Labrador retriever Mix
Labrador retriever have been a favorite test animal for breeders. Many different breeds have been successfully crossed with these dogs. Their unique qualities of loyalty and intelligence are mixed with other breeds to form a perfect dog, which will suit all your needs and wants. The following are some popular crosses with the Labrador retriever: –
• Labrabull or Pitador (cross between Pitbull and Labrador Retriever)
• Labraheeler (cross between Labrador retriever and Heeler)
• Beagador or Labeagle (cross between Beagle and Labrador Retriever)
• Labernese (cross between Bernese Mountain dog and Labrador Retriever)
• Boxador (cross between Boxer and Labrador Retriever)
• Labany (cross between Brittany Spaniel and Labrador Retriever)
• Labradoodle (cross between Labrador retriever and poodle)
In this article we will describe about the two most common Labrador retriever mix dogs – Boxador and Beagador.
The following are some general and physical characteristics of the two Labrador retriever mix breeds:-
• Your Boxador is a medium sized dog and was designed in Germany. The mix breed is an unregistered dog.
• They have a fawn or brindle color coat with few white markings here and there.
• The mix breed or the Boxador contains 50% traits from its mother – the Boxer purebred and 50% traits from its father – the Labrador retriever hybrid; hence they exhibit characteristics of both the breed.
• They come in various colors ranging from pure black, brown, brindle, tan or a mixture of white and brown or white and brown colored coat.
• They have drooped years and the coat is very shiny and looks elegant.
• Adult Boxador may weigh about 60 to 80 pounds.
• They have an average height of 1 ft. 5 inch to 1 ft. 10 in.
• These dogs have a square shaped skull.
• Hair shed minimally.
(ii) Beagador or Labeagle or Labbe or Labbe Retriever
• These dogs are registered and recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Dogs Kennel Club, International Designer Canine Registry and Designer Breed Registry and consists of 50% traits of its mother – the Labrador Retriever and 50% traits from its father – the Beagle.
• They have an average weight of 22 to 40 pounds.
• They will usually have a coat color with three different tones. Color coats can be in a combination of white, tan, brown, chocolate, red, black and hay colors. They may also contain spots on skin.
• They have a long body like the Labrador but a short height like that of a Beagle.
• Their average height is about 1 ft. to 1 ft. 2 inches.
• Labbes are outgoing and are good as watch dogs.
Labbes learn to swim, play Frisbee and run. They are outstanding dogs and have a very high intelligence comparable to that of their parents. All Labrador retriever mix dogs are peaceful and obedient. Usually they do not bark unnecessarily and if ever they bark, that means there is some serious issue or your mix breed needs food, attention or grooming.
As these dogs are very intelligent, they can be easily trained. You can even train them few tricks such as walking on hind legs. They will follow your words and acts and imitate them very well. Training should start with basic commands such as to sit or to stand and they can be further trained where to go, where not to go, what are his boundaries and how should he react to strangers or kids. Use a positive reinforcement approach, rather than applying harsh techniques on them.
They can mingle well with kids. However, they may not like very small kids. They may turn out to be aggressive if they are irritated much. Therefore they should never be left totally unsupervised with kids.
These dogs can put on weight very easily. So make sure they are given the right amount of food and that they do plenty of exercise.
Feed them with regular dry dog food such as dry dog foods from Acana, Taste of the Wild, Purina, Dr. Tim and Hills. Their diet shall preferably contain the following sources:-
Meat sources: – Fish (Tuna/Mackerel), Chicken, Chicken liver (not chicken broth), Lamb or Bison.
Vegetable and Fruit Sources: – Carrot, Soya bean, Brussels, Tomato, Pomegranate, Chickpea, Apple, Raspberry, Blueberry and anti-oxidants such as Marigold and other herbs.
Vitamins and Minerals: – Vitamin A, Vitamin B Complex, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin E and minerals such as Zinc, copper, calcium, iron and selenium. Their feed shall contain Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids.
Health and Immunization
These dogs are least known for any allergic reactions in their body. They can probably survive in almost every kind of environment. However, make sure they are not exposed to too much heat or too much cold. Health issues that are reported in these dogs are hip and elbow dysplasia and arthritis. Few can acquire some ophthalmic disease conditions such as cataracts. However, such diseases are very rare in these dogs and they are fairly resistant mix breeds.
All Labrador retriever mix breeds should be immunized at regular intervals so that they are protected from various diseases caused by dangerous viruses. Some mandatory vaccines for these mix breed includes: – Parvovirus, Rabies, Distemper, Coronavirus, Hepatitis A and B, Influenza and Parainfluenza vaccines. Inject annual booster shots from experienced vets.
Bathe your Labbes and Boxador at least twice a week. They have a coat that is easier to manage and therefore you would require brushing them once in two weeks. Clean their ears with a pH balanced ear cleaner and look for any signs of allergy, redness and discharge during the grooming sessions. Seek a medical help if such problems persists. Take your Labrador retriever mix dogs for regular health checkups.
Boxador is not yet recognized by any of the designer breeds association and therefore you can adopt or buy these pets from local breeders. Buy at least a second generation puppy and make sure they have been bred from parents who had minimum health issues. However, Beagador or Labrabeagle is a well-known breed that is recognized by DBR and IDCR.