The Beagle Lab is a hybrid dog that is a combination of the Labrador and the Beagle breeds. Because it is a combination of two pure breeds, it is not recognized by the AKC, or American Kennel Club. Each of the breeds that creates the Beagle Lab mix, or Labbe, are both very popular breeds of dogs which makes the Beagle Lab mix, a popular breed, also. These dogs have a lot of great characteristics and qualities that make it a great family dog, however, it is a breed that does have a few traits that may be more difficult for some owners to handle. If you are considering purchasing a Labbe, keep reading to see seven things you didn’t know about the Beagle Lab mix.
1. Varies in size
One thing when you purchase a mix breed puppy, it is hard to tell what characteristics the puppy will get and whose side of his family he will take after. When it comes to height and size, this breed can either turn out smaller, more of the size of a Beagle, or it can grow to be as big as a standard Labrador Retriever. Because this variation is possible, people living in small quarters and apartments will want to take this into consideration before purchasing a puppy. There may not be enough room for the dog when it reaches adulthood.
2. Hunting dogs
The two breeds combined to create the Labbe, are both known to be hunters which means that the Labbe is going to have a high propensity to exhibit hunting-like characteristics. The most common hunting behaviors a Labbe will use are his drive to sniff, dig and run. These dogs need training early, in order to help keep some of these behaviors in check.
3. Health issues
Beagles have big, droopy ears which are prone to getting dirt and bacteria growth in them. When a Beagle’s ears are not cleaned on a regular basis, it puts them at a high risk for ear infections, which is commonly seen in the breed. Because the Labbe is half Beagle, this is also a breed that is prone to ear infections and their ears should be cleaned on a routine basis. Labbes are also prone to epilepsy, from the Beagle lineage, as well as eye problems and hip dysplasia, from the Labrador side of the family.
4. Easy grooming
Both full breeds that created the Labbe, are considered easy grooming breeds. This means that the Labbe is also an easy breed when it comes to grooming. This is a short-haired breed and will only require a bath a couple of times a month, unless a roll in the mud calls for an extra, in-between bath. There is minimal shedding, but brushing on a weekly basis will help to eliminate some of the loose fur. Other general grooming include, ear cleaning, toenail clipping, and teeth care.
5. Good hunters
This breed has a lot of hunting characteristics and qualities, since both sides of the Beagle Lab mix have hunting blood in their lineage. The Beagle line is great for sniffing out game and following animals’ tracks, as well as scurrying game out of bushes with their loud bark. Labradors are excellent foul hunters and will retrieve water foul and other objects. This means the Beagle Lab mix can easily be trained to sniff out game and retrieve it, even in the water. They are water sports and water game retrieval experts so long as they are trained and worked with early on.
6. Can be destructive puppies
Although this breed is easy to train and can even be trained well, to return when your call his name in a park, this breed is also known to be more mischievous as puppies and can be downright destructive. The Labbe puppy will love to chew up your personal property, shoes, couches, pillows, anything he can get his mouth on. They also love to get into the garbage and make big messes. In order to help this type of behavior, it is recommended your puppy be put in a crate while you cannot supervise him, starting at a young age. Crate training is one of the best training methods to teach your Beagle Lab mix good puppy behavior and curb mischievous behavior.
7. Suffer separation anxiety
This breed loves its owners and loves to be around people in general. This is not a breed that likes to be alone for long periods of time and shouldn’t be left for long periods of time due to its propensity to suffer from separation anxiety. If this breed is left alone in the home with nothing to do or anyone around, it is possible for this breed to turn its anxiety into mischievous behavior and possibly destructive behavior.