Let’s set the record straight: Huskies will forever be the best dog breed. BUT… there is always room for improvement. This is where the Husky Lab mix comes into play.
Putting a Labrador Retriever and a Siberian Husky in one dog brings about one of the best crossbreed dogs ever. It is amazingly cute, active, and affectionate.
If you have a deep love for the energetic traits of the Lab and the playful, stubborn Husky, then this mix breed may be the best for you.
You will probably get the most of both dogs in just one. You will feel more love, appreciation from the Husky Lab mix than any other one. He is just purely bred to care for you as much as you care for him.
But, let’s leave his traits for later in the article. We will discuss those at length below.
For now, let’s talk more about the breed and its history.
The Siberian Retriever Parents
Before talking about the Siberian Retriever himself, you need to know more about his parents.
After all, he is most likely going to take after one or both of them. So, knowing a little about the purebred parents may help in understanding the temperament that your mixed dog may have as he grows up.
America’s most loved dog breed for many, many decades is the Labrador Retriever. He is an awesome dog that is made especially to have a big heart.
The Lab was bred, at first, to be a working dog. Of course, it is clear that he loves to retrieve things. Otherwise, it wouldn’t make sense to name him something he isn’t, would it? (Wink Wink, Australian Shepherd)
If you want a dog to catch anything that you throw and bring back just so you can do it again, then get yourself a Retriever. He will run as fast as he can to catch that ball, stick, RC, or anything you play with. He has a strong bite though.
So, whichever toy you play with and that your dog loves more than any other, you better have more ready to bring out. Usually, he will tear any toy in a couple of days. He loves to chew on anything, loves being with you at all times and won’t leave your side in times of weakness.
In fact, the Labrador Retriever is one of the most famous companion dogs because of how loving they are.
More information about the Lab here.
The Siberian Husky
Well, not as quite loving as the Labrador, but the Siberian Husky is still the best dog there is. (At least for me. And that’s not an argument you’re going to win.)
He is a stubborn, independent dog that was bred to have more energy and strength than what his medium-built body may show. Coming from the deepest parts of snowy Siberia, the Husky was bred to drag sledges across long miles in extreme weather.
He is one of the most famous and reliable dog breeds in the cold areas. However, his independent temperament makes him a tough breed to keep in check. He loves to play, run, and most importantly, talk back.
If you think you can make a Husky do something he does not like without hearing about it, think again. He is a notorious talker, and whatever he thinks about, he will let you know as soon as it crosses his mind.
More about my favorite dog breed here.
Who is The Siberian Retriever?
Now that you have an idea about the parents of this crossbreed, you can start making an assumption about the mix itself.
Understandably, you’ll think that he takes from the best sides of both parents. Unfortunately, there is no telling exactly what he will be like.
What is sure, however, is that he will be a loving and loyal dog. The Siberian Retriever is a dog that loves his owners, protects them, and wakes them up in the morning to play.
While the Siberian Husky is not the best guard dog, the Labrador Retriever side of the mix covers that up. So, he will be more attentive than your average Husky, but less skeptic of the outside world.
He may be wary of the strangers, but he won’t hesitate to make the first contact out of curiosity and love. Still, he will always be at your side, ready for any command.
HE IS NOT A LABRADOR HUSKY
Before moving on to the list you are here to read, it is important to point out a common mistake that many make.
The Siberian Retriever is NOT a Labrador Husky. While you may find different names for this mix, one of them is definitely not “Labrador Husky”. This name is kept for the purebred that it refers to.
Yes, there is a purebred dog named Labrador Husky, and he comes from Labrador, Canada. He looks as big as the Labrador but is as stubborn as the Siberian Husky.
Unfortunately, some mixed breed Husky Labs do look similar to the Labrador Husky. However, that does not mean that they are the same dog.
If you have a dog that looks similar to both dogs and are not sure which breed or crossbreed he is, then a DNA test may be your best option.
Let us know the results in the comments down below!
List of Facts about the Husky Lab Mix
It’s time to get to know more about the Siberian Retriever.
Strap in, ladies and gentlemen. You are in for a nice treat!
1. Problems Bathing? No More
I have not had a discussion with a dog owner who has not complained about bathing their dogs. Simply put, it is a nightmare getting your dog in a bath, especially when they start whining about it. Your heart just starts to melt.
However, the Siberian Retriever saves you all of this trouble. He loves to play with water, no specification whether shampoo is involved. If there is a place with water and he is allowed to jump in, he will do it. Add treats, and you got yourself a happy puppy taking a shower.
It is important to note that you should be using dog shampoo, and only give a bath to your dog every once in a long while. Excessive bathing may hurt their skin.
2. He Plays Well with Everyone
In very few occasions it was reported that a Siberian Retriever hurt another animal. And in no case was it reported that the animal hurt another house pet.
He plays well with all your cats and birds and lizards too. There is no issue there, as long as no one is taking his food. He will chase your cat around, have a short wrestling match, and the cat will win every time.
An adult Siberian Retriever will play gently with smaller dogs in the park. He will roughen up the play with larger ones. All in all, he will adapt his play depending on the size of whom he is playing with.
3. He Acknowledges Your Leadership
The most common issue a dog owner has is making sure that his dog(s) understands that he is the leader of the pack. This is even more problematic with large dogs as they insist on being the alpha males.
The Siberian Retriever has that nature toned down. He quickly understands that you are the leader and follows your commands easily. You won’t have to force him into obedience when it is necessary.
