Golden Retriever Lab Mix- The Goldador guide>
The Golden retriever Lab mix combines the qualities of America’s two most loved family dogs.
Do not get me wrong all dogs are great and even amazing but who would not want a dog that is adorable to look at, is energetic and loving.
You could get a Golden Retriever or a Labrador retriever or even better still the Goldador as a family pet.
A Golden Retriever and Lab all in one package, now you do not have to choose.
This dog is also known as the Golden Labrador and is a dog that loves having fun and a crossbreed of the 1st and 3rd most popular dogs in the US.
Putting all this into consideration, this makes the Goldador a popular crossbreed.
How would the Golden Retriever Lab mix fare as a part of your family? And would you want him as part of your life?
Read this article and get to know if the Golden Labrador mix is the right fit for you and if not get to know of other mixes from these two wonderful dogs.
You will also learn how to take care of this pooch once you have decided to make him part of your family. It is all comprehensive.
Let us get right into it then.
About the Golden Retriever Lab mix
The Goldador is a designer dog which is a crossbreed.
This Golden retriever and Labrador mix is a large and athletic dog that has a short and water-resistant coat. He is also a friendly dog, has a lot of energy and is highly trainable.
These dogs should be the first choice for anyone that is eyeing for a family dog.
Goldador was originally bred in to be used as a guide dog.
Some of the Golden Labradors have been used to assist therapy dogs, some have also been used to detect bombs and for hunting but the biggest percentage of these dogs are just family companions.
Being a hybrid dog means that you do not always get a 50-50 split. The dog may lean towards one parent more than the other.
You can get a dog that is more of a Golden Retriever or a Labrador.
There can even be variations in puppies that are in the same litter and that is not something that should get you worried.
They are however recognized by the following organizations.
- American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC)
- International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR)
- Designer Breed Registry (DBR)
- Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC)
Goldador General Characteristics
|Golden Retriever Lab mix summary table|
|Height||Ranges from 22-24 inches for males and 20 to 22 inches tall for females at the shoulders|
|Weight||Male Goldadors can weigh from 65 to 80 pounds and the females 55 to 70 pounds depending on the genes of the dominant parent|
|Lifespan||10 – 15 years especially when in good health|
|Breed Type||mixes and more|
|Purpose||Companion and family dog|
|Suitable For||They are best suited for everyone|
|Grooming requirements||May require low to moderate grooming|
|Color Variations||these dogs can be golden or yellow, however, in rare cases they can be black, White, Cream, Golden, red or brown.|
|Health concerns||skin allergies, eye problems, and Joint Dysplasia|
|Temperament||Friendly, Loving, Cheerful, Playful, Social, Outgoing, Sweet, Affectionate, smart, and loyal|
Just like any other mixed dog breed the Golden Retriever Lab mix traits and appearances may be hard to predict but we will give you the possible outcomes.
This hybrid can vary a lot in size and other characteristics.
A fully grown Golden Retriever Lab mix is of a height that can be anywhere from 20-24 inches.
This mix weighs between 55-80 pounds, females weigh slightly less than the males do.
One thing that all the Goldadors have is their cuteness overload. They will never disappoint you when it comes to this.
In most of the cases, this dog has a large head that is square with floppy ears and an athletic body with long legs.
They may also have the large Golden Retrievers eyes that most people describe as being loving. However, they have blue eyes but this is very rare.
Some of you ay note that the Golden Retriever lab mix may have a stripe along their neck. This stripe is dark and runs along their spines from their necks to their tails.
Goldadors may have black noses and long tails.
Lab Golden Retriever mix coat appearance
In general, the Goldador has a short, dense coat that is often straight but can also be wavy at times.
However, you should note that the appearance of this hybrid dog can vary massively. You can never be too sure what you are going to get as far as the appearance of the coat is concerned.
Some puppies may come out looking like a good equal mix of both of the parents while some may look more like one parent more than the other.
