Labbe (Labrador Retriever & Beagle Mix)

Making the decision to purchase a dog is an incredibly important one and a moment that you’re going to remember for the rest of your life.

Dog’s are so vital in someone’s life because they provide a type of love and companionship a normal friendship can’t provide, and it’s a bond that is going to last over a decade.

Whether you’ve grown up with dogs all your life, or you’ve never had one before, purchasing your first dog is going to inspire an intrinsic feeling of pure happiness.

However, dogs can be a lot of hard work at times. They can be fussy, sooky and a plethora of other things. But if you think about it, a human can as well.

A dog only wants the same thing we want from them, love. So it is important that you dedicate yourself to this dog, and commit to making sure it thrives every day.

Yes it can be hard, yes it can be stressful, but yes it’s always worth it.

Surprisingly, even though the Labrador Retriever and Beagle are two of the most popular breeds in the world, there isn’t much history regarding the Labbe.

It was first bred in the United States in the 90s, but details are alluding to why. Luckily, to learn more about this dog, we can delve into the rich history of its parent breeds.

The Beagle is a dog that is said to be thousands of years old, with ties dating back to ancient Greece.

However, the Beagle we know today was developed during the 1800s in Britain to hunt rabbits, hare and serve as an adorable companion for royalty.

Queen Elizabeth I owned a Beagle and would let it on the dinner table to entertain guests.

The Labrador Retriever, formerly known as St John’s Water Dog, was first bred during the 1700s in the Newfoundland of Canada.

It helped fishermen haul in nets and catch fish, hence its previous name. They were also gundogs in Great Britain.

However, over the years the Labrador Retriever has made its name as the ultimate companion and is the most popular dog breed in the United States.

Looking at this historical background, you can already tell that the Labbe is going to be an incredibly helpful dog.

It is going to want to do everything to please its owner and a hell of a lot more. It will be cute, loving and over the next few years, bound to rise in popularity like its purebred parents.

I have constructed this article for you to prepare for purchasing a Labbe, and to lay down the fundamentals for you to nurture and maintain one in your home.

As I said previously, dogs can be some hard work. Once you have scrolled through this guide, the job should seem much easier.

I will cover topics such as life expectancy, size, diet, exercise and physical traits, as well as other things.

By the time you’re done with this, you won’t only be ready to purchase a Labbe, but also ready to explore other dogs as well.

Are you interested in this extremely cute companion of a crossbreed? Then scroll on down to learn more.

Labbe: Before You Buy

A black Labbe sitting in snow
The Labbe needs a backyard to run around all day.

There’s a lot of things that go into purchasing your first puppy. There’s a lot of research and preparation to be done, and yes, it can be stressful.

However, if you follow steps that I outline today, it should be a breeze for you to kickstart your journey into dog ownership.

Before bringing the Labbe home, you need to analyze if you have enough space in your house truly. Now if you live in an apartment, I suggest you seek another dog.

The Labbe does not do well in enclosed spaces and will need a backyard to run around in.

You will also need to frequently socialize with your dog in order for it to assimilate into the domesticated world.

This may require you or your family altering your work schedule and daily activities to accommodate the puppy.

Other things that you will need to consider include your color choice, gender preference and your stance on spaying/neutering.

The latter is an especially tough one, as while this process does decrease the chances of several life-threatening diseases, it means your dog will never have puppies.

The choice is completely yours.

How much does a Labbe cost?

Let’s face it; dogs aren’t the cheapest of pets. Some can even cost $2000+, and it is quite daunting when trying to organize a budget that is best for yourself and your family.

The price of a dog is going to determine what size you can afford, what breeds you should be looking at and whether or not you’re in a position to purchase a dog in the first place.

Luckily, the Labbe is an incredibly cost-effective dog and will pose a great alternative for those who want the family-oriented traits of a Beagle, or Labrador Retriever, while not stretching their bank account too much.

A Labbe puppy is going to cost you around $300-$500 from a reputable breeder, which is considerably cheaper than both the $1000 price point of a Labrador Retriever, and a beagle.

While above is the listed price for a reputable breeder, there’s no telling how much you will pay when adopting, as it can be a small as $50.

However, expect a $175 adoption fee from most shelters.

While you aren’t going to find too many dogs cheaper than the Labbe, perhaps look at some smaller crossbreed hybrids if your budget is extremely tight.

How do I find a reputable breeder?

There are several things you need to look for in a breeder, to ensure that they are reputable and ethical.

