The Lab Pei is a mixture of the Labrador retriever and the Chinese Shar-pei. Like their parents, these are very intelligent dogs that wouldn’t always follow commands submissively, though they are very committed to their masters. These are large dogs with a pretty sturdy structure, small overlapping ears, with a face very much like their lab parent. The eyes are almond-shaped and their noses are black to dark brown. These dogs often tend to have loose facial skin, though not as wrinkled as the shar pei.
Lab Pei Pictures
|Also known as||Labrador Retriever x Shar-Pei Mix, Shar Pei Lab Mix|
|Coat||Harsh and Rough, short|
|Colors||Black, Dark Tan, Brown, Chocolate, Cream, Golden, White|
|Group (of Breed)||Crossbreed|
|Type||Watch dog, guard dog|
|Life span/expectancy||8 to 10 years|
|Weight||45-65 pounds (male and female)|
|Height (size)||Medium; 18-25 inches (adults)|
|Temperament||Alert, affectionate, intelligent, social, protective, energetic, loyal|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Good with Pets||Yes|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||DRA|
Video: Shar Pei Lab Mix Puppies
Temperament and Behavior
These dogs generally have an even, protective, loving temperament which they inherit from their parents. However, it shouldn’t be forgotten that their Sharpei parents also have a crude side. If they take mostly to the sharpei side, they might at times be independent, dominant, alert, lordly and brave.
Like their parents, they would try to protect their family members. They are emotionally responsive, loving, smart and kind. Though they are not aggressive to strangers, but would warn-bark if they come across intruders, strange noises or anything suspicious. Thus they make a good watchdog as well. They are good with kids and other pets provided they get the right training, and at the right age.
This intelligent dog is ready to please you. However, in return, they would expect some attention and affection from their loved ones. They can adapt and establish itself very easily with family life, and thus makes a good apartment dog.
Because they are average to large-sized dogs, the Lab Pei needs a pretty good amount of daily exercise. They need lots of physical activity all day, and a spacious apartment is always good for them. Their exercise requirements can be fulfilled through long walks and jogging. This should keep a balance between their physical and mental health, and prevent them from being flippant and destructive.
They have a high playing instinct and would enjoy if they get an open yard to run and play around. But make sure the yard is fenced and safe before you untie your dog from its leash.
Because they have a short coat, the grooming requirement for these dogs is moderate to easy. Brush them once to twice a week so as to retain the natural glow. Also, note whether your dog does not enjoy water like its sharpei parent. In that case, bathe it very rarely, may be once a year, if you think they are really untidy and in need for one.
Dogs with wrinkles are susceptible to skin infections. If your pet has some wrinkles, cleaning them regularly by wiping the folds with a moist cloth. Rest of the grooming part, including nail-trimming or brushing teeth, are similar to other pet dogs.
Just like most other cross breeds, no breed specific issues have been determined in the lab pei. However, both general and genetic issues can’t be ignored. Dysplasia is a common issue with larger dogs, and both their parents are vulnerable to this. Similarly, other problems like entropion, luxation, cherry eye, ear infections, stenotic nares, tight lips, malocclusion, hypothyrooidism, demodectic mange, oleosa, hot spots, skin odor, etc. can’t also be ruled out.
Though these dogs are intelligent enough to pick instructions, commands and training easily, but if your dog has taken to the sharpei’s demeanor, it might show up independent, or apparently obstinate, nature. This might tend to make them disobey the trainer. In that case, a very firm hand, and some good amount of patience is required for it to be trained.
If your dog finds you not strong enough to be its pack leader, it’s likely that it will take over as the boss. You can consult a professional trainer the moment you find your dog displays the slightest behavioral issue.
Give them socialization and housebreaking trainings from the time you bring them home from the breeders. Train the puppies consistently and with firm hands. Praise your dog or give them treats whenever it finds success or displays obedience.
Your dog has lots of energy and hence, needs a healthy diet that would provide it with optimal nutrition. Stick to the same routine diet like the other large-sized dogs with the same energy levels. If you would go for dry foods like kibbles, be sure that you stick to quality and that, you are providing it with the right quantity of food.