Playful, fond of children, and easy to educate: These three characteristics fully apply to the Labrador. But what about a Labrador mongrel?
What is a Labrador Mixed Breed?
If the pedigree of a puppy consists not only of purebred Labrador Retrievers but also of other dog breeds, we are talking about a Labrador mix. Particularly popular combinations are:
- German Shepherd Labrador Mix
- Australian Shepherd Labrador
- Labrador Golden Retriever
- Labrador Husky
- Labrador Rottweiler
- Border Collie Labrador
It is also possible to cross two mixed breed dogs in which at least one has the genes of a Labrador.
Labrador Mix: Appearance
In contrast to purebred dogs, there is no standard in a Labrador mix, but rather a colorful variety. In addition, a distinction is made between Labradors from the work line and from the show line in the retriever. The particular line can also affect the appearance of a Labrador mixed breed.
The Labrador is a medium-sized breed of dog with a muscular body and a broad chest. Its skull is broad, the stop is pronounced and the eyes are brown to hazel brown. A special feature of the Labrador is its tail (also called the otter tail). This is quite wide at the base and tapers to the tip. The coat of a Labrador is dense and short and equipped with an undercoat.
The colors allowed by the breed standard are yellow, black, and chocolate brown. There are also Labbis in the colors silver, champagne, or blue. These are labradors that carry the dilution gene. Unfortunately, this particular feature is associated with an increased risk of various diseases.
Labrador Mixed Breed: Temperament
The Labrador is considered a beginner dog because of its good basic obedience. However, when interacting with other genes, this positive property is not certain. The character and temperament of a Labrador mixed breed depend on the other breed of dog and which genes will prevail.
German Shepherds and Golden Retrievers, like the Labbis, have obedient temperaments, while Rottweilers and Huskies are more stubborn.
The Labrador can pass on its intelligence, its affectionate and playful nature but also its hunting instinct to its offspring. It should be noted that every dog is unique and even purebred dogs deviate from their descriptions.
Labrador Mixed Breed: Health
Unfortunately, the Labrador, which is considered robust, has an increased risk of certain diseases. He can pass some of these on to the offspring when mated.
- Elbow and hip dysplasia
- Patellar luxation
- Progressive retinal atrophy
- Retinal dysplasia
- Water rod
- The disease of the neuromuscular system
- HNPK (skin disease)
- Gastric torsion
The life expectancy of a Labrador is between 10 and 14 years. Mixed breed dogs are often said to be healthier. But mating with other dog breeds does not guarantee healthy offspring. Several factors are decisive, such as responsible breeding with previous health checks and a balanced diet.
How Do I Raise a Labrador Mix?
A Labrador Retriever is considered to be easily trainable and is often the first choice of active novice doggie. The cooperative four-legged friend orients himself to his human being and wants to please him. The upbringing of a Labrador is made easier by its greed and play instinct. Treats and dog toys are great ways to get your workout going.
But since the temperament can swing in one direction or the other depending on the other dog breed, previous training tips for mixed breeds should be taken with caution.
If a Labrador with a dominant dog breed has offspring, the so-called “Will-to-Please” can flatten. It is the same with the high stimulus threshold of a Labrador, which can fall down due to dog breeds with strong protective instincts.
His people should also keep an eye on the development of his hunting instinct. When crossing with a husky, this can be even more pronounced. So that excursions in nature are harmonious and the recall is reliable, anti-hunting training is an option.
How Do I Keep a Labrador Mixed Breed?
Meek, patient and playful: As a four-legged friend who loves children, the Labrador fits in well with a family. Ideally, the retriever will pass these traits on to its offspring. But there are some requirements for living with children. Since many Labrador cross-breeds belong to medium-sized to large four-legged friends with a lot of energy, children are stable at best.
In addition, as with all other dogs, parents make rules for dealing with a Labrador mongrel and never leave their offspring unattended with them.
Many mixed-breed Labrador dogs are athletic dogs. Therefore, they will also find a suitable home with active singles or couples who spend a lot of time outdoors in nature. A quiet and comfortable home for seniors is just as inappropriate for a Labbi Mix as one for working people who leave them alone for a long time.
Labrador Mix: Dog Sports
Fetch training, swimming, and mantrailing – these three dog sports will bring great joy to many Labrador mongrels. With slim and agile mixed-breed dogs – such as a mix of Border Collie and Labrador (Borador) – Dog Frisbee or Agility is also possible. Rally Obedience is the perfect choice to strengthen the bond and achieve better obedience through play.
Labrador Mix: House With Garden or Apartment?
A Labrador can pass on its active and playful nature to its offspring. A house with a garden is therefore ideal for starting small game sessions with your four-legged friend on the lawn at home. However, a garden should not be a reason to shorten the walks. Especially in the first few years, Labrador mixed breeds are bursting with energy and discovering the world for themselves.
Labrador Shepherd Mix
The “German Sheprador” – as it is called in the USA – is a powerful and dynamic mixed breed dog. Thanks to his sheepdog genes and his imposing appearance, he can be suitable for the post as a guard dog. Both dog breeds are extremely docile and have a high willingness to work. Training to become a police dog or man trailer is an option for many shepradors.
Australian Shepherd Labrador Mix
A retriever meets a herding dog: this combination produces a litter of four-legged friends whose characteristics complement each other well. Both breeds of dogs are intelligent, hardworking, and active. Aussiedors are suitable for a variety of dog sports and are way ahead when it comes to learning new tricks. In terms of stature, a somewhat smaller and slimmer Labrador can usually be expected.
Labrador-Golden-Retriever-Mix or Goldador
Labradors and Golden Retrievers have a lot in common. As retrievers, they share a love for retrieving and are avid swimmers. Humans value both races because of their friendly and playful character. The Goldador – is the hybrid dog is also called – grows into a medium-sized to a large four-legged friend. He will develop a close bond with his human and be a best friend on four paws.
Labrador Husky Mix
In this country, when Labrador Retrievers and Siberian Huskies mate, they usually talk about a Labrador Husky. In this case, playful, enthusiastic, and athletic four-legged friends are born. In the case of a Labrador Husky, however, an unrecognized dog breed from Canada is also meant, which originated around 1300 AD. This is an original dog that was mated to wolves in the past.
The Labrottie or Rottador is a large and strong dog that is loving and gentle towards its people. Nevertheless, the sturdy four-legged friend is better off with experienced dog owners than with dog beginners. Because a Labrottie can develop suspicious behavior towards strangers. If the Rottweiler genes are strong, he is well suited as a guard dog or protection dog.
Labrador Border Collie Mix or Borador
The Border Collie Labrador or Borador for short is a hybrid dog with a high level of activity. In addition, he has a clever mind. In order to satisfy the mix of herding dogs and hunting dogs, long walks, dog sports, and intelligence games are on the program.
It is just as important to take periods of rest between activities. Its origin is likely to be in the USA. In this country, the Borador is rarely found.
The Labradoodle: Labrador-Poodle Mix
Probably the most popular Labrador mix: The Labradoodle originated in Australia. The idea behind a Labradoodle was to breed an allergy-friendly guide dog. A poodle does not shed hair and is therefore less allergenic than a purebred Labrador. The gentle and docile nature of a Labrador has been preserved in the fluffy designer dog. The Labradoodle is now also widespread in Europe.