Every Answer to Your Questions About the Chow Lab Mix (Chabrador)

Black Chow Lab smiling at the camera

This one is just a giant puppy asking for love!

The Chow Lab is the cross between a Chow Chow and a Labrador Retriever. This crossbreed is famous for having a well-built muscular body and for being a strong dog with the temperament of both his purebred parents. Muscular and powerful, he looks dapper and will not leave you indifferent to his charm.

Loyal, calm, and sweet-tempered, this mixed breed is the perfect companion. The Chabrador is a gem that is still quite unknown in the dog world. Playful and active, the Chow Lab mix will never say no to a game of fetch or a nice long walk around the neighborhood.

But first, before learning more about the Chabrador, let’s take a look at his purebred parents, shall we?

Who are the Chabrador’s purebred parents?

Before discovering more about any mixed breed, we must first learn about the purebred parents. Not only will this help us imagine what this dog might look like, it also gives us an idea about his temperament.

In the Chow Lab mix case, his purebred parents are completely different dogs when it comes to behavior. And this is exactly what makes him such an interesting pooch.

So, let’s learn more about the Chabrador’s parents: The Chow Chow and the Labrador Retriever.

The Chow Chow

white chow chow in the snow

Look at this beauty!

The Chow Chow is best described as a cat in the body of a dog. Independent and fiercely wary of strangers, he carries himself with pride. He is not the cuddliest dog around, so if you are looking for a dog to hold during lonely nights, forget about the Chow Chow.

Maybe the most surprising thing at first about the Chow Chow is his peculiar appearance. He has a large head, deep-set eyes, and a lion-like mane. All of these characteristics give this breed an impressive look. No one can say that the Chow Chow is boring looking.

The Chow Chow has the appeal of a teddy bear, and it is quite difficult not to want to cuddle him when you see him at first. But be careful, this dog is aloof to strangers, and he is fiercely independent. He was first bred in China, where he was kept in imperial kennels. And the Chow Chow definitely has the nobility to go with the blood and history of his royal ancestors.

Quiet and attentive, the Chow Chow is extremely loyal to the people he loves, even though he doesn’t like showing it. He’s not the type of dog who likes to be hugged or cuddled, he has too much pride for that (or so I’d like to believe). Because he is highly protective and territorial, the Chow Chow will not tolerate strangers coming into his house, especially if he senses danger coming from them.

The Chow Chow is not a very speedy dog, mostly because of how he is built and how his body works. So, if you need a jogging buddy, it would be better to choose another breed, such as the Australian Shepherd.

As long as you treat your Chow Chow right, he will love you and protect you, sometimes over his own life. He is a proud and independent dog, and he commands respect from everyone around him. But, he also gives it, and this is what makes this dog so noble.

If you wish to learn more about the Chow Chow, click here.

The Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever in a field

Isn’t he just magnificent?

The Labrador Retriever is America's original sweetheart. With his good looks and friendly behavior, he makes an excellent family dog and gets along with children and elderly people alike. Playful and affectionate, the Labrador Retriever has an easy-going personality and a gentle temperament, which makes him a favorite among dogs and humans.

But, that Labrador Retriever isn't just that. He is actually a secret badass who excels in competitive sports. This is mostly due to his muscular and athletic body. His high intellect and good-natured personality make him fairly easy to train as well.

Because he has always been devoted and people-oriented, the Labrador Retriever has always had a job. He is a working dog as well as a companion dog, and so, a tired Labrador Retriever is a happy one. If you have one, you should always make sure to give him something to do around the house. If you don’t do that, your Labrador Retriever might get bored and start destroying your shoes, furniture, and your children’s toys, just so he can have something to do.

The Labrador Retriever needs a lot of exercise and game time. He enjoys nothing more than running around a big backyard with children at his toes. So, if you have a small apartment, forget about adopting this dog, because the Labrador Retriever needs space, and a lot of it.

One thing that the Labrador Retriever can't do though is be a good watchdog. When he sees a stranger, he never sees a threat. Instead, he sees a new friend to play around with, and this is not going to cut it when he meets a burglar. He'll probably lead them all the way to where your valuables are and watch them take everything while waiting to get a treat for being such a good boy.

All in all, the Labrador Retriever is a beautiful doggo with a heart of gold and the personality of a giant puppy. Even when mixed with other breeds (such as the Boxer or the Husky), the mixed breed retains this dog’s gentle and kind nature.

The Labrador Retriever is beautiful, loving, friendly and affectionate, and he definitely deserves a family who will treat him well and shower him with love.

If you wish to learn more about the Labrador Retriever, click here.

Now that we have learned more information about the Chow Lab mix’s purebred parents, let’s discover more about this fascinating and peculiar mixed breed.

So, the question here is: who is the Chow Lab mix?

Of course, we already know that the Chabrador is a mix between the fiercely independent Chow Chow and the overly friendly Labrador Retriever. But, in this section, we will answer your most burning questions:

What does a Chabrador look like?

How do you groom him?

What’s his personality like?

Is he easy to train?

Does he need a lot of exercise?

What should you feed your Chabrador?

And finally, is he prone to any serious health issues that you should know of?

Let's start at the beginning, folks! Buckle up, this is going to be a wild ride!

So, what does the Chabrador look like, really?

black Chow Lab outside

This baby just melts my heart!

