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The Goldador, also known as Golden Labrador, is a hybrid breed, a cross between Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers. It is originally developed to create a sensitive and tolerant working dog breed. Goldadors are amazing service dogs, delightful family pets and excellent hunting companions. A large breed, the Goldador weighs 60 to 80 pounds and stands 59 to 61 centimetres at the withers.
Will you take home this efficient service dog and family pet? Read on below to learn more about its unique characteristics.
The first Goldador was first developed more than ten years ago by crossing the Labrador Retriever and the Golden Retriever. The purpose of its creation was to develop a new working dog breed that is sensitive and tolerant. It has yet to gain popularity and has not been recognised as a breed by any international organisations including The Kennel Club.
Since Goldadors is not recognised as a breed, there is no standard size, colour, coat and characteristics that breeders follow. However, its appearance can be determined based on each unique features of its parentage, the Golden and the Labrador. Some Goldadors may tend to have the appearance of either parent, but normally its head is square and flat with a wide muzzle. It has long, floppy ears that drop toward its cheeks. The eyes are oval-shaped and are in different shades of brown. The nose is mostly black. The Goldador is typically a larger breed that weighs 60 to 80 pounds and stands 59 to 61 centimetres at the withers.
Goldadors wear short, close-lying double-layered coats, where the topcoat is short and thick while the undercoat is dense and soft (some with wavier hair). Generally, coat colours vary and include cream, gold, black, liver and chocolate. Goldadors are low maintenance when it comes to grooming, although they shed throughout the year and more during spring and autumn. Regardless, a weekly brushing to keep its coat from collecting loose and dead hair will suffice.
Other grooming regimens must not be overlooked to maintain the Goldadors overall health. Brush its teeth regularly, at least twice a week, to prevent tartar build-up, bad breath or worse, dental and gum disease. Its nails must be trimmed to avoid overgrowth, which is painful especially when a nails snag or are caught on carpets and upholstery. Ears must also be cleaned with a vet-approved solution to prevent infections.
Being a mixed breed, the temperament of a Goldador will not be as certain as purebred dogs. However, looking at each personality of its parent breed will help understand what type of temperament to expect from a Goldador. This hybrid breed is known to be very affectionate, loyal, playful and happy. It is also alert enough to make a superb watchdog. However, their sociable nature does not make them efficient guard dogs. Goldadors love to be with people and will like nothing more than to be part of everything that goes on in a household.
Sociable by nature, Goldadors are eager-to-please making them highly trainable. Although they can be suitable for new dog owners, this type of breed will need an owner that can shower it with attention and provide proper canine training, which they will enjoy. They are smart, and so they excel in canine sports such as flyball, agility and obedience trials.
When it comes to getting along with children, the Goldador is the best pet. This breed loves children and will make an excellent playmate. However, care must still be observed, and playtime must be supervised to make sure accidents are avoided. Also, Goldadors are equally good with other dogs and household pets. Overall, the Goldador is an amazing companion dog.
A typical serving for an adult Goldador is 3.5 to 4.25 cups of premium dog food (spread over two meals), which will depend on its size. But size isn't the only factor to consider when it comes to a Goldador’s nutritional requirement. Age, activity level, health and metabolism matter as well to provide the dog with a balanced diet. If in doubt, make sure to consult a veterinarian.
Here are the typical calorie needs per day of an adult Goldador weighing 70 pounds:
Don't allow Goldadors to be obese by free-feeding them. Large meals that are not measured will predispose the breed to Bloat or Gastric Torsion, at the same time too much weight can put pressure on its joints. Always consult a veterinarian or a canine nutritionist for their recommendation.
Many believe that most hybrid dogs are healthier than their purebred counterparts. However, it lacks proof to support that concept. However, it is true that Goldadors will tend to inherit any of the health issues of its parent breeds. Some genetic issues may include Hip and Elbow Dysplasia, Cataracts, Diabetes, and Progressive Retinal Atrophy.
When it comes to its exercise needs, the Goldador is an active dog breed inheriting the stamina of both parent breeds. This mixed breed will require plenty of exercises and mental stimulation to be healthy and happy. Goldadors will like nothing more than to be taken for a brisk walk, run or jog with their owners. They will need at least an hour of daily exercise to burn the energy away. However, make sure that they are always within a safe and securely fenced yard. When given a chance, they will think nothing of escaping to seek some adventure.
Calculating the costs of raising a mixed breed is difficult because most of the time there is no standard size or weight. It is safe to assume that bigger dogs have varying needs compared to smaller dogs, take for example in the food cost. Before we dive into how much it costs to feed a Goldador, let's determine the costs to buy a Goldador puppy first.
In general, Goldador puppies will cost around £500. The cost of insuring this hybrid dog will go from £20 to £40 a month and will largely depend on several factors such as location, age and health. The cost will also vary depending on the level of pet insurance coverage you avail.
As for routine veterinary consultations, it's hard to say but an estimate of around £1,100 a year will help you prepare for other medical costs on top of the insurance. Now for the food costs. Buying high-quality dog food for your Goldador will cost around £40 to £50 a month. Again, make sure you read the labels and consult with a canine nutritionist or veterinarian for recommended brands. On average, the cost to own a Goldador will be somewhere in between £70 to £110 a month.
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