Here you’ll discover everything you want to know if you’re considering adding a Lab Hound mix to your household. We will help you to decide which one is right for your family, by giving you a rundown of the pros and cons of the top choices. And let you know some general things to expect when you combine a Labrador with a Hound.
A Labrador hound mix is any breed that has one Labrador Retriever parent and one parent from the hound category. Some popular examples include the Basset Hound Lab mix, the Plott Hound Lab mix, and the Blue Tick Hound Lab mix. It’s important to remember that all mix breed dogs will inherit their unique genetic blueprint from both parent breeds. So, a Lab hound mix could be any blend of a Labrador and their hound parent.
People Often Ask…
- Are Lab hound mixes good family dogs?
- How big will a hound Lab mix get?
- How long do Lab hounds live?
What’s In This Guide
- Lab Hound Mix At A Glance
- In-depth Breed Review
- Lab Hound Mix Training And Care
- Pros And Cons Of Getting A Lab Hound Mix
Lab Hound Mix: Breed At A Glance
- Popularity: Gaining popularity!
- Purpose: Family companion
- Weight: Depends on the hound breed used
- Temperament: Intelligent, alert, loyal
Lab Hound Mix Breed Review: Contents
- History and original purpose
- Lab hound mix appearance
- Lab hound mix temperament
- Training and exercising your Lab hound
- Labrador hound health and care
- Do Lab hounds make good family pets?
- Rescuing a Lab hound mix
- Finding and raising a Lab hound puppy
Origin of the Lab Hound Mix
Labrador retrievers have long enjoyed an exalted status as America’s most popular dog. Who doesn’t love a friendly, sociable Labrador? Then again, maybe we should also ask, who doesn’t a Labrador love?
Because of this, the Lab is a popular dog used in cross-breeding. Purposefully mixing dog breeds is quite a recent trend that became popular after the Labradoodle was first created in 1989.
A Labrador hound mix is created whenever a Labrador is bred with a hound breed. The even-tempered, high IQ, Labrador Retriever breed originated from hunting stock in Newfoundland, Canada. Fishermen used them to help with their labor-intensive daily routines.
The history of the second parent dog used will depend on the hound breed used. Because there are so many breeds of hounds, it is difficult to make sweeping statements about the group. However, a hunting background is a major common denominator among hounds.
What to Expect From a Lab Hound Mix
Lab and hound mixes go by a variety of names, including Labbe, Bassador, and Dachsador, depending on which hound is mixed with the friendly and popular Labrador Retriever. But, this means each Lab Hound mix is very different from the next.
A mixed breed dog can inherit any traits from either parent used. So, a puppy could be more like its Lab parent, or much more like its hound parent. To get a better idea of what your Labrador hound mix will be like, you should take a look at its parents. Remember, it could be any mix of the two. Later on in this guide, we’ll look at some specific examples of Lab hound mixes. But for now, here’s a more general idea of what to expect from this cross.
Lab Hound Mix Appearance
The appearance of a mixed breed puppy like this could be any blend of its two parents. To predict how your puppy will look, examine his parents to see what traits he could inherit. Labradors are medium sized sporting dogs.
Their coats come in three colors: yellow, black, and chocolate. Their “all-weather” fur is both short and thick. You could have a black Lab hound mix, inheriting the Labrador color – or something with more complex patterning.
There is a slight difference between the working Lab appearance and the show Lab appearance. But, you can read about this more here. Hounds are a diverse collection of dogs that are segmented into three categories. Within these categories exist many distinct breeds of hound dogs, with varying points of origin. So, it’s really hard to generalize a hound appearance. You will have more luck predicting your puppy’s appearance by looking at the specific hound used as a parent.
Lab Hound Mix Temperament
Before we examine the different Labrador retriever hound mix combinations, it should be noted that the offspring of Labs and hounds will reflect the unique temperaments of their parents.
In this case, size doesn’t matter! Whether you have a small Lab mix or large Lab mix, a black Lab hound mix or a yellow one, the temperament is contingent on his parents’ DNA.
Keep in mind, however, that temperamental traits are inherited in a random fashion, and can only be “predicted” in broad, general terms. No one can guarantee with certainty the precise combination of traits that a Labrador Spaniel mix, Bluetick Lab mix, or Bloodhound lab mix will inherit, nor how these qualities will be expressed.
It is nature’s little secret as to how the bundles of each breed’s genetic information will mix and match to create a unique cross breed canine.
Here’s a general look at Labrador and hound dog temperaments to help.
With a sunny, affable personality, Labs are easy to get along with, take well to training, and are eager to please: it’s a win-win situation for all involved!
It’s no wonder they’re America’s favorite dog.
With an impressive energy level, Labs are a popular choice for law enforcement, search-and-rescue, and service dog duty.
