Labrala

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

Origin
Canada <> Hungary -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen
This breed is also known as
Vizslador
Retizsla

A brief presentation of the Labrala

An undeniably attractive mix, the Labrala is a combination of the happy Labrador Retriever and the devoted Hungarian Shorthaired Pointer. They have expressive eyes, long, gently drooping ears and lean, athletic bodies. The Labrala's coat is inevitably short and low-maintenance. Although their coat is often red, it can also be cream, black or brown. As the Labrador Retriever and the Hungarian Shorthaired Pointer are known for their efficient work, as well as for their pets, it's not surprising that their offspring are the same. This versatile mix is perfect at home hunting in the fields, retrieving in the water or relaxing by the fire surrounded by its beloved owners.

History of the Labrala

As with many specific crossbreed dogs, we can trace the Labrala back to the 1980s, when the general public began to demand something other than the predictable pure breeds. The Labrala is also known as the Vizslador or, less commonly, the Retizsla. As with most mixed breeds, it's difficult to determine the exact place or date of their creation. By descending from the popular Labrador Retriever and the Hungarian Shorthaired Pointer, we know a lot about their lineage.
        

A little of the Labrador Retriever

        
Despite its name, the Labrador Retriever is not native to Labrador, but actually originated in Newfoundland. Most agree that its ancestor is the St. John's Water Dog, an extinct breed originally from 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 Hungarian short haired pointer

The Hungarian Shorthaired Pointer is a breed that has also been used for retrieving. In addition to this, they are useful pointer dogs and have a fairly good ability to sniff. These traits make them useful hunters. The first references to the breed date back to the 1300s, and by the 1800s they had built up a name for themselves in their homeland, regularly taking part in hunting competitions.
Standard of the Hungarian short haired pointer

Appearance of the Labrala

The Labrala seems to have inherited the best features of each parent. They are incredibly handsome and carry themselves with great aplomb. Their heads are relatively large, with distinctly drooping upper lips and black and amber-brown eyes. Their ears hang to the side of their faces, and are quite large in some individuals. Their rectangular bodies are built of solid muscle and supported by straight limbs. Their tail is of medium length and normally quite thin. While many of the breed's dogs retain the rusty-red color of the Hungarian Shorthaired Pointer, others have black, cream or dark brown coats. Their coat is short and straight, fitting closely to their body. A large dog breed, a fully grown Labrala will reach weights ranging from 22 to 36 kg and heights from 53 to 63.5 cm. Unlike their Labrador relatives, they tend to be able to maintain a lean body condition and are less prone to obesity.

Temperament of the Labrala

As you'd expect from this breed, the Labrala is a clever dog with good people skills. As well as being a friend to humans of all ages, they get on well with other dogs. They love company and are never happier than when they're next to their owner. In fact, these dogs can sometimes become overly devoted, with over-dependence and separation anxiety a problem for some. Full of energy, sometimes to the point of hyperactivity, Labrala are not the type to lounge on the sofa watching the world go by. They love being out in nature, and are in their element when they're running through fields and swimming in rivers. With a natural protective streak and unrivalled loyalty to their owners, most Labralas are good watchdogs. However, they should not be used as defense dogs, as they lack the necessary hostility.

Needs and activities of the Labrala

Labralas need plenty of exercise, and you should plan on around one hour to 90 minutes of vigorous activity per day. Some of the activities Labralas can enjoy are at the dog park, lively neighborhood walks, chasing squirrels and birds in the yard, playing fetch or Frisbee, agility training, swimming and hiking. They also love to hunt, so if that's something you enjoy, your Labralas would be a good partner. If Labralas don't get enough exercise every day, they tend to become anxious or aggressive. They can also develop bad habits, such as chewing on objects, destroying property or barking excessively.

Maintenance of the Labrala

You should brush your Labralas at least two or three times a week with a brush or rubber brush. Their coats are short and they are very clean dogs, so they rarely need bathing. When shampooing, it's best to ask your vet what type of shampoo to use. In addition, they need to have their ears cleaned about once a week, and you need to be alert to redness and irritation, as they are prone to ear infections. You should also brush his teeth once or twice a week and trim his nails as required, usually once every six to eight weeks.

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