The Labradane: A Complete Guide

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If you want to find the best dog around, you will have to take a look at its breed. With the advent of so many new mixed breeds, it can be hard to keep up with them.

Today, I’m going to introduce you to the Labradane, which is a mixed breed whose parents are a Labrador Retriever and a Great Dane.

Many people will recognize the Labradane for its massive size, but this breed has plenty of characteristics that distinguish it from many other giant breeds.

If you have never owned a Labradane before, it makes sense that you would want to know as much as possible before getting a puppy.

Of course, there are so many details to know about dog breeds, so we’ll tackle them one at a time.

First off, we’re going to take a look at some info about Labradane puppies, such as where to find them, how much they can cost, and something that you may not know about this breed.

Labradane Puppies – Before You Buy…

A black Labradane with snow on its face
The Labradanes have brown or blue eyes.

It can be hard to make a calm and collected decision when you are presented with a basket of puppies.

Doing all of the necessary research before going out to buy your puppy can end up saving you money and time.

The first thing we’ll look at is the most important thing for those of you looking to buy a Labradane.

What Price are Labradane Puppies?

Since the Great Dane itself is a relatively pricey dog, you will find that Labradanes are also rather expensive.

Even though this breed is mixed with a Labrador Retriever, which is a famously common dog, an example coming from two pure parents will likely be steep when it comes to cost.

You can usually find one of these dogs available for around 1000 to 1500 dollars, and the price will depend on many different factors.

For example, if you have many Labradane breeders around you, then the supply will likely be higher than the demand, and you may be able to find these dogs for around 800 dollars.

How to Find Reputable Labradane Breeders?

If you have decided that this is the right dog for you, it is a given that you will want to find the best breeder around.

The type of breeder that raises a dog can have a significant effect on your pet, from matters of health, all the way to behavior, diet, and so much more.

First off, you will want to find a breeder, which can be accomplished with ease by using the internet.

Once you have established that Labradane breeders are relatively close to you, feel free to take the time to make multiple visits to their home so that you can get to know them and their dogs.

3 Little-Known Facts About Labradane Puppies

  1. You may not be prepared for the size of these dogs and how quickly they grow out of the puppy phase. Like many other giant dog breeds, the Labradane is best raised in a larger home so that they will have enough room to move around without having to feel constrained.
  2. Even when these dogs are puppies, they are low-maintenance, so they make a great choice of the second or third dog. If you are comfortable with the size of this pet, you can even consider a Labradane as a first dog, but most people will want to have owned a smaller breed beforehand.
  3. These puppies will usually have one of two eye colors, with the possibilities being brown and blue. The latter of these options is much less common than the first. Of course, examples that descend from parents who aren’t pure breeds may show some other recessive eye colors.

Physical Traits of the Labradane

A Labradane with a bandana on and its tongue out
The Labradane is a relatively big dog.

The Labradane usually has features that are reminiscent of both of its parent breeds, but it inherits its massive size from the Great Dane, as you may have guessed.

Most of the time, these dogs feature a black coat, but some of them can come in other colors, especially if their parents are mixed too.

Much like the Great Dane, this dog is quite slim, even though it is almost unbelievably tall.

Don’t be fooled by the look of the Labradane, however, as it is a powerful dog with surprising reserves of strength.

Believe me when I say that you don’t want to get on the bad side of a Labradane.

Even though this dog looks slim, upon closer examination, you will notice that their muscles are highly developed.

This dog has a coat that is much like the Great Dane’s, being rich and thick but remaining short.

You will find that this dog does not typically shed very much, so there isn’t much to worry about grooming-wise.

How Big is a Full-Grown Labradane?

One of the most recognizable characteristics of the Labradane is its size, but just how big can these dogs get?

Of course, the size of a Labradane will depend on the purity of its parents, but one that comes from two purebreds will often be a little smaller than a pure Great Dane.

Seeing as the Great Dane is one of the most massive dogs in the world, this fact does not necessarily mean that the Labradane is all that small.

The Labradane will usually weigh somewhere between 140 and 160 pounds, and the height range is typically between 26 inches and 28 inches.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Labradane?

Since this is one of the largest dogs in the world, it understandably does not have a very long lifespan.

Being mixed helps the Labradane’s chances of living a healthy life, but this dog is simply too large to live for as long of a time as medium and small dogs, which will sometimes live up to 16 years.

So how long does the Labradane live? If your dog lives a perfectly healthy life and it is not susceptible to genetic conditions, it will commonly make it to 12 or 13 years old.

Unfortunately, the largest examples of this breed can’t hope to match that, and their lifespan can be as short as 8 years.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Labradane

Close up of a black Labradane's face
The Labradane usually lives only 8 years.

