Labmaraners: A Complete Guide

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The Labmaraner is a hybrid breed of the Labrador Retriever and the Weimaraner. Both are well-known as great hunting dogs, which makes the Labmaraner a really special breed.

Whether you need a hunting dog or you are looking for one of the best companions that you will ever have, this dog will serve you well for their entire lives.

The Labrador Retriever has been around for over a hundred years and was bred specifically to aid hunters in retrieving game that had just been shot down.

They are especially good when it comes to duck hunting. They have no problem leaping straight into the water and fetching the floating ducks for their masters.

A Labmaraners sitting outdoors
The Labmaraners are incredibly loyal.

Labs also have an amazing sense of smell and are also used by law enforcement for drug detection and for assistance with searching for missing persons.

Weimaraners also make great retrieving dogs, and that is their main purpose today.

Originally, however, they were bred to hunt large and dangerous game like boars, bears, and big bucks.

They are very fast dogs, and their body looks a lot like a Greyhound or other racing breed.

Because of their good noses, Weimaraners excel at finding a lost game.

Oftentimes when hunters shoot down game in the forest, they can run for up to a mile and can easily get lost.

If you had a Weimaraner with you, however, you would easily be able to find your downed prey. They can follow a scent trail through almost any terrain.

With parent breeds like these, you have a guaranteed recipe for success. When you combine the Labrador and the Weimaraner, you get one of the best-hunting dogs that you could ever own.

They are strong, loyal, fast, and have excellent noses. Labmaraners have a lot of energy and develop close relationships with their human families.

They are incredibly sociable as well. They love to meet new dogs and new people, which means that their favorite place to be is at your local dog park.

Labmaraners are wonderful with kids as well and will watch over your entire family as if they were their own pups.

Labmaraner Puppies – Before You Buy…

Although you will likely fall in love with your Labmaraner the moment you see it, there are still several things that one should consider before they purchase one of these dogs.

They have a lot of energy and can be quite a handful to train. Let’s take a look at some of the most commonly asked questions by new owners.

What Price are Labmaraner Puppies?

One of the best things about these big dogs is that they aren’t expensive. Both of the parent breeds are very popular and can be found just about anywhere in the United States and abroad.

A Labmaraner puppy will usually run you around $850, but depending on a range of factors, they can be as cheap as $600.

Labrador Retrievers usually cost around $1,000, and the Weimaraner usually goes for $600, which means that this is a fair price to pay for the Labmaraner.

In addition to this, female Labradors are known for having large litters which means that you may be able to find a great deal on one if the breeder is trying to get rid of extra puppies.

How to Find Reputable Labmaraner Breeders?

The good thing about these dogs is that most breeders will not try to pull one over on you. These dogs aren’t very expensive which gives them no motivation to do so.

Besides this, the Labmaraner has a very specific look to it.

Sometimes, if you go to a breeder who doesn’t know their dogs (usually small family breeders), they will confuse their Labmaraner for a purebred Labrador Retriever and try to get you to pay extra.

However, this is a very uncommon scenario and isn’t something that you need to worry about in most cases.

3 Little-known facts about Labmaraner puppies

  1. Labmaraners form deep bonds with their human families. They will love and care for every member of their family in an equal amount.
  2. These dogs are very headstrong which can make training them a bit difficult. However, once they learn their place, you find them to be very obedient dogs who will not give you any trouble.
  3. Even as puppies, Labmaraners have tons of energy and are happiest if they are given at least 45 minutes a day of outdoor playtime.

Physical Traits of the Labmaraner

A mix of the Labrador Retriever and the Weimaraner
The Labmaraners can grow as tall as two feet off of the ground.

In appearance, the Labmaraner takes after both parent breeds equally. They are medium to large-sized dogs, with long bodies and a prominent nose.

The main difference can be seen in their legs. The Weimaraner has a few extra inches on their legs than the traditional Lab does.

This transfers over and is visible in the Labmaraner’s long legs. This makes them very fast runners, and they can outrun almost any other retrieving dog.

Their fur is thick and has a medium length. They get this from the Labrador Retriever.

Weimaraners tend to have silky, short-cropped hair, whereas Retrievers tend to have long, coarse-textured hair.

The Labmaraner’s coat is almost always dependent on the color of the father, and they tend to take after them the most.

Grey, brown, cream and black are the most common colors that you will see, and they are rarely spotted or multi-colored.

If they spend a lot of time outside and eat a protein-rich diet, then these dogs can grow to be very muscular.

Labmaraners that are used exclusively for hunting have been known for their ripped appearance.

