The Catahoula Lab Mix, is a mixed breed dog resulting from breeding the Catahoula and the Labrador Retriever. It is also known as a Labahoula. Both of these dogs are high energy but not aggressive. They are both hunting breeds and might possess at least somewhat of a prey drive. This is not a dog for someone who doesn’t have a lot of time for exercise or is a low energy person. Continue reading below to see pictures, videos, and learn more about the beautiful Catahoula Lab Mix. Note that this hybrid can consist of the black lab, yellow lab, or chocolate lab.
While we really recommend that you acquire all animals through a rescue, we understand that some people might go through a breeder to get their Catahoula Lab Mix puppy, if they have any Labahoula puppies for sale.
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All hybrid or designer dogs are tough to get a good read on as there isn’t much history to them. Breeding specific dogs like this has become common in the last twenty years or so even though I am sure that this mixed breed found it’s share of dogs to the shelter due to accidental breeding. We will take a closer look at the history of both parent breeds below. If you are looking at breeders for new, designer dogs please beware of Puppy Mills. These are places that mass produce puppies, specifically for profit and don’t care at all about the dogs. Please sign our petition to stop puppy mills.
Labrador Retriever History:
The Labrador Retriever has consistently ranked as the most popular purebred dog in the United States and the United Kingdom for more than 10 years, according to the American Kennel Club. They make great family pets as well as a companion, show dog, hunting dog, canine athlete, guide dog, service dog, sniffer dog, search and rescue dog, and therapy dog. They are very active dogs that need daily exercise and mental stimulation. When they start to become bored and destructive is when they miss their exercise.
People who research this stuff have a couple of different theories about how the breed came to be called the Labrador. The first is that it was borrowed from the Spanish word for laborer — labrador — which is certainly a fitting description. The second is that it is related to the dogs that accompanied Portuguese fishermen who trawled the Grand Banks off the coast of Labrador and its neighbor Newfoundland. The British who visited Newfoundland appreciated the dogs’ abilities - swimmer, easygoing, hard worker, and brought them back to England. They then made their way back to North America in the early 1900’s. American sportsmen who admired their positive traits brought them back over.
The Catahoula comes from North Central Louisiana. The area is around the Catahoula Lake from which it got its name. The word Catahoula is of Choctaw Indian origin, many people still think that the dog descends from Native American dogs that were in that area for centuries. The first settlers to that area of Louisiana found the woods full of wild hogs as well as these Indian dogs that were indigenous to the area. In fact there were so many wild hogs in the woods that they were considered to be a nuisance and of little value. The dogs were quickly domesticated to help hunt the hogs.
Height: 20 - 24 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 35 - 82 lb.
Lifespan: 10 - 14 years
Height: 22 - 24 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 55 - 79 lb.
Lifespan: 10-14 years
Catahoula Black Lab Mix - Labahoula Temperament
Labahoulas are very amenable and friendly dogs. The Catahoula is wary of strangers but never shy. With family members, he is loving and protective. The Lab is loving and friendly to everyone that they meet. This mix will probably fall somewhere in the middle. They are a great dog who needs regular solid exercise. If she doesn’t get solid exercise then she might drive you a little crazy. She loves attention and is keen to please and loves to be around the family. Labahoulas can suffer from separation anxiety if left alone for too long. Early socialization helps take care of any bad habits that could develop. She responds well to positive reinforcement, like all dogs. She should be rather affectionate and enjoy spending lots of time with you. Don’t plan on leaving her alone for long periods as he won’t do well alone. She wants to be with the “pack.”
All dogs have the potential to develop genetic health problems as all breeds are susceptible to some things more than others. However, the one positive thing about getting a puppy is that you can avoid this as much as possible. A breeder should absolutely offer a health guarantee on puppies. If they won’t do this, then look no more and don’t consider that breeder at all. A reputable breeder will be honest and open about health problems in the breed and the incidence with which they occur. Health clearances prove that a dog has been tested for and cleared of a particular condition.
The Chocolate lab mixed with the Catahoula might be prone to joint dysplasia, cold tail and ear infections, among others.
What are the grooming requirements?
The combination of these different types of breeds should really make a more moderate shedder. Both parent breeds shed year round and at times very aggressively. It depends on which parent gives the most genes to the offspring as to what these characteristics will be like though. Get ready to invest in a good vacuum if you want to keep your floors clean! Give them baths as needed, but not so much that you dry out their skin.
What are the exercise requirements?
This is a very high energy dog that will need that from an owner. Both parent breeds are hunting dogs that are bred to run and retrieve all day. This is a great mix for those who like to hike and have high energy themselves. Plan on taking them for extremely long walks and hikes to keep their energy level down. A tired dog is a good dog. Never tie your dog up outside - that is inhumane and not fair to him.
What are the training requirements?
This is an extremely intelligent dog that will be easy to train. All dogs respond best to positive reinforcement. So make sure to praise her when she does well. She is an intelligent dog who loves to please, and loves a physical challenge. The more exercise she gets the easier she will be to train. Proper socialization is imperative to all dogs and puppies. Make sure to take her to the park and doggy day care to get her around as many people and dogs as possible.
A lot of times diet is done on a per-dog basis. Each one is unique and has different dietary requirements. Most dogs in the U.S. are overweight. A mix like this one that is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia should really be on fish oil and glucosamine and chondroitin supplements as soon as possible.
Overfeeding any dog is not a good idea as that can really exacerbate health problems such as elbow and hip dysplasia.
I good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet. A raw food diet will be especially good for the Wolf background.
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