Home > Dog Breeds > Labraheeler
18-20 lbs
Labrador Retriever
Australian Cattle Dog
American Lattle
The newly created Labraheeler is a designer dog breed that was made from mixing a Labrador Retriever and an Australian Cattle Dog. The result will be a cute, medium sized dog that will resemble both of the ancestor dogs. Both breeds are sweet and affectionate on their own, and when brought together they make a wonderful breed that is loyal to their families and good around children. Both parents are quite active, so you can expect your Labraheeler puppy to be the same. If you are an active person that is looking for a jogging or hiking companion, this hybrid breed is well suited for you.
Companion pet
Date of Origin
Labrador Retriever, Australian Cattle Dog

Labraheeler Health

Average Size
Height: 41-65 inches Weight: 19-25 lbs
Height: 41-65 inches Weight: 18-20 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Arthritis
Minor Concerns
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Cataracts
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Entropion
  • Deafness
  • Glaucoma
Occasional Tests
  • Joint Fluid Sample
  • Complete Ophthalmologic Examination
  • Electroretinogram (ERG)
  • Physical Examination
  • CT Scan
  • MRI
  • Chemical Analysis
  • Chest X-rays
  • Urinalysis
  • Blood Count
  • Radiographs
  • Complete Blood Profile
  • Ultrasound

Labraheeler Breed History

Although there are so many types of hybrid breeds, they are still a new trend. Because of the recency of these dogs, there is often little documented about the breeds. The Labraheeler is known to be a mix of the Labrador Retriever and the Australian Cattle Dog, and therefore the creation of these designer dogs has to begin with the origin of the parent breeds. The famous Labrador Retriever has ancestors who have been around since the 17th century in Canada. They were one type of Canadian Water Dogs, others being the Landseer, the Flat-Coated Retriever, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever, and the Newfoundland Retriever. The Labrador Retriever was found by some visitors as well as the second Earl of Malmesbury who noticed the dogs working with fishermen. The Earl then arranged for some dogs of the breed to be brought to his estate in England, where he established a kennel. Many more of the dogs were sold to English gentry throughout the 1800s. These dogs were given their name by the Earl of Malmesbury. They lost popularity in England later on in the 19th century because of heavy dog tax and intense British quarantine laws, which made importation difficult. It was early on in the 1800s that Australian Cattle Dogs were used by cattle ranchers to maintain the herds. They were often used on lands west of the Sydney metropolitan region of Australia. The Australian Cattle Dog was created in the 1830s and was perfectly suited to the job and climate of these large fields. They specialized at nipping at the heels of the cattle but remained silent and did not stampede them. There was a cross between a native Dingo and a Smithfield, which was the creation of a man named Timmins. These dogs, given the name of Timmon’s bitters, were too aggressive, and the breed was altered ten years later by Thomas Hall, who crossed a Dingo with a Scottish Blue-Merle Collie. This new version of the dog was referred to as Hall’s heelers. The two types were bred together, along with Dalmatians and some Black-and-Tan Kelpie Sheepdogs. It was in 1893 that the Australian Cattle Dog was finally perfected.

Labraheeler Breed Appearance

The Labraheeler is a hybrid dog that has an appearance which includes traits from both the Labrador Retriever and the Australian Cattle Dog. Labs are athletic and solidly built dogs that have wide muzzles and broad heads. Their ears are pendant and medium in size, and their eyes have friendly and happy expressions. Their chests extend all the way to the elbows as they are quite large. These dogs have straight forelegs and strong backs with level toplines. The breed is often distinguished by their “otter” tails, which are thicker at the base and medium length. These dogs also have webbed feet, which makes them very skilled at swimming. The other parent dog is compact and muscular. They are not quite as high as they are long, and have tails that curve a bit. The Australian Cattle Dog has slightly rounded and broad heads that have definite stops. These dogs have triangularly shaped ears that are wide set and stand up straight. Their oval sized eyes should be a dark brown in color and the broad and muscular necks should widen as they near the body.
Eye Color Possibilities
Nose Color Possibilities
Coat Color Possibilities
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Labraheeler Breed Maintenance

