Labradane

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140-160 lbs
26-28"
United States
Labrador Retriever
Great Dane
The Labradane is a hybrid dog. His parent breeds are the Labrador Retriever and the Great Dane. The Labradane is likely to be a large or giant-sized dog depending upon the dominant parent breed. He loves being active, is very social, and is very affectionate with every member of his family. He does require a moderate amount of exercise; otherwise, he is fairly low-maintenance. He is gentle and loyal, and he is great with young children as well as older family members.
Purpose
Companionship
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Labrador Retriever and the Great Dane

Labradane Health

Average Size
Height: 28-30 inches Weight: 160-180 lbs
Height: 26-28 inches Weight: 140-160 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Panosteitis
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia
  • Bloat
Occasional Tests
  • Hip

Labradane Breed History

The Labradane hybrid is the result of a trend in the 1980s in which a demand for smaller dogs became trendy. The parent breed Labrador Retriever hails from the Newfoundland area of Canada. He was originally known as the St. John's dog and was a companion to fishermen in the early 1700s. The main job of the St. John's dog was to retrieve fish that had escaped traps or fish hooks. It is believed that the St. John's dog was interbred with both local water dogs and the Newfoundland to achieve the Labrador we are familiar with today. Labs almost became extinct in the 1800s, but today, they are one of  the most popular dog in the United States. The Great Dane finds his origins in ancient times. Dogs resembling the Great  Dane have been found on ancient Egyptian artifacts and in Babylonian artwork. It is thought that the Assyrians traded the dog to the Greeks and Romans, and this dog was interbred with Mastiff-type dogs or possibly the Irish Wolfhound or Irish Greyhound to achieve the Dane that we recognize today. At this point in history, the Great Dane was known as the "boar hound." In the 1600s, the Great Dane became a favorite of German nobles. The breed was given the name "Great Dane" when a French naturalist observed a boar hound who was thin like a Greyhound. German breeders continued to develop the breed, and eventually, the Great Dane made its way to the United States. 

Labradane Breed Appearance

The Labradane will vary in color. He may be black, brown, and white or he may be brindle, mantle or solid. You may find a Harlequin, but this coat color is rare in the Labradane.  He will be a very large dog and may weigh up to 180 pounds at maturity. He may have a tendency to gain weight, so proper exercise is a must. Although he is a large dog, he will be relatively slender for his bone structure. He will have floppy ears that will hang close to his cheeks. He has a short, dense coat that is not prone to a great deal of shedding. His coat is generally glossy and thick, much like that of his Great Dane parent breed. He will be well-muscled. His head is broad and has a pronounced stop. He also features a high-set tail. Although he appears slender, his body is strong and sturdy.
Eye Color Possibilities
Blue
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
White
Brown
Black
Brindle
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Labradane Breed Maintenance

The Labradane is a moderate shedder. He sheds lightly throughout the year in addition to a heavier shed in the spring and fall. He will need brushing at least twice a week. During shedding season, you may need to brush him daily in order to keep the loose hair at a minimum. He will need regular cleaning of his floppy ears. Keep in mind that floppy ears are a breeding ground for infection, so at least once a week, wipe his ears with a damp bath cloth. Be sure to check for odor or redness as this can indicate infection. To prevent tooth decay, brush his teeth at least three times a week.
Brushes for Labradane
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Labradane Temperament

The Labradane is a gentle giant. He is highly intelligent and wants very much to please his family. He thrives on human interaction. He loves children and gets along with other dogs well. However, some experts warn parents to use caution with smaller children. The Labradane is a large dog, and, while he would not intentionally harm a child of any age, he may knock down a smaller child. Highly energetic like the Labrador Retriever parent breed, sometimes in his exuberance he forgets his size. He may enjoy agility exercises; working his mind as well as his body will make for a happy Labradane. He can be leery of strangers, but generally warms up to them. He can suffer from separation anxiety if left alone for long periods of time, so keep that in mind if you travel a good bit. He rarely barks, but his size is so intimidating that most people do not attempt to go into his territory. He is very protective of his family and is extremely loyal.

Labradane Activity Requirements

The Labradane needs a moderate amount of activity. This is especially important as he ages. The Labradane may gain weight if he is allowed to become an inactive adult. He will enjoy brisk walks with you or a trip to the dog park. He might even enjoy a swim! The most important thing to remember is that he gets daily activity in order to stay out of mischief and be healthy. Again, play that works the mind of the Labradane as well as his physical body makes him happy. You never want the Labradane to get bored as he may chew furniture or other valuable items.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
5 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes

Labradane Food Consumption

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

Labradane Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 50 lbs
Height: 11 inches Weight: 40 lbs
12 Months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 70 lbs
Height: 17 inches Weight: 60 lbs
18 Months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 95 lbs
Height: 21 inches Weight: 85 lbs

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