The Labrador Retriever is a fantastic breed with a happy-go-lucky personality and adorable big floppy ears. With these qualities, it is no wonder they are America’s favorite dog!
Yet, some people want a Labrador with something a little special. Some want a dog that sheds less, is smaller in size, or has guard dog abilities, but is as fun and loving as Labs.
By mating a Lab with a different purebred dog we get a Lab mix. There are now over 50 different labrador mix breeds and each one is beautiful and unique in their own way.
Labrador Retrievers are a great choice to create hybrids. From their sweet personalities to their playfulness there are many good qualities that people already love. Keep reading to learn more about these marvelous mixes and which furry friend may be perfect for you…
What Is a Labrador Mix?
Lab Mixes are hybrid dogs created by breeding a Labrador Retriever to another purebred dog. The Lab has been bred with small dogs, large dogs, dogs with curly coats, herding breeds and everything in between.
A few of the most common Lab mix breeds are:
- Australian Labradoodle
Depending on which breed is used to mate with a Labrador, some of their traits will be more or less noticeable.
For example, the Goldador (Golden Retriever x Labrador Retriever) normally has the Lab’s relaxed and calm personality, but gives owners the opportunity to have a beautiful medium-length coat.
The Lab Pei (Labrador Retriever x Shar Pei) is a less common mix, that normally reduces the loving nature of the Lab and adds wrinkles to their face.
Whether you decide to purchase a puppy, or adopt from a shelter, the predictability of a Lab mix’s personality and appearance is quite low. Even when purchased from a breeder, designer breeds will not be a true 50/50 mix of both their parents.
Every Labrador mix is truly unique and one of a kind!
A to Z Lab Mix List
|Mix||Personality||Weight (pounds)||Suited To||Rank|
|Aussiedor||Energetic & Sensitive||40-80||Active families||7|
|Beagador||Loving & Intelligent||25-45||Families who work from home||8|
|Borador||Intelligent & Loyal||35-45||Active families||4|
|Boxador||Active & Sociable||50-80||Active families||3|
|Bullador||Protective & Loving||55-100||Adult-only families||11|
|Chabrador||Sweet & Protective||45-80||Families with young children||20|
|Dachsador||Playful & Cuddly||30-40||Families with young children||14|
|Dalmador||Protective & Active||50-80||Adult-only families||16|
|Doberdor||Playful & Intelligent||60-100||Adult-only families||22|
|German Shepador||Affectionate & Hard-Working||50-80||Active families||13|
|Goldador||Gentle & Friendly||60-80||Busy families||2|
|Huskador||Sweet & Mischievous||35-60||Active families||10|
|Lab Pei||Obedient & Loyal||55-70||Adult-only families||19|
|Labaraner||Loyal & Friendly||60-100||Families who work from home||12|
|Labernard||Loving & Gentle||100-220||Families with young children||21|
|Labloodhound||Affectionate & Out-Going||60-100||Busy Families||26|
|Labrabull||Affectionate & Adventurous||45-90||Busy families||5|
|Labradane||Loyal & Loving||80-100||Families who work from home||6|
|Labradoodle||Energetic & Sweet||50-60||Families with young children||1|
|Labraheeler||Smart & Adventurous||35-65||Active families||9|
|Labrahuahua||Playful & Affectionate||25-50||Busy families||18|
|Labrakita||Protective & Active||70-100||Adult-only families||24|
|Pugador||Affectionate & Gentle||35-45||Busy Families||23|
|Rottador||Protective & Loving||70-115||Adult-only families||27|
|Spanador||Sweet & Adventurous||20-50||Families with young children||15|
|Springador||Hard-working & Cuddly||50-90||Active families||17|
|Vizslador||Intelligent & Adventurous||50-70||Active Families||25|
Best Labrador Mixes
Parents: Labrador Retriever and Poodle
The teddy bear-like Labradoodle is a medium-sized breed that has a curly coat similar to the Poodle and the sweet face of a Lab. If you are looking for cute and cuddly, the Labradoodle is definitely for you.
