What Are Some Characteristics of a Whippet and Lab Mix?

A cross breed between a whippet and a Labrador retriever generally shows characteristics of both types of dogs, though one breed may come across as more dominant than the other. Both types of dogs are energetic and strong runners.

Whippets are hounds. They grow as tall as 1 foot 10 inches at the shoulder and as heavy as 48 pounds. Labradors are sporting dogs that grow significantly bigger and can be as tall as 2 feet at the shoulder and as heavy as 80 pounds. Cross breeds often look somewhat like husky whippets, though some grow big enough to be characterized as skinny Labradors in appearance.

Both types of dogs are friendly, so a whippet-Labrador mix is likely to enjoy being around people. Whippets don’t shed much, but Labradors do, so the mixed dogs usually shed moderately. Both types of dogs can jump high, so a 6-foot fence is recommended. Both types of dogs need regular exercise or they become destructive. Labradors love to eat and can become obese quickly. Whippets don’t share that tendency, but the mixed dog could be prone to obesity.

Both types of dogs are intelligent. Whippets have a sensitive temperament, and Labradors are people-pleasers, so positive reinforcement is the best method for training the cross breed. Whippets are naturally shy, while Labradors are the social butterflies of the dog world.