Their shoulders and front legs are the most prominent and can become very defined through long-distance running sessions.

How Big is a Full-Grown Labmaraner?

Depending upon the size of the parents, a full-grown Labmaraner can easily grow up to 90 pounds. This classifies it as a large dog.

Once in a while, you may get the runt of a litter who won’t weigh more than 60 pounds, but this is rare as both dogs tend to have very consistent litters.

Looking at their height, they can grow as tall as two feet off of the ground, but it’s most common to see them right around 21 inches tall.

These tall dogs will need a lot of space, and a wide-open backyard to run around. It’s not a good idea to keep these dogs cooped up in a small apartment or a cage.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Labmaraner?

These dogs have a fairly average lifespan of around 12 years. If they are well taken care of, then they can easily live up to 15 years old.

They will maintain their activity levels for about 80% of their life, but you will notice that they become increasingly sedentary in their old age.

On the lower end of the spectrum, they may only live for 9 or 10 years, but this is uncommon.

The lower end statistic is usually the result of dogs that contract a disease or sustain a serious injury during hunting-related accidents.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Labmaraner

These dogs are incredibly loyal and loving.

Unlike many other dogs that tend to form an attachment to one particular family member, the Labmaraner will care for each member of the family equally. This makes them great for large families.

Labmaraners are also very good with children. They love roughhousing and running around and do not need personal space as smaller dogs do.

They are very sociable animals and will befriend just about anybody who they come into contact with. You can form a lasting bond with one of these dogs just by giving them a treat.

They have a very good memory as well, and will always be able to find their way home even if they do run off.

For the most part, the Labmaraner is a very happy dog. They can go through periods of depression if they are kept indoors for too long or if they lose a family member.

They get this trait from their Retriever heritage who are known for being very emotional dogs.

The Labmaraner’s Diet

A happy Labmaraner in the park
The Labmaraners are great with children.

These dogs can grow very large and will need to be fed at least 3 cups of food every day.

They will be happiest if they are fed throughout the day and if their food is evenly split between breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

If they aren’t fed enough, you can expect to come home one day to the contents of your refrigerator strewn across the kitchen floor.

How Much Exercise Does a Labmaraner Need?

The Labmaraner has a boundless amount of energy. Before you buy one of these dogs, you need to make sure that you have a large backyard or a nearby park for them to run around in.

If you have a busy schedule, it’s a good idea to take them on a 20-minute walk in the morning, and then to let them run around in the evening for another 30 or 40 minutes.

Labmaraners do best with a total of 1 to 2 hours a day of exercise.

Labmaraner Health and Conditions

Because of their long legs, they tend to develop joint pain in their later life.

This is usually the reason that older Labmaraners tend to spend a lot of time laying around.

This can lead to them becoming obese and developing diabetes in their later life, so make sure that when they do become sedentary, you adjust their diet accordingly.

Special Treats

Whether it is to reward your dog after a big accomplishment or simply to help your dog train better and with more energy, special treats are the way to every dog’s heart.

The Labramaner is no exception to this rule and due to its very active nature and a hunting drive, you should always be well equipped to present your pup with a treat whenever it deserves one.

Having special treats in your possession acts as a trump card against your Labramaner, especially in the early days when you’re only just starting training.

Since the Labramaner is known to be an active dog, you must keep meat-based treats in your possession.

Grain-based special treats are also fine but meat treats will be a notch above the rest and will excite your pup the most.

Meat-based special treats are also great for keeping the teeth of your dog sharp as well as providing it with the energy levels it needs to sustain throughout the day.

Other than this if you’re taking your Labramaner out for a hunt and think meat would be a bit too much of a hassle to carry around then you can opt for other options.

Small dog biscuits in different flavors can be found in a variety of different brands and you need to choose the best one for you and your pup.

Small dog biscuits will allow you to always have a bunch in your pocket so that you can pull one out whenever you want to show your gratitude to your pup.

The Labramaner will also enjoy the chewy nature of the dog biscuits and will appreciate what you’re trying to do.

The importance of special treats should never be underestimated and you should always be prepared if you want your Labramaner to grow and train properly.

Final Thoughts on the LabmaranerA small Labmaraners face

If you are looking for a very energetic dog who will make a perfect family pet, then the Labmaraner is a great choice for you.

These dogs are also great for hunters. Their nose is comparable to a bloodhound, and they can run for hours at a time.

They are far cheaper than most purebred hunting dogs as well. If hunting isn’t your cup of tea, then this dog will also make a great companion.

They are loyal, caring, and will do just about anything to keep their human companions happy.

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