In Lab Beagle Mix, we’ll take a look at the Labrador Beagle, also called a “Beagador” or “Labbe”!
We’ll take a look at a Beagle Lab mix’s general appearance and behavior, the history of its parent breeds and common health problems.
We’ll help you decide whether or not this ‘designer breed’ would make a good addition to your household.
What is a Lab Beagle mix?
A Beagle Labrador retriever mix is a designer breed that was created by the mating of a Beagle with a Labrador Retriever.
Origin of the Beagle Lab mix
Let’s meet the Labrador Retriever Beagle mix’s parent breeds!
Due to a lack of documentation regarding the breed’s source, the Beagle’s true origin is unknown.
It’s generally accepted that the breed began in the United States as a small hound dog that closely resembled a Bassett Hound or a Dachshund, but with straighter legs.
It is known that a refined variation of the Beagle’s ancestors was brought to the United States from Great Britain, where it was bred with the hounds to create the more refined Beagle that we see today.
The Beagle was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885. These dogs are not only beautiful, but they also have an abundance of energy and a nose that’s capable of tracking a scent for miles.
Even though the the Labrador Retriever is very popular in the United States, the breed actually hails from Newfoundland, Canada.
Small-sized water dogs of the area were bred with Newfoundlands to create the ancestors of today’s Labrador Retriever.
Lab and Beagle mix temperament
Since the Lab mixed with Beagle isn’t a pure breed, we can only make assumptions about its temperament based upon the general temperament of its parent breeds.
The Beagle is most often a friendly, loyal, and inquisitive dog, with a nose that they will follow tirelessly in pursuit of their target. This makes the Beagle a most excellent and sought-after hunting dog.
Due to its high level of energy and innate curiosity, the Beagle should be allowed to run and play daily. But it’s important to teach them an excellent recall, as they may wander wherever a scent leads them.
The Labrador Retriever is one of the most common family dogs for a reason. They are incredibly friendly and loyal, with a very social nature.
Since they are so very friendly (and can be excitable), Labs can be intimidating to guests and small children. They may make it their mission to greet every person who walks in the door with gusto.
Similarly to Beagles, Labs are excellent sporting dogs.
Their intelligence makes them easily trainable, and with their active personalities, they make wonderful hunting partners. They are often trained as retrievers of duck and other game.
It’s important to remember that with any mixed breed, the temperament of a hybrid dog or puppy may more closely resemble one parent’s breed than the other parent’s breed.
You can’t predict which way this will go.
Beagle and Lab mix height and weight
Due to the size of its parents, a Beagle Lab mix full grown will weigh anywhere from 20 to 70 pounds.
They should reach a height of 13 to 24 inches at the shoulder.
Beagle x Labrador mix colors
As mentioned previously, the exact traits of a hybrid puppy are unpredictable.
Thus, Lab Beagle puppies may be born with a mix of their parent breeds’ characteristics, or they make look more like a Beagle or Lab instead of a mix of both.
If Beagle Lab puppies are the result of a Black Lab Beagle mix, Yellow Lab Beagle mix, or a Chocolate Lab Beagle mix, AND they take after their Labrador Retriever parent, then they may be black, yellow, or chocolate in color.
For example, put in very simple terms a Beagle black Lab mix puppy that inherited more of their black Labrador Retriever parent’s genes may come out solid black.
If Beagle mixed with Lab puppies take after their Beagle parent, then they may be one of the following eleven standard color combinations for Beagles:
- Black and tan
- Tan and white
- Black, red, and white
- Red and white
- Black, tan, and bluetick
- Lemon and white
- Black, tan, and white
- Brown, white, and tan
- Black, white, and tan
- Blue, tan, and white
- Brown and white
If a Lab Beagle mix puppy inherited equal traits from of each of its parents, then it may be a combination of the colors that are associated with each breed’s standard.
But it isn’t this simple either. Genes are complicated and some color genes can effectively ‘switch off’ other color genes.
Basically, your puppies color could be one of any number of gorgeous colors or combinations!
Beagle cross Labrador coat
The Lab Beagle Mix will have a short coat, because both breeds are short furred.
Beagle and Labrador mix grooming and shedding
Your Beagle Lab cross may shed quite a lot. Labradors are well known for their rather extreme shedding tendencies, despite their short coats.
Make sure to be prepared to groom him at least twice a week. And to invest in a good grooming tool like a Furminator, and a good pet hair vacuum.
Labrador cross Beagle health
Health problems in pedigree and hybrid dogs are sadly not uncommon.
A Lab Beagle Mix may be born with congenital health issues, or they may develop issues later in life based on their overall health and lifestyle.
Regardless of a dog’s breed, common canine health issues include hip problems, eye problems, allergies, and skin problems.
For health issues that are common to Beagles, check out the Health Issues section of The Beagle.
For health issues that are common to Labrador Retrievers, check out the Inherited Diseases section of The Labrador Retreiver.
Genetic testing on both the sire and dam will help determine any health issues that could be passed on to their offspring.
Labrador Beagle cross exercise requirements
Labrador Retrievers and Beagles are two breeds that are prone to elbow or hip dysplasia and hypothyroidism. It’s therefore very important that their hybrid offspring get plenty of exercise. And are kept on a healthy diet to maintain a low weight.
This is especially important for Lab Beagle Mix dogs, as both of their parent breeds are notorious for gaining weight very easily.
They are both energetic breeds that can get into mischief when left to their own devices.
Therefore, it’d be a good idea to ensure that you have the time and space in which to play with a Lab Beagle Mix.
They won’t do well if they’re confined or left alone for long periods – your house could end up chewed up!
How long do Labrador x Beagles live?
You can expect a hybrid puppy to have a lifespan that reflects that of its parent breeds. So, the Lab Beagle Mix may live to be approximately 10 to 15 years old.
Buying or adopting Beagle Lab mix puppies
It may be easier to find a mixed breed dog for adoption at a local shelter than at a breeder’s. You may have to do some research or even collaborate with a breeder in order to find your next puppy.
So, how much will a “Beagador” puppy or dog cost?
As a designer breed, it may cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to over $1,000. This will depend on the parent stock, cost of health tests and the value placed on them by the breeder.
As a general rule, you can expect the price to go up if the parents are show or hunting stock.
If you choose to purchase a Lab Beagle Mix puppy from a breeder, be sure that they participate in genetic testing and other health tests relevant to the diseases. Disorders of which Labrador Retrievers and Beagles may be carriers.
Is a Beagle Labrador cross a good family dog?
There are a few things to consider before purchasing a Lab Beagle cross.
Both parent breeds are intelligent and energetic, so a hybrid puppy will require a lot of room to play and grow.
Additionally, if the puppy inherits its Labrador Retriever parent’s size, then it may grow to be a bit too big for a small living space.
You will also need to be happy to invest time and possibly money in positive reinforcement training. For a good recall, leash walking and manners such as not jumping up.
Furthermore, with the natural inquisitiveness of its parent breeds, a fenced-in yard will be necessary if you don’t want your Lab Beagle Mix wandering off.
Once they get on a scent, they may follow it far from home without even realizing it!
If you are happy you can tick all of these boxes, then you may well find that a Lab Beagle mix could be your new best friend.
Then check out our guide to Choosing The Perfect Puppy.