Lab Pei

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45-60 lbs
United States
Labrador Retriever
Shar Pei
Shar-Pei Lab

An independent, loyal companion, the Lab Pei is a medium to large breed dog that's a hybrid of the Labrador Retriever and the Chinese Shar-Pei. The history of these hybrids remains a little mysterious as the sudden rise and popularity in creating designer breeders only arose within the last 20 years. Nevertheless, it can be speculated that the hybrid may have originated around the 2000s, likely in North America. The Lab Pei is considered a low maintenance dog, requiring very little grooming. These dogs are often described as nippy, naughty breeds and so they are aren't recommended for homes with younger children. The Lab-Pei is a strong breed that often has a very muscular, compact physique. They are moderately active dogs that very rarely bark. They can be quite well suited to an apartment or urban lifestyle.

Watchdog, companionship
Date of Origin
Labrador Retriever and Shar-Pei

Lab Pei Health

Average Size
Height: 20-23 inches Weight: 45-75 lbs
Height: 18-22 inches Weight: 45-60 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Demodicosis
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia
  • Atopy Dermatitis
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus
Minor Concerns
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Cataracts
  • Seborrhea
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Obesity
  • Selective IG A Deficiency
  • Diabetes
Occasional Tests
  • Skin Scraping
  • X-ray imaging
  • Optical Examination
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Regular Full Physical Examination By Veterinarian

Lab Pei Breed History

Lab-Pei’s seem to be a relatively new designer dog breed that may have only recently emerged during the 21st century. We can speculate that they are indigenous to the United States as they are currently only recognized by the Dog Registry of America. The Lab-Pei gets its proud, protective nature from the Chinese Shar-Pei which is an ancient medium sized dog that was believed to have first been spotted around Southern China over 2000 years ago. During the Han Dynasty, the Shar-Pei mainly served as a versatile breed that worked on fields, farms and in palaces often partaking in activities such as hunting, herding and guarding. Unfortunately, these dogs were hunted and killed to near extinction when the People’s Republic of China was first established; this was because communist parties believed that the ownership of dogs was considered an influence of the western world. The Labrador Retriever is a famous Canadian breed that originated from St. John's, Newfoundland during the 1800s. Labradors are notorious for their water-retrieving and swimming skills. These breeds originally served as a fishing net retrieving dog for the fishermen that owned them. When the Labrador was introduced to the United Kingdom their main purpose changed to hunting, flushing and retrieving wild game. Today, the Labrador ranks as America's most popular breed. These multi-talented dogs now serve a more noble purpose working as service, guide, and police dogs.

Lab Pei Breed Appearance

The Lab Pei is a strong built, compact breed. They may be medium in size but don't let their smaller size fool you, as they are designed for strength. The Lab Pei typically has a very short and dense coat that may be water resistant; this is a trait they inherit from their Labrador lineage. These hybrids don't tend to be heavily wrinkled like their parent breed the Shar-Pei, but they will have very mild folds and wrinkles around their forehead. The Lab-Pei will have small, dark almond shaped eyes that appear alert. Ears are set high on the head and are semi-flopped down, with a pointed tip. Skulls are wide and broad, while their muzzle tends to be medium in length. These breeds have very broad shoulders, heavy, deep chests, and strong limbs. Tails are set high, are strong and semi-curved. 

Eye Color Possibilities
Nose Color Possibilities
Coat Color Possibilities
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Lab Pei Breed Maintenance

The Lab Pei is considered an average to low maintenance breed as they don't require extensive grooming. This hybrid is not hypoallergenic and can be a high drooler. You may need to keep a couple of drool cloths within your reach. The Lab-Pei requires brushing monthly in order to remove debris and loose fur and to distribute natural oils. Should your hybrid tend to have more wrinkles and folds on their skin, it is essential that these folds be cleaned on a regular basis in order to prevent bacteria and yeast buildup. Bathing should be done as needed, however, it is highly recommended that owners properly wipe down their hybrid with a damp wet cloth, paying special attention to folds in the skin, foot pads, anal region and eye region. As with all dogs, regular teeth brushing is essential in order to maintain good oral hygiene and prevent dental disease. Ears shoult be cleaned and checked on a regular basis for signs of infection and nails should be trimmed if not worn down.

Brushes for Lab Pei
Slicker Brush
Flea Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Lab Pei Temperament

The Lab Pei makes a great family companion for owners looking for an independent yet playful dog. This hybrid tends to have a very loyal and protective nature, making it an excellent watch and guard-dog. However, due to this protective nature, they may not take well to other dogs and strangers. The Lab-Pei will also not tolerate rough or grubby hands. They are not recommended for homes with young children and will be better off with older kids. If you plan on getting a Lab Pei, expect to devote a lot of time to obedience training. These dogs can get quite possessive and dominant, so they are better suited to an experienced owner. Though these hybrids may not do well with children and other pets, it is important to remember that socialization at their puppy stage will help them become more friendly and tolerant of others. This is why it is important to enrol your young hybrids in puppy school.

Lab Pei Activity Requirements

If you're an owner looking for an apartment-friendly hybrid, the Lab Pei is a perfect match.  Lab Pei's are a medium energy breed which means they don't require a lot of exercise and running in order to fulfil their energy needs. On average, they will be quite satisfied with  60 minutes of physical activity per day.  These are canines that may enjoy activities such as playing fetch, swimming, going for short runs or long walks, hiking and play time with their owners or other dogs. After a couple of walks and play-time, you can expect your Lab-Pei to simply relax and lay by your feet.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Lab Pei Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.8 - $1.9
Monthly Cost
$40 - $50

Lab Pei Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 27 lbs
Height: 17 inches Weight: 22 lbs
12 Months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 50 lbs
Height: 19 inches Weight: 45 lbs
18 Months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 65 lbs
Height: 20 inches Weight: 60 lbs

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