The Vizsla Lab mix is a crossbreed between the ever-friendly Labrador Retriever and the affectionate Vizsla. This mix is also known as the Labrala or Vizslador. The Lab and Vizsla mix stands at 21 to 24 inches and weighs between 45 and 75 pounds.
This is a great family mix that acquires his friendly disposition from both of his parents.
They also come in a variety of colors ranging from black to chocolate and other color combinations and can live for up to 14 years.
But before adopting or buying, there are things you should learn about a Vizslador. Let’s dive in.
- Vizsla Lab mix information
- Vizsla Lab mix appearance and characteristics
- Vizslador temperament and personality traits
- How much do Lab Vizsla Mix puppies cost?
- How to take care of a Lab Vizsla mix
- Known health concerns
Vizsla Lab mix information
As mentioned in the beginning, Labrala is a mixed dog or a designer dog.
This dog is a combination of a purebred Labrador and a purebred Hungarian Vizsla to create an active, friendly, and cuddly pooch.
He is also intelligent and highly trainable but can also have a bit of a stubborn streak.
With that said, it is of the utmost importance that this mixed dog is well trained from an early as he can be hyperactive and destructive.
The Vizslador can be a perfect mix or can be more like one parent than the other. You can never be sure what to expect with a designer dog.
But where did this mixed canine friend come from?
Origin of the Labrala
It is suggested that this Lab mix has been around since the 1980s, however, there is not much documentation about the breeder that first mixed them or the original breeding purpose.
But to get a better understanding of this dog we should look briefly into the parent breeds.
Labs originated from a city known as Newfoundland in the 1800s and were known as the St. John Water dogs.
These dogs were bred to retrieve game and as helpers for the fishermen which made them extremely good swimmers hence their strong affinity to water.
Apart from helping the fishermen in retrieval, this dog also doubled as a companion for them. Therefore, the super friendly nature of the Labrador should not come as a surprise.
Soon these dogs would find their way into England and other parts of the world where they saw an upward popularity trend to now the most popular dog in the US.
Other Lab mixes
- The Australian Shepherd Lab mix or Aussiedor.
- Super cute Bulladors are a mix between a Lab and a Bulldog.
- The Labrador Akita mix.
- Border Collie Labrador mix.
The Hungarian Vizsla is an interesting breed with a long history and is believed to have been around since the 12th century.
It is believed that Vizsla was a hunter for the Magyar tribe before he became popular among the other and wealthy Hungarians.
And just like the Labrador this dog was also mainly used as a companion.
Vizslas are Velcro Dogs due to their snuggly, affectionate and cuddly nature. It is, therefore, not a surprise that these breeds made such a perfect match for each other.
However, we would not have this mix today because after the second world war the Vizsla almost went extinct but was saved by people that smuggled him to other European countries and the United States.
Other Vizsla mixes
- American Staffordshire Terrier Vizsla mix.
- Vizsla Weimaraner mix.
- German Wirehaired Pointer Vizsla mix.
6 Vizsla Lab mix fun facts
- This mix is very adaptable and suitable for most households and lifestyles from apartments to farms.
- The Labrala is not recognized by any of the major kennel clubs but is recognized by the Dog Registry of America.
- These mixes are very fast, a trait they acquired from the Hungarian Vizsla. They can hit speed upwards of 35 miles an hour.
- Vizsladors are great swimmers and can have webbed feet which help them swim faster.
- These dogs are great service, guides, and therapy dogs.
- A Labrador was once made a governor back in 1981.
The Azawakh is another super fast dog and one of the fastest. Click on the link to the guide to learn more.
Pros and cons of the Lab Vizsla mix
✔ Happy and playful.
✓ Great and patient with children.
✔ Low grooming needs.
✓ Adaptable and great for apartment living.
✗ Can be stubborn and challenging to train.
✘ They need a lot of exercise.
✗ Shed and are not suited for allergy sufferers.
Vizsla Lab mix appearance and characteristics
|Vizsla Lab mix summary table|
|Lifespan||10 t0 14 years|
|Breed Type||Mixes and more|
|Suitable For||All families|
|Color Variations||Black, Rust-brown, Yellow, Red, Fawn, Cream, Golden|
|Health concerns||Gastric Torsion, Congenital Eye problems, Epilepsy, Hip, and Elbow dysplasia|
|Temperament||Sociable, Easygoing, Intelligent, Happy, Eager To Please, Loyal, Active, Can be stubborn|
Height and weight
The Vizsla Lab mix is a medium to large-sized dog.
When fully grown a Labrala will stand between 21 and 24 inches and weigh between 45 and 75 pounds.
The physical appearance
Labralas always seem like they are smiling at you.
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This Labrador and Hungarian Vizsla mix has a fine build and can have a stocky but athletic body. Their heads are rectangular with deep chests and solid necks.
The Vizslador mix should also have V-shaped floppy ears with a medium-sized snout with black noses.
These dogs have alert eyes that can range in color from dark brown to amber. However, some puppies can be born with blue eyes which may eventually turn orange-yellow as they age.
Coat appearance and shedding
The Vizsla Lab mix coat can be short to medium in length and should be straight and smooth to touch.