The things you should analyze when visiting a breeder include:

  • The cleanliness, and spaciousness of where the dogs are kept before purchase.
  • The attentive effort that has been made to bathe, feed and groom these puppies.
  • The attentive effort the breeder has showcased in socializing these puppies.
  • The knowledge that the breeder has on the Labbe, Labrador Retriever and the Beagle.
  • The breeder’s effort when it comes to assisting you, as the buyer, with any information and equipment.

3 little-known facts about the Labbe

  1. Its parent breed, the Beagle, was said to be pocket-sized back in the 1800s, before developing in size over time.
  2. Because of its hunting and working background, the Labbe has an incredibly good sense of smell.
  3. The Beagle, its parent breed, is a direct descendant of the Talbot Hound, which is now extinct.

The Physical Traits of the Labbe

The Labbe is a mix of Labrador and Beagle
The Labbe is not a dog for an apartment.

Because the Labbe is a crossbreed, it will inherit traits of a Labrador Retriever, and a Beagle.

The appearance of the dog is going to differ every litter, and it can either resemble one of its purebred parents almost identically or appear as a perfect mix.

The Labbe is known to have a short, dense coat like the Labrador, which ranges through colors of white, black, brown, tan and red.

They are also known to be several different colors at once, with spots around its torso. It’s a large-sized dog, that is very stern and masculine.

It has a narrow head with ears flopping down the side. It has brown eyes, a black nose, and a long muzzle.

How big is a full-grown Labbe?

A Labbe is expected to grow to around 22 inches in length, with 19 being the minimum. This is larger than a Beagle but slightly smaller than a Labrador Retriever.

In terms of the mass, the Labbe will grow to around 38 pounds, with 23 being a common average. The male is generally bigger than the female.

What is the life expectancy of a Labbe?

The Labbe has a life expectancy of around 10-15 years, which is in the same ballpark as most large-sized breeds.

This is also in the same range as its parent breeds, the Labrador Retriever and Beagle.

Make sure to keep an eye on health, as this is a determining factor in how long a dog lives.

Temperament, Personality and Behavioural Traits of the Labbe

The Labbe inherits a lot of the popular traits that people have grown to love in both its parent breeds. The Labbe is loving, affectionate and is always down to play.

It is easy to train using snacks as a tactic in positive reinforcement and therefore is incredibly suited for first-time owners.

The Labbe is renowned for being good with children and quite gentle. It can be wary of strangers at first, and it will tend to howl a lot when left alone. However, these treats will fade in training.

The Dietary Requirements of the Labbe

A Labbe with a blue collar sitting in the snow
The Labbe can live up to 15 years.

The Labbe loves to eat various meats like chicken and beef, as well as stick to your typical dry dog food regime. It will eat 3 cups of food a day, costing around $50 a month.

How much exercise does the Labbe need?

The Labbe is a fairly active dog and will need 60 minutes of activity a day, along with 14 miles of walking per week.

It will enjoy activities such as hiking, jogging, running, frisbee, and walks along the beach.

Health Concerns and Conditions of the Labbe

Possible illnesses include:

Can it travel by car?

The Labbe is a born and bred family animal, and so as a general rule of thumb, wherever you and your loved ones go, this pooch is all too happy to follow.

Luckily, this means that getting your Labbe into the car is a pretty simple task.

This dog is likely to behave during the drive too, without leaping around barking at dogs he or she sees out of the window or otherwise making a nuisance of themselves.

This is a big relief to many people who have owned smaller dogs before and know how overexcited they can get in cars at times.

The Labbe is more inclined to regard the world going past the window with a measured sense of curiosity.

Because of that, you can largely leave this mixed breed to his or her own devices in the car – they especially enjoy having a fresh breeze come through the window, as well as scents and sounds besides.

Naturally, as with many dog breeds – and especially on hot days – frequent breaks on longer drives are very much a necessity to the health and well being of the Labbe.

Getting out of the car to stretch their legs, as much as your own, can help to break up the monotony of a trip.

Often, a Labbe will prefer to lie down and nap during a drive in the car, and you can help to make this process more comfy for your pet by having a blanket in the car for them to use – or by bringing their blanket, with all its scents built-in, with you on your driving trips together.

Labbe ConclusionA close up of the Labbe's face

Overall, the Labbe is a dog that inherits the amazing traits of its parent breeds.

No matter what type of owner you are, this dog will prove to be a great addition to your family.


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