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What Are the Most Popular Labrador Mixed Breeds?

The Labrador Retriever is consistently ranked as the most popular dog breed in the United States according to AKC registration statistics. This breed is full of life and loves to be around people – Labradors are friendly, playful, and an all-around great breed. Because Labradors are such wonderful dogs, they are frequently used in the crossing to create “designer dog” breeds. Some of the most popular Labrador mixed breeds are listed below:

  • Labradoodle (Poodle x Labrador) – By far one of the most popular mixed breed dogs in general, the Labradoodle is also the most popular mixed Labrador breed. These dogs are smart, friendly, and active – they love to spend time with people and they make wonderful family pets.
  • Borador (Border Collie x Labrador) – The Border Collie is a highly intelligent and active breed that tends to bond closely with one family member in particular. These dogs are a little less interested in strangers than Labradors, though they are still friendly by nature. Border Collies can be a little nippy, so this mix may not be the best choice for families with young children.
  • Cavador (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Labrador) – If you’re looking for a friendly a sociable breed, the Cavador is one of the best there is. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are some of the most social, people-loving dogs out there and Labrador Retrievers love everyone and everything. Cavadors are at risk for some pretty serious health problems, however, so responsible breeding is a must.
  • Labernese (Bernese Mountain Dog x Labrador) – The Bernese Mountain Dog is very friendly but can be a little aloof at times and they need plenty of early socialization. Crossing with the Labrador can help make this breed a little more people-oriented but training is still a must. You should also keep in mind that these dogs will get pretty big and their coat will need a lot of grooming.
  • Springador (English Springer Spaniel x Labrador) – This cross breed generally does well as a working dog or a family pet, but they can sometimes be tricky for inexperienced dog owners to handle. Springadors are lively and playful but they sometimes have a tendency to chase things.
  • Goldador (Golden Retriever x Labrador) – There are few breeds as gentle and friendly as the Golden Retriever, so this breed blends well with the Labrador Retriever temperament. Goldadors make wonderful family pets – especially for families with children – and they are generally smart, trainable, and fun to play with.

If you’re thinking about getting a Labrador mixed breed, be sure to do your research before you commit. Many people assume that a mixed breed will inherit the best qualities of each parent breed, but there is no way to predict how a mixed breed dog will actually come out. Mixed breeds inherit a combination of qualities from each parent and you can’t control which qualities they get – the only way to know how your mixed breed puppy will be as an adult is to wait for him to grow up. There are, however, certain predictions you can make with limited accuracy based on the breeds used in the crossing. The information about Labrador mixed breeds provided above will help you start your search for the perfect dog breed for you and your family.

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