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  • Writer's pictureDebby Palencia

The Difference between a Labradoodle and a Goldendoodle

Updated: Feb 9, 2021

Many people mistake labradoodles and goldendoodles for each other due to their similarities. Here we will tell you what the difference between the two physically and their personality!

Firstly we must address that a " doodle" is a poodle mixed with any other dog breed. Therefore, a labradoodle is a labrador mixed with a poodle and a goldendoodle is a golden retriever also mixed with a poodle.

Their Fur Coat

Labradoodles have a wider color variety in their fur and their hair type also varies more. Their fur can be either straight, wavy, or curly and their colors could be Black, red, white, brown, cream, or a hybrid of colors. Their fur is also thicker and glossier than goldendoodles.

Goldendoodles have a smaller color variety and their hair is mostly either wavy or straight. The color of the fur almost always is in between brown, caramel, or red range. Their fur is also a lot more fluffy than labradoodles.

Their temperament

Both are very sociable and outgoing! They are excellent family dogs and have a very happy personality and contain a lot of energy. In addition, they are very gentle and affectionate.

However, labradoodles are very outgoing and loving only with people they are comfortable with or family members. They also tend to be more stronger and more active than goldendoodles.

In contrast, goldendoodles tend to be more comfortable with everyone and much more calm, which make them not very good guard dogs, but often used as therapy dogs.


Medium labradoodles and goldendoodles are around the same size. They both range from from 17 to 19 inches tall as a female and 18 to 20 inches tall as a male.


Because Labradoodles are more active and stronger than labradoodles, their average lifespan is 15 years. Goldendoodles are less active and more relaxed/calm, they are about 10-15 years, which is slightly less than a labradoodle.

But they live more or less the same amount of time.

These are the differences between a labradoodle and a goldendoodle. Although very similar, when paying attention, you can tell which is which!

Labradoodle (left) and Goldendoodle (right)

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