Are you considering bringing a Bloodhound Lab mix into your family?
This affectionate pup is a rarer Labrador mix breed, with a one Labrador parent and one Bloodhound parent.
It can be difficult to predict what your mixed breed pup will be like. Let’s take a look at the possibilities.
Where Does the Bloodhound Lab Mix Come From?
This pup comes from two quite different parents.
To understand him fully, we need to get to know them individually first.
The Bloodhound is an ancient breed documented as early as the third century A.D.
They are believed to be descended from dogs in the ancient Mediterranean.
A strain of these dogs called “St. Hubert’s Hound” was exported to Great Britain in the eleventh century. It became the Bloodhound we know today.
Great care was taken to preserve the Bloodhound because of their ability to follow the scent of wolves, deer, and other massive game.
The modern Labrador is descended from the St. John’s water dog.
The first St. John’s Dog was brought to England around 1820.
In 1916, the Labrador Club was formed in England with support from Lord Knutsford.
The Labrador was first brought into the United States in 1917.
The Bloodhound Lab mix is a hybrid of these two breeds.
Fun Facts About the Bloodhound Lab mix
- Labradors got their name from being used as working/rescue dogs in the Labrador Sea.
- Labradors almost went extinct.
- Labs make great search and rescue dogs.
- The Bloodhound is also known as the St. Hubert’s Hound.
- Bloodhounds are very good at tracking scents.
- The loose wrinkly skin and floppy ears help them track scents by trapping the smell.
Bloodhound Lab mix Appearance
This cute cross is going to vary a lot in appearance, even from his brothers and sisters.
So what possible combinations could he express?
The Bloodhound can weigh 88 to 120 pounds with a height ranging from 23 to 28. This breed tends to live for ten to fourteen years.
Bloodhounds have a sizeable skeletal structuring with most of their weight concentrated in their bones. This makes them thick for their length.
Acceptable coat colors for the Bloodhound are black, liver, tan, and red with a short, dense coat.
Labs are medium-large dogs typically weighing 55 to 80 pounds with a height of 22 to 24 inches. Labs live, on average, twelve to thirteen years.
The Lab tends to be shorter and stockier with a fuller face.
In general, Labs’ coats should be short and dense, but not wiry. Coat colors are black, yellow, and chocolate. Also, a Labrador’s coat is practically waterproof, so the dog doesn’t get cold in the winter when wet.
If these two breeds were to be mixed, you could expect a short, dense coat in a solid color.
Also, these two breeds combined would possibly be a large dog weighing over eighty pounds.
Bloodhound Lab Mix Temperament
The Bloodhound is gentle and is tireless when following a scent.
Since the Bloodhound has a strong tracking instinct, it can be difficult at times to obedience train and walk on a leash.
Bloodhounds are affectionate and calm around humans, making them excellent family pets. They are good with children but may need to be supervised to eliminate any accidents due to their large size.
This breed is laid back and loves to relax. They like to spend time with their families and, if not exercised enough, can develop separation anxiety.
Labs have a slightly different temperament. Some Labs have been bred specially for working in the field mainly because they are fast and athletic.
Their lack of fear can make it somewhat more challenging to train and can become problematic if not taken care of early on. Also, they will sometimes bark at noise, especially noise from an unknown source.
Together this breed mix can make a playful, loving, scent driven dog.
Training Your Bloodhound Lab Mix
When training a new puppy, you will first need to potty train them. Crate training should also be a priority.
Making sure to get your puppy to socialize with other dogs and humans plays a crucial part in their behavior. This step needs to be taken care of early on to ensure a playful and kind dog.
The Bloodhound tends to overheat, so keep this in mind when going for walks and exercising in the heat.
Breed Specific Training Techniques
Bloodhounds are sensitive and will not respond to harsh treatment. Positive reinforcement and a lot of treats will help get desired behavior from a Bloodhound.
Labs grow to be large and playful dogs, so training them to be obedient from the start will make it more comfortable in the later training process.
Clicker training works well with Labs because they are very food orientated. Also, they are very food motivated, making clicker training ideal for them.
When exercising your Lab be conscious that they may have their bad knees. They often suffer from a luxating patella where the kneecap dislocates and goes back into place.
Bloodhound Lab mix Health
There is some controversy about mixed breeds. Some people claim that these are less healthy than purebreds due to their randomness.
They actually tend to be healthier thanks to their diverse gene pool. However you should be aware that a mixed breed pup could suffer any of the health problems common in either of its parents’ breeds.
