Pointer Lab Mix - Labrador Pointer


The Pointer Lab Mix, is a mixed breed dog resulting from breeding the Pointer and the Labrador Retriever. It is also known as a Labrador-Pointer. Both of these dogs have very sweet personalities and are very high energy. They are both working dogs that are extremely smart and eager to please. This dog is a special mix of energy, gentleness, affection and dedication. Continue reading below to see pictures, videos, and learn more about the beautiful Pointer Lab Mix. Note that this hybrid can consist of the black lab, yellow lab, or chocolate lab.

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Pointer Lab Mix - Labrador Pointer History

Pointer Lab Mix - Labrador-Pointer 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.

Pointer History:

There are many different varieties of Pointers. There is the German ShortHaired Pointer, German WireHaired Pointer, English Setter, among others. For a while Pointer was used in references to any dog breed used in hunting who's job was to point the way. Pointer type dogs have a very old history, primarily coming from different parts of Western Europe in the 1600’s. The soul intent was always to create a better working and hunting dog. They are primarily used to hunt different types of birds, “pointing” to where the bird is. This isn’t always the most common family dog, but it is rather common in the hunting community. They can be very independent but strive to work alongside their owners. They are extremely intelligent and train easily. They will absolutely walk around your yard and “point” at every bird in sight.



Awesome videos of Pointer Lab Mix - Labrador Pointer puppies


Pointer Lab Mix - Labrador Pointer Size and Weight

Pointer

Height: 21 - 26 inches at the shoulder

Weight: 35 - 70 lb.

Lifespan: 12 - 14 years


LAB

Height: 22 - 24 inches at the shoulder

Weight: 55 - 79 lb.

Lifespan: 10-14 years



Pointer Lab Mix - Labrador Pointer Personality

Pointer Black Lab Mix - Labrador-Pointer Temperament

The Labrador-Pointer is a great dog, they are very smart, loving and loyal. They are also very affectionate and friendly. They make great family pets and get along fine with other pets and kids. They will lovingly greet you at the door and wag their tail until it hurts. This is an extroverted dog that will greet everyone with a smile. This is a high energy dog, so if you are a couch potato it is probably best to sit this one out. This is a dog that is eager to please. She does not do well being left alone though and can suffer from separation anxiety. It will need a lot of exercise so plan on having a lot of time to keep his exercise and temperament in check. 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.”



Pointer Lab Mix - Labrador Pointer Health

Pointer Lab Mix - Labrador-Pointer 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 Pointer might be prone to OCD, eye problems, epilepsy, heart problems, Myopathy, bloat, Neurotropic Osteopathy, Chondrodysplasia, Addison's Disease, Joint dysplasia, skin problems, cold tail, ear infections, allergies, demodectic mange and skin cysts.


Pointer Lab Mix - Labrador Pointer Care

What are the grooming requirements?

The combination of these different types of breeds should really make a more moderate shedder. 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. Plan on taking them for extremely long walks and hikes to keep their energy level down. This is going to be a very hyper and high energy dog, if you are not a higher energy person this is not the dog for you. 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.



Pointer Lab Mix - Labrador Pointer 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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