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Golden retriever vs labs

It seems like golden retrievers are one of the most popular family dogs in the country and that labs are some of the most popular waterfowl hunting dogs. Which would be the better all around hunting dog? Any advantages of either over the other?

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I only know my personal

I only know my personal experiences with both breeds. I won't say one is better than the other but the golden retrievers I've been around have been hyper dogs. They never seemed to settle down  enough to relax. Always escaping from their pens. Just my experience.

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Honestly, the only thing I

Honestly, the only thing I could see different is the retriever has longer hair, so more burrs and such will get caught..... lol

 

As for actual performance, I have hunted over both and liked both equally.  I think Labs for ducks, Goldens for pheasants......

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I think both dogs are great

I think both dogs are great hunting and family dogs.  I have 3 labs now and I would never have anything else, great a field and my 5 year old plays with them, wrestles and rough houses and have never had a problem.  We have friend that have a golden retreiver and he is a great dog also, not a hunter but very good with kids and great at retreiveing.  I do not think a person can wrong either way.

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Both are great. I have one of

Both are great. I have one of each. Wouldn't trade either one. A Golden does not have the same temperment as a Lab. One example: They both make great family pets, but the Lab is more protective. Somebody breaks into your house, the Lab will protect what he believes is his domain. The Golden can only kill the criminal if he gets drowned in slobber. Both want to please you performance wise.

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From the story you guys

From the story you guys paint, it kind of sounds like it is hard to go wrong making a choice between these two species. And I can see that I guess. Its probably why I have got it narrowed down to these two species though. At this point I think I am probably leaning towards the lab... and a yellow at that. Now I just have to move into a place that would work out for a dog, find the time that it is going to take to train it and find a place that I can trust to not get a whack job dog.

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"At this point I think I am

"At this point I think I am probably leaning towards the lab... and a yellow at that."

Hawkeye, here are some pics to help you with your decision. Hahaha

I would trade my Lab for anything in this world. She's the best! She always wants to go wherever I'm going. She loves to ride. She loves to track deer and "ride" them on the way back to the skinning shed. It will be sad day for me when she's gone but I have already decided to go get another one the day after. Jump right back in and start training a new partner.

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"I only know my personal

"I only know my personal experiences with both breeds. I won't say one is better than the other but the golden retrievers I've been around have been hyper dogs. They never seemed to settle down  enough to relax. Always escaping from their pens. Just my experience."

I'll also use the caveat of only being knowledgable from my personal experiences. That being said, my experiences are the opposite of the above statement. I love both labs and goldens, however in my experiences goldens have been MUCH more subdued and less bashful than labs. Also, I've never had a golden be a runaway threat, ever. Nor is the breed known for that at all. I would choose a golden, but you really can't go wrong either way. I've loved my labs too!

 

Happy hunting!

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Goldens and Labs

GregB wrote:

"I only know my personal experiences with both breeds. I won't say one is better than the other but the golden retrievers I've been around have been hyper dogs. They never seemed to settle down  enough to relax. Always escaping from their pens. Just my experience."

I'll also use the caveat of only being knowledgable from my personal experiences. That being said, my experiences are the opposite of the above statement. I love both labs and goldens, however in my experiences goldens have been MUCH more subdued and less bashful than labs. Also, I've never had a golden be a runaway threat, ever. Nor is the breed known for that at all. I would choose a golden, but you really can't go wrong either way. I've loved my labs too!

 

Happy hunting!

I'm with GregB on this one.  I've had 4 1/2 Goldens and 1/2 Lab.  Momma Golden #3 got a little promiscuous with a yellow lab.  Overall, I'm a Golden man.

From my experience, Goldens love water, and will swin in ice water as if it was the middle of summer, but I think Labs are a little more hardy in icy duck hunting water.

As was mentioned, the longer hair on Goldens is not good in country with a lot of briars.  The burrs hardly ever stuck to the short hair of my 1/2 Lab.

My current Golden is kind of a "wild child" and likes to run when she's off her leash.  She is OK hunting, but still needs work.  Around town, and even at home, I have her on a leash, unlike several of her predecesors.  I'm hoping age and work will help this.

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