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Nicole Cosgrove

The Labany is a mixed breed dog the result of breeding a Labrador Retriever and a Brittany. He is a medium to large sized dog with a life span of 10 to 13 years. He is talented and enjoys a lot of activities such as hunting, tracking, agility, obedience, jogging and retrieving. He is also called a Brittador or a Labrador Retriever Brittany Spaniel Mix. He is a clever and agreeable dog with energy and lots of love to give.

Here is the Labany at a Glance
Average height 17 to 24 inches
Average weight 30 to 60 pounds
Coat type Single or double coated, wavy, straight, dense short and medium
Hypoallergenic? No
Grooming Needs Moderate
Shedding Low to moderate depending on single or double coat
Brushing Daily
Touchiness Moderately sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Average
Barking Occasional
Tolerance to Heat Good
Tolerance to Cold Very good
Good Family Pet? Excellent
Good with Children? Excellent with socialization
Good with other Dogs? Very good with socialization
Good with other Pets? Very good with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Fairly high
A Good Apartment Dweller? Moderate
Good Pet for new Owner? Excellent
Trainability Easy to train but needs a firm leader
Exercise Needs Very active
Tendency to get Fat Quite high
Major Health Concerns OCD, eye problems, epilepsy, heart problems, hypothyroidism
Other Health Concerns Joint dysplasia, acute moist dermatitis, ear infections, cold tail
Life Span 10 o 13 years
Average new Puppy Price $300 to $1200
Average Annual Medical Expense $485 to $600
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $510 to $600

Where does the Labany come from?

The Labany is one of many designer dogs popularized in the last 25 years. Many celebrities have jumped on the trend to have a designer dog, which tends to be a mix of two pure breeds and is often given a cutesy name that is a blend of those two parents. Some mixed breeds are created with a purpose and we know something about their origins but that is not the norm. The majority we have very little information about and a lot of them have likely been created by puppy mills and bad breeders just as a way to use this trend to make money. Therefore while there is nothing wrong in owning a mixed breed be careful about where you get them from.

With no origins yet known about the Labany we have to look at the history and traits of the parent dogs to give us an idea of what the offspring might be like. Keep in mind that there is little to no control over this breeding when it comes to what good traits and of course what bad traits end up in the puppy. Even in the same litter there can be a lot of difference in personality and looks.

The Labrador Retriever

The Lab was bred to be an aide to fishermen pulling in lines, nets, retrieving fish and then being a good companion at the end of the day in the early 1700s in Canada. They were first named St John’s dogs which is the capital of Newfoundland where they were from. They were only called Labs about one hundred years later in England having been brought back from Canada. They were used in England for hunting not fishing though. In Canada new breeding and tax regulations led to the breed disappearing but they continued to be very popular in England.

Today that great intelligence, trainability and work ethic still continues to be something the Lab is known for. He works in a large number of different areas including police work, military work, assistance, therapy, hunting to name a few. He is also a great companion for families. He is sweet, energetic, playful, eager to please and a dog you can trust to get along with anybody and any other animal. He does need a lot of exercise though so needs owners who can commit to that.

The Brittany

The Brittany is so named for an area in the northwest of France that used to be independent and was just across the English Channel. For other a thousand years there was a lot of trade between Wales and Brittany and dogs were included in the trading too. Brittany ancestors can be seen in the 1600s but the kind we see today were developing in the mid 1800s. He was used when hunting and was skilled at both pointing and retrieving. Hunters and poachers liked then because of their agility, speed and obedience. At the time dog shows were becoming a popular thing and Brittanys did very well. They came to the states in 1931. As with a lot of dogs he was not doing so well during World War II as breeding in France stopped. They became very low in numbers as a result but with careful breeding after the war they have recovered.

Today he is an alert dog with typical traits of a pointer dog such as an independent side and a lot of curiosity. He wasn’t to please his people though and that helps with training. He is a happy dog who loves to hunt birds or spend time with his people. He is intelligent and energetic so regular mental and physical exercise is important.


The Labany is an affectionate, sweet and gentle dog who loves to please his owner and is easy to train. He is smart and energetic and very good at problem solving. He can be timid sometimes so early socialization is important. He is good with children but can be sensitive and does not respond well to harsh tones or scoldings.

What does a Labany look like

A Labany is a medium to large dog weighing 30 to 60 pounds and stands 17 to 24 inches tall. He can look like either parent, a wide head like a Lab or wedged medium sized head like the Brittany. Floppy ears, almond shaped eyes, a coat that could be double, straight to wavy, short. Common colors are cream, white, black, brown, orange and chocolate.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Labany need to be?

He needs to be very active and therefore needs committed owners who are active too and are happy to take him out every day. At least an hour a day would be best including activities like long walks, running or jogging, hikes, trips to the dog park, play, swimming and so on. He also needs to have some access to a yard. Remember he needs mental stimulation as well as physical.

Does he train quickly?

He is intelligent, eager to please and obedient which makes him easy to train the majority of cases. As he will need less repetition he will train more quickly. Training needs to be done in a positive way, with clear intent and using rewards, praise and encouragement. Be firm and stay consistent. Some Labanys have an independent side to them but with the right approach you can overcome this.

Living with a Labany

How much grooming is needed?

He will need moderate grooming. He can shed anything from low to more moderate amounts so you may have to clear up after him with a vacuum cleaner or you might not. Some Labanys only need brushing a couple of times a week and some will need it daily. Bathing should be done when he needs it only to avoid drying out his skin. He will need his nails clipping if they get too long, his teeth brushing at least two to three times a week and his ears checked and wiped clean once a week.

What is he like with children and other animals?

He is a very good dog with children but early socialization and training really still help. Also teach the children how to safely play with the dog without teasing or hurting it. He likes to chase smaller animals but socialization will help with other pets. He gets on very well with other dogs too.

General information

He will need to eat 2 1/2 to 3 cups of high quality dry dog food daily, divided into a minimum of two meals. He is a good watchdog, alert and will bark or get your attention should an intruder enter your home. Otherwise he will bark occasionally. The Labany can deal with most climates.

Health Concerns

To get the healthiest dog you can, buy from a good breeder and expect to see health clearances. While in general this is a healthy mixed breed he can suffer from conditions his parents are prone to such as
OCD, eye problems, epilepsy, heart problems, hypothyroidism, joint dysplasia, acute moist dermatitis, ear infections and cold tail.

Costs involved in owning a Labany

A puppy can cost anywhere between $300 to $1200 depending on where you are buying from and what is included with the puppy. Initial costs on top of this if not covered in the price will include a collar, leash, crate, neutering, chipping, blood tests, shots and deworming. These will cost between $450 to $500. Ongoing yearly costs for medical concerns such as vaccinations, check ups, flea prevention and pet insurance will be between $485 to $600. Ongoing yearly costs for non-medical concerns such as food, treats, toys, license, training and so on come to between $510 to $600.


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The Labany is a smart and delightful dog to own as long as you can keep up with him! He is very willing and a fun dog to have around. He is not best suited to an apartment but could adapt with enough time outside.

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Nicole Cosgrove

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.