Labernard

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98-215 lbs
23-25"
Canada
Labrador Retriever
Saint Bernard
The Labernard is a patient, friendly and affectionate dog much like the parent breeds that create him - the outgoing Labrador Retriever and gentle giant Saint Bernard - both bred as working dogs. They are large to giant sized dogs who need a firm hand because they can be quite willful so training is best started young. Common colors are white, yellow, brown, tan, black and red while their coats are short and dense, with a thick double-coat which can make them battle in the heat. They shed moderately so will need regular brushing to keep their coats healthy. The Labernard will need a lot of exercise so will be best suited to an active family who enjoy taking him out on excursions.
Purpose
Companion, Working, Sporting
Date of Origin
1990s
Ancestry
Saint Bernard, Labrador Retriever

Labernard Health

Average Size
Height: 25-27 inches Weight: 102-220 lbs
Height: 23-25 inches Weight: 98-215 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Gastric Torsion
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Otitis Externa
  • Entropion
  • Cataracts
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Epilepsy
  • Heart Problems
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Ear Examination
  • Eye examination
  • Full Physical Examination

Labernard Breed History

The Labernard is a combination of a purebred Saint Bernard, which was bred for alpine rescue, and a Labrador Retriever, bred as working dogs by fishermen in Newfoundland. Saint Bernards, also called Alpine Mountain Dogs or Alpine Cattle Dogs, are recognized as one of the Molossoid breeds. Monks at the hospice of Saint Bernard, high in the Swiss Alps, used the dogs to rescue lost travellers. One Saint Bernard named Barry was credited with saving between 40 and 100 lives at the Great St. Bernard Pass. It is said the younger dogs picked up the skill in rescue from the older dogs and didn’t have any special training. Many were killed in avalanches while looking for people lost in the snow. They are often represented as having a keg of brandy around their necks to revive stranded travellers but this isn’t true. It is simply due to painter Edward Lanseer painting a keg around the dog’s neck in one of his paintings but it stuck.  Saint Bernards are believed to have been developed when dogs from the Alps were bred with Mastiff-type dogs that came with the Roman army during the time of the emperor Augustus. The Swiss Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1880 and in 1888, the Saint Bernard Club of America was founded. The English called Saint Bernards Sacred Dogs and many found their way there in an effort to reinvigorate the Mastiff breed. Today Saint Bernards excel at dog sports such as drafting, weight-pulling, and obedience trials. The Labrador Retriever originated on the island of Newfoundland, off the northeastern Atlantic coast of Canada where he worked with local fishermen hauling in nets and retrieving fish as far back as the 1700s. They were originally called St. John's dogs and are thought to have been interbred with the Newfoundland Dog and other small local water dogs. They arrived in England around 1830 where they were used as gundogs. It was the third Earl of Malmesbury who first referred to the dogs as Labradors. They died out in Newfoundland due to government restrictions and hefty taxes but have thrived in the US where they are regarded as the most popular breed.

Labernard Breed Appearance

The Labernard is a large to giant sized dog with parent breeds being the Labrador Retriever and the Saint Bernard. They have thick double coats which are short and dense and common colors are yellow, brown, tan, black and red with white markings. These are powerfully built muscular dogs with large heads and they often have wrinkles on their foreheads. They have a friendly, intelligent expression. They have dark brown eyes and the ears are set fairly high on the head but hang down onto the face. He is likely to have a long, thick and possibly bushy tail and a black nose.
Eye Color Possibilities
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
Red
White
Black
Fawn
Brown
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Labernard Breed Maintenance

Your Labernard will need regular brushing with a pin brush to get rid of any loose hair and to prevent tangles. Grooming needs are not excessive but brushing every second day will keep your pet looking good. If the hair is a bit longer then daily brushing will be a good idea. These dogs are not hypoallergenic and do drool a fair bit which is something to keep in mind for owners. A shedding blade can be used during times of heavy shedding. Fortunately these large dogs don’t need to be bathed very often and only if they get themselves very dirty. Because they are prone to ear infections it is necessary to check the ears often for any signs of irritation. The nails should also be checked to see if they need clipping. Teeth should be brushed to prevent tartar buildup and help keep bad breath away.

Brushes for Labernard
Pin Brush
Flea Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Labernard Temperament

The Labernard is a gentle, friendly dog that is loving to its family and very tolerant and patient with children. Because of their size, small children should be monitored around them to prevent any accidental injury. They are good with strangers because of their sweet personalities but will bark to alert the family of intruders. These dogs don’t do well being left by themselves and will thrive with large, active families where there is someone home most of the time. The Labernard will need a firm, confident hand when it comes to training as they do have a mind of their own. But being intelligent, they will respond to positive reinforcement and once trained are obedient dogs who are eager to please. The Labernard will always be up for an outing whether it is a long walk or hike in the mountains. But with their thick coats they are not good when it comes to hot weather and can suffer from heat exhaustion. Try to exercise them when it is cooler and make sure they have plenty of water.

Labernard Activity Requirements

A Labernard is an active energetic dog who will need daily exercise. It will depend on which parent breed your dog most takes after as Labrador Retrievers need a lot more intensive exercise compared to a Saint Bernard who does well with walks but not high-impact sports like running. Saint Bernards don’t cope well in the heat so take care in summer when exercising your pet. A Labernard will do better in a house with a fenced in yard than an apartment. Ball games will keep him happy and mentally stimulated and prevent any bad behavior from appearing. Your pup will love playing outside but is not an outside dog and will need to live inside with the family.

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

Labernard Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
4 cups
Daily Cost
$2.8 - $3
Monthly Cost
$80 - $90

Labernard Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 120 lbs
Height: 17 inches Weight: 117 lbs
12 Months
Height: 22 inches Weight: 140 lbs
Height: 20 inches Weight: 137 lbs
18 Months
Height: 26 inches Weight: 161 lbs
Height: 24 inches Weight: 156 lbs

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