What do you get when you combine the gentle temperament and happy-go-lucky nature of a Labrador with the loyal and affectionate Rottweiler? A Labrottie, of course. These big dogs are loving, devoted, and form strong bonds with every member of the family -- whatever you're doing, the Labrottie always wants to be right by your side.
Large and muscular, Labrotties are typically energetic creatures that need plenty of exercise. These gorgeous pooches have the temperament and intelligence to excel at a wide range of activities, so there's no shortage of fun and interesting outings you and your furry friend can enjoy together. Here are three of the best.
Help your Labrottie channel their inner pirate and search for treasure with this fun game. Labradors in particular are known for their strong sense of smell, and this versatile activity lets your pooch put their sniffing skills to the test.
How it works is simple: You hide high-value items, such as tasty treats or favorite toys, from your dog. Your dog then searches for the treasure, and when they find it, they're rewarded with a treat, some play time, and/or plenty of cuddles.
Best of all, you can play Treasure Hunt inside or out, so it's equally suitable for sunny and rainy days.
Labrotties are intelligent, energetic, and highly trainable dogs, all of which makes them highly suited to the doggy sport of agility. But you don't need access to a host of specialist equipment to let them try their paw at agility -- you can do this by setting up your own obstacle course using everyday items lying around the home.
If you're outdoors, garden furniture, trees, and even the humble garden hose will do the trick, or you can invest in some cheap PVC piping and timber if you want to get fancy. If there's enough space indoors, use your furniture (stools, cushions, etc), kids' toys, and whatever else you can find to create a challenging and stimulating course.