The Labernese: A Complete Guide

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If you are going to be spending the next 15 years with a pet, you will want to make sure that you get the best one possible.

Doing your research before you buy your next dog is a smart choice, and it can save you plenty of trouble further down the line, that’s why we’ll be looking at the Labernese today.

The Labernese is a larger mixed dog breed that consists of a cross between a Bernese Mountain dog and a Labrador Retriever.

The former of these breeds is a noble dog bred for winter conditions, and the latter is one of the most popular dogs in the world, so what do you get when you cross them

Today, I am going to be discussing everything that you could want to know about the Labernese before you make your purchase.

Together, we will go over how these dogs look, how they act in the home, the best food to feed them, and how much exercise they need, among other things.

Labernese Puppies – Before You Buy…

A black and white Labernese lying down
The Labernese is looking cute but he is always ready for a fight.

Before you decide to start looking for Labernese puppies, there are a few things that you will want to account for.

In this section, we will go over everything there is to know about the puppies of this dog breed.

From how to find Labernese puppies, to how much they cost, we will cover everything you need to know.

What Price are Labernese Puppies?

The Labernese is a dog that can get somewhat pricey, though that is more due to the cost of the Bernese Mountain dog parent than the Labrador.

A cross between two pure parents will typically cost you around 1200 dollars, making the Labernese one of the more expensive mixed big dog breeds.

Labernese puppies with a unique coat will usually sell for more than ones that have the typical black and white fur.

The further north you go, the more likely you will be to find Labernese puppies, and the price will also be lower since Bernese Mountain dogs are optimized for colder weather.

How to Find Reputable Labernese Breeders?

If you have decided that you want one of these dogs, you will have to find a breeder that you can trust.

Ensuring that a breeder raises your future dog appropriately and humanely is one of the most important things that you can do before making your purchase, as puppy mills are all too common.

The first step to finding a Labernese breeder is searching online for any puppies for sale. When you have discovered some classifieds, you should call up the breeder and schedule a visit.

Once you have made a few visits to your preferred breeder, you can decide whether or not they are the right ones.

3 Little-Known Facts About Labernese Puppies

  1. Labernese puppies don’t come in a wide range of coats, and they are predominantly dark thanks to the dominant colors of their parent breeds. Lighter Labernese dogs tend to have a mix of another breed in them.
  2. This breed is very clingy, and even the puppies can suffer from severe separation anxiety. I would recommend ensuring that a Labernese is rarely left alone for long periods as they can resort to the destruction of their surroundings to express their dismay.
  3. The Labernese was initially bred to be a working dog, but these pets make for excellent family companions. If you have children in the home, a Labernese puppy will be a perfect fit for your family.

Physical Traits of the Labernese

A hybrid of the Bernese Mountain dog and Labrador
The Labernese doesn’t like heat.

A Labernese is one of those few mixed breeds that tend to exhibit an even mix of its parents’ characteristics.

You will find that these dogs usually have a coat that is reminiscent of the Bernese Mountain dog’s, with a large dark layer that gradually shifts to light brown and then white on the chest.

Dogs that have more Labrador in them usually just feature a black coat with a white chest, lacking the brown entirely.

Their fur is incredibly soft and very wavy, so the Labernese will need a decent amount of grooming to ensure that their coat does not grow too unruly.

If you have little to no experience with grooming dogs, you may want to hold off on purchasing your Labernese, because there is a significant amount of maintenance involved with their coats.

The Labernese is known for being an amiable-looking dog.

This breed has caring eyes that tell you everything you need to know about this breed at a glance. Like many larger Labrador mixes, the Labernese is a gentle giant.

How Big is a Full-Grown Labernese?

The Labernese is a huge dog breed, and that is mainly due to its Bernese Mountain dog genes.

These dogs will usually grow to weigh between 70 to 105 pounds, making them very hefty, and the Labernese is relatively consistent when it comes to height.

Most Labernese dogs are 24 to 27 inches tall.

Since these dogs are so big, you will find that they are relatively uncomfortable in smaller living areas like apartments.

I would recommend buying one of these dogs if you live in a house with sufficient extra space for a Labernese to thrive, as this breed can grow claustrophobic.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Labernese?

Unfortunately, life expectancy is one area in which the Labernese does not excel. You will find that this dog breed is particularly susceptible to an early death.

