If there’s one thing that defines the Lab Pointer mix, it’s their sweet temperament. Pointerdor owners say these sturdy dogs are softies at heart and love to please their people. Bred from Labrador Retrievers and German Shorthaired Pointers, these puppies are one of the most sought-after breed mixes. Their history goes back long before the term designer dog was coined.
Lab Pointer mix origins – why breed a hybrid?
In the late 1990s, so-called “designer dogs” hit the headlines as dog-owners and breeders sought to combine favorite breeds and create a new generation of hybrids.
Using two dog breeds from the same group, in this case the sporting group, does however increase the chances that the resulting puppies will be similar, because the parents have similarities too. It is interesting to note that Lab Pointer mix origins, go back much further than the desire for designer puppies. That’s because people in the hunting community have traditionally been happy to experiment with breed crosses that suit their purpose. Basically the Labrador Pointer crossbreed is nothing new and has been around as a capable hunting companion and all round family pet for many years.
A Sporting Dog
Both Labradors and Pointers are gun dogs. Part of the sporting dog group, and many serve dual roles as hunting companions and family pets. These are what is often known as the ‘versatile gundogs’ and have now for the most part taken over from our old breed, the true pointers, as popular hunting companions. They are modern, multi-purpose, gun dogs capable of hunting up game, pointing at it, and retrieving it.
Both Labrador Retrievers and German Shorthaired Pointers are eager to please, good-natured and smart. These breeds are both athletic working dogs that need plenty of exercise, are very playful, and get bored quite easily. For this reason a German Shorthaired Pointer and Lab mix can be a good choice for an active household that can make plenty of time for play and who are willing to devote time each day to training their dog.
These are loyal, intelligent dogs who can be independently-minded, but are very amenable to training. They form strong bonds with their owners, so can be prone to separation anxiety. They do best in a stimulating environment – one that challenges them both mentally and physically.
Both Labs and German Shorthaired Pointers are among the larger of the medium-sized dogs. Their offspring typically weigh anywhere between 50 and 85lbs, with males being larger than females. And cross-bred puppies are likely to grow to a height of around 23 inches at the shoulder (a little less for females)
When it comes to coat length and texture things are a bit more predictable with a GSP cross as both Labs and German Shorthaired Pointers have short fur. Labs have a short, dense, weather-resistant coat that can be ‘hosed down’ and requires basic regular grooming. Labradors can be heavy shedders due to their double coat. The GSP coat is very short and easy to care for. Mix pups may take after either.
Coming from two working breeds, Lab Pointers have a lot of energy. They love being outdoors and are ready for anything – running, swimming or hiking. These pups should also have an enclosed yard where they can run around and stretch their legs on a daily basis.
You’ll know if a Lab Pointer isn’t getting enough exercise. They can become destructive, burning off their excess energy by chewing. If your Lab Pointer does damage around the house, consider that the dog may be acting out because they’re not getting the exercise they crave. Exercise is also an important way to keep these high-spirited dogs healthy, and stop them from becoming overweight which could lead to health problems down the road.
Any puppy has the potential to inherit health problems carried by its parents. Different breeds are often prone to different diseases, and this means that some cross bred puppies have an advantage in terms of health. A puppy is less likely to inherit a known disease if that disease isn’t present in the breed of one parent, and far less likely to present with a new type of disease if the parent dogs are from different breeds. One of the advantages of buying a cross breed puppy is that the known reduced health risks are reflected in lower pet insurance premiums.
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