Goldador

History/Evolution:

Two extremely popular breeds — the Labrador Retriever and the Golden Retriever — are crossed to get the Goldador, a large dog known for its good temperament and intelligence. Bred for its ability to serve as guide, search-and-rescue, and drug-detection dogs, the Goldador is increasingly popular as a social and trainable family dog. Generally healthy, the Goldador may be prone to eye disorders, as well as hip and elbow dysplasia.


Size:

Large; 22 to 24 inches, 60 to 80 pounds.

Color:

Usually yellow, but can be any shade of gold, red to yellow, and black.

Temperament:

Loving, devoted; family oriented, would rather not be alone. Intelligent and trainable. Good with children and other pets. Good watchdogs.

Energy level:

Moderately high.

Best owner:

Active family, someone interested in training a working dog.

Needs:

Physical and mental exercise (retrieving, swimming, work as therapy dog), leash, fenced yard, early socialization and obedience, regular brushing, care to prevent obesity.

Life expectancy:

10 to 14 years.