Great Dane Lab Mix (A.K.A Labradane) – A Detailed Look

The Great Dane Lab Mix, also known as the Labradane, is a large to giant designer dog breed that has quickly become one of the most favorite cross-breeds among people who love larger-than-average dogs.

The Great Dane Lab Mix is recognized as a designer dog breed (and not as a purebreed in and of itself) by the following organizations.

  • Designer Breed Registry (DBR)
  • International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR)

Great Dane Lab Mix Appearance

Size, Height & Weight

The Labradane, being a product from mixing together two of the largest dog breeds (the Great Dane and the Labrador Retriever), will be just like both its parents when it comes to its large size.

In general, the Labradane will weigh anywhere between 100-190 pounds, which is one of the highest weights you’ll see on any dog (you can thank the Great Dane for that), and will stand anywhere from 25-35 inches tall.

Coat

The Labradane’s coat is almost always going to be a short one that’s very close to their skin, and one that comes in a wide variety of colors, most common of which being black, brown, brindle and white.

Great Dane Lab Mix Temperament

When it comes to determining what your Great Dane Lab Mix’s temperament will exactly be like, you can’t always be sure about the estimations because that greatly depends on which of the two parents it takes the majority of its traits from.

Affection

This dog is probably one of the most misunderstood dogs ever, as people tend to think they’re dangerous dogs just because of their gigantic size.

Even though this dog is one of the largest dogs you’ll ever come across, who said large things can’t be complete sweethearts?

With its two parents (the Great Dane and the Labrador Retriever) being absolute sweethearts and two of the most loving dogs, this dog is an absolute sucker for affection, and will take each and every opportunity that comes its way to show you exactly that.

This means that if you’re sitting on your couch watching TV, expect the Labradane to come your way and want to cuddle.

Or if you’re just about to go to sleep, expect this dog to come and lay right next to you just to remind you that it loves you.

You can also expect this dog to get along tremendously well with other family members (such as kids) and other household pets and show them the exact same affection.

The only reason we would not suggest that you immediately let them play with your kids without proper supervision is the fact that these are gigantic dogs that could easily overpower and physically hurt your kids with even the least bit of rough play, even though the dog may not mean any harm at all.

Since this dog is an offspring to two of the most affectionate dog breeds out there, don’t add one to your family if you don’t have time to spend with it on a daily basis, as it will most certainly develop separation anxiety and won’t lead a happy life.

This dog should only be added to families that have adequate time to spend with it on a daily basis.

Training

Speaking of affection, one of the areas this dog will show you how much it loves you and wants to see you happy at all times is during training.

This dog is known to be a fairly easy dog to train, because of the fact that they listen to and follow their owner’s commands to the T, not needing nearly as much time and repeating as do some other dog breeds.

However, you should ideally train and socialize them from a very young age when they’re still small in size, because this dog can easily become a handful that’s quite hard to control at times when they grow up and become the giant dogs that they are.

It’s sometimes hard to control 180 pound dogs that haven’t been trained before!

Also, make sure you only stick to positive reinforcement methods during training and stay away from any useless and harmful methods that could potentially ruin their love for you, as this dog is such a sweetheart that even the least bit of yelling will greatly upset them.

Guard Dog

If you’re looking to add one of these dogs to your family as a guard dog, then you’re better off looking elsewhere because this is one of the worst guard dogs ever.

This may come as a surprise because you’re generally used to the idea that the larger a dog was in size, the better they will be as guard dogs, but that’s not always the case every time.

These dogs are such sweethearts and people-loving creatures, that they’re the last dogs ever that could think about harming another human being or animal.

With that being said, there is some good news to all of this as this dog is known to be a good watchdog.

The Labradane will bark in order to let you know when an intruder is near or when something that shouldn’t be going on is happening.

It’ll be up to you to act though, don’t expect this sweetheart to do much more than alerting you of the situation.

Exercise

Being the gigantic dog that it is, the Labradane must get adequate amounts of physical activity day in, day out to remain mentally healthy and let out all that energy that builds up inside.

The best way to make sure that your Labradane is getting the physical activity it needs is to supply it with all the toys and objects it needs in a large space (such as your backyard), where it can get all the exercise it needs and stay on the move for a long period of time.

Ofcourse, that won’t suffice on its own as you’ll still have to play around with it from time to time and take it on relatively long walks (ideally 2 long walks every day), but giving this dog a large space to spend time in will help out a lot because they’re able to keep themselves busy and exercise themselves on their own.

The ideal candidate to add one of these dogs to their family/household is a physically active person themselves that has an exercise routine that they can make this dog a part of.

