The Doberman Labrador mix, is a graceful yet strong alpha dog breed, this regal breed needs a strong and confident pack leader. They need plenty of exercise, proper training as a puppy, proper socialization, with positive reinforcement of all of the above.
The Doberman Lab mix is a fantastic family dog, they have protective instincts which makes them excellent guard dogs. They are fast, loving, trainable, family companions, that love hanging out with the family. they do have some common health issues that will be discussed later one.
In this article, we will talked about the parent breeds first starting off with the Labrador Retreiver, with the Doberman second and finally. We will be getting into the Doberman Lab mix, feel free to skip right down to the Doberman Lab mix part of the article!
The Labrador has held the record of the most popular family dog since 1991.
The Labrador Retriever
- Weight – 50–80 pounds
- Height – 22–24 inches tall
- 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 the 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
America’s favorite dog breed is 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.
Labradors were bred in Canada to help fishermen and hunters Retriever their catches. They needed a friendly dog that loved to go fetch and also enjoyed being in the water.
The Labrador Retriever of today was brought over to England in the 1800s by English nobles. This is the breed known today as the English Labrador Retriever. Which are bred more for as dogs for show, companionship, and conformation.
The English Labrador is shorter, stockier, thicker necked 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 Doberman Pinscher
- Weight – 70-100 pounds
- Height – 24-26 inches
- Lifespan – 10-13 years
- Health Issues – bloat, hip dysplasia, bone cancer, VWD, elbow dysplasia
- Grooming – 2x- wk during non-shedding 4x wk during shedding season
- Fur or hair – Fur
- Colors – Black or tan
- Eye color – Brown
- Exercise – 30-50 minutes
- Training – 30 – 45 minutes daily as a puppy, and maybe even obedience training
- Socialization – Positive reinforcement on a daily basis
- Temperament – Playful, protective, eager to learn, gentle, smart
- Good in an apartment? – No
The Doberman Pinscher is the best-known guard dog in the world! They are like the terminator in dog form! If you are interested in the dog breed or any other type of guard dog breed, we have a large list of different guard dog breeds article.
The Doberman was created in 1860 by a German Tax collector, Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann, who was sent into the rough neighborhoods of the city. He bred the Doberman as a way to protect himself in his tax-collecting work. He needed a thin but very powerful guard dog that would follow his commands and would show very little fear in their line of work.
Doberman Pinscher are very fast, sleek, and very protective, earning their reputation as one of the top guard dog breeds. They need early socialization, strict rules, and lots of love, exercise, and attention from their owners.
The Labrador Doberman Mix
A Quick Rundown of the Doberman Labrador Mix
- Weight – 60-100 pounds
- Height – 20-24 inches
- Lifespan – 10-14 years
- Health Issues – bloat, hip dysplasia, bone cancer, VWD, elbow dysplasia, cold tail, obesity, PRA, eye issues.
- Coat Colors – Black, Yellow, Chocolate, Blue/Rust, Fawn/rust, Red/Rust, Rust/black
- Exercise – 30-45 minutes
- Training – Start early and it will save you a lot of hassle in the end.
- Socialization – take your puppy to classes as soon as you can
- Temperament – Could favor the Doberman or the Lab
- Grooming – 2x weekly on non shedding season, 4x wk in shedding the Doberman Lab mix has a double coat
- House or Apartment? – Needs large to a mid-sized house with a yard
The Doberman Labrador Mix is a sweet, gentle, loving, caring, loyal, stubborn, and protective of his/her masters. The Doberman Labrador mix is not for a first-time dog owner, they need an experienced dog owner to own them.
Even though the Doberman Labrador Mix is half Labrador they are also half Doberman. The Doberman has a very strong alpha mentality. They need to know who is the alpha in the pack and where they are in the chain of command is. Your dog needs to always know that you’re in charge and not the other way around.
Different Names For the Doberman Labrador Mix
- Doberman Lab Mix
- Labrador Doberman mix
In this last part of the article, we will tell you about the Doberman Labrador Mix training, socialization, temperament, exercise, grooming and finally but not least their health issues.
What is the Training Needs of the Doberdor?
Training all dogs is essential! No matter the breed or the size (including your ankle bitters! 😆😉), if you want a well-adjusted dog breed, training, exercise, and socialization is key to having a well-trained dog!
Neglecting your puppy’s obedience training can make your life with your fur-buddy a nightmare. The Doberman Lab Mix can have behavioral issues if not trained properly they can become overly aggressive and protective and will not obey you.
They are also a brilliant dog, and must have constant training along with mental stimulation! It is better to train them while he/she is a puppy. So the younger you can start teaching, the easier it will be.
While training, you must not allow yourself to relent on him/her not following your commands. Keep issuing the command that you want him to follow until he does exactly what you say. Constant training for the first couple of years will really help in the following your orders category.
