Labbe dogs are a cross between the beloved Labrador Retriever and the Beagle. This medium-sized breed usually has the laid-back, friendly personality of a Lab with the Beagle howl and love of digging.
The Labrador Retriever was originally bred to help fishermen catch fish, while the Beagle was used to hunt rabbits. As a result, your Labbe may have a very high prey drive, making them maybe not the best companions for cats and other small animals. Beagles are great watchdogs because of their attentiveness and curiosity. Those traits will likely pass onto the Labbe, as well as the Labrador Retriever’s sweetness and boundless energy.
Labbes are highly active dogs who are also very friendly and get along well with other dogs. They are perfect for dog parks, but you should expect other people to want to pet your pup a lot and ask what breed they are.
Given their medium size, it’s important to keep your eye on Fido at the park to make sure other dogs aren’t being too aggressive. Some people think dog parks are a social hour for the owners, but dogs can get in scuffles in seconds. Off-leash dog parks are a great place for your dog to run off all the energy and learn socialization skills, but probably not the best choice for you to practice your own.
Therapy dogs bring people comfort and relaxation in stressful situations. They are used in airports, nursing homes, and many other places. A dog like a Labbe is instantly relaxing because of their calm, friendly presence. Start with regular obedience classes to see if your pup would excel at being a therapy dog.Therapy dogs can work in any weather. While it doesn’t fulfill your pup’s daily exercise quota, it definitely provides the mental stimulation and the socialization they need to stay happy and healthy.
If your dog has been through an obedience class with flying colors, they would love agility classes. Labbe dogs are very inquisitive from the Beagle part of their heritage. Agility classes help keep your dog focused and not chase after every scent that tickles their snouts.
Agility courses can be done indoors or outdoors, if you want to set up your own course in your backyard. Classes can be a bit on the more moderate to expensive side, but your dog will love the praise they get for completing the course successfully and experienced trainers are worth every penny.
The Lab part of your Labbe was born and bred to swim! Used to hunting fish in fishing villages in Europe, most labs take to the water as if they were the fish. Beagles also enjoy swimming due to their curious nature.You can take your pup swimming in lakes or creeks, but be sure to use life vests. Even if your dog is a great swimmer, they can panic with the change of the wind.
Contrary to the saying, you really can always teach old dogs new tricks, especially dogs that are part Lab. Despite their sometimes goofy demeanor, Labrador Retrievers are extremely intelligent. Beagles are also a smart breed. A combined Labbe will have the intelligence and drive to learn new tricks easily.
New tricks can include new toys as a reward or just be encouraged with treats.
Your Labbe is full of energy and spunk. Agility courses, off-leash play time in dog parks and swimming are great ways to exercise your dog’s brain and their body at the same time. As a therapy dog, your pup can use their relaxed attitude to help calm people who are in hospitals, nursing homes or other scary situations.
Labbes do not like to be left alone and the Beagle in them will dig a way out if left unattended in a backyard. One of the reasons Labrador Retrievers are at the top of the most popular dog list every year is due to their intense loyalty to their owners.
Add these activities to your daily routines and you and Fido both will enjoy your family fun time.