Labahoula

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55-65 lbs
21-24"
United States
Labrador Retriever
Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog
A hardy, strong-willed and powerful hybrid, the Labahoula is breed that is a mix of the Labrador Retriever and Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog. These breeds are known for their distinctive leopard like spotted pattern, and bright eyes that may often be heterochromic (varying color). These hybrids will often retain the gentle loving nature of the Labrador and the fearless, protective will of the Catahoula Leopard Dog. The Labahoula is not a breed for the faint of heart, they are highly active, strong dogs that will require training throughout their life. These breeds are best suited to rural lifestyle or suburban homes with large backyards. 


Purpose
Companionship, guarding, watchdog
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Labrador Retriever and Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog

Labahoula Health

Average Size
Height: 22-26 inches Weight: 70-95 lbs
Height: 21-24 inches Weight: 55-65 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Cataracts
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Deafness
Occasional Tests
  • X-ray imaging
  • Regular Full Physical Examination By Veterinarian
  • Hearing Tests
  • Ophthalmic Examination

Labahoula Breed History

The history of the Labahoula remains a bit of a mystery as these designer hybrids are of recent origin. This hybrid is currently only registered with the Dog Registry of America, so it is possible that the breed was created in the United States. The Labrador Retriever is known as America's most famous breed. The Lab can be traced back to the St.John's Water Dog of Newfoundland, Canada, where the breed was used as a fish-net retrieving dog for fishermen. Named after the Labrador Sea, this canine has a tough history, nearing extinction in the 1880's due to tax impositions on ownership. English breeders saved the line and the Labrador Retriever was re-established in North America in the early 1900's. The Catahoula Leopard Dog, on the other hand, is a large-sized herding dog which shares common ancestry with the Nordic Wolfhound. These dogs were recognized for their versatile tracking, hunting and herding skills during the 1970's in the State of Louisiana.  Based on the Labahoula's parentage history, it can be speculated that this hybrid may serve as a companion, watchdog, guarding and hunting dog.

Labahoula Breed Appearance

Large, powerful and eye-catching are traits that describe this hybrid! You're certainly going to have many people glancing at your striking canine. The Labahoula is a breed that can stand up to 24 inches in height and can tip the scales at 95 lbs. These dogs tend to have a broad wedge-shaped head, long muzzles, and ears that flop down to the level of the jaw-line. There are two very distinctive features of this hybrid. The first is its eyes, which can come in hazel, blue, or amber, or both eyes showing different colors, a term referred to as heterochromia. The second most notable feature about this hybrid is its patchy, leopard coat that is often patterned in dark blue, black or dark brown. These hybrids are likely to retain their water-repellent coat from their Labrador parent and for the most part, coats tend to be short and close to the skin.
Eye Color Possibilities
Blue
Hazel
Brown
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
Black
Brown
Isabella
Coat Color Possibilities
Sable
Fawn
Red
Black
Brindle
Red
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Labahoula Breed Maintenance

The Labahoula is considered a low maintenance dog. They are not hypoallergenic and are not known to be heavy droolers. This busy, attractive dog is a seasonal shedder and will need to be brushed with a deshedding tool during the summer months. The breed does not require weekly grooming and may not require regular bathing. Bathing should be done when needed. Other important maintenance requirements include brushing your hybrid's teeth a few times a week in order to prevent dental disease. Trimming their nails every few weeeks is another important requirement if they are not worn down through exercise; tearing and cracking of the nail may result otherwise. Lastly, ears must be checked and cleaned every 6 to 12 weeks for signs of debris, wax build up or infection.
Brushes for Labahoula
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Deshedder
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Labahoula Temperament

The Labahoula is a well-tempered, gentle breed that will do great with children and other pets if socialized well during puppyhood. The Labahoula can have a very dominating, alpha-like personality with behavior that may need to be monitored and even toned down through training, so it's important to be cautious when your dog meets a new face. For the most part, these hybrids are instinctively loyal companions to their families but they can get wild and naughty if left alone too long. Due to their dominating nature, its highly recommended that owners supervise their dog whenever he is around other dogs, pets or children.

Labahoula Activity Requirements

A highly active breed, the Labahoula is not for couch potatoes. They require strong, confident owners who will take on the role of alpha. These hybrids require at least 90 minutes or more of daily physical activity. Activities your hybrid may enjoy include long runs, agility course training, field work, herding, playing at dog parks, hikes and swimming. Due to their size and their activity needs, these breeds are best suited to a rural or suburban lifestyle where they will have plenty of space in which to roam and expend energy.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
15 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes

Labahoula Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.8 - $2
Monthly Cost
$50 - $60

Labahoula Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 32 lbs
Height: 11 inches Weight: 22 lbs
12 Months
Height: 22 inches Weight: 60 lbs
Height: 21 inches Weight: 50 lbs
18 Months
Height: 24 inches Weight: 80 lbs
Height: 22 inches Weight: 65 lbs

Labahoula Owner Experiences

Herbie
1 Year
4 People
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It’s been an amazing journey watching Herbie turn one. Great companion and adores everyone ❤️
1 month, 3 weeks ago
Nola
3 Months
4 People
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So trainable, super lovable, needs tons of exercise, can be very stuborn
2 weeks, 2 days ago
Kennedy
9 Months
2 People
Apartment
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Pastimes
Playing Ball
Tug-of-war
going on walks
Going to the dog park
We got her at 3 months from the pound. She was easy to train and knows both verbal commands and hand signs. We did have to switch her food because Iams was giving her stomach issues. Even though she knows her commands and what to do she still has a mind of her own and will attempt to ignore you because she does not want to follow directions. Love having her. Vet things she will be 80-90 pounds
4 days, 20 hours ago
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