Do Labradales Shed?

by Betty Lewis
    The Airedale terrier is the "dale" in labradale.

    The Airedale terrier is the "dale" in labradale.

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    Schnoodle, puggle, or labradale: crossing two breeds together to form a hybrid dog provides many benefits. Specific breeds of dogs have standard personality and physical traits that often play well together when they're combined. However, if you're looking for a dog that doesn't shed, you may want a stuffed animal.

    Labrador + Airedale = Labradale

    It's tough to not love a Labrador retriever; he's an outgoing dog who usually gets along with everyone and everything. However, this is a guy who sheds -- a lot. Enter the Airedale terrier, who is athletic and devoted to his family. His wiry, terrier coat sheds much less than a Labrador's coat. Pairing the two breeds together gives you a labradale, a dog that ranges in size from 21 to 24 1/2 inches at the shoulder and between 40 and 80 pounds. There's no way to know exactly how big your labradale will be, or how much he'll shed, but rest assured, he will shed. If a dog has hair, at some point, he'll lose some of it. Shedding is a natural process every dog experiences as his old, damaged hair falls out to allow for new growth. If your labradale has the coat of a Labrador, he'll likely shed much more than if he takes on the Airdale's characteristics. Regular weekly brushing can minimize the effects of shedding. Your vet or groomer can recommend the best brush for your pup, depending on whose genes won the battle of the fur coat.

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    Betty Lewis is a writer and editor specializing in pet care, animals, careers and emergency management. She previously ran an animal shelter, where she also served as a kennel attendant and dog trainer. Lewis holds a bachelor's degree in journalism, an M.B.A. and a master's degree in professional studies.

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