By crossing, Pointer, and Labrador Retriever, Lab-Pointer was developed. It is a medium-sized dog with bright almond-shaped eyes and broad head with floppy ears. The Pointer is referred as a “bird dog” due to its enormous ability to hunt the game birds and this trait is inherited by the Lab Pointer too.has a bird hunting trait.
Temperament & Personality
Lab pointer mix puppies have a sweet, energetic, courteous, and a pleasant attitude. They love playing and are very greedy about their toys. These puppies do not require much attention like other breeds and have independent, loving and gentle nature. They like to stay on their own and partition from their masters or owners do not make them suffer in despair. However, they love to entertain their owners.
Labrador goes well with other breeds and children unless they behave roughly. This breed has a high sense of smell inherited from Pointer. They can smell things better than any other dog, which makes it alert as soon as it detects a suspicious or unknown face.
Apartment living is not something they prefer as they are highly energetic dogs requiring enough space to run around. Heavy exercises with long walks in the morning and evening will keep the dog healthy. Also, abundant activity will keep them mentally healthy and active.
Lab Pointer puppies require low maintenance and they are seasonal shedders. They require brushing with a deshedder brush during warmer months. Rest of the year, the dog needs occasional cleaning to remove the loose fur and debris. Bathing is not mandatory unless it is filthy while brushing twice a week with a dog toothpaste takes care of its oral health. Every week the ears require cleaning to avoid wax build up as they can cause painful ear infections.
Few primary health concerns include Elbow Dysplasia, Canine Hip Dysplasia, Retinal Dysplasia. Minor health problems include Entropion and Cataracts. Occasional tests X-rays imaging, Blood Analysis, Optical Examination, Orthopedic, Regular Full Physical, Examination by Veterinarian will keep the dog healthy.
Lab Pointers are good learners, and it is easy to train, but there are times when it is tough to get their attention. Therefore, it requires a firm and patient trainer who can gently handle the dog. Attractive training sessions with rewards like cuddling and snacks treat will tempt the dog to follow its master's command.
As they are generally shy, it is important to offer socialization and obedience training from puppyhood. It will help them mingle easily with strangers. The owners should be very watchful and make attentive efforts to keep their chasing instinct in control if it is used only as a pet and not for any hunting purposes.
Labrador requires a nutritious diet with 1.5 to 2.5 cups of dry dog food being adequate to meet their protein and mineral requirements.