Fun Great Dane Lab Mix Facts For Kids

Moumita Dutta
Oct 20, 2022 By Moumita Dutta
Originally Published on Aug 05, 2021
Edited by Isobel Murphy
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Labradanes are extremely gentle and mild-mannered compared to their gigantic size
Age: 3-18
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A great Dane Lab mix, also known as a Labradane, is one of the largest domestic mixed breed dogs. They are a cross between the Labrador Retriever and Great Dane dog breeds.

They possess both the Great Dane's mild temperament along with the natural eagerness of the Labrador Retriever. While the popularity of some mixed breed dogs has dwindled over the years, Labradanes are becoming more in demand by the year.

In the '80s, a trend of slightly smaller dogs as pets began to grow. As a result of this fashionable trend, the Labradane hybrid came into effect.

The parent breed Labrador Retriever, which used to be called the St. John's dog, can be traced back to Newfoundland, Canada. This dog breed served as an associate to the fishermen in the early 18th century. Their chief function was to catch the fish that were clever enough to evade the hooks or traps set out for them.

The origin of the Great Dane can be traced to ancient times. Figures resembling this dog have been discovered in Babylonian artwork and on old Egyptian antiques. It is believed that the Romans and Greeks bartered for this dog with Assyrians. The dogs were then interbred with the Irish wolfhound or the Irish greyhound.

A Great Dane Lab mix puppy of around six months of age has a height of around 13 in (33 cm) while its female counterpart is a little shorter at 11 in (28 cm).

However, by the age of 18 months, the male can grow to be as big as 23 in (58 cm), while the female can grow as big as 21 in (53 cm).

Due to their parent breeds, Labradanes are usually comfortable around water and often enjoy swimming. They are also very social dogs and their average lifespan is between 8-12 years.

Given their overwhelming demand, Labradanes are priced between $500-1500, but even if you don't have one of your own, you can learn all about them here!

Great Dane Lab Mix Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a Great Dane Lab mix?

The Labradane is a mixed breed designer dog that is not purebred like Labrador Retrievers or Great Danes, the parent breeds.

What class of animal does a Great Dane Lab mix belong to?

The Lab Great Dane mix belongs to the Mammalia class of the Animalia kingdom.

How many Great Dane Lab mixes are there in the world?

Since it is a mixed breed designer dog that is specially produced according to customer demands, a Labradane is becoming more common, with the demand growing every year. At the moment, it would be hard to estimate the number of dogs of this mixed breed.

Where does a Great Dane Lab mix live?

The parent breed, Labrador Retriever, brought back fish that had managed to avoid or get out of hooks and traps set by fishermen. The other parent breed, the Great Dane, was bred as a hunting dog and used to hunt wild animals such as the boar.

However, Labradane is a domestic dog breed. As a domesticated mixed breed of dog, the Lab Great Dane mix is usually found in homes as a pet dog or on farms.

Due to their very large size and need for activity, they need a lot of free space to live in. Hence, a Labradane may be a suitable pet for people living in apartments.

What is a Great Dane Lab mix's habitat?

Like parent breeds, the Labrador Retriever and the Great Dane, the Great Dane Lab mix is domesticated. The Labradane can live in any household as long as it has a big, free space to exercise in.

Loyal, friendly, and usually a playful companion, this dog breed needs structured exercise and needs to be mentally stimulated as well. Also, this dog breed prefers a large family environment, and living with a single individual is not ideal for it.

Who do Great Dane Lab mixes live with?

The Labradane is a domestic pet and they cohabitate with humans and other pets living in the same home. This gentle giant loves living in big households with a large number of family members, old and young alike.

They are usually tolerant of other animals, including other dogs, although it is advised to always exercise caution before introducing new pets to each other.

How long does a Great Dane Lab mix live?

The Great Dane Labrador has a life span of between eight and 12 years if taken proper care of, which is similar to a Great Dane's lifespan. It is generally a healthy dog, although being a deep-chested dog it is prone to suffer from digestive issues and bloat.

It is important to visit the vet and maintain a strict exercise regime and a proper diet.