Most of the time, Golden Retriever lab mixes are yellow but they can also have other colors such as gold, black, white, brown or even red.
If the Golden Retriever lab mix resembles the labrador more you may get one of the following:
- Yellow Goldador
- Chocolate Goldador.
- Black Goldador.
If the puppies resemble more of the Golden Retriever then you are most likely going to get the following:
- A Golden Goldador
- A dark golden Goldador
- Light Golden Goldador
The mix is also most likely going to inherit the Lab’s double coat.
This double-coat has a soft undercoat below a weather-resistant upper coat. You do not also want to eliminate the chance of the mix having a short coat.
The good news is that the coat does not shed much and you will not have to deal with so much dog fur in your house.
However, this pooch is not hypoallergenic.
What is the meaning of an F1 Goldador?
An F1 Goldador is the first generation of puppies that are produced when you mix a purebred Golden Retriever with a purebred Labrador.
Apart from the first generation puppies, you can also have other generations of puppies.
For example, when you breed two F1 Goldadors you get F2 puppies. When you breed two F2 Goldadors you then get F3 puppies.
You can also have an F1B Goldador which is an offspring of an F1 Golden Labrador with a purebred Golden retriever or a Labrador.
Golden Retriever Lab mix personality and temperament
Making an exact prediction of how your Goldador will be is a difficult task just like with any other hybrid dog.
You can only make some kind of educated guess about their personality and that is exactly what am going to help you do.
Most people note that this dog has endless energy and a lot of enthusiasm.
This mix is a perfect choice for first-time dog owners that are looking for a family dog.
You will be surprised much patience this dog has and how much they love the company of children.
The Golden Retriever Lab mix never loses patience and can put up with a great deal of rough play and are incredibly good-natured when they are around kids.
Also, make sure that you train your children on how to deal with dogs and Prevent them from doing somethings that dogs don’t like.
When they are socialized from the time they are puppies these dogs show affection to other dogs and animals.
They simply love everyone.
Apart from their patients being great for kids, these designer dogs are also great guides, service and therapy dogs.
The Golden Labrador is a trustworthy and reliable dog that makes it a great option for rescue teams, emergency services, and even anti-narcotic detection.
Goldadors have great watchdog capabilities because they are loyal and alert.
You should not confuse the Golden Labrador for a guard dog.
The Golden Labradors’ friendly nature is extended even for strangers. You should not be surprised to see them cuddling with people that they don it even know.
However, they can be very vocal when they are bored, barking or howling just to pass time.
Even when they get too excited they could still end up making noise and this may be something you would want to consider especially if you have close neighbors.
Golden labs love affection, and by that I mean a lot, it is as if they survive on human affection. If you do not give them enough they could end up throwing tantrum.
They are, however, not lapdogs but they may always find a way to cuddle.
These dogs do not do well in isolation and could potentially become destructive if they are left alone for long. They may even suffer from separation anxiety.
To prevent your Goldador from showing these kinds of behaviors you should try crate training. But if you know that you are away from home most of the time you should consider getting another dog.
When your Golden Retriever Lab mix is allowed to go outside he should be kept in some kind of confined space to avoid leading them into mischief. This is because both of the parent breeds are retrievers.
They have this strong desire to chase after small moving objects and fleeting creatures.
We would recommend that you have a fenced yard or a place where they can safely roam and explore.
Golden retriever lab mixes can live in different homes and climates.
They can handle the cold weather better when they inherit the double coat of the Labrador retriever.
Goldadors tend to be heat sensitive but they can get used to warm weather. It would be better if your dog stayed indoors when the weather is extremely hot.
Golden labradors love being in a home that has a yard where he can explore and run around.
A yard with a wireless fence for your adorable mixed Goldador would be a great idea since the dog is a known jumper.
Though he is a large-sized dog, the golden lab can live in an apartment happily as long as you give them enough physical and mental activities.
Never leave your Goldador outside at night, just make sure that your mixed pooch is with you.
