The Labradane, a large cross between the purebreds Labrador Retriever and Great Dane, is known for its sweet, gentle, and affectionate nature. It is a strong, sturdy dog with a well-muscled body, broad head, pronounced stop, dark nose, medium-sized floppy ears hanging close to the cheek, firm, muscular neck, and a high set tail.
|Other names||Great Dane Lab Mix|
|Coat||Short, thick, dense, glossy|
|Color||Black, fawn, brown, brindle, white, blue, black and white|
|Group of Breed||Sporting, Working, Non-Sporting|
|Size/Height||Big; 24-30 in|
|Shedding||Moderate to high|
|Temperament||Friendly, intelligent, energetic, playful, protective|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Country Originated in||USA|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||DRA|
Video: Labradane (Lab Great Dane Mix) Playing and Retrieving
Temperament and Behavior
The Labradane, characterized by a pleasant disposition, makes a great companion desiring to be closely bonded to its human family. Always eager to please its owner, the dog craves for praise and affection. It will welcome your visitors unless it sees something suspicious. Besides its protective nature, its imposing appearance can be intimidating for an unwanted stranger.
A Labradane is well disposed toward kids and other pets if raised with them. However, its size can cause problems, as it can accidentally knock over a small child. Make sure that you teach your kids how to approach and get along with these big dogs safely.
Even though Labradanes are quiet indoors, they need regular 30-minute walks or interactive playing sessions in a secured area. They should not be overly exercised especially when young since puppies are vulnerable to bone and joint problems.
Their coat needs regular brushing with a firm-bristled brush, as it helps in keeping the fur healthy and clean, thereby reducing the number of baths they need. Brush their teeth 2-3 times a week and trim their nails once a month. When their ears show signs of infection, clean them with a pH-balanced solution.
The Great Dane Lab mixes are affected by certain health issues including elbow and hip dysplasia, improper development of bones and joints, PRA, epilepsy, cataracts, gastric torsion, and acute moist dermatitis.
Start training the Labradanes early because their sheer size could make them difficult to control by the time they become adults.
- Socialization: To prevent your pet dog from exhibiting aggression or fear when meeting strangers, properly socialize Labradane puppies with unfamiliar people and pets. You may check in your neighborhood for groups that take their dogs to the park or ask the dog walkers to join you on the route.
- Teaching your dog to chase and fetch: Encourage your pet to go after a ball, Frisbee, or stick by tossing it a short distance. When your dog goes for it, reward with praises and treats. If your dog refuses to bring the toy back, you can use another object and throw it in an opposite direction. This will help in familiarizing your pet to the idea of going back to you once it has grabbed the object. After your dog has mastered this, try calling your dog back and ask it drop the object.
The Labradane needs four and a half to six cups of dry dog food per day.