When you are buying a new dog, you should do all of the possible research on the breed so that you may be as prepared as you can be.
The last thing you will want to do is bring a dog into your home when you are unprepared to deal with it. Let’s go over the Labernard, one of my favorite mixed breeds.
The Labernard is a mix of the two breeds that you would expect from looking at the name: the Labrador Retriever and the Saint Bernard.
Both of these dogs have immense reputations to uphold, so let’s take a look at how they translate to a mix between both of these breeds.
Over the course of today’s guide, I will be going over every detail that you will want to know about the Labernard, including appearance, behavior, and much more.
Of course, you can always feel free to skip down to the section of this guide that concerns you, but you may miss out on some vital info.
Labernard Puppies – Before You Buy…
There are a few things that you will want to consider before you go running out of your house in search of the nearest Labernard breeder, and this is the section where I’ll be handling them.
Everything from pricing to availability will be gone over, and then I will get to further details.
What Price are Labernard Puppies?
This dog breed may be exceptional, but that is usually accompanied by another similar-sounding word: expensive.
The Labernard is not a cheap breed by any stretch of the imagination, so you will have to be prepared to fork over a hefty sum of money when you buy one of these puppies.
The usual price of these dogs is around 1500 dollars, though that depends on where you are located and how many breeders are in competition around your area.
You may find Labernards available for cheaper, but I wouldn’t rely on it unless you live in an area where they are abundant.
How to Find a Reputable Labernard Breeder?
When looking for the best breeder for your Labernard, you will want to conduct a search that encompasses the entirety of your surrounding area and even further.
Going that extra mile (sometimes quite literally) can end up saving you hundreds of dollars on a puppy, so don’t be afraid to search far and wide.
Once you have found a breeder, ask around in the local community to determine whether or not there have been any rumors or other issues involving them.
If your breeder seems reliable, you can then move on to visiting their home and taking a look at the puppies they have available.
3 Little-Known Facts About Labernard Puppies
- The Labernard is one of the heaviest mixed breeds in the world, and that makes for a pretty substantial puppy, but they are not as large as you would expect. When these dogs are young, they tend to be surprisingly small, though they will quickly grow out of their puppy phase.
- Labernard puppies tend to be exceptionally cute because of the proportions between their heads and their bodies. Due to the excessive amount of fluff on their heads when they are small, Labernards look like their heads are far too big for them.
- Even when it is younger, the Labernard will eat a massive amount of food for a puppy. You will have to be prepared to feed your Labernard as much food as a super-large dog and even more. We’ll take a closer look at this in the diet section.
Physical Traits of the Labernard
When your Labernard grows up, the first thing you will notice is the sheer size of the dog, and its shaggy fur is a characteristic trademark of the Saint Bernard.
The wildness of this dog’s fur is managed by the Labrador genes in the mix since that dog has relatively short fur.
The fur is the most distinctive part of this dog once you get past the size of it.
From the softness to the sheer thickness, it looks like this dog is covered with a carpet more than a layer of fur.
Of course, that coat also helps the Labernard withstand the harshest of blizzards.
Keep in mind that dogs with a high proportion of Labrador in the mix will have a thinner coat that may not be able to handle the cold with so few issues.
You will always want to make sure that your particular dog is comfortable with the weather instead of generalizing based on its breed.
How Big is a Full-Grown Labernard?
This is it. The section you have been waiting for the whole article. Nearly every dog lover has heard stories about the size of the Saint Bernard and I’m sure that some of you have even owned one.
Labernards can sometimes get as large as pure Saint Bernards, but they are often slightly smaller.
The inclusion of Labrador retriever in the mix means that these dogs will usually be a bit smaller than you would expect.
The weight range of this breed is between 100 to 200 pounds, which is massive. When it comes to height, the Labernard will top out at 25 inches, with a minimum of around 22 inches.
What is the Life Expectancy of the Labernard?
Since these dogs are so massive, it is an unfortunate fact of life that they don’t tend to live as long as many other breeds.
A healthy Labernard can expect to live between 8 and 12 years, which is a rather wide range that depends quite a bit on how big your dog is, with larger examples dying sooner.
Finding a dog that lives a long time may be important to some owners, especially those that grow very closely attached to their pets, so it is a shame that the Labernard has this short lifespan.
While the Labernard does not live long, it is still a relatively healthy breed, but we’ll look at those matters shortly.
Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Labernard
When looking to buy a dog, you will always want to know how it behaves and how smart it is, and the Labernard is excellent in both of those departments.
Both of the parent breeds of this mix are highly intelligent dogs that were raised for hunting, and the Saint Bernard is well-known as a savior dog.
Due to the impressive intellect of the Labernard’s parent breeds, it comes as little surprise that these dogs are also smart.
Unlike some intelligent dogs, the Labernard is not cold and standoffish, instead showing a sweet demeanor that is also reminiscent of the dogs from which it is descended.
The Labernard is an excellent choice for a family dog, but for all of its size, it is typically not a protector.
However, you will find that the Labernard is large enough to deter most potential thieves and vandals from your property if that is a real concern of yours.
All in all, the Labernard is a gentle giant that still has impressive instincts. The Saint Bernard has a legendary sense of smell, and the same is true for this breed.
The Labernard’s Diet
If you are going to purchase one of these dogs, you have to be informed in advance that it will try its hardest to eat you out of house and home.
Few dogs are as willing to eat at all times as the Labernard, and that makes sense due to the dog’s massive energy expenditure.
