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Labmaraner (Labrador Retriever and Weimaraner Mix)

Ashley Bates

Height: 23-25 inches
Weight: 55-88 pounds
Lifespan: 11-14 years
Colors: Cream, silver, yellow, black, chocolate
Suitable for: Active lifestyles, homes with land
Temperament: Energetic, loyal, intense, action-oriented

Labrador Retrievers and Weimaraners are very different breeds, but they share many similar characteristics. Both dogs are used in the hunting world to track and retrieve prey. Weimaraners have a distinct dusty blue coat and labs can come in a few varieties of colors such as black, yellow, and cream.

So, what exactly happens when you cross these two structurally similar dogs? You get an agile, lean muscular dog that is capable of taking on the world at large. Let’s get more information on what you can expect from owning one of these crossbreeds. divider-dog

Labmaraner Puppies – Before You Buy…

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What’s the Price of Labmaraner Puppies?

If you are looking for a Labmaraner pup, you can expect to pay between $400 and $1,000–depending on the breeder.

We want to stress that it’s important to find a reputable person breeding these animals. With cross or hybrid breeds, there is a potential situation for backyard breeding and puppy mill situations.

Puppies born into the circumstances often live in unclean or unsanitary situations. Because there is not much selective breeding happening, temperament can be unsound, and other health concerns might become present as the puppy ages.

Because this is a mixed breed, you might get lucky and find this cross at a shelter or rescue center near you. If you do, you can cut out a lot of the veterinary costs upfront by adopting.

Most of these animals come with their necessary vaccinations, any flea or tick treatment, and spay or neuter surgery. Many facilities also microchip so that you can register your dog after adoption. If you purchase an animal this way, you can expect to pay between $150 and $350.divider-dog

3 Little-Known Facts About Labmaraner

1. The parent breeds hail from different continents.

Weimaraners hail from Germany and Labrador Retrievers from Canada, though the origins of the Lab actually began in the United Kingdom. These breeds are both able to handle colder temperatures given their respective homes, and the Labmaraner is no different.


2. Both parent breeds help their humans on the hunt.

Weimaraners are hunting dogs originally used to hunt boar, deer, and other large game. Labradors are retriever dogs who collect fowl and small game for hunters. So, this combination creates a superb hunting dog.


3. Labmaraners are highly athletic dogs.

Labmaraners are a power pack combo of pure lean muscle. They are physically capable and athletic, perfect for agility exercises.

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Temperament & Intelligence of the Labmaraner

The Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular breeds all across the United States. They have fun-loving personalities and make terrific playmates. The Weimaraner is an incredibly intense dog that loves nothing more than a job to do.

When you cross the Labrador Retriever and the Weimaraner, you get a very high-energy breed that needs lots of space to run. Their mental and physical stimulation is equally important, as this dog is fiercely intelligent and very active.

This breed would fare best in situations with lots of room to run and explore. If you have a lot of acreage or a huge fenced-in area, they can work quite well in your living situation. This breed is a bit hyper, taking a very long time to mature.

Because of their overabundance of energy, they work best with people who have a highly active lifestyle. If they aren’t used for tasks like hunting, they’ll need something to burn some steam, so activities are a must.

These dogs can be highly affectionate with their owners and family members. But primarily, they are bred for work. It can translate into destructive tendencies like digging, chewing, and other challenging behaviors if there isn’t a job to do.

However, a well-trained cross can be incredibly devoted, loyal, and faithful to their humans.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪

The Labmaraner can make an outstanding selection for canine lovers in the right circumstances. These dogs do not do well with apartment living. So, if you and your family live somewhere that makes it complicated for outdoor activities, you might want to think about getting another breed.

However, if you have a home in the country or can accommodate these dogs’ daily exercise needs, you can enjoy the breed. Because of their exuberant energy, these dogs work best for children ages 6 and older.

Also, the Weimaraner is known for exhibiting a bit of aggression at times. They have too much intensity for younger children and might knock down or hurt a younger child.

