Welcome to your complete guide to the Pyrenees Labrador Retriever or Pyrador Mix!
This mixture is sometimes referred to as “Lapyrenees”, “Pyrelab” or “Labrenees”.
In this guide we are going to discuss a few things:
- the differences between the Labrador Retriever and the Great Pyrenees
- How a Pyrador will look and normally behave
- possible health problems
- how to buy or adopt a Pyrador
Designer Dog Controversy – Pros And Cons Of Hybrid Dogs
Hybrids are sometimes referred to as “designer dogs” because of their unusual ancestry and lack of purebred status.
Some people mistakenly believe that hybrids are inbreeding and/or being plundered by health problems because they are a combination of breeds.
How are healthy hybrids made?
Healthy mutt is achieved by crossing two healthy (usually genetically tested) purebred dogs of different breeds with each other.
Then they breed the first generation offspring with unrelated dogs of the same combination or breed as either of the parents.
The resulting generation is usually crossed with unrelated dogs of the same generation or an earlier generation.
The above practice ensures the passage of good genes without inbreeding, which actually leads to health problems.
(In this “article, Erl will create the hybrid offspring of certain breed combinations and the creation of future generations with dogs from different families.>
In addition, purebred dogs have health problems just like mothers.
It depends on the following:
- the health of the breeding herd that begins and maintains the line
- the conditions under which the parents and offspring are kept
- whether or not inbreeding is used to produce second and older generations
If you continue to breed dogs with known health problems, it will always result in more dogs with health problems.
It doesn’t matter if they’re purebred or a mutt.
For more information, see our article on Purebred vs. Mutts.
What is a Pyrador?
A Parador is a crossbreed dog that was bred as a purebred Labrador retriever with the polar bear dog, the large and majestic Pyrenees (also called the Pyrenees Mountain Dog in Great Britain).
Pyradors are from working and herding dogs, but the mix was bred to be a companion dog.
Let’s take a look at the origins of half a Lab, half a Pyrenean dog!
Origin of the laboratory
The Labrador Retriever is native to Newfoundland, Canada, where small dogs were trained to fetch waterfowl.
Later these dogs were crossed with Newfoundland to create the classic labrador of today.>
The American Kennel Club (AKC) accepted the Labrador Retriever as a member of the sports group in 1917.
Today Labradors still make excellent hunting dogs and working dogs, but they are most popular as pets.
As the name suggests, the Great Pyrenees dog was bred in the Pyrenees between France and Spain.
There is evidence that these dogs were found as early as 3,000 BC. Were bred
Pyrenean dogs would protect their master’s sheep from wolves, bears, and other predators in the mountains.
Sometimes they had to stay high in the cold mountains for days, but luckily they had their signature white coats to keep them warm!
As the predators in the mountains became less and less common, the Pyrenees also shrank.
To preserve the breed, some dogs were brought to North America, where the kennels slowly rebuilt the numbers.
The American Kennel Club (AKC) officially registered the breed in 1933.
Great Pyrenees Lab mix temperament
A black Lab Pyrenees mix is one of the few lab mixes that aren’t too hyperactive.
The Labrador was bred as a working dog and the Pyrenees as a herding dog.
The mix, however, typically inherits the patience of the Pyrenees with a little playfulness from the Labrador.
However, not all Pyradors have the temperament described above.
Mixed breeds can be an equal mix of both parents, or they make more than one parent at a time.
For example, a Pyrador can be a mostly calm and patient dog with a little herd instinct, like its Pyrenees parent, or it could be a little wilder with hunting instincts, like its Labrador parent.
With all mixed-breed dogs, especially first-generation mixes, you can only make an educated guess as to how the pups will look and behave.
As mentioned earlier, a dog with strong Great Pyrenees genes may have a tendency to chase other dogs, cats, or other small animals.
This could make them difficult to keep in a multi-pet household.
In addition, they can have tendencies towards guarding and be extremely loyal to their owners and property.
They can bark and growl at someone or something that they perceive to be a threat to their home.
Therefore, a Pyrador who exhibits the qualities of the Pyrenees will benefit from obedience training and being with other people and pets from a young age.
Most Pyradors are great for kids, but we recommend that you supervise play between children and Pyradors as the size of the Pyradors can seem a little rough with young children.
On the other hand, Pyradors with stronger Labrador tendencies can be highly energetic and prone to mischief.
Unlike the Great Pyrenees, many labs don’t know a stranger and like to lick someone to death instead of protecting their home from intruders.
However, some labs are shy and can also be socialized.
If a Pyrador behaves more like a laboratory, it may be left alone for long periods of time.
The labs don’t like solitude and need a friend.
Have a dog runner let her go a few times when you can’t be home.
Labs can also be very destructive when upset or bored.
With their strong jaws, they can chew through almost anything that is not an indestructible “dog toy”.
How can you master annoying Lab traits?
For lab mixes, it is, therefore, advisable to do “crate training” if you have to be alone during the day.
It’s also a good idea to take her with you for walks, runs, and playtime to unleash her abundant energy.