Although the Labrador Retriever sheds heavily, the Australian Cattle Dog’s coat is easier to maintain. Therefore, the Labraheeler is bound to be a mix between the two. The Labrador Retriever needs to be brushed on a regular basis, and bathed occasionally too, since they love to play in the dirt. Australian Cattle Dogs, on the other hand, should still be brushed regularly, even though they shed much less. This breed should only be given baths when they need it. Apart from grooming, Labraheelers will need the same maintenance as all other breeds, such as teeth care, ear cleaning and nail clipping. To prevent unwanted dental issues, you should brush your dog’s teeth every day if you can, or at least two to three times per week as a minimum. You will also want to avoid ear infections by wiping them clean every week. Nails will need to be clipped about once or twice a month.
Brushes for Labraheeler
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Labraheeler Temperament

The Labraheeler is a smart and affectionate dog, and therefore should not be hard to train. This breed will be suitable for a home with children as long as they were brought up with them or supervised, since they can bite if handled roughly. They are also playful and docile, as well as friendly and gentle. These dogs are usually cautious when meeting new people, but will become friendly and affectionate once they get to know and trust them. They are loyal towards their families, and are good at guarding the house. Since they are quite family oriented, this breed may not like being left alone for long periods of time. You should train your Labraheeler while they are young, since they can sometimes be stubborn when they grow up. As with all dog breeds, the Labraheeler should be properly socialized as a puppy. Introducing your new dog to all kinds of scenarios will help them grow into confident and mentally sound pets.

Labraheeler Activity Requirements

This hybrid breed is known to have pretty diverse skills, including police work, agility, hunting, guarding, jogging, tracking and search and rescue. They are active pets that will need to be kept busy throughout the day. They can also develop destructive behaviors if not occupied for long periods of time. These dogs are not a good choice for owners who cannot commit to a lot of daily exercise, as they need to be active for at least 45 to 60 minutes per day.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Labraheeler Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$34 - $45

Labraheeler Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 17 lbs
Height: 6 inches Weight: 17 lbs
12 Months
Height: 15 inches Weight: 29 lbs
Height: 10 inches Weight: 29 lbs
18 Months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 48 lbs
Height: 16 inches Weight: 48 lbs

Labraheeler Owner Experiences

14 Months
4 People
House & Yard
Hide & Seek
Best experience, I actually got two beautiful brothers from the same liter that were rescues. Not only do we get many compliments for the both of them they’re a very lovable, active and protective family that I wouldn’t trade for the world. They’re both only around 14 months old, but they’ve learned so much, they’re the BEST dogs to teach due to their heritage. Personally they’ve only been a blessing and I’m glad they’re out of the situation they once were in.
2 months ago
3 Years
1 People
House & Yard
She is very intelligent with a very sweet and friendly personality. She loves to play and she loves just about every person and dog she meets. She loves water and swimming, balls, sticks, and chasing other dogs.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
9 Years
5 People
My boy is everything to me he is highly intelligent over energetic, loyal, obedient,loving, a cuddler and he rescued me.
1 week, 3 days ago
11 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Eating Snacks
Dog Parks
Dog-friendly events
Therapy Training
Road trip
Look out the window
Go Camping
Explore the woods
Go on Vacation
Go to Beach
Dax is very loyal and wants to be around me all the time. I got him from a shelter when he was 5 years old. He seems to enjoy any adventure where he gets to be by my side. He is a retired therapy dog and is very affectionate with all people.
1 week, 3 days ago
8 Years
2 People
House & Yard
I have owned Heelers and Labs independently with great success. Abbey is highly intelligent and she’s super laidback! She is great with kids and other animals. Because of her temperament, we just got another labraheeler puppy.
3 days, 2 hours ago
Book me a walkiee?