Species group: Mixed Breeds
Other name(s): Chabrador
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
What do you get when you breed a Labrador Retriever, widely regarded as one of the most personable dogs, with the Chow Chow, one of the most temperamental? Your guess is as good as anyone's. The reality is that your crossbred puppy could be more like the Lab, more like the Chow, or something of an unpredictable blend. The Chabrador is beautiful, but it may be best in the hands of someone who has previous experience with Chow Chows or a similar temperament. Some owners describe Labrador / Chow mixes that are almost Labrador-like in their sweetness, but you never really know until you get to know the dog in question. They are truly individuals, and you cannot make assumptions.
Appearance / health:
There's some variation in the appearance of this crossbred dog since it isn't a pure breed, but they frequently have beautiful coats.
Behavior / temperament:
If the Lab personality dominates, owners are known to gush about the sweetness and loyalty of their dogs. However, some of the more Chowlike individuals can also be sweeter than a purebred Chow, but it's your responsibility to make sure your dog is properly socialized.
loyal companion, great family pet, awesome guard dog, Intelligent, great watch dog
grooming, drool yuck, hip dysplasia
intuitive dogs, spotted purple tongue, ferocious bark
She's a Monster, but she's my Monster
A dog owner must put on rosy glasses the moment she sets her eyes on the dog that will be hers. The bias sets in, and within minutes, that dog happens to be the best one in the entire world.
And so it was with Arya. She approached me with an enthusiasm that her litter mates simply could not match. She had this perpetual smile on her face, and when she finally reached my foot, she stumbled over her head in her excitement to get to me. I picked her up, and that was the end of it. I was in love, and there was no other dog in the world that could sway me.
When I brought her home, we struggled to get along at times. She was constantly chewing, constantly tearing up the carpet, and the neighbors complained that she whined for hours on end when I left the house. She wasn't a fan of being cooped up in any area very long, so she often escaped into the hallway of the apartment complex, trying to find her way outside. Once, she managed to escape outside and she disappeared for days. She returned early on the fourth morning, cold, and hungry, but in relatively good spirits.
Overall, she was--and in some ways, she still is--a very disobedient dog. But I never paid attention to any of that. At the end of the day, she makes me happy. She is a fun dog to be around, and she's always up to play. She's not only great with kids, she refuses to bite anyone, even while play-wrestling. She is a hassle, I'll never deny that. However, I'll take all of her worst for even an hour of her best..
From MattieJH Jul 26 2015 11:32AM
The Most Loving + Gentle Dog You'll Meet
They say black animals are less likely to be adopted- which is such a shame, considering that if they all had Zeus' temperament, that sad statistic would change pretty quickly. Zeus was just born when Hurricane Sandy hit the Northeast, and was subsequently abandoned. A friend of my aunt found him and took him in, but due to her constant traveling, she couldn't keep him. After my stepdad saw his picture shared on Facebook, he simply HAD to have him. Our childhood dog had passed away in 2010, and our purebred GSD needed a friend.
Honestly, due to lack of consistency in Zeus' life, the first month was so difficult. He had this unrestrained energy (and bladder), was clumsy and manic. My mom was at her wit's end-- she was trying everything, but with no avail. Then one day, something changed. He calmed down, he accepted the routine we had been trying so hard to implement, and there was a total turnaround.
Zeus loves the dog park- he is a regular there, and loves to run around, meet new dogs, and be social. He has never shown any aggression towards another dog. He gets VERY high anxiety in thunderstorms, and attempts to hide under beds, tables, feet.. anything. He is not very vocal, but our GSD is, so when Sam starts barking, Zeus joins in.
Temperament wise, Zeus is the ideal dog, he loves to snuggle, he brings you his blanket when you walk in the door like a "present", and won't stop giving kisses until you say so. I can not help but be so happy when I see him- constantly smiling, constantly over the moon for attention... he's a wonderful dog for children, smaller pets (loves to cuddle with my cat, see the pics..). He's wonderful, and I would highly recommend a lab mix like Zeus to anyone..
From ElleBee989 May 28 2015 8:52AM
Black lab/ chow mix
Our lab/chow mix is an interesting dog.
Like all labs, he loves water, which is great and means that we can easily give him a bath. However, on the chow chow side, it means he has a long/thick coat that sheds an unbelievable amount, which means we often have to give him baths.
He also isn't the brightest crayon in the box. Although very sweet, he is a bit of a "dumb" dog, in the way that labs can be. He hasn't a care in the world, and is content to just run around the yard, barking at the wind.
We have given up completely on training him, as we haven't even mastered "sit", not even with professional help. On the plus side, Smokey is extremely independent, and doesn't look towards his humans much for affection or attention. He does like to cuddle and place his head on our laps, but is also just as happy to go off in another room and look out the window. He has no separation anxiety or associated behaviors.
The biggest downfall of our lab/chow is the barking. He barks at us, he barks at other dogs, he barks at squirrels, and he barks while running around the yard, just to bark. He has a big, loud, boisterous bark, and has learned that if he barks at us, we let him outside. We are trying to curb this habit, but, truth be told, his bark is incredibly annoying and he knows it.
On the plus side, he is fantastic with children. He lets my 18 month old niece love and hug him, and is so gentle around her. He is not good with smaller dogs, though. He often picks them up in his mouth and tries to carry them away (not aggressive, but other pet owners become angry when he does this).
He doesn't need a ton of exercise, and does well to go for one or two short walks a day. Even though he is 10 years old, he does not act like it. Many people mistake him for a 5-6 year old.
Overall, we love our dog, but be warned that the chow component can be stubborn and frustrating, even if the lab breed is family oriented, if not a little bit dumb..
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