Great Pyrenees Lab Mix is also known as Pyrador or Labrenees. The resulted hybrid dog is a beautiful creature yet has all the protective and retrieving instinct of its parents.
Labrenees is not a pure breed and came into existence in 90’s. During 90’s many breeders were trying to produce a dog with best physical and personal characteristics to make a name for themselves. To achieve this they cross two different breeds to get one designer dog. These dogs are not recognized by big kennel club’s like AKC.
These Hybrid/mixed breed dogs can have any percentage of physical and personal characteristics from its parents. They can adopt the best or the worst as inheritance. Even puppies from same litter may differ widely from their siblings. So we have to look at their parent breeds to better understand their physical features and temperament.
Here is brief information About Great Pyrenees & Labrador.
Great Pyrenees is a white colored beautiful giant dog with strong built. They are commonly known for their guarding instinct. They are highly energetic and demands intense exercise to keep them in shape. He is highly playful. These dogs are intelligent but hard to train. He needs an experienced trainer who can positively reinforce training methods.
They are good with other dogs and kids but aggressive towards strangers while guarding. He sheds a lot and has a good sense of hearing. These dogs have high prey drive. They are recognized by AKC as working dogs. Great Pyrenees are independent thinker and he can figure things out on its own. They are not good for novice owner and apartment lifestyle.
Labrador retriever on the other hand is highly energetic medium size working dog. They also make their mark as sporting dogs. Labradors are affectionate, loving, playful, intelligent, easy to train. They shed a lot but require moderate grooming. They are powerful yet very friendly with kids, strangers, dogs, and pets. They with their brother Golden retriever are the top to sort out dogs in America. Labrador is also the number one dog in Europe and Canada.
OVERVIEW OF LABRADOR GREAT PYRENEES MIX
Payrador is a large to giant size cross breed dog. They are loyal, affectionate towards family and known to protect their territory. He can show independent behavior which is a trait of Great Pyrenees. They are very intelligent but not easy to train. They can become shy or aggressive towards strangers and other dogs if not properly trained and socialized. But they become an amazing protective, caring, loving, and working dog with good amount of training and socializing. They are not known for acting strangers. He barks with deep voice which is scary enough for intruders to run away. They lover cold weather and water.
|Learning Potential||90%||General Health||70%|
|Stranger Friendly||30%||Tolerates Hot Weather||80%|
|Playfulness||70%||Tolerates Cold Weather||100%|
|Kids Friendly||80%||Easy To Groom||90%|
|Affection Level With family||90%||Adapts Well to Apartment Living||30%|
|Intelligence||90%||Good For Novice Owners||20%|
|Dog Friendly||80%||Tolerates Lonliness||60%|
TRAITS OF PYRADOR
- Quick thinker.
- Decision maker.
PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF LABRADOR GREAT PYRENEES MIX
- Large to giant size.
- Big Face.
- Long tail which bends upwards.
- Hanging ears.
- Strong build.
|Coat Color.||Light to dark brown, chocolate, yellow, white and black.|
|Marking on Coat.||Marking on chest, Tuxedo, and solid.|
|Type of Breed.||Mix/Hybrid/Cross|
|Coat Type.||Long, dense, curls like wool, and soft coat.|
|Shedding.||Moderate to High in season.|
|Major Use.||Guard, Therapy.|
|Recognized By||Dog Registry Of America.|
|Temprament.||Protective, independent, affectionate, friendly.|
|First Breed In.||Unknown|
|Daily Requirements.||30-60 minute walk in a park.|
|Average Puppy Price.||unknown|
|Annual Medical expense||$600|
|Non-Medical annual Expense||$600|
DAILY WORKOUT/EXERCISE ROUTINE
Take extra care as Pyrador is a giant size dog. Their bones are not properly filled as they grow very fast in first 18 months. Any hardcore exercise during this period can cause pain which can be very uncomfortable for dog. You can take him out when he grows older for cycling or jogging. Give them enough time in backyard at young age so they can burn their excessive energy. Adults might need a 30-60 min brisk walk or playtime.
TRAINING OF LAB GREAT PYRENEES MIX
They are independent thinkers which make them hard to train. Untrained Pyrador is destructive and aggressive towards other dogs, kids and strangers. Training should start at very young age (before 8 weeks) to control their independent side of nature. Trainer should remain calm during training. He should establish himself as the leader of pack and dominant one. This dog will learn with patience and repetitions. Make sure you use his great sense of smell and hearing to a good use.
You can play hide and seek, tug of war and retrieving games to keep his interest alive. Also keep him motivated by offering favorite treats, toys and lots of affection and love.
GROOMING – TAKING CARE OF PYRADOR
They require basic/moderate grooming. Brush his hairs daily especially during shedding season to reduce the amount of hairs in your car and home. Give him a bath when he is dirty. Bathing a giant dog is not an easy task. So look for an outdoor hoes or a bathing facility for dogs. Don’t try to cut his hairs in summers as they provide him insulation from hot weather. Clip his nails and never ever try to remove his double dewclaw (if he has it). Brush his teeth thrice a week.
SOCIALIZING – HOW TO GET THE BEST OUT OF MY LABRADOR X GREAT PYRENEES
Both parenting breeds (lab and Great pyr) are good with children naturally. Introduce kids with dog at a very young age to get an excellent friendly bond. Their bond will become stronger as they grow together. Pyradors are also very protective towards kids and family.
WITH PETS AND OTHER DOGS
Guarding instinct from Great Pyrenees makes him a pet friendly dog. Labradors are also naturally friendly towards other pets and dogs. An untrained Pyrador is shy and often aggressive towards pets especially dogs. Make sure you introduce him to enough dogs and pets before 6 months of age.
He is protective towards his possessions, family, kids, pets, and other dogs naturally which makes him not a good stranger family dog. They find any stranger as intruder and won’t allow him enter their yard (space). They are not aggressive at first and only bark to alert owner and stranger.
IDEAL ENVIRONMENT FOR GREAT PYRENEES LAB MIX
They love cold weather, water, and lots of space. An ideal place to keep them is a farm house with other animals and water nearby to play. They can also tolerate hot weather but not for long periods. He is not suitable for apartment because of his large size and high energy level.
COMMON HEALTH ISSUE & DISEASE
They are prone to bloat, obesity, hip and joint dysplasia, eye problems, and ear infections. Make sure you give them 3-4 cups of dry good quality food divided into two equal meals. Don’t allow them to swallow their food very fast. Don’t try hardcore training and workout drills on young pyrador puppies as It can lead to pain.
Also choose a well reputed breeder to buy puppy. Avoid puppy mills and pet stores for buying puppies at all cost.
- Protective towards other animals, kids, family.
- Not easy to Train.
- Not good for novice owners.
- Not good for apartment.
Overall Pyrador is a dog with unique set of skills. He can act like a retriever and guard dog at the same time. Don’t forget to share your Great Pyrenees Labrador Mix pictures and experience with us in comments.