it sounds.

Just remember to brush a Goldador dog weekly or as often as possible to get rid of any excess hair before it accumulates all over your favorite rug.

Bathing your Goldador is only required when it is needed, for example, after a long muddy day or when they begin to smell a little from all of that rolling around.

However, make sure to clean their ears regularly as they may be prone to ear infections.

Also remember that regular teeth brushing of your canine prevents potential dental issues in the future so try to accustom your pup to this as early as possible! If all else fails, use dental treats and toys are a good choice!

Their shorter coat means that they are easier to maintain than their Golden Retriever parent.

Complete Care Guide


When it comes to the Goldador, you want to ensure you take care of them as best as you can so that they can be thriving by your side for a long time.

It is important to support this large and athletic breed with a well-balanced diet and sufficient exercise.

Food and Dietary Requirements

Daily Food Consumption
Guide 1,800 calories
Cups of Kibble Three Bowls of Kibble Required per Day

The Goldador requires between 1,800 and 2,400 calories per day.

Feeding a large and athletic dog requires consistent feeding schedules and amounts.

You should be feeding your Goldador 3 cups of a high quality dry kibbled diet per day.

We recommend a high quality dry kibble which is specifically formulated for large and athletic breeds, this should cover all your dog’s nutritional needs!

Do not forget to measure out treats too (for training and obedience purposes).

Remember that your dogs dietary requirements must be met in all areas.

Protein, fat and the energy content of your pup’s food should be taken into consideration when choosing the perfect diet.

Your Goldador’s diet is also dependent upon their age and weight.

Exercise Requirements

Daily Exercise Requirements
Minutes 120 minutes
Activity Level This is a high activity dog breed

This dog is always down for a run around the block.

They make the best running companions if trained properly (they are pure athletes)!

In fact, your Goldador should be getting 120 minutes of exercise per day. Don’t worry, this can be accomplished in many forms:

  • Walks
  • Swimming
  • Running
  • Dog Sports

Having a backyard makes for a great lifestyle for your Goldador. However, they can fit into any lifestyle, as long as they still have their exercise needs catered for.

Be sure to take them for regular walks and to take them for regular socialization and playtime at the local dog park!

Exercise is very important in this large and athletic breed so they do not become over weight or develop any restless behaviors such as chewing.

Goldador Training

Golden Retriever x Labrador Retriever

There is nothing a Goldador wouldn’t do for some human love and treats!

This quality ensures that they are easily trained, just like their parent breeds the Golden and Labrador Retriever.

This breed is highly intelligent and is definitely a fast learner.

Just provide some positive reinforcement, a dash of patience and a handful of treats, and they will have the basic principles down in no time at all.

Why not try a little watermelon on a hot day after a long training session? Your Goldador will love you for this.

Mental stimulation is a must for your Goldador!

An intelligent and athletic breed craves mental challenges as well as physical ones.

Mentally stimulating your puppy can be done through changes in scenery, games and even through socialization.

Known Health Problems

For any pet parent, it is important to understand any potential health problems which may arise with their dog.

Although hybrids are less prone to developing health issues associated with their parent breeds, because of the genetic diversity, it is still possible for them to inherit the following conditions.

Dysplasia is a malformation of the joints which may result in bones not being fused together properly causing them to rub against one another causing a painful sensation and limp. This may worsen with age and is commonly found in the elbows or hips.

Progressive retinal atrophy is the degeneration of the retina. If left untreated this may lead to blindness.

If you notice your Goldador is having a “ruff” time with any pain or discomfort, then it is always important to contact your local veterinarian.


The Goldador has many fantastic attributes making them the perfect family dog or companion for a variety of individuals.

With a little training, a little grooming and a lot of food, the Goldador puppy quickly becomes a well-natured and friendly adult dog.

Intelligent, fun-loving and extremely loyal, they are becoming increasingly popular all over the world.

A cousin to both of America’s dog’s next door, this breed is sure to provide you with smiles, laughter, and a whole lot of licks.

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John Woods is the Founder of All Things Dogs and leads our editorial team as our Editor in Chief. A member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, he has been a dog lover since he was 13 years old. John is parent to Nala, a working lab retriever. John has also volunteered at multiple animal shelters, where he gained firsthand experience of rehabilitation and force-free positive reinforcement training methods.

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