This hybrid was first bred for their adorable appearance and hypoallergenic coat. The most common genetic line is the F2b generation. F2b labradoodles normally shed less than other mixes as they have more Poodle in them.
Labradoodles have fun and contagious personalities. Most will have the quick wit and trainability of the Poodle while also having the loving and gentle nature of a Lab. This personality type makes them perfect for families with young children, other pets, and even those with disabilities.
Parents: Golden Retriever and Labrador Retriever
Have you ever wanted a Golden Retriever, but did not want to commit to their long coats and high shedding? This Golden Retriever mix may be what you are looking for. Goladadors have a short coat that does not need much grooming beyond brushing.
The Golden Retriever and the Labrador have many similarities in personality and body size. That makes this mix fairly predictable when compared to other mixes in this list. The personality of the Goldador is gentle, loving and friendly.
Parents: Labrador Retriever and Boxer
Are you looking for a dog that is both loyal and a running buddy?
Many people love Boxadors due to their fun-loving nature and how extremely friendly and sociable they can be. With the boisterous energy of the Boxer and the loyalty of a Lab this breed is perfect for any family, especially those who love spending time being active outdoors.
Boxadors sometimes need early socialization training to make sure they do not become overly bouncy or overprotective of family members. But, generally these traits can be easily removed.
Parents: Border Collie and Labrador Retriever
Bordadors were one of the first labrador mix dogs and have been popular since the 1990s. They are great for anyone that loves herding dogs but wants to avoid extreme energy and exercise requirements.
This breed is friendly, attentive, loyal and is relatively easy to train. However, training the Borador is more difficult than training a Labradoodle because they need to be socialized a lot as a puppy.
For any herding breed, socialization is important to reduce their protective aggression towards strangers or nipping at the ankles of children. This mix is best in a home with children over the age of 10 due to its desire to herd younger members of the family.
Parents: Labrador Retriever and Pitbull
Labrabulls are a large-sized affectionate adventure buddy. Many people love this mix due to their desire for adventure and loyalty to their families. This breed has a muscular build, an extremely short coat, and weighs 45 to 90 pounds.
This fun-loving and energetic lab mix goes by many names, the most popular include the Labrabull, the Bullador, and the Pitador.
If you adopt this mix, it is important to note that your Labrabull will need to be properly socialized. Many types of Pitbull dogs have been labeled as aggressive. But, when trained properly they can be very affectionate to everyone they meet.
Parents: Labrador Retriever and Great Dane
The Labradane is the tallest mix on this list. They are not only large in size but they also have the biggest hearts. Typically, this mix is very human-oriented and enjoys living in a big family home with many people to give them attention.
Like the Great Dane, the Labradane will often forget how big they truly are. You should be prepared to own the largest lap lab of your life! Despite their large size, this breed is great with young kids.
Parents: Australian Shepherd and Labrador Retriever
Aussiedors are energetic, loyal and highly trainable.
If you love the beautiful merle pattern of an Australian Shepherd, but do not want to deal with their high energy, the Aussiedor is perfect. This mix is very similar to a Mini Australian Shepherd but, due to the calming Lab genes, has less energy.
This mix stands at around 18 inches tall and their coat can be long and flowing, like the Australian Shepherd, or short and dense like the Lab.
Aussiedors are very intelligent, in order to not become bored they need a job. A bored Aussiedor can quickly become destructive in the home. Retrieving the mail, or playing fetch with the kids, will help to reduce boredom and keep them busy.
Parents: Beagle and Labrador Retriever
Beagadors are like small, short-bodied Labs that have a Beagle’s big personality. This mix is very loving and loyal with high energy levels. These qualities make Beagadors excellent pets for families with children who also love to play.
However, this Beagador can become easily bored, since both parents were originally bred for high energy activities like hunting and scent detection. Because of this, they may become destructive or howl loudly from loneliness. Make sure to offer this mix at least 60 minutes of exercise a day.
Parents: Labrador Retriever and Blue Heeler
Are you looking for a dog that loves hunting, adventure, and has a little bit of Blue Heeler? The Labraheeler is your perfect match.