Remember that predicting the temperament of a mixed dog isn’t and so it would be better if you spoke to other Goldador owners to know if their personality will suit your lifestyle. Speaking to your breeder can also be of great help.
History of the Golden Retriever Lab mix
Designer dogs have been in existence for some time now.
There are no records to show where exactly the Golden Labrador came from or who was the first person to breed the mix, but it is known that he has been around for some time now.
For a few years now there have been deliberate breeding programs, at least for service dogs.
The Guide dogs association For the Blind has named the Goldador as the most successful guide dog.
The parent breeds have been in existence for some time now and a lot is known about them.
So, it would be a great idea if we looked into their history too.
Golden Retriever brief history
They were first developed in Scotland at the estate of Lord Tweedmouth. The name retrievers come from their ability to retrieve shot game undamaged.
At around 1868 and 1871, Tweedmouth bred female Tweed Water Spaniel to a Golden Retriever for a loyal and efficient hunting partner.
They are one of the most popular dog breeds today. These dogs are medium-sized, sturdy dogs with a golden lustrous coat hence the golden name.
The Golden Retriever was named ‘retriever’ because of their ability to retrieve without doing much damage due to their soft mouth.
Golden Retriever is a large-sized gun dog that retrieves shot waterfowl, such as ducks and upland game birds, during hunting and shooting parties.
They are a great family pet but some dog lovers who are allergic may find it difficult to live with them.
Golden Retrievers are not hypoallergenic. They are a breed that sheds and are not suitable for people with allergies. As no dog can be 100% hypoallergenic, some dog breeds are better suited for persons with allergies.
This dog breed requires more frequent bathing.
The more frequent bathing and grooming are done on can help make a non-hypoallergenic dog like a golden retriever easier on your allergies by eliminating some of the dander responsible for allergic reactions in the first place.
Other popular Golden Retriever Mixes
- Golden Retriever Corgi mix is a good-natured pup with the genes of both the Golden retriever and a Corgi.
- Golden Retriever Husky mix is often referred to as the Goberian.
- Combining a Poodle and a Golden Retriever gives you a Golden Poodle.
- Beagle Golden Retriever Mix is also called Golden Beagle
- Bull Mastiff Golden Retriever Mix is also called Golden Mastiff
- Labrador Golden Retriever Mix is also called Golden Labrador
- Chihuahua Golden Retriever Mix is also called Golden Chihuahua
- Great Dane Golden Retriever Mix is also called Great Golden Dane
- Chow Chow Golden Retriever Mix is also called Golden Chow
- Border Collie Golden Retriever Mix is also called Golden Collie
- Australian Shepherd Golden Retriever Mix is also called Golden Australian Shepherd
- Dachshund Golden Retriever Mix is also called Golden Dachshund
- Pug Golden Retriever Mix is also called Golden Pug
- Cocker Spaniel Golden Retriever Mix is also called Golden Cocker Spaniel
- St. Bernard Golden Retriever Mix is also called Golden Bernard
- American Bulldog Golden Retriever Mix is also called Golden American Bulldog
- Shar-Pei Golden Retriever Mix is also called Golden Shar Pei
- The German Shepherd Golden Retriever Mix
A brief history of the Labrador retriever
The sweet-faced lab is one of America’s most popular dogs.
Labs are friendly, outgoing and have more than enough affection to go around the family looking for a medium to large-sized dog.
The Labrador retriever hails from Newfoundland off the Atlantic coast of Canada.
He was originally called St John’s dog which was the capital of Newfoundland.
Labs mainly served as companion dogs and they were used by fishermen as their helpers in the 1700s.
They were used to retrieve fish that had escaped hooks.
Although their heritage is unknown many believe that the st John’s dog was interbred with the Newfoundland dog and other small local water dogs.
English noblemen that had visited Canada then spotted the dog and returned home with the finest specimens of Labradors Retrievers.
British breeders then refined and standardized the dog to the pooch that you know and love today.
In America, the dog almost went extinct in the 1880s.
