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    CoolLabs vs. Goldens?

    I know this is weird posting it in a Lab forum, but I just wanted to hear from you guys(/gals). DO you prefer Labs or Goldens more? Or, does any one have experiences to share who own both Labs and Goldens?? To me, they seem pretty much the same...except Goldens have a long fur coat, and labs have shorter ones. Both are really energetic and friendly, though!

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    i have a lab puppy.
    shes quite boisterous.
    and people always rave on about how lab pups are little terrors.
    mines not even that bad.,
    i dont know if i just got lucky or what..
    but goldens might be easier to raise?
    im not familiar with the breed..
    but i would also love to know..

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    I have both labs and a golden retriever. My golden retriever is now eleven years old and my labs range in age from three to one. It really is hard to say whether as a breed they are different or the same. I would have to say they are more the same than different. My golden is very laid back, relaxed and calm, but I have met the opposite...boisterous and rowdy. Just like I have met laid back labs and rowdy labs. Both breeds are eager to please and smart. One couldn't go wrong with either breed!
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    How can you compare? Both are beautiful breeds! I suppose a lab's coat wouldn't need as much maintenance as a golden's, and I think goldens are a little bigger...
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    They are so similar. Funny enough, my golden doesn't shed as much as my lab. They are both truly wonderful companions.

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    We had a golden before we got our current lab, and they are similar. Goldens do need more grooming, and although they both shed my lab's fur seems heavier and just settles. When we had the golden, his fur seemed to always be floating though the air. Both dogs are great companions, and make great pets. I think that goldens (as a breed) tend to be clingier than labs; but both my golden and lab were/are very clingy.
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    I like both breeds, but personally, I don't think I could deal with the grooming a Golden requires. But that's just me

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    Quote Originally Posted by justine View Post
    I like both breeds, but personally, I don't think I could deal with the grooming a Golden requires. But that's just me
    Me neither. I had Emma's Golden friend for a week and was surprised how the dirt just suck in to the coat. I guess you get a bit lazy when you have a lab you just wipe off all the dirt and mud with a towel and then compares that to the golden you had to shower legs and belly after all muddy walks!

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    I have heard that goldens have a strong smell... compared to labs. I don't really know though. The only golden I ever met reeked, but that might have been the owner's fault.
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    I suspect that those of us who know both breeds fairly well are reluctant to say something that may not be PC to others. But I lost my fear several years ago of speaking truthfully ... if asked for my opinion ... so here it is.

    In my own personal experience over 50 years with both breeds, the stereotypical Golden is not as social and laid back as the stereotypical Lab. Aside from their physical differences, primarily in the coat and average size, the Golden is less likely to be a strong swimmer and therefore not as good a choice for a waterfowl retriever as a Lab. On the other hand, the Golden generally displays more stamina in the upland field enthusiastically running, working and searching for more game when the Lab has already given up and is content to walk at heel waiting for an easy retrieve. I've found Goldens to be a little less trustworthy around other dawgs and strangers, sometime displaying sudden aggressive behavior that is unacceptable if not outright dangerous. My observations are anecdotal of course but are formed over many years with a number of dawgs of both breeds. I chose Labs for my own dawgs for that reason.

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