Beagles and Labrador Retrievers are both very popular breeds. Do you know what breed is just as popular as each individually? The Beagle Lab mix, a fun crossbreed of these two!
Today’s article will teach you everything you might want to know about the Beagle Lab mix breed. These dogs are beautiful, super sweet, and fun to have around. Use this article to decide if you want to make one of them part of your family!
The Basics Of The Beagle Lab Mix
The first thing you should know is that this breed has quite a few different names that people use to refer to them:
- Labbe Retriever
My personal favorite is the Beagador, but it’s probably easier to refer to them as Beagle Lab mixes to be more clear about which dog we are talking about!
While some crossbreeds are not officially recognized due to too many variations in the puppies, the Beagle Lab mix is recognized by all of the following:
- International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR)
- Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC)
- American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC)
- Designer Breed Registry (DBR)
Now, let’s learn more about the specifics of a Beagador!
What This Mix Looks Like
First, I’ll run through the basics of Beagle Lab Mix appearance so you can learn how to recognize this breed.
Size, Height & Weight
In most cases, the Beagle Lab mix will take on the height and stature of their Beagle parentage rather than that of their Labrador parentage. This is likely because the size of the Beagle is much smaller, so these genes may limit overall growth.
The mix can be considered a medium sized dog:
- Stands around 17 to 25 inches tall
- Weighs in somewhere between 20 and 55 pounds
All in all, the Labbe is a bit smaller than a Labrador and a bit larger than a Beagle, making it a fun yet manageable size for any family.
Coat & Grooming Needs
While Labbe usually take their size and overall appearance from their Beagle parents, the coat is more like that of a Labrador. It is smooth and very short, just like any short-haired Labrador Retriever!
When it comes to coat shedding, you’re about to be pleasantly surprised. The Beagador barely sheds due to their very short coat! By simply brushing them out one time a week, you’ll find that not a lot of hair will build up in your home.
Here are some other grooming habits you will need to keep up with:
- Brushing once a week
- Brushing their teeth regularly
- Trimming toenails regularly
All grooming can be handled at home, but I recommend taking your Beagle Lab mix to a professional groomer if you aren’t sure how to clip their nails.
What This Mix Acts Like
The general temperament of this mix can be described with one word: obliging!
These dogs are very intelligent, and they love to make their owners happy. Sure, there may be some speed bumps along the way, and every dog will be different because of the differences in their parentage and living conditions. Still, that doesn’t mean you won’t find them to be a super fun playmate for the whole family!
Here are some expectations you can have about your Beagador’s attitude at home.
To Train Or Not To Train
The answer is always TO TRAIN!
Your Beagle Lab mix is going to need some basic training before they can become a calm, natural part of your living environment. WIthout training, you’ll never know what to expect from them.
These training tips will ensure you have success training your Beagador:
- Your dog should be fully trained and socialized to deal with people, pets, children, and other animals from a young age. The earlier they can recognize “friend” from “foe,” the better! It’s hard to break habits once they are formed in the Labbe.
- Enrolling in a professional training class, at least for a short period of time, is a great way to get base training completed effectively. Professional trainers will be able to identify trouble areas and help you correct them.
- Some Beagle Lab mixes can be stubborn, which can make them difficult to train! Using techniques such as positive reinforcement, treats, being firm, and staying consistent will make the overall process much easier.
The Need To Exercise!
While Beagle Lab mixes aren’t the most active dog around, they are an active, energetic breed that will need its fair share of exercise. Remember that when you adopt a dog, you are committing to keeping them well-loved, well-fed, and well-exercised!
If you don’t exercise your dog enough, a few things could happen:
- They will become lethargic.
- They will start misbehaving (digging, chewing, etc.)
- They will become overweight.
It’s never good for a dog to be overweight! This breed is susceptible to gaining weight easily, and the surest way to prevent that gain from occurring is to exercise them regularly.
If your mixed dog takes after their Labrador parent, you may find that they enjoy swimming, which is a great way to help them drop weight quickly. Beagles, on the other hand, aren’t good swimmers, so it’s a guessing game about whether or not your Beagador will want to swim.
You should also exercise your dog’s mind – they love to play. Since they’re gentle, you can let them play with your children for a different type of stimulation than they get when they are playing alone.
An OK Guard Dog
I wouldn’t recommend getting a Beagle Lab mix just to protect your home, but it is possible that they will alert you to potential dangers once they’re part of your household.
Beagle Lab mixes tend to take some time to warm up to strangers. This means they will bark when something seems out of place. This attitude could help alert you to problems in and around your home.
What This Mix Needs
In addition to food and exercise, the Beagle Lab mix will do best when they’re living somewhere that they have access to the outdoors. This crossbreed loves to run and play while exploring their environment, and this is best done at a home that has a yard or other outdoor living space.
If you live in a small apartment, too much time indoors might cause your Beagador to act up and chew on your furniture, clothes, or pretty much anything else they can reach. Plus, they may become sad or lethargic. More time spent outdoors is better for this breed.
You should also consider fencing your yard if it is not already fenced. Beagle Lab mixes are likely to chase after or bark at strangers, so a fence will help to control them and their behavior. Consider that they could also dig, so choose your fence wisely.
To sum up their living condition needs:
- The Beagle part of your mixed dog loves to sniff and explore the outdoors. Taking your dog the park regularly or letting them play in the backyard will allow them to follow his natural desire.
- Play with them a lot if they’re going to be stuck in a smaller space! These dogs need to exert their energy. You can have this breed in a smaller home, but only if you are willing to devote more time to taking them to the park or playing with them indoors.
Health Risks For The Beagle Lab Mix
Like every breed (and every crossbreed), the Beagle Lab mix has a number of common health problems that you should be aware of. By knowing what to look out for, you’ll be more prepared to recognize any potential health problems your dog may face.
- Hip Dysplasia
Luckily, these are the only two condition that your dog is majorly predisposed to develop.
Another important thing to do is get the health history of your dog’s parents when possible. By understanding any health issues they have had in their life, you’ll have a better idea of what your dog will be facing.
Generally speaking, this crossbreed tends to live for 10 to 14 years.
Have you learned everything you hoped to know about the Beagle Lab mix? I hope so!
As you have seen, this intelligent crossbreed is a great addition to any family. While they can be a bit stubborn, the Beagador is a very trainable dog that will even do its best to protect you and your children from outside dangers.
Adopt a Beagador into your life for a more exciting future!