- Activity Level: high
- Grooming Level: low
- Trainability: high
- Adaptability: moderate
- Kid/Pet Friendly: often
- Average Size: Large
- Average Lifespan: 6-12 years
- Prey Drive: low
- Watchdog: aware
- Registered?: other
Labernese Breed Profile
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The Labernese is a designer dog breed that originated in Canada. They are a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Bernese Mountain Dog. A mixed dog breed can end up with any combination of traits from one or both of their parent breeds. Although there can be some variability among individual puppies, a Labernese tends to be friendly, playful, and energetic.
The Labernese may not be recognized by the American Kennel Club, but they are recognized by other notable dog organizations. The American Canine Hybrid Club, International Designer Canine Registry, Dog Registry of America, Inc., and more recognize the Labernese.
Labernese tend to be gentle giants with an open and friendly personality. They are energetic and playful, but also tend to have a calm and gentle nature. This means they tend to get along fantastically with children, other dogs, other pets, and also strangers.
A Labernese tends to bond closely with their families and they may bond even closer with a favorite person of the family. They may make great watchdogs, but they do not tend to make good guard dogs as they are more interested in making friends.
The Labernese is a moderately adaptable dog breed. Due to their large size, they do not tend to adapt well to apartment living and tend to be better suited to larger homes. They do well in most climates and are particularly well -suited to cold weather. Because they bond closely with their families, they do not like to spend long periods of time alone and they can be prone to developing separation anxiety.
Although a mixed-breed can sometimes win the genetic lottery and inherit none of the health conditions associated with their parent breeds, it’s not a guarantee. A mixed-breed can inherit the health conditions common to one, both, or neither of the parent breeds.
For the Labernese, potential health concerns to be aware of include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, and Von Willebrand’s disease. Reputable breeders will screen their stock to avoid passing on health issues to puppies, so don’t be afraid to ask them about the genetic history of the parents.
As a large dog breed, the Labernese is at a higher risk for bloat. Bloat in dogs is serious, so it’s important to know what to look for so you can get them to the vet as soon as possible. This dog breed is also prone to gaining weight and developing diabetes later in life. As such, proper diet, plenty of exercise, and regular vet visits are important for keeping this dog happy and healthy.
The Labernese is a highly trainable dog breed. They are intelligent, patient, and eager to please, which means they pick up quickly on training. This also makes them a good fit for first-time dog owners.
As a working dog, they need a job to do and love to be occupied with work, even if that just means learning a new command or being your hiking buddy. Because they pick up on things quickly, they can also get bored. So, don’t be afraid to teach them more complicated things after they’ve mastered the basic commands every dog should know.
Both the Labrador Retriever and the Bernese Mountain Dog are moderate shedders with heavier shedding sessions twice a year. The Labernese will be the same. Brushing them a few times a week along with the occasional bath will be enough to keep this dog’s coat healthy and looking great. Daily brushing is even better, especially when the seasons change and your Labernese is shedding more heavily!
In addition to coat care, you will also need to care for your Labernese’s ears, nails, and teeth. Checking your dog’s ears weekly and carefully cleaning them as needed can help prevent ear infections. Monthly nail trimming is usually sufficient to keep your dog’s nails from growing too long. But, if they’re not wearing down as much naturally, you may have to cut your dog’s nails more often.
Good dental care for dogs is also important to prevent painful dental diseases like gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss later in life. Gum disease is one of the most common health issues in dogs and lack of good dental care is usually why.
Brushing your dog’s teeth or using an enzyme toothpaste every is ideal for preventing the tartar and plaque buildup that leads to dental disease. Dental hygiene chews or treats and a special “dental care diet” can also help supplement your efforts. You can work with your vet to identify the best approach for your dog.
Although the Labrador Retriever is a high-energy dog breed, the Bernese Mountain Dog is more moderate. As such, your Labernese could range from moderate to high energy. Daily walks plus some time to run and play should be sufficient for this dog.
Because they enjoy being around you, they will likely also be up for more activity if you are. You can try going hiking with your Labernese, playing frisbee, swimming with your dog, taking trips to the dog park, and more. You may discover a new favorite activity that you both love!
A fully-grown Labernese usually stands 21 to 27 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs 55 to 120 pounds.
A Labernese generally lives 6-12 years.
The Labernese was originally bred to be a service dog that could handle physical assistance. Though some of them still work as service or therapy dogs, they are also commonly found just being a companion and the beloved family pet.