Labernese Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Labernese so you can get to know the breed more.

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Breed Type
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Cross Breed

Labernese Price and Availability

How much does the Labernese puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
If you choose to purchase the Labernese, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Labernese for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Labernese gets to a happy place.
How easy is it to get a Labernese?
Average: The Labernese is a commonly available dog breed. There is less risk of overbreeding compared to the very popular dogs.

Of course, they may be more popular in some countries, and inbreeding may occur, so be careful.

Labernese Size

What size is this breed? How big is this dog?
Large Giant
How much does the Labernese weigh? Labernese weight:
60-100 pounds (27-45 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of the Labernese? Labernese average weight:
80 pounds (36 kg)
How tall is the Labernese? Labernese height:
24-27.5 inches (32-70 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of this fido? Labernese average height:
26 inches (66.5 cm)

Labernese Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Labernese have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Labernese's coat?
BlackThe Labernese can also be spotted in shades of chocolate, white, and yellow. The breed can either be solid, or a mix of two or three colors.
How to groom the Labernese and how often?
Average: The Labernese requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential.

Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Labernese, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.

Shedding Level
How much do Labernese dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Labernese?
Laberneses shed above average. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type. If you don't like vacuum cleaning, you might have to reconsider your choice of having a puppy from the Labernese breed.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Labernese need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Labernese every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

Labernese Personality / Temperament

What kind of personality does the Labernese have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Labernese? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Labernese's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Are Labernese dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Laberneses are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
How playful is this breed?
The Labernese is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Labernese sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Laberneses don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
Average to High: Laberneses are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Labernese need? Labernese social needs:
Laberneses need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Do Labernese dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Labernese bark?
Low to Average: The Labernese rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Labernese good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Laberneses are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Labernese dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Laberneses are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend its territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Labernese bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Labernese? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Labernese? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Labernese has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Labernese has a hard bite?

Above 400 PSI 🔼

Labernese bite force: The Strongest. Dogs that have a strong bite force are usually quite powerful and large. They are very protective of themselves and their families, therefore a dog bite from them could be exceptionally dangerous with their PSI being above 400. It is important that they’re trained to be around others safely.
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Labernese do?
Laberneses have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Laberneses need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Labernese to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Labernese roam?
The wanderlust potential of the Labernese is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Labernese have high prey drive?
Laberneses have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Labernese good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
It is not recommended to keep the Labernese breed in the home. It does best in the garden, but if you do want to keep it indoors, it should be exercised thoroughly with long daily walks, so you can keep the Labernese indoors by introducing daily routines.
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Average: Laberneses adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Laberneses tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.

Labernese Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Labernese temperament with other people:
Laberneses are average friendly towards strangers.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Labernese dogs get along with other pets? Are Labernese dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Laberneses are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Labernese dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Labernese temperament with children:
Laberneses are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Labernese dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Laberneses are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Labernese good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Labernese dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Laberneses are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Labernese can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Labernese breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Laberneses are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Laberneses good office dogs? Do Laberneses make good office friendly dogs? Can Laberneses be office dogs?
Labernese is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Labernese dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Labernese temperament with senior people? Are Labernese dogs good for elderly owners?
Laberneses are one of the best breeds for elderly people.

Labernese Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Labernese dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Laberneses tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Labernese breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Labernese breed? Most common health risks of Labernese:
Heart ProblemsHip DysplasiaBloat
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Labernese breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Labernese see the vet?
The Labernese should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Labernese dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Labernese be? What is the age limit of the Labernese? How many years can the oldest Labernese live?
7-11 years
The average lifespan of Labernese: 9 years
Is the Labernese breed hypoallergenic?
Laberneses don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Labernese have? What is the activity level of the Labernese?
Laberneses have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Labernese dogs require per day?
Laberneses need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Laberneses are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does the Labernese need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
6 to 8 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Labernese risk for obesity:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Labernese's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Labernese's weight regularly.
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Labernese can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Low 🔽

The Labernese has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Labernese drool?
The Labernese is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Labernese As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Labernese be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Labernese is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Labernese be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Labernese be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Labernese is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Labernese be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Labernese is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Labernese be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people. The Labernese is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Labernese be a boat dog?

