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Can't decide (Golden or Lab)

Hey everyone, my wife and i have decided to get a dog for the family. We have 2 kids, 14 and 18. I have been researching the topic, met with a trainer in my area, and even got my son and I checked for dog dander allergies (since we have general tree/polin issues). I keep checking off the boxes, and it seems like this is now going to happen. We are a very active family, so the dog would be excercised ALOT, including swimming in the ocean and nearby lagoon. My wife and I have not had dogs in our lifes since we were kids (>30 years ago), so this is new territory for me. I know this a golden site, but I have to admit I am torn between either a golden or lab. I have spent time with both in the past, and from what i have read, they have very similar personalities, and are very active dogs, who enjoy the water.

So my first question, I am curious to any opinions folks on this site may have in regards to the two breeds. Thank you.
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While we love Lucy(first golden) completely when we were looking for a pup a Lab was also in the pic--our last dog was a golden/lab mix and friends still talk about how great a dog she was--a mix would have been ok too
Think a lab maybe a little more of a 'bull' around the house but maybe less grooming--
either breed probably would be fine it just depends on finding a pup that connects with you
good luck with your search
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there'll be world peace before there's an easy answer to that question!

I was a total lab person until a Goldie walked in my life, that hooked me on the goldens.
Personally, I think labs can be more "fun" and also more demanding.
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Dog hair has been a good topic for discussion here on the forum and worth considering. Goldens may have longer hair and shed, but some have mentioned that labs are worse at shedding. Glad you are doing your thorough research and all considerations. Not all labs or goldens love the water or retrieve for that matter. Research breeders standards and clearances thoroughly. This should help you achieve your dream of that four legged loyal, loving companion you are searching for. Best wishes to you.
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My brother lived around the corner from me for a year or so, and he had a male Lab so I got to know that dog pretty well. I would say they are very nice dogs, but I think the "bull" description kindof tells the difference between the two breeds. My male Golden is much more of a gentleman, and I think the Goldens are gentler and a little more refined.
But. that's just my totally biased opinion.
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Rain is a Lab/golden mix. She is an amazing dog. I've had a few people tell me that they've had a Lab/golden mix and it was the most amazing dog they've had. If your willing to consider a mix, that'd be a great idea!

But I've heard that shedding wise, Lab fur barbs into carpet while golden fur doesnt
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A lab is trouble. Sometimes in a good way, but they're trouble Plus, they have short hair that gets into things and is hard to get out.

A golden retriever is a mooshy dog. Cuddly. Long hair but it DOES come off easily.

both require a vacuum and a brush.

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Labs are a bit more active than goldens and from what I've seen at the lakes - they have goldens beat in the water. It sounds like a lab would be a bit more ideal for what you describe...

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Great site - thanks for the feedback.

I was surprized to learn how much labs shed for a short hair dog. It appears there is not much difference (except for hair length) if they are propery groomed, diet, etc?

I have a golden across the street, and a lab 10 houses down, so i spend time with both on occasion - and they are both excellent. Unfortunately the 2 year old lab is not well cared for, and the owner is gone, often overnight and the dog sits outside. He is a big, sweet 100 lb guy. I actually asked if he would be willing to give him up, but that is another long story.

My kids want to have the "puppy" experience. I have been looking at this site, and others on what to look for breeders. It almost sounds like, if someone is advertising on the web, they may not be the one? IE, the good, responsible breeders are known among the dog world, and have a wait list to get their pups? Is that somewhat general rule accurate?

I am also intrigued by the lab/golden mix. I have never had the pleasure of seeing one, but i would bet they are amazing mix of genetics.

I work out of my home, and i am only gone 2-4 hours per day to attend meetings. The dog will therefore be hanging with me, inside the house, and my guess is he will be parked 4 ft away from me on a padded bed, staring at me in between naps. I therefore need do need a well behaved "gentlemen" (after he grows up from the puppy stage). My initial impression is the golden may be a bit more mellow inside the house, if properly excercised?

Thanks again for the feedback.
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A lab/golden mix (maybe you could find a puppy at a shelter?) would be a fabulous dog, I agree. Probably either dog would be wonderful, and too bad your neighbor isn't eager to find someone to properly care for his dog
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