Labbe

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23-38 lbs
17-22"
United States
Beagle
Labrador Retriever
Labbe Retriever, Labeagle and Beagador

The Labbe, also known as a Beagador, Labeagle, and Labbe Retriever, is a medium sized fun-loving ball of energy. They originated in the United States by crossing a Labrador Retriever and a Beagle and have become very popular designer dogs who make great family pets. They are loyal and affectionate dogs who don’t like being alone for any length of time. They are known to dig or try to escape if left to their own devices. The Labbe gets on very well with children and other dogs and is devoted to his family. They often have the Beagle howl and make good watchdogs. Common colors are white, brown, black, tan, red, and they can be tricolored. The short coat is dense and smooth.

Purpose
Companion, Sporting
Date of Origin
1990s
Ancestry
Beagle, Labrador Retriever

Labbe Health

Average Size
Male Labbe size stats
Height: 19-24 inches Weight: 25-40 lbs
Female Labbe size stats
Height: 17-22 inches Weight: 23-38 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Gastric Torsion
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Epilepsy
  • Congenital Heart Defect
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
Minor Concerns
  • Otitis Externa
  • Cataract
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Glaucoma
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • MRI
  • Full Body Physical Examination
  • Eye and Ear Examination
  • Hip and Elbow X-rays

Labbe Breed History

The Labbe is a designer dog from the United States and was developed by crossing the Labrador Retriever and the Beagle, a scent hound developed primarily for hunting hare. Beagle-type dogs have been around for 2,500 years but the modern breed was developed in Britain around the 1830s. Talbot hounds which are now extinct which were brought to England by William the Conqueror during the Norman Conquest in 1066 are thought to be the ancestors of the Beagle and the Foxhound. There are historical reports of very small hounds known as Glove Beagles which could be held in a gloved hand as well as Singing Beagles who were reportedly popular with Queen Elizabeth I. She apparently let them prance about on the royal table royal table to entertain guests. Reverend Phillip Honeywood bred Beagles in Essex, England, in the mid 1800s for hunting which are believed to be the ancestors of the modern Beagle. They arrived in America around the same time and were used to hunt rabbits. In 1884 the American Kennel Club and the first Beagle specialty club were founded. The Labrador Retriever was also bred to be a working dog by the fishermen in Newfoundland in Canada in the 1700s. They were originally called St. John's Water Dogs and helped the fishermen pull in nets and even retrieve fish. As well as their good work ethic the breed was a loyal and affectionate companion and was also a companion dog to the fishermen at the end of the day. But they nearly died out following a dog tax in the 1880s which saw a number of females culled. But they thrived in England where they were taken as gundogs. It was there that they first got their name “Labrador” after the third Earl of Malmesbury referred to them as such in a letter. They arrived in the United States in the early 1920s.

Labbe Breed Appearance

The Labbe is a medium sized dog weighing up to 40 pounds and with a height of up to 24 inches. The breed usually has a body shape and head like that of a Beagle but it will depend on which parent breed is more dominant. Common colors are white, brown, black, tan, red, and they can be tricolored.  They often have spots or other markings. The short coat is dense and smooth. The muzzle of a Labbe is usually narrow and long and the ears hang down similar to those of a Labrador. The eyes are brown with an alert and friendly expression.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Labbe eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Labbe nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
black Labbe coat
Black
brown Labbe coat
Brown
white Labbe coat
White
fawn Labbe coat
Fawn
red Labbe coat
Red
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Labbe straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Labbe Breed Maintenance

Labbes have short dense coats which need very little grooming to keep healthy. They shed moderately so it will be a good idea to brush once or twice a week to get rid of any loose hair and to stimulate the skin. They don’t need regular bathing and when you do make sure to use a veterinary shampoo so the skin doesn’t dry out. With such an active dog it is unlikely the nails will grow too long but check them occasionally in case they need to be clipped. The ears should be regularly checked and cleaned and it is also a good idea to brush the teeth to prevent any tartar build-up.

Brushes for Labbe
Pin Brush
Flea Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Labbe requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Labbe Temperament

The Labbe is an energetic, sweet-natured dog dog who loves to play and hang out with his owners. They are very loyal and intelligent dogs but hate being left alone for too long and will get bored and possibly destructive. They can also develop separation anxiety so are not dogs for people who are away from home a lot. With their hunting ancestry they are curious dogs who can be scent driven so remember to leash him when out in public. They do tend to howl when left alone which won’t make you popular with the neighbours. Although very friendly they will protect their owners and can be quite fearless when confronting an intruder. But they are unlikely to become aggressive. Labbes are excellent with children and will be very patient with them, even younger ones. They are easy to train and will suit first time owners. They are very food motivated which helps with obedience training just as long as they don’t catch whiff of something interesting to distract them.

Labbe Activity Requirements

A Labbe is an active dog who will always be ready for a walk or a game. They will be up for any excursion including trips to the beach, the forest or a long hike in the mountains. Just remember if they catch the scent of something interesting they might take off so make sure they are under control or on a leash in public. They are fond of swimming and will love a game of ball or frisbee to burn off some excess energy. A Labbe will also do well in dog sports like tracking and agility. They are best suited to a home with a fenced in yard - one they can’t dig under. They are not too sensitive to the heat or cold but it is best to exercise your pet in the morning or evening and not in the heat of the day in summer.

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

Labbe Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00

Labbe Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Labbe size stats at six months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 24 lbs
Female Labbe size stats at six months
Height: 15 inches Weight: 22 lbs
12 Months
Male Labbe size stats at 12 months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 28 lbs
Female Labbe size stats at 12 months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 26 lbs
18 Months
Male Labbe size stats at 18 months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 32 lbs
Female Labbe size stats at 18 months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 30 lbs

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