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50-70 lbs
Airedale Terrier
Labrador Retriever
Nothing best describes the Lab'Aire than a smart, protective and friendly little dog who always seems to carry himself with a lot of confidence. These hybrids are a mix of the Labrador Retriever and Airedale  Terrier which are two heavy built, medium-sized breeds. Though the history of these hybrids remains somewhat cloudy, it can be speculated that the breed only recently arose likely within the last 15 to 20 years. These breeds are considered average maintenance and are seasonal shedders. Due to their parent breed history and fur coat density, it can be speculated that the breed does better in cooler climates. They often do well in family homes and environments but should be monitored when with children
Companionship, Watchdog
Date of Origin
Labrador Retriever and Airedale Terrier

Lab'Aire Health

Average Size
Male Lab'Aire size stats
Height: 22-24 inches Weight: 65-80 lbs
Female Lab'Aire size stats
Height: 21-23 inches Weight: 50-70 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Gastric Torsion
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus
Minor Concerns
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Cataracts
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Obesity
Occasional Tests
  • X-ray imaging
  • Ophthalmic Exam
  • Orthopedic
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Regular Full Physical Examination By Veterinarian

Lab'Aire Breed History

The history of the hybrid remains somewhat mysterious as the breed only recently emerged as hybrid likely in the 2000s.  However, the Labrador Retriever is a breed that served as a sporting dog which assisted hunters by fetching game or flushing prey. The breed originated from St. John's, Newfoundland which is a province in Canada. There, this strong canine assisted the fishermen with their nets in the cold sea. In the 1800s, many of the breed were shipped to England where they were used to assist wealthy huntsmen, which actually saved them from from extinction, their fate in Newfoundland. The breed was recognized by the AKC in 1917 as a Sporting breed. This friendly breed currently ranks as the number one most popular dog breed in the United States. The Airedale Terrier is a breed that originated near the Aire River Valley, England during the 1800s. The breed served as a hunting dog that mainly hunted badger and other small vermin. The AKC officially recognized the Airedale Terrier as a terrier purebred in 1888.

Lab'Aire Breed Appearance

The Lab'Aire is a medium to large hybrid that has a very heavily built, strong and muscular body. These breeds can often range anywhere from over 50 to 80 pounds in weight and can stand up to 24 inches in height. Starting from the head, the breed has a broad, flat skull, medium to long sized muzzle and powerful jaws. Their eyes are almost almond shaped and tend to have a very powerful glare. Ears are mostly set slightly high up and are semi-flopped over. Legs, for the most part, are long but stocky whereas their chest tends to be broad. 
These hybrids often have short, dense coats that will have a wiry appearance and be rough to the touch. If the breed presents more of a Labrador appearance then coats can be considered water repellent.  Fur tends to be concentrated mainly towards the ends of the muzzle giving the hybrid a classical "bearded" appearance.
Eye Color Possibilities
hazel Lab'Aire eyes
brown Lab'Aire eyes
amber Lab'Aire eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Lab'Aire nose
brown Lab'Aire nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Lab'Aire coat
gray Lab'Aire coat
brown Lab'Aire coat
fawn Lab'Aire coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Lab'Aire wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Lab'Aire Breed Maintenance

The Lab'Aire is an average to low maintenance breed when it comes to grooming. The hybrid is considered non-hypoallergenic, a low drooler and are a seasonal shedder. As these hybrids tend to have a dense wiry coat, it is highly recommended that owners brush their hybrid with either a bristle brush or slicker brush in order to remove debris or loose fur. Bathing should be done as needed and often, owners can get away with simply wiping their hybrid down with a wet cloth. Other important maintenance requirements include regular nail trimming if nails aren't worn down through play. Teeth need to be brushed with pet toothpaste at least once a week and ears need to be checked and cleaned out every 6 to 12 weeks.
Brushes for Lab'Aire
Slicker Brush
Flea Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Lab'Aire requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Lab'Aire Temperament

Happy, outgoing, intelligent and protective, these hybrids are the absolute love bugs of the doggie world and tend to be very loyal and loving to their family members. These breeds very often make great family pets but do better with older children as they are a little mouthy when playing. The Lab'Aire can have a moderate to high hunting drive and will enjoy chasing squirrels and small animals in the backyard, however, if raised and socialized with other pets at a young age they can be quite affectionate towards them. These hybrids aren't guard-dogs, they aren't going to attack strangers. Rather, they make great watchdogs and will only bark when a stranger is near.

Lab'Aire Activity Requirements

Both the Labrador Retriever and Airedale Terrier are medium to high energy dogs. As such it can be assumed that their hybrid, the Lab'Aire, will fall somewhere in the middle as an energetic dog. These hybrids tend to require a minimum of 60 minutes of activity and playtime per day. Owners can choose to meet the required activity levels through their dog's favorite games. Some great activities to include in your dog's life include agility training, swimming, fetching, running, hikes and regular trick training in order to prevent boredom. Hybrids who are not properly excercised and left alone for too long may begin getting bored and are likely to demonstrate destructive behavior in order to cope with lack of mental stimulation

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Lab'Aire Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.8 - $1.9
Monthly Cost
$40 - $52

Lab'Aire Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Lab'Aire size stats at six months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 45 lbs
Female Lab'Aire size stats at six months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 35 lbs
12 Months
Male Lab'Aire size stats at 12 months
Height: 22 inches Weight: 65 lbs
Female Lab'Aire size stats at 12 months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 57 lbs
18 Months
Male Lab'Aire size stats at 18 months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 72 lbs
Female Lab'Aire size stats at 18 months
Height: 22 inches Weight: 62 lbs

Lab'Aire Owner Experiences

8 Years
2 People
Tug of war
She’s just a wonderful dog. So good with my son who is 12. They are best buddies.
3 weeks, 6 days ago
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