You need to keep an eye on a lab that is off-leash in an open area.
His old hunting instincts can lead him to follow his nose or a tasty-looking rabbit!
However, if a Pyrador has an English lab in them, they may not inherit as much from a hunting instinct.
(You can read our entire article on the differences between American Labs and English Labs here
Any Pyrador would be better off with a fenced yard to prevent wandering after a smell or an “intruder” run away.
How big will a Pyrenees Lab mix get?
Since both parents are larger dogs, a Yellow Lab mix from Great Pyrenees definitely has some big “shoes” to fill.
According to the standard Labrador and Pyrenees sizes, a Pyrador can be anywhere from 21.5 to 32 inches tall at the shoulder.
Pyradors that go by the size of the Lab parent will be slightly smaller, while those that go by their parents in the Great Pyrenees will be the largest.
In general, women are shorter and lighter than men.
Also, Pyradors can weigh anywhere from 55 to 100 pounds, but many do not reach the full height and weight of the Pyrenees.
Great Pyrenees and laboratory mixed colors
Depending on which parent a Lab and Pyrenees mix resemble, their fur can be solid yellow, black, or chocolate like a Labrador.
Or their fur can be white or cream-colored with badger, gray, tan, or red-brown markings like in the Pyrenees.
Maintain and shed laboratory Pyrenees
A Great Pyrenees black Lab mix will have a double coat, which can be short like the lab coat or long and thick like the Pyrenees coat.
The Pyrenees shed all of their undercoats seasonally, and the lab also drops off seasonally quite a bit, so half a lab, half the great Pyrenees will definitely be a heavy offshoot.
To combat all hair, especially if a Pyrador has a long coat, you should brush a paintbrush over the coat at least once a week.
The good news is that a Pyrador with a typical Great Pyrenees coat doesn’t need much extra maintenance as their coat is tangle and dirt resistant.
Labrador Pyrenees mix health
Pyradors can develop dysplasia, eye diseases, allergies, and skin irritations in dogs.
As a hybrid, Pyradors are subject to the genetic conditions passed on from their parents.
In general, Labrador Retrievers and Great Pyrenees are prone to obesity, hip and elbow dysplasia, and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA).
For more information on the diseases and health conditions that Labrador Retrievers are prone to, see our article on Labrador Retrievers.
Pyrenees health problems
The following health conditions are common in purebred Great Pyrenees or Pyrenees Mix dogs:
- Wobbler syndrome
- Osteosarcoma (bone cancer)
- Degenerative myelopathy (hind leg paralysis)
- Congenital deafness
- Fatal heat stroke
- Hypoadrenocorticism (Addison’s disease)
- Pericardial disease
- Atrioventricular valve dysplasia
- Type I Glanzmann’s thrombasthenia
We cannot stress enough that you should buy a Pyrador from a breeder who uses genetic testing.
Knowing the genes that the breeding stock passes on to its offspring can prevent undesirable health conditions from occurring.
Great Pyrenees laboratory conditions
While the Great Pyrenees were a herding dog, the Pyrenees mix doesn’t necessarily require a large garden.
They’re usually fine if they take at least one long walk each day.
If they have a little more energy from the lab, they might need extra playtime.
That doesn’t mean a Pyrador will be happy in a small house or apartment.
Surely a big dog needs some space to move about while he’s indoors!
However, an enclosed area for a Pyrador to roam outside is a good idea.
You can inherit the laboratory’s love for sniffing.
Or they tend to have the Pyrenees have a tendency to go after people, animals, or things they see as a threat to their homeland.
How long will a Great Pyrenees Labrador live?
A Pyrador can live to be 10-12 years old.
Buy Pyrador Puppies
Before buying a Pyrador, we recommend that you research the Pyrador breeders carefully so that you are only shopping from a responsible breeder.
Responsible breeders use genetic testing to prevent undesirable traits or health conditions.
They also keep their breeding animals (and puppies) at a good weight and in clean conditions – always.
If a breeder takes any of the following actions, they may want to find a puppy elsewhere:
- is not ready to show you the entire facility
- has breeding animals or puppies that look sick
- does not use genetic testing
You don’t have to buy a puppy from a breeder to get your very own Pyrador!
Too often, adult dogs from all walks of life end up in shelters or animal rescues.
Often this is because their owners couldn’t keep them for some reason.
You can also find a Pyrador to be accepted at a rescue specific to the Pyrenees.
The Great Pyrenees Club of America has a rescue information page that you can view here
Pyrador – a summary
If you’re looking for a big dog with a patient personality or a bit of playfulness, a Pyrador might be for you!
Just make sure you have enough space for a Pyrador and an enclosed yard is a good idea too.
Pyradors are prone to obesity due to their size and slow metabolism.
Although the Labrador is a fairly healthy dog, the Great Pyrenees can pass on one or more of the various health conditions that are common in their breed.
We recommend socializing each Pyrador with new people, animals, and places to make sure they don’t develop wakefulness later on.
We hope this article helps you decide if a Pyrador is right for you!