Great Dane Lab Mix - Labradane
The Great Dane Lab Mix, also known as the Labradane or the Black Lab Great Dane Mix, is a hybrid mix breed dog resulting from breeding the Great Dane and the Labrador Retriever. This is a friendly, high energy dog. I am sure that just mentioning this makes one really think whether this is the dog for them. This is obviously a large dog, but it is also energetic and friendly. Continue reading below to see pictures, videos, and learn more about the beautiful Great Dane Lab Mix. Note that this hybrid can consist of the black lab, yellow lab, or chocolate lab.
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Great Dane Lab Mix - Labradane 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. 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.
Great Dane History:
The Great Dane is an ancient breed, it is one of the oldest known dog breeds. Ancestors to what we know today as the Great Dane can be found on artifacts from ancient Egypt, Babylonia and Tibet that are as old as 3000 BC. These old ancient dogs were traded amongst the Syrians, Romans, and Greeks and bred with mastiff type dogs that have slowly evolved into what we have today. They were originally bred to hunt boar and other large animals. Overtime their more aggressive prey driven instinct and temperament was bred back to give us the more docile dog we know today. It is thought that this less aggressive temperament was bred down by the Germans, surprisingly.
This is a gentle giant that is sweet natured. He is affectionate, great with children and eager to please making him easy to train which is important with his size. Like all dogs he loves to be a part of the “pack” and he loves the company of people and will always be where there are others or at the center of family activity. Even though he is a giant he is probably not the best watch dog as he is typically very friendly to strangers.
Great Dane and Lab Mix - Labradane Size and Weight
Height: 28-34 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 100 - 200 lb.
Lifespan: 6 - 8 years
Height: 22 - 24 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 55 - 79 lb.
Lifespan: 10-14 years
Great Dane Black Lab Mix - Labradane Personality
The Labradane is an alert and friendly dog. His imposing size can fool people. Like all Labs and their mixes, he craves attention and praise. This is a great companion dog and will do well with other kids and dogs in the house. He might be a bit high energy and exercise is a must. If you are not an active person avoid this guy at all costs. Early socialization and positive reinforcement are vital for all dogs. He is intelligent so training should be moderately easy. He should be rather affectionate and enjoy spending lots of time with you. Don’t plan on leaving him alone for long periods as he won’t do well alone. He wants to be with the “pack.”
Great Dane Lab Mix - Labradane 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 Great Dane might be prone to development issues, bloat, bone cancer, surgical issues, heart problems, OCD, eye problems, epilepsy, hip and elbow dysplasia, skin problems, cold tail and ear infections.
Great Dane Lab Mix - Labradane Care:
What are the grooming requirements?
They both have a very short coat and shed. 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?
Never tie your dog up outside - that is inhumane and not fair to him. Plan on taking them for extremely long walks and hikes to keep their energy level down. A tired dog is a good dog. This is not a good dog for a couch potato as he wants to be active with his people. This mix is more than likely going to have a rather high energy level, so make sure to keep that in mind before getting one.
What are the training requirements?
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.
Great Dane Lab Mix - Labradane 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. 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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