Labs are good companion animals for families, but don’t expect the trusting, affectionate Lab to be a ferocious guard dog; it’s just not in their nature!
Hounds are infamous for using a keen sense of sight and/or smell to pick up on a hunter’s intended prey. Some hounds complement their fine-tuned sensory ability with an amazing gift of speed.
Dogs in the sighthound category excel at using their laser-like sight to focus in on and stalk prey.
In contrast, pooches in the scent hound category use their superior sense of smell to help locate game. Due to the valuable nature of their acute sense of smell, scent hounds are also used to find missing persons.
Some experts consider hounds who follow prey using both the senses of sight and scent a distinct category.
But all are active, intelligent, and alert.
Some dogs in the hound group are known for a unique trait known as ‘baying’, which is a loud and distinct vocal emanation. Not everyone is fond (or tolerant) of baying, so it’s best to hear it first hand before bringing such a hound home.
Lab Hound Mix Socialization
No matter which hound breed is used in your Lab hound mix, it’s important to socialize your dog well.
Proper socialization as a puppy helps to ensure adult dogs grow to be happy, confident, and friendly.
So, no matter what Lab hound mix you get, make sure to socialize them well to as many new things, people, and places as possible before they are 12 weeks old.
Even though one parent will be the Labrador – which is known for being friendly – it still needs to be socialized. The friendliest breeds can still benefit from it!
With the certain uncertainty of mixed breeds in mind, let’s take a look at the profiles of a few Lab hound mix canines a bit more in depth.
Beagle Lab Mix
The Beagle Lab mix is also known as a “Labbe.” Beagles are scent hounds that are thought to have originated in Ancient Greece. Hunters used the small dog for its superior sense of smell.
In 2019, Beagles were the 7th most popular breed in the US. The best known Beagle may just be Charlie Brown’s friend, Snoopy. Just like the cartoon Snoopy, real-life Beagles are curious and friendly animals who enjoy being around humans.
Beagles sport a short, heavy fur that comes in colors that include black, tan, red, and white, with blue ticking a possibility. Their coats require regular brushing and can be expected to shed on a seasonal basis.
On average Beagles range from almost 20 pounds up to around 70 pounds, and they typically average one to two feet in height. A lifespan of 10 to 15 years is common.
As a whole, Beagles are prone to hypothyroidism and epilepsy, as well as disc issues. Some Beagles develop a condition known as “Funny Puppy,” where the pup develops at a slower than normal rate. The unfortunate result is a Beagle that is left with a curved back and weakened legs.
If you are interested in a Lab and Beagle mix, a responsible breeder will provide you with health information regarding your puppy, as well as its parents.
Dachshund Lab Mix
The Dachsador is a Dachshund Lab mix. Dachshunds, fondly known as wiener or sausage dogs, originated in Germany where they were used to hunt underground game. Friendly and lively, they are a small breed, with a medium level of energy.
Their slender, elongated bodies and short legs made them ideally suited for tunneling for rabbits, etc., but today the small breed is mainly known as affectionate and loyal.
They like to bond with their special human. But given their hound ancestry, can be a quite vocal companion. The Doxie lifespan averages from 12 to 16 years.
Dachshund coats come in smooth, wirehaired, or longhaired varieties and require regular brushing. Doxies are low-lying dogs, with standard-sized canines averaging 8 to 9 inches (and 15 to 30 pounds) and miniature sized dogs around 5 to 6 inches (weighing about 10 pounds and under).
Unfortunately these clever and distinctive looking dogs are prone to a few serious health issues. Back problems are common, with over one quarter of the breed (ages 5-9 years old) thought to suffer from back issues.
For this reason Dachshunds should be picked up with two hands beneath the body, and children need to be cautioned against rough play. Epilepsy and blindness are other major health concerns with this breed.
Greyhound Lab Mix
The elegant, beautiful Greyhound is a large breed with a medium level of energy. This uniquely aerodynamic, active dog requires regular exercise but can maintain a status as a house dog quite happily.
Males average 28 to 30 inches in height (and 65-70 pounds) with females coming in at around 27 inches tall and weighing up to 65 pounds. The Greyhound lifespan is around 10 to 13 years.
Greyhounds have short, smooth coats and a regular brushing will keep them looking handsome and trim. Greyhounds are relatively healthy breeds, but potential health issues include heart disease and bloating.
On a side note, the athletic Greyhound’s penchant for activity can lead to exercise-related issues affecting the feet, skin, and tail. Examples of such injuries include split pads, broken tails, and pulled muscles.
Greyhounds can be successfully trained using supportive and positive methods, but all hounds are known to have a bit of a renegade streak in their personality!