Compared to other purebred dogs, Bloodhounds suffers an oddly high rate of gastrointestinal ailments, including gastric dilation volvulus (bloat).
Owners need to be aware of bloat because it is the leading cause of death in Bloodhounds. This breed also suffers from a high rate of eye, skin, and ear issues.
Bloodhounds live on average ten to fourteen years.
The Lab is relatively healthy with a few minor problems. These dogs are somewhat prone to hip and elbow dysplasia and obesity.
Labradors also suffer from knee problems (luxating patella).
Eye problems are also possible in your Labrador. These issues can include progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts, corneal dystrophy, and retinal dysplasia.
Together this breed can suffer from knee, skin, and eye ailments.
Do Bloodhound Lab mixes Make Good Family Dogs?
Both the Bloodhound and the Lab are outgoing, loving, gentle, and calm but also love to play outside.
They also have an excellent reputation when it comes to getting along with children. This mix would get along well with families.
Finding a Bloodhound Lab mix puppy
Looking for a Bloodhound Lab mix can be a little tricky. However, mixed breeds are growing in popularity, making them more common. We want to ensure that you find the perfect dog.
You want to avoid puppy mills because they could have unethical breeding practices. Also, you will want to stay clear of pet stores, as they likely adopt from puppy mills.
Before bringing home a puppy, you might also like to consider rescuing an older Bloodhound Lab mix.
Rescuing a Bloodhound Lab mix
When rescuing a dog, you must be conscious of a few things.
First, you need to look at their health. This includes fleas, skin problems, and other health-related issues. Doing this will help you better understand what kind of health your dog will have before adopting them.
Anxiety and socialization problems may be present when adopting. This is due to being in a new environment and it shouldn’t take long for the dog to get used to their surroundings.
Lastly, you will need a few things at home for a new puppy. This includes a crate, toys, and grooming supplies. Having these items will make it easier for your dog to transition into a new home.
Raising a Bloodhound Lab Mix Puppy
When raising a Bloodhound Lab mix puppy, you will need to get them on a healthy diet because they are prone to becoming overweight.
This breed will need to be brushed at least once a week. Your dog will love this, and it will reduce any loose hair.
Since Labradors are prone to putting on too much weight, training and exercise for a Lab mix are a must. This can be done with treats or a clicker.
Bloodhound Lab Mix Products and Accessories
This breed requires a lot of exercise and loves to be active. Their scenting instincts also make it necessary to keep them on a leash.
Like almost every dog, they will likely need a durable chew toy. This will keep them busy and playful while giving them exercise.
Also, this breed can overheat. Having a towel to use for them will reduce any unwanted accidents.
Similar Bloodhound Lab mixes and breeds
Since this breed could have some potential health problems, we recommend looking into similar breeds to compare health issues and personalities to possibly make a better pet for you. These include the English Foxhound, Harrier, Beagle, and Saint Bernard.
Bloodhound Lab mix Rescues
There are many rescues for this dog. If you would like to be added to this list, comment below!
- South East Bloodhound Rescue
- Bloodhound Rescue
- Canadian Bloodhound Club
- Lab Rescue AU
- Labrador Rescue UK
- Lab Rescue Canada
Is a Bloodhound Lab mix Right For Me?
The Bloodhound Lab mix is active, playful, kind, and sometimes stubborn.
They love to go for long walks or trot alongside you while you ride a bike.
If you live an active lifestyle where you go hiking or do anything outdoors and want a companion to share it with, then this could make a good pet for you.
References and Further Reading
- Sophia Jeppsson. “Purebred Dogs and Canine Wellbeing” Journal of Agriculture and Environmental Ethics, 2014.
- Larry Glickman. “Canine Gastric Dilation-Volvulus (Bloat)” School of Veterinary Medicine, 1995.
- Audrey M. Remedios. “Medial Patellar Luxation in 16 Large Dogs A Retrospective Study” Veterinary Surgery, 1992.
- R. Curtis. “A survey of cataracts in golden and Labrador retrievers” Journal of Small Animal Practice, 1989.
- Chris Pearson. “Between Instinct and Intelligence: Harnessing Police Dog Agency in Early Twentieth-Century Paris” Comparative Studies in Society and History, 2016.
Brian G says
Our Lab/Bloodhound has been the perfect dog, its a little rough training first 3 years but since then (6) now, she’s perfect with no professional training. She leans towards the Lab look & black, weighs around 95 lbs. no big health issues other than needing ear drops at times. She listens, has room to roam but stays close & will look you in the eye trying her best to figure out what im saying, knows many words and commands, protective of yard and kids. Hunts snakes which is not good, with professional training we have no doubt she would be dangerously smart or a great bird dog. Her favorite things are ropes, cheese and getting to visit inside everyday.
