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Lab’Aire (Lab Airedale Mix): Pictures, Care Guide, Temperament & Traits

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By Kerry-Ann Kerr

Parent breeds of the Lab'Aire (Lab Airedale Mix)

The Lab’Aire is the result of crossing a Labrador Retriever with an Airedale Terrier. It can be tricky to determine what you’re going to get from a mixed breed, as they can be either like one parent or the other or a mix of the two. If you’re considering getting a Lab’Aire but want to know more about them, we have you covered. Let’s dive right in!

Height: 22–24 inches
Weight: 50–70 pounds
Lifespan: 10–13 years
Colors: Black, brown, gray, fawn
Suitable for: Single people, families, older children
Temperament: Smart, friendly, confident, protective

While we can’t always be certain what we’ll get with a mixed breed, we can take an educated guess by examining the parent breeds. Labradors were the most popular dogs in the U.S. for 31 years until this year, when the French Bulldog took the top spot. They’re outgoing, friendly, and good-natured. The Airedale is the largest of Terriers and is known as the “King of Terriers.” They are playful, bold, and occasionally stubborn. So, it won’t surprise you to discover that the Lab’Aire can inherit those traits.

Lab’Aire Characteristics


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Lab’Aire Breed Puppies

While Labrador Retrievers are incredibly popular, Airedale Terriers are pretty rare. This means Lab’Aire puppies will be tricky to find. It also means they’re expensive, and waiting times can be long.

If you find one, expect the puppies to be energetic and mischievous, just like their parent breeds. You might get lucky and find one in a shelter, but take the proper precautions if you find a breeder. You want to pick a high-quality breeder who will show you where their puppies are raised and provide health documents. This will guarantee the puppies and parents are well cared for.

Parent breeds of the Lab'Aire (Lab Airedale Mix)
Image Credit: Left – Alexander Rim, Shutterstock | Right – otsphoto, Shutterstock

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Temperament & Intelligence of the Lab’Aire 🧠

Lab’Aire dogs are protective, intelligent, and outgoing. They are affectionate, particularly with their families, and are incredibly loyal to those they love. But as we said, sometimes puppies in the same litter will differ from one another if they favor one parent over the other. If they take after the Lab side of their parentage, they will be slightly calmer than littermates that take after the Airedale side. Terriers are known for being determined and feisty, and the Airedale is no different.

But both dogs are energetic and intelligent; they love having a job to do. Lab’Aires are known for being athletic and people-orientated. You will need to ensure they are mentally and physically stimulated, or else they can exhibit undesirable behaviors, such as digging, barking, and destroying furniture. However, they can be trained to be excellent watchdogs, and they will let you know if anyone is nearby.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪

Lab’Aires are excellent family dogs and love spending time with their humans. They thrive in family life and enjoy entertaining children, but like all dogs, they will need supervision as even the most trustworthy pet can still be unpredictable. They do best with older children as their Terrier side can make them nippy if they get annoyed, and they use their mouths frequently when playing.

This is not a breed that tolerates rough play or feisty young children. If you consider bringing this breed into your family, you must be active enough to fulfill their needs.

Does This Breed Get Along With Other Pets?

The Lab’Aire can be taught to get along with other dogs and smaller pets with proper training and socialization. However, they can be aggressive without it, thanks to the Terrier side of their parentage.

Airedales were bred to hunt and fend off other animals, and this instinct can make them unpredictable when it comes to smaller animals like cats and rodents. Labrador Retrievers are friendly and gentle, and their side of the mixed breed will be diluted somewhat. If you bring a Lab’Aire into a home with other pets, introduce everyone gradually and supervise interactions.

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Things to Know When Owning a Lab’Aire:

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

The Lab’Aire doesn’t require a specialized diet, but as an energetic breed, they need a high-quality diet to keep up with all the calories they burn daily. Labs have a reputation for eating until they are sick, and you must monitor how much they eat instead of allowing them to free-feed. This is generally a better way to feed your dog, as it will enable you to monitor any changes they might display through eating habits.

Exercise 🐕

The Lab’Aire requires around 60 minutes of exercise and playtime daily, which can be split into two walks and play sessions. Playtime is incredibly important since they are intelligent dogs and need something to stimulate their minds. Failure to do so will result in destructive and undesirable behaviors developing as they try to cope with the lack of mental stimulation. Lab’Aires enjoy hiking, running, agility training, and fetching.

Training 🎾

Training is crucial for the Lab’Aire, but how easy it will be depends very much on which parent they take after. Labs are known for being eager to please. The Airedale, on the other hand, has a stubborn streak that can make training challenging.

You must be confident and set clear boundaries, or the Lab’Aire will dominate the household. Positive reinforcement will keep your dog engaged and more eager to learn, as harsh corrections will just shut them down. If you are struggling with training yourself, you can hire a dog trainer who can help guide you through your training journey.

Grooming ✂️

The grooming requirements of the Lab’Aire depend on which parent they take after. Labrador Retrievers are heavy shedders, but the Airedale Terrier barely sheds and has a dense, wiry coat. However, it’s best to brush your dog’s coat every day to remove loose fur and debris. If your Lab’Aire has more of a Terrier coat, they’ll need their fur trimmed every 4 to 6 weeks.

Bathing should be done as needed, but wiping your Lab’Aire down with a wet cloth or doggy wipe is generally enough. As with all dogs, you must take care of their nails. If you aren’t feeling confident about doing it yourself, many professional groomers will cut your dog’s nails at the same time they cut their fur.

You should invest in doggy toothpaste and a toothbrush since your pup’s dental health affects their overall health and well-being. You must also check and clean their ears every 6 to 12 weeks.

Health and Conditions ❤️

Labradors and Airedales are both considered to be relatively healthy, but there are still some conditions they are prone to. That is why it is so vital that you take your time when picking a reputable breeder, as breeding from unhealthy parents can lead to unhealthy puppies.

Minor Conditions
  • Cataracts
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Obesity
  • Hypothyroidism
Serious Conditions
  • Bloat (Gastric Torsion)
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Hip Dysplasia

Male vs. Female

The only difference between male and female Lab’Aires is that the females tend to be smaller. There aren’t any differences in temperament or health that would affect your decision about which to get.


3 Little-Known Facts About the Lab’Aire

1. They’re a Bit of a Mystery

Lab’Aires only recently emerged onto the scene in the 2000s, so there is still a lot that we don’t know about this breed.

2. They’re Scruffy

The Lab’Aire often has wiry fur and can inherit bushy eyebrows from the Airedale, which gives them a lovable, ragged appearance.

3. They Can Be Excellent Watchdogs

Although friendly Labs can make terrible guard dogs, Airedale Terriers are famous for their guarding skills. With the proper training, the Lab’Aire can be an excellent watchdog; thankfully, a loud bark is sometimes enough to scare someone away!

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Final Thoughts

Mixed-breed dogs are always a gamble, especially when their parents have distinct personality traits. While Lab’Aires are a bit of a mystery to us, we know enough to be certain that they are ideal for active families. They require socialization and training, which is time-consuming but worth the effort.

The Lab’Aire is loving, protective, great with older children, and a fantastic watchdog. They are always up for adventure and will be the best friend you will ever have. So, if you’re here because you’re thinking of getting one, we can certainly see why!

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