The golden Labrador Retriever is a cross between the Golden Retriever and the Labrador Retriever. As such it is not a pure bred dog. However these dogs are very popular with many families and are very loving and loyal to their owners. These dogs are always ready, willing, and able to please their families.
The coat of the golden Labrador Retriever is similar to those of a pure bred Labrador retriever and can be shades of gold and red to yellow as well as black and chocolate. Their coats are short like that of a regular Labrador Retriever.
By cross breeding the golden retriever and Labrador retriever the best qualities of each dog have been brought to the fore. However the golden Labrador Retriever can be shy around strangers and may prefer to be a one-man-dog.
The golden Labrador Retriever stands about 22 to 24 inches in height and weighs about 60 to 80 pounds. They are susceptible to certain health problems such as hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia, PRA, and eye disorders, just like pure-bred labs. However in the cross breed these problems seem to be less likely because the gene pool has been broadened.
The golden Labrador Retriever does need sufficient exercise to stay healthy and happy but will do well in an apartment as long as they get out each day. It is preferable to provide and average-sized yard for your dog. He will enjoy fetching balls and a variety of toys so try to get him or her involved in a game of catch.
Watch how you feed your golden Labrador Retriever as this breed tends to put on weight. As long as they get enough exercise it shouldn’t be a problem. If you live in an apartment, make sure to walk your dog at least once a day.
The coat of the golden Labrador retriever is a short-haired double coat that most owners will have not trouble grooming. Brush and comb the coat using a firm bristle brush and make sure the undercoat is given special attention. You should bathe your dog only when necessary. Shedding in the golden Labrador retriever is considered ‘average’.
If he stays healthy, the golden Labrador retriever usually lives for about ten to fourteen years.