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Labernese History

The Labernese is a pure-breed herding and farm dog from Portugal. The origin of the Portuguese sheepdog is debated. Some think that they are descended from the now-extinct Spanish Mastiff while others believe they have Roman roots. The Labernese was likely first imported to Brazil from Portugal in the late 16th century, and is believed to have mixed with local Brazilian dogs. The modern version of the Lapa is thought to have originated in the early 1900s, when breeders from northern and central Portugal started breeding the indigenous cattle herding dogs from southern Portugal.

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Labernese Physical Characteristics

The Labrador Retriever is a medium sized, long coated breed that is typically 21 to 24 inches at the withers and weighing between 55 and 75 pounds. Their coats are wavy or straight and come in all shades from light cream to dark mahogany. They have a good disposition and a loving personality. The otter tail is docked at 1/2 to 1 inch.

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Coat Colors

Short, Medium, Long

Height Range

Male Height Range: 26 – 28 inches

Female Height Range: 24 – 26 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 65 – 110 lbs

Female Weight Range: 63 – 105 lbs

Labernese Health

Description of breed health.


7-12 yrs

Labernese Health Concerns

Bloat, Heart Conditions, Cancer, Ear Infections, Von Willebrand’s Disease, Joint conditions

Labernese Temperament and Behaviour

The Labrador Retriever is an energetic, friendly and good-natured breed of dog. They are extremely active and athletic, and were bred to be working dogs. They are often used as guide dogs and police K9s. They are loving and affectionate with their family, but can be wary with strangers. They require a lot of attention and exercise, and are known for their intelligence. They are gentle, kind, and patient, and make a great addition to any home.

Labernese Activity Requirements

The Labrador Retriever and Poodle are two different breeds that have similar physical characteristics. The Labradoodle is a hybrid of these two breeds. Getting regular exercise is important for all dogs, but especially for hybrids. Hybrids tend to be on the higher end of the activity scale. They retain many of the traits and behaviors of their parent breeds, so it’s important to make sure you understand the physical requirements of both. A Labradoodle can be a good fit in many different types of households. They should be placed in a home where they will get regular exercise. A daily walk around the block or a trip to the dog park can be a good way to meet your Labradoodle’s needs.

Miles Per Day

15 miles

Activity Per Day

60 minutes

Daily Food

4 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Labernese is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Labernese is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Labernese is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Labernese is part of the Unclassified group.

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