The Lab-Chow is the offspring of the Chow Chow and the Labrador Retriever parents. This crossbreed is a well-built, stocky, sturdy new breed that relates to the size and temperament of both its parents. They are muscular dogs with a water-resistant straight coat, a broad neck, and a typical thick nose and a broad muzzle that ends in a pronounced stop. Their chestnut-shaped eyes and hanging ears add to the expressive glory of their faces. They have a strong, thick tail that tapers towards the end, and are completely covered with hair. Their webbed feet aids in swimming, and have a good bone structure.
|Also known as/Nickname||Chow-Lab, Chowder, Chabrador, Chowbrador, Chab, Labrachow, Chow Chow / Labrador Retriever Mix|
|Coat||Dense, double, water-resistant, wooly|
|Colors||Black, Brown, Light Brown, Chocolate, Cream, Golden, Fawn, Dark Brown|
|Group (of Breed)||Crossbreed|
|Lifespan||9 to 12 years|
|Weight||8-18 pounds (full-grown)|
|Height (size)||Large; 18-24 inches (adults)|
|Temperament||Sweet, affectionate, friendly, alert, energetic|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Good with Pets||Yes|
|Country of Origin||USA|
|Competitive Registration/Qualification Information||DRA|
Because both the parents of this breed have completely different kinds of behavioral characteristics, it is tough to predict how the temperament of the lab chow will be. It mostly depends upon which of its parents your puppy will take after. On a general note, this new breed is affectionate and loving, that makes a good companion. They are calm and sweet-tempered, and are loyal to their owners and family. They are good with the kids and other pets of the household. However, if they mostly go by the genes of their chow chow parents, they are often wary about strangers and might not be too tolerant of other animals. In that case, they also have a highly territorial instinct.
Some lab-chows might display independent behavior, and might lead a life very aloof. They are large size dogs and need space to live in. Especially, if they are apartment dogs, they need frequent outings. But they love to play, and often expect that their owners would accompany them in their games. They also have a tendency to show some guarding behavior, when it comes to guarding their territory, or their family. Thus, lab-chows usually make a good guard dog as well.
It is also good for them if you would allow them to play openly in an open space, or if you have a yard. Open their leash and see them run around in joy. Participate in different games like retrieving and fetching. Their potent instinct inherited from their lab retriever parent would surprise you.
Training this dog is very important. Considering its genetics, you should take the training issue very seriously. They tend to go astray easily if you wouldn’t spend some responsible time to educate them the dog way. As it is, those lab-chows that have taken after their chow parent might end being disruptive and independent-natured, and lack of proper training might enhance this behavior further more.
Begin socialization, obedience and housebreaking trainings when your dog is still a puppy, soon after you adopt it from the breeders, because once your dog gets older, it will become very difficult to break its old habits. This would ease your job. However, you can as well seek help from professional trainers. They must be taught how to behave properly, and how to show proper mannerisms to other pets and dogs. These dogs are attentive and devoted, and hence, shouldn’t take too long to practice and profess all that you teach them.
Provide your dog such foods that are normal to large dogs like its parents. The quantity should also be the same, and this depends upon the amount of energy your big doggie possesses. It is also advisable that, you should not compromise with the quality of your dog’s food. Pick up foods that are recommended for dogs of such a size and levels of energy.