Being one of the most popular dog breeds in the world makes the Labrador the object of many people’s desire, be it as a purebred or as a mix. While the standard Labrador possesses many interesting and practical personality traits, the mixed versions can add a few more to the package.
As a stand-alone dog breed, the Labrador is known around the world for its loyalty, reliability, and willingness to please its masters. The dog can also act a little goofy from time to time, making it a perfect family dog in more ways than one.
Not just that but the Labrador also gets along with children of all ages on account of its remarkable patience and tolerance. This is without a doubt one of the reasons why people started to mix Labradors with other breeds in the first place.
Over the next few minutes, we will try to delve into the world of Labrador Mix Breeds so that we may perhaps get a better understanding of what makes a good Labrador mix and what personality traits one should consider if they’re thinking about getting such a dog themselves.
Table of Contents
- Labraterrier / Lab Terrier Mix – Labrador & Pitbull Terrier
- Bassador / Basset Hound Lab Mix – Labrador & Basset Hound
- Afador – Labrador Afghan Hound Mix
- Border Collie Lab Mix – Labrador & Border Collie
- Labbe – Labrador Beagle Mix
- Cavador – Labrador Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Mix
- Labarnese – Labrador Bernese Mountain Dog Mix
- Labmaraner – Labrador Weimaraner Mix
- Rottador – Labrador Rottweiler Mix
- Springador – Labrador English Springer Spaniel Mix
- Goldador – Labrador Golden Retriever Mix
- Labradoodle – Labrador Standard Poodle Mix
Labraterrier / Lab Terrier Mix – Labrador & Pitbull Terrier
Although not as common as other mixes, the Labraterrier is certainly a mixed breed that some people prefer to own. The Lab Terrier Mix was originally bred as a response to the Pitbull’s ill-gained reputation in an attempt to curb the dog’s aggressive tendencies.
The result was mixed (if you pardon the pun) as there doesn’t seem to be a universal behavior that the Lab Terrier Mix adheres to. In fact, these dogs are usually bound to behave the same way any other dog would and reflect their upbringing and training more than anything.
That said, bear in mind that this dog has a powerful bite and that it requires a fair bit of training to ensure that it never uses it, not even when playing around. With that out of the way, rest assured that the Lab Terrier Mix is quite a dependable and reliable dog overall.
Bassador / Basset Hound Lab Mix – Labrador & Basset Hound
The Bassed Hound is known for its unique looks and lethargic behavior, so the exact opposite of a Labrador in many ways. Fortunately enough, the Bassador doesn’t inherit any of the inconveniences associated with owning a Basset Hound but features many of the traits that made the Labrador famous.
On average, these dogs can grow to be around 14 inches tall as adults and with the body proportions of larger dogs. The thing is, most people who owned Bassadors at some point complained that the dog doesn’t live that long, around 10-12 years to be exact.
That said, they are very good companions to have on account of their unique personality and their dependable behavior. Despite their body disproportions, these dogs are in somewhat better shape than the Basset yet tend to showcase more medical issues to some extent.
Afador – Labrador Afghan Hound Mix
Rarely bred, these peculiar dogs can grow rather large in size and tend to possess pretty spectacular coats that require a fair bit of grooming. That aside, they tend to be more goofy and distant than your average Labrador, so it is definitely the type of dog you need to take your time with.
In this respect, be aware that Afghan Hounds do not share the same confidence levels of most Labradors and that as such, you will have to put some effort into building their confidence. You will have to do that sooner rather than later as it is a key element in training them to obey commands and follow instructions.
These dogs live around 12 years unless they somehow develop any serious health issues, which shouldn’t be too many apart from a predisposition for eye problems. Even so, the Afador is seen as a generally healthy dog that doesn’t require any special care other than regular grooming.
Border Collie Lab Mix – Labrador & Border Collie
Although they don’t commonly have a designated name, the mix is quite popular in some parts of the country on account of their intelligence and loyalty. In fact, these are some of the most loyal dogs you could own, dogs that tend to inherit all the good traits of both the Labrador and the Border Collie.
As you may already know, Border Collies are considered to be the smartest dogs in the world by most breeders, and this intelligence is perfectly reflected by this particular mix. Easy to train, these clever dogs are bound to pick up new ideas and tricks with minimal training.
it should be said that these are very good looking dogs and that they can grow up to 21 inches tall. This makes the Border Collie Lab Mix a quite spectacular dog, considering not only its genetic package but also its remarkable and dependable personality.
Labbe – Labrador Beagle Mix
Sometimes referred to as a ‘Labrabeagle‘, these dogs aren’t often bred but the few people who do swear by their patient behavior and fierce loyalty. At the same time, these dogs tend to be very loveable, affectionate, and eager to please their owners no matter what.
In terms of grooming, they tend to inherit the Beagle’s coat in most cases, so a regular rubber brushing should be enough for the most part. Because of their low-maintenance coat, these dogs rarely shed and are more or less perfect for people who suffer from allergies.
Always alert, these dogs love to do things and play around as often as they get the chance, so they need to be exercised on a daily basis. Other than that, they tend to make great family dogs on account of how friendly they are, but you still have to take the time to socialize them properly.