Socialization for the Doberman Lab Mix
Socialization is an important stage in a puppy’s life, especially for the Doberman Labrador mix. You don’t want your dog to go chasing any animals or humans. The best way to stop the chasing is to expose him to lots of experiences, such as walks in the city. The goal is to desensitize your puppy by getting him/her used to being around other people, objects, cars/trucks, smells, and other animals of all shapes and breeds.
Part of the socialization is taking your puppy to puppy classes, where he/she can meet different puppies and animals.
Exercising the Labrador Doberman Mix
The exercise needs of the Doberman Lab Mix is very important. I often say the three most important things that you could give to your dog throughout his life—besides love, of course—is exercise, training, and socialization. The Doberman Lab Mix needs at least 30-40 minutes of strenuous exercise.
Whether that is fast walking (I don’t mean just down to the mailbox, I mean around the block a couple of times minimum) jogging, or running. The one thing you do not wanna do is take him to the dog park until he has had his vaccine shots.
The side effects of not exercising your Lab Doberman Mix can very bad, ruined furniture, constant barking, aggression, overprotectiveness, and or depression. If you cannot commit to at least 40-50 minutes of playing/exercise daily then please get a Chihuahua.
The Temperament of the Doberman Lab Mix
The temperament of the Doberman Labrador mix is one that is kind, loving, watchful, playful, and loyal.
A Labrador Doberman mix will be loving, kind, and loyal if you train him/her right. The exact opposite can and will be true if you don’t put the time and effort into properly training your Labrador Doberman mix.
Some people may think that the Doberdor’s could have too much aggression, especially from the Doberman side. But even guard dog breeds like the Doberman make great family pets with proper time and effort put into training and socialization.
So give your Doberman Lab Mix every bit of free time that you have to train and socialize him well. It is all up to you on how you raise and train your Doberdor.
Before getting your puppy, assess if you will have the time for the necessary training, exercise, and socialization, and finally hanging around time with the dog. This is the critical part that too many dog owners omit.
It’s too easy to want to bring home that adorable puppy. But it’s essential to put in the time, effort, love, and care into raising your puppy right. If you can’t, you’ll have problems and destruction if you can, it will set you up with a great dog and a loyal companion for life.
Grooming Of The Doberman Labrador Mix
Have you ever heard of the saying the Labrador sheds twice a year? From spring to summer, and from summer to winter, at which time there’ll be dog hair everywhere!
Brushing the Doberman Labrador Mix will be an everyday thing for spring and fall. Twice weekly is sufficient in winter and summer.
Doberman Labrador mix dogs shed a lot, so plan on daily brushing in spring and fall, and a couple times weekly otherwise.
Doberman Labrador Mix Health Issues
- Bloat or Gastric Dilatation – where gas builds up in the stomach, causing the intestines to knot up and block blood from going into and out of the stomach and heart. This can kill your dog in a matter of hours. The most common reason for this to happen is if you exercise your dog after he eats.
- Hip Dysplasia – common to purebreds, it is not life-threatening, but can be painful to the dog.
- Bone Cancer – can happen to a dog at any age, but generally happens to older dogs.
- Von Willebrands Disease WVD – A blood clotting disorder.
- Cold tail – also called dead tail, limber tail, swimmer’s tail, frozen tail, limp tail, sprung tail, and broken tail, it tends to happen to sporting dogs. The tail stops wagging from overuse and can be painful for the dog.
- Obesity – Be careful not to give your dog too many treats. It is easier Labrador to gain weight.
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) – is a disease that causes blindness over time.
Contributor Julie, the owner of Princess Puma
Lots of happy Princess Puma pictures. Doberman Labrador mix. Perfect family dog. Even after being severely abused and neglected as a puppy. Skin and bones with a broken tail and scared to death when we rescued her at 6 months old.
She was scared of men and anyone holding something resembling a stick or belt. She had nightmares and would wet herself in her sleep but adjusted very well to family life and being around people after a year or so. Her and her sister are inseparable. She is a bit clinging but very well behaved and very loving.
She really is a great dog and they are a wonderful breed. I couldn’t imagine life without her. Her and her sister both come to the nursing home where my son and I work, as therapy animals. She is so sweet and gentle with the residents and they love her. I am completely in love with all my fur babies.
We’re grateful for folks like Julie who rescue dogs… and help people too! ❤️🐕🦺😇
Conclusion of the Doberman Lab Mix ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
We here at Labrottie give the Doberman Labrador mix five stars! The Doberdor needs a strong pack leader, that will not bend to whatever the dog wants. The Doberman Labrador Mix needs a good amount of exercise, love, training, and socialization to make this awesome breed a perfect match for you and your family.
If you don’t think that the Doberman Labrador mix is not the right fit for you, we have a close cousin to the Labrador Doberman mix. Which is the Rottweiler Doberman mix, they require a little bit more in training, but they may fit your needs better than the Doberdor.
Do you have a doberdor? If so we’d love to see your photos and to hear about your pup! You can send your photos, info, and question to us by email!
If you have decided on getting a Doberman Labrador mix, we have several other articles on dog names that may fit your new puppy!
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