Of course, just like his Husky parent, he is playful and independent. This means that he will defy your leadership every once in a while, but that’s just to keep you alert. He will play more roughly with you than with others.
That is just the Husky Lab mix way of telling you he loves and respects you more than anyone else.
4. He Lives A Long Healthy Life
For a dog his size, the Siberian Retriever defies all odds and lives up to 15 years of human age. He will enjoy running, climbing, and all outdoor activities. If it includes snow, it is even better.
If you have more than one pet at home, that is just cherry on top.
Kids? He will love and protect them at all costs. He will make sure that your family has 15 years of fun, love, and care.
All he asks for in return is food, shelter, and a couple of hours daily to walk, exercise and play outside.
Of course, as a dog owner, that is something you already provide. Add a bit of love and games to the mix, and you have yourself a perfect relationship with your dog.
5. He Is A Big Dog
Size-wise, the Siberian Retriever takes mainly from his Labrador Retriever parent. He can grow up to 60 pounds and measure at 25 inches tall.
Ain’t that big?
He will acknowledge his size after one or two years. In his puppyhood, he will always think that he is bigger than he actually is. When he matures, he will think that he is smaller than he is (hence, keep an eye on him around smaller pets during this stage).
But as soon as he grows to be 2 years old, he will understand that he is a big fella. He will act accordingly, caring for you, your family, and your other pets.
6. Majestic Is the Word
Most people know a Siberian Husky from those sky blue eyes that shine from anywhere in the room. The crossbreed of a Husky and a Labrador Retriever is likely to have those similar eyes as well.
Sometimes, it may even have the iconic different eye color. You know you love snow dogs for that particular reason, don’t you?
As for the coat color, it can be any variation from either or both parents. It can be gold, chocolate, plain white or plain black. The only way to know the possible color of your unborn Siberian Retriever is if you look at his parents.
You can make a safe assumption that way. But it may surprise you still.
He has a double-coat which can be short to medium length and is almost certainly silky. He stands on pretty long legs, and has a curled tail just like his parents.
In other words, The Siberian Retriever is a majestic dog.
Oh! I forgot! He hates ants! Watch this fun video to see what I’m talking about.
7. Hyperactivity Is Almost Inevitable
When you start crossbreeding, you are looking to tone a few traits of a dog down and increase some of them.
I am not sure if this is why two decades ago breeders came up with the idea of mixing a Siberian Husky and a Labrador Retriever.
This crossbreed is understandably one of the most active ones. The Siberian Retriever loves to play a lot, and you should be ready for that.
He loves to run, hike, and catch anything that you send flying as far as you can. He needs exercise daily, and for a good stretch of time as well.
In short, if you are a lazy person, then you either have chosen the wrong dog, or you are about to change your life. With a Siberian Retriever in the house, there is no dull moment.
He will relax inside, no rough play, no demolition of the house. But that is under one condition only:
He gets enough play time outside of the house.
Or, if you follow these 5 tips here.
8. Easy to Train
The Siberian Husky is one of the most difficult dogs to train. By contrast, the Labrador Retriever is one of the easiest.
In a perfect world, your Siberian Retriever will have an easy to moderate level of difficulty when it comes to training.
Usually, the basic commands are easily trained, especially with a treat in your hand for the first couple of weeks.
However, as easy as it is to train this dog, you will be required to have more advanced tricks under your sleeve. Once he gets bored with the ‘play dead’ games, he will start demanding more tricks to learn.
He wants to impress you, and you should be ready to be impressed. It does not hurt to read about and watch advanced dog training courses. They will make your bond as human and best friend even more special.
9. Health Concerns
Well, on with the less fun part of this article.
Fortunately, there are no health problems that are specific to this crossbreed.
However, it is important to know his parents’ medical history. Most health issues are likely to be inherited and out of your control.
Of course, we advise buying your puppy from a responsible breeder. The latter should be able to provide you with all the information needed for his parents. Shady breeders will try to ask for a lesser price to get you to buy.
For the sake of the dog, and all dogs, please do not buy!
It goes without saying that this does not apply to adoption. Most of the time, dogs are rescued with no known history of the parents. So, you are rolling the dice, but you are saving a life.
PLEASE always consider adoption!
10. Grooming a Siberian Retriever
Like his parents, he has a lot of hair to leave behind.
He does not shed excessively. Daily brushing should help you keep this hurricane of fur at a minimum. He is a heavy shedder when seasons change. So, a vacuum should be around the house to help with all that fur.
He is easy to clean, though. Of course, bathing has been covered. Teeth and nails can be part of your obedience training. And you can get help from professionals if you are uncomfortable doing that.
11. He Loves His Food
I quickly glanced over this above.
The Siberian Retriever loves his food and will protect it aggressively sometimes. He does not like to share it with others.
If you have other dogs at the house, then making sure that they eat at a safe distance from each other will help a lot. While he loves to play around with all his family members, he won’t play around with food.
And that includes you as well. You will need to pick food that your dog loves and needs. We have covered what the Husky loves to eat in an article here. If your dog has a tendency to be picky, then these may help.
The Siberian Retriever is one of the best crossbreeds out there. He is very loving, caring, playful, intelligent, independent, and stubborn. This is a crazy mix of traits that makes him a special dog to own.
You should now have a lot of information about this crossbreed.
Let us know down below what you think. Tell us more about this dog and share with us your pictures!
Also, can you guess how many times I’ve mistakenly written ‘Siberian Husky’ when I wanted to say ‘Siberian Retriever”? Let me know below!