Labradors are a popular breed for a reason but they aren’t exactly everyone’s cup of tea. By changing up the genetics, you might get a calmer Lab or one that doesn’t shed as much.
Also, you might come across a Labrador crossbreed at a shelter. This list can help you identify what cross it might be and give you a better idea of what to expect.
What is a Labrador?
There’s no mistaking the Labrador – muscular, well defined, dependable. While the yellow Lab is iconic, they come in black and chocolate as well.
These dogs are always eager to please and are America’s sweetheart with good reason. The versatile family dog has been described to be “as American as baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie”.
This popular breed has constantly topped AKC’s top breed chart since 1991.
50+ Most Popular and Adorable Labrador Mixes
If the Labrador is so amazing, you might wonder why mess with a perfect recipe?
Labs are often predisposed to hip dysplasia, certain types of cancer, and eye problems. It’s believed that crossbreeding will create healthy dogs that have less hereditary problems.
The purebred Lab might also be too exuberant or big for some. They also shed quite a fair bit, which isn’t great for allergic dog lovers.
People go for crossbreeds when they are trying to find a dog that fits their lifestyle but still retains the temperament of the original dog they want.
Unfortunately, genetics is not an exact science and we can only give you a vague idea of how your designer dog will turn out.
Mixed breeds will take after one parent or another in the looks department, but it won’t be exactly 50/50.
If you’re going for a crossbreed, make sure you don’t mind surprises. Also, don’t forget that each canine is an individual with their own quirks and personalities, just like humans.
1. Pitbull & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA Labrabull)
Both Pitbulls and Labradors love people, so they aren’t suitable for people who travel frequently. Since they are a large and strong dog, it’s best for homes without little kids.
Labrabulls or Pitadors is gentle and playful. These dogs commonly have the sweet face of the Labrador and the erect ears of a Pitbull.
You should give them 45 minutes of exercise a day to keep them happy. They are quite healthy dogs, with a life expectancy of 16 years.
2. German Shepherd & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA German Sheprador)
The German Shepherd Lab mix (Labrashepherd) is a combination of the most popular dog breeds in America. Expect elongated muzzles and a more slender dog, with erect or floppy ears.
The German Shepherd and Labrador are heavy shedders so you’ll need to brush them at least once a day.
They are also working dogs and will need more than 60 minutes of exercise per day.
3. Golden Retriever & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA Goldador)
Arguably one of the most popular Lab crosses. Goldadors are extremely sweet and even-tempered. They are even milder than purebred Labs and a popular choice as guide dogs.
This is the best dog for anyone torn between a Labrador or a Golden Retriever. Plus, you get the color choices of a Lab too. Check out this litter of Goldador pups:
The Goldador will be prone to hip dysplasia or elbow dysplasia due to its parents. Make sure you feed them dog food specially formulated for large breed dogs to prevent this.
4. Husky & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA Labsky)
Labskies are a fun breed that does well in apartments. Also called Huskadors, they are highly loyal dogs that will have strong bonds.
They require a solid hour of exercise daily, just like their Husky and Labrador parents. Just watch this pooch go:
Their working instincts are very strong and you’ll need to stimulate them or run the risk of having a bored and destructive dog. They do better with an experienced owner.
These dogs tend to shed all over the place, especially when the seasons change. Fortunately, they often inherit the Lab’s smoother and low maintenance coat.
5. Border Collie & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA Borador)
The Borador is a highly intelligent pup that will try to outsmart you. Paired with the Lab’s exuberant nature, they might be a bit overwhelming for a new dog owner.
The Border Collie and Lab mix is a super high energy dog.
They are loyal to their families and might give strangers the cold shoulder. A definite change in scenery if you think the Lab is too friendly.
You can keep them in apartments, provided you exercise them for at least 40 minutes every day.
They are a healthy breed that can live up to 15 years.
6. Boxer & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA Boxador)
The Boxer Lab cross is an active breed that will require 60 minutes of exercise a day. They are fun-loving and will appreciate fetch or trekking on a daily basis.
Boxadors are big dogs but puppies at heart. They seldom grow out of their puppy-like behavior and are super affectionate.
Considering their size and build, they are efficient guard dogs.
7. Beagle & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA Beagador)
If you’re looking for a small but active dog, the Beagador might be the perfect fit. They work well in apartments and are happy to exercise more than an hour every day.
Training can be challenging if they take after their easily distracted Beagle parent, but you can easily remedy that with a little extra patience.
