As with most hybrids, Doberdors also have the same life expectancy as their parents did, which is around 10 to 12 years. Although given proper care in their later years, they can be around for a little longer than that.
Common Health Issues
Fortunately, Doberman Lab Mixes have very few health issues, and most of them tend to be age-related. As puppies, they are very healthy and energetic dogs and will only require healthy food and a lot of room to exercise.
That being said, it’s still important to take your pet to your vet regularly, even as a puppy. This way, they can eliminate or catch the early signs of any genetic illnesses and provide proper care of your Doberdor.
As with most Labs, their offspring are also prone to hip dysplasia, a condition where the socket of the hip joint fails to form normally This, in turn, will affect their mobility in their later years.
Similarly, Doberdors can also develop progressive retinal atrophy, making them lose their vision eventually during old age. From their Doberman side, they may inherit Wobbler syndrome and occasional heart problems.
In rare cases, a Doberdor may develop certain types of allergies that can be easily treated. What often causes concerns is that even though these dogs have a healthy energy level, they are still prone to obesity.
Without proper nutrition, Doberdors can acquire some weight-related illnesses, such as diabetes, cardiovascular and hormonal issues, which will shorten their life expectancy drastically.
Hence, it is always important to get information about your Doberdor’s parents from your breeder or the rescue shelter. This will go a long way in caring for your puppy and making preparations in the future.