Labradingers: A Complete Guide

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The Labradinger is a hybrid dog that was bred using the English Springer Spaniel and the Labrador Retriever.

Both dogs make great outdoor and hunting dogs and are known for their reputation as being the most loyal companions that a person could have.

When you combine both of these great breeds into one dog, the results couldn’t be better!

A black Labradinger enjoying the sun
The Labradingers have a very mild temperament.

The English Springer Spaniel has a history of being the ultimate hunter’s companion.

Old English hunters would bring them along every single hunt, and they would run headfirst into danger, driving all of the birds and other small game out into the open where the hunter could then methodically pick them all off.

In addition to this, the English Spaniel Springer has an excellent nose and can easily find any downed animals that would otherwise be lost in the thick bush.

The Labrador is a classic retriever dog that was bred for very similar purposes.

Hunters would take their trusted retriever with them on almost every hunt. Whenever a deer is shot, they can often run for thousands of feet leaving no trace behind.

The Labrador’s incredibly strong sense of smell can trace the downed animal even through the water.

Besides their hunting prowess, both dogs also make excellent companions and are easy to train and obedient. All of these great features are evident in the Labradinger.

This dog will be one of the most loyal dogs that you could ever own. They’re obedient, and at heart they are people-pleasers.

This means that they can learn almost any trick in the book twice as fast as most other dogs. This makes the Labradinger a great option for people who are seeking out a show dog or a trick dog.

They crave human attention and don’t do very well in solitary environments. If you own a Labradinger, you can expect it to be your human shadow almost everywhere that you go.

Whether you’re going outside to check the mail or on a grocery store run, expect your trusty Labradinger to be right there by your side at all times.

When you leave the house in the afternoon, you can fully expect your dog to watch you from the window with tearful eyes.

Labradinger Puppies – Before You Buy…

Although the Labradinger is one of the best companions that you could ever have, they can be quite a handful, and you will need to devote a significant amount of time to them every day.

Besides this, several other considerations are important to look at before you bring home one of these pups.

What Price are Labradinger Puppies?

For the loyal Labradinger, you can expect to pay right around $1,000. On the lower end of the spectrum, you might be able to find one for $850, but this will most likely be pretty rare.

Both of the parent breeds are fairly expensive themselves, and this is reflected in the Labradinger’s price.

English Springer Spaniels cost right around $900, and a Labrador that comes from a good stock usually costs $1,200. The Labradinger is definitely worth the price you pay, however.

They will live long lives and will be your companion the entire time. They also make excellent hunting dogs, and this dog’s hunting capabilities are comparable to breeds that are far more expensive.

How to Find Reputable Labradinger Breeders?

The best way to find a reputable Labradinger breeder is to find one that specializes in breeding hunting dogs.

These breeders will be able to find the best Labrador Retriever and a great English Springer Spaniel for it to mate with.

Because the Labradinger tends to take more traits from the Labrador, they need to be a very good stock.

Breeders who use unhealthy Labradors for breeding are doing so to save money, and buy dealing with a breeder like this; you are risking the possibility that your Labradinger might develop similar health issues.

When you are paying $1,000 for a dog, you need to make sure that both of the parent dogs are in good health.

3 Little-known facts about Labradinger puppies

  1. Labradingers are very tolerant dogs. Whether your kid is trying to ride them like a horse or your cat is bothering them, this dog will sit and take the abuse without batting an eye.
  2. Although they are courageous dogs, the Labradinger is easily scared by sudden movements and loud noises. If they are going to be around a loud environment, they should be eased into it.
  3. Labradingers are very loving little puppies. From the minute that you bring them home, they will be by your side every minute of the day.

Physical Traits of the Labradinger

A happy Labradinger with a blue bandana
The Labradinger will be your new best friend.

The Labradinger is a medium to a large-sized dog that primarily takes after the Labrador Retriever in appearance. In fact, it’s very easy to confuse the Labradinger with a traditional Lab for this very reason.

They have almost the same body type, very similar hair, legs, and even tails. To find the difference, you need to look deeper.

The traits that make the Labradinger different are closer to the English Springer Spaniel.

If you look closely at the face, you see that the Labradinger has slightly longer and droopier ears than Retrievers do.

Their mouths and snouts also look a lot more like a Spaniel’s. Their snout is a little bit longer, and their lip hangs just a little bit lower.

The Labradinger’s eyes are also set deeper in their skull than the Lab’s are.

Their fur color is almost always brown, black, or cream-colored. They get this trait exclusively from the Labrador Retriever whose fur is always the same three colors.

