Last Updated on November 11, 2023 by Linda Richard
Labs may be the most popular pet dog breed but coonhounds are also a fan-favorite. So, why not check out the American English Coonhound Lab mix – a lovely and dynamic cross. A combination of two different types of hunting companions, this cross has a lot going for it. Both Labs and Coonhounds make for amazing pets too so how about their cross?
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What Does An American English Coonhound Lab mix Look Like?
American English Coonhounds are both taller and lighter than the average Labrador Retriever. This means that they have much leaner and more athletic bodies than the heavier and bulkier Labrador. Labs tend to be about 21 to 24.5 inches tall (53 to 62 cm) and can weigh between 65 and 80 pounds (29.5 to 36 kg). American English Coonhounds, on the other hand, get as tall as 23 to 26 inches (58 to 66 cm) and as heavy as 45 to 65 pounds (20.5 to 29.5 kg).
This means that the American English Coonhound Lab mix can vary anywhere between these parameters and be either leaner or bulkier. In terms of their other physical traits, however, both parent breeds do look a lot alike. The muzzle shape and floppy ears of both breeds are very similar as is their body frame.
The coat is another thing to note too. Coonhounds have short and medium-length coats that shed much less than the coat of Labradors. And, while Labs come in either yellow, black, or brown color, these Coonhounds can be black and white, red and white, red and with ticked, blue and white ticked, or a ticked tri-color. This makes the red Coonhound Lab mix and especially the Redbone Coonhound black Lab mix especially gorgeous.
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Personality Traits Of This Lab Coonhound Mix
Both Labs and Coonhounds have fantastic social temperaments that make them – and their cross – lovely for family life. These dogs are incredibly smart, although Coonhounds are a bit more willful and harder to train than Labs. Proper obedience training is, therefore, a must for this breed.
Separation anxiety is also something to watch out for as both Labs and Coonhounds get attached to their family members very easily. This dog just needs its people around it throughout the day. The Coonhound/Lab cross also gets along well with strangers and with other dogs, especially when it’s well-socialized.
Having such a dog with kids also shouldn’t be a problem, especially if you introduce the dog and the child to one another properly. Do keep in mind that cats and other non-canine pets are not good companions for these dogs, however. Coonhounds and their crosses just have too strong of a prey drive.
Another thing to note about this breed is that it’s very talkative. Barking and howling are both things Coonhounds love to do and so does this cross. This makes these dogs quite unsuitable for apartment living (together with their energetic nature) as you may accidentally drive your neighbors insane. No-bark training is something you may want to consider but even that won’t be 100% effective. These dogs just like to let others know what they think about stuff.
How Much Exercise Does The American English Coonhound Lab mix Need?
All of it. This crossbreed needs all the exercise you can provide. At least two hours of intensive playtime in the dog park per day, jogging to and from said park, extra playtime in a well-fenced yard, and even more at home – Coonhound Lab mixes are highly energetic dogs.
If this sounds too much, then this breed isn’t right for you. However, if you are looking for a jogging buddy or you have several family members that all want to play with a dog every day – this can be the perfect companion for you.
How Healthy Are The American English Coonhound Lab Mix Dogs?
Both the American English Coonhound and Labrador Retriever parent breeds are very healthy overall. So, it stands to reason, that their cross will be healthy too. This is contingent on which breeder you’re getting them from, however. Irresponsible breeders and puppy mills often breed their dogs without any regard for the breed’s health and passing any hereditary conditions.
So, unless you’re adopting, you should always ask the breeder for a health certificate. Even if you’re adopting, ask for a detailed vet check-up first. Otherwise, you should look out for the following conditions:
- Hip and Elbow Dysplasia
- Bloating (Gastric Dilatation Volvulus)
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
If you get a healthy pup, however, and you take good care of it, you can easily surpass this breed’s average lifespan of 10 to 12 years. Plenty of exercise, good food, and regular vet check-ups should be enough to have a healthy and happy puppy.
Pros and Cons Of The Lab Coonhound Mix
- A highly social and friendly dog that’d get along with anyone (except cats)
- Overall healthy breed with a long lifespan
- Very playful and fun dog to have
- Separation anxiety is something to look out for
- Very significant exercise needs
- A tendency for barking and howling
Is This Breed The Right Fit For You?
The Coonhound Lab mix is a wonderful dog that can make many dog owners and families happy. This crossbreed has very significant exercise requirements, however, and absolutely does not tolerate being left home alone. So, if you want to get such a dog you need to be up to the task.
These dogs require lots of exercise, a ton of playtime in the dog park, and even more playtime at home and in the yard. Big families are recommended to ensure that there’s always going to be a human around to give this dog attention and love. If you live alone, you’d better be really into jogging.
If you’re looking for a calm and cuddly dog, the Coonhound Lab mix will only fit this description at the end of the day when it’s positively exhausted from all the playtime. So, if you can’t meet those exercise needs, you’d better pick a different breed.
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