The Lab Pointer is a mixed breed dog–a cross between the Labrador Retriever and Pointer dog breeds. Energetic, loyal, and intelligent, these pups inherited some of the best qualities from both of their parents.
Lab Pointers are also sometimes known as Pointerdors. You can find these mixed breed dogs in shelters and breed specific rescues, so remember to always adopt don’t shop if you’re looking to add a Lab Pointer to your home!
The Lab Pointer is a relatively low maintenance dog–but they’re also a very athletic breed that requires a large amount of outdoor space and time. This is a dog that thrives when living with a family based in rural areas rather than being cooped up in an apartment all day. The’re smart and train well, making them a solid option for new dog owners. The’re also a loving and sociable breed who will form strong and lasting bonds with the humans in their life.
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Lab Pointer Mixed Dog Breed Pictures, Characteristics, & Facts
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Dog Breed Group:Mixed Breed Dogs
Height:22 to 28 inches
Weight:35 to 80 pounds
Life Span:10 to 15 years
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- The Lab Pointer is a mixed breed dog. They are not purebreds like their Labrador Retriever or Pointer parents.
- The most common colors of coat for a Lab Pointer are creamy white, brown, and black.
- Exercise and outdoor time is vital to the Lab Pointer. Walks should be on the longer side and you'll definitely need access to an off-leash dog park or a safe place where dogs can run around freely.
- Lab Pointers can have a higher than usual prey drive, so make sure not to leave them unsupervised.
- As the Lab Pointer is a relatively low maintenance breed, you will only need to brush the dog occasionally; although during the hotter months, the breed will shed more, so you'll need to up the frequency of brushing sessions.
- Lab Pointer dogs and children get on great together. They will form strong bonds and become playmates, but early training and socialization is very important.
The Lab Pointer is one of the newest mixed dog breeds around, with most estimates saying it came on the scene some time in the last decade.
Focusing on the dog's parent breeds, the Labrador Retriever comes from Canada where they were used for hunting tasks before turning into an ideal guide dog. These days, the Labrador Retriever is the most popular dog in the United States.
The Pointer hails from England, where they were bred for tracking and pointing purposes. They're a fast and highly athletic breed, which helps give the Lab Pointer their energy.
The Lab Pointer has become known as a designer dog breed, but many of them unfortunately end up in shelters. So consider contacting your local rescue groups and shelters if you're thinking about adding the Lab Pointer to your home.
The Lab Pointer is usually described as a medium-sized dog. Although, as is always the case with newer mixed dog breeds, exact size standards might vary.
Most weigh in at 35 to 80 pounds and range in height from 22 to 28 inches.
The Lab Pointer is a loving and active dog. The mixed breed likes to be around humans and will want to take part in most of your daily activities. To that end, the dog does not do well left alone for long periods of time. So if you have a large and busy family, the Lab Pointer will fit in well with your schedule.
Exercise and outdoor time is vital to the Lab Pointer. Walks should be on the longer side and you'll definitely need access to an off-leash dog park or a safe place where dogs can run around freely. Although, be warned. Lab Pointers can have a higher than usual prey drive, so make sure not to leave them unsupervised.
In general, Lab Pointers are loyal but not especially suited to being guard dogs. Instead, they're a friendly and gentle mixed breed that will want to become a part of your family. If you have kids, all the better. They'll quickly find a new best friend in the Lab Pointer.
Lab Pointers are generally considered to be healthy dogs; although, the breed can be predisposed to some of the same conditions that the Labrador Retriever and Pointer face. As always, it's important to schedule regular wellness visits with your dog's vet.
Some of the more common health problems Lab Pointers suffer from include:
- Skin Problems
- Hip and Elbow Dysplasia
As with all dogs, it's important to keep up your Lab Pointer's regular veterinary checkups to detect any health concerns early. Your vet can help you develop a care routine that will keep your dog healthy.
The Lab Pointer needs a very high amount of exercise. You'll should aim for close to an hour and a half's worth of outdoor time each day. If you're a hiker, make sure to bring your Lab Pointer along with you. If you come across water on your hike, the breed will love to go swimming. The Lab Pointer's high prey drive also means that interactive toys are a must to keep the dog satisfied.
Weekly teeth brushing sessions should be implemented with a Lab Pointer. Your vet can help advise you about which brand of toothpaste is appropriate for your dog. You'll also want to check paw pads and nails, especially after long outdoor sessions. Bathing your Lab Pointer only needs to be done if it comes back in a dirty state after an outdoor adventure.
Make sure to trim your dog's nails regularly. They should not be clicking loudly against the floor. Make sure to check their ears for debris and pests, especially after spending time outdoors, and clean their ears regularly. Your vet can give you advice on how to do this at home.
An ideal Lab Pointer diet should be formulated for a medium-sized breed with high energy.
Lab Pointers need to stick to a healthy diet, as overeating can cause weight gain and associated health problems, especially if adequate exercise isn't offered.
As with all dogs, the Lab Pointer's dietary needs will change from puppyhood to adulthood and will continue to change into their senior years. You should ask your veterinarian for recommendations about your Lab Pointer's diet, as there is far too much variation among individual dogs--including weight, energy, and health--to make a specific recommendation.
Coat Color And Grooming
The most common colors of coat for a Lab Pointer are creamy white, brown, and black.
The Lab Pointer's coat is usually somewhere between short and medium in length. It's texture is straight and the coat is dense. As the Lab Pointer is a relatively low maintenance breed, you will only need to brush the dog occasionally; although during the hotter months, the breed will shed more, so you'll need to up the frequency of brushing sessions.
In general, the Lab Pointer is an adaptable dog when it comes to climate. Just make sure to provide a suitable dog coat if the weather gets too frosty and your canine seems cold. Also, during hotter months, make sure shade and fresh water are always available during the outdoor sessions the mixed breed loves so much.
Children And Other Pets
Lab Pointer dogs and children get on great together. They will form strong bonds and become playmates, but early training and socialization is very important. Luckily, the Lab Pointer is a mixed breed that is relatively easy to train. Even with a well-trained dog, you should always supervise play time between kids and dogs so that neither party accidentally harms the other.
When it comes to existing household pets, the breed's high prey drive might be an issue, especially with smaller animals. Make sure to properly introduce your Lab Pointer to any other pets and set boundaries right from the start. Also, avoid leaving the breed around other pets if you're not able to supervise the interaction.
Ultimately, early socialization really pays off with this mixed breed. Make sure to reward your Lab Pointer for good behavior and adhere to a proper training regimen when you bring them home to your family.
It may be hard to find a breed-specific rescue for Lab Pointers because they are a mixed breed. However, you may want to try Labrador Retriever or Pointer breed-specific rescues, as they often care for mixes, as well. Here are some rescues you can try:
You can also try DogTime's adoption page that lets you search for adoptable dogs by breed and zip code!