The Chow Chow Lab Mix Characteristics, Temperament, and Names?

The Chow Chow Lab Mix is a wonderful dog to own. They love to hang out with the family watching TV, playing games, and or romping outside in the grass and woods exploring the great outdoors with you.

What is a Chow Chow Lab Mix Dog Breed Called?

5 Chow Chow Lab Mix Names Listed by Most to Least Popular:

  1. Chow Chow Lab Mix
  2. Chabrador
  3. Chow Lab
  4. Labrachow
  5. Labrador Chow Chow mix

Chow Chow Lab Mix dog breeds are also loyal, loving, playful, and obedient, but mistrustful of any stranger in or around “their” territory. Chabrador’s can be aloof with strangers and even overprotective of their family members if not trained in obedience and socialized from an early age.

Now both of the parents breeds of chow chow and labrador are exceptionally smart, loving, and driven to work and please their master/s. Unlike the Rottweiler Chow mix, they do not require as firm a hand as their cousins the Rottchow.

This article provides you with an in-depth look at all the Labrador Chow Chow mix needs. We’ll cover the amount of exercise on a daily basis, socialization, training, grooming, and health issues. We’ll also take you through both parents’ histories to give you a better sense of the offspring’s character.

The Labrador

  • Weight – 55 – 99 pounds
  • Height – 22 – 24 inches
  • Lifespan – 10 – 14 years
  • Major Health Concerns – Cold tail, Bloat, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Hip Dysplasia, Retinal Atrophy & Obesity
  • Grooming – 4x weekly during shedding season 2x weekly during non-shedding season
  • Fur or Hair – Fur
  • Colors – Black, tan, white, yellow, & chocolate
  • Eye Color – Brown
  • Exercise – They need long walks (or runs) plus playtime in the yard several times a day
  • Training – Labrador is very easy to train and very eager to be trained
  • Socialization – Positive exposure to other people and dogs daily for best socialization
  • Temperament  Playful, loyal, even-tempered, outgoing, agile, trusting, gentle & smart
  • Good in an apartment? – No

The Labrador Retriever Origin

Originally from Canada, the Labrador Retriever is a working dog breed that needs lots of exercise throughout the day. Labs were bred to retrieve ducks and fish from the icy waters of Canada, thus their affinity for water and the likelihood they be swimming in a flash if water is nearby.

How the Labrador Spread Throughout the World

In the 1800’s several English nobles took the Labrador to England from Canada, which was the beginning of the creation of a separate branch in the Labrador family tree. That new branch is the breed known today as the English Labrador Retriever, which were bred more as show dogs, companions, and for their physical attributes.

The English Labrador is shorter, stockier, thicker necked, and more mellow than their American cousins. We have an extensive article about the American Lab VS the English Lab if you’re interested in learning more about those breeds.

The Labrador chow mix
Labrador Retriever

The Chow Chow

  • Weight – 44 – 90 pounds
  • Height – 17 – 20 inches
  • Lifespan – 9 – 15 years
  • Major Health Concerns – Hip dysplasia, Cataracts, Stomach cancer, Eye problems, & Patellar luxation
  • Grooming – 4x weekly during shedding season 2x weekly during non-shedding season
  • Fur or Hair – Fur
  • Colors – Black, Blue, Fawn, Cream, & Red
  • Eye Color – Brown
  • Exercise – They are not known to need heavy exercising so 30 – 45 minutes daily
  • Training – The Chow Chow is not easy to train and can become attacted to people and things as they age.
  • Socialization – Positive exposure to other people and dogs daily for best socialization
  • Temperament  Playful, loyal, protective, outgoing, agile, trusting, gentle & smart
  • Good in an apartment? – No

The Chow Chow is an ancient Chinese dog breed, they have deeply set back eyes, a large head, a thrust out chest, and a lion’s mane to top it off. These guys can weigh in between 40-90 pounds and can look quite ferocious. So no wonder that they made for such great guard dogs!

Their sight alone could make you run for the hills until they come charging over to you demanding cuddles! Then you will be stuck there rubbing their belly until your arms fall off.

Qualities of the Chows

  • Lovable
  • Trainable
  • Aloof
  • Quite
  • Loyal
  • Playful
  • Independent

Chow Chows or for short ‘Chows’, have some oddities about them. For starters, their back legs are straight, which gives them an odd gait when running. They also should be kept well away from standing water, because of their coat.

Chows have a double layered coat that gets extremely heavy when wet. As one guy puts it “if you put a Chow in the water they will go down faster than a brick.” So if you do go to the water, make sure to have a life vest on your pet and keep a very close eye on him/her. They instinctively stay out of the water except for maybe a toe or two.

The next oddity is that the Chow has a purple tongue! Yes, you read that correctly when the Chow is a puppy it is born with a regular pink tongue but as s/he grows older. Their tongue slowly becomes a solid blackish-purple color.

Training and most importantly impressing your Chow at an early age that you are a great pack leader is essential to having a well-balanced dog. Otherwise, your Chow will have a bossy attitude until the right person comes along.

Chow’s that are properly socialized and trained, might not be as aggressive or territorial to other animals and humans. A well-trained Chow might be slightly standoffish but not inclined to attack.