Sheds a moderate amount but generally low maintenance.
8. Australian Shepherd & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA Aussiedor)
This mix can inherit the merle coloring from their Australian Shepherd parent. The Merle coloring paired with their blue eyes is enough to make anyone melt!
Aussiedors aren’t the best option for first-time owners because they can be a handful. They are extremely active and will require at least 60 mins of daily exercise, on top of stimulating activities.
They will be well suited for farm life or a house with a big yard, definitely not for apartments.
9. Rottweiler & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA Rottador)
Also called the Labrottie, these dogs might not be the best fit for first-time owners.
Often takes after the Rottie parent in terms of coloring. You’ll have a powerful looking dog that needs plenty of exercises.
You’ll need a yard and plenty of time on your hands to exercise and train these excitable and affectionate pups.
While they are moderate shedders, you will not need to groom them much at all thanks to their short fur.
10. Great Dane & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA Labradane)
Bigger than any of the dogs on this list, Labradanes often tower at 26 – 30 inches.
Despite their size, they are great babysitters and very tolerant of young children! This is due to their Great Dane parentage.
These gentle giants are both sensitive and playful. After a 30 minute romp, they’ll want nothing else but to curl up on your lap.
11. Australian Cattle Dog & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA Labraheeler)
Blue Heelers are also known as Australian Cattle Dogs and can have blue eyes. Don’t be surprised if your Labraheeler has blue peepers!
Labraheelers are medium-sized dogs that are absolutely devoted to their owners.
12. Corgi & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA Corgidor)
An apartment-friendly Labbie cross with the cutest biggest bat ears. They can be rather barky though.
There are two kinds of Corgis that are both used in this designer breed with slight differences.
The Corgidor usually had the short legs and long back combo of the Corgi parent. This makes them prone to back problems. Best in an apartment where there aren’t any stairs!
Long walks work great for this breed but cap it at around 35 minutes a day.
13. Great Pyrenees & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA Pyrador)
A gorgeous crossbreed (Labranes), these large dogs are wonderful protectors and companions.
The docile Great Pyrenees can balance out the lively Lab, making this hybrid a gentle playmate for your children.
However, they have a protective streak. They aren’t welcoming to everyone. Quite the contrary, they are devoted only to their flock.
14. Chow & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA Chabrador)
The Lab Chow is slightly fluffier and aloof than Labradors. They also don’t be as friendly as you’d expect a Lab to be. Perfect for those who want a one-man dog.
If you’re looking for devotion, the Chabrador will lovingly follow you anywhere.
They are also more laid back and don’t need a whole lot of exercise. But, they do need a fair bit of grooming.
15. Chiahuahua & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA Labrahuahua)
An unexpected cross, but one that works well. The Chihuahua parent brings out the protective instincts of this dog, the Labrador makes it easier to deal with.
The Labrahuahua is mostly medium-sized. But, bear in mind that crossbreeds can take after any parent. Some, like Loki, looks like a miniature Lab:
Others can look like a less bug-eyed Chihuahua:
16. Mastiff & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA Mastador)
Mastadors are sometimes referred to as a Mastidor. Despite looking rather fearsome, they are real softies. These dogs are known to be one of the sweetest breeds.
However, their sensitivity can cause behavioral issues if mishandled. They might get overprotective, so training is essential.
They need a gentle owner who can connect with them. Someone who can give them an hour of exercise daily.
17. Shar Pei & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA Lab Pei)
The Chinese Shar Pei Lab mix is a devoted pal that has strong bonds with their caretakers and absolutely loves being with them.
These loveable mutts are wonderful guard dogs. While they aren’t aggressive, they will let strangers know to stay away.
Another plus is that they are low to moderate shedders.
18. Doberman Pinscher & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA Doberdor)
Another large breed cross, Doberdors seldom inherit the Labrador’s seasonal shedding but it’s possible.
Active owners are more suited for these dogs. Doberman Lab crosses require lots of outdoor activity and playtime. However, they will be easy to train because they are smart dogs.
19. Basset Hound & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA Bassador)
The Basset Hound Lab mix is an attention-loving medium-sized dog that is great for apartment living. They are also gentle companions for little ones.
If you’re a couch potato, that’s fine! Because they are couch potatoes too and will only need 15 to 30 minutes of exercise a day.
However, proper socialization is required unless you want your pooch to chase after every squirrel, cat, or bird it comes across.