One of the things that we all know about mixed breeds is that it is impossible to predict their looks as adults. Their coat’s color might change, and they probably will take from one parent more than the other. The Chow Lab mix isn’t an exception to this rule, though there are certain characteristics that he will probably have.

The Chow Lab mix will almost always have a beautiful set of deep friendly eyes, extremely furry ears, and a dark blue tongue (which is one of the Chow Chow’s most famous characteristics).

Usually, the Chow Lab mix has the Labrador Retriever’s head, and his body is muscular, quite compact, and well-built. His coat is usually thick, just like the Chow Chow’s, and comes in a range of several colors. Your mixed breed’s coat could be cream, golden, red, fawn, black, brown, or even a dark chocolate shade (this is making me hungry goddamnit!)

The Chabrador is definitely on the larger side of the scale, and his height usually ranges from 18 to 24 inches. The weight doesn’t vary much either, as your Chow Lab mix will weigh between 50 and 70 pounds, even though some of these dogs have been known to be larger.

How to groom your Chabrador?

Grooming your Chabrador will depend on how thick and long his coat is. This usually depends on which side of his parents he has taken off more. If your Chow Lab mix is more Labrador, then he will definitely need less grooming. But, even with that, your Chabrador’s coat will still need to be regularly brushed. Because his hair is so thick, it might mat easily, and trying to get rid of tangles will only hurt your dog’s skin.

As for bathing, you will need to give your dog a bath every one or two months. It all depends on how dirty your dog’s coat gets. Using a shampoo specially made for dogs is the best way to make sure your dog’s fur is clean and his skin is healthy. Don’t forget about trimming your dog’s nails and cleaning his ears (at least once a week) either.

What will your Chow Lab mix’s personality and temperament be like?

Black Chow Lab seen from the side

This is one giant fluffy dog!

Since the parents of this breed have completely different temperaments, it is quite difficult to guess on which side your Chow Lab mix will lean more.

In general, this mixed breed is friendly, loving, and affectionate. This makes this dog a perfect companion for lonely people. Sweet and calm, the Chabrador is an extremely loyal dog who will do anything for the people he loves.

Usually, the Chow Lab mix is good around children and other pets, but if and only if he takes more of his traits from his Labrador Retriever parent. If you Chabrador leans more to his Chow Chow side, then he will be crazy independent, wary of strangers, and will not like other animals. He will also have a fierce territorial instinct.

Nonetheless, the Chow Lab mix is a loyal companion to the people he lives with. Even though he might display independent behavior, he will still want you to accompany him when he wants to play around.

Because of how big he is, the Chabrador needs a lot of space, preferably a house with a large backyard where he can run around and spend his energy.

Is your Chow Lab mix easy to train?

Training your Chabrador should be a big part of your life with him. Because of his genetics, he can be stubborn and territorial. This means that you have to spend a serious amount of time training and socializing your Chow Lab mix. And this is especially important if you want to be able to have other pets or people around the house.

Always start training your dog when he's a puppy. Obedience training, as well as housebreaking, are important, but socialization is truly the most important part of training a Chabrador, especially if he resembles his Chow Chow parent in behavior.

If you are not sure how to start training your mixed breed pup, then the best solution would be to take him to a professional trainer who will know what to do in this case.

One good thing about the Chow Lab mix is that he is extremely smart, which means that he will not need a lot of practice to learn whatever you train him to do.

Does he need exercise?

Like any other large breed, the Chow Lab mix needs a lot of exercise to be happy. Because of their size, Chabradors are most like to suffer from obesity. This means that they need a lot of exercise to burn their daily intake of calories, and so, a long walk or a good jogging session is the way to do. This is also good for your dog psyche, as exercise keeps him busy, and stops him from getting bored too fast.

The Chow Lab mix is an outdoors kind of dog and loves being in open spaces. So, take him to parks as much as you can, and let him run around your backyard. This dog also likes nothing more than playing games with his owner, so a game of Frisbee or fetch every now and then will definitely not hurt.

What should you feed your Chabrador?

Both the Chabrador’s purebred parents are prone to overeating and obesity, which means that you will have to closely monitor your dog’s food intake. It is quite easy to overfeed a dog with treats and snacks, so make sure to create a diet plan for your best friend and stick to it.

4 to 5 cups of high-quality dry dog food are the way to go with this mixed breed. Make it 3 or 4 feedings a day so that your dog can feel satisfied. If you want to hive your Chabrador treats, skip the commercial stuff, and go for fruits and vegetables.

If you still don’t know what to feed your Chow Lab mix, see with your veterinarian.

Finally, what health issues could make your Chow Lab mix’s life more difficult?

Even if your dog is a mixed breed, he can still be prone to some diseases and health issues he might inherit from his purebred parents. Some of these health issues are:

Usually though, if you exercise your Chow Lab mix dog well, keep him on a healthy diet, and take him to the vet for his regular check-ups and shots, he should be all right. A healthy Chabrador will live up to 13 years, sometimes even longer.


The Chow Lab mix is a beautiful dog with a complicated personality. Independent and loyal at the same time, he demands respect and care and will need you to be strong and firm with him. He is quite expensive to purchase since you'd have to pay a breeder 600$ to 1000$ to acquire a Chabrador pup. But, believe me, he is totally worth it!

About the Author Houda Laabadi

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