The Labernard uses more energy on its metabolism than a small dog does when running around in circles (and that’s only a half-joke!), making the Labernard a hungry breed.
You will have to be ready to feed your Labernard at least 4 cups of food per day, and that number can increase even further.
How Much Exercise Does the Labernard Need?
It is recommended that the Labernard get around 15 miles of running or walking exercise per week to ensure that they don’t grow fat.
Since these dogs are so big and they eat so much, they are at rather significant risk of getting obese should they not be exercised often enough.
Even worse is the fact that the Labernard isn’t exactly energetic, meaning that this breed will not go out of its way to get exercise like some smaller dogs.
If you don’t have time to take your dog out consistently, then it is likely that the Labernard is not the right dog for you.
Labernard Health and Conditions
The Labernard is prone to a moderate number of health issues of varying degrees of severity. If you don’t want to deal with vet visits, the Labernard may not be an ideal choice of dog.
The sheer size of this breed is the most significant contributing factor to the many issues that it can face.
- Hip dysplasia
- Digestive tract problems
- Eye problems
- Ear infections
What are the best types of toys?
Toys are merely not just objects rather they should be considered as tools that can be used by you to always keep your dog interested and stimulated.
Toys are a way for you to bond with your Labernard pup and also a way for you to always have a good time during your play sessions with your pup.
When you start looking at toys as tools that are essential to the wellbeing and growth of your dog, you start to realize the variety of things you can do with each specific toy.
It is advised that you use different toys for different times and purposes so that your Labernard pup associates different meanings with different toys.
Even before you bring your Labernard pup into your household, it is important that you go out and buy the first toy for your pup.
Make sure that the toy you get isn’t too big and is either a small ball that is easy to roll about or a chew toy with a flavor that piques the interest of your dog.
This first toy should be kept beside the dog in its crate and will act as a relief giver and a companion to your pup.
Make sure to always take your time and show your Labernard pup how to play with a toy instead of just putting it near it and expecting it to learn on its own.
Since the Labernard is a fairly intelligent dog breed, it wouldn’t be hard for you to teach it new tricks and games with the toys you buy for it.
Make sure to always keep the best toys not lying around the house rather hidden so that you can always excite your dog with a toy of its liking.
3 Important Training Tips
The Labernard is among the largest of all the designer dog breeds ever brought into being, yet remains something of a stubborn large pooch also.
This can make training difficult, especially for inexperienced dog owners.
Many such owners turn to expensive professionals for help, but you needn’t do so if you have a few solid leads on how to train a Labernard under your belt.
- Patience, patience, patience
Changing the mind of this obstinate dog can be like trying to move a mountain.
You need to be incredibly patient in developing both your relationship with this pet as a voice of authority, and of convincing him or her that your version of how to behave is the right one!
If this seems impossible, consider how the stubbornness of this dog will eventually be to your advantage.
Once your Labernard has got certain skills and tricks in their minds, they’ll never forget them!
- Stay positive and praise lots
You might have to bring out some of your acting skills when praising your Labernard dog.
These dogs don’t handle criticism well, but similarly won’t really bat an eyelid at you simply smiling and saying they’re a good boy or girl.
Instead, you’ll have to cheer and hug and make a huge fuss over your Labernard when they follow through on their training. They’ll remember, thanks to this, that they did well.
- Let treats do the talking
As cheap as it may sound, and as much as you have to be careful of overfeeding your pet, the fact is that Labernard dogs respond overwhelmingly well to food-based reward training.
You’re still wise to keep the portions small and the frequency of dishing them out rather low, but these tidbits will make a world of difference.
The Labernard is a calm and contented big dog, and so grooming this dog is a low fuss affair that can be enjoyable for both your animal and you, the owner.
However, with so many of us so busy, it’s also good to know that this doesn’t have to be something that happens too frequently.
This is good in a way, as there’s a lot of dogs to cover when it comes to grooming your Labernard – you’ll want to set aside at least an hour for these sessions, making sure to brush and groom all of your pet’s limbs, back, belly and more.
Spend some time also examining his or her nose, ears, claws and eyes, and make note of anything out of the ordinary you find – these are often signs that your dog’s health is not at its best.
The fur coat of this crossbreed tends to be short and naturally quite smooth and low maintenance.
The natural oils of your pet and their tendency to groom themselves from time to time means that you only need to groom them yourselves once a month or so.
You’re welcome to groom your dog more often, especially if you find it a good way of bonding with your Labernard.
However, keep in mind that grooming too often will diminish your dog’s natural oils in the skin, and can actually cause the fur coat and skin some harm in the long run if it carries on.
My Final Thoughts on the Labernard
If you insist on getting a dog that is absolutely massive and you want it to be a mixed breed, few options can match the Labernard.
If you are willing to deal with some potential health problems, then the Labernard will not give you too much trouble, and it will be one of your sweetest companions.
Emily started this blog out of pure passion. She LOVES her 3 dogs; Chew Barka, Cooper & Nelson, and spends countless hours every day playing with them.
When she’s not nerding out on dogs, you’ll find her on a snowboard or in the kitchen baking chocolate brownies.
She’s been featured in PetAware, Dogtime, and ModernDog.
- Labernard Puppies – Before You Buy…
- Physical Traits of the Labernard
- Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Labernard
- The Labernard’s Diet
- Labernard Health and Conditions
- My Final Thoughts on the Labernard