20. American Bulldog & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA American Bullador)
If you think English Labs have blocky heads, wait till you get a load of the Bullador. They are much more well built than the most muscular Lab.
This sweet breed might look intimidating but are actually playful sweethearts that are calm and loyal.
Sometimes, they might inherit the American Bulldog’s shorter snout which can cause respiratory problems.
The good news is that they aren’t predisposed to hereditary diseases. But you should be wary of what dog food you give them because they can easily pack on the pounds.
They love cuddles and these dogs need significantly less exercise – you can get away with 20 to 30 minutes of walking daily.
21. Greyhound & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA Greyador)
Greyhounds are lithe creatures and the Greyador crossbreed is no different. You can expect them to be tall and slender. Athletic dogs that love to run and keeping them in an apartment can be cruel.
You’ll need upwards of 60 minutes a day to keep them content. These highly intelligent dogs can be slightly stubborn but are affectionate pets.
22. Rhodesian Ridgeback & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA Rhodesian Labrador)
The Rhodesian Labrador is a gentle giant that needs a gentle hand. They respond best to positive reinforcement.
These dogs have the docile nature of the Rhodesian Ridgeback and the energy of the Labrador. They are a wonderful option for families with small children who want a big dog.
They don’t look too different from purebred Labradors but are generally more gaunt and tall.
23. Catahoula & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA Labahoula)
These large dogs are rather standoffish to strangers. To their humans, they are devoted and protective.
Being half Mountain Cur, these dogs will need a firm and experienced hand. They might develop behavioral problems if not properly socialized or trained.
Best as a working dog, they need upwards of an hour’s exercise every day.
24. Whippet & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA Whipador)
Whippets are sleek and slim like a vacuum-packed Labrador. In spite of that, they actually share many similarities such as a kind spirit and friendly nature.
This crossbreed’s affinity for making friends will make them popular with everyone, even robbers.
Mostly medium-sized, the Whipador will do well in an apartment as long as you burn off their energy with an hour’s worth of exercise daily.
25. Pug & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA Pugador)
This Pug Lab mix is a well-balanced pup. The Pugador combines the Pug’s calm nature and stubbornness with the Lab’s eager to please and energetic demeanor.
You might get a small dog or a large dog – it’s hard to tell when you mix a large breed with a toy breed.
Funnily enough, the Pugador looks closer to the Pug’s ancestors than today’s Pugs. Long legs and less squashed-in noses. Definitely a healthier option.
26. American Cocker Spaniel & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA Spanador)
At first glance, you might mistake golden Spanadors for miniature Golden Retrievers or miniature Labradors.
They are the perfect companion for someone who lives in an apartment. These dogs don’t need much other than 25 minutes of exercise a day. They’re more than content to be your shadow.
Decent watch dogs that know when to be exuberant and when to tone it down, thanks to their Cocker Spaniel parentage.
27. St. Bernard & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA Labernard)
Labernards have soulful eyes and will be bigger than regular Labradors. Their large to giant size can be a problem if not well trained. The good news is that they are extremely patient and kind.
St. Bernards are high maintenance dogs and demand lots of attention and devotion from their owners. Any offspring of theirs will likely require the same things.
28. Weimaraner & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA Labmaraner)
Often said to be the origin of Silver Labradors due to the Weimaraner’s unique coloring.
These devoted pups are generally less enthusiastic when compared to a Labrador. Don’t let that fool you. They still need lots of attention and exercise.
Make sure they get a minimum of an hour a day with plenty of stimulation.
Great for large families but better suited for an experienced dog owner.
29. Newfoundland dog & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA New Labralound)
Puppies that take after the Newfoundland parent might grow to be quite large. Make sure to train them when young, so they grow up well-mannered.
Due to their size, grooming them will not be a walk in the park. The New Labralound or Laboundland often takes after its Newfoundland parent’s black coat. Fur length varies from dog to dog.
They are extremely affable and will get along with creatures from all walks of life. Great companions for kids.
30. Vizsla & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA Labrala)
The Vizsla is quite similar to the Labrador. They are energetic, people-loving, and gentle.
Bred for work, these dogs are great at tracking and retrieving. They will need to be exercised for more than 60 minutes every day. Probably best for experienced or active owners.
Labralas are sometimes called Vislalabs. They have a lithe build with long, slender legs.
31. Akita Inu & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA Labrakita)
A medium-sized loving dog that doesn’t necessarily have the tolerance for small children.
These dogs need 90 minutes of exercise daily to stay content. You might find it surprising that these dogs can stay in apartments, but they are rather quiet and mild.
