Updated: Apr 12, 2021
People sometimes are talking to me and think that my puppies are Labradoodles. Are they really the same thing? I wanted to get this on paper because they are not! I say, let's look at the parent breeds closely. Labrador Retriever's temperaments can range from typical high-energy hunting dogs to occasionally more English-bred laid-back temperaments. Lab's genetics have not been closely watched and bred carefully. In fact, a large majority of mixed dogs carry lab in them. They tend to run away often and often breed with other stray dogs. The hunting dogs whose lines have been carefully bred are typically bred for hunting and have very high drive and exercise needs.
Most people wanting a Goldendoodle or even a labradoodle are looking for a non-shedding house dog. They want one with a great temperament for children, like walks, but don't require lots of exercises. Labs are not the breed that you want as a parent dog for this type of puppy. Goldens, on the other hand, in the last 30 years, have been bred for great family companion dogs. They don't range as much in temperament as labs do. They typically are easy-going, safe with children, and don't have the high hunting instinct. The English Golden Retrievers have even a more mellow temperament and very low energy. They are our favorite parent dog of all. Labradoodles and Goldendoodle, though similar in appearance, are quite different in temperament.