Species group: Mixed Breeds
Other name(s): Labbe, Labbe Retriever, Labeagle, Beagador
RightPet does not advocate the intentional cross-breeding of purebred dogs. But the reality is that most dogs available for adoption at shelters and rescues are mixed breeds. We think it might be helpful to hear from owners of these mixes to see what traits can be found in these dogs who are desperately needing homes.
The first generation Labbe is a cross between a pure Beagle and a pure Labrador Retriever, although subsequent generations may have different proportions of the two breeds in the mix. With mixed breeds, there's never a guarantee about exactly what you'll get, but a lot of owners single out this mix for its friendly and often easy-going personality.
Appearance / health:
There's quite a lot of variation in the appearance of the Labbe, but many of them strongly resemble Labradors with Beagle ears.
Behavior / temperament:
The temperament of this mix can vary quite a lot, depending on what the dog inherits from the Lab or the Beagle side of the equation. At least one owner has observed that their dog would not swim, quite different from what you'd expect from a purebred Lab. As a general rule, they're happy, curious dogs who like to get out and around with their people. A leash may be required to prevent an interesting smell from encouraging your pet to give chase.
Maxi the Legal Blab
Maxi isn't exactly my dog, she's my sister's dog, but I helped with much of the raising while we were kids and now that my sister's working in China I've started caring for her. Maxi is a friendly dog, generally even to other dogs unless they bark first, and she's almost always eager for a walk. Maxi is a Legal Blab, a black labrador/beagle cross. We first found her as a puppy when we lived in the country (along with her brother, Sirius), and the differences between the two were pronounced.
Sirius was whip-thin, able to leap over any fence (it was scary sometimes) and eager to run and run forever, while Maxi liked staying at home closer to the people. Maxi has a barrel-shaped body that differs from Sirius', and while Sirius wouldn't stop barking some days, Maxi rarely ever vocalizes anything unless she's tethered outside.
Sadly, Sirius vanished one day and we were never able to locate him. Maxi has been with us all that time, though, and has since moved to the city. The transition to being a city dog... having to stay indoors almost all the time, and using leashes while outside... went better than I expected. Sadly, we didn't take much effort for training while she was little, and it's difficult now to motivate her.
Lately she's been lying down a lot and more reclusive, possibly just because she's tired (and at 14 years old I wouldn't be surprised). She's had hip problems, as many dogs of her breed do, but with the right medicines she's been improving drastically. She went from barely moving to wanting to take three or four walks per day.
For what it's worth, she was once hit by a car and she lived. The vet said "The labrador makes her tough, and the beagle makes her stupid." Or maybe it was the other way around. I don't think she's stupid... she's demonstrated an aptitude for strategy that's surprised me at times... but she's definitely a tough, hardy little dog. I don't know how much longer she'll be with us, but she's great.
Oh, and she's terrified of baths. She once displaced the bathroom sink trying to get away from the bath. These are strong dogs, and tough, and they tend not to take no for an answer, so know what you're getting into with a dog like this.
One last side effect from either aging or moving to the city: she can't go outside whenever she wants anymore, and often doesn't want to just be tethered outside when she could be exploring, and this frustrates her. She used to be housebroken in the country, but she's losing that a bit. She might just be old, or she might think that since she can't go outside and we're uncooperative that she might want to take matters into her own hands. One way or the other, she occasionally remembers the mats we've put down for her..
From Afgncaap5 Jun 26 2015 11:55PM
Labrador Retriever - A Great High-Energy Family Dog
In my experience (10 years) with a Labrador Retriever, I found this dog was very high-energy and friendly. Always wanting to be involved with family activities, craving our attention and affection. Definitely an animal that will love you for spending time with it, and will never get sick of your attention.
They are generally fantastic with both children and small animals. The kind of dog that you can have around small toddlers without worrying about nipping or any other issues. In my personal experience, the dog will even put up with harassment from a curious toddler who thinks it's funny to stick his/her finger in the dog's ear or etc.
Interaction with other dogs is also good, we raised ours in an environment with several other dogs, and this went without issue.
Training was also a relatively easy task, as this dog (again from my experience) was very obedient and well behaved. This dog has high energy, but said energy can be directed and controlled through good training.
In short, this is a great dog for someone who wants a real companion pet, and has the time and energy to invest into the animal. Not recommended for someone who wants more of an independent house-ornament type of animal..
From Emily_V Jul 24 2015 9:23PM
Great family dog
Sunny was a great, sweet, rambunctious puppy. He was a Lab/Hound mix (not sure what type of Hound). He attached to me right away, but also loved to play with my husband. He was super friendly, and loyal to us, but also loved to make new friends, human and canine. He was even smart enough to know that he needed to be gentle when meeting and playing with our 2 year old niece. We used to take him next door for playdates with our neighbor's dogs. Our problem with Sunny was that he had SO MUCH ENERGY, and didn't train to a leash very well. He also got destructive when bored, and chewed our internet cable off of our house at least 4 times. He quickly figured out how to get out of the fence, frequently getting out to explore around us, and make new friends (always coming home when he was finished). Another problem with him was that he shed a lot. After trying for 6 months to find a solution to his boredom, and frequent escapes, we decided he wasn't happy with us, and deserved a better home. We took him to a local SPCA, where he passed his personality test with flying colors, and was adopted out within a week. This breed is great with kids and is a friendly dog that is great for socializing. The cons are shedding, destructive behaviors when bored, and stubbornness when training. If you can work with this breed, and play a lot/walk daily, that would fix some of these problems! If we had more time to train him (we both worked, and I was pregnant), and a bigger yard for him or a furry companion, Sunny would still be with us..
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