Blue Heelers were first bred by breeding Australian Collies to the wild dingo to help cattle farmers in Australia. Labraheelers share some of a Blue Heeler’s traits as they are incredibly hard working and intelligent.
This lab mix will do best in a family that loves physical activity, especially in the great outdoors. This fun loving breed stands between 20 to 28 inches tall and is not able to live in small homes or apartments. They need a large yard to explore and release extra energy and a family that can provide at least 60 minutes of high intensity exercise a day.
Parents: Husky and Labrador Retriever
Many dog owners love Huskies, but not all of them love their wild and loud nature. If you love the beauty of the Husky, but you want a dog that is calmer and not as loud, the Huskador is a good choice.
A Huskador can look like a Lab, with dark soulful eyes, but most lean towards a Husky and have beautiful blue eyes. You may even be lucky and get a puppy with one brown and one blue eye. The coat colors will vary greatly based on whether a yellow, black, chocolate or silver lab is used for the mix.
The personality of the Huskador can be highly variable too, just like any mixed labrador breed. Some will be calm and loving, others will be high-strung and energetic like the Husky.
One thing that tends to be true with all Huskadors is their love of digging, and that’s because both Huskies and Labradors share this trait.
Parents: American Bulldog and Labrador Retriever
The Bullador is one of three guard dogs on this list of labrador mixes. With plenty of training and early socialization Bulladors can also make a great pet for adults.
Due to the Bulldog’s protective nature, some Bulladors may have slight aggression issues. If you have toddlers in the home, it is best to adopt another mix.
The Bullador tends to have a combination of both parents’ personalities resulting in a dog that is loving, protective, and stubborn. They are a great dog for active adults who can provide a large backyard to play in.
Parents: Labrador Retriever and Weimaraner
The gorgeous silver coat of the Weimaraner looks like something from a fairy tale. Luckily, many Labmaraners share this brilliant silver color too.
Labmaraners are a large dog breed weighing in at close to 80 pounds. They are taller and heavier than a traditional English Lab but are smaller than a Great Dane.
This breed tends to be more aloof than most Labradors, so you will not need to worry about them wanting to stop to greet every dog or person they meet. This mix prefers to be loyal to one or two people.
One trait that both the Lab and the Weimaraner share is the potential for developing separation anxiety. It is likely your Labaraner will develop this trait.
13. German Sheprador
Parents: German Shepherd and Labrador Retriever
There are many people who love the appearance of a German Shepherd, but not many have the time and energy to devote to their doubled-layered coat and difficult personality. If this sounds like you, consider bringing a German Shepador home. They make loving and loyal dogs.
German Shepradors love to do a job, just like their Labrador parent. They love retrieving, agility courses, and using their intelligence as a service dog. German Shepradors are also used for airport security as police dogs.
Their appearance can vary greatly, some will be a solid black or golden color and others have the classic saddle-back markings of the German Shepherd. This breed can also have the stereotypical upright ears of the German Shepherd or the large floppy ears of Labs.
Parents: Dachshund and Labrador Retriever
The Dachsador is one of the cutest and smallest labrador mix breeds. This dog is an adorable small-sized mix that weighs less than 30 pounds and stands at 15 inches tall. They are perfect for anyone who does not want a large lab. This breed is also very playful and loves to snuggle, which makes them a great pet for families with young children.
Dachsadors tend to be short and stout like a Dachshund with the Labrador’s big head and tail. Their unique appearance is sure to draw attention!
Both the Lab and the Dachshund have a wide variety of genetic based health conditions that are different from one another. Breeding them together helps to create a breed that has a decreased chance of inheriting these conditions from either parent. This is known as hybrid rigor. Dachsadors tend to be a very healthy little pup!
Parents: Cocker Spaniel and Labrador Retriever
Next up is one of the biggest snuggle bugs on this list, the Spanador.
Spanadors are commonly known as a Velcro dog, they love to be by your side 24/7. If you want a dog that is as loyal as a Labrador, is a constant companion, and loves to curl up on your lap, the Spanador may be perfect. This mix also does well with children of all ages and makes a great playmate.
