Labrador Husky

60-90 lbs
20-26"
Northern Canada - Labrador
The Labrador Husky is a distinctive dog with their wolf-like appearance and size. While the name is slightly misleading, be aware that this dog is not a cross between the Labrador Retriever and the Husky, but was developed in Canada in an area known as Labrador. They were developed for their endurance when pulling a sled and for their personality which is ideal for working with other dogs in a pack. They are playful and lively, very loyal and dedicated, and very energetic. This is not a dog for everyone as their intelligence can get them into trouble without the strength and guidance of a strong owner. They are also very active and need a family that matches. Not content to sit around and gaze at the world, this dog races ahead and takes life head on! The Labrador Husky forms strong bonds with their family, and they are kind and gentle with children. They get on very well with other dogs, but they do have a strong prey drive which makes small pets a target. Give this dog a job and they will be happy and contented.
Purpose
Sledding Dog, Companion
Date of Origin
1300
Ancestry
Wolf, Alaskan Malamute and German Shepherd

Labrador Husky Health

Average Size
Male Labrador Husky size stats
Height: 20-28 inches Weight: 60-100 lbs
Female Labrador Husky size stats
Height: 20-26 inches Weight: 60-90 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia (Chd)
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Bloat
  • Ear Infections such as Otitis interna/media
Occasional Tests
  • Ear Examination
  • X-ray imaging
  • Regular Full Physical Examination By Veterinarian
  • Blood Glucose Tests
  • Serum Chemistry Panel Tests

Labrador Husky Breed History

The Labrador Husky is a purebred developed on the Coast of Labrador, Canada. They are not as some people think: a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Husky. In their past, they have been mated with wolves to increase the breed's endurance in the cold icy conditions. You can see the wolf influence in the muzzle and powerful body, as well as the intense gaze. The dog is believed to have arrived with the Thule Inuit people in the year 1300 AD. While closely related to other northern breeds, they became cut off from them due to the geographical nature of Labrador. To bring new blood and maintain the health of the breed, the Thule Inuit bred their dogs with wolves. But it was not wolves alone that this handsome dog owes their development to, the Labradorian people are believed to have introduced Alaskan Malamutes and Alsatians which resulted in a large impressive dog that is perhaps more like the Siberian Husky than anything else. Whatever the past, this practice certainly produced a dog that excelled in the cold isolated wastelands. With well-padded paws they could run for hours in teams of dogs, pulling the sleds. While the breed is slowly spreading outside their native homeland, they are being used for search and rescue, and for drug detection because of their ability to learn and their strong instinct to hunt. The Labrador Husky is an active dog that needs an experienced owner who can control this strong dog. Without a strong leader, this dog can get into trouble and become a handful.

Labrador Husky Breed Appearance

Beautifully built with classic proportions, the Labrador Husky has a similar appearance to the Siberian Husky. They also have a distinctive wolf-like physical prowess due to the genes that they have inherited from their wolf ancestors whom they were bred with. Although they are quite rare outside of their native Labrador home in Canada, they have a dedicated following due to their strong work ethic and attractive appearance. They are a large breed standing up to 28 inches at the withers, and can weigh up to 100 pounds. The breed has a rounded head and a long narrow muzzle and teeth with a scissors bite, pointed prick ears, and a body that is solid yet sleek. A wide chest gives the dog their stamina, and their long legs and strong webbed paws allow this dog the advantage when travelling in deep snow. Their thick double coat can range in color from black, white, red and to grey. They can also be a combination of black and white, grey and white or even red and white. Handsome with a healthy robust history, this dog was made for the cold climate they were bred for.
Eye Color Possibilities
blue Labrador Husky eyes
Blue
brown Labrador Husky eyes
Brown
amber Labrador Husky eyes
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
black Labrador Husky nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
pied Labrador Husky coat
Pied
gray Labrador Husky coat
Gray
red Labrador Husky coat
Red
brown Labrador Husky coat
Brown
black Labrador Husky coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Labrador Husky wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Labrador Husky Breed Maintenance

The Labrador Husky has a dense double coat, and therefore, will require frequent brushing to keep the coat at its best. When they do their annual shed, they will require daily brushing to remove all their loose hair. Bathing should be only on a needs only basis to keep the natural oils that protect your dog from the weather. A mild dog shampoo is best, as it will clean without stripping the oils. They were born to work so a daily walk is essential for this dog, plus an outdoor yard where they can patrol and exercise. When grooming, check their coat for any parasites or injuries, and use this opportunity to check out their ears for signs of inflammation or infection. Like most dogs, their teeth require brushing at least three times a week. Make it a fun task, not a chore. Then, finish with a clip of the toenails if needed and a big hug and lots of praise for being such a good pup.
Brushes for Labrador Husky
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Deshedder
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Labrador Husky requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Labrador Husky Temperament

While the Labrador Husky is a rare breed, those that own them absolutely love them! They say that this dog is lively, fun to be around, and very affectionate and protective. The Labrador Husky loves activity so expect them to be first in line if you are going out for a run, going on a trek or just heading out to explore a new part of your world. They have a wolf-like appearance and have the same lean but powerful body. It has been said that the Thule Inuit people who developed this dog bred their dogs with the wolves to increase their endurance. They are well known for their tenacity for work and the long hours they can endure.  Their dense double coat makes them adorable puppies - they are more like a ball of fluff than a dog! But before you lose your heart to this fluffy puppy, remember they require a lot of human interaction, they need plenty of exercise, and their coat needs quite a bit of grooming. If you are okay with that, then this dog will be an affectionate and loyal dog who will guard you and your property, but will work with other dogs willingly. On the downside, they have a very strong hunting instinct so smaller pets like cats and rabbits may not mix well with this dog, even if raised together.

Labrador Husky Activity Requirements

Born to work, the Labrador Husky is an active dog who loves to have a purpose. They are intelligent and enjoy training, are eager to learn, and they learn quickly. The Labrador Husky has a fantastic work ethic and socializes well with other dogs. Colder climates suit them best, but they are adaptable. Apartment living is probably not for them as they have too much energy and need space to romp and play. A fast-paced walk each day is what they need, plus some training. But it is not all work for the Labrador Husky - they will be the first to join in a game and the last to finish. Athletic, playful and easy to train, this is a dog who needs to be pushed to their limit and if you live in an area where it snows, you will have a fantastic dog to pull your sled.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
22 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
120 minutes

Labrador Husky Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.50 - $1.90
Monthly Cost
$39.00 - $52.00

Labrador Husky Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Labrador Husky size stats at six months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 12 lbs
Female Labrador Husky size stats at six months
Height: 15 inches Weight: 12 lbs
12 Months
Male Labrador Husky size stats at 12 months
Height: 22 inches Weight: 29 lbs
Female Labrador Husky size stats at 12 months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 29 lbs
18 Months
Male Labrador Husky size stats at 18 months
Height: 26 inches Weight: 80 lbs
Female Labrador Husky size stats at 18 months
Height: 25 inches Weight: 75 lbs

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