Basset Hound Lab Mix
With its big, droopy ears and solid, low-lying body, the wrinkly Basset Hound is an adorably picturesque dog. As a result, the Basset Lab mix appearance is a one-of-a-kind look.
The Basset Hound is a scent hound of French ancestry. His gentle, uncomplicated manner renders him an excellent family pet, and dare we say, couch companion!
You’ll find that this patient dog is easy to train, and requires quite a bit less physical stimulation than his scent and sight hound brethren. As an added bonus, this medium-sized dog is not as vocal either!
His smooth coat sheds seasonally, and weekly grooming is enough to keep him handsome and trim. Bassets are either tri- or bi-colored with black, white, tan, and red colors distributed randomly on the coat.
Basset Hounds reach heights up to 15 inches and typically weigh between 40 to 65 pounds. In general, you can expect a basset hound to live up to 13 years.
While their joints are forming (until around one year of age) heavy-set Basset puppies should place minimal stress on their limbs in order to avoid permanent damage- this includes excessive jumping.
Since air does not freely circulate in and out of their drapery-like ears, they require regular inspection to avoid possible infections. Owners should also be wary of excess weight gain.
Bloodhound Lab Mix
The Bloodhound Lab mix, AKA Labloodhound, is a big dog who can reach nearly 30 inches tall and top out at over 100 pounds. He is a sturdy, heavyweight dog with a lifespan of approximately 9 years and an endurance level that makes him ideal for search-and-rescue work.
But at home, this dog is a loveable companion, with a temperament not unlike the friendly Lab. He enjoys being in the company of his humans as well as other animals, and is relatively easy to train.
Like the Basset Hound, this scent hound has a signature look. He has wrinkly skin and long floppy ears, and his fur colors include red, tan, liver, and black. But beware, he is a frequent shedder, and should be brushed daily and groomed weekly.
Major health issues include hip and/or elbow dysplasia and heart problems. Eye health is also a concern.
Coonhound Lab Mix
Coonhounds belong to the scent hound group. This All-American dog originated from foxhounds found in Europe.
The Coonhound was bred to do what the Foxhound was not meant to do. Namely, hunt tree-climbing game. Thus, the Coonhound found its purpose hunting game in the US, including possums and racoons.
The six types of Coonhounds include the Treeing Walker Coonhound, English Coonhound, and Plott hound. Let’s look at the Plott hound a bit more in depth.
Plott Hound Lab Mix
The Plott Hound has the distinction of being North Carolina’s state dog. But this breed is not very well known in the other 49 states.
The Plott Hound is a strong dog, willing and capable of chasing after large animals such as bears and wildcats. He is a sort of gentle giant, though, capable of pursuing large game with a high level of endurance, but also exhibiting a tender streak with his humans.
As you may imagine, this medium-sized dog has a medium to high energy level and needs regular, active exercise in order to remain healthy and happy. This is also a dog that likes to bark, so keep this in mind when considering adding her to your household.
Plott Hounds sport a short, shiny, low-maintenance coat (that sheds seasonally) with colors that include black and tan, and several brindle markings.
According to the AKC, Plott Hounds are relatively healthy dogs. Although as with most breeds, hip dysplasia and eye disease may be potential issues. Of note, the Plott Hound is a deep-chested dog and these animals can be susceptible to bloating.
Overall you’ll find this pooch to be a smart, athletic, and highly trainable companion.
Blue Tick Coonhound Lab Mix
Finally, another popular Lab and Hound mix is the Blue Tick Hound Lab mix. The Blue Tick Coonhound has a blue and white ticked coat, that can also have tan coloring mixed in.
This breed is particularly affectionate and loyal to its family. They are also very intelligent, and will pick up new skills quickly.
They have a short, glossy coat. But, this will shed moderately throughout the year, so it isn’t a great breed for people with allergies.
Blue Tick Coonhounds have strong prey drives, so must be socialized well and trained properly from a young age.
Training and Exercising your Lab Hound Mix
No matter what hound breed is used in your mix, both the Labrador parent and most hound breeds are very intelligent.
If you stick with consistent, positive training methods, you’ll achieve great results with one of these mixed puppies.
And no matter which hound breed is used, this puppy will need plenty of exercise.
This mix isn’t the sort that will be happy just sitting around all day. They need time and space to stretch their legs, run, and play.
Training will provide some exercise each day, but they will need a more formal type of exercise too.
Lab Hound Mix Health and Care
The best way to determine the possible health issues that a Lab hound mix could suffer from is to look at the parent breeds.
Labs are susceptible to joint issues including hip and elbow dysplasia, as well as luxating patella (dislocating kneecap).
Eye problems are not uncommon and include cataracts as well as conditions affecting the retina and cornea, both of which have the potential to result in blindness.
