GOLDEN RETRIEVER vs LABRADOR RETRIEVER
Both are 'gun dogs' who retrieve the duck from the swamp for you.
They are are companion minded dogs who want to please you.
They aren't prey driven. Their purpose is to sit by your side and wait for instructions.
Most people don't realize standard poodles were bred for
the SAME PURPOSE.
They are both retriever breeds so there are many similarities.
A golden Retriever is usually longer than a lab and looks much bigger and has a more bushier tail or a wavy hair when compared to a lab. Both shed a lot and grooming is essential to prevent matting. The Labrador has a short double coat; the golden has a double coat - one long one short.
Both shed their under coat making them not very allergy friendly.
Both need to be brushed at least twice a week to remove the dead hair.
Both have webbed paws and hence are excellent swimmers.
The personality of a lab can vary from one another but almost all labs are fun
loving and outgoing. They are very friendly with the children and can play most of the day but do love their naps. The lab can be trained easily to perform various tasks right from fetching the newspaper to hunting. The golden retriever is more calmer but is very eager to please it's owners so training them is easy too. However they aren't as athletic or enthusiastic a Labrador. They also love to be around people and other dogs alike.
A Labrador makes a good watch dog and will bark at the sight of any intruder. However it is poor guard dog. The golden is not a good watch dog and can make friends with a stranger very quickly. Hence guarding is out.