The Lab Pei: A Complete Guide

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An independent, loyal companion, the Lab Pei is a medium to large breed dog that’s a hybrid of the Labrador Retriever and the Chinese Shar-Pei.

The history of the Lab Pei remains quite mysterious because the sudden rise of creating designer breeds only happened recently.

Nevertheless, it can be speculated that the hybrid may have originated around the 2000s, likely in North America.

The Lab Pei is considered a low maintenance dog, requiring very little grooming. It’s often described as sharp, naughty breeds, which is why they are not recommended for owners with younger children.

The Lab Pei is a strong breed that often has a very muscular, compact physique. They are moderately active dogs that very rarely bark. They can be quite well suited to an apartment or urban lifestyle.

While they are protective, they are not aggressive and would lean more towards a warning bark to strangers, rather than a lunge.

Their Labrador Retriever and Chinese Shar-Pei lineage make an affectionate and intelligent dog that is highly trainable and keen to please its humans.

While they are not demanding, they do thrive on human attention and love to be involved in any family activity.

Lab Pei Puppies – Before You Buy…

A small Lab Pei being held up
Your Lab Pei may enjoy activities such as swimming and running.

What Price are Lab Pei Puppies?

The price of Lab Pei puppies varies from $750 to $1,100.

How to Find Reputable Lab Pei Breeders?

There are a number of ways to find a Lab Pei breeder.  These include puppy advertisements and breeder advertisements in newspapers and online.

Lab Pei breed clubs will help connect you with local breeders, which is a great way to start your search.

If you do a Google search on Lab Pei clubs, you will find clubs throughout the country.  Most of these clubs now have websites as do many breeders.

It is better if you can find a breeder in advance rather than searching for a pup and checking out the breeder at the same time.

Many reputable breeders will have all their puppies spoken for before they are born, so you will need to get your booking in early.

Most people have to wait for the right puppy, and reputable breeders will want to see that you are prioritizing getting the right dog over the timing.

3 Little-Known Facts About Lab Pei Puppies

  1. The Lab Pei is considered a hybrid dog, produced from a pure-bred Labrador retriever and pure-bred Shar-Pei. Although it’s a fairly new breed, its lineage dates back centuries.
  2. It’s considered a loyal and loving dog that is even-tempered, highly responsive, and ready to please his family.
  3. He enjoys active playtime that can include a tossed ball or stick, as well as a good long walk to stretch his legs.

Physical Traits of the Lab Pei

The Lab Pei is a strongly built and compact breed. They may be medium in size, but don’t let their smaller size fool you because they are designed for strength.

It typically has a very short and dense coat that may be water-resistant. This is a trait that they inherit from their Labrador Retriever lineage.

These hybrids don’t tend to be heavily wrinkled like their parent breed the Shar-Pei, but they will have very mild folds and wrinkles around their forehead.

The LabPei has tiny and dark almond-shaped eyes that always look alert. Its ears high on the head and semi-flopped down, but with a pointed tip.

Skulls are wide and broad, while their muzzles tend to be medium in length.

These breeds have very broad shoulders, heavy, deep chests, and strong limbs. Tails are set high and are strong and semi-curved.

The Lab Pei is considered an average to low maintenance breed as they don’t require extensive grooming.

This hybrid is not hypoallergenic and can be a high drooler. You may need to keep a couple of drool cloths within your reach.

It also requires brushing monthly to remove debris and loose fur and to distribute natural oils.

Should your LabPei tend to have more wrinkles and folds on their skin, it is essential that these folds be cleaned on a regular basis to prevent bacteria and yeast buildup.

Bathing should be done as needed. They must be properly wiped down with a damp wet cloth, especially on the folds in the skin, as well as on the footpads and eye and anal regions.

As with all dogs, regular teeth brushing is essential to maintain good oral hygiene and prevent dental disease.

Ears must be cleaned and checked regularly for signs of infection. Nails should be trimmed if not worn down.

A Lab Pei sitting in a childs pram
The Lab Pei may look like a Labrador Retriever or a Shar-Pei.

How Big is a Full-Grown Lab Pei?

The Lab Pei is considered a medium-sized breed. When fully grown, he will weigh to 55 to 70 pounds depending on whether it’s a male or a female.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Lab Pei?

The life expectancy of a Lab Pei is 10-12 years.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Lab Pei

The Lab Pei is a wonderful family companion if you’re looking for an independent but affectionate dog. It has a very loyal and protective nature, making it a terrific watch and guard dog.