Dogs of this breed usually live between 7 and 12 years for a wide range of reasons, but mostly due to their large size.

When dogs are bigger, there is just that much more that can go wrong with their bodies, and the Labernese is a massive example of a canine.

While this breed may not have a very long life expectancy, the time they do spend with you will be well-cherished thanks to their playful demeanor and boundless positivity.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Labernese

The Labernese is a dog that is always ready to do what its master commands. Even with relatively little training, these dogs will be able to comprehend commands and follow them.

Labernese dogs will typically get upset if they have done something to displease their master, but they are always quick to bounce back.

While this is a large dog breed, you will find that the Labernese has what seems like limitless reserves of energy, even when it gets older.

This dog can run around for hours, so you will have to be prepared to spend a lot of time playing with this dog and taking it out for runs over the course of the week.

The Labernese makes for an excellent watchdog because it is a somewhat observant breed, but it may not be the best at guarding your family since they are loathed to use aggression.

The Labernese is an excellent companion dog, and that is their leading role in the family since they are rarely used as work dogs anymore.

The Labernese’s Diet

The Labernese is a huge dog, and it has the energy requirements of such a large canine. You should feed your Labernese around four cups of food per day, but you will want to split it into three or four meals.

Dividing your dog’s meals will prevent bloating and obesity, along with other issues related to overconsumption.

You will have to pay around 100 dollars per month to keep a Labernese fed, so upkeep is pretty steep for this breed.

If you opt for high-end dog food, you will be spending quite a bit to keep your Labernese fed, even when you compare this dog to other larger breeds.

How Much Exercise Does the Labernese Need?

A baby Labernese
The Labernese needs a lot of exercise.

If you want to keep your Labernese from growing unhealthy, you will want to get it as much exercise as it needs every day.

Around 15 miles per week should be the goal that you strive to attain when taking your Labernese out for its workout.

You will want to avoid taking your Labernese out during hotter days as its thick coat has a way of trapping in heat.

The Labernese is an ideal breed for those who live in colder climates since they can naturally resist the cold of winter, though their paws will freeze in extremely cold conditions.

Labernese Health and Conditions

While the Labernese has a relatively short lifespan, you will find that it isn’t exactly rife with medical problems. These dogs just don’t live long, but they are relatively healthy.

There are only a few severe conditions that can end up affecting a Labernese, so let’s briefly go over them

Serious Issues:

  • Bloat
  • Cancer
  • Cardiac issues

Minor Issues:

  • Ear Infections
  • Arthritis
  • Von Willebrand’s Disease

3 Important Training Tips

  • Adopt positive reinforcement techniques during the training.

The Labernese is a dog that is always willing to fulfill the commands of its owners.

It is highly unlikely that this dog will show disobedience or defiance during its training which is why you do not need to be firm with it.

Instead, give it a lot of praise and encouragement to further its obedience and make it more eager to please you.

Also, you can give it entertaining toys or delicious, special treats to celebrate the occasions when it dutifully completes certain difficult tasks given by you.

However, make sure you do not give out too many edible treats since this might lead to obesity.

  • Design engaging and long exercises and activities for your dog.

This breed of dogs has seemingly limitless energy and it takes a lot for this dog to feel even remotely exhausted.

You need to ensure that this excess energy does not make the dog too hyperactive or uncontrollable during its training.

If your dog is too energetic, it might not be able to act upon your commands properly.

This is why it is necessary to come up with exercises that burn off the excess energy of your Labernese.

Also, daily walks or running around in a large and spacious place is a must for this dog.

  • Train your Labernese in a way that sharpens its mental abilities.

The Labernese is known for its exceptional intelligence and can react very well under foreign situations.

This is why you need to hone this skill of your dog and help it make the most of its intelligence. This can be done through mentally stimulating exercises such as solving dog puzzles.

Also, you can try putting your dog into challenging situations to train it to use its brain to make the most beneficial decisions.

My Final Thoughts on the LaberneseA Labernese sitting in the park

If you can prepare yourself for the relatively short lifespan, the Labernese is an excellent mixed breed for families in colder environments.

This breed exemplifies many of the best parts of the Labrador retriever and the Bernese Mountain dog, blending them into one unique kind of dog.

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