How do they reproduce?

As it is with any other animal from the Mammalia class, the Labradane reproduces by mating. But since it is perceived to mainly be a designer dog, it is usually not allowed to mate with other dogs.

It is a cross between Labrador Retriever and Great Dane dog breeds and is reproduced in a controlled manner in a specific environment by a breeder. The breeder chooses two breeds they would like to combine, and they mate the dogs to produce a litter.

What is their conservation status?

Being designer dogs that are specially produced in accordance with customer demands, these domestic dogs are pretty common and are marked as Not Evaluated when it comes to conservation status. Given the way the industry functions, designer dog breeds are usually subject to trends that could very well be short-lived.

However, the demand for Labradanes has been quite consistent and has become something of a permanent demand.

Great Dane Lab Mix Fun Facts

What do Great Dane Lab mixes look like?

The Labradane is one of the largest breeds of domesticated dogs. They came about during the designer dog craze in the '80s.

They are large dogs with short and dense coats that are prone to shedding. They are commonly found in black, white, and brown colors with a glossy coat similar to its parent breed, but there are fawn and harlequin ones too.

The coat of the Labradane is usually of the same color, although little markings can be found too. They have floppy ears that dangle near their cheeks. Their heads are broad and have a pronounced stop, featuring high-set tails.

Although the dog appears slender, its body is strong and tough. They have toned muscles need a very strict exercise regime and strict dietary requirements to avoid health issues such as obesity and bloating.

A black Lab great Dane mix is the perfect companion for your children.

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How cute are they?

Disregarding their large size which might make them look scary to some, the Labradane is a very friendly and cute dog breed. Their playful nature and big black or blue puppy eyes make them a favorite dog breed for pet owners everywhere.

They also gobble up their food very quickly which seems very cute and silly. Overall, this dog breed is very cute!

How do they communicate?

The Labradane has a deep bark but has the reputation of being a gentle giant. These dog breeds are very friendly, playful, and eager to please, and they love to hang out with their owners, although they might, on occasion, be wary of total strangers.

The male Labradane also likes to mark its territory (even indoors sometimes!) but it is a very easy dog to connect with. It seldom barks but may chew furniture or other valuable items if it gets bored due to a lack of exercise.

How big is a great Dane Lab mix?

A Labradane is one of the largest breeds of domesticated dogs. Being designer dogs, they are a relatively new breed, and hence it is hard to determine the exact dimensions of the dog.

But owing to the genes of its parent breeds, you can expect your dog to be quite big.

The average great Dane Lab mix size varies between 24-32 in (61-81.3 cm) which means a fully grown Labradane is almost the half size of a riding horse. Female Labradanes are a little smaller in size when compared to their male counterparts.

How fast can a great Dane Lab mix run?

A Labradane is a slender, big dog with toned muscles. As a result, it has long strides and can run quite fast.

Its parent dogs, great Danes can run as fast as 30 mph (46 kph) and are bred to be hunting dogs.

Labradanes can push their bodies to some extremes but they are not very good at running long distances so it is important to provide these dogs with plenty of water and breaks when running long distances. Your Labradane dog will enjoy brisk walks with you or a trip to the dog park.

How much does a great Dane Lab mix weigh?

Being a large dog, a great Dane Labrador mix can be quite heavy, with slender and toned muscles.

A fully grown great Dane Retriever mix can weigh between 99.8-179.8 lb (45.35-81.64 kg). Great Dane Lab mix puppies of around six months of age weigh around 50 lb (22 kg) while its female counterpart is a little lighter at 40 lb (18 kg).

However, by the age of 18 months, the male can weigh as much as 95 lb (43 kg), while the female can weigh as much as 85 lb (38 kg).

What are their male and female names of the species?

A male Labradane is called a stud (if the dog is used for breeding) and a female Labradane is called a bitch.

What would you call a baby great Dane Lab mix?

A baby great Dane Retriever mix is called a Labradane puppy. Labradane puppies from this mix breed are so cute!

What do they eat?