He was recorded as one of the most popular dogs in the US in 1991. Today this dog serves many purposes from being used as therapy dogs, for search and rescue and even for drugs and explosive detection.
Other popular Lab mixes
- The multicolored Aussiedor is a combination of a Lab and an Australian shepherd.
- Cuteness in the form of a Bullador which is a Labrador and American bulldog mix.
- A union between a Lab and Akita results in this stunning Labrakita.
- The American Lattle has the mixed genes of a Lab and Australian Cattle Dog.
- An amber eyed Borador, a hybrid of a Labrador and Border Collie.
- Beagador is a combination of a Lab mom and a Beagle dad.
- Bullmasador is the Lab and Bullmastiff mix that might give you a run for your money.
- Spanador is a union between a Labrador and Cocker Spaniel.
- Corgidor is a Lab and Corgi mixed breed.
- The Labrador and Doberman mix.
- A Lab and the Dalmatian mix is also known as the Dalmador.
- The Dachsador is a cross between a Lab and Dachshund.
- English Bullador, a Labrador and English Bulldog mix.
- A cross between a Lab and a German Shepherd.
- Goldador is the Lab and Golden Retriever mix.
- The Labradane is an elegant and refined cross between a Lab and a Great Dane.
- The Husky and Labrador mix.
- A distinctive cross between a Labrador and Kelpie.
- The cross between a Labrador and a Malamute.
- The German Shepherd Lab mix
Golden Labrador mix Puppies
When this dog is a puppy he known to be very clumsy.
It is known that their big legs and paws are always getting them into trouble.
They may grow out of this by the time they are 18 years when they reach maturity, but that is not always assured because they can maintain their puppy-like nature.
You can end up having a litter of between 4 to 12 puppies depending on the parent dogs.
The Golden Retriever Lab mix puppy is a premium puppy and you can end up paying anywhere from $1000 to $3000. The prices can, however, go as high as $5000 for puppies that are from pedigree parents or show ring parents.
When you are buying a Golden lab puppy you must talk to a dog breeder that is trusted before you buy one.
Note that the American Society for the prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) strongly discourages people from buying puppies online.
Good puppies do not come cheap but that does not that the most expensive puppy is the best puppy. The healthier the puppy is the more expensive he will be.
There is also the extra costs for taking care of the puppies that could up to $1000 per year. This is something that many people tend to overlook but I don’t want you to do the same mistake.
Each puppy in the litter has its traits and personality.
Do research prior to buying the puppy so that you can be sure of what type of questions to ask your breeder that would be helpful for what you want. It is also helpful that you meet the dog prior to buying him to know if you are compatible.
How to find a reputable dog breeder
The first thing that you have to do is your homework. Get to know more about the pooch that you want by reading articles such as this one and watch videos.
Don’t get a purebred or crossbreed dog that you do not have enough information about.
Ask a groomer, veterinarian and other dog lovers that own this dog to direct you to the reputable breeder that they know.
Then get a breeder that has knows all about the Golden Retriever lab mix.
Get to know about the breeder’s history and experience breeding the same dog. Know how long he has been doing this for.
Ask about the history of the parent breeds that he/she is going to used to breed the puppies. It is important that you know whether the parents have been screened for diseases that are associated with them.
The breeder should be able to answer questions concerning the temperament of the parent breeds.
Reputable breeders should be able to do the following:
A reputable breeder should also ask questions about yourself and how you live. He may also ask to visit your whole family.
The same breeder should be able to follow up on the hybrid dog even after you have already taken the dog home.
You should allow your breeder to keep the Labrador mixed with Golden Retriever puppies until they are at least 6-8 months old.
The breeder should also be able to provide information on how you should raise the puppy, train it and even how you should feed the Puppy.
Good breeders have a refund policy and should be willing to replace or refund your money in case some genetically linked illness occurs when you are with the Golden retriever and Labrador Retriever mix puppy.
