Great Dane Labrador mix is also as Labradane or Great Labradane. Labradors are medium to large size dog. On the other hand, Great Dane is a giant size dog breed. A cross between Labrador retriever and Great Dane produce a giant size dog. They are large yet noble creatures. They are very well behaved.
Hybrid dogs are first intentionally breed during 90’s to generate a dog breed with best characteristics from parents. These types of dogs are often referred as hybrid or mix breed. Hybrid dogs can have any set of characteristics from its parents. There are no rules to set a clear cut temperament and physical description of any mixed breed dog. The best way to determine characteristic of any hybrid is by looking at its parenting breeds. Look for the pros and cons and you will figure out what to expect from your hybrid.
Here is some brief information about parent breeds of Great Dane Lab mix.
Great Dane is a giant size dog. He got long legs and sleek body. One might think that a large size dog with imposing looks is ferocious but they are gentle and noble creatures. They are affectionate, friendly with kids, other dogs and pets, and strangers. Great Dane is not the most intelligent but very easy to train. They are packed with energy and requires daily intense workout. These giants are also very playful. They are not suitable for apartment lifestyle. They are also not very good with extreme hot and cold temperature. Their history can be traced back to 3000 B.C but in 18th century Germans played the greatest role to develop what we called Great Dane today. They can weigh up to 200 lbs and stand 34 inch tall. Great Dane sheds a lot.
Labrador retriever is not as old dog breed as Great dane. They are developed in 17th century. In 18th century Englishmen took some Labradors from Canada and use them as retrieving dogs in hunting. Their major rise started with their arrival in America in 1920. After that they became the most loved dog breed. They make their mark as an amazing sporting and retrieving dog. They are very eager to please and intelligent which make them easy to train. They are also very dog with other dogs, pets, kids, and strangers. Labs are also very agile and filled with energy. Labradors are heavy shedding machines.
LAB GREAT DANE MIX TEMPERAMENT
Great Labradane are very friendly with kids, strangers, other dogs, and pets. They are very affectionate towards their owner and family. Great Dane Lab hybrids are intelligent and easy to train. They are very loyal and loving. They also demand great deal of love from their family. You have to keep showering them with love and attention as they are not good with solitude. These dogs are highly energetic. Intense workout is required to keep their body and mind in good healthy state. They are also protective towards their family especially kids.
|Learning Potential||90%||General Health||80%|
|Stranger Friendly||80%||Tolerates Hot Weather||60%|
|Playfulness||90%||Tolerates Cold Weather||60%|
|Kids Friendly||90%||Easy To Groom||90%|
|Affection Level With family||100%||Adapts Well to Apartment Living||20%|
|Intelligence||90%||Good For Novice Owners||20%|
|Dog Friendly||80%||Tolerates Lonliness||20%|
PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF GREAT DANE LABRADOR MIX
- Muscular body.
- Long legs.
- Broad face.
- Droopy ears.
- Long tail.
- Deep chest.
OVERVIEW OF LAB GREAT DANE HYBRID
|Coat Color.||Black, white, brindle, light to dark brown, and fawn.|
|Marking on Coat.||Solid, white markings on chest, brindle.|
|Type of Breed.||Mix/Hybrid/Cross|
|Coat Type.||Dense, thick, shiny, and short.|
|Lifespan.||7-12 Years. Similar to other giant dog breeds.|
|Shedding.||Moderate amount of seasonal shedding. Low amount on shedding.|
|Major Use.||Companion Dog.|
|Recognized By||Dog Registry Of America.|
|Temprament.||Playful, gentle, loving, affectionate.|
|First Breed In.||Unknown|
|Daily Requirements.||A good 30-60 minute workout.|
|Average Puppy Price.||$350-500|
|Annual Medical expense||$500|
|Non-Medical annual Expense||$600|
Great Dane dogs are majorly black, fawn, brindle, blue, mantle and harlequin. On the other hand Labrador are black, yellow or chocolate. Breeders can cross any combination of above mentioned colors to get black, fawn, blue, brindle and other colors of Labradane.
The bones and joints of great Dane Labrador mix grow up till 18 months of his birth. During this period great care should be taken to reduce the amount of stress on bones and joints. Otherwise his bones and joints can go out of shape. Don’t try to give him intense workout during this period. As he grows older his bones and joints become stronger and he can go for a brisk walk, jog or a cycling trip with you. During early stages try to engage him in mentally simulative games to channel his energies in right direction.
TRAINING – HOW TO TRAIN THE GREAT DANE LAB HYBRID
Start training your Great labradane at an early age. Don’t wait for him to become 6 month old. They like all other giant dogs require a trainer with strong personality who can establish himself as leader of the pack. Don’t try to use harsh tone and methods to train them. They are gentle and noble souls and easily respond to friendly training methods. Make sure you motivate them during training with their favorite treat or a toy. They are very easy to train with fewer repetitions.
GROOMING REQUIREMENTS FOR LAB X GREAT DANE
They require basic/moderate level of grooming. He sheds small amount of hairs which you can reduce by brushing. Heavy brushing is required during shedding season to reduce the amount of hairs in your home. Bathing him can be a difficult task because of his size. Bathe him only when he is dirty. Brush his teeth thrice a week and clip his nails when they grow big. Make sure you clean his ears after bathing him and wipe his eyes.
SOCIALIZING – HOW TO GET THE BEST OUT OF MY LAB X DANE
Both Great Dane and Labrador are excellent with kids. They only problem with Great Dane and Its hybrids is its size. He can easily knock down kids without any intention. You also have to teach your children to behave good with Great Dane Labra cross breed. An early introduction of kids and dog is always recommended as they will become fast friends as they grow up together.
WITH PETS AND DOGS
Both parent breeds are excellent with pets and other dogs. Make sure you introduce them at an early age. This will ensure a friendly bond with love and affection towards each other.
Great Dane are breed as boar hounds with natural territorial instinct. But selective breeding over years make then very friendly with strangers. Labradors are also very friendly with strangers. Thus labdane mix is also very friendly towards strangers.
IDEAL ENVIRONMENT FOR LABRADANE
Lab x Great Dane is not suitable for apartment lifestyle. They are just too big for it. He can easily knock down a cup of coffee from a table with a flick of his tail. He is not good with cold or hot weather for a very long time because of short coat. Their energy level is also not suitable for small homes. They require good amount of space indoor and a large backyard to burn off excessive energy.
COMMON HEALTH PROBLEMS & DISEASES
They are prone to hip and joint Dysplasia, bloat, ear and eye infection, bone cancer, and heart issues. Their life expectancy (6-12 years) is shorter then medium and large size dogs. Always buy your puppy from a well reputed breeder. Double check his parents’ health and breeding history to ensure a healthy puppy with no inherited diseases. Avoid pet shops & puppy mills at all cost.
- Easy to train large size dog.
- Good with strangers, kids and pets.
- Low grooming.
- Not an excellent choice for novice owners.
- Requires a large home.
Overall Labradane is one of the most friendly giant dog breeds. Don’t forget to share you lab/dane mix pictures and experience with us.