What Kind of Dogs Are Tuck and Ella from PAW Patrol? Breed Information, Pictures, and Facts

Written by Kellianne Matthews
Published: September 8, 2023
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The popular animated children’s television series PAW Patrol follows the adventures of a group of extraordinary rescue dogs led by 10-year-old Ryder. Each dog possesses a unique skill set that helps the gang solve problems in the Adventure Bay community. With an unwavering commitment to helping others and an unbreakable bond with each other, canine twins Tuck and Ella are always ready to jump in and help save the day. But what kind of dogs are Tuck and Ella from PAW Patrol? Let’s take a closer look at their breed and what makes these two pups so special!

Who Are Tuck and Ella?

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, Tuck and Ella are twins who do everything together.


Tuck and Ella are a unique set of canine twins and courageous allies of the PAW Patrol team. With their vibrant personalities, unwavering determination, and devotion to each other, the two pups have quickly become fan favorites on PAW Patrol since joining the show in season six. Together, these doggie twins form an unstoppable duo known as The Mighty Twins and are always ready to tackle any mission that comes their way. Of course, every hero needs a worthy adversary, and for Tuck and Ella, that comes in the form of the super Bandit named Ladybird.

Tuck and Ella both care deeply about each other and always have each other’s back. Sometimes they speak in unison, and when there’s free time they usually play together. Tuck, with his charismatic charm and quick wit, complements Ella’s adventurous spirit and boundless curiosity. The twins also have their own unique superpowers. Tuck can shrink himself, and often calls out, “Might and small, I’ll give it my all!” Ella, on the other hand, can grow to enormous sizes and has catch phrases like “Time to think big!”

What Kind of Dogs Are Tuck and Ella from PAW Patrol?

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Golden retrievers are popular pets because they are friendly, sweet-natured, and loyal.

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The Mighty Twins Tuck and Ella from PAW Patrol are golden retrievers. Tuck has beautiful blonde fur that is slightly lighter on his muzzle and underbelly, complementing his blue eyes and dark brown nose. He also has an exceptional tuft of blue and yellow hair on top of his head. Ella has a very similar appearance, blonde with cream fur on her chest, legs, snout, and bangs. Like her brother, Ella also has blue eyes but with a pink nose, and her hair is red and yellow rather than blue and yellow on top. 

Like the dogs Tuck and Ella on PAW Patrol, golden retrievers possess a beautiful double coat with exquisite golden hues. This eye-catching coat may be wavy or straight, and it sheds a lot during the dogs’ biannual molting seasons. Regular brushing is key to managing a shedding golden retriever, but of course, you may still find some rogue fur around your home. Fortunately, the dog’s incredible personality more than makes up for any inconvenience their hair presents.

Golden retrievers have a noble bearing and graceful gait, with a broad head, affable eyes, and endearingly droopy short ears. The regal charm of these canines extends to their long, feathered tail, which often reflects their friendly personalities. While the primary shade associated with this majestic breed is radiant gold, variations also exist, ranging from creamy tones to captivating shades of red and luminous light brown. Golden retrievers grow 21.5 to 24 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh 55 to 75 pounds. 

Golden Retriever Personality and Behavior

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Many families enjoy golden retrievers because they are very affectionate and gentle.


Golden retrievers are some of the most popular dogs across the world, cherished for their affectionate and gentle nature. These friendly dogs are originally from Scotland, where Sir Dudley Marjoribanks bred various British dog breeds with flat-coated retrievers and tweed water spaniels to create a superior retriever breed. 

Today, golden retrievers are widely regarded as one of the most intelligent dog breeds. Golden retrievers are easy to train, and they excel at following instructions and completing tasks with enthusiasm. These dogs are famous for their desire to make their owners happy and their knack for picking up new skills in no time. Golden Retrievers also have an insatiable curiosity and love exploring their environment, always eager to solve any puzzles they encounter. 

In addition, golden retrievers understand human emotions quite well. They have an uncanny sense of when their owners are feeling joyful, upset, or mad. This remarkable skill makes them perfect candidates for being therapy dogs, providing comfort and support to those in need.

Golden retrievers truly stand out not only for their intelligence but also for their gentle natures and unwavering affection. They excel as beloved pets and cherished family dogs. They also have a remarkable tolerance for children and eagerly join in many family activities. Their super friendly disposition often means they lack any guardian instincts, however, as they prioritize love and companionship above all else.

Golden retrievers embody a delightful blend of friendliness and sociability. Although they may initially exercise caution around unfamiliar faces, their nature is rarely one of aggression. However, early socialization and positive training techniques are important to help these dogs develop into well-mannered companions who embrace newcomers with open paws.

Golden Retrievers Exercise Needs

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Golden retrievers consistently rank among the top three most popular dogs in the United States.

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As sporting dogs, golden retrievers have an excellent sense of smell and the deeply ingrained instinct to retrieve, proving them to be quite talented in the field. Even without formal training, these dogs possess an inherent drive to bring objects back to their owners, stemming from their inherent desire to please their beloved humans. Their inclination to fetch and deliver is hardwired into their DNA, which makes them great hunting dogs as well as amazing and playful family dogs. 

It is important to note that as a sporting breed, golden retrievers need plenty of daily exercise. If their exercise needs are not adequately met, many dogs will fall into undesirable or destructive behaviors. Fortunately, golden retrievers are excellent companions for anyone who loves the outdoors, and they are happy to accompany you on your daily runs or bike rides. 

Golden Retriever Health Concerns

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Golden retrievers get their name from the golden colors of their coats.


As relatively healthy dogs, golden retrievers live for 10 to 13 years on average. If you purchase a golden from a breeder, make sure that the breeder takes the necessary steps to ensure the health of their breeding stock. Reputable breeders will take the time to screen for conditions like elbow and hip dysplasia, which can affect the dog’s joints, as well as eye conditions like progressive retinal atrophy, juvenile cataracts, and pigmentary uveitis. In addition, you should regularly check your dog’s ears for any signs of infection and be sure to brush their teeth frequently in order to keep them happy and healthy. 

Unfortunately, golden retrievers do have a higher chance of getting cancer compared to many other dog breeds. Studies suggest that age plays a significant role in cancer-related deaths in golden retrievers, and the most common type of cancer found in these dogs seems to be hemangiosarcoma and lymphoid neoplasia. So, if you have a golden retriever or plan on getting one in the future, it’s important to be aware of the risks and take proper care of their health. Be sure to watch for any changes in your dog’s appearance and behavior and take your pup to the vet for routine exams.

The photo featured at the top of this post is © otsphoto/Shutterstock.com

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About the Author

Kellianne Matthews is a writer at A-Z Animals where her primary focus is on anthrozoology, conservation, human-animal relationships, and animal behavior. Kellianne has been writing and researching animals for over eight years and holds a Master’s Degree from Brigham Young University, which she earned in 2017. A resident of Utah, Kellianne enjoys creating, exploring and learning new things, and caring for her cats.

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