Be careful of Goldadors that come at a cheap price
You may come across a litter of puppies that have very low prices as compared to other puppies in the market.
As mentioned earlier mixed hybrid dog puppies do not come cheap and this is because they are not cheap or easy to breed.
So, if you see a breeder that is selling his/her puppies at an extremely low price they are probably not good.
They are also the chance that the puppies had been poorly bred leaving you to deal with the consequences.
Adoption of a Labrador Retriever mixed with a Golden retriever
Just because this mixed dog is not cheap and you can’t afford one that does not mean that you cannot get one for yourself. You can always get a Goldador at a cheaper price through adoption.
Look around the area you live in for a good shelter or you can even go and explore outside the area that you live in. You can never know where your luck lies.
Some of the popular breeders and adoption site are in the list below:
- Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue
- Golden Retriever Rescue of Wisconsin
you should avoid getting a puppy if you notice that he has any of the issues mentioned below:
- Too many hereditary diseases in the puppy’s family history.
- Signs of aggression from either of the mixes parents.
- No certification was issued by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals for both its parents.
All in all, we wish that you get a Golden Retriever and Lab mix with the qualities that you desire to have in your dog.
Grooming a Golden Retriever mixed with a Labrador
As mentioned earlier the Golden Lab is a moderate shedder and so you will need to have a consistent grooming schedule.
The grooming process should not be undermined as it helps keep your dog healthier and improves his general appearance.
It is also great as it helps improve the bond between you and your Goldador.
You may also inspect the dog for any abnormalities that could result in some serious diseases later on.
These dogs shed mildly to moderately all year round and you will, therefore, need to brush their coat weekly.
You will not have trouble grooming them as they will see as a chance to spend more time with you.
Brushing the Goldador’s coat
During the shedding season, the dog should be brushed daily no matter the length of the coat.
You do not have to worry about trimming the hair as it will not grow as long and feathery like that of a Golden Retriever.
Brushing the coat of your lab and Golden retriever mix coat helps get rid of tangles and keep it clean.
Doing this will also help keep your furry friend free of skin impurities minimizing the risk of skin diseases.
You should do this because the Golden Labrador loves to spend time outdoors and this means that he is likely to gather a lot of dirt, grass and other irritants in the process.
Invest in a soft brush that can help loosen dead skin and remove tangles from the fur.
For puppies use an even gentler brush preferably made of plastic or rubber.
Brushing is also essential to distribute oils around the dog’s coat and also helps to relax the dog. This will make him attractive and healthier.
Bathing you Golden Retriever Lab mix
You should only give you Goldador a bath when it is needed, for example when the coat becomes too soiled or when he had a lot of activities during a hot summer day.
note that the dog should not be bathed too often as this strips the coat of essential oils and minerals. Only bathe him when you notice that the dog is really dirty or smelly.
As you are bathing the dog you want to make sure that the ears are protected. Water should not get into the dog’s ears as it is uncomfortable and can cause some health issues.
When you are bathing your Golden Retriever lab mix you want to make sure that you are using the right shampoo.
Use a good dog shampoo and conditioner to keep the coat shiny and healthy. Your vet can help you choose the shampoo that is best suited for your dog.
Never use human shampoo while bathing your dog.
Use a shampoo that is formulated for dogs. This shampoo should have a neutral pH and should be hypoallergenic.
The shampoo should not cause the dog to dry out or dry out his skin.
Bathing time is also a good time to share affection and bond with your dog by making it a pleasant association and remaining calm and assertive.
Other grooming requirements
Apart from taking care of the dog’s coat, you should also check the ears for any chances of ear infections. Cleaning the ears also gets rid of bad odor.
Dip a cotton bud into an ear cleaning solution after which you will use it to clean the Goldador’s ears.
Make sure that you are cleaning the outer area as you do not want to damage the dog’s ears. Visit a groomer if you are not comfortable doing it by yourself.
Clipping the nails is also an important part of grooming.
Start gradually when you Golden Labrador is a small pup. Make an effort to calm your dog when you are clipping his nails and reward him for every time he stays calm and relaxed.