Arnold Rowan says
I had a Male. Best friend I’ve ever had. Was 1 yr old first of july. Keiser was doing yard work with me. In the drive way he got hit and past away. 20 ft from me. It’s been hard to get over. He was so prefect. We miss him
Karina Bohnen says
I am so sorry for your loss. I feel your pain. I lost mine 4 month ago at the age of almost 14. He was the best dog I’ve ever had, my best friend too. Had his sister too which I lost 2 years ago.
Sally Katz says
Reading this information helped me so much in understanding our bloodhound/lab mix rescue. Everything mentioned was spot on. Our sweet Ginger is 4 months old and is definitely keeping us on our toes! In fact, I have a trainer coming in to help us out. We love her and want her to be happy. She absolutely loves our children!
Charles Savoy says
Hello my name is Charles I am interested in the Lab/Bloodhound mix. Please where can I buy one and what is the price. I live in Houston Tx.
Fred—Carole Barber says
We have recently lost our blab, he was 12yrs old. He was a wonderful family dog. We miss our long walks,and days at the beach, he loved the water. He was a friend to everyone. We are looking for another puppy to love. Please send us information for adoptions. Thank You
Marie Ginman says
I am starting to look for another blab (bloodhound/lab) puppy to train for search and rescue. My first blab “Guinness” died last year at the age on 10. He was an amazing search dog. My second blab “Batman” is still going strong at search and rescue at the age of 7 but considering that it takes a year or sometimes two to fully train a search dog I am starting to look now for my next blab partner. The best thing with a blab is that they are so happy! And for search and rescue they are amazing. They have the nose of a bloodhound and the eagerness to please and work from the lab. My next blab will be very loved and well cared for in every way and have a fun and exciting life.
I prefer a large dog and a male since that is what I am used to with Guinness and Batman. I will travel anywhere for the right dog.
LoAnn W Perry says
So sorry to hear about Guiness. We lost Socrates 2 1/2 years ago to cancer. This time I got pure bred BH from Idaho. I needed a lighter dog and sire and dame were 95 & 80 respectively. Socrates Deuce is now 2 1/2 and 80 lbs. Soc was such great companion. I loved seeing Guiness and Soc play.
Jim kline says
I lost my best friend in Jan of this year, Harley, she was a bloodhound, lab, dane mix. Absolutely the best dog / breed I have ever had. Incredibly loving compassionate dog; she liked all animals, other dogs, cats, geese, goats… didn’t matter, whatever it was she just wanted to play and interact with them. Loving to all people and without training took to my blind stepmother to lead her, move out of her way, and the only time she ever growled at anyone was when she was at my parents house and just her and my stepmom were there and a person she hadn’t met stopped at my parents house. Harley positioned herself between my stepmother and the “stranger”. When the person reached out to take my stepmothers hand Harley gave a low but affirming growl… my stepmother just simply said it’s ok Harley and she stopped and sat right beside her the whole visit. I miss her terribly and have been looking for a female bloodhound lab mix puppy but have not been able to locate one. Anyone know of a breeder, or pup for adoption?
Ted Weaks says
I have a blood hound lab mix he now year half old . Was the best thing happend to me . My lab pitbull passed over 10 years ago. Broke my heart wasnt able to recover till now thanks to my daughter which graduated animal science. This has been the best mix dog I ever had . Smokey is hard headed but great with kids and pets . Fyi. Just wanted to share my broken heart to now a healing heart. Thanks Ted
Fred/Carole Barber says
Where do we look for a breeder for bloodhound/lab puppies.? We would like a all black male , just like our last baby. He was born in January, so by April we had him. Please we are heartsick for anothert
Justin Hollingsworth says
Hello, I recently lost my little buddy who was a 3/4 lab and 1/4 bloodhound male dog. I stumbled across this website and if it would be ok, I’d like to post a few photos of him in his memory.
What color was buddy ?,did he look about like a lab but just a little different ? .we have one that’s half bloodhound half yellow lab and she looks like a Big orange hound
Shelly Lau says
Send me information on where to send pictures i have 2 bloodhound/lab mixes. The dad is a purebred bloodhound and mother being 1/2 lab 1/2 bloodhound.
Hi Shelly, If you would like to send photos to [email protected] along with your permission for them to be posted on the site, we might well be able to share them for you. Best wishes, Lucy
Do they have the face & ears of a bloodhound But less wrinkles