Labbe

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

Origin
Canada <> Great Britain -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen
This breed is also known as
Beagador
Labeagle
Labbe Retriever

A brief presentation of the Labbe

With two dog breeds as popular and well-loved as the Labrador Retriever and the Beagle, it was inevitable that they would join forces to create a much-coveted specific crossbreed dog. With the Labrador's friendly, tolerant personality and the Beagle's cheerful, playful nature, the Lab is a joy to be around. As they require a great deal of mental and physical stimulation, owners must be aware of their real-time commitment and be prepared for the dedication this dog demands. Labs tend to retain the narrower face and wider ears of the Beagle, although their limbs are longer and their body larger. Their coat may be tricolored like the Beagle's, but it can just as easily be brown, black or yellow.

History of the Labbe

A mixed breed with many names, the Labrador Retriever-Beagle cross may be called the Labbe, Beagador, Labeagle or Labbe Retriever. This specific crossbreed probably originated in the USA in the 1990s. Although the Labbe's history is limited, we can certainly look to the past of its two parent breeds to get a better idea of its origins.
        

A little of the Labrador Retriever

        
Despite its name, the Labrador Retriever is not native to Labrador, but is thought to have originated in Newfoundland. Most agree that its ancestor is the St. John's Water Dog, an extinct breed native to Newfoundland and anecdotally more at home in the water than on land. Historically, the Labrador Retriever was used to hunt on both dry and wet land, making it a favorite of local fishermen. Of course, many still use the Labrador Retriever for this purpose today, although the breed has developed into a multitude of other disciplines. Labrador Retrievers can be seen as therapy dogs, guide dogs for the blind and even drug detectors at airports and ferry terminals. In fact, the Labrador Retriever is such a successful breed that it now features in the top ten list of popular dogs in many countries around the world.
Standard of the Labrador Retriever

A little of the Beagle

The Beagle is also a scented hound and traditionally worked in packs, hunting rabbits and hares. Some experts believe that the Beagle comes from an ancient line of small dogs that could be found in Greece during the 5th century, although this is difficult to prove. The Beagle's charming looks have contributed to its modern success, and a Beagle even won Best in Show in the Hound group at Crufts in 2008.
Standard of the Beagle

Appearance of the Labbe

The Labbe most often has a head that resembles the Beagle and a slightly larger, stockier body, like that of the Labrador Retriever. However, this is not a fixed rule, and a first-generation cross may resemble either parent more closely. Most are built in good proportions, with parallel limbs and a well-muscled body. Most dogs will have a long muzzle and relatively loose jowls. Their eyes are dark brown and soft, but not too large. Their black nose contains wide-open nostrils and sits proudly in front of their face. Their ears are set close to the head and are generally wider and longer than those of the Labrador. Their tail is long and medium thick, sometimes with an elbow at the end. When fully grown, Labbs usually measure between 48 and 56 cm and weigh between 11 and 18 kg. The Lab's coat is short and smooth and can be a multitude of colors, including brown, black, tan, yellow and red. Many are bicolored or tricolored.

Temperament of the Labbe

This fun-loving crossbreed has a real zest for life and wants everyone to know it. They seem to have endless amounts of energy and are not easily discouraged. A gentle soul, Labbies love to be in the company of people and animals and make friends wherever they go. Although their loyalty to their family is an asset, it can make them overly attached. If left alone for long periods, some Labbs can become unruly and destructive through boredom and anxiety. With their hunting instinct still strong, Labbs cannot be trusted with small pets, such as gerbils or guinea pigs. Likewise, caution should be exercised in public places, as a Labbe smelling the scent of something will not be easy to recall. Some Labbies are known as eternal puppies, still acting as if they were six months old at the age of eight or nine. For those looking for a calm, relaxed dog, they should probably look elsewhere, as these dogs never seem to slow down.

Needs and activities of the Labbe

A Lab is an active dog who will always be up for a walk or a game. They'll be ready for any excursion, including the beach, the forest or a long hike in the mountains. Remember that if they smell something interesting, they might take off, so make sure they're under control or on a leash in public. They love to swim and will enjoy playing ball or Frisbee to burn off some excess energy. A Labbe will also do well in dog sports like tracking and agility. They're best suited to a home with a fenced-in yard, one in which they can't dig. They're not overly sensitive to heat or cold, but it's best to exercise your dog in the morning or evening, not during the heat of the day in summer.

Maintenance of the Labbe

Labbies have short, dense coats that require very little grooming to stay healthy. They shed moderately. So it's a good idea to brush them once or twice a week to get rid of any loose hairs and stimulate the skin. They don't need to bathe regularly, and when you do, make sure you use a veterinary shampoo so the skin doesn't dry out. With such an active dog, nails are unlikely to grow too much, but check them from time to time in case they need trimming. Ears should be checked and cleaned regularly. It's also a good idea to brush his teeth to prevent tartar build-up.

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