The only downside to this super cute puppy is their availability. Spanador puppies tend to be in high demand and will cost around $2,000. Do not be surprised if you are put on a waiting list until one of these cuties can come home with you!
Parents: Dalmatian and Labrador Retriever
Dalmatians were originally used as a guard dog for horses and carriages. Many people love the striking spotted appearance of the Dalmatian. But, Dalmatians have some temperament pitfalls due to bad breeding in the 90s which came from the breed growing massive in popularity from movies like “101 Dalmatians”.
The best way to make sure a Dalmatian does not have aggression issues, is to mix it with a calm and friendly dog like the Lab; this is why the Dalmador was bred.
Parents: Springer Spaniel and Labrador Retriever
If you are skimming through this list of labrador mix dogs to find a hunting breed, then read more about the Springador. This mix is the perfect size to load into a truck and bring into the backcountry.
Sprigadors have sweet and loving personalities, but do not let their cute faces fool you. Their Spaniel genes make them working dogs that have an incredibly high hunting and prey drive. However, once this breed has had a good workout, expect a cuddle a good cuddle and nap on the couch.
The Springador is best suited to a home that is cat free, as they will likely chase and terrorize cats. They are also not the best choice for a home with small children. Springadors prefer to have some space which toddlers do not always understand; this could result in accidental nips.
Parents: Labrador Retriever and Chihuahua
The Labrahuahua is the smallest mix on the list. This loveable breed tends to weigh around 25 pounds and stands 10 inches tall. Pronounced as “Lab-ra-waa-wuh”, this small lab mix has all the great traits of the Chihuahua, just in a slightly larger package.
Labrahuhuas are usually bred by artificial insemination due to the size difference between Labs and Chihuahuas.
One of the best traits of this breed is that you will never feel lonely. Both the Chihuahua and the Lab are very people oriented, so if you are looking for a fun-sized companion, this is the breed!
The Labrahuahua does best in a large family where someone is home most of the day, but they can adapt to apartment living as long as they have plenty of toys at home to entertain themselves when left alone.
19. Lab Pei
Parents: Labrador Retriever and Shar Pei
Lab Peis are half Shar Pei and half Labrador. The Shar Pei was originally used as a Chinese fighting dog, so protecting your home and family will come naturally to this mix. They are extremely loyal and obedient to their owners, but they do have a tendency to be aloof to strangers.
The face of the Lab Pei looks similar to a purebred Shar Pei just with fewer wrinkles.
Parents: Chow Chow and Labrador Retriever
The Chow Chow has a very different personality from the happy-go-lucky Lab. Despite the Chow Chow’s aggressive reputation, they are actually very gentle to children in the home, the real focus should be on stranger interactions.
Most Chabradors have a standoffish personality towards strangers, but will be very loyal and affectionate towards family members. You will need to make sure your Chabrador puppy is exposed to many different kinds of people, different ages, sizes, races, and genders.
There are many reasons why you may want to consider bringing home this fluffy Lab Mix. But, there is a price to pay for their very thick coat. Regular grooming, brushing and cleaning will be absolutely necessary.
Parents: Labrador Retriever and Saint Bernard
The ever-so-loving Labernard is the heaviest lab mix on this list. This giant breed typically weighs between 100 to 220 pounds.
Gentle and sweet, the Labrenard is happy to be used as a working dog or as a loveable family pet.
Thanks to the Saint Bernard’s genes the Labernard most closely resembles a real-life gigantic teddy bear that will be loved by all, especially small children, who just can’t resist curling up and snuggling them.
The Labrenard may turn heads due to their very large size, but they love meeting strangers and other animals, even very small ones. If you have the space for a dog that is gigantic in size and heart, the Labernard may be the perfect fluffy breed for you!
Parents: Doberman Pinscher and Labrador Retriever
Have you been looking for a Lab Mix with some star quality? The Doberman is a popular breed that has been a favorite of many celebrities such as John F. Kennedy, Kevin Hart and Mariah Carey. Their sleek dark figure and striking markings give the Doberdor a wow-factor only black dogs can have.