While they don’t look particularly fearsome, the Akita Lab makes excellent guard dogs.
32. Shiba Inu & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA Shibador)
What do you get when you mix a people pleaser with the independent Shiba Inu? The Shibador will be attentive to his owner but aloof with strangers.
These dogs are often medium-sized. They are very athletic and need lots of exercise and stimulation.
You don’t want a bored Shibador on your hands because these dogs are highly intelligent and can become quite destructive.
33. Bernese Mountain dog & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA Laberneses)
Sleek-coated and large, these dogs often have the Bernese Mountain Dog’s tricolor coat. While they don’t need to be groomed daily, they do need regular maintenance.
Due to their size, they aren’t ideal for small children. Furthermore, this is an active breed that needs more than 50 minutes of exercise a day.
These are very intelligent dogs and eager to please so training them will be a dream. They are better suited for those with lots of time to spare with an active lifestyle.
34. Cane Corso & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA Labrador Corso)
Cane Corsos are protective and buff. Mixing them with the friendly Lab might mellow them some, but you will need to make sure they are well socialized from young.
They will need a dedicated owner, perfect for families looking for a guard dog.
This active large breed will need at least 40 minutes of playtime a day.
35. Dalmatian & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA Dalmador)
Is there anything cuter than this dotted little fella?
Dalmadors are very active and great for the family. These easy-going dogs will enjoy spending time with the little ones.
Dalmatians love running. When paired with the Lab’s undying energy, you’ll need to keep up!
36. Irish Setter & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA Lab Setter)
Also called the Labrasetter, these dogs look suspiciously similar to Flat-coated Retrievers or Golden Retrievers with long black fur.
These Irish Setter crosses can really shed but they make up for it by being notoriously sweet and even-tempered. A true joy to train due to their intelligent and people-pleasing nature.
37. Basenji & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA Labrasenji)
Basenjis are quiet dogs that have the tendency to be stubborn. You will need to be patient with the Labrasenji, too.
Gentle souls that dislike roughhousing, can make a great companion for little children, especially since they aren’t usually large.
38. Pomeranian & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA Pom Lab)
The Pom Lab is an unusual mix indeed, but one that will bring you a lot of joy.
The Pomeranian Lab cross can look like either parent, from face to coat to size. Most likely medium-sized that needs lots of grooming.
Regardless of how they look, they will be intelligent and people-loving pooches that don’t need a whole lot of exercise. A great pick for seniors or less active individuals.
39. Bullmastiff & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA Bullmasador)
Often taking after the Bullmastiff parent, Bullmasadors look quite threatening. But! These pups are affectionate and devoted to their human families. They have the potential to be cold to strangers.
They need 40 minutes of exercise a day. Also, they tend to drool.
40. Dachshund & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA Dachsador)
The Dachsador is a small to medium dog that doesn’t need a whole lot of grooming or exercise. A 45-minute romp is enough to take the edge off.
They often take after the Dachshund’s short legs and long back, which is exactly how Duke looks like:
Originally bred to eliminate any health issues the parent breeds have, expect them to be robust and hardy dogs with no real major health concerns.
41. Bulldog & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA Bullador)
Bulladors tend to bring the Lab’s energy to a new low. If you lead a sedentary lifestyle, this is the perfect cross for you.
These dogs can be quite heavy-looking, especially with those folds. But they shouldn’t be as bulky as the English Bulldog, nor are they as disease prone.
42. Kelpie & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA Kelpador)
Kelpies are extremely clever and need lots of stimulation. This makes Kelpadors best suited by experienced dog owners. This dog is great for working in the field.
They also have cute bat-like ears that lend a goofy air to the solemn-looking Lab.
43. Alaskan Malamute & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA Alaskan Malador)
Alaskan Labs or Alaskan Maladors are large dogs with a gentle demeanor. They are loyal dogs with a strong desire to work.
Best for families who can set time aside for their high-maintenance coats and exercise requirements.
These dogs prefer the cold due to their Malamute heritage. They are definitely not outdoor dogs especially if you live in a more tropical climate.
44. Poodle & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA Labradoodle)
Is there anyone that isn’t familiar with the Labradoodle? It’s the Labrador cross that shot Doodles to fame!
Bred in an attempt to retain the Lab’s temperament without the shedding for allergy sufferers.
They can range from medium to large size since Poodles come in varying sizes. Poodles might not look it, but they were bred for work. This crossbreed will require 60 minutes of exercise daily.
