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Lab Pointer Mix
The Lab Pointer Mix is the result of breeding together the Labrador Retriever and the Pointer. She is also known as a Pointerdor, a Labrador-Pointer and a Labrador Retriever Pointer Mix. She is a medium sized dog with a life span of 10 to 15 years and talents in watchdog, hunting, retrieving, search and rescue, tracking, jogging and agility. She is full of vigor and is a sweet and loving dog.
This dog is a special mix of energy, gentleness, affection and dedication. With some commitment from her owner she will reward you for the rest of her life with the life she brings to a household. She is a great companion best suited to a place with a yard and active owners.
|Here is the Lab Pointer Mix at a Glance|
|Average height||22 to 28 inches|
|Average weight||35 to 50 pounds|
|Coat type||Medium, short and straight|
|Tolerant to Solitude?||No|
|Barking||Occasional to regular|
|Tolerance to Heat||Good to very good|
|Tolerance to Cold||Moderate to good|
|Good Family Pet?||Excellent|
|Good with Children?||Very good with socialization|
|Good with other Dogs?||Very good with socialization|
|Good with other Pets?||Good to very good with socialization|
|A roamer or Wanderer?||Fairly high|
|A Good Apartment Dweller?||Low – too energetic|
|Good Pet for new Owner?||Very good|
|Trainability||Easy to train but training needs to be engaging|
|Exercise Needs||Very active|
|Tendency to get Fat||Moderate|
|Major Health Concerns||OCD, eye problems, epilepsy, heart problems, Myopathy, bloat, Neurotropic Osteopathy, Chondrodysplasia, Addison’s Disease|
|Other Health Concerns||Joint dysplasia, skin problems, cold tail, ear infections, allergies, demodectic mange, skin cysts|
|Life Span||10 to 15 years|
|Average new Puppy Price||$250 to $600|
|Average Annual Medical Expense||$460 to $550|
|Average Annual Non-Medical Expense||$355 to $475|
Where does the Lab Pointer Mix come from?
The Lab Pointer Mix is sometimes referred to as a hybrid dog and is part of a movement in designer dogs in the last two to three decades. Designer dogs refers to the multitude of mixed breeds on the market today that are the result of sometimes thoughtful and sometime random breeding of two purebreds. Often these offspring are given a blended name of the two parents. In a lot of cases there is not much known about the purpose or who bred that mix. There are a few problems that you need to avoid with designer dogs. There are a lot of bad breeders just making money on a trend so there is not any thought into the breeding or for the health of any of the dogs involved. Also there is a lot of variation from one puppy to the next as there are no breeding rules and can be no control over what good parts and what bad parts of the parents end up in the offspring. There is some suggestion the Lab Pointer may have been first bred in England but as yet that has not been validated. To get a better idea for this dog we have to look at the traits and origins of the parents.
The Labrador Retriever
The Lab was bred in the early 1700s to aid fishermen and then be a great family companion when they returned home together at the end of the day. He comes from Newfoundland, Canada who’s capital is St John so that is what they were first called. He was a hardworking, loyal and affectionate dog and in the early 1800s was noticed and taken back to England by visiting English sportsmen. There they were used for hunting very successfully and eventually their name was changed to Labradors. In Canada by the late 19th century these dogs had disappeared because of new tax and breeding laws. However he was popular and thriving in England.
The Labrador Retriever today is one of the most popular breeds in several countries around the world. He is also extremely smart and eager to please making him easy to train and often a top choice as a working dog in areas like search and rescue, assistance, drug detection, therapy, hunting and more. He has a sweet personality, he is friendly and outgoing and has lots of energy. He does need a lot of mental and physical stimulation.
For a while Pointer was used in references to any dog breed used in hunting who’s job was to point the way. It is thought the dog may come from Spain originally but exact history is unsure. In England Pointer type dogs can be found in the 1600s and they were bred with Spanish pointers as well as some other dogs to get to the Pointer breed we know today. With a lot of breeding an ideal hunting dog was created and he soon proved popular with the aristocracy. He came to America with early colonists but was not much documented until the Civil War years.
Today the Pointer is not a common dog in families but he is even-tempered, loyal and friendly. He has an independent side to him and can be quite mischievous and playful too. He is a good watchdog and is a hard worker. He is intelligent and trains well enjoying competitions which makes him a great show dog who performs well. Training needs to be kept stimulating though otherwise he will lose interest and find something better to do. Early socialization and training are important as otherwise he can be timid. He needs to be kept busy or he can become destructive.