The Doberdor is a large breed that will typically weigh between 60 to 100 pounds. They are very similar in size to a purebred Doberman, but their body type tends to be stockier.
Doberdors are friendly, playful, and almost too smart for their own good. There is a chance that they may have some of the Doberman’s guarding tendencies, but this can be addressed with early training and socialization .
If you are ready for a dog that has amazing beauty and personality, but maybe challenging to train, consider bringing home a Doberdor today.
Parents: Pug and Labrador Retriever
Pugadors are an adorable curly tailed breed who are always ready to be your favorite lap dog. Many Pugadors will have a partially curled tail and a wrinkled face. This medium-sized labrador retriever mix is perfect for someone who loves Labs but wishes they were smaller.
Thanks to Lab and Pug genes, the Pugador is affectionate, gentle and loyal. They make a great family pet and like to live with a family that is home most of the time. This is because Pugs have a fear of being alone.
If you own a Pugador, you will likely not be able to walk down the street without someone asking to pet your sweet and loveable puppy.
Parents: Labrador Retriever and Japanese Akita
For someone who loves Japanese culture and wants a dog that radiates grace and dignity, consider bringing home a Labrakita. Labrakitas have many similar qualities of the Japanese Akita including their size and body type. This mix is a large dog and will have a boxy, muscular body. Many even have the Akita’s famous longed curled tail.
Both parent breeds are working dogs, so it is no surprise that this mix is best in a family that is able to provide at least 90 minutes of walks per day.
A downside to the Labrakita is a weariness towards strangers. The Japanese Akita, one of the parent breeds, was originally bred in Japan in the early 1930’s for hunting and fighting. They need early socialization and positive reinforcement training to reduce the chance of this aggression becoming an issue.
Parents: Vizsla and Labrador Retriever
The next dog on this list is another hunting breed that is particularly talented at pointing and tracking. Due to the excellent genes from both the Lab and the Vizsla, the Vizslador is extremely intelligent and active. It is very important to make sure they get at least 75 minutes of intense exercise per day.
This breed is definitely not all work and no play, they also love to show affection and have the purest of hearts. If you are looking for a mix that is truly meant for work and play, then consider making a Vizslador part of your family.
Parents: Labrador Retriever and Bloodhound
The Labloodhound is a lab mix that arguably has the longest ears of any breed on this list.
Bloodhounds are known for their larger-than-life droopy ears, wrinkly face, and their somber expressions. The Labloodhound may not have all of these features, but they do have some of their Bloodhound roots and are just as cute in their own way.
The personality of the Labloodhound is very contagious. They are often very outgoing, happy-go-lucky, gentle with everyone from children to the elderly, and love nothing more than to please you. Traits like these have made this mix important in many different jobs such as drug detection, hunting, and search and rescue.
Parents: Labrador Retriever and Rottweiler
The Rottador is a large dog that is tall and muscular, just like their Rottweiler parents who were originally bred to drive cattle to market and pull carts for butchers. Many Rottadors have the beautiful markings of a Rottweiler with the long face and ears of the Lab.
Rottweilers and Labs have very different personalities, so this mix can have a wide range of personality types, even more so than other Lab Mixes. Some Rottadors will be calm and gentle and others may be protective and weary of strangers like Rottweilers.
Each Lab mix is truly unique and has a different personality and appearance from other mixes. To understand more about your puppy, it is very important to learn about the temperament and history of both parent breeds.
Mixes like the Labradoodle, Goldador, or Labradane are great for families with young children. Families with limited space may prefer a smaller breeds like the Pugador or the Dachsador to complete their family.
Some mixes in this list are great working dogs and prefer to live in homes without young kids. Rottadors make a great guard dog while the Vizslador makes a great hunting companion.
Regardless of what Lab Mix you prefer, there is one thing that will always be true; each is beautiful and wonderful in their own special way. Let us know if you have adopted one of these mixes in the comments.