Labbe Dog (Labrador Retriever & Beagle Mix)

Height: 19-24 inches
Weight: 25-45 pounds
Lifespan: 10-15 years
Colors: Black, black and brown, black and white, brown/chocolate, white/cream, combinations
Suitable for: All types of families
Temperament: Cheerful, playful, curious, courageous, and loyal

The Labbe is what you get when you combine two of the most family-friendly dogs on the planet; the Labrador Retriever and the Beagle. This is one extremely sweet canine that will be a joy to have.

While Labbes can get quite large, they do well in small spaces, too. Thanks to their even temperament and laid-back nature, this dog loves lounging while waiting for an opportunity to please you.

Are you interested in this gem of a pet? Here is everything you need to know about the Labbe.

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Labbe Puppies – Before You Buy…

labbe puppy
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Energy
Trainability
Health
Lifespan
Sociability

Labbes are designer dogs. A designer dog is that which results from crossing two pure breeds. For a canine to be considered a pure breed, it must come from generations of pure breeds, with papers to back that claim up. Consequently, purebred puppies usually exhibit traits that are characteristic of their breed.

As a result, one of the main benefits of purchasing a pure breed from a reputable breeder is that you can forecast how the puppy will turn out.

With designer dogs such as Labbes, however, you do not have that luxury. Since its parents are from different breeds, it could inherit traits from either side. Rarely does a designer dog receive a 50/50 share of its parent’s genetics; one parent’s genetic code will be expressed more than the other’s will. This means that even among pups from the same litter, they can vary significantly in looks and behavior.

Fortunately, since Labrador retrievers and beagles are both excellent companion dogs, you should not be too worried about your Labbe pup turning out to be a pain.

Owing to its heritage, the Labbe is a high-energy animal. Sorry if you are looking for a lap dog.  This means that you’ll need to stimulate it with enough exercise to keep it satisfied and stimulated. We are talking about an hour of play or walking every single day with no excuses. But there won’t be a single dull day because you can jog with your furry friend, run, bike, or play fetch.

It’s a healthy dog that will live for up to 15 years.

What is the Price of Labbe Puppies?

Labbe pups go for anywhere between $500 and $1,000 depending on the breeder. Be warned. The market today is littered with disingenuous breeders looking to prey on unsuspecting customers.

The danger of purchasing from disreputable breeders lies in the fact that the parents of the hybrid will rarely be purebreds themselves. This results in pups that might display traits that are not characteristic of either Labs or Beagles. We have already established the detailed generational breeding that a dog has to go through for it to be called a purebred.

Therefore, it is important to do your research on a breeder before you purchase from them. Fortunately, in the internet age, that research couldn’t be any easier. Simply look for breeders on Google and then check each one of them out individually.

Most good breeders will also have detailed social media pages. Check out the following things:

User Engagement

A reputable breeder knows their stuff, and that will be displayed by the quality of their posts. They are not only keen on selling pups, but also providing valuable information to their audience. They typically have hundreds to thousands of followers or subscribers.

They Post Regularly

Reputable breeders are passionate about their art, meaning they are always updating their followers about their recent ventures. They will talk about any new dogs or give progress reports on their older ones.

Customer Feedback

Due to their professionalism, a reputable breeder has no doubt sold to some people on their follower base already. Such customers will often leave comments or remarks about their experience with a breeder. You can use those comments to make a decision on whether to buy or not.

Take a Virtual Tour

A reputable breeder will not be afraid to give their followers a virtual tour of their yard. Expect to see clean and spacious cages, as well as happy dogs.

Of course, not everyone moves with the tide, and some good breeders might have zero presence online. Do not dismiss them. Call them up and request a tour of their premises. This way, you will physically get to see the pups and see first-hand their living conditions.

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3 Little-Known Facts about Labbes

The following are some things that you might not know about this designer breed:

1. The Labbe is also known as the Labbe retriever, Labeagle, or the Beagador.

2. It is recognized by four canine organizations.

3. It can be eager to please like the Labrador or stubborn like the Beagle, depending on who it takes after more.

parent breeds of the Labbe
Parent breeds of the Labbe | Left: Labrador Retriever, Right: Beagle (Image credit: Pixabay)

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Temperament & Intelligence of the Labbe

Since the temperament and intelligence of a Labbe depends on the parent it takes after more, it is necessary that we have a brief overview of each parent so you can know what traits to expect.

Labrador Retriever

The lab traces its roots to the 1800’s Canada, where it was bred as a multipurpose dog. Labs, however, are especially gifted at hunting and retrieving, and do not mind swimming.

These dogs have an extreme eagerness to please, which is what makes them excellent companions, as well as family dogs. While incredibly strong, their attitude is laid-back, meaning they will only move to accompany you.

As a result, training a Labrador should not be difficult, thanks to their high intelligence and eagerness to please you.

Beagles

Beagles originate from 15th Century England, where they were bred for tracking various games. Thanks to their high intelligence, they pick up new tricks easily. However, they can be stubborn and independent at times, meaning that training and socialization are important from an early age.

Additionally, due to their scent-tracking abilities, beagles are extremely curious and inquisitive, which is what usually results in their stubbornness. Generally, however, beagles are sweet-natured and love pleasing their family. They are also extremely energetic.

If you adopt a Labbe, expect a sweet, intelligent dog that could be a ball of energy.

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

Labbes require a diet that is high in protein and fat. However, considering that it is a designer breed, it is best to have a vet evaluate the dog first before you embark on any type of diet. This is because the nutritional needs of Labbes vary greatly even among pups from the same litter.

Exercise 🐕

Both Labs and Beagles were bred for hunting. As such, a Labbe is a dog that requires vigorous exercise to exercise those instincts. Exercise will also help them avoid becoming overweight. Consider giving your pup about an hour of exercise every day. If you have lots of space outside, you can allow them to do their thing – as long as it is safe.

Grooming ✂️

A Labbe will take after one parent more. If they take after their Labrador parent, they could be black, chocolate, or yellow. If they look more like their Beagle parent, they will spot a coat whose color can vary widely, ranging from white and brown to blue and black.

Size also varies significantly between Labbes. Some can be 19 inches tall, weighing 30 pounds. In contrast, some can reach 24 inches of height and up to 80 pounds in weight. When it comes to coat style, most Labbes sport a short, dense coat.

Facially, Labbes tend to take after their Beagle parents, while sporting the torso of a Lab. Consider brushing the doggo’s coat 2 – 3 times per week, while bathing them occasionally.

Training 🎾

While the dog comes with a good dose of intelligence, it has a short concentration span, which can get in the way of training. But this is one dog that lives to please its master. This means that it will be easy to train if you approach it in the right way. For example, using treats as a reward. It scores very well in sociability, but you must socialize it from early on in life.

Health & Conditions 🏥

Fortunately, thanks to being a hybrid, the Labbe is not prone to common health conditions that afflict dogs. However, they can be susceptible to diseases that affect their parents, such as elbow dysplasia, gastric torsion, congenital heart defect, and epilepsy.

The good news is that most Labbes are not affected by those conditions and usually live a happy and healthy life.

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Male vs Female

There is no visible or temperamental difference between male and female Labbes unless the female has not been spayed. In which case, she will tend to be heavier than a male.

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Conclusion

The Labbe is a mix of two of the most adored dog breeds in the world. This means you will be getting two delightful dogs in one package. Nonetheless, to experience what it is like to have a Labbe as a companion, you must ensure that what you adopt is, in fact, a true Labbe. The first step, therefore, is to find a reputable breeder.

The next step? Share your experience with others!


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