Getting a dog is about much more than just its coat. However, some combinations are just too cute. Enter chocolate lab Doberman mix puppies – gorgeous coats and unique personalities. Also called Doberdors, these dogs are a cross between two popular but quite different breeds.
Whereas Labradors are a hunting/retrieving breed, Dobermans are guard dogs first and foremost. This difference leads to varying personalities as well as other differing characteristics. The coat too can look different but it’s always awesome as the chocolate color of the lab mixes well with the black & rust of the Doberman.
Is this the right dog for you, however? Let’s go over this crossbreed’s specifics point by point below.
What Do Chocolate Lab Doberman Mix Puppies Look Like?
A Doberman lab mix full grown can look either like a purebred Doberman, a purebred lab, or anything in between. In other words – you really don’t know what you’re going to get with this breed looks-wise. You do know that it will be a unique and cool combination, however.
In terms of size, a Doberdor will usually be between 21 and 27 inches tall at the shoulder (53 to 69 cm) or a bit taller than a purebred lab. It can weigh anywhere between 50 and 80 pounds (23 to 36 cm) if not overweight. This weight is standard for labs and it’s that way despite the taller height because Dobermans are typically leaner than labs.
The coat of this crossbreed will either take the Doberman’s black and rust bi-color scheme or the lab parent’s color – yellow, black, or brown. Or, it will be a color combination of the two parents. That’s why we are so fond of chocolate lab Doberman mix puppies – the colors match quite awesomely.
As for the rest of the body, it will either be leaner like a Doberman’s or sturdier like that of a lab. The muzzle will also vary between narrow and long and more lab-like. The ears can either be dropped and V-shaped or short, upright, and pointy.
The exact personality of these crossbred puppies is also a bit of a toss-up. Labradors are notoriously social and outgoing while Dobermans are more aloof with strangers. If your Doberdor resembles its Doberman parent more it will need extra socialization. Otherwise, the dog may get defensive and even aggressive toward strangers which is a problem for such a large and powerful breed.
With its own family, however, this mix should always be loyal, affectionate, and obedient. These dogs are highly intelligent and love their human pack members, including their kids. Obedience training is still a must, of course, as it is for any dog. In fact, Dobermans can be a bit stubborn and take more time to train so your mixed pup can take that trait as well.
Another cool point is that this breed should be all right with other dogs and pets in the home. Both labs and Dobermans are tolerant toward dogs, cats, and most animals so that shouldn’t be much of a problem.
As for the separation anxiety that many lab owners dread, this should be a bit less of a problem here. Dobermans aren’t nearly as bad as labs in this regard so your dog may be calmer than you’d expect from a lab. Then again, your Doberdor may take mostly from its lab parent and start freaking out every time you leave the house for more than 5 minutes.
Chocolate Lab Doberman Mix Puppies Exercise Needs
This is a highly energetic breed and so it needs an hour and a half to two hours of vigorous outdoor exercise a day. This doesn’t include playtime in the yard either –that’s extra.
People are sometimes surprised by those demanding exercise needs as Dobermans are calmer than labs. They too need exercise, however, so you should be ready for that.
Having a large and well-fenced yard is also recommended as these dogs are a bit too large and energetic for an apartment. Hypothetically, a large and spacious apartment can work if you go out for long enough every day. However, even in the best-case scenario your apartment building neighbors likely won’t be happy with the noise.
Doberman Lab Mix Lifespan and Health
The expected lifespan of the Doberdor is between 10 and 15 years, depending on the dog’s health and your care. The average is about 12 years but you can surpass that easily. To do that, it’s important to get a healthy pup from a reputable breeder.
Avoid the puppy mills behind pet stores at all costs as they often breed unhealthy pups. Instead, ask your breeder for a health certificate. Such breeders will ask for a higher price but that’s offset by the drastically lower vet bills later on. An unhealthy Doberdor pup can suffer from any of the following problems:
- Hip and Elbow Dysplasia
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
- Heart problems
- Bone Disorders
Don’t take this to mean that Doberdors are inherently sickly animals, however. Responsible breeders offer healthy pups that are free from almost all possible hereditary conditions. From there, it’s just a matter of good care on your part – quality food, regular exercise, and routine vet check-ups.
Doberdor Pros and Cons
- Unique character and look
- Loyal and loving family dog
- That’s a highly intelligent dog that’s very fun to be around
- High exercise needs
- Demanding training
- Not an apartment dog
Should You Get Chocolate Lab Doberman Mix Puppies?
All in all, the Doberdor doesn’t have a consistent appearance or personality because of how different its two parent breeds are. However, whether your pup leans more toward its lab parent or its Doberman parent, it will almost always be a great family pet. There is a reason why Dobermans and Labradors are two of the most popular pet breeders, after all.
So, if you want a highly energetic dog, the Doberdor is a great choice. Some research will be needed, particularly in the training department but even first-time owners should be ok with this breed given enough preparation.