Even though a Lab is a super exciting, fun breed, the Weimaraner DNA might throw a wrench in the mix when it comes to being a family pet. Keep this in mind when you are on your hunt for the perfect pup, perhaps spending time with a full-grown Labmaraner to understand whether you’d feel comfortable bringing one home to your kids.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?

The Labmaraner can work very well as a companion animal to other canines. However, because of the possibility of same-sex or territorial aggression, you should socialize them as early as possible. It’s best if they grow up around other canines.

Because of their high prey drive potential, they don’t make the best companions for households with smaller pets—including cats. They have high chasing instincts.divider-dog

Things to Know When Owning a Labmaraner:

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

This breed doesn’t have any specific dietary restrictions. However, you should always feed them a high protein diet. These dogs run off many calories in a day, requiring a diet that will replenish their muscles.

It is essentially up to you and your veterinarian what diet works best. Many people prefer dry kibble that meets all of the necessary nutritional profiles. However, you can always give your dog a wet food diet as a standalone option or topper to their regular dry kibble.

Another alternative is homemade or raw dog foods. These foods require veterinary-approved recipes. So always make sure to double-check before you offer your dog something of that nature.

Exercise 🐕

When it comes to exercise, these canines want to go, go, go. They don’t have an off switch. They require much stimulation and will absolutely adore interactive games like fetch, tag, and other high-intensity workouts.

On average, these dogs should get at least one hour of strenuous exercise per day. These dogs are definitely not the type that will be happy with one brisk walk a day. If you don’t have the time or energy to spend with your dog, it’s best to get a lower-energy breed.

Training 🎾

This type of dog would benefit immensely from training. They need to learn to channel their exuberant energy early in life. They require high activity exercises, so knowing how to behave with good manners is important.

If you don’t feel confident to take on the task, professional training is always an option. You can get a dog with well-rounded manners so that you can handle their quirks and overt behavior. However, training is a two-way street, and owners still have to participate for optimal success.

These dogs will pick up on concepts easily but might have a stubborn streak. Also, since they mature slowly, they may have a hard time focusing on learning at first. Patience is key when training this breed.

Grooming ✂️

The Labmaraner will have a short coat that is easy to manage. While these dogs can benefit from daily brushing to remove any debris or dead hair, they are relatively easy to maintain.

These dogs do not need any special coat trims or hairdos, but they benefit from a good scrub down once every 4 to 6 weeks.

As with any other canine, they will need regular teeth brushing, nail clipping, and ear cleaning to keep tidy and prevent unwanted infection.

Health and Conditions 🏥

Labs and Weimaraners have slightly different health concerns to watch for. Because the Labmaraner is a crossbreed, they can take on the health issues from either parent as a consequence. To avoid this, proper vet care is essential.

If your dog goes for annual checkups to monitor its overall health, you can avoid or minimize these potential problems. It’s always best to stay ahead of the game so your pal can live a long, happy life.

Minor Conditions
  • Patellar luxation
  • Von Willebrand’s disease
Serious Conditions
  • Canine hip dysplasia
  • Spinal dysraphism
  • Bloat

Male vs. Female

There isn’t much of a difference between the personalities of male and female Labmaraners. Because this hybrid has two different sets of traits, they can take on virtually any character type that is stereotypical of either parent breed.

However, because both parent breeds are so similar in structure and weight, males tend to outweigh the females. They also usually have broader heads and more muscular bodies.

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Final Thoughts

Keep in mind—these dogs require living arrangements where they can be on the move with little restraint. If a Labmaraner sounds like a terrific selection for your lifestyle, remember to search for a breeder responsibly.

Always remember to check your local rescues, too. There may very well be your next wonderful pet waiting for a second chance at life. Don’t be afraid to explore all your options so you can find your perfect new best friend.


Featured Image Credit: Gualberto Becerra, Shutterstock

Ashley Bates

Ashley Bates is a freelance dog writer and pet enthusiast who is currently studying the art of animal therapy. A mother to four human children— and 23 furry and feathery kids, too – Ashley volunteers at local shelters, advocates for animal well-being, and rescues every creature she finds. Her mission is to create awareness, education, and entertainment about pets to prevent homelessness. Her specialties are cats and dogs.