The Labrador Chow mix
The Chow Chow

The Chow Chow Lab mix

  • Weight – 50 – 70 pounds
  • Height – 18 – 24 inches
  • Lifespan – 9 – 12 years
  • Major Health Concerns – Hip dysplasia, Bloat, Stomach cancer, Obesity, Eye problems, Glaucoma, Cold tail, & Patellar Luxation
  • Grooming – Brush 2x weekly during summer and winter, brush as many times as needed during shedding season fall and spring
  • Fur or Hair Fur
  • Colors – Brown, white, black, blue, & tan
  • Eye Color – Brown
  • Exercise  30 – 45 minutes daily
  • Training  Start early, it will save you a lot of hassle in the end – 30 minutes daily
  • Socialization  On a daily basis take you puppy out with you but do not go to the dog park
  • Temperament  Kind, loving, playful, easy going, great with kids, watchful, non-aggressive to strangers, & great family dog as long as you exercise them
  • Good in apartments – No- needs a yard and a house

The Chow Chow Lab mix is great for people who have already owned a dog before. Labrachows can be a little hard to handle, so proper training, socialization, and exercise are definitely needed. The Chow Chow was bred to be a guard dog around 3,000 years ago, so Chow Chows can be aggressive and territorial, which is why only experienced dog owners should own the Chow Lab Mix.

The Chow Lab is a very active and energetic dog breed and if not properly trained from a young age, can be a handful. Chow Lab Mix may show aggressive behavior to unknown people, strange objects, and other animals.

Chabradors also are very smart dogs, and if they find you wanting in any way as a pack leader, they will take over. So it is imperative that you form a trusting bond in which they will trust you as the dominant pack leader.

The Labrachow
Chow Chow Lab mix

If you get the Labrachow be watchful of these things as a puppy:

  • Misbehavior
  • Aggressivness
  • Temperamental
  • Unsociable
  • Angry

If you can impress them at an early age with your ability to be the pack leader, they will have no trouble following you. The Chabrador may wait until the perfect time to strike and become the alpha, which is why it is essential for you to constantly train them. They should not get their food, treats, or play with their toys until they work for the right to eat, play, or go outside.

Training of The Chow Chow Lab Mix

Training of any dog, whether big or small (ahem small dog breed owners!) should take place no matter the breed. Your training of the Chabrador will take place throughout puppyhood, and if your dog is a stubborn dog breed then you might need to train throughout their lifetime.

The intelligent Chabrador has a very strong mind and will need a steady drip of activity to feed an active brain. Make sure to have a lot of fun, and reward good behavior with a 90% praise and several pats as a reward, and 10% in treats. Labradors are famous for their ability to become obese quickly so control those treats.

The Labrador chow mix
Labrador Chow Mix. Notice the bluish-purple tongue!

The Temperament of the Lab Chow

The Chabrador is a serious dog when strangers are about, but when it’s just the family and friends, they can be playful and funny.

A properly trained Chow Chow Lab Mix fits in perfectly with the family lifestyle. That includes little children, however, I would supervise the first months of interactions with the baby and dog.

Socialization Needs of the Chabrador

I often say that socialization, training, and exercise are the key to having a well-behaved dog. They are like the foundation for a well-built house.

If you don’t have all three mixed into the foundation then the foundation will start to weaken until it collapses due to the weight of the house resting upon an unstable foundation.

Socialization is vital for any dog, whether they are a chihuahua or a giant dog breed, socialization is the key to having a well-behaved and well adjusted dog.

To socialize your dog, take him/her out of the house wherever you go when he/she is a puppy. This is so that the puppy can start to become adjusted to sights, sounds, smells, humans, and other animals.

Avoid Dog Parks With Puppies

There is only one no-go place to take a puppy, and that is the dog park. There are several different reasons why not to allow your puppy into the dog park.

  1. The dog park can become rough, and some dogs can be mean, which means that your puppy could be scarred for a long time.
  2. Your dog has not had his or her shots and is susceptible to diseases and carrying them.
The Labrador Chow Mix

Exercise of the Chabrador mix

Exercising your dog cannot be a quick up and down to get the mail or a stroll down the sidewalk. Better to include a brisk strenuous walk or even a jog for a minimum hour of exercise for the most well-balanced dog.

Both parents of this breed are active dog breeds bred to hunt and or retrieve throughout the day. So if you’re a couch potato who just wants to be inside, then please get a small dog laid back dog like a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Newfoundland or Great Pyrenees, all of whom are generally mellow rather than a high-energy dog breed like the labrachow.

The Labrachow
Labrador Chow Chow Mix

The Health of The Chow Chow Lab Mix

  • Hip Dysplasia – common to purebreds, it is not life-threatening but can be painful to the dog.
  • Bloat – If you exercise your dog after eating, for a long time your dog’s stomach will
  • Stomach Cancer – Chow Chow is very likely to get stomach cancer just like the Rottweiler they are very prone to getting bone cancer.
  • Obesity – Don’t overdo treats and food. Animals are happier and healthier when fit and lean, but they will keep eating if you keep feeding!
  • Eye Problems – Cataracts are very common once they reach a certain age
  • Glaucoma – Glaucoma is an elevation of the intraocular pressure (IOP) with associated optic nerve and retinal damage. Glaucoma in dogs is always due to a decreased drainage of aqueous humor (AH)—increased production does not occur.
  • Cold tail – Cold tail normally happens to sport dogs. It is where the tail gives out due to overuse this can be very painful to a dog.
  • Patellar Luxation – This is when the knee cap moves about and is very painful to the dog. My grandmother had a King Charles Cavalier, as a baby, he had a loose knee cap and he had to have surgery to fix it.
The Chow Chow Lab Mix

The health list on this dog breed is very long, and quite a few of them are serious health concerns. Some of it can be smoothed over by buying from a reputable breeder who has ALL the paperwork and health info on both parents. The better health of the parents, the better chances of not getting a dog with all the health problems.

Conclusion on the Chow Chow Lab Mixed Breed

The Chabrador must have an experienced dog owner who knows what they are doing in training and socialization. The health record is very long compared to some other mixed dog breeds, other than those facts if you are an experienced dog owner who is looking for another dog breed then the Labrador Chow mix may be for you!

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