The Beagle Lab mix, one of the most popular designer mixed-breed dogs of today, is a crossbreed dog between its two parents, the Beagle and Labrador Retriever.
In this article, we’ll do our best to cover everything there is to know about this beautiful, one of a kind cross-breed for those who already have one at home as part of the family, as well as those who are thinking of adding one to the family.
Introduction To The Beagle Lab Mix
The Beagle Lab mix is recognized by the following authorities:
- International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR)
- Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC)
- American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC)
- Designer Breed Registry (DBR)
Some other names the Beagle Lab Mix goes by are:
- Labbe Retriever
Beagle Lab Mix Appearance
Size, Height & Weight
Most of the times, the Beagle Labrador mix dog has a body and physical build much like that of its Beagle parent.
They are medium sized dogs that are just a tiny little bit larger than their Beagle parents, but somewhat smaller than their Labrador parents.
Of-course, that largely depends on which of the two parents the Beagle Lab Mix dog got most of its physical genes from, and size can vary from one Labbe to another.
On average, a Beagle Lab Mix dog stands 17-25 inches tall and weighs around 20-50 lbs.
Unlike its body structure and build that it takes from its Beagle parent, the Beagle Lab mix dog takes it smooth and extremely short coat from its Labrador parent.
Lab Beagle Mix Temperament
Please note that the following characteristics and personality traits listed below are, at best, expectations that you can look forward to based on very common observations among a large amount of Beagle Lab Mix dogs.
These characteristics and traits are also based on research about the temperaments of this cross-breed’s parents, the Beagle and the Labrador Retriever, due to the fact that their offspring will get most of their characteristics and personality from either/both of the parents.
However, it must be said that one Beagle Lab Mix dog can vary from another based on which of the 2 parents it got most of its genes from.
One Beagle Lab Mix dog may be very similar to its Labrador parent in one aspect, but very similar to its Beagle parent in another.
The Beagle Lab Mix dog comes from two parents that are very smart and always love to please their owners/the people they hold the most affection for, so it generally won’t be a very difficult job training this cross-breed.
Sometimes though, some Beagle Lab Mix dogs can prove to be a little stubborn and can give you a bit of a hard time following instructions.
In such a case, the basics of dog training (such as positive reinforcement, use of rewards, consistency, being firm yet not harsh, etc ..) go a long way in easing the situation and making sure your Beagle Lab mix doesn’t get too out of hand.
You can always go with the option of enrolling them in a professional trainer’s class or having them trained in one-on-one sessions, which is obviously the more preferred option because you’re having a certified professional who knows what they’re doing do the job for you.
It’s best if your Beagle Lab Mix has been properly trained and socialized to deal with other people and other pets at a young age, instead of being socialized and trained when they are old, mature dogs, at which time it will become a significantly harder task to complete.
Much like its Labrador parent, the Beagle Lab Mix dog is a very active and energetic dog that just LOVES to get in a ton of physical activity and exercise throughout the day, all of which keep it as far away as possible from letting out all that energy inside of it through problematic means such as digging, chewing and howling.
Both Labradors and Beagles have the potential to become overweight (and sometimes even obese) if all they do is lay around all day long and don’t get enough exercise, a statement which holds true when it comes to their mixed-breed offspring, the Beagle Lab Mix dog.
And trust me, the last thing you want on your hands is an overweight dog!
If you’re looking for some ideas for exercise besides the same-old same-old, then you could be pleased to learn that the Beagle Lab Mix dog may be a good swimmer.
This, again, largely depends on whether they have inherited this characteristic from their Labrador parent or not, because Labradors are known to be good swimmers.
However, if your Beagle Lab Mix inherited this physical trait of their from their Beagle parent, then chances are that you should forget about taking them for a swim, because Beagles are some of the worst dog swimmers out there!
Besides physical exercise, the Beagle Lab Mix dog is a very smart dog that greatly enjoys intellectual exercise as well.
The Beagle Lab Mix dog is also very gentle dog that loves to play around with children, so is a very good fit if you’re planning on bringing them home to a house with young kids in it.
The Beagle Lab Mix dog isn’t exactly the friendliest and fastest dog to warm up to strangers, and will bark whenever it sees a stranger get too close or something that could cause potential harm to you or any other household member.
This essentially makes it one of the better watchdogs among cross-breeds.
Lab And Beagle Mix Living Conditions
This cross-breed dog absolutely loves to spend the majority of its day outside the house, where it thrives and is happiest moving around and discovering its environment.
When placed indoors for a long time, you can immediately notice that the Lab Beagle Mix dog isn’t its usual self and becomes somewhat depleted from all the energy, life and enthusiasm it had inside.
Not to mention that if you leave it in small-spaced apartments for long, this cross breed dog is known to make itself heard by chewing away on whatever it can get its hands (or teeth) on.
The best place the Beagle Lab Mix would gladly spend the majority of its time in is a fenced, large-spaced backyard.
The fence is necessary because this cross-breed dog is known to be easily intimidated by strangers it doesn’t know (which could cause problems if a lot of passer by’s come and go nears its “territory” throughout the day).
Also, make sure that any fencing you install for your backyard is something solid and isn’t bypassed by digging, because Beagle Lab dogs love to dig!
If the fence you installed in your backyard isn’t good enough, the Beagle Lab Mix dog could very well dig a hole under the fence and make its way outside.
A characteristic this cross breed inherited from its Beagle parent is the love to go around and sniff in order to discover the environment around them and hoping to stumble upon something new, which can become a bit of a problem if they’re not in a restricted-space backyard or not on a leash when being taken to the park.
If you’re not able to cater to their high activity needs throughout the day and provide them with necessary outlets to let out all the energy they have inside them, not able to at least provide them with a large backyard to hang out and play around in, and are not able to spend significant amounts of time with them during the day to show them how much affection you have for them, then this dog is probably not the one for you.
Beagle Lab Mix Health Problems
Being a cross-breed, the Beagle Lab Mix dog isn’t as prone to suffer from health problems as both its purebred parents, however there are certain health problems that both its parents are known to suffer from, which could be passed on to them through gene inheritance.
Two of the most common health problems that the Beagle Lab is prone to suffering from during its lifespan are:
- Hip dysplasia
To be on the safe side, it’s best if you ask the breeder you’re dealing with to give you as much details as possible about the health history of both the Beagador’s parents.
This way, and based on what (if any) health problems the parents used to suffer from, you can tell what YOUR specific Beagle Lab Mix dog will be more prone to suffer from.
A breeder that can’t supply you with this information is usually a breeder not worth doing business with.
On average, this cross-breed is expected to live a life of around 10-14 years.
Labrador Beagle Mix Grooming
As far as shedding is concerned, this cross-breed is one of the best dogs that’ll keep you content in this department, as they rarely shed due to their very short coat.
So, you can perfectly get by with brushing their coat only around 1 time a week, and it’ll stay in perfect shape.
The Beagle Mix dog is known to have fairly frequent-growing nails that have to be properly taken care of on a regular basis.
It’s best that you delegate this task of nail clipping to a professional groomer instead of doing it yourself if you don’t have proper experience with doing such a thing.