The Labradane is a companion dog that is a product of the behavior of both of its parents.

The Great Dane is already a very amiable dog, and crossing it with a Labrador Retriever does quite a bit to bring out its best qualities.

Though this is a huge dog, it is one that doesn’t have a mean bone in its body unless threatened directly.

Seeing as this is a companion dog, it will be very closely attached to you, so you can’t expect to leave it at home for extended periods without it growing anxious.

Since the Labradane is so massive, it can cause some severe damage to your home should it become upset while you are away from it.

Labradanes are very welcoming towards family members, though they can be careless around small children, so you should keep them at a reasonable distance.

Overall, the Labradane is an excellent choice for those who want a gentle giant, though they are still rather observant pets.

The Labradane’s Diet

Being a giant dog, you can expect to feed the Labradane quite a massive amount of food, though they will not be as hungry as some other giant pets like the Saint Bernard.

You will still spend quite a bit of money per month keeping your Labradane fed, especially if you insist on premium food.

The average diet for one of these dogs is around 3 cups of food per day, which will equate to about 100 dollars per month for high-end food, and around 80 dollars for standard fare.

Part of the reason for this giant dog not eating as much as others is due to its relatively low energy expenditure.

How Much Exercise Does the Labradane Need?

If you want to keep your Labradane healthy, you are likely wondering how often you should take it out for some exercise.

While this may surprise you, this dog doesn’t need quite that much exercise, even though it is indeed massive.

Around 5 miles of exercise per week should be enough for a Labradane, so this breed is an excellent option if you don’t have enough free time to take your dog out all that often.

Exercise also helps you Labradane mentally, as it won’t get bored and decide to destroy your furniture.

Labradane Health and Conditions

While the Labradane doesn’t have a very long lifespan when compared to other dogs, it doesn’t have too many common medical problems.

The number of issues that this dog can suffer from is comparable to most other mixed breeds.

Serious Issues

  • Elbow and Hip Dysplasia
  • Bloat and obesity

Minor Issues

Grooming Advice

As with all dogs grooming your Labradane regularly is a must if you want it to stay healthy and clean.

The Labradane can be fairly high maintenance, this is especially true in the spring and fall seasons as these are times when it sheds the most.

During the rest of the year, you can expect moderate shedding around the house so you’ll need to brush your dog at least twice every single week to keep the loose hair from accumulating.

During the shedding season, it is advised that you brush your dog daily so that excess fur can be taken care of.

Due to the floppy nature of Labradanes ears, you need to clean them even more consistently than brushing.

Floppy ears can house a lot of bacteria that can lead to infections and diseases if not taken care of so it is advised that you clean the ears with a bath cloth regularly.

You should always be on the lookout for any signs, redness or scars, around the ears to check for any infection.

You should also always notice the behavior of your dog carefully as this will allow you to note when it is showing signs of distress.

When your Labradane starts scratching its ears too much, that’s when you know something might be up and that cleaning is required.

Odor coming from the ears can be another big indicator that there’s bacteria housing in the ears, in this case, you should consult your vet immediately.

Like other dogs, Labradane also requires regular brushing of the teeth so that everything that is stuck in its teeth can be taken out.

This will ease your dog and help it eat better while at the same time strengthen its teeth.

If you are opting for a Labradane, make sure you’re ready to take proper care of it.

A Good Guard Dog?

The Labradane was primarily cross bred and refined over time to be a faithful family companion.

The personality of dogs of this breed leans towards the laid back and gentle, so there are no worries of aggression here.

However, the safety of his or her family is still important to the Labradane, and while this breed is seldom the first one sought out by those looking for the best guard dog breed, there are values that this breed has that can work to your advantage.

Because the Labradane is so mild-mannered, he or she might assume that anyone entering your property uninvited has been asked to be there by their masters, so they won’t question it – and just assume it’s a new friend.

This is the kind of thing that can be fine-tuned with training though, and your Labradane can be developed into a dog who regards intruders in the dead of night with a healthy dose of suspicion.

Likewise, this is a quiet breed of dog, and the reason for that is that – like a giant breed – the Labradane has a deep, booming and frankly scary bark. It can unsettle children until they’re used to it, which is why this dog rarely raises his or her voice.

However this, alongside the sheer size of this animal and their often dark fur coat coloring, means that they can prove a superb deterrent if trained to bark at intruders after dark.

That booming bark will likewise wake you to investigate without fail, and likely send anyone trying to enter your premises running for the hills.

My Final Thoughts on the LabradaneA mix of Labrador Retriever and Great Dane

If you want a Labradane, you will have to be prepared to welcome a massive baby into your home, as that is what these dogs tend to act like.

Other than a relatively short lifespan, these dogs shouldn’t give you too much trouble, though they can tear things up if neglected.


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