By doing this you help him get used to his nails being clipped when they get long.
If you are not sure of what to do you should visit a professional groomer.
Brush your Lab and Golden Retriever mix teeth a few times every week to reduce the risk of periodontal diseases.
Do this at least once every week from when the dog is a puppy onwards.
Some dogs may not want you to touch their teeth, so make him get used to the process.
Make it a gradual process. The process of brushing a dog’s teeth is just the same as how you would do it on your teeth.
Feeding a Goldador
The Goldador is an extremely food-oriented dog just like the Labrador Retriever.
He will often attempt to charm food off the table or your hand. They will do anything for a food reward.
Keeping this in mind you should know that every dog has his energy and dietary requirements.
Several factors affect how much you can feed your dog:
- Level of activity
The Golden Retriever lab mix is a large dog that will need to be fed enough to keep up with his energy levels.
You must give him a high-quality diet that can meet his nutritional requirements.
So, make sure that you invest in the best food and healthies for your dog.
You need to meet the calorie requirements of your Goldador.
The average calories per pound for and active dog is 30 calories.
So, what you need to do for your Golden Lab mix is multiplying his weight in pounds by 30 and you will be able to get his calorie requirements per day.
With the average weight of the Goldador, this is about 1400 calories per day.
Ideally, this is about 3-4 cups of kibble in a day.
One cup of kibble contains about 217-440 calories depending on the product that you buy.
This is just a rough estimate to get the correct advice on how to feed your dog you should visit your vet.
Free-feeding your puppy is not an option this could make him become overweight.
You should split this into two meals to avoid the risk of the dog developing gastric torsion.
Make sure you give enough water to the dog to keep him hydrated.
More on feeding a Goldador
Whether the food is dry, raw or wet, your Golden lab will have a tasty time as he is not known to be a fussy eater.
It would better f you fed the dog one type of food consistently as they are known to have sensitive stomachs.
Puppies will feed more than adult Golden Retrievers Lab mix as they require more energy for development. Make sure that you divide his meals into intervals of 4 meals in a day.
As the pooch mature and reaches the age of about 6 months reduce the number of meals you give him to 2 meals a day.
Depending on the age of the age be careful of what you give to your dog. Do not give puppy formulated food to a fully grown dog.
If you have the money you can opt for certified organic foods.
So, what should the dog’s meal contain?
A healthy diet will consist mainly of protein as the main ingredient. The protein should be in high amounts and should be meat protein.
It should also contain chondroitin or glucosamine, or both that help prevent help hip dysplasia.
The more protein that is in your dog’s diet the healthier he will become.
So, as a puppy, the diet should be made up of about 25% protein and 8% fat. it should also be rich in minerals such as calcium and phosphorous.
The amount of protein and fat that you give to your dog will reduce as he grows to about 20% protein and 5% fat.
Many dog lovers try to avoid foods that have grains when they want to avoid allergies in their dogs.
If your Golden Lab is allergic to grains you should opt for a grain-free meal. Also, if he has stomach sensitivities get dog food with live probiotics.
Always make sure that you read the food label to make sure that it has the correct amount of fat, proteins and that it does not have too many carbohydrates.
- Remember to always provide clean water to the dog for him to stay hydrated.
Fatty acids help in keeping the coat healthy and shiny. Omega-3 fatty acids also promote mobility and a healthy heart.
Some good sources of fatty acids include salmon and flaxseeds.
Exercise and proper diet are required to keep the dog from getting obese which can bring some health complications.
Avoids foods that have:
Bulking agents such as peas and corn. This is important to make sure that your dog does not develop stomach sensitivity.
Bulking agents cause some digestive problems such as flatulence, vomiting, indigestion and even diarrhea.
Chemical additives are something else that you should be careful of when you are getting food for your dog.
Avoids foods that have ingredients that you do not understand.
The meal should contain;
- A minimum of 25% protein in meals that have grains.
