What is the difference between a Labrador and a Golden Retriever?

by Leanne Thompson on June 7, 2009

Many people do not really know the difference between a Labrador and a Golden Retriever, and some may be unaware that they are two different dog breeds.   Retrievers are a type of dog and are part of the Gun dog category of dog breeds.  The Retriever dog breed was originally bred to fetch game for hunters, whether they were hunting on the land or in the water.

There are six retriever dog breeds recognised by the Kennel Club as Retrievers and these are:

•    Labrador Retriever
•    Golden Retriever
•    Flat Coated Retriever
•    Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
•    Curly Coated Retriever
•    Chesapeake Bay Retriever

The correct term for a Labrador is actually a Labrador Retriever, although they are often referred to as a Lab.  In terms of appearance, the Labrador Retriever should be entirely black, liver/chocolate, yellow or cream in colour although a white patch on the chest is not uncommon.  Their coat will be short haired, flat and give a fairly hard feel to the touch.

The Golden Retriever should range from dark golden to pale cream in colour.  Their coat will be flat or wavy, but longer than the coat of the Labrador Retriever.  Generally speaking, the Golden Retriever is usually the shorter of the two breeds.

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