Akita / Labrador Retriever Mix

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Is the Akita / Labrador Retriever Mix right for you?

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Other name(s): Labrakita

The basics:
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 Labrakita is a cross between a pure Akita and a pure Labrador Retriever, although subsequent generations may have different proportions of the two breeds in the mix. While this mix can make for a handsome dog, do not assume the sweetheart Lab genes will override the food-aggressive Akita genes. The behavior of this dog could be unpredictable, making it a project for the motivated expert rather than the novice.

Appearance / health:
Often a black Lab is used by breeders working with this cross, and frequently the result is a dog that looks like a large black Lab with a curled tail. However, as with any mixed breed, the appearance can vary.

Behavior / temperament:
The unpredictable behavior of this mix could be a cause for concern if a naive owner thought the dog was guaranteed to have the same outgoing, friendly personality as the Lab side of the family. The Akita genes can bring some challenges, and you will need to be an intuitive owner with a good grasp of how to socialize a potentially challenging dog with consistency and kindness. Owners intimidated by large breeds should consider a different pet.

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