However, due to their protective nature, they may not take well to other dogs and strangers.

The LabPei will also not tolerate rough or grubby hands. They are not recommended for homes with young children and will be better off with older kids.

If you plan to get a Lab Pei, be ready to spend a lot of time on obedience training. They can get quite dominant and possessive, so they are better suited to an experienced owner.

The Lab Pei’s Diet

The Lab Pei is a large dog that will eat 3 to 4 cups of dry food every day.

Always opt for ingredients that indicate “meat” as a first ingredient. Because he may be prone to hip dysplasia and joint issues, foods that include glucosamine are a good option.

Lab Pei dogs are at risk of becoming obese because of their tendency to overeat.

Put them on a limited diet where they’re only given a controlled amount of food and calories per day to prevent obesity.

The last thing you want to happen is for them to become overweight. Obesity combined with their high risk of developing hip dysplasia and joint problems is a recipe for disaster.

Feed your Pei Lab dog food that’s focused on meat and high-quality proteins. Monitor calorie intake.

Meals should be small but frequent instead of one large meal once a day to prevent bloating.

A dark brown Lab Pei looking to the side
The Lab Pei has a very loyal and protective nature.

How Much Exercise Does a Lab Pei Need?

Lab Pei dogs are a medium energy breed. They don’t require a lot of exercise and running to fulfill their energy needs.

On average, they will be quite satisfied with an hour of physical activity per day.

They may enjoy activities such as swimming, going for a run or a walk, playing fetch, hiking, and playing with their humans or other dogs.

After a couple of walks and play-time, you can expect your Lab Pei to simply relax and lay by your feet.

Your Lab Pei will quickly pick up on your verbal and hand instructions. They may require few repetitions to train them in both obedience and socialization.

Because of the Shar-Pei influence, he may be willful, so make sure he understands that you are the pack leader.

As with all kinds of dog breeds, a positive, rewards-based approach is best.

Firm, consistent instructions accompanied by lots of praise and your choice of reward will result in a quick and successful training process.

Lab Pei Health and Conditions

Hybrid dogs won’t necessarily experience the same health issues as his parents. Many genetic disorders bypass the hybrid entirely.

However, prospective owners still need to research their pup’s lineage and potential health issues.

Labrador Retrievers can suffer from hip and elbow dysplasia, as can the Shar-Pei who is also known to be troubled with skin issues because of the many folds in their coat.

A Good Guard Dog?

The Lab Pei is a crinkly, wrinkly and overall adorable little friend who’s every inch the loyal family member. Friendly and compassionate, this dog doesn’t immediately jump out as guard dog material.

Not only is this animal far from physically imposing, but the Lab Pei also lacks the muscular frame, size, booming bark or aggressive nature that many of the best guard dog breeds possess.

This pet is easy to train and docile to everyone – this breed never came about out of a need for a new kind of guard dog.

However, don’t underestimate the Lab Pei – and woe betide any criminal trying to enter your property who does likewise.

What the Lab Pei lacks in true guard dog traits, this crossbreed often makes up for in alertness and intelligence.

This isn’t often a very vocal breed of dog, but definitely, one whose eyes and ears are always open.

The Lab Pei seems to always notice everything, and that includes any bumps in the night or anyone getting up to no good in forgotten corners of the home.

The independent nature of this breed means that he or she might take on a bit of a patrolling role in the home at night if he or she can’t sleep, without really planning to.

This dog likes to know that everything is just so.

And while it’s deeply unlikely that the Lab Pei would attack an intruder, he or she will definitely run to get your attention at the first sign of troublemaking for a surprisingly reliable household protector.

My Final Thoughts on the Lab PeiA Lab Pei looking to its owner

There are some special considerations to keep in mind when thinking about acquiring a Lab Pei mix.

Mixed breed dogs like the Lab Pei can inherit the physical traits and temperaments of their parent dogs.

A Shar Pei’s temperament is very different from a Labrador’s.

Potential Lab Pei owners should not assume that they will be having a dog that perfectly blends the happy disposition of the Labrador with a y Lab disposition with a few cute wrinkles!

There are guarantees when it comes to the Lab Pei, but good training and socialization can help tremendously.

Lab Pei dogs will do well in homes where there are no other pets or young children.

Remember that a dog is a lifetime commitment. Before you give your heart away to a Lab Pei, be sure to do your research and find out if this dog is the right match for you!

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