The Greyhound Lab Mix, is a mixed breed dog resulting from breeding the Greyhound and the Labrador Retriever. These are both kind and sweet dogs that are rather different in many ways. Both of these dogs have very sweet personalities and are “people” dogs. The Greyhound is one of the most ill treated dogs as they are in the racing industry. Please sign our petition to stop greyhound racing here. Continue reading below to see pictures, videos, and learn more about the beautiful Greyhound Lab Mix. Note that this hybrid can consist of the black lab, yellow lab, or chocolate lab.
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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.
Greyhounds are the oldest purebred dog, dating to the time of the Pharaohs. The first records of greyhound type dogs appear about 8,000 years ago and they are the only breed of dog mentioned by name in the Bible. In ancient Egypt, greyhounds were revered as gods, and only royalty were allowed to own them. No other canine is as closely associated with speed, grace, and overall agility as the greyhound. For millennia greyhounds have been cherished and bred as hunting dogs whose keen ability to spot prey and it's movement, using their keen sense of sight, and to pursue and capture that game at incredibly fast speeds,
Height: 27 - 30 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 57 - 88 lb.
Lifespan: 10 - 12 years
Height: 22 - 24 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 55 - 79 lb.
Lifespan: 10-14 years
Greyhound Black Lab Mix Temperament
The Greyhound is known for being quiet and dignant. Both of these dogs are from hunting stock and might have a strong prey drive, so it is important to introduce them to other dogs as soon as possible. The greyhound is a very calm dog until it really takes off. This will be an extremely affectionate dog that will greet you with a tail wag. If you will train them properly, then these are the best pets to have around. 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 she 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 Greyhound might be prone to joint dysplasia, cancer, and bloat.
What are the grooming requirements?
The combination of these different types of breeds should really make a very moderate shedder. The Greyhound barely sheds and is a very easy-keeper when it comes to grooming. The Lab is a very heavy shedder and will make you his coat color when he rubs up against you. 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 higher energy dog that will need that from an owner. Both parent breeds are hunting dogs that are bred to run and retrieve all day. Plan on taking them for extremely long walks and hikes to keep their energy level down. This probably won’t be a good dog for a couch potato. 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?
It is important to focus on many, short training sessions so that they don’t lose focus. 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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