- Minimum of 30% protein in grain-free meals.
- The meals should be rich in minerals and vitamins.
- Meals that are free from allergens. Some meals like eggs and lamb are known to contain allergens.
- Depending on the age of the hybrid you can give the dog supplements.
- A clean water supply throughout the day.
You should consult your vet if you have any questions concerning your dog’s diet.
Golden Retriever Lab mix exercise requirements
Exercising Goldador is not a hard job as long as you are together. At least 2 hours of daily exercise should be more than enough.
This is one of the best ways to keep them happy and healthy.
If you do not have the time to exercise your dog then you should consider hiring a dog walker.
However, they can get a little lazy when they get older. But the important thing is to get them excited which will ultimately motivate them.
Your dog must get enough mental and physical stimulation or he will otherwise get involved in mischief as a way to self entertain.
However, for much younger puppies, you should stick to the 5-minutes rule. Meaning that every time your puppy gets a month older add 5 minutes of exercise a day until he reaches maturity.
So, if your puppy is one month old only exercise him for 5 minutes and when he gets to 2 months of age increase this to 10 minutes.
If you are not much of a walking person then there are other activities that you and your furry friend could get involved in.
Why is exercise important?
- It eases boredom and thus prevents your dog from getting involved in destructive behavior.
- Exercise strengthens your dog’s immune system.
- It helps prevent health issues in later years such as cardiovascular diseases.
- Exercise keeps the brain of your Goldador clear.
Failure to provide your dog with the right amount of exercise could lower the quality of his life reducing his lifespan and that does not sound good.
Dogs are rarely at fault for not getting enough exercise, in most cases it the owner’s fault. Your dog may refuse to exercise to do it if they are not enjoying what you want him to do.
After an exercise session, you should give your pooch some time to rest.
However, if you are not a huge exercise fan then you can use play around with your dog as you both work out. In this way, you both benefit and create a better bond between you and your dog.
Keep consistency in your exercises but always be careful to make sure that your puppy does not overheat.
So, apart from walking your dog what other options do you have?
Playing fetch with your Goldador
This is one classic outdoor game to do with your dog in the summer.
You can challenge your Golden Retriever Lab mix by putting a twist to the game. For example, you can either use a Frisbee or a tennis racket to make the object fly faster and farther for you Golden Lab to get and retrieve it.
But when you are doing this you should avoid doing it too much as your Golden Lab may get over-excited when doing it.
The advantage is that your Goldador gets the exercise he requires while you just sit and relax.
Go Stairs climbing with your Labrador and Golden Retriever mix
You don’t need to create a difficult exercise routine for you and your Lab and Golden Retriever mix.
Climbing up and down with your Goldador can be fun and effective as well.
You will be amazed as to how much you can achieve with the simplest forms of exercise.
Running up and down the stairs is great if you notice that your dog is getting obese.
This is another fun activity that you and your Goldador can do.
The only thing that you have to do is throw a floating toy encouraging your dog to jump, swim and retrieve it.
A lakeshore or a small pool can work great if you do have a dock nearby.
If you notice that your dog is good at this then you can upgrade and join a Dock Diving club and he can compete with other dogs.
And heck, you both get thrilled in the process.
Swimming with a Golden Retriever lab mix
Most of the dogs are afraid of water but once they get the hang of it they will fall in love with it.
Swimming is a very enjoyable form of exercise that you can do with your Golden Retriever lab mix.
Some toys encourage dogs to swim and if you are a big swimming fan you can search the internet for those.
Find out what motivates your pooch and reward him during exercise to keep him more active.
If you some other great exercise ideas you can share them in the comment section below.
Goldador training requirements
Both the Golden Retriever and the Labrador Retriever are known to be very obedient and people-pleasing.
Another thing that you should remember is that Labradors are very food-oriented and food-based training always works the best.
When you are starting your dog training it would be best if you tested different rewards to see what works the best for your dog.
Don’t be afraid to get help from a professional dog trainer.
