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Last Updated on September 11, 2021 by Jackie Castle
The Catahoula Lab Mix is a mix between the Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog and the Labrador Retriever. This mix is also known as Labahoula.
To be honest, we’ve written about many mixed breeds. But we’ve never heard of this one. Well, we’ve never heard of the Catahoula Leopard Dog. But, looking at their pictures our first thought was “Wow, they are beautiful”. So, to be honest, we are very excited to introduce you to the Labahoula dog!
Let us say just one thing, you’ll love this mix. They have the loving nature of the Lab, and the fearlessness of the Catahoula. But let’s see their other traits.
Catahoula Lab Mix – What to know
This is a designer dog, and with them, it’s not easy to say how they will be like. We can’t even tell you how they’ll look like. When breeders breed two dogs of the same breed, you’ll know how they will look like. When you have two dogs with the same looks and traits, there are no surprises. There is a standard to how they look and behave.
But, when breeders breed two different breeds, they don’t know how the puppies will look like. There are three possibilities:
- they will look like one parent breed
- the puppies will look like the other parent breed
- or they’ll look like a combination of both parent breeds.
That’s why with mixed breeds you always look at the parent breeds. That’s how you’ll get an idea of what the puppies will be like.
What they look like
The Labahoula is a new breed, so take all of this info with a grain of salt. Don’t come after us if your puppy doesn’t look like in our description. This is only general info of how the Catahoula Lab Mix can look like.
Male Labhoulas are between 22 and 26 inches tall and weigh between 70 and 95 pounds. Females are between 21 and 24 inches tall and weigh between 55 and 65 pounds. As you can see female Labahoulas are a bit smaller than the males, but this hybrid breed is still a large dog.
The Catahoula is an eyecatching dog, so you can expect the Labhoula to be so too. One thing is for sure, you’ll have many people admiring your dog.
They have a broad wedge-shaped head and a long muzzle. Also, their ears flop down to the level of the jaw-line. But that’s not what makes the Labhoula so special. There are two features that set this dog apart from others.
Firstly, their eyes. Many Labhoulas have exes that are two different colors. This condition is called heterochromia. Of course, their eyes can also be the same color. Their eyes can be:
Secondly, their coat is patchy like a leopard’s coat. Their coat is patterned in dark blue, black, or dark brown. JThe Labhoula has a water-repellent coat like their Lab parent breed and it’s usually short and straight.
Their coat color can be:
Because their coat is so short, it doesn’t need regular brushing. And the upkeep is very simple. They are seasonal shedders, which means they will have to be brushed the most during the summer months. But generally, you can brush them once a week, just to keep their coat healthy and shiny.
What they’re like
The Labhoula is a well-tempered dog. Which means they are great with children and other pets. Of course, if you socialize them when they are still puppies. And, as with any large dog, you should never let the Catahoula Lab Mix play with your kid or other pets unsupervised. They might hurt them unintentionally.
They can also have a dominating nature, almost like they want you to know they are the alpha. So, you’ll have to stay firm and work a lot with them and train them properly.
Generally speaking, these dogs are loyal and loving, but if you leave them alone for too long they can act out. They can get wild and be a bit naughty. And you might find your shoes all chewed up.
The Labhoula is a very active dog. They are definitely not couch potatoes. Because their activity levels are so high, they need around 90 minutes of exercise every day.
Some of the activities they might enjoy are long runs, agility training, long hikes, play sessions at dog parks, swimming.
Also, because of their size, they aren’t for someone who lives in a small apartment in the city. They need a big house with a big yard. Somewhere where they can go out at all times and get rid of all that excess energy.
The Catahoula Lab Mix is a healthy dog. Their life expectancy is between 10 and 14 years. So, they live pretty long lives.
Designer dogs are usually always healthier than purebred dogs. But that doesn’t mean they are immune to all diseases and illnesses. The major health issue these dogs face is hip dysplasia. This is a hereditary disease that both of the Labhoula’s parent breeds have. Sadly, you can’t do much about it. Deafness is another common health issue among Catahoula Lab mix dogs. Besides this, they can experience progressive retinal atrophy and cataracts.
There are health issues that you can’t avoid. But you can make sure your dog stays as healthy as possible by taking good care of them. But how do you do that?
Firstly, you should take them to the vet regularly. Your vet should do health checkups at least twice a year. There are also occasional tests your vet should do:
- X-ray imaging
- Regular Full Physical
- Hearing Tests
- Ophthalmic Examination
Also, make sure to feed them high-quality food. A healthy and well-balanced diet plays a big role in a dog’s health.