A Labradane needs a controlled, stringent diet to avoid overeating and other issues pertaining to weight and digestion. Look for dry dog food recipes that contain lots of nutrients and proteins that are specially designed for large dog breeds.

If you are unsure about the dietary needs of your dog or what to feed your pet, contact a vet to talk about the food that is best for your Labradane puppy.

Are they hypoallergenic?

Like its parent dogs, Labs and great Danes, the Labradane is not hypoallergenic. There is no need to bring out the clippers as Labradanes have short coats.

Occasional bathing and weekly brushing will suffice their grooming needs and this should be enough to help reduce shedding and keep their coat clean. Owners should always anticipate an extensive amount of fur every time they groom their dog, but Labradanes are moderate shedders even with constant efforts to keep the shedding down.

Would they make a good pet?

A Labradane is an ideal choice due to its gentleness and loyalty to its family. This gentle giant is eager to please, very playful, and is best suited for active families with children, though it tends to occasionally forget its size and strength so care must be taken with dogs and children.

The Labradane enjoys being active and is very affectionate towards all members of its family. It does need a fair amount of exercise daily, but other than this it is reasonably low-maintenance.

It is tender, loyal, and is great with children as well as older family members. Due to their popularity, Labradanes are priced between $500-1500.

They need to be brushed daily during the shedding season to prevent too much hair loss and their floppy ears, by virtue of their nature, are subject to infection if not properly cleaned so owners should always wipe the Labradane's ears with damp cotton to clean them.

Also, owners should keep an eye out for redness or odor as this may indicate infection and brush their teeth every alternate day to prevent oral and dental problems.

Did you know...

The Labradane's parent breed, great Danes, are remarkably big dogs, who were also bred by crossing the fairly large English mastiff and the Irish wolfhound. They were bred to hunt English boars.

The history of this breed can be traced to England, although they originated in Germany primarily. The main responsibility of the great Danes was to protect royal estates, carriages, and nobility.

Owing to their breed originating in Germany, great Danes are sometimes called German mastiffs. The great Dane became a favorite of German nobles in the 17th century.

The other parent breed, Labrador Retrievers, almost became obsolete in the 19th century. However, as fate would have it, the breed has emerged as a hot favorite among dog lovers today and remains one of the most sought-after breeds.

Every Labradane requires a lot of love, care, and attention. They are pretty needy in that way. Owners should consider the time factor because this breed is going to want a big chunk of your time for cuddles!

Are great Dane Lab mixes social dogs?

Labradanes are loyal, friendly, and playful companions, with a temperament much similar to the Great Dane temperament. These gentle giants love to be around their owners but can be wary of total strangers on some occasions.

Since both Labrador Retrievers and Great Danes possess similar traits in terms of high intelligence and shorter training times, it is of no surprise therefore that their hybrid counterparts share the same traits that the original breeds do.

It can be wary of strangers but generally warms up to them after some time.

The dog rarely barks, but its size can be quite intimidating that most people do not attempt to go into its territory anyway. It is very protective of its family and is extremely loyal.

Do Great Dane Lab mixes overeat?

Inherited from its parent breed, Labrador Retrievers, the Great Dane and Lab mix can often eat too quickly and tends to overeat in the process.

Pet owners can initially invest in a special dog bowl that is slow to feed the pet because Labradanes tend to devour their food extremely fast without chewing properly.

On the face of it, this might not seem like a big deal, it might even be considered to be hilarious by the owner, but ingesting too fast could lead to bloating. This could subsequently even translate to other health issues and digestive problems, many of which could be fatal for the dog.

To ensure that such an eventuality does not come to pass, dog food bowls that are classified as puzzle bowls or slow-feeder bowls could be the best choice for your pet.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover!

You can even occupy yourself at home by drawing one on our Great Dane Lab coloring pages.

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Written by Moumita Dutta

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

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A content writer and editor with a passion for sports, Moumita has honed her skills in producing compelling match reports and stories about sporting heroes. She holds a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Calcutta University, alongside a postgraduate diploma in Sports Management.

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