The Lab Pointer Mix is affectionate, sweet, loyal and friendly. She does have an independent side but once she has committed to you she is usually a lot more compliant at least some of the time! She has a lot of energy and is a very vigorous dog. She is also an intelligent dog so needs mental and physical opportunities each day. She is easy to train, good with children and makes a great companion. She has a playful side as well as being gentle but she does like to chew so make she has lots of chew toys you can rotate through. She will happily cuddle with you at the end of the day but she is not good at being left alone for long and can suffer from separation anxiety.
What does a Lab Pointer Mix look like
She is a medium sized dog weighing 35 to 50 pounds and she stands 22 to 28 inches tall. She has a muscular and powerful body especially in her chest and legs. Her head is wide and she has floppy ears and eyes that are almond shaped. She can have a long haired coat or a short haired depending on which parents she takes after. It is straight and common colors include white, brown, orange, lemon and black.
Training and Exercise Needs
How active does the Lab Pointer Mix need to be?
Being an energetic dog she needs a lot of opportunities to burn it off with some running, long walks, hard play, time at the dog park and so on. She has a great sense of smell and may try to follow scents when out walking. She has a lot of endurance and with training can actually run up to 20 miles a day. She is certainly not a stay home dog and needs an owner committed to daily physical activity, as well as ensuring she gets mental stimulation too. As she ages that energy level can calm down a bit. She is not really best suited to apartment living and access to a yard especially if it has some size is another opportunity to allow for play time.
Does she train quickly?
She comes from two very intelligent breeds and is a smart cookie herself. She usually has the Lab eagerness to please and is quick to learn and easy to train. However she sometimes has the independent nature of a Pointer and that can mean you need to stay firm, be consistent and clearly establish yourself as pack leader. The key is getting and keeping their attention, use treats, rewards, positive methods and remember they do not at all respond well to harsh tones or impatience. They need you to be dominant but in a gentle manner. Early training and socialization are something that is important to do for every dog, even for more even-tempered dogs like this one. It can help them avoid being timid, learn how to deal with children, strangers, dogs and other pets and situations and help when out taking then for physical activity.
Living with a Lab Pointer Mix
How much grooming is needed?
She should be brushed daily to keep her coat looking healthy and to help remove loose hair. She is a moderate shedder so she will leave behind her hair that will need vacuuming regularly. She will need a bath now and then but keep it when she is especially dirty or smelly so that you do not dry out her skin. Her ears also need checking and wiping clean once a week, her teeth need brushing at least two to three times a week and her nails will need clipping when they grow too long.
What is she like with children and other animals?
Most of the time Lab-Pointers are very good with children and other pets. They can be gentle when needed, enjoy playing and are affectionate towards them. She can be possessive of her toys though so early training and socialization can help here as well as teaching the children not to steal or tease her with them. She is good too with other dogs.
She is an occasional to average barker but when well trained will stop on command. She is a great watchdog and will alert you to any intruder. She will need to be fed at least 11/2 to 21/2 cups of high quality dry dog food split into two meals. She is good in warmer weather but not so much in extreme cold.
She is quite a healthy dog usually but to help avoid health issues buy from a good breeder and ask to see health clearances. There are some problems she can be prone to because of her parents and these include OCD, eye problems, epilepsy, heart problems, Myopathy, bloat, Neurotropic Osteopathy, Chondrodysplasia, Addison’s Disease, Joint dysplasia, skin problems, cold tail, ear infections, allergies, demodectic mange and skin cysts.
Costs involved in owning a Lab Pointer Mix
The Lab Pointer Mix is not as popular as some other designer breeds and so her price is a bit more reasonable at the moment. You can find them for between $250 to $600. Some things that will need to be paid for on top of that price if the breeder has not covered them are blood tests, shots, spaying and chipping. She will also need a collar and leash, carrier bag, crate and some other basic supplies. These will cost altogether about $455 to $500. Medical costs each year for shots, check ups, insurance and flea prevention will come to $460 to $550. Other costs for things like treats, food, toys, training and license each year come to $355 to $475.
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Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts’ knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.
- Where does the Lab Pointer Mix come from?
- What does a Lab Pointer Mix look like
- Training and Exercise Needs
- Living with a Lab Pointer Mix
- Health Concerns
- Costs involved in owning a Lab Pointer Mix
- Popular Labrador Retriever Mixes