However, this mixed dog has a double coat and will shed moderately throughout the year with two annual blowouts. He is also not suitable for allergy sufferers.
This Labrala mix can inherit colors and color combinations from either of the parents.
The most common Vizsla Lab mix colors are;
Vizslador temperament and personality traits
The Vizsla Lab mix is a loving, active, intelligent, and energetic designer dog.
This mixed dog will love nothing more than being next to you snuggling, cuddling, and going for adventures.
He can also be super clingy, following you wherever you go.
This strong bond and attachment to his owners and other family members also mean that he should not be left alone for extended periods.
He will also need to be socialized from an early age as he can be skittish and takes time to warm up to people.
The Vizslador mix is also protective but not aggressive.
Boredom can also cause problems with this dog as he can get destructive. The best way to deal with this is through regular exercise and play.
Is the Vizsla Lab mix a good family dog?
Yes, the Vizsla Lab Mix is an exceptional family dog that is good and patient with children and other pets alike.
How much do Lab Vizsla Mix puppies cost?
A Vizsla Lab mix puppy cost around $800 on average but the price can vary between $600 to upwards of $2500 depending, on the location, the breeder, pedigree, and other cost factors.
You should also consider this dog’s medical expenses that could add up to $1000 annually.
Finding a Vizslador
Vizsla Lab mix dogs have litters of between 3 to 7 puppies that take around 18 months to reach maturity. However, some of these puppies can take up to 24 months to reach full size.
You must find a reputable and responsible breeder when you are searching for this mix.
Here is a guide on how you can find a good and reputable breeder.
After finding a reputable breeder, wait until the puppy is about 8 weeks old before taking him home.
You can also check around local or regional shelters to adopt this dog. Adoption is a great option as it is cheaper and in most cases, you get a dog with basic house and obedience training.
After adoption takes time to bond with the dog as you give him a home he can be happy at.
How to take care of a Lab Vizsla mix
1. How to groom
These dogs have short coats that don’t need lots of grooming to stay in the best condition.
However, because this dog sheds, he will need his coat brushed at least 3 times a week to get rid of dead hair to reduce shedding.
Regular bathing will not be needed but should only be done when it is necessary such as when he gets dirty or smelly. Bath the dog once a month.
The Vizsla Lab mix is sometimes known to groom himself and is an exceptionally clean dog. Therefore, keep his nails short by trimming them to aid in self-grooming.
The ears will also need to clean and dental care is equally as important.
Visit our Labrador grooming guide and learn to groom this dog step by step.
2. Labrala exercise requirements
These are high-energy and active mixed dog breeds that will need to be exercised regularly.
He will need at least 60 minutes of daily physical and mental stimulation. This can be achieved through daily walks and play sessions which should also include mentally stimulating games such as puzzles.
The Vizslador also has a high affinity for water and swimming is a great way to exercise him.
You also have the option to take this dog for hikes and other competitive games such as agility. Energy-intensive games can tire this pooch and prevent him from getting bored.
|Daily Exercise Requirements|
|Number of walks||2 (30 minutes each)|
3. How to feed the Vizsla Lab mix
This mixed dog will need a diet formulated for a medium to a large-sized dog that is rich in proteins.
Protein-based products should be the main ingredients of this canine’s diet. It will aid in the dog’s development, repair of muscles, and also provide the dog with energy.
The diet should not have any artificial fillers that can affect the dog’s diet.
It is also crucial that you meet this dog’s calorie requirements. A general rule of thumb is to give him 30 calories for every pound that he weighs.
|Vizslador Daily Food Consumption|
|Cups of Kibble||~3|
This dog is prone to suffering from bloat and you should split the meals into 2 or 3 daily portions.
Never free-feed this designer dog.
If you have any problems with choosing the right diet for this dog, you should visit your vet for some recommendations.
4. How to train a Labrala
The Vizsla Lab mix is an eager to please and intelligent dog that is very trainable.
Training is very important because this canine’s high energy and hyperactivity can become a problem for some. It can get out of control which can make handling this dog a challenge.
However, training this dog can be challenging as he sometimes has a stubborn streak.
But with patience and consistency, Vizslador puppies will pick up new commands and tricks quickly. You should also be firm and establish yourself as the leader keeping the training sessions short.
What you should not do is shout or use any aversive training methods that could make things worse for you.
Socialization is also important and part of the training. This will involve introducing this dog to many people, environments, and other animals.
Known health concerns
Labrala is a fairly healthy dog and it can even be argued that he is healthier than the purebred parents.
However, he is also susceptible to health problems common with the parent breeds such as;
- Hip and Elbow dysplasia
- Gastric Torsion (bloat)
- Congenital Eye problems
How long does the Vizla Lab mix live?
The Vizsla Lab mix has a lifespan of between 10 and 14 years.
The Hungarian Vizsla Lab mix does great in most households and is a very adaptable dog. He is very cuddly and loves to be around those he loves.
Vizslador mixes are loyal, protective, and playful balls of energy. They require a lot of daily physical stimulation to keep them in shape and from becoming destructive.
Overall they are a fairly easy breed to take care of.
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