The Labradane is a handsome, energetic, powerful, loving, and a great watchdog. The Labradane comprises two different parents, the Labrador Retriever, and the Great Dane! The Labrador is the king of dogs! Ranking number 1 for best family dog in the world.
The Great Dane is ranked 14th! In this article I will talk about both breeds separately then I’ll add both dog breeds together, and we will see what we get. So I hope this article sways you to get this wonderful mix breed! Without any further ado here is the Labrador!
- Weight- 55-80 pounds
- Height- 22-24 inches
- Lifespan- 10-12 years
- Major Health Concerns- Hips & Elbow dysplasia, Stomach turn over
- Exercise- 30-45 minutes
America’s favorite dog breed, the Labrador Retriever, is an agreeable and friendly companion that is a popular choice for families. Labs are highly social and have a love for all people, children and animals alike, which explains their widespread popularity.
Labrador’s were bred in Canada, to help fishermen and hunters retriever there catches. They needed a friendly dog that loved to go fetching and also enjoyed being in the water.
The Labrador was brought over to England by the 1800s by some English nobles. Those breeds are now the English Labrador Retriever, bred more for being a show dog, companionship, and conformation.
The English Labrador is shorter, stockier, thicker neck and more mellow than their American cousins. If you would like to know more about the American Labrador VS, the English Labrador click the link!
The Great Dane
- Height- 28-32 inches
- Weight- 110-175 pounds
- Lifespan- 7-10 years
- Major Health Concerns
- bloating or gastric dilatation-volvulus
- eye problems
- cardiac disease
- hip and elbow dysplasia
- Exercise – ideally, brisk walking 2-4 times a day, or a minimum of 20 minutes
Today’s Great Dane’s come’s from Germany, but did you know that they are actually not from Germany? The Great Dane’s ancestors were in ancient Egypt dating back to 3000 BC, and they were in China around 1121 BC.
Todays Great Dane was improved and refined in Germany they were improved to hunt wild boar which in those times were extremely dangerous. Due to their bravery, smartness, and size, the German Nobility soon had the Great Danes as personal bodyguards for themselves and their families.
If you would like to know more about their ability to be protective if you want to know more about there capabilities we have an article on Best Guard Dog Breeds.
The Great Dane can be a great jogging or hiking companion. BEWARE: You MUST wait until after two years old, to avoid joint damage while s/he is still growing.
- Weight- 140-160 pounds
- Height- 26-30 inches a Real GIANT!
- Lifespan- 10-12 years
- Colors- White, Black, Brown, Brindle.
- Exercise- 30-45 minutes of good, walking, running, playing maybe more.
- Training- 15 minutes everyday Esp, practice on a leash. (You don’t want to be dragged behind a leash by these guys.
- Socialization- They should be going out into the city with you.
- Temperament- A gentle giant, and very intelligent.
- Grooming- 10 minutes of brushing each week.
- House or Apartment?- No, they need a house and a large yard or park nearby.
Labradanes have several different names like the Great Dane Lab mix, Labrador Great Dane mix. They are the gentle giants who only want to curl up and be a couch potato with the rest of the family. But when your active outside they turn into speedy Gonzales and are super eager to play fetch.
They can be protective and or watchful over there master and other family members so if you don’t like that trait make sure to take them out into the public eye and allow them to commingle with other dogs, and humans.
What are the Training and Socialization Requirements of the Labradane?
The Great Dane Lab mix is a brilliant dog! Training is an absolute must for all dogs but especially for this dog breed! Training should start when you come, just start with the basics like sit, stay, laydown and most importantly come. So the younger you can start teaching the Labradane the easier it will be.
For easier training make it fun for them, like 10-15 minutes of practice and 5-10 minutes of fetching, or playing. If the breeder is a good one, she/he will have already started the basic training lessons, sit, lay down, stay, and come. It will be your job to now pick up the training schedule.
While training you must not allow your self to relent on his sitting, staying, lay down, coming, or any other command that you give. Keep issuing the command that you want him to follow until he does exactly what you say.
Socialization is also very important, training and socialization go hand in hand you cannot have a healthy, loving, respectful relationship if your socialization skill outside of the house is atrocious.
So while she is still a puppy take her out to puppy classes this takes two birds out with one stone, you are getting some excellent training advice and oversight from a trainer. You are also letting your puppy greet new people to see new things, to smell thing she does not at home, taste different things, and hear unusual noises.
You can take your puppy into the city and let her explore different things; this is so that she does not get freaked out by a weird shape, noises, or things, and go tearing after it, or running away.
How much Exercise does a Labradane need and what type of grooming does she need?
The Great Dane Lab mix needs 30-45 minutes of great exercise that is walking, running, and playing. The Labradane is a great companion for hikers and long-distance joggers.
But be very careful, you cannot take her on a long-distance hike or jog until the age of two. IF you do you could irreversibly damage to her growing joints after she hits the two-year mark, then you can take her for long hikes.
The Great Dane Lab mix will shed a tremendous amount during the spring and fall. Daily brushing will be needed during those times. During the summer and winter brush them twice a week along with a bath and ear cleaning.
Labradane Health problems
Well in order to know what types of health problems the Labradane has, we have to take a closer look at the parent’s health problems.
- Hip and Elbow Dysplasia
- Retinal Atrophy- PRA for short is a disease that causes blindness over time.
- Obesity- The Labrador is known to eat whenever he gets the opportunity
- Cold Tail- Cold tail normally happens to sporting dogs. It is where the tail gives out due to overuse this can be very painful to a dog.
The Great Dane
- Bloating and gastric torsions are the number one killer for Great Danes
- Enlarged heart disease, have your great Danes heart checked out by the vet once a year.
- Hip dysplasia
- Hypertrophic osteodystrophy is a very fancy way of saying when the dog’s joints are growing it can be very very painful.
The Great Dane Lab Mix
- Hip dysplasia
- Heart ailments
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