Cavador – Labrador Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Mix
Those of you who aren’t familiar with the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel would be questioning the reasoning behind this breed but then again, there should be a reason why the mix came to be in the first place. In fact, these dogs are quickly rising in popularity among people who seek companionship and very little more.
You need to understand that the Cavador is one of the friendliest dogs out there on account of its Cavalier King Charles Spaniel heritage, and the fact that it also inherits some of the Labrador’s affectionate behavior certainly doesn’t hurt.
One thing to point out about these little dogs is that they rarely need grooming on account of their low-maintenance coat. The Labrador genes also help in that regard, but they also reduce the dog’s lifespan to around 11 years and make it prone to a series of medical afflictions.
Labarnese – Labrador Bernese Mountain Dog Mix
Whoever thought of mixing a Labrador with a Bernese Mountain Dog must have been trying to create a spectacular looking dog and to some extent, that’s exactly what they achieved. You see, the Labarnese is often praised for its impressive long coat and goofy behavior.
All these traits make the dog a very good companion, but also the fact that these dogs are generally very calm and patient. Having said that, bear in mind that these gentle giants require a lot of socializing as pups because of how strong they can get when they reach adulthood.
Although not particularly aggressive, these dogs sometimes forget their own strength, which may end up causing injuries to whomever they play with. That aside, the dog grows up to 28 inches in height and can weigh up to 100 lbs or more, meaning that they are anything but low-maintenance dogs, quite the contrary.
Labmaraner – Labrador Weimaraner Mix
Although these dogs are known for being a bit distant, they do offer their unbridled loyalty to their owners if they have a good relationship with them. Even so, these dogs tend to get easily distracted and are bound to misbehave unless you instill a sense of personal discipline in them from an early age.
Now, because both of the parent breeds have been bred to be loyal and obedient, you can expect the Labmaraner to also showcase similar traits for the most part. This way, you can rest assured that the dog won’t get cozy with strangers as long as you’re not around to make the introductions.
That said, let it be said that these dogs live about 12 to 13 years on average, which is a bit shorter than the average lifespan of your average Labrador. Still, these dogs certainly make up in behavior what they lack in health, as many of those who own such a beautiful dog are sure to tell you.
Rottador – Labrador Rottweiler Mix
Splendid to look at, these gorgeous dogs are without a doubt, some of the most beautiful mixed breeds in existence. Due to the strong physique of the Rottweiler and the energetic nature of the Labrador, the offspring is bound to be highly energetic and strong.
Because of the Rottweiler heritage, these dogs make very good protectors and fiercely loyal companions. Thanks to the Labrador genes, however, they also make goofy companions when they’re in a private setting and very good playmates once you get them going.
With that in mind, remember that these pups require thorough socializing from an early age if they are to behave themselves as adults. Not to say that this is a particularly aggressive dog, mind you, it’s just that they sometimes forget their own strength and can end up hurting you by accident.
Springador – Labrador English Springer Spaniel Mix
When crossed with Labradors, English Springer Spaniels produce a breed that tends to inherit the type of traits that make them valuable and dependable companions. Although these dogs have a high prey drive, they can be pacified to some extent provided that you take an active interest in their training.
It also needs to be said that these dogs have a peculiar temperament and that they can get fixated on things a lot more often than either the Labrador or the English Springer Spaniel. A good way to avoid that is to act confident around them and incorporate plenty of obedience routines into your training sessions.
That said, remember that Springadors are lively dogs and love to spend time outdoors regardless of what activities you may have planned for them. Quite affectionate, they will welcome the opportunity to spend time with you, no matter what your daily routine might look like.
Goldador – Labrador Golden Retriever Mix
It is often that people confuse Labradors with Golden Retrievers so an attempt to mix the two was inevitable. The result, as many dog lovers would have already anticipated, was a goofy, friendly, and affectionate dog that loves spending time around people.
We cannot stress enough just how friendly and devoted these dogs can be, so much in fact that they can really get under your skin if you let them. In fact, their constant need for attention can render them somewhat annoying if you don’t set up clear boundaries from the get-go.
Seeing how similar the parent breeds are, the resulting Goldador is bound to also exhibit the same temperament and behavior as the Golden and the Lab. One thing to point out, however, is the shorter coat that these dogs have, which can either take after the Lab or the Golden with no way of telling for sure until the pup grows a little.
Labradoodle – Labrador Standard Poodle Mix
The Labradoodle currently enjoys a tremendous popularity among dog lovers everywhere and it’s easy to see why given how friendly, loving, and dependable these dogs can be. Beautiful to look at, the Labradoodle requires a lot of grooming on account of its peculiar coat of hair.
Maintenance-aside, the dog is a joy to own, both in regards to how affectionate it can be and also due to how easily you can train him if you know what you’re doing. Even if you don’t, in all fairness, you are bound to discover some common ground with such an adorable family dog.
It isn’t by accident that we call the Labradoodle a family dog, mind you, but after careful research into the very nature of these friendly and loyal dogs. That aside, the Labradoodle has a lifespan of around 12 years or so and can be prone to autoimmune diseases and hip issues because of their Poodle heritage.
Overall, the Labradoodle makes an excellent companion and family pet, but be warned that it requires a lot of care and regular grooming. Then again, you shouldn’t expect such a beautiful dog to be easy to care for, especially not one that tends to inherit the Poodle’s coat of hair.