Labany

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
Canada <> France -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen

A brief presentation of the Labany

The Labany is a medium-sized breed of dog that is a specific cross between the Labrador Retriever and the Brittany Spaniel. An energetic, playful and loyal companion, the Labany is considered an excellent family pet. They often do quite well in all environments, including apartment and city living, as long as they receive adequate physical activity to meet their energy needs. A friendly, medium-sized breed, this hybrid is considered low-maintenance in the grooming department, but will need constant attention and training to be at its best.

History of the Labany

The exact history of the Labany remains a mystery, as these breeds have only recently appeared as designer hybrids. Their current purpose may be simply to serve as pets for their owners, but they often work as retrievers as well as being part of the family.

 

        

A little of the Labrador Retriever

        
The Labrador Retriever is a breed that was used as a sporting dog to help hunters retrieve game or hunt prey. The breed originated in St. John's, Newfoundland, a province of Canada. There, this powerful canine assisted fishermen with their nets in the cold sea. In the 1800s, many of the breed's animals were shipped to England where they were used to assist wealthy hunters, effectively saving them from extinction, their fate in Newfoundland. The breed was recognized by the AKC in 1917 as a sporting breed. This friendly breed currently ranks as the most popular dog breed in the United States.
Standard of the Labrador Retriever

A little of the Brittany Spaniel

The Brittany Spaniel is an ancient breed, said to have been first spotted in 150 AD in Brittany. Extensive genetic evidence suggests that the breed was crossed with the French Spaniel, English Setter and Welsh Springer Spaniel. The breed made its way to North America in the early 1900s.
Standard of the Brittany Spaniel

Appearance of the Labany

The Labany is a medium-sized breed that can weigh from 18 to 27 kilos. These hybrids have a well-chiseled facial structure that can be slightly broad at the top of the head. They have a medium-sized muzzle with powerful jaws. The eyes tend to be alert and almond-shaped, while the ears seem to sit slightly high on the head and fall to the level of the upper jaw. The Labany's body is compact, lean and muscular. These dogs are built for hard work and long hours without rest. The Labany's coat is short and can be considered sparse. The hybrid may inherit the plumage of the Brittany Spaniel, the feathers may be slightly concentrated on the ears, thorax, abdomen and elbow area.

Temperament of the Labany

A well-tempered, outgoing and friendly breed, the Labany is not the kind of dog that will show aggression towards people. They are loyal companions to their humans and will treat strangers and young children well. Although these dogs can be tolerant and gentle with children, they should not be left unsupervised. The breed can have a large prey drive and may not tolerate small pets and cats. However, a well-socialized Labany as a puppy will get along with any pet you bring home.

Needs and activities of the Labany

The Labany is a very active breed that will require a minimum of 65 to 75 minutes or more of physical activity every day. These dogs are no ordinary couch potatoes and won't sit still if they can't release their energy in some way throughout the day. They will thrive when allowed to participate in activities such as running, agility classes, toy retrieving, hiking and swimming. Because of their medium size, these dogs can adapt very well to a hectic urban life. If you live in an apartment, it's essential to allow them to play at least a few times a day. The Labany is a social breed that will appreciate visits to dog daycares, playgroups or dog parks. If left alone for too long, they will display anxious behavior and may destroy furniture.

Maintenance of the Labany

A low-maintenance breed, the Labany doesn't require intensive grooming, as its coat remains short and glossy. The breed is not hypoallergenic and is a seasonal excretor, so frequent brushing during the summer months may be necessary. The breed doesn't need to be bathed often, and will probably inherit the water-repellent coat of the Labrador Retriever parent. Bathing should only be done when the dog is absolutely dirty. As with most dogs, it's important for owners to brush their hybrid's teeth several times a week to prevent dental disease. Nails should be trimmed when necessary, but most active breeds wear down their nails naturally. Above all, it's essential that owners monitor their hybrid's ears for signs of dirt or infection, especially the Labany as they like to be in the water and can hold moisture in the ear canal after a swim.

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