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Nicole Cosgrove

a black labbe puppy sitting outdoors

The Labbe is the offspring of the Beagle and the Labrador. He is a medium cross or mixed breed also known as a Labbe Retriever, Labeagle and Beagador. His life span is 10 to 15 years and this energetic and goofy dog also has talents in tracking, agility and jogging.

Here is the Labbe at a Glance
Average height 19 to 24 inches
Average weight 25 to 40 pounds
Coat type Short, dense, smooth
Hypoallergenic? No
Grooming Needs Moderate
Shedding Moderate to frequent
Brushing Two to three times a week
Touchiness Very sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Low to moderate
Barking Occasional
Tolerance to Heat Good to very good
Tolerance to Cold Moderate to good
Good Family Pet? Excellent
Good with Children? Excellent
Good with other Dogs? Excellent
Good with other Pets? Good to very good with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Average to high
A Good Apartment Dweller? Moderate to good – best in a home with a yard due to his energy
Good Pet for new Owner? Good – best with experienced owners
Trainability Moderately difficult
Exercise Needs Very active
Tendency to get Fat Above average
Major Health Concerns Intervertebral disk disease, eye problems, epilepsy, OCD, heart problems, Hypothyroidism, Beagle Dwarfism, CBS, Patellar Luxation, myopathy, bloat,
Other Health Concerns Hip dysplasia, ear infections
Life Span 10 to 13 years
Average new Puppy Price $300 to $600
Average Annual Medical Expense $460 to $560
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $375 to $475

Where does the Labbe come from?

The Labbe comes from the US and is a designer dog, deliberately bred mixed dogs that have become popular over the last two to three decades. A lot of celebrities and regular people can be found with them, the small companion type lap dogs seem to be the most popular but there are medium and large sized designer dogs too. Care does need to be taken though when buying as there are a lot of puppy mills and breeders who have terrible practices and keep the animals in awful conditions. Designer dogs have attracted a lot more of them. With no other information on where the Labbe comes from we can look at the two parents who were crossed to better understand him.

The Beagle

Beagle like dogs can be traced back to Roman times but the actual Beagle we know today cannot be traced back that far and actually his history is a little muddled. In the mid 1800s you can see the starting of the Beagle we know today when they were bred for their hunting skills.

Today the Beagle has a gentle nature and will often make you laugh with their antics, but will also make you cry from their mischief! They are tricky things that are good at not listening or obeying you. He loves to follow a scent and is great with children – they get up their mischief together!

The Labrador Retriever

Coming from Newfoundland in Canada the Labrador Retriever was bred at the start of the 1700s. They worked with fishermen bringing in hooks, lines and fish and so on and then were a family companion at the end of the day at home. They were admired for their disposition and work ethic by visiting Englishmen in the early 1800s and were taken back to England. There they were used to hunt. It is a good thing they thrived there as in Canada they died out due to strict breeding taxation. In the early 1920s they were imported from England to the US.

The Lab today is a very intelligent, sweet and friendly dog. He is used in various fields as a working dog such as police work, army work, hunting, therapy to name a few. He is eager to please and loyal and is very easy to train. He has a lot of energy and needs to be very active mentally and physically. Labs can vary from being laid back to quite rowdy.


The Labbe is a very energetic dog, he loves to play and can be goofy and get over excited. He is a curious dog, loyal and affectionate to his owner and brave too. As much as he likes to be active he also loves to cuddle and take naps! He does have a stubborn side but he is intelligent and is usually attentive. While more excitable as a puppy he does eventually tend to be laid back and patient which means he gets along with everyone from the young to the seniors. He is enthusiastic and happy and can be protective. He does not like to be left alone for long periods and can suffer from separation anxiety.

What does the Labbe look like

He is a medium sized dog weighing 25 to 40 pounds and standing 19 to 24 inches tall. He can be more like a Beagle or more like a Lab or have a mix. His muzzle is usually narrow and long, and he often has the head of the Beagle. His body is a similar height to the Beagle but it is longer in length. His ears hang down and his coat can be short, dense and smooth. Common colors are white, brown, black, tricolor, fawn, red, tan and orange.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Labbe need to be?

This is a very active dog so needs to be with owners who are able to be committed to giving him the physical exercise he needs every day. A minimum of 30 to 45 minutes of vigorous exercise will be needed, if he is still acting restless, acting out and being destructive this may be a sign he still needs more. Because he is so active though his size means he could adapt to apartment living in actual fact he should be in a home with access to a yard where he can play. He would enjoy visiting a dog park, running of leash and playing games. He is prone to obesity so physical exercise is important but he should also have opportunities to be mentally stimulated too. Some Labbes will inherit the Lab’s love of water and some will not so do not presume he will love to swim.

Does he train quickly?

The Lab is an easier to train dog because of his intelligence and eagerness to please. The Labbe can be like that too for some owners, but from the Beagle come some stubborn tendencies and that can make the training and bit harder. It may be best not to get one as a first time owner. He needs positive techniques only, treats, rewards, praise and encouragement. Be firm so that you are clearly the one in charge, stay patient and be consistent. If help is needed look for it, there are training schools and professional trainers you can pay for. Early socialization and training are important for your dog to be the best he can be and to make owning a dog in the long term easier.

Living with a Labbe

How much grooming is needed?

This dog has moderate grooming needs. He can shed a moderate to frequent amount so brushing on a regular basis will help keep up with the loose hair, two to three times a week should be enough. He will need to be bathed but not too often as that will dry out his skin, use a dog shampoo and wash when he really needs it. His nails should clipped when they get too long, his ears should be checked for infection and wiped clean once a week and his teeth should be brushed two to three times a week.

What is he like with children and other animals?

The Labbe gets along very well with children and other dogs. He is patient and tolerant of smaller children even and is happy to play and be active with them. Children should be taught how to touch and play with dogs in the right way though. With other animals and pets there can be a problem as the Labbe can have a hunting instinct that drives him to chase them so early socialization will help here.

General information

This is a dog who will bark occasionally and can sometimes have the Beagle howl. He is a good watchdog as he is alert and will notify you if an intruder is trying to enter the home. He needs to be fed 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 cups of good quality dry dog food a day split into two meals.

Health Concerns

There are health issues he can inherit from his parents which include Intervertebral disk disease, eye problems, epilepsy, OCD, heart problems, Hypothyroidism, Beagle Dwarfism, CBS, Patellar Luxation, myopathy, bloat, Joint dysplasia, ear infections, skin problems and cold tail. Ask the breeder for health clearances for both parents to help lower the chances at having a dog that has any of these problems. Also it is a very good idea to visit the puppy and see the conditions he is in before you buy.


Costs involved in owning a Labbe

A Labbe puppy could cost you between $300 to $600. Other costs come to between $455 to $500 and that will be for things like micro chipping, eventual neutering, blood tests, deworming, shots, collar and leash, crate and carrier. Other annual costs you need to be able to cover for non medical essentials like toys, food, treats, license and training come to between $375 to $475. Annual medical basics like check ups, health insurance, flea prevention and vaccinations come to between $460 to $560.


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The Labbe needs owners who are active, who can handle an energetic dog and have a yard for him to play in. He could be a good hunting dog but he is also a loyal and loving companion and family pet. His goofiness can be very funny and while training might be something that takes perseverance it is well worth the time spent.

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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.