Chihuahua Lab Mix - Labrahuahua
The Chihuahua Lab Mix, is a mixed breed dog resulting from breeding the Chihuahua and the Labrador Retriever. It is also known as an Labrahuahua. This is obviously a very strange mix that is only accomplished by breeding the Male Chihuahua (with some help) and the Female lab. What does this mixed breed look and act like? Is it more like the Chihuahua or the Lab? Those are the questions we will try and answer below. Continue reading below to see pictures, videos, and learn more about the beautiful Lab Chihuahua Mix.
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Chihuahua Lab Mix - Labrahuahua History:
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. If you have a few minutes, 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.
They come in two coats, a long and a short hair. Both folklore and archaeological finds show that the breed originated in Mexico. They are known to come from the Techichi, a companion dog favored by the Toltec civilization in Mexico. Their history dates back at least seven hundred years where we can see cave dwellings with them on it and pottery depicting similar tiny dogs.
Chihuahua and Lab Mix - Labrahuahua Size and Weight
Height: 6-9 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 3.5 - 7.5 lb.
Lifespan: 12 - 20 years
Height: 22 - 24 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 55 - 79 lb.
Lifespan: 10-14 years
Chihuahua Black Lab Mix - Labrahuahua Personality
The Lab Chihuahua Mix tends to almost always take its intelligence levels from the Labrador Retriever side of the lineage. That is a good thing for you, because that means it’s smart. Labs are typically very easy to train. However, they also seem to adopt some of the stubborn parts of the Chihuahua, which makes them a little tougher to manage at times.
Chihuahua Lab Mix - Labrahuahua Health
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 Chihuahua might be prone to many distinct health problems due to the huge differences in the two parent breeds.
Chihuahua Lab Mix - Labrahuahua Care:
What are the grooming requirements?
The Chihuahua doesn’t really shed that much and the Lab sheds like it’s snowing outside. So this will probably be a more moderate shedder and nothing to lose sleep over. 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. Never tie your dog up outside - that is inhumane and not fair to him.
What are the exercise requirements?
All dogs need exercise as it is good for them both physically and mentally. However, this dog will probably be on the more moderate side and not really need a ton of exercise like a purebred lab. Exercise will keep them from being destructive. A tired dog is a good dog. If you are not an active person and don’t spend a lot of your free time being active and exercising this might not be the best dog for you.
What are the training requirements?
All dogs respond best to positive reinforcement. So make sure to praise her when she does well. This will probably be an extremely 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.
Chihuahua Lab Mix Feeding
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, so keep that in mind when feeding them. 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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