Terrier Lab Mix - Boston Lab
The Terrier Lab Mix, also known as the Boston Lab or the Black Lab Terrier Mix, is a hybrid mix breed dog resulting from breeding the Terrier and the Labrador Retriever. This is a small, hyper, friendly dog. She will be high energy and will need someone who is active and wants to make them part of their daily exercise routine. We will try and touch on the Boston, Rat, Bull, and Staffordshire Terriers but will primarily talk about them in generic terms. Continue reading below to see pictures, videos, and learn more about the beautiful Terrier Lab Mix. Note that this hybrid can consist of the black lab, yellow lab, or chocolate lab.
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Terrier Lab Mix - Boston Lab 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.
Most terrier breeds were developed in Great Britain and Ireland. They were used to control rats, rabbits, and foxes both over and under the ground. Some larger terriers were also used to hunt badgers. The word terrier comes from the Middle French terre, derived from the Latin word for earth, terra.
Terrier and Lab Mix - Boston Lab Size and Weight
This varies depending on the Boston, Rat, Bull, and Staffordshire Terriers
Height: 22 - 24 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 55 - 79 lb.
Lifespan: 10-14 years
Terrier Black Lab Mix - Boston Lab PersonalityThe Boston Lab is an alert, affectionate, and friendly dog. This is a small dog that will probably be a blast to keep around. They will probably have higher energy but real friendly. This won’t be a good dog for a lazy person, but rather a good dog for someone that is the opposite and likes to hike and run. 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.”
Terrier Lab Mix - Boston Lab 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 Terrier might be prone to Joint dysplasia, skin problems, Patellar Luxation, Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD), Pancreatitis, Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome, Ectropion.
Terrier Lab Mix - Boston Lab Care:
What are the grooming requirements?
They both have a very short coat. Terriers are not typically heavy shedders and Labs are the opposite. So this guy might go either way. 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. However, the lower energy level of the Terrier will certainly neutralize the higher Lab energy.
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.
Terrier Lab Mix - Boston Lab 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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