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Labmaraner

The Labmaraner is a hybrid or mixed breed from breeding together a Weimaraner with a Labrador Retriever. She is a large dog with a life span average of 10 to 12 years. She is a very friendly, social and lively dog and is multi-talented in areas such as guarding, retrieving, jogging, agility, watchdog and tricks.

This is a great dog but she is not for owners who are looking for an easy going low energy dog. She can be stubborn and she needs lots of exercise. She is also loyal, loving and well worth the extra outdoor activity!

Here is the Labmaraner at a Glance
Average height Up to 24 inches
Average weight 60 to 100 pounds
Coat type Short, flat and glossy
Hypoallergenic? No
Grooming Needs Low to moderate
Shedding Minimal to moderate
Brushing Two or three times a week
Touchiness Fairly sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Fairly low, can suffer from separation anxiety
Barking Occasional
Tolerance to Heat Good to very good
Tolerance to Cold Moderate to good
Good Family Pet? Very good to excellent
Good with Children? Good to very good with socialization
Good with other Dogs? Moderate to good, needs socialization
Good with other Pets? Good to very good
A roamer or Wanderer? Average
A Good Apartment Dweller? No
Good Pet for new Owner? Fairly good, need to be firm when training
Trainability Easy but he can be stubborn
Exercise Needs Very high
Tendency to get Fat Average to high
Major Health Concerns Bloat, vWD, Factor XI Deficiency, eye problems, Immune-mediated Disease, OCD, epilepsy, heart problems
Other Health Concerns Joint dysplasia, cold tail, ear infections
Life Span 10 to 12 years
Average new Puppy Price $150 to $700
Average Annual Medical Expense $485 to $600
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $510 to $610
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Where does the Labmaraner come from?

The Labmaraner is also known as a designer dog. In the last 25 years there has been a huge increase in the different hybrids or designer dogs being bred. Some are being done responsibly but a lot are just about making money for disreputable breeders jumping on the popularity of these dogs. Therefore take care where you buy from. A lot of these dogs do not have much known about them in terms of origins. The best way we can get a feel for them is to look at the parent dogs. The big differences in mixed dog breeding is there are no standards the breeders have to reach and puppies can have any mix of the parents, there is not much control the breeder can have over this. Even in the same litter there can be big differences.

The Labrador Retriever

Coming from Newfoundland in Canada the Labrador Retriever was bred at the start of the 1700s. They worked with fishermen bringing in hooks, lines and fish and so on and then were a family companion at the end of the day at home. They were then called St John's dogs named for the capital of Newfoundland. They were greatly admired for their disposition and work ethic by visiting Englishmen in the early 1800s and were taken back to England. There they were used to hunt and were called Labradors. It is actually a good thing they thrived so in England as in their place of origins they died out due to too strict breeding taxation. In the early 1920s they were imported from England to the US. They became very popular not just there but in other countries too.

The Lab today is a very intelligent, sweet and friendly dog. He is used in various fields as a working dog such as police work, army work, hunting, therapy to name a few. He is eager to please and loyal and is very easy to train. He has a lot of energy and needs to be very active mentally and physically. Labs can vary from being laid back to quite rowdy.

The Weimaraner

Bred in the Weimar court in Germany in the early 1800s the Weimaraner was a dog used for hunting in the day and to be a companion at night. He had speed, bravery, brains, endurance and an excellent nose. The exact breeds that went into him are not known precisely. As the big game grew scarce when population increased and industrialization began leading to shrinking forests they hunted smaller prey like foxes, birds and rabbits. In the late 1800s guidelines were strictly imposed on the breeding and selling of Weimaraners but in the late 1920s an American sportsman was allowed to bring to back to the US with him. These were neutered so he could not breed them but he remained determined and in the 1930s acquired some dogs he could breed. During World War II it was too hard for German breeders to hold their dogs so many more came over. While the quality of breeding fell in the 1950s leading to dogs with health and other problems since the 1990s this has been turned around.

Today he is friendly but alert and trains into an obedient dog. He can be brave and makes a great companion. He does have a strong will and can be restless. He is also intelligent but needs early socialization and training or he will try to take over the house. He can be naughty too otherwise. This breed can have problems with shyness and aggression and if your training is not helping you might need to seek assistance.

Temperament

The Labmaraner is a great dog who loves her chew toys and needs regular solid exercise or she can become poorly behaved. She is a gentle dog, loyal, affectionate but with a stubborn side. She is smart and good at problem solving. She loves attention and is keen to please and loves to be around the family. Labmaraners can suffer from separation anxiety if left alone for too long.

What does a Labmaraner look like

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She is a large dog weighing 60 to 100 pounds and standing up to 24 inches tall. She has a rounded head that is wide between the ears and a long muzzle. Her eyes are almond shaped and expressive and her ears flop over. Her body is muscular with a deep chest and strong legs. Her tail is long and she has a single short coat that is flat and shiny. Very occasionally a Labmaraner actually has long hair. Her coat colors include gray, brown, yellow, silver and black and her eyes can be gray, blue/gray or amber.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Labmaraner need to be?

This is a very active dog, she will need good solid exercise every day along with a lot of play. That exercise needs to stimulate her physically and mentally too. She is best suited therefore with owners who enjoy being active already. If she does not get that exercise she becomes very difficult. She will happily join you hiking, running, walking, camping, boating, biking and so on. She also loves to swim. Ideally she lives in a home with some room and has access to a yard to play and explore in. Once well trained she can even be allowed off leash as she likes to stay close to you anyway and is obedient.

Does she train quickly?

She is easy to train as she is smart and eager to please. She should even need less repetition than many other dogs when training. She loves her food so treats are a great motivator. Use positive methods and be firm and consistent. Her high energy levels mean that early socialization and training are key to help be better. Without consistency in her training behavioral issues may arise such as chewing. Even when you are established as leader she may test that dominance now and then so do not waver.

Living with a Labmaraner

How much grooming is needed?

She usually has a short coat and minimal shedding so grooming is fairly easy. Brush her two to three times a week and bathe her when she needs it. If you have one of the less common long haired Labmaraner she may need brushing more often to keep away the mats and snarls. Use a dog shampoo only. Brush her teeth at least 2 to 3 times a week, wipe clean her ears once a week and clip her nails if they get too long.

What is she like with children and other animals?

She is good with children and other pets if she has had early socialization and training. Otherwise a few can be fine with children she has been raised with but might be aggressive to ones she is not familiar with. Her exuberance means she should be supervised around younger children.

General information

She is alert and makes a good watchdog. She is an occasional barker and will need 4 to 5 cups of high quality dry dog food fed to her each day, divided into at least two meals. She is better in warmer climates but should be closely watched in cold ones.

Health Concerns

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When buying any designer dog there are a lot of bad breeders out there who will lie about the health of the dog to sell it. Avoid buying from them, ask to see health clearances and make sure you visit the puppy before you buy. The parents' health issues could be passed on to any of its offspring so the problems the Labmaraner are more prone to include bloat, vWD, Factor XI Deficiency, eye problems, Immune-mediated Disease, OCD, epilepsy, heart problems, joint dysplasia, cold tail and ear infections.

Costs involved in owning a Labmaraner

A puppy will cost anywhere between $150 to $700. She will need a bowl, collar, leash, crate, blood tests, deworming, vaccinations, spaying and a microchip. These will cost between $450 to $500. She will have medical costs for flea prevention, check ups, insurance and shots. These will be $485 to $600. Costs each year that are not medical in nature for things like toys, food, license, treats and training will be between $510 to $610.

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