Not really

Labernese breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Labernese be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Labernese is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Labernese dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Labernese Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Labernese: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Labernese have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
6-10 puppies

Labernese Recognition

AKC Group
Is Labernese recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Labernese recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Labernese breed?
Not recognized by any clubs.

Labernese Pros and Cons

  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Labernese's has great intelligence.
  • Stinkiness: The Labernese has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Child Friendly: Laberneses are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Laberneses are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Laberneses are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Laberneses are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Health Issues: Laberneses tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Laberneses don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: It is not recommended to keep the Labernese breed in the home.
  • Shedding Level: Laberneses shed above average.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Labernese's weight, he can easily gain weight.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: The wanderlust potential of the Labernese is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Laberneses tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Office Friendly: Labernese is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Labernese History

The Labernese is a designer dog breed, that is thought to have been developed around the 1990s, presumably in North America. Nevertheless, it is imaginable that crosses, resembling the Labernese, were in existence as a result of natural mating. The trend of creating new hybrid breeds started around the middle of the 20th century, in North America and in Canada, with crossbreeding purebred dogs with each other, with the intention of creating new breeds. These designer breeds were an instant success, because they usually inherited the best and most desirable qualities and traits of their parent breeds. Unfortunately, this popularity does not mean, that we are certain about every detail of these designer breed’s ancestry, and the reasons and intention which led breeders to create these dogs.

The Labernese is the result of cross-breeding two very popular breeds, the Labrador Retriever, and the Bernese Mountain Dog. Both of the parent breeds are relatively old, well-established, working breeds, loved by millions across the globe. Furthermore, both of the parent breeds are known for their tolerance, gentleness, friendliness, and incredible intelligence. Initially, the objective behind the Labernese’s creation was to take the best from both breeds and combine them into a near-perfect dog to work with and to help people. Originally, the Mira Foundation was the one who started developing the Labernese in the 1990s, yet the official breeding program began one decade later. The Mira Foundation derived its name from a female Labrador Retriever specimen, named Mirabelle. She was one of the first guide dogs trained by the founder Éric St-Pierre. Breeders used the top bloodlines and had strict breeding standards to make sure that their dogs have the right behavioral characteristics to be able to work with physically or mentally disabled persons. However, in order to gain an even better understanding about the reasons why breeders wanted to mix these two breeds, we should look at the two-parent breed’s histories.

The Bernese Mountain Dog is considered to be a very old breed, which finds its origins in the Swiss Alps, where the breed was used as a guard and farm dog, for over 2,000 years. The dogs’ duties were to pull the heavy carts, herd and guarding the livestock, and being a companion to humans. By the late 19th century, the number of people working in the agricultural sector in Switzerland has decreased dramatically, pushing the breed out of use, and to the edge of extinction. Fortunately, the Swiss breeders recognized the potential and sought after preserving the breed, thus a club was formed, and later, the breed was imported to America and to England. On the other hand, the Labrador Retriever can trace its ancestry back to Newfoundland back to the early 18th century. The breed was known as the Saint John’s Water Dog back then, and the dogs’ purpose was to help the fishermen move the giant and heavy nets and to catch the control the vermin population at the ports. Later, the breed was re-named after the Labrador Sea nearby, where the breeding’s last stage is thought to have taken place. According to the experts, the Labrador Retriever was brought to England in the 1820s, where the dogs were further developed to be skilled retrievers and hunting companions. The Labrador Retriever quickly got really famous in all parts of the world.

Both of these great breeds have amazing behavioral traits, and are extremely intelligent, while also being friendly, reliable, and funny. Even though both of the parent breeds are well-renowned and recognized by most of the kennel clubs and organizations, like many hybrid breeds, the Labernese is not registered yet. However, the Labernese is a really versatile and great breed. Today, the Mira Foundation is still the main breeders in the game, and they are dedicated to successfully developing and training Labernese puppies to become talented in a wide range of works including, military, police, search-and-rescue, detection, therapy, guiding, and assistance.

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