In addition, Labs have a known risk of obesity, and owners need to take special care to keep their pooches on a healthy and well-regulated dietary schedule. Osteoarthritis is just one condition that is commonly seen in overweight, older Labs.
This breed can also suffer from a condition known as canine bloat.
To learn the health problems that could come from the hound side of this mix, you should take a closer look at the specific hound parent being used.
Mixed Breeds Can Have Either Parent’s Issues
How should you approach the possible health issues of your potential Lab hound mix? Start by considering the aforementioned information about Lab health issues, and match this up with the information on each hound breed.
Knowing that a particular cross breed mix will inherit the health issues of each parent will help you to understand the potential risk of your pooch developing any one condition.
For example, Labrador Retrievers and Beagles are both breeds that are prone to elbow or hip dysplasia. Thus, the risk for these conditions can be expected to be compounded in a Labbe.
Do keep in mind that nothing is definite or foreordained where future health is concerned. Even given the above Labbe health profile, we can only speak in generalities about a Labbe’s risk of developing hip dysplasia.
Every animal is unique in terms of how inherited qualities and upbringing combine to affect development, and the ultimate expression of traits.
But you do have an inside edge when it comes to making educated guesses about a pup’s health, and that is where your breeder comes in.
Lab Hound Mix Life Expectancy
As there are so many hound breeds that a Lab can be mixed with, pinning down an average lifespan is a little tricky.
For the best idea, you should look at the averages for the two breeds you are using.
Labrador Retrievers enjoy an average lifespan of around 12 to 13 years.
But, the average lifespan of hound breeds varies.
Remember, averages don’t guarantee the lifespan of your puppy. So, give them plenty of exercise, a balanced diet, and keep up to date with veterinary checks to ensure the longest lifespan possible.
Lab Hound Mix Shedding and Grooming
Labradors and hound breeds all tend to shed moderately. This amount increases during shedding seasons.
Grooming can help to keep your mixed breed shedding under control.
Generally, grooming them a couple of times a week is enough if they have a short, dense coat, like a Labrador.
Do Lab Hound Mixes Make Good Family Pets?
You may have started reading this article with the question, “Is a Lab Hound mix right for my family?” in mind.
We hope that our information has given you more insight into the many Lab hound mix candidates available for adoption!
Your mix breed will be a one-of-a-kind mosaic of her parent’s temperaments, appearances, health conditions, etc. The truth of the matter is that all of these characteristics will blend together in a unique and unpredictable manner.
Cross breeding two purebred dogs results in an unpredictable outcome. But for many owners, their cross breeds are the light of their lives, and together they enjoy many satisfying years of love and friendship.
Just make sure you are prepared to dedicate the time and care needed for one of these dogs. Socialization, proper training, and plenty of exercise are all very important, and can take up more time than you would first expect.
A Lab Hound mix won’t be right for everyone. So, here are some other options you may want to consider.
- Blue Heeler Lab Mix
- German Shepherd Lab Mix
- Golden Retriever Lab Mix
- Border Collie Lab Mix
- Black Lab Pitbull Mix
- Black Lab Beagle Mix
Rescuing a Lab Hound Mix
Mixed breed puppies are becoming more and more popular as time goes on. So, it’s more common to find mixed breed dogs looking for homes in adoption centers.
Rescuing a Lab Hound mix can be a great alternative to choosing a puppy.
These dogs are often cheaper, and may even already be trained to a degree. The rescue centers will also be able to tell you a little about their temperament to ensure it’s right for you.
Here are some links to rescue centers to help you start your search.
Lab Hound Mix Breed Rescues
Mixed breed rescue centers are hard to find. So, make sure to check rescue centers for the parent breeds.
Finding a Lab Hound Mix Puppy
To start off your search for one of these mixed breed puppies, it’s a good idea to know what type of hound you want to use.
Once you’ve decided this, it’s much easier to start searching for a good breeder.
Never get a puppy from a puppy mill. These puppies are often poorly treated and suffer from a number of health problems.
Pet stores usually buy their puppies from places like this, so you should also avoid these places.
Even if they are cheaper, it is not worth the cost you will pay in the long run.
Mixes are growing in popularity. So, even if your search doesn’t seem successful at first, keep trying!
Lab Hound Mix Breeders
It is important to find and work with responsible, ethical breeders who are willing to share all information they have about the pups you’re interested in.
Responsible breeders use genetic testing with their breeding stock to help you understand the health concerns within each breed.
And if you have the opportunity to meet the pup’s parents, by all means do so!
At any rate, inquire about the parents’ health certificates, and ask to see the certificates of the pups.
Lab Hound Mix Products and Accessories
Your Lab Hound Mix
Do you have a Lab hound mix in your home, or did you share your life with one in the past? If so, we would love to hear about your experiences in the comments section below!
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