The best way to train your Golden Lab mix puppy is through positive reinforcement that is mainly reward-based training.
- Never use negative methods such as punishment when training you Goldador mix as it could turn out to be problematic.
- Encourage the behavior that you want to see in your dog by praising and rewarding him with treats, toys or attention and ignore the dog when he behaves in a manner that you don’t want.
Some of the rewards that you can use are:
Food-based rewards as mentioned above
If your pup does what you want then reward him. But if the training proves to be more difficult then you can use high-value food treats.
Some training tips
How you will train your dog will depend on what you want him to do.
Whether you want him as a guard dog or as a therapy dog there are different ways that you can train your pooch.
But first, you have to begin with the basics that are house training. House training will include toilet training your dog or puppy and others.
Socialize your dog to get rid of those aggressive tendencies by introducing him to the outside world.
This will include other people and even other animals.
There are many ways that you can provide your Goldador with the correct socialization;
- taking trips to dog parks
- Walking your dog
- Taking you Golden Retriever mix to puppy classes
Start introducing him to the outside world when he is still young and be consistent.
The moe your Golden Retriever lab mix experiences the outside world the more he will learn that there is nothing to wary about.
Golden Labrador known health concerns
There are always a few health concerns that you have to look out for even if the dog was crossed to outbreed any health issues.
The Goldador is no exception as he is also known to suffer from some health issues.
Luckily enough some of these problems can be treated as long as you keep a close eye on your dog.
You can schedule a test with your veterinarian to determine the possibility of any inherited health issues.
There are recommendations and diet requirements that you will require to follow to keep your pooch in a stable healthy state.
These are just concerns but it does not mean that your dog will suffer from them.
Some of the health concerns are;
This condition is very similar to hip dysplasia but it affects the forelimbs of the dog.
Elbow dysplasia is an elbow joint malfunction that occurs at the connection between the ulna and the radius.
Just like hip dysplasia, this condition causes uneven wear and a loose connection at the cartilage that pads this two-move and rotate.
This results in severe arthritis and lameness as the dog ages and can be a really painful condition to your dog.
During the young stages of the dog, examinations should be carried out to determine if your dog has elbow dysplasia.
This is an inherited condition where the bone at the thigh fails to fit the hip joint snugly.
Some dogs will show signs of pain on one or both of the rear legs but others may not show any sign that they are not comfortable.
To diagnose the best thing you can do is to get an x-ray screening. As the dog gets older he may develop arthritis.
This condition is common in dogs but can be managed.
Just like in human beings, this is a metabolism disorder whose symptoms are:
- Weight loss
- Excessive thirst
- Increased urination
If left untreated diabetes can lead to several health issues in your Goldador.
This is a condition that not only affects humans but dogs too.
It is the lead cause of death to dogs that are over the age of 10.
You should monitor your dog for any signs of cancer in the dog.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy(PRA) is an inherited condition.
The degeneration of the retinal nerve cells may cause night blindness, loss of vision in Goberian mix dogs. This is a common issue in many hybrids and pedigrees.
This is the formation of a cloud-like matter in the eye that disrupts your dog’s vision and even cause blindness.
It may even develop when the Goldador mix is still young.
Unlike other health conditions, you can prevent your dog from getting obese by giving him the correct exercise and diet.
Despite all these health issues the Goldador still lives a long and healthy life.
The pros and cons of having a Golden Retriever lab mix
Their large size makes them unsuitable for apartment living.
They need regular exercise.
He is not a good guard dog
They have a friendly and affectionate nature
These dogs are easy to train
They are low maintenance dogs
The Golden Retriever Lab mix is a perfect choice for anyone that is looking for an active family dog.
They are happiest when they are around family receiving love and affection.
Golden labs are always happy and playful dogs
Because of their renowned patience with young children, this dog does well with all members of the family no matter their age.
Have you had experience with the Goldador? If you have, give us your feedback in the comment section below.
There you go WOOF!!
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