One thing you have to take particular note of is the fact that this dog has to be very lightly exercised when they’re still a young puppy, because any high-demand exercise can and will put tremendous stress on their bodies, joints and bones, all of which will cause them physical problems down the road later on in life.

The high-demand exercise such as jogging and running can be done with this dog when they grow up and become fully-grown adults.

Till then, stick with lightweight exercise such as short and slow walks to not too far away destinations.

Besides physical exercise, this dog (just like the majority of other breeds out there) absolutely loves its mental stimulation as well, so be sure to stack up on dog toys and give them all the options and varieties they need to keep them going.

Lab Great Dane Mix Living Conditions

First thing you should know is that since this is a large to gigantic dog, it’s absolutely a NO-NO if you plan to have it live indoors in an apartment.

This dog will only be comfortable in a property with a large backyard for them to spend the majority of their time in, so please don’t get one of these dogs home only to have them live in an apartment because they won’t have any room at all to move around comfortably.

As for the weather climate that this dog is most comfortable in, they’re comfortable in moderate temperatures more than they are in extreme ones, with their preference being towards moderately warm temperatures because of their short coat.

Labradane Health

Some of the most common health problems that a dog as large as the Labradane is more prone than other dogs to suffer are as follows.

  • Hip & elbow dysplasia
  • Tumors
  • Growth spurts
  • Heart problems
  • Eye problems
  • Obesity
  • Bloating
  • Seizures
  • Epilepsy
  • Skin disease
  • Ear infections

You must also be careful about this dog’s diet, because gigantic dogs like this usually have huge appetites and if not given a scientific and calculated diet to follow, they will easily overeat way above the caloric requirements they need during a day’s time, which will result in serious problems such as bloat and obesity.

This is why it’s extremely important that you consult with your veterinarian about what diet would be best for your Great Dane Lab Mix dog, how much calories they need to eat during the day, how much protein, fat and carbohydrates they should be getting, etc ..

In general, a Labradane will go on to live a lifespan lasting around 8 to 12 years, which is a little bit shorter than the average lifespan for a dog its size.

Great Dane Lab Mix Care

As far as grooming is concerned, the first thing you should be looking into when it comes to this dog is how much it sheds, which thankfully is relatively low.

The only time you’ll ever have to worry about your Labradane’s coat shedding a little bit above average is during shedding season, at which time you’ll only have to increase your coat-brushing frequency a little bit to stay on top of the situation, to about brushing their coat once a day.

Other than that, this dog sheds really lightly, which is a blessing to say the least.

Brushing this dog’s coat around 1-2 times a week in non-shedding seasons should be quite enough to keep its coat in tip top shape.

As far as giving this dog a bath is concerned, this should only be done when there’s a need for one, which is generally once every 2 weeks as their coat doesn’t tend to get dirty as fast as the coats of other dog breeds.

You will face a little bit more difficulty bathing them than when you’re bathing other smaller sized dogs, because you probably can’t fit a dog this size in your bathtub, so you will have to make do with giving them a bath in a large space such as in your backyard.

If you don’t have a backyard, finding a professional grooming center that offers giving large dogs a bath as part of their services would be your second best option.

As for the other grooming practices, you’re going to need to brush their teeth around once every other day, clean their ears around once every week, and trim their nails whenever they start to grow longer than they should be.

14 COMMENTS

  1. Ive had large breed high energy dogs in apartments and they do great as long as you get them daily excersize. My labradane was fine.

  2. Not true about having them in an apartment. I had a Great Dane and he spent the first few years in a 600 sf apartment. He was a couch potato. We had regular exercise but he didn’t run around then or when we moved into a house with a big backyard. He definitely didn’t spend most of his time outdoors! That’s just silly. It is often times smaller more active breeds that need the space. He was very happy no matter what the size of our home, provided he was with me. Total lover of a dog. Best ever and miraculously lived to be 14!

  3. The guard dog part IS NOT trure. Labradanes are perfect guard dogs as they alert and sometimes growl if a intruder is present. If you think about getting one yes they WILL be perfect guard dogs.

  4. I am looking for a labradane puppy any idea where I can find one?? I am having a lot of trouble finding one in Florida

  5. I adopted a Labradane three years ago. Best dog I have ever had hands down! He is a gentle giant, loves affection, is super smart, loves his home and he’s a great watch dog and very loyal! I got him through Great Dog Rescue of New England.

  6. have a 110 lb Great Dane/Blk Lab mix-will be 3 yrs in July-great dog,loving,friendly-too friendly sometimes-LOL and real affectionate-like to sleep with me now-bed hog though

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