The Spaniel, on the other hand, has a far greater variety in their coat. The Labradinger’s coat is thick and has a wavy texture.

If they are clean, it can be very easy to brush, but if they have been running outside all day, then their fur can easily trap excess dirt and debris which makes the thick fur a nightmare to groom.

You will want to make sure that they are cleaned properly before each grooming session.

How Big is a Full-Grown Labradinger?

A full-grown Labradinger is usually around 50-60 pounds. This classifies it as a medium to large-sized dog. As puppies, they start out small and usually weigh less than 10 pounds, but by the end of the first year, they are almost full grown.

These dogs have a long, lean body shape, and stand about 20 inches off of the ground. As far as most dogs go, this is pretty large.

The English Springer Spaniel is a medium-sized dog and is quite short. The Labradinger definitely tends to take after the Labrador Retriever in size.

This means that the larger it’s Labrador parent is, the bigger the Labradinger will grow to be.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Labradinger?

As long as the Labradinger gets the appropriate amount of daily exercise and is given a healthy diet and isn’t overfed, then they can easily live up to 15 years.

This makes them a great choice for a family dog.

In their old age, they can become quite temperamental and moody, so this is something to take into consideration.

They will be less active and usually tend to sit around the house all day. It’s not uncommon to see old Labradingers get fat in their old age.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Labradinger

A Labradinger at the beach
The Labradinger has a thick coat.

Labradingers need human attention at all times of the day.

They are highly prone to develop separation anxiety which will cause them to turn to destructive habits around the house.

That being said, it’s not a good idea to leave this dog home alone for extended periods. They do well in large families where there is somebody to play with them for most of the day.

If you plan on being at work all day, then it’s best to hire a pet sitter or leave them at a doggy daycare.

These dogs have a very mild temperament for the most part. They can take the abuse of small children and even other dogs without responding in turn.

They are generally very happy as long as they are around their human companions.

However, as we just mentioned, they can get very depressed and anxious when they are left alone.

Interestingly, the Labradinger is also very much affected by a loss. If a family member passes away, or if they lose one of their animal partners, then they can become skittish and unsociable for a few months while they recover from the mental trauma.

The Labradinger’s Diet

Because of the Labradingers large size, they need around 2 to 3 cups of food per day depending on their activity level.

If they are excessively active and are always outside, then they can easily eat 3 cups a day without gaining any weight.

How Much Exercise Does a Labradinger Need?

Because the Labradinger is bred from two hunting dogs, it has a lot of energy. They can easily run outside for hours at a time and have a seemingly limitless reserve of energy.

Labradingers will always be up for a game of fetch and can keep up with you on your nightly runs.

If you want them to be happy and healthy, then it’s a good idea to make sure that they get at least an hour a day of outdoor exercise.

Labradinger Health and Conditions

In general, the Labradinger is a very healthy dog, however, in their old age, they can develop joint and bone pain.

Hip and Elbow Dysplasia are very common in these dogs after age 12.

Thankfully, these are easily treatable with steroids, and other forms of anti-inflammatory medication that is made specifically for dogs.

Child Safety

The Labradinger is descended from two very family-friendly breeds of dog, so it makes sense that this particular pooch is also superbly friendly to kids of all ages.

Of course, that doesn’t always mean it’ll be smooth sailing, especially if the children themselves are worried about the dog or feel nervous when around it.

If they’re actively avoiding the dog, the Labradinger might see it all as a fun game, and try and get even closer to the child, which makes everything worse.

Commonly held advice is to have the dog and the children meet as early into their respective lives as possible and under supervision.

It helps them learn that they’re each part of the same family and that they’ll be growing up together, hopefully as best friends.

Children who lack confidence when going out can have a lot of emotional support from the Labradinger, and often this breed can help children like these to find some inner strength.

The Labradinger has a very gentle personality, so there’s no danger of this dog playing too rough with kids or injuring them accidentally.

In fact, if you watch closely, you’ll see that the Labradinger is smart enough to hold back a little when running and jumping around your children.

There’s a nurturing quality to this mixed breed that makes it family-friendly material in the most wonderful way.

Final Thoughts on the LabradingerA close up of a Labradingers face

If you have the time and energy to devote to these animals, they will be one of the best companions and hunting dogs that you could ever own.

They will remain by your side through thick and thin and will follow you everywhere that you go.

It’s important to remember that the Labradinger is a very social animal, however.

If you or another family member can’t be by them every single day, then they can easily become depressed and develop destructive behavior.

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