45. Shih Tzu & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA Labratzu)
A good breed for families with children. The Labratzu is often small to medium-sized and very tolerant.
Since the Shih Tzu has hair-like fur, it’s not hard on allergy sufferers – but that’s only if the pup inherits the Shih Tzu’s coat.
46. English Springer Spaniel & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA Springador)
The offspring of the English Springer Spaniel and Labrador Retrievers might look like an extra fluffy little Labrador.
Despite their small size, Springadors are not recommended for first-time owners because of their energy. These little dogs pack a punch and will need to be well stimulated with at least an hour of exercise daily.
47. Afghand Hound & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA Afador)
Afadors have lower energy levels, requiring only 30 – 45 mins of exercise a day.
Since the Afghan Hound has significantly longer legs, you can expect your Afador to be lithe.
These dogs are more aloof and sensitive – this also means that they can be prone to behavioral problems if not properly handled.
Their willful nature is better suited for experienced owners and families with older kids.
48. French Bulldog & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA Frenchie Labrador)
The Frenchie will add a bit of color into the mix and you might get one with a brindled coat or ticked markings.
These medium-sized dogs are great apartment dwellers. 30 minutes a day for exercise is more than enough.
A fun goofball that loves being with their human and is also a friend to all.
49. Airedale Terrier & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA Lab’Aire)
A terrier and a gundog? It’s a recipe for a super active pooch. If you’re an outdoorsy person who doesn’t care much for grooming, the Lab’Aire might be the one for you.
They often inherit the Airedale Terrier’s coat and a cute little mustache.
Plan to spend at least an hour every day with your dog on exercise.
50. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA Cavador)
A small dog is a friend to all. They are child-friendly and a good fit for families. They don’t need a whole lot of grooming but will need lots of exercises.
There’s a growing problem with this designer breed as many seem to suffer from Syringomyelia which is a fatal disease.
If you have your heart set on a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Lab mix, please make sure to screen both parents carefully.
A healthy Cavador can live up to 15 years.
51. Bloodhound & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA Labloodhound)
Hailing from gundog backgrounds, the Labloodhound is people-oriented and full of energy. Recommended for big and active families.
Generally looks like a smaller Lab but can have the Bloodhound’s signature droopy ears.
52. Boston Terrier & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA Boston Lab)
The Boston Lab is considered one of the best crossbreeds. It is the perfect balance between the energetic Lab and the calm Boston Terrier.
They can be good guard dogs whilst still being friendly pooch. Exercise can be in the form of fetch or other fun games. Great for all kinds of families.
53. Pointer & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA Lab Pointer)
Both parent breeds are used in bird hunting. They need lots of space to run, for a minimum of an hour and a half every day.
Pointadors or Lab Pointers are excitable and will be better suited for an experienced owner. This excitable cross has a low maintenance coat which will shed twice a year.
They can live up to 17 years!
54. German Wirehaired Pointer & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA German Wirehaired Lab)
German Wirehaired Labs are devoted and playful dogs that absolutely adore water. Their inquisitiveness makes them good students – you will have fun training them!
They are a good choice for active families who are able to spend an hour or more on them daily.
55. Brittany Spaniel & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA Labany)
Loyal playmates that are highly adaptable. They will be happy to stay in an apartment and can be a great family pet due to their easy-going nature.
Both the Brittany Spaniel and Labrador parents are double-coated and will need to be groomed occasionally, although they are considered low maintenance.
56. Chesapeake Bay Retriever & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA Chesador)
The Chesador is made up of two water dogs that love to swim. It will have a thick, waterproof double coat. It can be curly like the Chesapeake Bay Retriever or it can be sleek like the Labbie’s.
These dogs have high energy and love people. However, they aren’t suitable for apartments, families with little children, or novice owners.
57. Redbone Coonhound & Labrador Retriever mix (AKA Redbone Retriever)
A hybrid dog that is mixed between three loveable breeds: the Redbone Coonhound, the Golden, and a Labrador! This active dog loves to be on the go and is best suited for an experienced handler.
True to its name, the Redbone Retriever has a red coat that requires lots of grooming.
Which Labrador mixes are your favorites?
Designer breeds take the best of two worlds and combine them into one.
The other parent dog adds a little something extra into the fun and playful Lab.
Poodles and Shih Tzu improve the breed for allergy sufferers and other breeds like the Weimaraner or Dalmatian add a bit of color!
What is your favorite Lab mix and which would you bring home?